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    For the wine lovers

    by dejavu2gb Written Nov 26, 2004

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    If you are a wine lover, you have to go wine tasting in the Stellenbosch region. There are ooodles and oodles of wine farms where you can go and taste the wines they make.
    Some charge a small fee for tasting and some let you taste their wine free of charge.
    I would recommend going to Kanonkop http://www.kanonkop.co.za/ and also Beyerskloof http://www.beyerskloof.co.za. Beyerskloof also make gorgeous Salami that has wine in it, and its very tasty.

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    History and wine

    by cleocat Written Jul 1, 2005

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    Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate in SA.
    The history of the farm dates back to 1685 when it was granted to the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, as an experimental farm for agricultural produce. Van der Stel named the farm "Constantia" and the produce of vegetables and fruit was supplied to ships that called in at the Cape. Van der Stel mainly developed the practice of viticulture on his estate, and thus laid the groundwork for one of the major export industries of South Africa today.

    The main house is an excellent example of Cape Dutch architecture.Today it houses a cultural history museum, portraying the early years of Groot Constantia.

    You can taste and buy the award winning red and white wines at the cellars. It is at the entrance to the estate. In the production and maturation Cellar, tours and tastings take place daily

    The Jonkershuis restaurant is a great place to taste the Cape Malay cuisine. You can also order a picnic basket to enjoy anywhere on the beautiful estate.

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    Sundowners

    by dejavu2gb Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Something I religiously do when I visit Cape Town is I have sundowners on the beach. Its the best way to round off a day in just the perfect way.
    We get a basket with our favourite snacks and some refreshments and walk down to the beach and sit there and watch the sun go set into the Atlantic, its truly a gorgeous sight, and such a relaxing way to end a day of sightseeing.

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    Some More Camps Bay

    by cokes Written Nov 5, 2004

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    Well guys I just had to add this picture of Camps Bay. You can see the mountains called the 12 Apostles which leads all the way to Cape Point.

    Now you can see why you gotta stop here. One other thing that I found quiet cool is that you can walk in and out of the shops and restaurants in your swim suit because everything is directly apposite the beach. No one cares.

    If you a sports car fan , just drive through Camps Bay at night and surely gonna see quiet a bit of them just parked their.

    There is some lovely restaurants for you to go and checkout there as well.

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    Ceres

    by cokes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Surrounded by magnificent mountains and the roads that cross them, Ceres lies in a patchwork valley of fruit orchards, fields and vineyards. The gateway to the Cederberg, streams, waterfalls, tortuous passes, sculptured rock formations, lonely wilderness hikes, snow, spring blossoms and fine wines await intrepid explorers.

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    The one and only Table Mountain

    by cleocat Written Jul 8, 2004

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    The cable car is new (well maybe not so new but it was my first time in the new one) with a rotating floor and magnificent views when going up and coming down the mountain.

    Phone in advance or check at www.tablemountain.net before you want to go up. It is not always open. the weather can change in a second from great to foggy and cloudy. On top is a restaurant and shop and great views.

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    V&A Waterfront aquarium

    by cleocat Written May 2, 2004

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    I love the waterfront in Cape Town. Can sit there for hours and just watch everything around me. The aquarium is wll worth seeing. If you have children its a must. There
    are some sea plants that you can touch and feeding times when you can watch the sharks get fed. In the picture you can see the shark swimming passed over the childrens heads..

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    Magic historical buildings

    by cleocat Updated Jul 18, 2004

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    Cape town is full of historical buidlings that are worth a view and great for pictures. The building on the photo is the library. Just accross from the square is the world famous castle of Good Hope. Inside the castle you'll find examples of beautiful antique furniture. You can also look and feel the dungeons where prisonors were kept. It's horrible cold and dark. You can take a guided tour at the castle and get all the info on Jan van Riebeeck , the Van der Stell's, lady Anne Barnard and everybody that was involved in the beginning years of the Cape.

    There are also numerous historical church buildings. Take a drive through the city area on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon to visit all these buildings. During normal business hours the streets are very busy and parking is a problem.

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    Great museum and good wet weather option!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Feb 1, 2012

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    The Cape Town museum is located at the end of the Corporation Gardens just next to Parliament, and is a great natural history museum that doesn't seem to get the credit that it deserves.

    The building has an attractive historic exterior and the interior space is well planned, with professionally presented temporary and permanent exhibits. I particularly like the marine mammals exhibit - complete with obligatory whale song in the background. These species are obviously not represented in the Two Oceans aquarium, and hopefully will prepare you for what you are lucky enough to see in real life as you tour the coastline!

