Cape Town is known for its lharbor and natural surroundings, and it is the second most populated city in South Africa. Located on the Western Cape at the edge of Table Bay, Cape town was the first South African, European settlement in the 1650s. Originally, the metropolis was started by Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company. Contemporary Cape Town is a cultural, international and governmental center, as well as an economic and business hub. Those visiting Cape Town come for outdoor sports, leisure getaways, and business. Many people fly into the Cape Town International Airport, or enter the harbor on cruise and passenger ships every year, and visitors to the city will find many places to visit, numerous attractions, and activities while experiencing the Western Cape.
Visitors from all parts of Africa and other countries worldwide can explore the many places and things to do in Cape Town. The area has a mild climate, beautiful scenic nature to enjoy, and a vibrant metropolitan region. Mountains, beaches, stunning coastal drives and more make Cape Town and the harbor area a wonderland to discover. People can take time for holiday, retreat relaxation and adventure. The options are endless for Western Cape escapes. Here are some of the most popular sites and recreation:
The top attraction near Cape Town, Table Mountain has many fabulous trails that are perfect for day hikes and backpackers. Locals and tourists hike on Table Mountain. Routes lead through gorges and over boulders and rocky terrain. Some trails are more direct and others meandering. Adventure guided tours are available. Then, the flat-topped mountain has a cableway ride. Arial Cable Cars take passengers up the mountain where they can appreciate spectacular views of the city and area below. At the top station, passengers find observation decks, curio shops and a restaurant. Trails lead away from the station to distant points around the mountain. Other activities on Table Mountain include rock climbing and caving.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Only fifteen minutes from Cape Town city center on the slopes of Table Mountain, these well-planned and well-kept gardens are beautiful in all seasons of the year. With stunning scenery, lovely plants and seasonal flowers, the gardens make a wonderful, calm getaway from the city, and the pathways are never crowded. In the summer, live musical concerts perform on Sundays. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are definitely a must-see destination, an affordable attraction.
A short walk from the car park to the secluded beach, an inlet among granite boulders and formations, Boulders Beach is a wildlife hot spot, and the home of penquins. Most people enjoy all the sea animals, birds and penguins from the large observation area, while others pay a small fee to walk among the African Penguins. The water is warm for swimming.
Cape Town has other amazing attractions like V&A Waterfront, Newlands, and Sea Point. For those who love the beach, the area around the city has several fantastic beach locations.