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Cape Town, South Africa, City of Beauty and History

I can just imagine the thoughts of Portuguese explorer Bartholemew Diaz, when he first discovered  the Cape in 1488.  Coming in from the sea to this glorious and mountainous landscape must have been truly wondrous!   Cape Town has come a very long way from its initial stages as home to the nomadic Khoi people and later to the Dutch settlers of Jan van Riebeek of the Dutch East India Company.

Tabletop Mountain, Table Bay, Capetown, South AfricaNow a truly international city of sprawling proportions, all the cliches that have been applied to Cape Town are completely true - the Mother City, The Most Beautiful City in the World....  all with that stunning and beautiful backdrop -  the amazing Table Mountain.

You will arrive in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Airport, and drive through a series of dilapidated, but still interesting, townships to the city itself.  So many international class hotels to choose from, both in the city and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and also in the surrounding suburbs.  Choose also from a range of quality bed & breakfasts, guest houses and self-catering villas and apartments, for the perfect holiday accommodation to suit you.

Take the famed cable car up to the top of Table Mountain - what a glorious view of the city, Signal Hill and the surrounding areas!  Meet the famous 'Dassies' or rock rabbits, that live on the summit - almost tame and very cute.

Visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and take a ferry to Robben Island where you can visit the jail cell occupied by Nelson Mandela for so many years, imbibe the history, and enjoy the view of Table Mountain from the island.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South AfricaWhile in the Waterfront, take a sailing cruise, harbour cruise, booze cruise or just relax in the many quality restaurants, cafes and bars.  Got a bit of money so spend?  Have a shopping spree in the luxurious Victoria Wharf shopping mall!  A true shopper's delight..

In the city itself, there are many shops, restaurants, museums and cafes to explore, plus the Castle, and also the fascinating Bo-Kaap or Malay Quarter, with its wonderfully colourful houses.  Hear the noon gun boom out as it has since 1806!  The gun is situated on Signal Hill, just adjacent to the city.

High Tea now here's a treat - experience high tea at one of the luxury hotels. From experience, I highly recommend the Table Bay Hotel in the Waterfront and also the historic Mount Nelson Hotel near the Company Gardens for a treat DELUXE - with sandwiches, snacks and pastries, and delicious cakes and chocolate treats plus a range of tasty teas and coffee... you can always diet when you get home again!

Beach at Camps Bay, Cape Town, South AfricaHaving explored the city to its fullest, go further afoot and visit gorgeous Camps Bay, popular and upmarket seaside town with some amazing restaurants and bars on the golden sandy beach front.  The Atlantic Seaboard and the Cape Point Route have many lovely suburbs and towns, all with endless beaches and so much to explore.

Go to the famous Cape Winelands and visit the vineyards for wine tasting, delicious lunches, and beautiful views.  I first drove through the wine lands soon after dawn, on a winter morning and the views were so lovely I could have cried!  Frost on the hillsides, the dark reds and greens of the vines ... an awe-inspiring landscape.

Take a trip down the famed Garden Route all the way along the coast to Plettenberg Bay and the nearby Tsitsikamma Forest.  Along the route you will visit beautiful seaside towns, see the ostriches and Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn and experience real tranquility and beauty.

Visit the Overberg Region and the Whale Route - Hermanus is a historic little town with so many attractions including whale watching - the whales are so close, you could almost touch them!

All over the Cape Peninsula, golfers will find world-class golf courses to indulge their hobby, all with mountain or sea views.  With the exchange rate, you will find that playing golf in South Africa is very reasonably priced, but of international quality.

All in all, Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula of South Africa are well worth the visit and you will never forget the time that you spent in this marvelous country.

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