8 Great Reasons Why Cape Town Should Be On Every International Travelers Bucket List

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.

2. Food.

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.

4. Wine.

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.

5. Adventure.

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.

Big five africa – Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros

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.

8. Budget.

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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.

Must See National Parks In Kenya

Kenya is home to breath-taking landscapes, magnificent beaches, diverse natural ecosystems, wide range of wildlife species, and hospital people thus making it an exhilarating destination for safaris. Kenya is a must-visit place and should be in your bucket list. Whether you want to soak up in the sun, watch birds and glorious sun sets, see the Big Five animals up close, experience bush camping; then here are the best national parks to visit.

Tsavo National Park

Located between Nairobi and Mombasa, tsavo has two major Parks: the East and the West Tsavo national park. Together they form one largest national parks in the world, covering around 4% of Kenya with sundry of wildlife and birds.

The sight of torrential crystal clear water spouting from the under parched lava rock forming the Mzima Springs and the Shetani lava flows is just a piece of the picturesque rugged wilderness. The Savannah environment comprises of vast open grasslands, scrublands, Acacia forests, belts of lushly vegetation, and rocky ridges that house the spectacular gaming views.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

One of the oldest and most loved Safari destination in the African Continent. This is the land of awe-inspiring vistas, abundant wildlife, and vast plains. It is renowned for the great migration that happens around July to September annually of wild beast, antelopes, and zebras from Serengeti in Tanzania into the Mara in search of pasture and water. The great Wild beast migration across the wide Mara River justly deserves a world recognition as one of the world’s most amazing spectacles.

Nairobi National Park

Right in the city, this is another must-visit park with panoramic views and interesting sights. At your comfort in the city you can enjoy and evening safari and get to view the lush grassland, stunning scenery, variety of wildlife and birdlife, and magnificent picnic sites, campsites and walking trails for hikers in the park.

Amboseli National Park

This is the home to the many of Kenya’s elephants and a fascinating stance to the exceptional views of the enormous Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is definitely a photographer’s blissful haven as it offers scenic landscapes, abundant wildlife such as elephants, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, wild beast, and Zebras, and an innumerable number of bird species.

Aberdare National Park

The Aberdares is a remote volcanic range that forms part of the eastern wall of the Rift Valley located in central Kenya next to the beautiful Thompson falls. It is very cool compared to the Savannah and offers a unique perspective compared to other parks in the country. The park lies above the tree line and has amazing scenery from the mountainous topography covered by thick tropical forests enfolded in mist. The park boasts of a range of black rhino and the extinct black leopards, and the other members of the Big Five. The park lures those who are looking for more than just a safari, it much more of flora and fauna coupled with high waterfalls, dense forests and marvellous hikes.

Mount Kenya National Park

The Mount Kenya national parks borders the second tallest mountain in Africa that dares tourist to touch and a feel of the skies. It is an incredible sight offering a range of wildlife species, amazing plant life and even birdlife. The awesome sight makes the park an adventous pick for travellers.

The park is minutes from the equator, and houses glaciers that shape the famous throne of Ngai (Agikuyu god). To date, the gates to this shrine are open and the public are welcome to offer their prayers. Together, the park and the mountain have the rare honour of being a UNESCO world heritage site and a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

When sorting out your itinerary, the above are some of the stop-overs or destinations to visit and get a taste of not only Kenyan and African exclusivity, but also the magic of God’s creation.