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Cape Town

Radiant and sunny almost all year round, Cape Town is one of the most scenic seaside cities on earth. At its heart it is a welcoming and laid-back city, characterised by its buzzing cafes and bars, and excellent restaurants. Recent years have seen a boom in more eclectic offerings such as secret gin bars disguised as chocolate shops and seriously good vintage clothes shops with slogans such as ‘the clothes you wish your mother had kept for you’. Cape Town was declared a World Design Capital in 2014, and it’s obvious why; from the amazing Bo-Kaap, the bathing chalets of Muizenberg, to the Afro chic décor of its restaurants and bars this is one great-looking metropolis. Encircled by natural beauty and full of adventure, Cape Town is a fascinating and energising entry to South Africa.

By day, you can survey the captivating scene from Table Mountain via the aerial cable car, or hike into the Table Mountain National Park from the outstanding Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The plentiful beaches, including fashionable Clifton Bay, are a great place to enjoy a sundowner and watch the surf. Take full advantage of the abundant outdoor space; learn to surf at Muizenberg, hike up Lion’s Head on a full moon, or for the super adventurous abseil off the top of Table Mountain.

Days in the Cape can be spent exploring the many suburbs; drive over Chapman’s Peak and head to Simonstown to see the African penguins sunbathing amongst supersize boulders. En-route pop into Afreek a fantastic leather store serving delicious coffee. Spend the afternoon exploring Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope and the actual most southern point, Cape Agulhas. The restaurant scene is also a vital part of the Mother City’s attraction; fresh sushi, traditional South African braais and wine tasting to name but a few, are some of Cape Town’s mouth-watering offerings.

Soak up some culture in Cape Town and visualise its Dutch colonial heritage that is woven through its cobbled streets and buildings. Local markets are also popular and with anything from fresh food to fine art up for sale, you are bound to find something for everyone. Christian, Muslim, Hindu and traditional beliefs peacefully coexist in the city, and all cultures bring unique flavours to Cape Town’s rich melting pot. Perhaps visit Robben Island, the infamous prison of those who were incarcerated for many years, including South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela. The prison has been extremely well preserved and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cape Town is a tale of many cities; from the manicured gardens of Constantia to the brightly coloured ex-slave houses of Bo-Kaap, Cape Town will keep you captivated for weeks.

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