Cape Town situated at the most south western stage of the African continent is known as the gateway to Africa. Cape Town has developed into a modern city with highways, hotels, harbours shopping centres and an airport that compares with anything around the globe.The city of Cape Town is a mixture of old and new. In between the new skyscrapers that line the city centre are several older buildings with facades that one would expect to discover in London and Europe.
The oldest building may be the Castle from the Cape of Great Hope which was built within the seventeenth century, closely followed by the Grootte Kerk which may be the mother church of the Dutch Reformed church in South Africa. Dominating the skyline is Cape Town’s most important attraction, Table Mountain. On its slopes that are covered with fynbos you will find numerous walking trails and climbs to the summit.
For the not so energetic there is a cable car which whisks you towards the top in several minutes from where you can gaze out in all directions to see the most breathtaking scenery Cape Town has to provide. Table Mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park which stretches all of the way to Cape point at one of the most southern points of the Cape Peninsula.
Cape Town is recognized for its spectacular scenery, none better than that found along the Atlantic coastline through Chapman’s peak drive with its vertical cliffs and drops into the sea. The spectacular unspoilt beaches with their pristine white sands are a holidaymakers dream and could be utilised for swimming, tanning, surfing and walking or for just chilling out. At the Cape of Good Hope the most south western point of Africa one can breathe some of the cleanest air in the globe from winds that originate in the roaring forties and enjoy some of the unspoilt splendour that moved explorer Sir Francis Drake to call the region “The fairest Cape in all of the world.”
For wine lovers the Cape Peninsula and its surrounding area is a place of plenty as in any direction one chooses to travel one can visit wine estates and appreciate their fine wines and cuisine. The winelands of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek produce our finest wines that are available at bargain fees to visitors. The Franschhoek valley has five of the best one hundred restaurants in South Africa within its borders so is a region not to be missed by people seeking culinary delights.
Creature comforts are one of the main things individuals long for when going abroad and in Cape Town one is spoilt for options. There are many spectacular hotels situated in and around Cape Town, many of which are rated five star. Smaller hotels, game lodges, B& B’s, back packers lodges are readily available all over CapeTown and offer excellent accommodation for those not wanting to stay in the upmarket hotels. For those seeking a holiday of thrills Cape Town is the place to come to. Extreme sports such as shark cage diving, bungee jumping, sky diving and para gliding are readily obtainable. Cape Town, the Las Vegas from the south has 4 casinos within 1 hrs drive of the city centre.