The coastal South African city of Cape Town is a breathtaking destination complete with a rich blend of cuisines, and no shortage of activities and heritage sites. Capital of the Western Cape province, Cape Town should be next on your travels list. With an array of flight options thanks to South African Airways, the supplier sponsor of this article, a trip to Cape Town is within your reach.
Cape Town has many well known attributes, but is most commonly known for its beautiful landscape and scenery. Standing as one of the most scenic cities in the world, Cape Town has many driving routes and roads that offer magnificent views. Take a drive down Victoria Road, which stretches from Sea Point to Hout Bay, and admire the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way stop at one of the many resting spots for a picnic lunch and drink in the absolutely magnificent views before you. For the absolute best views of the city, Table Mountain should not be missed. A prominent landmark and popular tourist destination, this flat toped mountain forms a dramatic yet breathtaking backdrop to Cape Town. Not only is the mountain popular for its views, but it is a popular hiking area and consists of an array of trails in varying difficulty. If you do not feel like hiking, take the cable car from Table Mountain National Park to Table Mountain’s summit. Most of the world’s important caves occur in limestone, but Table Mountain is unique in that it has many large sandstone cave systems, another feature of the mountain making it worth a visit on your trip to Cape Town.
For a taste of Cape Town’s history, visit the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, the castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and the first site in the country to garner the title as a historic monument. It is now considered a provincial heritage site, and the elaborate restorations that took place in the 1980’s make the Castle of Good Hope the best preserved example of a Dutch East India Company Fort. Take a tour of the elaborate grounds, or visit the Castle Military Museum located on the property.
It would not be a trip to Cape Town without visiting Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine-producing estate; it was founded in 1685. Take a wine tour and learn how one man’s love of wine established the first wine farm in South Africa, and how even through changes of ownership the estate’s legacy continued to deepen. Groot Constantia is highly regarded for their red wines, so do not miss out on the chance to try one right from the source. For a historic (and delicious) experience, Groot Constantia is the answer. Vergelegen Wine Estate is another renowned winery found in Cape Town not to be missed on a visit to the South African city. Through over 300 years of different world class ownership, this winery has been shaped into one of the most exquisite estates. Beautiful gardens, wonderful cuisine, and of course its world renowned wine are just a few of the reasons Vergelegen Wine Estates is cherished by visitors seeking a sensory experience unlike any other. Partaking in a wine tasting, exploring the wine cellar, and touring the gardens are just a few of the myriad of activities found at the estate.
Situated in South Africa’s oldest harbor you will find the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: a hub containing residences, storefronts, restaurants, and more. Grab a bite to eat and take in the views of the harbor, or do some shopping at the array of stores located within the district. The fortification of Chavonnes Battery is located in the Waterfront, now housing a museum highlighting some of the structures, artifacts, and history of the building. The Two Oceans Aquarium is another great way to spend an afternoon on the Waterfront. One of the most alluring features of this aquarium is its location, as it is situated where the Indian and Atlantic ocean meet. Containing 7 exhibition galleries, Two Oceans Aquarium is fun for the whole family. View turtles, various fish, rays, and even penguins at this aquarium. Another historic area of Cape Town to visit is Bo-Kaap. This historical center of Cape Malay is known for its brightly colored homes, cobblestone streets, and blend of cultures. To learn more about the culture of the area, visit the Bo-Kaap Museum. There you can learn about the cultural contributions of the early Muslim settlers, and explore what their day to day life was like through photographs and exhibits.