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Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in South Africa because of its pleasant climate, natural scenery, and relatively well-developed infrastructure. The city boasts a number of well-known natural features which attract holiday-makers, most notably Table Mountain, that forms a large part of the Table Mountain National Park and is the back end of the City Bowl. Reaching the top of the mountain could be accomplished either by hiking up, or by taking the Table Mountain Cableway. At the tip of the Cape Peninsula, you have the dramatic headland, Cape Point.
The magnificent cliffs of the Table Mountain and the stunning views of the City Bowl can be enjoyed by taking a drive to the Signal Hill. Should you be young and adventurous, you could even hike up this trail. One more popular sight seeing attraction of this area is the Chapman's peak Drive. This is in fact a narrow road which connects Noordhoek with Hout Bay and this drive offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountain ranges along the coastline.
The beaches of Cape Town draw many tourists and it also the favored hang-out spot for the local residents. One can find many beaches in this area and each of them have a different setting and atmosphere. You could visit many of them in a day. Beaches located on the Atlantic Coast normally have very cold water from the Benguela current that originates from the Southern Ocean. The water at False Bay beaches is usually warmer by up to 10 ?C (18 ?F). Holiday-makers flock these beaches in huge numbers each day. Both the coasts are equally popular. However on the Atlantic coast, you can find more affluent beaches such as Clifton that feature a vibrant strip of eateries and pubs accessible to the beach
Attractions of Cape Town
Hiking at Table Mountain:
There are actually several hiking trails to get to the top of the Table Mountain. Some are less tedious while some are only fit for those who are young and fit. Hiking adventures to the Table Mountain is one among the most popular activities not just for the holiday-makers but also for the local residents.
The magnificent Table Mountain dominates the skyline of the Cape Town. Hiking along this path you would be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Cape Town city, spectacular cliffs and the surrounding mountain areas. There are plenty of opportunities for great sunset photos.
This is without doubt one among the best mountain top views in the world. Having it set in the backdrop of beautiful Cape Town makes Table Mountain all that much more special. Table Mountain is not just a must-do/must-see in South Africa, it could be the very reason someone decides to visit this part of the world.
A visit to the National Park situated at Cape Point is recommended for all holiday-makers. Cape Point is actually the headland which is situated at the south east corner of the Cape Peninsula. It is the southernmost tip of the mountain range of which the Table Mountain is a part.
The view from Cape Point is the most striking view I've ever seen in my life, simply stunning. It's a little bit of a trek (or you could take the tram) and it was an expensive tour but the views are wonderful. Don't skip this one.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
If you wish to enjoy the natural beauty of South Africa Flora, you need to be visiting this place in the spring time. The gardens are huge and can take hours to walk around. Life stands still and it's a beautiful place to go and relax.
A large number of tourists flock this place every day. This is the favorite hang-out spot for the local residents as well. The garden is very crowded during the weekends. Most tourists prefer to take a leisurely walk around the garden. Then again, golf cart rides are also offered here. Those who cannot walk for long hours can opt to take this ride around the garden. A tour guide will drive this golf cart around the garden area. The trees, gardens and the flowering plants are well maintained here. Every staff here is responsive and cooperative. Besides plants and trees you can find many stone sculptures within the park which are equally amazing. Many vacationers who visit this place often bring in their own picnic. Chairs are not allowed inside the park but people can use blankets. You can find eateries and refreshment counters inside the park where people can buy food and drinks if they have not carried any picnic with them.
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Robben Island:
Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a kind of deeply moving experience. This is the spot where many political prisoners were kept during the apartheid era. Trips to the Robben Island Lighthouse and Moturu Kramat (Muslim pilgrimage site) are offered here. Most of the tour guides who work here are all past prisoners. Do exert caution while tipping because you might be coerced into tipping more for these people. These guides do receive a good monthly salary.
Watch Penguins at Boulders Beach:
Don't miss Boulders Beach when you have the opportunity to visit Cape Town. The penguins are lovely, so cute and there are plenty of them everywhere.
This Beach is very distant from V&A Waterfront, therefore you ought to probably book a tour to False Bay with your hotel's concierge or take a self drive out there. Public transports are still a problem in South Africa and a taxi would be more expensive than booking a tour!!!!.
Get ready your cameras, you will see lots of cute "happy feets" and take many pictures!!. These creatures are so cute that one could spend several hours just watching them. Seeing them in couples and groups going about their day-to-day business is hilarious. You park at the car park after Simons town then take a 5min walk to the Boulders beach visitor centre.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - Cape Town city centre
Cape Town features a stunning waterfront which is not to be missed out. It is named Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This is a hot tourist spot as there is a vibrant trail of eateries and shops in this area. There are two indoor craft market, a huge shopping mall and two magnificent Ocean Aquariums. Tourists who are enthusiastic about shopping can have a wonderful time here. They can easily spend a whole day. However people who just prefer to enjoy the beauty of nature can take a leisurely stroll around the area and have some food and refreshments. Nelson Mandela Gateway is hosted here within the Waterfront. From here visitors can take a ferry ride to the Robben Island. It is possible to take a ferry from the V&A to Hout Bay, Simon's Town as well as the Cape Fur Seal