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Cape Town

Cape Town

Africa’s most popular tourist destination, Cape Town, South Africa, is a city with a bright future despite its history of struggle. The City Bowl, the central amphitheater-shaped area of Cape Town, is bounded on one side by Table Bay and on the other by dramatic peaks: Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, and Signal Hill. A Mediterranean climate, rugged mountains, considerable coastline, inland valleys, coastal plains, and semi-desert fringes make it comparable to southern California, so travel and exploration are possible year-round.

Table Mountain National Park offers opportunities to visit Table Mountain’s peak for a breathtaking view of the city. The peak can be accessed either by taking the exciting Table Mountain Cableway or by hiking to the top. A scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive gives guests impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean, while a drive from Cape Point provides panoramic views of the Cape Peninsula.

Any visit to Cape Town should involve a visit to one of the many beaches. Their close proximity to each other even allows for several different beach visits in a single day. Each beach exhibits its own unique atmosphere. On the Atlantic seaboard, the water is somewhat cooler due to the Benguela current, which originates in the southern ocean. On the other side of the peninsula, the False Bay coast is 10-15 degrees warmer due to the Agulhas current. Camps Bay beaches in Clifton offer a more upscale experience with cafes, restaurants, and bars. For the more adventurous, Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is home to a colony of African Penguins as well as hosting an annual surfing competition.

Cape Town’s most notable and most visited attraction is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Built on top of a portion of the docks at the port of Cape Town, it continues to function as a working dock, and visitors can watch ships come and go. The V & A, as it is locally known, also boasts hundreds of shops and is a departing point for ferries to Hout Bay, Simon’s Town, the Cape Fur Seal colony, and Robben Island, location of the Nelson Mandela Gateway.

An extensive transport system takes guests to other exciting venues and cultural attractions such as Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Winelands, and Cape Town Stadium, a 2010 FIFA World Cup venue. Dolphin and whale watching are also popular tourist attractions.

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