The trendy city on Table Bay with its Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and the mountain range called the Twelve Apostles, has so much on offer. Everyone will feel quite at home here, whether young or old, everyone feels welcome. Cape Town should be on every traveller to South Africa’s itinerary and if you have visited here once, you will certainly return.
The Cape Town metropole and the Peninsula has so much on offer that you could spend your entire holiday here. As a holiday destination, plenty of varied accommodation is available, from hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts and self-catering apartments. You could stay in the suburbs or in the trendy city centre area, there is enough accommodation for every taste and budget.
Cape Town became a trade and supply station to the Dutch VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) in 1652. Here the ships travelling to East Asia could stock up on supplies to continue on their route. Cape Town was therefore the first town founded in southern Africa and has always been referred to as the „Mother City of Africa“.
Cape Town quickly developed into a much loved city and the small towns surrounding the False Bay on the peninsula developed into popular beach resorts, where the wealthy Capetonians and European travellers could break away to and enjoy their beach holiday.
Cape Town was first developed between the area of the Table Mountain and Table Bay, the area called Zonnebloom in the east and the Signal Hill in the west. The highly populated area in the middle with it’s highrise buildings is called the City Bowl or the CBD (Central Business District). The sea came up to what is today called De Waterkant. On the east side more land was gained from the sea and this is now called the ‚Foreshore‘.
These areas are worth visiting by tourists: the very colourfull Malay Quarters area called the „Bo Kaap“, also Tamboerskloof where over the years most of the German immigrants moved to, then the very central area of „Gardens“ and the lovely suburbs of Oranjezicht and Vredehoek on the foot of Table Mountain.
South of the city centre on the Cape Peninsula you will find the popular southern suburbs of Rondebosch, Newlands, Constantia, Wynberg and Tokai.
Now we come to the suburbs along False Bay; the historical small beach towns of Muizenberg, St.James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town.
Travelling towards Cape Point across to the Atlantic side of the Peninsula you will find several beach resorts, these include Scarborough, Kommetjie, Noordhoek and the very popular among immigrants town of Hout Bay with its own fishing harbour. Travelling towards Cape town you will find Llandudno, Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay, Sea Point and Green Point.
Now the traveller has a choice where to stay, rather close to the city or preferably further out, close to the sea in the lovely country side.
Have you ever dreamt of standing on Table Mountain one day? With good weather you will find a wonderful view from Table Mountain over the city, the surrounding mountains and the Table Bay. The big cable car transports visitors all day long onto the mountain and off again. Unfortunately the mountain can be covered by low clouds very quickly, this is called the „Table Cloth“. The cable car doesn’t operate either during strong winds.
A further highlight is a Cape Peninsula tour, firstly along the False Bay to Cape of Good Hope and return via the beach resorts along the Atlantic coast line. All these small resorts belong to the „Greater Cape Town‘ metropole.
An absolute tourist highlight and‚ „must see‘ is the V&A Waterfront, the old Cape Town harbour which was turned into a tourist hub. Locals and tourists love the vibe here, which also offers hotels, shops, markets, restaurants, bars, a roundabout, boat tours, street musicians and more entertainment.
In and around the famous Long Street the nightlife takes place, many bars, restaurants and small shops. Here you can stroll in the evening and visit one bar after the other. Restaurants with live African music are popular with tourists and some of the musicians create a super vibe.
Today Cape Town is a modern city with a trendy entertainment industry. City sight-seeing on your own is comfortable with the Hop on-/Hop off bus company. You can discover the city and the peninsula on three different bus routes, there is therefore no need to sit in city traffic with your car. With one ticket you can travel all day on the bus and interrupt your journey as the mood takes you and then continue again. On bord you will find ear phones explaining the land marks that you pass. The bus leaves from the aquarium at the Waterfront, you can however also start your bus ride at any bus stop.