    There is also a small section on South Africa's dinosaur and mammal-like reptile heritage (see my tip on the James Kitching museum in Johannesburg for more on these weird beasties). I always enjoy the fun set of dinosaur footprints on the floor where kids are encouraged to literally 'walk with (or was that 'like'?) dinosaurs' - simple yet so effective, and can keep them busy for ages!

    As ever in Cape Town, it is a smart idea to have a 'fall back' option for when the weather turns nasty, and this is ideal for children and adults alike.

    The Company Gardens are a pleasant spot, and it's worth lingering there for a few minutes to people watch - I speak under correction, but I have never heard of any security problems (bar the odd pickpocket) during daylight hours. The first section of the path from the CBD is lined with oak trees that are populated by a very friendly squirrel population, and it's fun for kids to feed them with peanuts - either bring your own or buy from the hawkers there.

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    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

    by Acirfa Updated Jun 30, 2005

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    This is a manmade playground, mainly for well off SA's or tourists, the regular earner in ZA would find it too expensive to spend much time in this area, however not the case when the exchange rate is such a good deal for us. Full of luxuy shops, gift shops and eateries, it is a must and a place where you can feel quite safe and spoilt in. Shop, shop, and more shopping with street performers to add to the ambience of a multicultured society, it's a great venture out. You can hop on a boat over to Robben Island from here, definitely worth a visit. There is also a magnificent aquarium here worth a visit too.

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    Slave Lodge

    by myriam_c Updated May 21, 2004

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    Slave Lodge, the second oldest colonial building in Cape Town, is where originally the VOC slaves were housed in the 17th-18th century. It has become a cultural history museum since 1966 where various exhibitions take place.
    The exhibition that was on in Slave Lodge during our stay in Cape Town, "Domestic life under the VOC", contrasts life at the Cape with that in Batavia during the 17th and 18th century, when the Dutch VOC (East India Company) was at its most powerful. A nice collection of rich furniture, china, glassware and pieces of art.

    Here also a reference to slavery during that period, with a large print-out of "The Slave Code" from 1754 on the wall:
    -All slaves were to go barefoot and carry passes
    -No slave was permitted to carry alcohol or a gun
    -Any slave who insulted a free man would be chained and whipped
    -Any slave who raised a hand against a master would be put to death without mercy
    -Slaves might be beaten for stopping in the street to talk to each other for meeting in groups on public holidays, during church services or in taverns
    -After dark slaves were to carry a lantern
    -No singing or whistling was permitted at night.

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    Josephine's Mill

    by jo104 Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Josephine Mill in Newlands was established in 1840 and is Cape Town's only surviving and operational water mill – it has conference facilities and a tea garden

    Chris Barrett does tours of the mill. They sell whole meal & stone ground flour as well as biscuits & muffins which are delicious.

    In summer they do Jazz concerts
    Open 9.30 - 5pm

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    KWV winery - Paarl wineroute

    by jo104 Updated Jan 22, 2007

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    For R15 you get a tasting passport & are able to taste any 5 wines from a vast selection.
    There is a shop here where you'll find branded items & local crafts
    I did not purchase any KWV wines as they are widely distributed & available in the U.K
    There is also a selection of brandy for tasting.

    KWV has a large distillery for making brandy & various surronding farms donate their useless sedement & skins to KWV in exchange for bottles of brandy. Most smaller farms cannot afford to have a distillery which explains the trade of their worthless by products being turned into fabulous brandy.

    South African's enjoy brandy & coke as a drink of preference

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    Scenic Drive .... Chapman's Peak

    by cleocat Written Apr 16, 2006

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    It is the most incredible view. Only went up[ halfway. We didn't feel like paying the tollfee (R22) and it was quite windy. I really had difficultly taking the photo's. A previous time we did it halfway as well but from the other side. So we decided we must have seen most of it.

    If it is the first time you are seeing it, it is worthwhile paying the R22. You don't need to come back the same way. From Noordhoek you can take the Muizenberg road (beautiful drive as well )back to Cape town and from Hout Bay go back past Landudno, Camps Bay.... (beautiful coastal drive ).

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    African Sunset...

    by dejavu2gb Written Apr 8, 2005

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    Something that you will hopefully not miss when you visit this amazing country is the gorgeous sunsets.
    They are best appreciated from one of the many great beaches in Cape Town.

    This pic was taken from the stunningCamps Bay Beach.
    Also worth going to one of the Clifton Beaches to appreciate these fantastic sunsets.

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    Dec 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Ummmmm, please review the dates of the insert re Bartolomeu Dias. From the date of him rounding the Cape of Good Hope (1488) to his appointment by King John II in 1847 is a lapse of 359 years...

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