The enthusiasm and energy of a new, proud nation comes to life on the streets and in the City Center of Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa. A rich diversity of shopping opportunities, art, music, cuisine, theater, entertainment and nightlife awaits the visitor. And for the sporty and adventurous, there is something to suit everyone's adrenaline rush – from all kinds of conventional sports to water sports to helicopter flips.
The beautiful Mother City has so much to offer, but since it is not our intention to present a comprehensive tourism brochure – rather consult the various tourism information bureaus for detailed information – we'll stick to wetting your appetite with our Travel Information and some highly recommended attractions and things to do:
CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE: Built between 1666 and 1679, this pentagonal fort is the oldest colonial and best preserved structure of its kind in South Africa. Guided tours daily – experience cultural exhibitions, military history and colorful ceremonies, the dungeons, blacksmith, fine wines and Cape Malay cuisine.
THE GARDENS: Established in 1962 by Jan van Riebeeck, the first colonial governor in South Africa, to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to passing ships, the Company Gardens is a green, peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling modern city, worthy of a stroll and house the SA Museum and Planetarium, the SA Cultural History Museum, the SA Jewish Museum, the SA National Gallery with contemporary works of art.
CRAFT MARKETS: Get a taste of Africa at Green Market Square and the pedestrian walk at St George's Mall where sellers sell anything from African crafts to clothes, jewelry and books to bric-a-brac. Visit also the craft markets of Greenpoint, Noordhoek and Khayelitsha.
CABLE CAR UP TABLE MOUNTAIN: The summit of Table Mountain is more than 1 000 meters high, provide spectacular views and sports a restaurant, shop, telescopes and walkways.
CAPE MALAY QUARTER: Also called the Bo-Kaap, guided walking tours will give you insight into the influence of the colorful Malay culture on the SA cuisine and architecture in Cape Town.
LONG STREET: Famous for all kinds of fascinating shops selling antiques, collectibles, clothing and books, a vibrant nightlife and good restaurants.
Explore the city on the open-top bus and get to know more about the history and culture of the Mother City.
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is a working habour that has been turned into South Africa's most visited tourist attraction. It has over 270 contemporary stores, street entertainers, live music shows at the open air amphitheater, 11 cinemas, an Imax theater, 7 hotels, the Two Oceans Aquarium where you can swim with the sharks, boat trips, harbor cruises, helicopter charters, art and craft markets, designer clothes, African souvenirs and jewelery shops, a variety of top restaurants, historic sites, a working brewery – to mention a few.
The departure point for ferries and a tour of the maximum-security prison on Robben Island …