Cape Town, known as the ‘Mother City’ to South African’s has remained one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for many years. In fact, in 2018 the annual Telegraph Travel Awards recognized the city as the world’s ‘Best City for the sixth time in succession. The question must be asked – what is it about this city that makes it so special? It is, after all, a significant distance away from other tourism hotspots such as those found in Europe and other parts of the world such as the United States.
For those who are in search of a vacation that will deliver memories to last a lifetime, here are eight reasons to consider Cape Town as a holiday destination.
1. Natural Beauty.
Cape Town is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The backdrop of Table Mountain which watches benevolently over what has been called the ‘Cape of Storms‘ is instantly recognizable. It is also home to the Cape floral Kingdom – a region of unique flora that is not matched by any other in the world. Traveling to the top of the iconic mountain provides the opportunity to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets on Earth. A boat trip out into the Atlantic will reveal whale and dolphin species that frolic in the icy waters.
There are very few world travelers who will not put the issue of dining very near the top of their reasons for visiting a particular country – and Cape Town delivers on its promise as a foodie haven. Not so long ago it was recognized by the readers of Conde Nast as the best food city in the world. It is the very definition of a city which offers a cosmopolitan dining experience. Fresh seafood, Italian and Greek cuisine, African inspired dishes, Indian cuisine and some uniquely Cape dining experiences make it a truly delicious experience.
3. The Beachside Bars.
Head towards Camps Bay, Clifton, Sea Point, Hout Bay or a myriad of other destinations and be rewarded with either a sunset or a sunrise which will take your breath away. Enjoy those overlooking pristine white sands and the experience is perfect. Enjoy the wonderful simplicity of fish and chips or haute cuisine and some great craft beers or sit back and relax with a fabulous cocktail and find out why Capetonians are so in love with their city.
South Africa produces some of the world’s best wines – and some of the best wine estates in the world can be found only minutes away from the city center. Cape Dutch architecture greets visitors on many of the wine estates and cellars await. Add some fabulous restaurants to great wine and the experience is one that will not be easily forgotten.
Whether you want to get bird’s eye view of the city by taking part in a paragliding adventure or plunge beneath the surface of the salt to have a cage diving experience with Great White Sharks there is plenty of excitement to be had in Cape Town. Go scuba diving or bungee jump from the fourth highest jump in the world at Bloukrans Bridge. Go mountain biking or hiking – the choices are endless.
6. The Beaches.
There are very few (if any) places in the world where one can travel from the powder white sands at the edge of the freezing Atlantic to the beaches at the edge of the warm Indian Ocean – both within 30 minutes of each other. Take in the wonderful summer sun and get your bronze on or for families – some great tidal pools await for a wonderful day out.
7. The Big 5.
Why travel to a game farm or nature reserve up country when the Big Five (Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino) are all at the doorstep of Cape Town. From luxury accommodation to wallet-friendly options it will not take long for visitors to immerse themselves in the Africa of old.
Visitors to Cape Town will be amazed at how far foreign currency can stretch when visiting. From high-end art galleries, malls with world-class outlets to local markets, it is one of the most budget-friendly destinations in the world. Visitors can enjoy fine dining at a fraction of the cost of other tourist hotspots around the globe – as well as shop until they drop. You may even be able to pick up a diamond or two for that extra special memento of your visit – and not break the bank.
Book your place in the Mother City and experience the holiday of a lifetime.