Cape Town, South Africa: 5 Places You Need to Visit

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Written by Frankie Cameron

Have you ever visited Cape Town, South Africa? There are so many things to do in the city. There is the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, and the Bo-Kaap, to name a few. Read on to learn more about our Cape Town adventure.

There are a lot of things to do and see in Cape Town, but these are a few of the highlights.

Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront

Exhausted from our 3 flights, we still wanted to get out and explore right away, so we headed to the V&A Waterfront. We took a long walk on the boardwalk to stretch our legs and watch the ocean as the waves ebbed and flowed. There were plenty of tug boats and sailboats in the harbour. We took a stroll through the Waterfront Village.

There is a huge shopping area. We visited a lot of the tourist shops while looking for something to eat. There was a giant Ferris wheel, and we had our picture taken in the frame that showcases Table Mountain.

Table Mountain

Our tour guide picked us up at our hotel, the Twelve Apostles Hotel, and drove us to Table Mountain, which is a flat-topped mountain that overlooks the city of Cape Town. One of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions that draws 800,000 visitors a year (pre-pandemic). Most visitors hike or take the cable car to the top. 60 people can fit in the rotating cable car at a time.

Table Mountain’s dominant feature is the level plateau that spans approximately three kilometres (2 miles) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. Devil’s Peak (west) and Lion’s Head (east) flank it. From the top of the mountain, you can see all of Cape Town. Just don’t miss the last shuttle or you will have to walk down.

They paired us up with a couple from Australia. The wife was afraid of heights and panicked any time her husband went near the edge. She could barely look at anything.

The City

Next up with a tour of the city. A drive through some of the most affluent areas in Cape Town: Camps Bay, Clifton, and Sea Point, (the first suburb). We passed by Cape Town Stadium into the main street of the central business district. There was a quick stop at City Hall where Nelson Mandela spoke after his prison release.

Drove past the Castle of Good Hope, originally built as a maritime replenishment station and the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

The Cannon

Next was a visit to Signal Hill, close to the center of the city, to see the Noon Gun and witness the historic time signal that has been happening since 1806. There are two black powder Dutch Naval Guns that are fired alternately. Even though they told us to plug our ears, it was loud and there was a ton of smoke.

Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter a racially segregated area. They built it on the slopes of Signal Hill. It is known for its brightly coloured homes and cobblestone streets. The Nurul Islam Mosque that was established in 1844 is in the area. Almost 60 percent of the multicultural neighbourhood residents are Muslim.

This section of Cape Town contains the largest concentration of pre-1850 South African architecture and is the oldest surviving residential area in Cape Town.

Final Thoughts on Cape Town

Cape Town was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. If you ever have a chance to go there, do it. You won’t be sorry. Have you ever been? Let me know in the comments.

 

Until next time

Frankie

Feature photo by Pascal OHLMANN from Pixabay All other photos copyright Frankie Cameron.

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