Cape Town is often the first port of call for visitors to South Africa, set against the backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain it is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a Mediterranean climate.
Cape Town is not very big in geographical terms and it is easy to explore by taxi or as part of a guided tour. A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus offers one and two day tickets that include all of the city centre sights as well as those further afield, such as Cape Point, Boulders Beach and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Robben Island is usually at the top of most visitors ‘must-see’ list and is easy to reach from the V&A Waterfront in the heart of the city. The excursion takes about 3 hours including the return ferry ride and there are 4 departures each day, staring at 9am. In high season the ferry can be fully booked, so it is advisable to pre book tickets rather than leave it to chance. (Your travel agent should be able to do this for you.)
An easy 45 minute drive from the city centre is the Cape Winelands, including the historic town of Stellenbosch and the picturesque Franschhoek valley. These can be explored either by a private or scheduled day tours from the city, and generally include 3 or 4 wine tasting and a cellar tour as well as a chance to look around Stellenbosch itself. For anyone self-driving, the Stellenbosch Tourist Information office provides excellent maps of the wine estates and suggested routes.One of the high lights of Cape Town is the wide variety of food available and the superb restaurants.
From casual beach cafes, serving fresh caught local fish and seafood, to world class fine dining in the European style. Our top restaurants include La Colombe, in Constantia, Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch, The Test Kitchen, Panama Jack’s and Paranga on Camp’s Bay.
If you are thinking about a trip to South Africa, why not speak to one of the Africa Experts at Visions of Africa, who can assist you with the planning of your trip, including Cape Town, the Garden Route and safaris. Call 01444 225 640 or visit the website at www.visionsofafrica.co.uk.
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