The V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most visited destinations. With Table Mountain as its backdrop, it is situated in the oldest working harbour in South Africa. Combining exciting eatery experiences and a variety of attractions and activities, the V&A waterfront is the perfect spot were to unwind.
f you are relatively fit and are feeling energetic, there are some amazing hikes to try. For those pressed for time, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers a quick and convenient ascent. Cable cars depart from the cable station every 10 to 15 minutes and the journey up the mountain takes about five minutes. The cars rotate through 360 degrees during the trip, affording you spectacular views of the mountain below.
Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has come to symbolise the oppression of the Apartheid government. It was here that Nelson Mandela, alongside many other political prisoners, spent 18 years of his 27 years in prison. Ferries depart for the island daily from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, a mere 13km from the city centre, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is regarded as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. The 528-hectare estate contains over 7,000 species of plants from southern Africa. Spend the day picnicking on the lawns, strolling through the Protea garden, or discovering interesting plant species in the Botanical Society Conservatory. While you are there, be sure to check out the 130m Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway – affectionately known as the Boomslang – that snakes its way through the trees of the Arboretum.
Are you a wine connoisseur or lover? Then the award-winning Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate, is the place fore you. Their tasting rooms, a visitor route experience and al fresco dining opportunities will make for an unforgettable visit
Cape Point Nature Reserve
The Cape Point Nature Reserve is all about natural splendour. You will be treated to some pretty spectacular views of the Atlantic and False Bay coastlines. While you are there, be sure to spend some time in the nature reserve where you are likely to encounter baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, buck, and at least some of the 250 species of bird that call this reserve home. Don’t miss a ride up to the lighthouse on the Flying Dutchman Funicular for some truly spectacular panoramic views!
Cape Town is also well-known for its beautiful beaches. Visiting the quirky penguins at Boulders Beach, between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, is a unique experience. Camps Bay and Clifton are the place to see and be seen, and are perfect for sunbathing and beach activities. Try Muizenberg or Blouberg for some great surfing.
EAT & DRINK
For visitors wanting the local experience, there are a few proudly home-grown dishes that should not be missed. Golden koesisters, koeksisters and vetkoek are all musthave dough-based sweet or savoury treats. Bobotie, with its egg-baked crust and curried mince filling, is delicious and the gatsby, a baguette-type loaf filled with meat, spicy fries (Capetonians call them hot chips) and barbeque sauce is best shared – it’s that big. Shisanyama or braai is the equivalent of a barbeque – an activity that is deeply entrenched in South African food culture and is more than just a food experience. Have your meat with pap (cooked maize meal) and you will be one of the locals.
Yes, South Africans are notorious carnivores, and in the past it’s been difficult for those with alternative dietary choices to get by. Thankfully, Cape Town has been at the forefront of the trend toward raw, vegan and organic lifestyles, and it’s now the easiest it’s ever been for those following a plant-based diet to find truly excellent food. Travellers who are vegan, vegetarian, have food intolerances or are just looking for a different culinary spin on things will find dozens of options that are worth a visit.
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SHOPPING IN CAPE TOWN
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LUXURY EXPERIENCES IN CAPE TOWN
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BUSINESS IN CAPE TOWN
Cape Town has a sophisticated, diverse and dynamic economy, and is a regional hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Globally, the city ranks among the world’s top destinations to visit and has all the attributes that appeal to people looking for a great city in which to live, work, play and invest.
We are national leaders in business and have a thriving knowledge economy; our skills market is growing and the city offers numerous opportunities for work and investment.
We are also a proudly inclusive city, welcoming all who can join us in our vision to create a safe, sustainable, vibrant urban environment for generations to come.