CAPE TOWN ATTRACTIONS
• Cape Point (30 min)
• Table Mountain (20 min)
• Waterfront & City Centre (20 min)
• International Sport Grounds (10 min)
• Simonstown Penguins (25 min)
• Kalk Bay Harbour (15 min)
• Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (10 min)
• Chapman’s Peak & Hout Bay (15 min)
• Stellenbosch/Cape winelands (40 min)
• Cape Town International Airport (30 min)
• Camps Bay (30 min)
• Nightlife (15 min)
The Western Cape is one of South Africa's premier tourist attractions, and for good reason. From the famous icon of Table Mountain, vast winelands and exquisite beaches to world-class restaurants and cosmopolitan entertainment haunts, the Cape boasts a myriad cultures and tourist attractions to suit every type of traveller - from those seeking adventure to those in need of pampering and relaxation.
Whilst staying at any of the luxury hotels in Cape Town that comprise The Last Word, we will endeavour to aid you in exploring and experiencing all that Cape Town and its surrounds has to offer.
Considered the gateway to Africa, the beautiful city of Cape Town is situated at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain. With its myriad exciting activities and spectacular scenery, Cape Town is very popular with international travelers. The city's suburbs are spread over much of the scenically spectacular 60 km-long Cape Peninsula, flanked by the Indian Ocean lapping her shores on one side and the Atlantic on the other.
The oldest city in South Africa, founded by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant mix of cultures and people. Cape Town is dotted with monuments commemorating the city's eventful history. The Castle of Good Hope, the old Slave quarters, the many museums and the Company's Gardens which started out as Jan van Riebeeck's vegetable patch in the 1650s, to name a few.
Cape Town's major attractions include the wide variety of excellent restaurants and bars, luxury accommodation, stylish shopping centres, bustling craft markets, numerous arts and cultural events, pristine white beaches, championship golf courses, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Peninsula's unique scenery.
Cape Town's premier attraction, Table Mountain towers over the city, 1,086 s above sea level. There is hardly a suburb that does not have views of the majestic flat-topped monolith. The mountain's summit can be reached by numerous trails of varying levels of difficulty or by revolving cable car, weather permitting.
Enjoy spectacular views of the city and surroundings from the top of Table Mountain, whilst enjoying refreshments in the restaurant. There are also conference facilities, a souvenir shop and even a post box at the top.
A World heritage Site, Table Mountain is covered with indigenous flora encompassing some 1,470 species, including more than 500 species of erica and 100 species of iris. South Africa's national flower, the protea, is found in abundance on the slopes.
Often covered by cloud, Table Mountain looks like it is wearing a "table cloth" - a sight gazed upon in awe by tourists and much loved by the locals.
Robben Island, which lies approximately 11 kilometres north of Cape Town, is where former President, Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for most of his 27 years of imprisonment. The island, once described by Nelson Mandela as "the harshest, most iron-fisted outpost in the South African penal system," was used as a place where the pre-democratic authorities in South Africa banished their political opponents.
In its tumultuous history, Robben Island has served as a sheep farm, a penal settlement, a leper colony, a pauper camp, an infirmary and a lunatic asylum. In 1997, the island was proclaimed a World Heritage Site and transformed into a museum.
Tours to Robben Island are given on a daily basis. Day trips by ferry take in the tiny prison cells (including Nelson Mandela's) and the other buildings of significant and historical importance. Your tour guide is an ex-prisoner who will regale you of stories of his time as a prisoner on the island.
The Cape Peninsula comprises the incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain that stretches from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south - a distance of some 60km. This narrow finger of land with its many beautiful valleys, bays and beaches is bound by the cold waters of the Atlantic ocean in the west and the warm waters of False Bay in the east.
A leisurely day's drive around the Cape Peninsula's coastline is highly recommended. Stops should include Hout Bay with its resident Cape fur seal colony, accessible by boat. Scenic Chapmans Peak drive leads to the fishing villages of Kommetjie and Scarborough, then on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. A funicular takes visitors up the hill to the lighthouse, which offers panoramic views of the entire peninsula and False Bay coastline. Continuing around the peninsula, visit Boulders Beach and the penguin colony, the naval base at Simonstown and the quaint coastal villages of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and St James. From Muizenberg, turn inland and explore the lush forest of Tokai or sample the many wines along the Constantia Wine Route.
Numerous exciting activities are available across the Peninsula. World-class golfing, abseiling, aerobatic flips, coastal cruises, caving, mountain biking, scuba diving, sport fishing, kayaking, surfing, sandboarding, skydiving to name a few.
Cape Town offers some of the most spectacular stretches of pristine, white sandy beaches in the world. The cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean make for sparkling, azure waters while the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean on the other side of the Peninsula create perfect conditions for surfers and body boarders alike.
On the Atlantic Seaboard, the beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno are particularly popular, with the majestic mountain range, the Twelve Apostles towering overhead. The waterfront promenade of Camps Bay offers many trendy eateries and bars - definitely the place to see and be seen in Cape Town. The beach is lined with palm trees and provides an excellent spot to view amazing sunsets while enjoying sundowners.
Along the False Bay coast lie the beaches of Muizenberg - a popular surfing spot, St James and Kalk Bay - ideal for whale spotting, and on to Simonstown and the delightful penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Further along the Peninsula lies the undiscovered paradise of Kommetjie and Noordhoek, where you can stroll along the desolate Long Beach or ride horses through the waves.
An hour's drive from Cape Town lies the magnificent region of the Cape Winelands. The area comprises of rugged mountains, fertile valleys, orchards and vineyards dotted with historic villages and gracious houses, built in typical Cape Dutch style. The wines produced in this region have become world-famous and wine tasting at the numerous award-winning wine estates has become a popular activity for locals and tourists alike.
The towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Welllington and Tulbagh began as farms built by the early white colonists. As the farms prospered in the fertile valley, towns were established, all which boast impressive homesteads, historical attractions and incredible scenic beauty.
As well as being the centre of a major wine route, Stellenbosch boasts a leading centre of education, Stellenbosch University, and includes more than 20 wine estates within a 12 km radius. Other points of interest include Oom Samie se Winkel, a charming general dealer from a bygone era, the Van Ryn Brandy Cellar and the cellars of the Bergkelder, which have been carved out of the hillside.
The quaint town of Franschhoek was founded in 1688 on land granted to the French Huguenot refugees who has escaped religious persecution in Europe. Franschhoek is best known for its first-class restaurants.
The Cape winelands can also be explored by the many scenic hiking trails, on horseback, mountain bike, by hot air balloon or helicopter.