Cape Town South Africa.
A City Guide To Cape Town.
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South Africa is a country with many surprises in store. Cape Town has a marked European influence from where you can experience the colour and excitement of Africa from the comforts of First World and First Class surroundings. Discover a variety of climates, awe-inspiring safari parks, a stunning coastline, fertile vineyards and the colorful variety of wild flowers along the fabled Garden Route.
Cape Town. There is nowhere like Cape Town. Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, its a place to renew and reconnect. The beautiful seaside city of Cape Town lies at the foot of flat-topped Table Mountain, its known as the "Mother City" and is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. Great views of the city can be had by taking the cable car ride to the top of the mountain, but be sure to do so on a cloud free day.
The place to be seen is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour, here you will find free entertainment, shops, museums, an aquarium, trendy bars and restaurants, with
more than 70 eateries ranging from pubs and fast food outlets to five star restaurants. There are also luxury hotels and a variety of boat trips, harbour cruises and helicopter charters.
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Shopping tips in Cape Town: There's a great choice, particularly in the big cities. Cosmopolitan Cape Town V&A Waterfront, Cavendish and Canal Walk are great for fashion and electric boutiques, bars and restaurants. Stalls along paved Church street sell art nouveau jewellery, rare books and other nick-knacks. Greenmarket sq has a great flea market.
Excursions in Cape Town: Cape Town's most popular tourist attraction is a trip to the top of Table Top mountain, the views from the top of the mountain are quite spectacular.
At the top of the mountain you will also find a restaurant, small gift shop and numerous pathways and vantage points. The top is reach by
a Swiss-built rotating cable car that carries visitors smoothly up the mountain and back again.
Other popular excursions include. (1) A full day Winelands tour – you will discover fabulous Cape Dutch architecture, historic towns, working wine estates and stunning scenery, tour includes a guided cellar tour and wine tasting. (2) A half day city tour – including the Malay quarter, flower market and Signal Hill. (3) A full day Peninsula tour – highlights include Cape Point and Nature Reserve, penguin colony and Simons's Town historical navel base. (4) Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world.
Beach Life: Cape Town has some great beaches the best being off the Atlantic Ocean where the sea water can be staggeringly cold. The most popular beach is Camps Bay, consisting of a long and wide stretch of yellow and golden sand backed by trendy bars and
restaurants. For family friendly beaches try the beaches at Clifton.
Wining and Dining: Cape Town has a large selection on international cuisine, from Thai to Japanese, Mediterranean to Southern African. Seafood is especially popular. The V&A Waterfront has the best choice of restaurants.
Driving in South Africa: The roads are generally excellent and traffic is reasonably light outside the main cities, toll roads operate on major routes. In general, public roads in South Africa are well developed and well sign-posted with driving done on the left hand side of the road. Speed limits are usually 60 km/h in built-up areas, 100 km/h on the open road, and 120 km/h on highways. It is generally unwise to assume that everyone on the road will drive safely. Petrol in South Africa can often only be purchased in cash as most filling stations do not except credit cards or travelers cheques.
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