`TRAVEL GUIDE TO CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA
Colourful Cape Town is one of the most multiracial cities in the world, the city sits at the bottom of South Africa’s Cape Peninsular where the waters of Atlantic
and Indian ocean converge, and spectacular mountains tumble towards the sea. Centuries ago the Cape ofGood Hope was synonymous to danger as European ships bravely rounded paroles water on route to Asia. The Dutch
tiny outpost in 1652, a settlement that would later blossom into one of the most breath-taking settings on earth. Cape Town has been pounded by cross
winds of societal upheaval just like those ships, Cape Town has endured on of history’s turbulent waters and set course to an optimistic future.
This city despite challenges shines as an example of hope not only South Africa but to the world. Cape Town central area is situated in the city ball, this amphitheatre shape begins at the edge of table bay and is backed by the iconic two-mile-long plateau of Table Mountain. Near the ball centre you will find the Castle of Good Hope, this Dutch East India was the centre point which this city grew. Near by the Companies Garden whose rich soils were cultivated to provide fresh produce for those early merchants ships all round the garden are some of the cities important institutions such as Parliament Building and the National Library. On the park’s Southern end, the South African Museum and the planetarium experience the wonders of Africa from the powers of precolonial art to the grants of Cape’s natural world. Just a few metres away centuries of creativity are in full display at the National Gallery filling old and contemporary architecture. The near by Jewish Museum stands as a tribute to a community that has done much to shape the country.
Just a few blocks away do not miss the District Six Museum and Cultural Centre gives a voice to sixty thousand non-white residents who were forcibly removed from the city and saw their vibrant neighbourhood flattened. Gratefully a neighbourhood that was spared of apartheid racking ball is Boerker despite decades of racial discrimination and segregation. Traditionally, the Cape Malay culture proudly continues at row houses and cobbled streets of incredible colourful hillside suburb. Post-apartheid South Africa is often called the rainbow nation like the parts of gold, at the end of the actual rainbow symbolising diversity, transformation and creativity. This goes down to the city’s down street its businesses, from its very walls. If you are passionate about your coffee stop for an expresso, may be Two at truth an esteemed coffee shop that welcomes devotees from all over the world.
Once you have had your caffeine fixed wonder aroundLong Street where elegant Victorian architecture, fashion and food collide, creating one of the mother city’s buzziest streets, one can sit on the balcony with an ice-cold beer and watch the world go by below. The spirit of rejuvenation continues at the Victoria and Alfred Water Front at South Africa’s oldest working harbour spend a day exploring such as Oceans Aquarium. Which celebrates life beneath the waves of both Atlantic and Indian Ocean. The water front is the gate way to the world’s infamous prison known as Robben Island, the journey across the waters of table bay to experience the dump walls and wind-swept yards to listen to stories of former inmates. For three centuries this place of exile was largely unknown to the outside world, until 19964 when the anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here for eighteen years. A visit to Robben Island is a remainder how South Africa has travelled on a long road to freedom. In post-apartheid Mandela would rise as the father of the nation and he also inspired countless number of people across the world.
Mandela said that it was the presence of Table Mountain across those four miles if water that inspired him throughout his long years on Robbin Island When ever you are the Cape there is Table Mountain is there a beloved land mark that helps locals and visitors a like to find their way, The closer you get to the mist of Table Mountain the more its spirit can be felt. At Kirstenbosch botanical gardens gaze up at the mountain’s east face, then explore many South Africa bio homes and the boomslang walk way which snakes it way through the abortion canopy. As you come from the gardens take one walking trail up the mountains or climb using the cable way for a spectacular ride to the viewing area, then you can take in the views of signal hills,Devils Peak and Lions Head all the way out to Robbin Island and beyond.
Cape Town has one of the world’s great beach cities with countless, bays and sea sides communities each with its unique vibe, from green point the site of Cape Town’s futuristic stadium. Head down the western coast to the to one incredible beach after another, starting at the city centre the wide pomade of Milton beach is a great place to stretch your legs.
A little further down some of the country’s most affluent homes roll down the peninsular to four beaches below, each one separated by falls of granite borders which offer great shelter on windy days. Although, a house at Clifton will set you back millions the views of the sparkling Atlantic, lions head and the twelve disciples are just as they have always been free. A neighbouring Camps Bay the central pay theme continues, just a five-minute drive from the central Cape Town neighbouring, one can enjoy the fine white sands, tranquil tidal pools and your pick of twenty restaurants and a café.
