I loved the 45 Min walk / Hike up Lions Head. Its that Smalish hill next to table mountain. Its easy to get to (Follow the Road up to the Cable car and go along teh signal hill road)The Walk up is stunning . Great range of Proteas to be seen , and the view from the top is almost better than Table mountain itself.
Also don't forget to go along the coast to Hemanus . Go whale watching in False bay. When driving (Either in Tour bus or car) Don't go up Sir Lowerys Pass , At Gordons Bay take the Coastal route to Hermanus. The Views are AWSOME. Just outside Gordons bay (as soon as you get just outside the town itself ) Look out for the Pump Station road that goes up into the Mountains. The view from the top of this Road is REALY Worth while . you can see all the way across False bay on a clear bay. Look out for Whales from Oct- Dec ) In Hemanus they say your Blind or facing the wrong way if you don't see a whale during this time. You might be VERY lucky and spot some GREAT WHITE SHARKS. Flase bay is the only place in the world were the Sharks launch out the water like Dolphins. Never forget there is LOADS to do outside the city itself. The Wine routes are a BIG must as well.
(Photo taken from the top of Lions Head )
You must go visit a township. It might be hard to see the conditions that many south africans live under, but its reality...and you havn't seen Cape Town, if you have only visited the beautiful areas.
You get a special feeling walking through a township, people are happy and friendly even though they are very poor. You might look at things different after visiting a township.
But be careful!!!! It can be dangerous, if you don't know the people from the township.
Don't go by yourself. Get a local to show you around or take one of the guided tours.
And stay away from from the townships after dark.
Robbin Island-A deeply atmospheric place, a flat and windswept Island which for nearly 2 decades was 'home' to Nelson Mandela - it measures 2 square kilometres and is sparsely vegetated by low scrub.In December 1999 the entire island was declared a UN World Heritage Site.
The only way to get to Robben Island is from the Waterfront on one of the tours run by the Department of Art and Culture.Inclusive ferry fare and island entry fee R100,
ROBBEN ISLAND MUSEUM
A little island in the middle of the bay, Robben Island can be seen fron the Table Mountain. Famous for having being the prison of Nelson Mandela for several years, this infamous prison and former leper colony was home to a generation of the senior statesmen of Africa (it was a men's only prison), incarcerated because of their political beliefs. Great views of the city and the Table Mountain.
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Transport: Ferries from Jetty 1, Quay 5 of the V&A Waterfront. Ferry times: Daily 0900-1400 (winter); 0800-1600 (summer). Admission: R70 (ferry ticket and admission).
Visit Guguletu or a similar development project. Tours can be arranged through hotels. Probably not a good idea to venture out into these squatter communities on your own, but we felt perfectly safe in the hands of our local guide.
I guess I didn't know where to put this next pic except in here.
We were very priviledged to be invited by Deon (our South African guide) to his place... and man, what a loooovely place he's living in! His apartment overlooks the lovely beach and if you stand on the sandy beach, you'd see people surfing on the waters... and wait a minute, lo and behold - an unparallel and absolutely stunning Table Mountain can be seen very clearly from here.
This is absolutely divine and I truly enjoyed spending a fine Saturday morning here... and chatting up a storm with some of the local residents. :-)
Oh, and the owner of this cute dog gave me some special souvenir shots with his pride and joy. I am a dog lover, incidentally. Thanks, buddy.
Haut means 'wood' in Dutch and refers to the early sailors who felled timber here.
There is a 1km long beach at Hout Bay, and a small town inland.
Once you are in the Bo-Kaap drive (or walk) to the top with one of the streets going up.
The view is great.
This story, about some UN Study, was fortunately knocked off when South Africa was awarded the 2010 World Cup -- but it sure caused us a laugh!
ENJOYING THE WEATHER AND VIEWS.I miss Cape Town.I miss the weather,lovely food,people,Davids(my husband)family.I miss drinking the beautiful wine while looking at breathtaking scenery.
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