Located on the eastern coast of Africa, Cape Town is a popular tourist destination. Home to some of the most spectacular and diverse cities in the world, Cape Town has been voted the number one place to visit by travel agents.
The beautiful natural scenery of its majestic mountains, seas, and wetlands to the vibrant nightlife and energetic dining scene, there are so many reasons why Cape Town must be on almost any traveler’s bucket list.
A holiday in Cape Town will allow you to experience the best of both worlds—a coastal city with stunning natural beauty and a wealth of cultural diversity.
Folly Island Lighthouse
One of the most popular activities in Cape Town is boating with breathtaking scenery and access to the amazing crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
A relaxing day on the water starts at the Folly Island Lighthouse, a delightful boutique hotel nestled at the edge of Point Lookout, a lush green point at the southern end of Cape Point.
At the Folly Island Lighthouse, guests can enjoy a delightful luncheon with sea turtles, take a tour of the pristine green point, or just marvel at the beauty unfolding below.
Mouth of South Africa
Fishermen are also in luck, as the water temperatures and water depths here are ideal for catching prized kingfish and Marlin. The town’s most famous landmark-the ‘Mouth of South Africa,’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you can expect to spend a lot of time exploring this large waterfront cove.
The most popular area to fish is at Hout Bay, but there are several other smaller coves, islands, bays, and peninsulas that offer good fishing opportunities.
Most tourists begin their stay at the mouth of Port Elizabeth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the southwest coast, where they’ll see the popular ‘Mouth of South Africa’ and enjoy the brightly painted turquoise waters. This coastal fishing village offers all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury hotel, including a fully-equipped fitness center, internet access, and business facilities with fax, printer, and copier.
If you’re looking for a unique vacation experience, consider booking a guided fishing trip during which you’ll be hosted by a professional captain and have access to delicious local seafood, as well as other exotic fish species.
Durban & Cape Peninsula District
If you prefer a more traditional vacation, try visiting the colorful villages located around South Africa’s largest city, Durban. There, you can explore the markets and museums, shop for antiques and other souvenirs, and experience the friendly hospitality of the locals.
For those interested in a more cultural vacation, visit the Cape Peninsula District, which consists of seven neighborhoods spread out in four districts: Clifton, Woodstock, Paarl, Leith, and Campsfield.
Although this region is less compact than the rest of Cape Town, it offers plenty to do and see, especially in the tourism-rich towns of Paarl, Clifton, and Woodstock.
The highlight of any trip to Cape Town are its natural attractions, such as the Indian Ocean Beaches, the Twelve Apostles mountain range, the golden sands of the beaches, and the moist, emerald forest of Masiphumelele.
A unique aspect of this area is the presence of white sand, which is said by experts to be among the finest available anywhere. The beaches are particularly popular, as visitors can witness whales, sharks, and other sea creatures in their natural habitat.
If you’re looking for an even more cultural experience, head to Paarl, which is South Africa’s largest suburb. Surrounded by the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic, it’s also home to Cape Point, a World Heritage Site that offers visitors an awesome view of the Indian Ocean and turquoise waters of Cape Town.
Other notable attractions include the Silva, or salt pans located near Paarl, where tourists can snorkel and swim.
Those interested in the sporting events and nightclub culture of Cape Town should head to Woodstock and Clifton, which are the country’s two major sports clubs. They boast huge expanses of green space, including the Cheetah Stadium and, on the outskirts, the world-famous Clifton Track.
All Cape Town travel is guaranteed to be worthwhile, so what are you waiting for?