|The first thing on every tourist’s list should be the majestic Table Mountain. This stunning World Heritage site has a cable car that takes you to the top of the mountain, at 1036 m above MSL, to enjoy the marvellous vista of sea and land. There’s a restaurant and the Cableway Cocktail Bar – a great place from which to view the setting sun. If adventure is your cup of tea, you can abseil down Table Mountain too!
Everyone should see the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens which aims to protect indigenous plants and has succeeded in growing an impressive 6000 different species.
The next thing to see would be another World Heritage site - the historically important symbol of anti-apartheid, Robben Island, named after “seals” in Dutch. Right at the entrance to Table Bay, this island is now a museum and can be reached by a 30-minute boat ride.
One stop on your itinerary has to be the busy V & A Waterfront. This is an entertaining bustle of craft markets, fascinating shops, theatres and places to eat and drink. The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Maritime Museum are located here as well.
The Good Hope Nature Reserve is located at Cape Point – flower-lovers will adore the remarkable variety of flowers. There’s also a lighthouse at Cape Point, which is said to the largest in the country.
The beaches of Cape Town are a favourite destination for tourists and locals. On the Atlantic front, you can lounge on the beautiful, clean beaches of Camps Bay, Llandudno and Clifton.
Cape Town is a haven for shopaholics and, best of all, it is not very expensive. There is a wide array of tempting bits and pieces to take home as a gift, or for that special corner in your house.
History buffs must visit the Castle of Good Hope, the country’s oldest building, constructed between 1666 and 1679. Particularly well maintained, the pentagonal castle speaks of South Africa’s martial history after Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival here. Make sure you see the dungeons, the dolphin pool and the blacksmith. If you are there at 10am during the week, you will see the Key Ceremony, while the Change of Guards can be witnessed at 12 o'clock. You may even be lucky – or unlucky enough – to see a ghost…
Put time aside to do the wine routes: Paarl, Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Constantia. The wine estates in the Cape are some of the best in the world. Most of these are open for wine tasting and the wine makers are more than happy to ship their precious bottles to wherever it is that you may live on the globe. The cuisine in Cape Town is superb. Linger on the veranda at Constantia Uitsig, sample the best Franschoek has to offer at Quartiere Francais or nibble on a scrumptious seafood platter at On The Rocks in Blouberg.
Visitors to Cape Town should definitely take a look at Cape Point, where the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias stopped in 1488. It’s an awe-inspiring sight and it is hard to believe how sailors crossed these dangerous waters so long ago. Additional things to see are the Dutch East India Company’s Gardens, the Kalk Bay Caves, and much, much more.