Attractions around Table View, Cape Town
Since the earliest seafarers were drawn to explore a new land, the Cape has held intense fascination for sailors, geologists, historians, nature lovers and travellers from afar. The Cape Peninsula is a revelation to those who want the most to do and see.
At the Castle of Good Hope you can marvel at the Republic's oldest building, or gaze down in awe at the sheer cliffs of Cape Point. You can laze on the beaches, enjoy the lively coastal nightlife or retreat to the quiet of an historic town on the Wine Route. Here are a few ideas to assist you in discovering that the bustling Mother City is indeed a fascinating escape for visitors.
"The fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the Earth" ~ Sir Francis Drake
1086 metres above the sea, this unique flat-topped mountain offers breath-taking views of rocky shorelines, rugged mountains and vivid blue oceans. On a clear day, it is visible from almost 200km out to sea and it is said that there are over 350 different climbs to the summit. From every angle, around every corner, there's a view to reinforce the claim that this is, indeed, the Fairest Cape of all.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Appropriately named after Queen Victoria and her second son Alfred, this Cape Town gem is clearly visible from the terrace and is only 10 minutes drive away. Visit the waterfront where the charm of the Victorian era has been preserved. The magnificent restoration of historic buildings within this bustling harbour has created a quaint village of museums, taverns, shops and hotels. Boats are available for charter at the quays.
11 km north of Cape Town's Waterfront, the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years is today a national monument - a reminder of turbulent times and ultimate victory. There are regular excursions to the island.
The Castle of The Cape Of Good Hope
Visit one of the oldest historic monuments in the country. The fort was built in 1666 to protect the Settlement against attack, although none of its guns were actually used in battle.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Situated on the south-eastern slopes of Table Mountain, these National Botanical Gardens cover 560ha and contain some 4000 species of indigenous plants from all over South Africa. There are route maps and self-guided walks to help visitors fully appreciate these lovely gardens and countryside.
Cape Town Beaches
Clifton, Sea Point, Camps Bay & Llandudno: Marine Drive curves through quaint seaside suburbs from Mouille Point, Green Point and Three anchor Bay to the pristine apartment blocks along the Sea Point promenade. Here, there's a restaurant to suit every palate, flamboyant boutiques for avid shoppers, night-spots for the young at heart, a worldly atmosphere and friendly folk to welcome visitors to the Cape.
Clifton's four sandy coves, separated by large rocks, bask languidly at the foot of lofty sandstone cliffs known as 'The Twelve Apostles'. Wide protected beaches, tropical palm trees and sun-tanned locals characterise Camps Bay during the day-time. As the sun sinks over the horizon, sophisticated restaurants beckon their fashionable followers. The secluded Llandudno beach is surrounded by large rocks, weather beaten to a smooth roundness over years.
Hout Bay, Fish Hoek & Kalk Bay
High up on the mountain, the road hugs the cliffs until it meets the picturesque seaside village of Hout Bay - a charming fishing harbour. Fish Hoek is a popular venue for catamaran races. From here, the shore road winds past Clovelly to Kalk Bay where charter boats are available to take you deep sea fishing.
Cape Winelands - Wine-tasting
Cape Town boasts many fine wine routes including Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Constantia. These regions produce some of the finest wines in the world and are sought after by connoisseurs everywhere. Visit the vineyards, see the cellars and sip red, white & rose wines in the quiet of the country and experience a rich cultural heritage. A visit to Spier or Neethlingshof is well worth your while.
Ratanga Junction Theme Park
This theme park offers funrides, restaurants and cinemas. Only a few minutes away from us, this outing promises a full days entertainment at a reasonable price.