Every time people hear about Cape Town they immediately think of Table Mountain, The Cape of Good Hope, and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Also known as one of South Africa’s most cosmopolitan urban centers, the Mother City is an exceptional travel destination. It has a host of attractions, and your breath will be taken away the moment you arrive – flying above the city allows avid voyageurs to see the amazing site of a very modern city with a backdrop of a huge mountain range, the famous Table Mountain and the beautiful ocean limiting the city.
The beaches are pristine, covered with white sand and the gentle lapping of the waves; huge granite boulders define the coastlines, and yet you feel as though you can always hear the bubbling streams in the forests. Can you believe that you can see whales, dolphins, seals and penguins in one direction, and then turn around your head to admire zebras and wildebeests?
The majority of visitors base themselves by the Waterfront or in Campus Bay. Take all the time you need to explore the peninsula as there are so many interesting things to see and admire. Stop by the amazing Kirstenbosch Gardens and check out the superb variety of exotic plants. Wine fanatics should head over to Constantia Valley, one of South Africa’s most famous vineyards, and if you’re a beach lover, Table Bay and the habor are relaxing locations that will make you experience sheer serenity.
Tourists who are not in the mood for hiking Table Mountain, there’s always the cable car available. Whichever method you choose to use, it’s an activity that should not be missed from your itinerary. The view of the city, the coast, and the greenland around the mountains are breathtaking sights you only get to see once in a lifetime.
As with any modern cosmopolitan city, there’s an abundance of bars, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops to cater for all tastes, from eating whilst enjoy the view on Table Mountain to the restaurants sat overlooking the marina in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront area. What has to be one of the most scenic swimming pools in the world is Sea Point, which overlooks the Atlantic; the pool is huge and is open to the public all year round. A definite must for any visitor.
The city is home to some truly vibrant neighborhoods, streets full of color and character – Bo-Kapp is a particularly good example of this. There are also many local markets which have to be seen to be believed, vast mixtures of nuances, scents and smells. One market that should not be missed is the Neighborgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill.
An important thing to remember is that the peak of summer in Cape Town is between mid December and early January, but it’s also warm in February and March, too. April brings slightly cooler weather, with the most spectacular sunsets. Winter, with its mild temperatures (but by no means cold) is during May, June and July, which are also the rainy months. Visitors can see the usual streams in the mountains turn into gushing torrents; it is truly a wonderful time to explore the slopes of Table Mountain.
July to November is the best time to see whales; nowhere in the world can you get such a spectacular view of whales from land. They migrate around the coast to calve and nurse; it must be noted that July and August can be very wet. Bringing the year to a close is the October to November period when the Cape Floral kingdom comes back to life; thousands of flowering species look spectacular in the warming sun.
Summer may be the most popular time of year to visit Cape Town. However, the superb city is a place that can be visited at any time of year. There are particularly good offers for accommodation if you come to visit during the months of October, November or December. All in all, Cape Town is a dreamlike city and a magnificent travel destination. Are you ready to benefit from the most surreal travel experience to South Africa?
Author Bio: William Taylor is a travelling freak who has travelled many destinations around the world. He also loves writing about his traveling experiences and the places he has explored. He writes for a site Capeportfolios.com which is offering offer tourism, real estate and property management services.