Cape Town, South Africa cruises
Your guide to Cape Town.
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town inhabits one of the most enviable settings in the world. Soaring mountains, fertile valleys, sweeping beaches and a sunny climate are the norm here, while the city’s attractions include museums, gardens, historic buildings and superb restaurants to savor. If venturing beyond Cape Town, the verdant vineyards of Stellenbosch and the historical architecture of Simon’s Town are little more than an hour’s drive away. Alternatively, ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular at the awe-inspiring Cape Point or visit Boulders Beach where walking amongst native African penguins is just one way to pass the time.
Cape Town’s most famous attraction, Table Mountain, has its own dedicated Aerial Cableway that delivers you from ground to summit in just five minutes. It’s outside of the city but if you choose to make the journey you won’t be disappointed. To say the views are spectacular is an understatement. Central Cape Town also offers plenty to explore, from the 18th Century Koopmans de Wet House and the Old Town House on Greenmarket Square - a small gallery housed in a former City Hall. Along Government Avenue you’ll find several other noteworthy sights including South Africa’s oldest gardens, St George’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and The South African Museum.
Eating and drinking.
Cape Town is a gastronomic haven for foodies. The proximity to the sea means the freshest local catch is never in short supply and the city is now home to several popular sushi restaurants, while fish and chips - a British favorite - is also widely represented. For a truly authentic taste of South Africa try a traditional braai (BBQ) and choose Boerewors – a native South African sausage, popular throughout the region. A diverse selection of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines can be found along Victoria and Albert waterfront. The choice here is extensive and far-reaching, catering to everything from classic American to the freshest local oysters.
From flea markets and malls to specialist boutiques, the shopping choices in Cape Town are infinite and the city offers a wealth of ways to source that all important holiday keepsake. Gold, diamonds and semi-precious stones are widely available while African woodcarvings and woven goods make great souvenirs. The flea market, held at Greenmarket Square, is the place to source these kinds of crafts and the Square itself is a delightful place to visit. Alternatively, head to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront where Cape Town locals shop and eat. Largely pedestrianized, it’s a thoroughly worthwhile place to spend time and easily equals the waterfronts of Sydney and San Francisco.
Beyond Cape Town.
Traveling beyond Cape Town unlocks more of South Africa’s salt white beaches and world-famous wineries. Several Cape vineyards are within an hour of the city and a historic double-decker tram travels between them, rewarding you with incredible views as you voyage. Also, just an hour from Cape Town is Simon’s Town - one of South Africa’s oldest towns - where you’ll be able to get up close to native African penguins at Boulders Beach. The area offers charming antique shops and quaint cafés, while a little further on still brings you to the awe-inspiring Cape Point and the chance to ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular.