Cape Town On the Road

Cape Town, South Africa
Rated as one of the top three most beautiful cities in the world alongside San Fransisco and Rio de Genieiro, Cape town is a city to fulfill every travellers needs. From beaches to nightlife, it's truly a world city.

Origionally "founded" in 1652 as a resupply stop for a shipping company, it traded hands between the Dutch and the English till finally in the mid 20th century it received it's independence. 40 odd years of oppressive apaartheid ensued before the first democratic elections in 1994, which saw the peoples party of the ANC led by Nelson Mandela (or Madiba as he is more affectionately known) take the helm. since then South Africa has gone from strength to strength with a peaceful transition, vibrant economy, and freedom for all.

Outdoors

One of the most luring factors towards the cape is it's amazing beauty, a peninsula of pitchuresque beaches, a cosmopolitan city with the backdrop of the famous table mountain. The mountain is the highlight of the trip with a cable car that operates seven days a week to take you up if you don't want to hike. Also a must see is the penguin colony on Boulders beach in Simonstown, one of the largest in SA. From there head on down to Cape point, an untouched nature reserve on the tip of Africa. From there, nature lovers can head to Solole nature reserve where you can see one of the "big five" as well as numerous other wildlife. Other must see places are the beaches of the atlantic coastline (Llandudno, Clifton and Camps bay), which despite the cold water, are white as snow and a hotspot for all sunlovers. Trips to Robben Island are essential, this was the prison where Nelson Mandela was confined for 27 years under the Appartheid regime, now converted to a sightseeing area where your tour will be led by one of the old inmates

If you're willing to travel betweeen up to two hours out of the central CBD some other activities can include:

The vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franshoek, a tranquil place with a definate Tuscan feel (45 min) Shark cage diving in Gansbaai, face to face with the oceans most feared predator (1 1/2 hours) Buffelsfontein nature reserve, where 4 of the "big five" can be found (45 min)

Entertainment

Cape Town can compte globally in the clubbing scene, with top trendy spots (Opium, Eclipse, Rhodes House) all the way to uber cool Long street with it's strip of active restaurants and bars (Joburg, Marvel, Killabaloo) the Camps bay strip in summertime is the place to be with the sexy restaurants oozing beautiful people. Or for a good spot just to hang out and have a party with the locals head to student hotspots of Newlands (Cubana, Springbok and Tin Roof) or to the northern suburbs where Edward street is the place to be, with an array of top nightclubs. If you fancy a relaxed afternoon, head down to Kalk bay harbour where the trendy restaurants and good food will suprise (Cape to Cuba , Harbourhouse) . The waterfront is a tourist hotspot if you choose to go there, but is largely avoided in Summer by the locals.

If you're a sports fan head down to Sahara park in the Summertime for a game of one day cricket, or in winter to Norwich park Newlands for an action packed game of Rugby or Soccer, where the Stormers and Ajax Cape Town are based

Tips

Public transport is efficient but keep an eye out for scamsters Keep valuables close by in tourist areas as pickpocketing does occur. Travel by taxi at night, not the public transport system, many venues will be happy to call for a cab, or might have their own service for you

Otherwise have an amazing trip, the key is to get out and see as much as possible!