Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday in Cape Town in South Africa


Cape Town is one of South Africa's most vibrant cities. One of the most geographically isolated cities in the world; it offers an unmatched holiday experience to the visitors. There are a myriad of things to do; listed below are just a few of them.

Things to see and do in Cape Town

Bo-Kaap: The 'Malay Quarter' is located on a hill south-west of downtown and has been used in several film shoots mainly because of its colorful buildings, quaint streets, and beautiful mosques. While there, you can also visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, which is a tribute to a prosperous Muslim family from the 19th Century. About one kilometer away from the Bo-Kaap there is a Noon Gun, which is fired at every noon from Monday to Saturday.

The Castle of Good Hope: This is South Africa's oldest surviving building, tracing its roots to somewhere between 1666 and 1679. Called The Castle by locals, it boasts of an extensive display of historical military paraphernalia, a history of the castle, an art collection, and the William Fehr Collection. You can enjoy a meal or even buy wine inside the Castle at the restaurant or café.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: This is a great place to view a diverse range of beautiful plants and the flora of Cape Town. On display are rare succulents from the Richtersveld, a giant baobab tree, and interesting medicinal plants. Concerts also take place in the open-air amphitheatre in the summer months. The gardens are situated on the backside of Table Mountains and are home to the National Biodiversity Institute.

Robben Island: Located just off the coast from Cape Town, the island was used to hold political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela and the late Walter Sisulu during the apartheid days. Guided bus tours are available. Its historical importance apart, the island itself is very scenic.

Beaches: Cape Town is home to several stunning beaches. The beaches on the False Bay side of the peninsula are the most popular with swimmers as the water is warmer. Some of the more popular beaches include Clovelly and Fish Hoek beaches Camps Bay and Clifton also have great beaches to visit if you care for some chillier waters.


Cape Town has several accommodation options including hotels and luxury South Africa villas. The villas are especially popular with large families and groups, and people on an extended stay.


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