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Cape Town is well-known for its beautiful harbors and outstanding natural beauty. Cape Town is filled with interesting and historical landmarks and it has many attractions that makes the city of Cape Town one of the most popular destinations in the world. The city of Cape Town has several well-known natural features of which Table Mountain is propably the most well-known. Reaching the top of the mountain can be achieved either by hiking up, or by taking the Table Mountain Cableway. The beaches in Cape Town is also a major attraction, due to the city's unique geography, it is possible to visit several different beaches in the same day, each with a different setting and atmosphere.

Cape Town has several notable cultural attractions. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, built on top of part of the docks of the Port of Cape Town, is one of the city's most visited tourist attraction. It is also one of the city's most popular shopping venues, with several hundred shops and the Two Oceans Aquarium.

The city of Cape Town encloses the 36 hectare Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden that contains protected natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds. There are over 7000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species of the Cape Floristic Region. In 2004 this Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

cape town beachesCape Town Beaches
Cape Town has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and something to offer everyone. The blend of 2 oceans and hence 2 different styles of beach, divided by a 1000m high peninsula, leaves Cape Town an unrivalled holiday destination. The west side of the Cape Peninsula, on the Atlantic Ocean, has a very definite style of beach. This is where the more fashionable go to see and be seen, particularly along the Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s "Riviera", which stretches from the V&A Waterfront on the north shore of Table Mountain up as far as Hout Bay ...more about Cape Town Beaches

cape townCape Town Stadium
Construction of the breathtaking Cape Town Stadium, located on the Green Point Common between the twin South African icons of Table Mountain and Robben Island, began in March 2007. In just 33 months, joint contractors Murray & Roberts and WBHO completed the massive project at a cost of R4,4-billion – or approximately US$600-million. GMP Architects of Germany and two local firms, Louis Karol and Associates and Point Architects, joined forces to design the stadium ...more about the Cape Town Stadium

robben islandRobben Island, Cape Town
People lived on Robben Island many thousands of years ago, when the sea channel between the Island and the Cape mainland was not covered with water. Since the Dutch settled at the Cape in the mid-1600s, Robben Island has been used primarily as a prison. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran Robben Island and the Robben Island prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison on Robben Island for their beliefs....more about Robben Island, Cape Town

table mountain cape townTable Mountain, Cape Town
The mountain adds so much character to the City of Cape Town and its no wonder that it is such a famous landmark. Table Mountain, stands with her base firmly within the Table Mountain National Park, 1 086 metres above Table Bay. The imposing table top, more often than not draped in rich cloud that seems never to quite tumble from its sides, is a national monument and her shape has been adopted as a ubiquitous scribble for many a company logo of those working within her shadow ...more about Table Mountain, Cape Town

victoria and alfred waterfront cape townVictoria and Albert Waterfront, Cape Town
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere ...more about Victoria Albert Waterfront, Cape Town

kirstenbosch botanical gardens cape townKirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country's indigenous flora.
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ratanga junction cape townRatanga Junction Theme Park, Cape Town
Ratanga Junction Theme Park is located at Century City, Canal Walk in the suburb of Milnerton, Just 15 km from the city center of Cape Town. A world filled with adventure and thrills awaits you at the Ratanga Junction Theme Park. The Theme Park offers something for everyone - white-knuckle thrill rides for the more intrepid adrenalin junkies, kiddy rides and rides for the whole family and those who prefer to take their thrills in more manageable doses, boat rides and train rides, snake shows and bird shows, souvenir shops and restaurants ...more about Ratanga Junction Theme Park, Cape Town

table mountain national parkTable Mountain National Park, Cape Town
At the tip of the Cape Peninsula you will find Cape Point within the Table Mountain National Park. The expansive Table Mountain National Park stretches from Signal Hill and Table Mountain in the north to Cape Point in the south and encompasses the seas and coastline of the peninsula.  Within Cape Point the treacherous cliffs forming the most southwestern tip of Africa are some of the highest in the world and mark the spot where the cold Beguela current on the West coast and the warm Agulhus current on the East coast merge ...more about Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

Boulders Penguin Colony, Cape TownBoulders Penguin Colony, Cape Town
Just around the corner from the seaside village of Simons Town turn left off main road to Boulders Visitor Centre to visit the famous colony of African Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre. Children will love the penguins and their antics and Boulders Beach is also worth a stop for safe and enjoyable swimming ...more about Boulders Penguin Colony, Cape Town

castle of good hope cape townCastle of Good Hope, Cape Town
From 1678 it was the centre of civilian, administrative and military life at the Cape, until the settlement grew and some functions and activities moved away from the Castle. Today the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and houses the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museums of Cape Town (William Fehr Collection). Inside the walls of the pentagonal castle you will find a combination of cultural and military history dating back to the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck to the Cape in 1652 ...more about Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

world of birds cape townWorld of Birds, Cape Town
The World of Birds in Hout Bay is a bird and wildlife sanctuary with over 3000 birds in natural surroundings. Visitors are able to walk through the aviaries and experience close-up encounters with cranes and guineafowl, monkeys and meerkats, owls and eagles. The sanctuary also cares for injured birds and is a breeding centre for threatened species. The World of Birds takes in injured birds and rehabilitates them to full health; the facility also has a renowned breeding program ...more about World of Birds, Cape Town

rhodes memorial cape townRhodes Memorial, Cape Town
The magnificent floodlit memorial to Cecil John Rhodes, stands on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, on the Northern flank of Table Mountain. It was built in 1912 on the very place where Rhodes used to sit and contemplate his future. It was a short ride on horseback from his town home – Groote Schuur – (from which the famous hospital takes it’s name) - which is now separated by the M3 Rhodes Drive motorway ...more about Rhodes Memorial, Cape Town

cape point cape townCape Point, Cape Town
Cape Point is situated within the Table Mountain National Park, within a section of the Park referred to as Cape of Good Hope. This section covers the whole of the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula and which takes in perhaps 20% of its total area. The Cape of Good Hope section of the park is generally wild, unspoiled and undeveloped and is an important haven for seabirds. There are a number of marked paths for strolls or longer walks within the Cape reserve. The Smitswinkel viewpoint is 15 minute walk through unique fynbos ...more about Cape Point, Cape Town

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