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Cape Town

Known for Tour, Mountains and Museums

Constructed on a rich tapestry of cultures and shaped by its stunning surroundings, Cape Town’s heritage is reflected throughout the city in its houses and museums.

How do you get to Cape Town?

Nestled in the shadows of Table Mountain and close to the foaming waves of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town is a city that’s never far from the true majesty of the wild.

Hiking along one of the many nature trails will give you the chance to see wild antelope, ostriches or even baboons. Travel a little further and you’ll find African penguins in their thousands on the sands of Boulders Beach. For a more relaxed day out, take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and allow yourself time to marvel at one of the greatest views in the world.

On returning to the city, you can soak up the atmosphere by settling down for a picnic amongst the floral gems in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

If you’re interested in South Africa’s complex past, historical gold can be found at the South Africa Maritime Museum, Slave Lodge or the recently opened Jewish Museum. Nelson Mandela’s long struggle for freedom will come to life before your eyes if you visit Robben Island, where he was imprisoned during the years of apartheid.

Local delicacies such as spicy Babotie or soothing Melktert are well worth a taste. Choose from delicious street food straight from the carts in the Islamic quarter or today’s catch served up by the finest restaurants around on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Many settlers have left their mark since Cape Town was first established by the Dutch East India Company. This can best be seen in the mixture of architectural styles around the city. Local Cape Dutch style houses rub shoulders with colourful Edwardian, elegant Victorian and gleaming modern architecture.

Cape Town’s warm climate is tempered by the breeze off the Atlantic, bringing down the humidity so that the heat doesn’t hit so hard. There is much to be discovered on the outskirts of the city. Pack more into your stay by hiring a car or trying out the public bus network to explore the myriad of wonders in Table Mountain National Park.

Activities in Cape Town

The lofty summit of Table Mountain is Cape Town’s crowning glory, offering a coastal panorama that is second to none.

Sun, sand and spectacular sea life are all available at Boulders Beach, home to an impressive African Penguin colony.

Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence and explore the Table Bay island that has also served as a leper colony and a military base.

This is the oldest and most prestigious botanical garden in South Africa, home to the first collection in the world dedicated solely to indigenous plants.

Feared by sailors for centuries, the jagged cliffs around the Cape of Good Hope showcase the splendour of South Africa’s native wilderness.

With sharks, rays, tropical fish and forests of kelp, this aquatic attraction provides deep insights into life under the ocean waves.

Take a guided tour of this modern sports arena and then watch a soccer or rugby match while sitting among an energetic, vuvuzela-playing crowd.

At one of South Africa’s oldest buildings, browse exhibitions about the history of Cape Town and walk on ramparts to enjoy stunning views of Table Mountain.

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Submerged underwater in a cage off the shores of Dyer Island, come face-to-face with one of nature's most awe-inspiring creatures: the great white shark. This cage-diving experience gets you up-close and personal with the tremendous fish, allowing you to safely observe it in its natural habitat.

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Jump in the water for a personal encounter with one of Mother Nature's most formidable beasts as you face down a great white shark. With expert instruction and from the security of a cage, safely swim just feet away from an intimidating predator in one of the world's top-rated shark dive sites.

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Discover the highlights of Table Mountain National Park as you embark on a full-day tour around the Cape Peninsula. Travel in and out of pretty bays, see species of African game, stroll with penguins, and admire exotic plants as you explore one of the continent's most southerly points.

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Ranking just under Johannesburg as South Africa's second-most populous city, Cape Town caters to nature lovers as much as culture enthusiasts. This hop-on hop-off tour grants you the flexibility to explore the city according to your own itinerary.

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Set off in search for most of the Big Five on a ranger-led 4x4 game drive in the malaria-free Garden Route and another 4x4 game drive in the Klein Karoo. Search for most of the big giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra and wildebeest, to name a few.

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Get ready for a safari tour through the Aquila Private Game Reserve, hoping to catch sight of the Big 5—buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. Soak up incredible scenery during an enthralling game drive, and then savor an indulgent buffet-style lunch at the lodge.

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