Also known as the Mother City, Cape of Good Hope and Cape of Storms, Cape Town is a city of contrasts. Although it’s often joked that one can experience all four seasons in a day, the Cape’s idyllic Mediterranean climate produces cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers.
Cape Town is also famous for its natural landmarks and heritage, such as Table Mountain and its setting in the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Cape is home to nearly 7,000 plants which are completely endemic to the city and occur nowhere else in the world. This tiny point of Africa hosts almost 20% of all the flora on the continent!
Yet, it’s also known as the cultural and design hub of the country and one of the top international tourist destinations, year after year.
The city has a rich history, dating back to its founding in 1652 as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India and the Far East. A cultural tour of Cape Town is a must and visitors can hop on one of the well-known red City Sight Seeing buses which stop at several museums or take the ferry to Robben Island, the former prison island where Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela, was incarcerated for many years.
Those looking for a more cosmopolitan experience are bound to be thrilled by Cape Town’s night life and shopping destinations, especially at the V&A Waterfront.
Cape Town’s many popular restaurants are a true reflection of the cultural diversity which have influenced the city itself. The city offers several Indian, Cape Malay, seafood and fusion restaurants which cater to all palates, whilst wine connoisseurs will enjoy local wines that rival the finest in the world.
After either hiking or taking the cable car up Table Mountain, a trip along the West Coast should be on every tourist’s to-do list. The West Coast Biodiversity Corridor is one of only 35 areas in the world that qualify as Biodiversity Hotspots. Here long white beaches are the order of the day as a drive along the West Coast stretches into panoramic views of magnificent sunsets, unique flora and fauna and down-to-earth fisherman willing to share tall tales and local legends whilst trying to sell you their catch of the day.