Cape Town

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Usually, when planning a vacation, you have to choose between the beach, the mountains, or the forest. You also have to choose whether you want a lot to do or just a beautiful backdrop for you to look at while you lounge around. And lastly, you have to choose between a romantic getaway and a place where everyone in the family can enjoy. We're here to tell you about a big city that makes it easy for you. A place where you can truly have it all. A place called Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's oldest city is cradled between the Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. It's a place where the weather is so good, you'd rather spend every minute outdoors. It's a place where people from every corner of the world flock, so not only is it rich in South African culture, it's rich in cultures of all kinds. From cosmopolitan city folk to hut-living tongue-clicking natives, you'll see the gambit in Cape Town. When it comes to cuisine, you'll leave Cape Town wondering how you've survived before trying their home-produced wine and off-the-boat-fresh seafood. Consistently ranked as having some of the best beaches in the world, Cape Town's shores provide romantic isolation or family fun depending on what you're looking for. Likewise, whether you're looking to impress your hubby or shock your children, hot air balloons, mountain climbing, and ziplines entertain every type of visitor. With all these activities available, there's no need to choose in Cape Town; try them all!
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    Perfect Mix of Activity and Leisure

    Cape Town is a beautiful city that represents the diverse richness of South Africa with nearby mountains, wildlife, wine country, oceans, and more. There are abundant activities such as shark-diving, hiking, boating, whale-watching, zip-lining, wine-tasting, and the list goes on and on.

    Walking around the top of Table Mountain is a must. If you're not ready for the intensity of the hike up you can take the aerial cableway. And there's always the less-challenging hike up Lion's Head across the street.

    After working up a sweat, tour through wine country in Stellenbosch. If you're up for treating yourself, stop in to Del Aire for an indulgent lunch you won't forget and a view that rivals the food.

    Walk through the Bo-Kapp neighborhood for a glimpse into a historic, colorful neighborhood known for its Malay influence. You can even take a Cape Malay Cooking Class with Andulela so you can learn the tricks to make the best samosas in town. Not to mention you'll get an inside look into the lives of locals as you cook in their homes.

    Driving through the Cape Town townships will give you an appreciation for those that live outside the glitz and glamour of the city. And visiting Robben Island will give you a new appreciation for the challenges that all South Africans overcame in order to live freely.

    If you want to venture out of Cape Town for a few days, I suggest renting a car and travelling north along the Garden Route. The drive alone is breathtaking and worth it. If you're looking for a destination then you should crawl through the Cango Caves or ride ostriches in Oudtshoorn. If you're a die hard pizza lover like me then stop in Plettenberg Bay at Cornuti for a potato pizza.

    A world away from Africa as I knew it - Cape Town

    After months of backpacking through Sub-Saharan Africa, I arrived in the posh, cosmopolitan city center of Cape Town – a world away from Africa as I knew it.

    Full of trendy cafés, restaurants and bars, at first glance, you could be anywhere in the world. Smartly dressed businessmen and women rush through the wide, well maintained streets, shimmering skyscrapers reach towards a listless blue sky and a modern harbor designed for shopping, dining and entertaining beckons a visit.

    As for activities whilst in Cape Town, I suggest 4 must see’s:

    1. Table Rock Mountain –This iconic, natural wonder can be reached by foot or majestic 360-degree cable car. Stunning views of the entire Western Cape await…that is, if you’re not enveloped in the, “Table Cloth Effect” – When a thick cloud blankets the entire mountain.
    2. Robben Island – This site needs little introduction. The former jailhouse of Nelson Mandela and dozens of other political prisoners who fought against apartheid. Ferries depart from the waterfront harbor hourly, transporting visitors to the desolate island. A prison tour follows, revealing the tiny cell, rock quarries and communal areas Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in jail enduring.
    3. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A Waterfront). A reflection of modern day, liberal Cape Town, the Waterfront blossoms with fancy shops, fine dining restaurants, trendy malls, cape cruises and even a ferris wheel!
    4. A trip to Cape Town isn’t complete without a night out. Look no further then, “Long Street”, the heart of Cape Town’s party scene. Full of thumping night clubs, boutique clothing shops and dozens of unique and trendy hostels, this area will entertain into the wee hours of morning.

    After exploring Cape Town proper, be sure to branch into the surrounding townships and Western Cape regions.

    1. Clifton and Camps Bay, for instance, boast some of the best beaches in all of SA and only require a 20-minute bus ride. The vibe is similar to Southern California. A seen and be seen environment full of smoothie shops, wine bars and scantily clothed beach bums. I’m also partial to Camps Bay for a certain delicacy…i.e. “The BEST steak of my life”. A filet flambed to perfection melted in my mouth and left an imprint on my previously biased belly. For a Nebraska girl to admit someone has better steak then her own backyard is saying something.
    2. After a day at the beach, head inland to the Western Cape for an afternoon of wine tasting. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek regions produce world-class varieties of Cabernet Savignon, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, all available for tastings year round. Dozens of companies run inexpensive wine tours out of Cape Town so be sure to jump on board the SA wine express!
    3. If wine tasting isn’t adventurous enough for you, how about a Great White Shark Dive? A few hours from Cape Town, near the coastal town of Hermanus, you can plunge into the frigid Southern Ocean waters and watch your very own episode of Jaws from a metal cage. I’ll never forget the empty stares and razor sharp passing just inches from anxious eyes!

    Cape Town and the beautiful Western Cape host so many activities and attractions, you will never see them all. Focus on what matters most to you, albeit culture, cuisine, history or the great outdoors and be sure to allow ample time for exploration!

