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Here’s a list of 10 reasons why YOU should visit the beautiful city of Cape Town!

1. Cape Town is the World Design Capital for 2014

As of January 1 2014, Cape Town takes over World Design Capital from Helsinki. Established in 1957, this project celebrates cities that have used design to reinvent themselves, as Cape town has since the end of apartheid. So there’s never been a better time to visit, with more than 450 innovative, interactive, sustainable and community projects and events.

2. Table Mountain

Take the cableway to the top of Cape Town’s most recognisab;e landmark, one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. The revolving floor in each cable car ensures a 360 degree view on the way up to the top, 1085 metres above the majestic mountain. The views are amazing – of the city, the coastline, abseilers dangling from rock faces, hikers and mountain bikers.

3. Rooibos Tea
There’s no better place than Cape Town to drink South Africa’s trademark tea, Rooibos Tea. For 10 times the antioxidants as regular rooibos tea, try a caffeine-free “red espresso” at Mugg & Bean, which serves red cappuccinos and red lattes. Or drink it cold: Bos organic iced rooibos tea in a can comes in several flavours.
4. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Named after Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred, who tipped the first rocks into Table Bay to begin construction of Cape Town’s harbour in 1860, this historic waterfront redeveloped in the 1990s is now South Africa’s most visited destination – more than 400 shops, 80 cafes and restaurants, and numerous bay-view hotels. Attractions include Robben Island Museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium and Nobel Square, where you can take a “selfie” with bronze statues of Nobel Peace Prize laureates Desmond Tutu, former presidents Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk, and anti-apartheid campaigner Nkosi Albert Luthuli.

5. Robben Island

This small prison island was ground Zero for the end of apartheid and is best known as the place Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life. When discovering the island you an see his tiny concrete cell on a three hour tour of the island led by other former political prisoners. Tours start and end with a half-hour cruise across Table Bay watching seabirds, whales and dolphins.

6. The Cape Peninsula
You don’t have to travel all the way to the Garden Route for coastal scenery. Just South of the city is one of the world’s most spectacular day-drive, down the peninsula to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. The highlight of this drive is definitely the 9km Chapmans Peak toll road, which twists and turns over a mountain pass from one side of the peninsula to the other.
7. District Six
In 1966, a vibrant and multicultural part of the Mother City was torn apart when the apartheid regime turned it into a whites only area and demolished the homes of 60 000 people who were relocated to the barren cape Flats area outside the city. Now most of the District Six area is grassy, vacant blocks of land. The District Six Museum, tells the stories of those who lived there, many of whom want the area to remain undeveloped in remembrance.
8. Whale watching
South Africa claims to have the world’s best shore-based whale watching . One of the best places to view migrating humpbacks, Southern Right Whales and Bryde’s whales between the months of June and October is in Hermanus. This little town gets really busy in whale season and is also regarded as South Africa’s whale-watching capital and features the world’s only “whale crier.”
9. Beautiful Beaches

South Africa features beaches to rival the best in Australia, even in Cape Town. For instance: posh Camps Bay and Clifton (the Bondi and Tamarama of Cape Town); Boulders Beach, where you can see South African penguins; Blouberg Beach for Table Mountain views as you swim; Llandudno on the Cape Peninsula for surfing; and family-friendly Fish Hoek. Be warned, however, water temperatures tend to be on the icy side, even in summer.

10. The Blue Train
This luxury hotel on rails takes you on a 27 hour journey across South Africa, from Cape Town to Pretoria, a distance of 1600km’s. The spectacle begins with welcome cocktails, after which your butler will show you to your suite. Then there’s brunch, lunch, high tea, a 45 minute stop in historic Matjiesfontein, dressing for dinner and perhaps a cognac and cuban cigar before the night ends.

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