Table Mountain

Named in 1503 by early Portuguese explorer Antonio de Saldanha, Table Mountain towers 1086 metres above the city’s shoreline and is characterised by its flat “table like” surface that stretches just over 3 kilometres from side to side. Cape Town is also home to the sixth floral Kingdom of the world. (The Cape floral kingdom)

Robben Island

Situated roughly 12 km’s from Cape Town, Robben Island was once inhabited by Stone Age people. In the past 200 years however the Island has served as a leper colony ( 1836 – 1931) as well as a political prison for over 3000 men during the apartheid years.( 1948 – 1991) Most notably Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years on the Island.

Cape Point

Well known for violent storms and the shipwrecking of many ships. ( Cape of Storms) It is here that historical voyages ‘Dias’ and ‘de Gama’ rounded the Cape, opening up the sea trade routes between East and West and thus revolutionising global economics. Cape Point is not as many believe the southernmost tip of Africa, nor is it where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet (This being Cape Aghulas)

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, Kirstenbosch was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. What makes the Gardens so famous worldwide is that only indigenous plants are cultivated. (Over 7000 species) In the summer months, a popular series of outdoor concerts are held in the gardens on Sunday evenings.

The V&A Waterfront

Construction of the V&A Waterfront began in 1860 when Queen Victoria’s son “Prince Alfred” tipped the first load of stone into the sea. It is now characterised by modern malls, markets, fine restaurants and hotels yet still holds the architectural beauty of a bygone Victorian era.

The Cape Winelands

South Africa has a 300-year history in the production of wine and has come a long way since the first unsuccessful attempt by the Dutch to grow grapes in 1652. The second group of immigrants to the Cape, the French Huguenots, brought vine cuttings with them from Europe and their traditions live on in the lovely Franschhoek Valley. Nearly all wineries in South Africa are within a 100-mile radius of Cape Town.

The Cable Car

The summit of the mountain is 1086 meters and offers 360 degree views of Cape Town. The length of the cables is 1200m long and the cars weigh in the region of 18 tons each. Over 20 million people have visited the summit in the past 80 years of the operations existence. There are only two other cable cars like this in the world.

Camps Bay Beach

Camps Bay lies under the foot of the majestic 12 Apostles mountain range and was named after the invalid Dutch sailor Fredrik Von Kamptz who settled there in 1778. Today the affluent suburb, with its soaring property prices is the sought after destination for film production companies as well as local and international holiday makers.

Hout Bay

Affectionately called ‘the republic of Hout Bay’ by its residents, due mainly to the limited means of access into this attractive suburb, Hout Bay (‘Wood’ Bay) was the name given by Jan Van Riebeek after his landing in the Cape in 1652. He found there to be much dense forests, providing the much needed timber for construction of ships. Today Hout Bay is the centre of the crayfish and snoek fishing industry.

St James Beach

Named after a church in 1852 and watched over by a row of colourful Victorian style beach huts, Popular St James beach is best known for its warm tidal pool and wind sheltered beach.

Boulders Beach

Home to the African Penguin which thrive on the cold Antarctic currents (also known as Jack-ass Penguins) Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders from which the name originated. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 5000 in recent years.

Simonstown

A quaint old sailor’s town and host to the South African Navy. It owes its name and original importance to Governor Simon van der Stel who personally surveyed False Bay in 1687 and recommended ‘Simon’s Bay’ as a sheltered safe winter anchorage. Not forgetting another once famous resident of the town,” Able Seaman Just Nuisance, RN”, the only dog ever to be enlisted in the Royal Navy.

Bo-Kaap

Formerly known as the “Malay Quarter” and situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap is best recognised by its multi-coloured Edwardian buildings and historical cobble stoned streets. Residents of Bo-Kaap are of mostly Asian, Arabic and European descent and arrived as slaves in the 16th century.

Clifton Beach

Sheltered from the prevailing South-Easter wind, majestic Clifton is made up of four unique coves and is divided into 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach.