Cape Town –The second most populous urban city of South Africa, famous for its harbor and developed by the Dutch East India Company is located at the shore of Table Bay. It is taken as the face of South Africa, ornamented with museums, historic sites to scenic beaches and picturesque drives –Cape Town offers a huge range of excursions to its visitors. Cape Town is subjected as the highest levels of Biodiversity Hotspot as it is located at the unique Cape Floristic Region. It preserves approx 2200 species of plants confined to Table Mountain. This is more than the whole of UK which has 1200 plant species. This is why it is declared World Heritage Site.
The Table Mountain and the gentle slope towards the center of city are easy to explore on foot. The Robin Island, Cape point and Wine lands along with the magnificent blue flag-rated beaches and many more attractive spots of Cape Town are ideal to spend holidays here.
Cape Town Beaches
The city situated on shore has some magnificently gorgeous beaches. The water of Atlantic Ocean is incredibly cold, wide stretched of golden sands jam packed with tourist and locals. The beach strips are adorned by high-end restaurants and stylish bars. The most popular beaches of Cape Town include Camps Bay and four beaches of Clifton. Clifton beaches are diversified in their gentry’s code. First beach is a family beach, second attracts the “hip” crowd more while the third and fourth is frequented by surfers and the sophisticated locals.
If you are in quest of most scenic and virgin beach, then Llandudno should be your destination. For surfing, swimming and other water sports, you should opt for Muizenberg and Fishoek beaches as the waters are warmer. Horse riding and long calming beach-walk is best at Noordhoek beach.
Bird enthusiast should pay a visit to the Cape Town penguin colony at Boulders Beach, where these cuddly sweet birds stay.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
The splendid Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are situated 5 miles south of the city, covering huge lush south western slopes of the mountain range. The gardens outline more than 22,000 vegetation and plant species, fauna and the indigenous floral heritage of Cape. There are endless opportunities to stay, picnic and on-foot walk, outdoor movie screening, open-air concerts and much more. In summers, this venue gets packed with local picnickers and tourist.
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The most popular tourism destination of Cape Town needs no introduction. It is the home of the most influential prisoner of world’s history –Nelson Mandela who spent 18-27 years of incarceration here; perhaps it is the most famous island-prison on earth. The island tour is offered with a multimedia exhibition on the waterfront gateway, a museum exploration, and visit to the security prison with the poignant spot reserved for Mr. Mandela’s cell, Robert Sobukwe confinement house and the Leper’s graveyard, and finally Kramat of a Muslim leader Tuan Guru which is a Shrine. The tour ends with lunch at restaurant to entertain and ferry ride to drive you back to the city.
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