Cape Town is known as the Mother City of Africa. It is a fascinating city, where so many cultures have come together, such as the Indonesians, the French, the Dutch, the Germans, the British, and the native Hottentots, Bushman and Bantu tribes. Cape Town has beautiful sandy beaches and is, of course, situated near the world famous Table Mountain.
Best Time to Travel to Cape Town
Cape Town has mild winters and pleasant summers. It is important to remember, however, that summer in Cape Town is between December and February. Most tourists hence decide to visit during these months, allowing them to escape the cold winters of their own countries to enjoy the sunshine and agreeable climate of Cape Town.
Attractions to See in Cape Town
There is so much to see and do in and around Cape Town that you could quite literally spend several months there and still not have done it all. Some of the things that really cannot be missed are:
• A visit to Table Mountain, which is one of the newest natural wonders of the world. • The Cape of Good Hope, where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet. • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is famous across the world for its diverse flora, often endemic to the Cape. It is a beautiful botanical garden where you could lose yourself for hours on end. • Shark cage diving – only for the not too faint of heart! • A visit to Roben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned • Shopping – there are many fascinating shopping centres in Cape Town • Ratanga Junction, a fun filled theme park for the entire family.
Of course, if you would like to venture slightly further, a safari could be a wonderful experience.
Restaurants and Bars in Cape Town
There are many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy all sorts of food, from traditional to European and from Asian to American. Some restaurants are cheap and cheerful, others are formal restaurants with matching price tags.
For a real African experience, the Africa Cafe should not be missed. It has a very family friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices.
If you are looking for a romantic experience and money is no object, the Roundhouse Restaurant could be the place for you.
Transport in Cape Town
If you are planning a visit to Cape Town, you may want to hire a car for the duration or part of your holiday. This will give you the freedom to come and go as you please and to visit any areas that may not offer guided tours. There are many companies offering car hire in Cape Town, such as Car Hire 3000, Argus Car Hire, Atlas Choice, Avis, Around About Cars, Vineyard Car Hire, Tempest Car Hire and Scenic Car Hire. As competition is quite fierce, prices are very affordable.
A visit to Cape Town is something that should be on everybody’s to do list. Beautiful with a mild climate, a holiday in Cape Town is enjoyable no matter what time of the year and there is plenty to do to keep the whole family occupied.