Experience Cape Town
Cape Town, affectionately known as the Mother City, offers a rare blend of breathtaking natural beauty, fascinating history, exciting urban culture, and adventure. Aptly situated between the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and the majestic Table Mountain, the city is a holiday maker's paradise.
Soak in the city's clement weather by relaxing on it's golden beaches. From the surfer-friendly waves of Bloubergstrand to the cool waters of Camps Bay and the playful African Penguins at Boulder's Beach, Cape Town's beaches are the best place to unwind.
The iconic Table Mountain which houses the Table Mountain National Park, offers panoramic views of city. Located close to the mountain, is the conical Lion's Head- an excellent hiking spot for the family. A drive on Chapman's Peak Drive offers a refreshing view of the Cape Peninsula's topography.
Enjoy an intimate picnic at The Company Gardens in the city's central business district and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens while getting acquainted with the city's indigenous vegetation known as “fynbos”.
For an otherworldly experience, drive to Cape Point, the most south westerly tip of Africa at the end of the Cape Peninsula. Cape Point is part of Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to 1200 fynbos species, zebras, antelope and ostrich.
Adrenalin junkies can partake in tandem skydiving, shark cage diving and quad biking in various parts of the city. For sports fanatics, the city hosts a number international soccer, rugby and cricket games. Avid golfers can also play at the internationally-recognised golf course such as Royal Cape Golf Club and Rondebosch Golf Club.
With a history spanning over three centuries, Cape Town is a haven for history-buffs. The historic Dutch architecture in the city centre is juxtaposed with the colourful Cape Malay buildings in the Bo Kaap. Learn more about the history of South Africa at museums such as the Cape Town Slave Lodge and Iziko Museum. For an extraordinary experience, take a boat ride to Robben Island where anti-apartheid prisoners such as Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada were detained.
As a cultural melting pot, the city boasts a number markets with goods from the entire globe. For the more cosmopolitan traveller, Canal Walk in Century City, and exquisite V&A Waterfront provide a great shopping experience and activities for the family.
Regarded as South Africa's creative capital, the Mother City has numerous galleries, theatres and centres. A number of galleries like the South African National Art Gallery and AVA Gallery continue to ignite the creative spark the city is renowned for. To engage with young creatives, visit creative hubs like the Woodstock Exchange and Hub Space in Woodstock.
Theatre and dance still occupies a place in the city. For theatrical pieces exploring the cultural diversity of South Africa, visit the Baxter Theatre and Fugard Theatre.
In the heart of Cape Town is eclectic Long Street. Dotted with backpackers, bars, restaurants and nightclub, the street along with adjacent area is a window into the vibrant culture of the city.
The city celebrates its cultural diversity, creative spirit and history throughout the year. Events like the International Jazz Festival, Design Indaba and Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival attract crowds from across the globe.
Surrounding the city are top wine routes-the Durbanville Hills, Constantia Winelands, and the Stellenbosch Wine Route which houses over 150 internationally-recognised wine estates. Constantia Winelands is home to seven of the oldest wine farms in the Southern Hemisphere.
A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without experiencing the cuisine. Taste the Cape Malay's delicious dishes in the Bo Kaap, or visit the restaurants around city. If you're seeking a top fine dining experience, indulge in the excellent cuisine at world-renowned restaurants like The Opal Lounge and Aubergine.
For a memorable experience in Cape Town, come stay at Paradiso Guesthouse.