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City Breaks to Cape Town

South Africa’s second largest city is Cape Town and it is also the legislative capital of the country. The city is also referred to as the “Mother City” of South Africa. It is the most popular city of South Africa together with Johannesburg. Finding lodging in Cape Town is not difficult as there are always a number of cheap hotels and package holiday offers available online for anyone who is wishing to vacation there.

History and Culture

Little is known about the first human beings that occupied South Africa and the Cape Town prior to the 15th century European explorers first visiting the region. Other than a few remnants from prior civilizations, nothing was mentioned regarding the area until it was visited in 1486 by Bartolomeu Dias the Portuguese explorer. After Vasco de Gama’s exploration of the area, the Europeans left the area alone until 1652.

South Africa would go through British and Dutch rule for more than 400 years until racial segregation or “apartheid” became the societal rule from 1948 until February of 1990 when Nelson Mandela announced the end of this era in South African history. The first national elections would be held four years later. Since then, tourism has been steadily growing despite some societal issues such as public health threats (AIDS/HIV and tuberculosis) and drug-related crime.

Things to see and do in Cape Town

Cape Town and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer the international traveller. As was mentioned above, you can easily find all kinds of package holiday offers online and numerous cheap hotels in the city. We’ve listed a few of the things to see and do in the city whenever you are vacationing in the area.
  • Bo-Kaap – the hilltop Muslim community is the scene for many film shoots as the buildings are all colourfully painted.
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – the diverse Cape flora is all on display here and this is considered one of the most stunning botanical gardens in the world.
  • Cable Car to the top of Table Mountain – the cable car and the paths up to the top of the mountain are wheelchair accessible.
  • Two Oceans Aquarium – South Africa’s largest aquarium housing more than 300 different marine species.
  • Robben Island – during the island’s turbulent history it was an asylum, a leper colony, and a prison that was Nelson Mandela’s home before apartheid ended. It now houses a museum and is located roughly 11 km from the harbour.

Popular exciting areas of Cape Town

Cape Town offers the tourist a number of different entertainment venues occurring throughout the year which offer locals and visitors lots of excitement and fun. Here a few suggestions:

  • Cape Town Helicopter Tours – see the surrounding wine country from the air.
  • Cape Whitewater Club – kayaking tours on the rivers in and around the city.
  • Cape Zebra Tours – exciting one and two day safaris out to the animal preserve.
  • Whale watching between Cape Point and Simon’s Town – here you can see whales that are less than 100 meters from shore.
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