    Regina B - Omaha, NE

    An Unexpected City

    Located in the Western Cape province of South Africa, Cape Town is without doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! It is a modern city with modern buildings in the middle an awesome nature.

    The city is located in a region with mountains, two oceans (Atlantic and Indian), vineyards, etc. The wild life and the African culture is present everywhere. The people are very warm and the tourists is very welcome. In resume, Cape Town is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. It boasts beautiful beaches as well as the impressive Table Mountain right in the heart of the city. The restaurants are world class, and so are the wines. Cape Town is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in Africa and has reputation for social tolerance.

    Here are some places I recommend you to go:

    - The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for dining and shopping
    - Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years
    - The Townships of Cape Town offer a good insight into how most of the population of South Africa still lives
    - The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is amazing.
    - Cape Town's beaches are abundant and will suit families, surfers, posers and nature lovers.
    - Table Mountain offers incredible hikes and a cable car for those looking to relax and enjoy the views.
    - Lion's head is also a nice place to walk and see a beautiful view of Robben Island and the Cape Town city. You cannot miss a sunset because it is one of the most beautiful in the world.
    - Seal island and the Penguin's beach are nice if you like to see wild animals living in their natural habitat.
    - You will also enjoy the beautiful nature of the Hope Cape. In this place you can see where the ocean Atlantic finishes and where the Indian ocean begins.


    Cape Town oh Cape Town

    From the crashing waves of Hout Bay to the views from the top of Table Mountain. The Hout Bay market to the V&A Waterfront. The Aquarium. The Iziko Natural History Museum & Planetarium. Mountain biking, surfing, hiking, shopping. Beaches, mountains, wine farms and Long Street. Clubs, pubs, bars, award winning restaurants and street vendors.

    Cape Town has got it all, something for everyone. With hotels and backpackers, catering to the accommodation needs of everyone and no shortage of sights or activities to keep you busy.

    Hike up Lions Head for spectacular views over the City Centre, the Atlantic and Robben Island. Head down to Muizenberg to learn how to surf or stand up paddle board (SUP). Enjoy lunch on one of the many wine farms to choose from and end the day exploring the culinary treasures of the CBD.

    If time allows, venture up the rugged a West Coast to Langebaan or the West Coast National Park. The milder East Coast offers equally spectacular views, whales sightings in winter and a beautiful costal rd to get you there.



    So beautiful and pristine, but weather does play a factor in this "outdoorsy" city! You must take a tour of the Cape and go to the vineyards. Going "downtown" as one might think to do in any major city is not what you may expect in Capetown. You can certainly check it out, but it's not really where EVERYTHING is happening. It can be a little seedy and somewhat dirty. On the other hand, the beaches are just beautiful, and of course you must go winetasting and diving in a protective cage to see the sharks. I went on my honeymoon in July, which is their winter, so unfortunately, I couldn't go diving, as the water was too choppy, nor see Table Mountain, since it rained almost every day. When going to this part of Africa, many people combine a Capetown vacation with a safari in the north. Summertime months in the Northern hemisphere mean winter months in the Southern hemisphere. So, where you'll find the best game viewing since the brush is dried out and dead, you will most likely run into rainy and cold weather in Capetown. Prioritize before you go. In any case, you must at some point see Capetown. This is one place I'll definitely return to.

    In terms of spending, for Americans, Capetown is very affordable! This isn't always what we American travelers are now used to, as other currencies are worth more than ours, and European or even American dining, for example, can be expensive. When my husband and I went to Capetown, for a VERY nice dinner, on average, we would spend about $70 which would include two appetizers, two entrees, a shared dessert, and cocktails! Not too bad!

    So much to do!!

    Even you don't t believe in God, this is God's country! It will probably be one of the most beautiful places you will go to. With so much to do, you need to know where to start.

    **Where to stay?
    - Waterfront, Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay.

    **Do you need a car?
    - Yes, there are so many jaunts

    **What to do?
    - Everything under the sun. Climb the mountains, catch a festival at Kirstenbosch, seaside getaway and sharks in Muizenberg
    and Kalk Bay, wineries in Franschoek, beaches of Clifton 1, 2 & 3.

    **Where to eat?
    - Research it, but local cuisine is a mix of Malay, Indian, Seafood, Meat, etc. Remember you visiting a place that was on the
    spice route. Food is influenced by many cultures and what they have access to. 5 star restaurants are normal prices for
    places like London & NY. Some talented chef (Warthog ribs - yum!)

    - I would say that there are 2 main ones: 1) Safari in SA, choose! From 5 stars to camping, it's up to you really, but 2-3 nights is
    sufficient. 2) Garden Route drive to Knysna or even Durban. Plan on taking at least 3-7 days if you take this trip and make
    plenty of stops along the way. Great way to see the country

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    Ratanga Junction

    Ratanga Junction, just outside of Cape Town, is Africa's first large-scale theme park.

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    Beautiful soft sandy beaches. The shape of the Cape means there is always a sheltered beach. Beaches range from secluded coves to long stretches. Take your pick under the Cape Town sun.
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    The Blue Train – Luxury Train Travel

    Dreaming of an incredible way to see the South African countryside? Then check out The Blue Train. It’s a moving five-star hotel that has scheduled routes from Pretoria to Cape Town as well as chartered ones from Pretoria to Victoria Falls; Pretoria to Hoedspruit and Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. The Cape Town, Garden Route and Victoria Falls routes often offer off-the-train excursions.
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