Cape Town, South Africa with a picture of the penguins at Boulder’s Beach

Cape Town, Africa’s Mother City is truly a gem to behold. It is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in South Africa due to its simple yet majestic sights and its rich cultural history. Inhabitants are a cornucopia of French, British, German, Dutch and Indonesian settlers, the Bantu and Hottentot tribes and the local Bushman.

Amongst the most visited attractions in Cape Town are: The Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island, Hout Bay, V and A Waterfront, Camps Bay, Blouberg, Llandudno and the winelands, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franshhoek.

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is renowned worldwide for its exceptional land formations and grand selection of flora and fauna. It boasts of over a thousand species of Cape Fynbos or fine bush and is recognized as one of the world’s 6 most thriving floral kingdoms. There are over 1000+ plant species in the nature reserve and over 2000+ plant species in the Cape Peninsula.

Animal lovers will definitely love the sight of Chacma baboons roaming the Cape’s beaches during the low tide to seek out shellfish and sand hoppers to eat. You wouldn’t want to miss out on seeing the rarest antelope in the whole world – the Bontebok, and other species of the antelope family. You can also catch a sight of the Eland, the Cape Mountain Zebra, the Grey Rhebuck, the Cape Grysbok and the Red Hartebeest. Bird lovers will dance for joy upon seeing 250 species of birds among them the Spotted Prinia, Fish Eagle, Black Eagle, Steppe Buzzard and Baird’s Sandpiper. You can also catch a glimpse of the Cape Grey Mongoose, Dassies, lynx and many others.

Table Mountain is also one of the main attractions in Cape Town, you can tour the mountain either by hiking up (for the more adventurous crowd) or by simply riding the Table Mountain Cableway (for the non-hikers). You can also hike up or drive up Signal Hill to take a closer and different view of Table Mountain and the City Bowl.

The Beaches of Cape Town are also very popular for its white shores that are surrounded by magnificent cliffs. Beaches in Cape Town include the False Bay beaches, beaches in Clifton, Dias beach for surfing, Boulder’s beach known for its being a colony of African penguins and the beach near Olifantsbos Point is a secluded and peaceful spot with lots of birds and little whalebones everywhere.

Here is an inspiring picture of Boulder’s Beach with its famous Penguins that makes me want to visit Cape Town – how cool would it be to share a beach with penguins?

The Port of Cape Town also attracts tourists with the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront where you can find plenty of shopping choices and the popular Two Oceans Aquarium. V and A is still an operating port so you have the luxury of watching ships dock and leave while eating or sipping coffee in one of the coffee bars and restaurants. You can also catch a ferry through V and A to go to Robben Island, another top tourist spot, Simon’s Town, Hout Bay and Duiker Islands which are home to colonies of seals. Near V and A are tons of Bed and Breakfast inns that you will definitely find comfortable yet affordable.

If you’ve been to Cape Town please share your experiences here. Hopefully I’ll follow in your footsteps in 2010 when South Africa hosts the World Cup.

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  1. pscifres says:

    cape town is beautiful, v & a waterfront is fun, but pricey as it is mostly for tourists. rent a car and drive into the country past fish houke bay. watch for the baboons as they are everywhere.

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