The ‘Mother City’

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance. Glamorous hotels, world-class dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic student suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavour and style. Contemporary art is proudly displayed in a variety of galleries and modern boutique hotels, and wine bars and brandy tasting lounges will appeal to the fashionable set. For theatre lovers the finest in opera, ballet, drama and music can be appreciated in style. A short boat cruise to Robben Island, just over seven km’s from Cape Town harbour, you can experience a sense of hopelessness inside the prison cell where South Africa’s most beloved legend, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years hard labour. An exciting trip up Table Mountain in a cable car provides panoramic views over the “Mother City” and other attractions include the Cultural History Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Greenmarket Square’s local crafts markets and the Bo-Kaap’s colourful Cape Malay buildings and cobbled streets add a sense of authenticity to your trip, and Long Street’s vibrant restaurants, bars and clubs come alive after dark. Perhaps wander around the V&A (Victoria and Alfred Waterfront), a scenic working harbour and hub of entertainment, arts and crafts, aquarium and shopping opportunities.

Board an open-top sightseeing bus around the city and outer areas of Cape Town or head out of town and travel down to Cape Point, the most southwesterly tip of Africa and make a stop at the naval base of Simon’s Town or Boulders Beach to visit the resident penguin colony.