Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa with a cultural heritage of more than 300 years old. Often regarded as ‘South Africa’s Jewel City’, Cape Town is one the most beautiful cities in the world. The architectural styles of the city reflect the taste of its historical past as well as today’s more functional requirements.
The city offers many outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture, amongst the high-rise office blocks and well preserved Edwardian and Victorian buildings. It is a cosmopolitan city with cobble stone streets and its ambiance is enhanced by the influence of the Islamic settlement of Bo-Kaap.
Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town.
Below is a list of top 5 things to do in Cape Town:
Table Mountain was elected as one of the 7 new wonders of nature, in 2013. The cable car ride to the top gives you some gorgeous views over Table Bay. Best time to take this ride is early morning so you can see the sun rise over the bay – on the contrary, you can take the ride after sunset to see the glimmering city lights. The experience is simply awe-inspiring!
The African landscape brings to mind images of safaris with zebras and lions and tigers – Cape Town has its own fair share of exotic animals. There are up to 98 different species of sharks and even a colony of penguins. You can go for a dive in the ocean to witness the ocean’s vast range of creatures.
You can take an unforgettable camel ride at the bohemian Imhoff Farm. The camels are both tame and affectionate, providing the rider with a safe and thrilling ride. These camels are properly groomed and they live in a clean environment. You can take a short 10 minute ride around the farm or if you want to get the real feel of came riding, you can take the longer 40 minute ‘Bush Ride’.
One of the many Cape Town botanical gardens gives you the activity of taking a stroll or hike. Enjoy the colorful daisy fields in spring season during September and October or see the blooming of different kinds of fynbos and proteas in November. There are also many open-air concerts taking place in these botanical gardens during the summer time. During the spring time, you can see the wild flowers blooming in these gardens. In this season, there is also a wild flower festival here.
The 25 minute helicopter tour takes you on a scenic flight around Table Mountain, gliding along the Atlantic coastline. It flies across the Cape Peninsula to reach the waters of the Indian Ocean. It is a treat to watch the contrasting landscapes below, which stretch along the coast, from the ragged peaks of Signal Hill to the sandy shore and lavish houses at Camps Bay.