Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes.
Whilst walking through the city’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border.
The oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town’s cultural heritage spans 300 years, with diverse colonial influences and traditional cultures coming together to fascinate visitors with a rich experience. Famously known as the place of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment, Robben Island is situated just off the city’s coastline.
Other famous tourist attractions include Table Mountain and the internationally acclaimed Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Wine lovers will find that Cape Town has much to offer when it comes to fine wines, and visitors can experience Cape Town’s beautiful landscape when going on a wine tasting tour.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a unique experience where culture and high-end shopping come together in one breathtaking location, offering world-class accommodation and efficient transport methods.
Tourism routes such as the Cape Care Route, showcases sustainable development by taking tourists to destinations that highlights projects where people are actively accepting the responsibility of caring for the environment and others. This initiative promotes sustainable development in a practical way, while reaching the hearts and expanding the attitude of local and international visitors in a way that will unite and empower all the participating communities.
Things to do in Cape Town
- Relax on the white sandy beaches of Camps Bay or Clifton
- Cruise on a boat from the V&A Waterfront harbour to Robben Island
- Watch the sunset at the Sea Point Promenade
- See the South African national flower, the King Protea at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
- View over 3 000 marine life at the Two Oceans Aquarium or even go cage diving with the sharks
- Visit Mount Nelson Hotel for their world famous High Teas
- Hop on the Table Mountain cableway and enjoying the panoramic view of the city from the top
- There are also plenty of historical buildings and museums outlining the city’s fascinating history and its many cultures. With all this and so much more it’s easy to see why Cape Town is so loved by locals and tourists alike.
The term “rainbow nation” also applies to the kaleidoscope of foods that one can find in South Africa – the country boasts the most extraordinary range of cuisines. For the more daring diner, South Africa offers culinary challenges from crocodile sirloins to fried caterpillars to chicken feet and sheep heads. For the not-quite so brave, there are myriad indigenous delicacies such as biltong (dried, salted meat), bobotie (a much-improved version of Shepherd’s pie) and boerewors (hand-made farm sausages, grilled on an open flame).
There are varieties of biltong in almost every café. On weekends one can smell the tantalising aromas of spicy sosaties (meat skewered on a stick) and boerewors being grilled over the braai (fire). Steak houses may specialise in flame-grilled aged steaks, but they also offer the humble boerewors as a dish.
Potjiekos is a delicious slowly cooked meat and vegetable stew, which is traditionally cooked over an open fire. Mielie Pap is a stiff corn meal mix and is a staple food in South Africa. In smarter restaurants one might find the occasional fusion dish such as marinated ostrich carpaccio, oxtail ravioli or even Tandoori crocodile. There is crocodile on the menu and kudu, impala, even warthog at a number of restaurants that offer game.
For those who prefer to play it altogether safe will find that most restaurants offer a global menu – anything from hamburgers to sushi to spaghetti bolognaise.
Those in search of best places eat in Cape Town can make use of the following websites:
For more information visit Cape Town Tourism at www.capetown.travel
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