10 REASONS TO VISIT CAPE TOWN
10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT CAPE TOWN
You’ll be spoilt for choice when visiting Cape Town. Whether you’re an active adventurer, or into fine dining and great wines, visiting with family or coming for a romantic getaway, you’ll find something to suit your budget and your interests.
Reason Number 1 – V&A Waterfront
Play, live, shop, dine and work while immersed in the vibrant spirit and authentic local culture that makes up the V&A Waterfront. Welcoming people from all over the world, this mixed-use destination is located in the oldest working harbour in the Southern Hemisphere.
The V&A sees its role to be a platform that facilitates and champions art and design, to support entrepreneurship and innovation, leading the charge on sustainability and drive positive social and economic change.
Reason Number 2 – Table Mountain
Cape Town’s distinctive-looking mountain is one of the Mother City’s most recognised landmarks, and actually has become a global icon of South Africa and it’s people. Table Mountain is a popular tourist attraction that offers hiking, camping, dining and a little bit of retail therapy. And if the thought of a hike up the mountain sounds a little heavy, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will gently take you up and down again on a gentle ride in the rotating state-of-the-art cable car in around 5 minutes.
Open seven days a week, and operating every 10 to 15 minutes, you can pack yourself a picnic and enjoy this national park up high in the clouds.
Reason Number 3 – Robben Island
Known as the former ‘home’ of former South African president Nelson Mandela, this iconic island is a must-see for all visitors to the Cape. Once used as a leper colony, mental institution, army and naval base and now a museum with the prison central to the visitor’s journey.
Robben Island has become a symbol of triumph over oppression and an unlikely birthplace of what is widely regarded as the world’s most progressive constitution.
Reason Number 4 – Bo-Kaap
Cape Town’s most distinct neighbourhood and most colourful, was formerly known as the Malay Quarter, and it’s origins date back to the 1760’s. The architecture of the houses in this area has the distinctive mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian designs, built on the steeply cobbled roads with brightly painted houses.
The choice of colour is said to be attributed back to when the inhabitants, slaves of the wealthy, were allowed to buy the properties. These homes were forced to be painted white, and once owned by the slaves, they painted the houses bright colours as an expression of their freedom. The beauty of these homes is that many of the families have been living in these homes for generations making this area a significant part of Cape Town’s cultural heritage.
Reason Number 5 – Food Markets
The locals are known for their laid back attitudes and passion for great food, wine and drink, even more so if it’s locally produced. And from this passion numerous food markets in virtually every neighbourhood in the city.
And no matter which day of the week, you’ll find a market serving delicious food offerings and great craft drinks. Whether you visit a food market for a quick meal or for essentials for your home-cooked meal, you cannot visit Cape town, without visiting at least one food market.
Reason Number 6 – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Acclaimed as one of the greatest botanic gardens in the world. Based on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the garden is now home to over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa.
528-hectares in size, the garden contains many shady trails, including a walk-in a canopy walkway which takes your breath away as you take in some of the greatest panoramic views of Cape Town. Consisting of a fragrance garden, a braille trail, a cycad amphitheatre, with life-sized anatomically correct sculptures of dinosaurs and bronze animal sculptures
Reason Number 7 – the Beach
If surf, sea and sand sound like a good idea, then you’ll be spoilt for choice when you visit one of the many great beaches of Cape Town.
With a laid back surfer culture and truly epic surfing beaches, you’ll never want to leave. And if that’s not your vibe, then you can visit one of the many restaurants and bars dotted along the promenades and walkways of the beaches.
Reason Number 9 – Chapman’s Peak Drive
This must be one of the most scenic drives in South Africa, if not the entire world. A long and bendy road between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, hugging the rugged and dramatic cliffs of the coastline, with views over the ice-blue Atlantic Ocean.
Constructed back in the first World War, this drive is an absolute must-see attraction, with beautiful picnic stops.
Reason number 10 – Cape Town Holiday Apartment
With over 80 different apartments dotted across Cape Town and the northern suburbs, with beach views and mountain views, city skylines and ocean sunsets await you.
Our apartments cater for all budgets, group sizes and interests, with an easy booking platform, convenient check-in times and friendly staff, you know your holiday will be jammed packed with all those wonderful memories and great experiences.