Personal experience confirms that a weekend is nowhere near long enough in South Africa’s second largest city – Cape Town.
Most hotels have weather reports in their lobby enabling guests to gauge the best days for heading up to Table Mountain. At 1086m above sea level, the views of Cape Town and beyond are breathtaking when this flat top peak isn’t shrouded in cloud. At the foot of the mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens spans 1300 acres. Botanists will be enthralled by the diverse plant and flower species found in the gardens and on the mountain, many of which are endemic to the region.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront forms part of Cape Towns busy working harbour and it is from here that you can take the ferry over to Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 out of his 27 years in prison – pre-booking is essential! The V&A has over 450 retail outlets and is a great place to soak up the atmosphere with many bars and restaurants to choose from. In addition, Cape Town’s liveliest avenue, Long Street, is lined with craft shops and eateries to suit every pocket.
Hire a car for a couple of days and you can easily get to Chapmans Peak(one of the most spectacular drives in the world), Cape Point, Boulders (see penguins sunbath then take a dip from the beach) and Constantia where wineries are open for lunch as well as tastings!. The greater winelands that encompass Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are also within an hours drive of the city. Hermanus, renowned for southern right whale watching during their winter season is just under two hours away.
Stay a while… there is so much more to see…..
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