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.
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.
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.
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.