Cape Town

Cape Town has one of the most famous profiles of any city in the world. With Table Mountain dominating the skyline behind the city, it is almost impossible to mistake a photo of Cape Town for any other place. The revolving cable car up Table Mountain offers breathtaking views back over the city and harbour, and from its flat summit there are great views not only of this but also the coast and the Cape of Good Hope.

Being the cultural centre of South Africa, there are plenty of museums to visit. The South African Museum is the oldest museum in the country and exhibits many of the country's main artefacts. These range from Bushman paintings to fossil and early human remains. The City also offers some excellent shopping and eating opportunities on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The architecture betrays the colourful history of the area, with the large Dutch fortress and small thatched homesteads and British colonial architecture all mixed in with the modern buildings of a modern, prosperous city.

The Cape was the home of the Hottentots, a tribe who traded with the first white settlers and acted as go-betweens with the other tribes. As the settlers started taking more of their land however they turned against the Dutch and after 2 defeats in battle plus suffering a devastating smallpox epidemic, they disappeared from history as a force. The Cape had been initially discovered by Vasco De Gama, the Portuguese explorer, who had called the area the Cape of Storms (later revised to Cape of Good Hope). It is also interesting to note that having discovered this area it was another 10 years before he finally made it all the way to India, his original aim. It was not until the second half of the seventeenth century that the Dutch finally settled the area and had their initially friendly interaction with the Hottentots. As always, the British decided they wanted the area when they realised its potential and so started the long battle between the two nations that culminated in the Boer Wars of the late 1800?s. Throughout this period, despite occasional setbacks the city with its sheltered position and harbour thrived and grew in importance.

For the visitor there are as many attractions in the vicinity of Cape Town as there are in the city itself. The world-famous wine lands are a short drive away. The Cape of Good Hope and its National Reserve are an enjoyable day trip, maybe stopping off at Boulders Bay on the return to see the colony of Penguins. You can visit Hermanus which during the right season offers some of the best whale-watching in the Cape Provinces. There are Botanical gardens, golden beaches (with a cold sea!), small coastal towns and villages, beautiful scenery and for the fit the chance to get to the top of Table Mountain by foot. One of Cape Town's latest attractions is the The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, or Boomslang, at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, another must-visit destination in the Cape.

Safaris visiting this attraction

13 days
From £1790
A Taste of South Africa

A very popular holiday that starts on safari in the Kruger before heading to Cape Town, the Winelands, Hermanus and the beautiful Garden Route

7 days
From £730
Cape Town Short Break

Spend a week in Cape Town, South Africa - one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world. Car hire is included and you have a choice of hotels from boutique guest houses to five star luxury.

10 days
From £1085
Classic Garden Route and Cape Town

A self-drive tour along the world-famous Garden Route including Knysna, Hermanus, the Winelands and Cape Town

12 days
From £4370
Explorers Against Extinction Cape Town, Garden Route and Conservation Safari

A fabulous tour staying in handpicked luxury accommodation and visiting Cape Town, the Winelands, the Garden Route and a malaria free private game reserve

12 days
From £3495
Highlights of Southern Africa

This leisurely holiday gives you the chance to see Cape Town, a private safari in the Kruger and visit the spectacular Victoria Falls

8 days
From £3270
Luxury Cape Town & Franschhoek Escape

A superbly indulgent week long break combining two of the Cape's hottest properties.

12 days
From £5075
Luxury Safari, the Blue Train, Cape Town and the Winelands

A lovely holiday starting with a safari in the Pilanesberg National Park (malaria free) followed by a classic luxury train trip across the country, a few days in exciting Cape Town and ending in the beautiful Winelands

11 days
From £8330
Opulent Cape and Safari

Staying in luxury properties and including car hire this opulent self drive itinerary takes you from Cape Town via the Winelands and Hermanus to a safari in the Kruger

15 days
From £3235
South Africa Grand Escorted Tour

A small group escorted tour of South Africa including Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the Garden Route, a Kruger safari, Swaziland and the Panoramic Route

12 days
From £2500
South Africa: Family Caper

A self drive tour along the stunning Garden Route including Cape Town, the Winelands and a malaria free safari

19 days
From £3635
Ultimate Garden Route Self Drive

This is a comprehensive self drive holiday to South Africa's beautiful Cape, including a Big Five safari

12 days
From £6315
Ultimate Safari, Rovos Rail, Cape Town and the Winelands

A true once-in-a-lifetime trip combining a luxury safari, a trip on board the iconic Rovos Rail and a stay in the gorgeous city of Cape Town before exploring the scenic Winelands

12 days
From £3345
Ultimate Southern Africa: Three Countries

Embrace the explorer in you with this three centre trip which includes Victoria Falls, a safari in Botswana's Chobe and Cape Town

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