Six miles down the coast things are improved more at the Llandudno Beach, put on a wet suite and enjoy the waves or just explore the massive borders. Life is simple here there is no streetlights, no restaurants and not a single shop. When your belly starts to tremble pop around the head lane to the fishing village of Hout Bay, cool off with a craft beer, also see what is cooking at the markets then hang with local at the tuna cray fish boats.
Once one has explored the peninsular of the western coast line the east awaits, welcome to False Bay where the waters are warmer. A never-ending sweep of the beaches and scenic sea ports continues, at the level court level court of Simon’s Town head back to the historic mile of St George street. Sock up nautical spirit say hallo to the much-loved sea dog, explore the alleyways and the lazy Victorian building along the way.
Do not leave Simon’s Town until you visit the Boulders Beach one of the few places of the world where you can find African penguins. False Bay once dotted with humble farming and whaling villages like Fish Hoek, from here follow the coastal walk around Hout Bay. Writers, musicians and artists have replaced the wailers and the line burners, luckily restaurants are well stocked that ensures that they have the freshest seas food.
When it comes to time to drag your self away head to neighbouring St James beach known for its colourful Victorian bathing boxes and grand old houses which reflect the early splendour of early diamond and gold epoch. Right next door the mood changes again, Muizenberg home to some of the most laidback vibes in South Africa. With its warm shallow waters, it’s a perfect beach for families if you have wanted to surf this is a perfect place to learn to learn. Muizenberg is the birth place of South African Surfing, while the beach at Muizenberg can be packed in the summer you will find plenty of cool escapes in the streets of this arty village. When you continue there is 12 miles of fine sand stretch all the way to the Historic Gordons Bay.
Just around the corner there is Kogel Baythe only sounds you here are bubbles and shells rolling in the incoming tide.
Cape Town’s treasures do not end with beaches it is also blessed with some of the best wine growing countries in the world. The cape first vines were planted in company’s garden in 1655 to help those passing sailors cure scurvy. Although, the wine making industry took place in suburb called constantia. In the late 1600 hundreds of vines were planted along with the oaks to shield them from harsh cape winds. From here those vines spread far beyond Cape Town to a region known as the Winelands, one can choose from eighteen different wine route centred around historical villages and towns.
Discover the vast vineyards in setting that will take your breath away, many of the estates are characterised by historic Cape-Dutch comportments as well as restaurant and tasting rooms where you save the very essence of this fertile land. After touring the acclaimed winery of Paarl explore the streets and architecture of this 300-year-old town. High above stands the tale monument which celebrates the language of Afrikaans a language that for was outlawed during the bitter aftermath of the Anglo-Boer war of 1902. The Stellenbosch oldest wine route South Africa oldest offers more than 150 tasting rooms, across 200 vineyards. At the water for state take a two-hour wine Safari through the Boulder inspired estate, then taste some of the most exciting reds in the region.
A thirty minutes’ drive from Stellenbosch and only fifty from Cape Town, perhaps the most beautiful wine route of all time is Franshoek. were into existence when the French Huguenots were fleeing religious persecution in the 17th century came into the valley created paradise. Today Franshoek is regarded as the food and wine capital of South Africa. At Boschendal one of the country’s very first estate influences style and passion of the French everywhere. It also lingers in the town its self in the galleries in the memorials which depicts a female figure casting the clock of oppression and gazing towards an optimistic future. Before one moves back to Cape Town, you should head to Franshoek pass one of Cape’s scenic drives.
High in the mountains there is Rochelle Nature ReserveSock up the view in the valley below and wonderful hill side filled with proteas a flower first discovered in the cape now cultivated all over the world. In local translation the Protea represents transformation, courage and hope. No wonder Cape Town is a city that share the same soil, so it is not surprising that it embodies similar qualities. Although, Cape Town is more than just a single flower, it is a garden from its earlier days as a resupply station for passing sailors and the bitter harvest of the Apartheid era. This is a garden were hands of every colour have planted seeds of hope and helped the fruits of freedom. Come and experience the colours of hope and freedom of Cape Town