The Table Mountain National Park was demarcated as a protected zone in 1998. The Table Mountain is populated by a rare form of shrubland known as Fynbos. The South African National Park is also a part of UNESCO’s Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope are the two famous landmarks of the area. The park is home to a vibrant variety of wildlife, especially larger animals like leopards, black rhinoceros and bontebok.
This must-see, Atlantic Seaboard drive connects Hout Bay and Noordhoek. For a small toll fee, you can enjoy 9 kilometers (5.59 miles) of gorgeous views of Hout Bay, stunning mountain peaks, and the beautiful coastal landscape. Along the road, you will find many places to pull off and enjoy a picnic or sunset. As you climb the road, you will reach an amazing, panoramic point which is well worth a pause. Breathtaking, 180-degree views are guaranteed as you drive around the many bends on the road. The road has been extensively repaired and connects Hout Bay to a number of other enjoyable attractions such as Simon's Town and Cape Point. Overall, it's the perfect drive to get away from the shops and bustle of Cape Town.
Set in beautiful surroundings on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, this magnificent 538-hectare (1329.43 acre) garden features a rich diversity of indigenous South African plants. The lower portion of Kirstenbosch consists of large flowerbeds and expansive lawns while higher up the slopes, the cultivated garden gives way to natural forest and fynbos. At the main entrance, an impressive conservatory houses a wide variety of plants from other climatic regions of South Africa. There is a restaurant, an information desk and a great shop. Come summertime, the gardens host the annual, magical Sunset Concerts. The gardens also have their own Stone Cottage which can be hired for various events like lectures, meeting and such other events. The cottage can accommodate about 60 people and has a self-catering service.
Camps Bay Beach is a broad stretch of palm tree-lined white sand bordering the bracing waters of the Atlantic ocean. Set at the foot of a spectacular series of mountain peaks, the Twelve Apostles, yet only 10 minutes from the city center by car, it is one of Cape Town's most popular beaches. It is not a sheltered beach, so if the wind is blowing it is advisable to head for Clifton, another breath-taking and more secluded beach just around the corner. The beachside road has a festive atmosphere with a good variety of cafes and restaurants offering great sea views.
This is the oldest part of Cape Town's harbor, dating back to 1860. Although still a working harbor, it has transformed into one of Cape Town's prime attractions. Restaurants, bars and cafes abound, and if it's shopping you are after, then its 240 stores, of all descriptions, are sure to please you. The Two Oceans Aquarium is South Africa's largest, housing 300 marine species. Even if you are in Cape Town just for a brief duration, definitely consider giving this place a visit.
These rocks are named after the rounded boulders which shelter a beautiful swimming beach from the mischievous south-easterly winds. A part of Table Mountain National Park, Boulders Beach gives a unique opportunity to swim with Jackass (African) penguins. You'll find the main penguin colony at Foxy Beach next to the swimming beach where there is an attractive boardwalk. The friendly park staff will be happy to answer any questions. Although these penguins are among the most human-tolerant in the world, they can inflict a severe bite if their space is invaded, or they feel threatened. It is safe to maintain a safe distance of at least a meter between them and yourself. You'll be able to see a variety of other birds at Boulders. These include the African Black Oyster-catcher and the Crowned Cormorant plus numerous species of smaller birds.
The crest of Devon Valley, situated on the western outskirts of Stellenbosch in the heart of the Cape Winelands, offers magnificent views of the Stellenbosch vineyards. This state-of-the-art winery, is specifically designed to blend in with the environment. All of its red wines have been matured in oak barrels. In the past three decades, the emphasis has been on the production of noble red wine varieties, namely, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage. Wine tasting is done at the chalet attached to the winery. A log fire and hearty food characterize winter, while innovative picnic baskets grace the lawns during summer.
Craftart & Gallery is a veritable Aladdin's cave of unique and original crafts and gifts with a touch of the unusual about them. The gallery shows off the best of South African artworks, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and makes shopping a pleasure. A variety of goods can be snapped up here, ranging from glassware to ceramics, basket-ware, textiles, fine art and sculpture. Call for more details.
This majestic sandstone mountain is undoubtedly Cape Town's most well known and well loved landmark. Its flat "table top" stretches for three kilometres (1.86 miles) and is flanked by Devil's Peak on one side and Lion's Head on the other. When a south-easterly wind blows, the top is obscured by a large white tablecloth of cloud that pours over its steep northern face. At other times when the skies are cloudless, the flat topography of the mountain can be viewed in its best form, glinting proudly against the morning Sun. The Table Mountain Reserve is home to an impressive range of indigenous flora, including many endemic species, and is also home to the incredibly rare Ghost Frog, an amphibian only spotted in South Africa's mountain streams. Raptors like jackal buzzards, African harrier-hawks and rock kestrels can be seen circling the skies above the mountain. The mountain is a treat for hikers, climbers and amblers with over hundreds of well-established paths along its magnificent stretch. The table's Aerial Cableway gives a single rotation on the five-minute ascent/descent, giving passengers a sweeping view of the gorgeous scenery below.
Cape Discovery Tours offers specialized tours of the Cape Town area. They have scheduled planed trips though they can create a specialized tour for your interests.
One of the most stunning arenas in Cape Town, the Grand Arena at casino Grand West is where the city's biggest and most glamorous events take place. Brimming with stars, the place has had the who's who of the celebrity world pay a visit here. The season long list of entertainment here includes dance performances, concerts, theatricals, comedies and a whole lot more. Noted performances here include those by Counting Crows, Mary J Blidge and Jeff Dunham. Call ahead to know more.
This tour company is was established in 1997 and has built a reputation for informative, relevant tours of Cape Town and the surrounding areas. The company is also actively involved with the local community; they have secured many donations for the predominantly black township of Khayelitsha as well as building community creches and renovating primary schools. Through Roots Africa, you can visit Robben Island, Cape Town's Alcatraz, or have a glass of wine at some of South Africa's most prominent vineyards on the Winelands Tour. They also provide tour packages, ranging from 2 to 15 days and these aim to show you the very best that the area has to offer. Call ahead for details or check out their website.