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About Cape Town

Cape Town is acclaimed as one of the world's most attractive cities. Our carefully hand picked selection of Hotel's are the perfect base from which to explore the region's natural and cultural highlights, including Table Mountain, Cape Point and the beautiful Winelands. As there are so many fabulous things to do in the area we have taken the time to offer you a few suggestions as per below:

Table Mountain

This World Heritage Site is Cape Town's most unique identifying landmark. Its summit soars 1 086 m above sea level and can be reached by means of a revolving cable car. Visitors can marvel at the awe-inspiring 360° view of Cape Town while enjoying a meal or refreshing drink at the restaurant, or wandering the rocky trails lined with beautiful fynbos. The mountain is, in fact, covered with a wide variety of wild flowers and is the natural home of the famous silver tree. It's a hiker's paradise, with walks of varying degrees of difficulty to suit nature lovers and serious rock climbers alike.

Remember to watch the weather when planning a hike, and to make sure you've taken care of all the basic safety precautions!

Cape Point

This landmark is part of Table Mountain National Park and is located at the end of the Cape Peninsula. In 1488 Bartolomeus Dias rounded the Cape during a dreadful storm. He subsequently named it the Cape of Storms. On a second voyage, the weather was much kinder to him and he renamed it the Cape of Good Hope. A few years later, Dias died while trying to round the Cape. A monument in the form of a navigational beacon has been erected in the Park in his honour. The Park offers a rich diversity of plant species as well as a marine reserve and animals such as baboons and Cape Zebra. The peak is 249m above sea level and can be reached by foot or the funicular railway. The lighthouse at the tip of the Peninsula is the most powerful in the Southern Hemisphere.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

The Kirstenbosch Estate covers 528 hectares, 36 hectares make up the central landscaped garden on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, it is home to more than 8 500 indigenous plant species, and is known as one of the Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the world. Established in 1913, it only grows indigenous South African plants. Kirstenbosch is best known for its proteas (best in winter and spring) and summer sunset concerts and picnics. There are hiking trails through the fynbos as well as guided tours, including twilight nature walks. Kirstenbosch is a birdwatchers delight. Pack a picnic basket or have a meal at the restaurant.

During the summer months, Kirstenbosch hosts sunset concerts each Sunday evening from 17h30 featuring some of the best and most well-known South African artists

Robben Island

For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolise, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity.

Constantia Vineyards

The cradle of the Wine Industry. Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig and Steenberg, are the five producers that make up the Constantia Wine Route. These five Wine farms set the benchmark in the wine industry winning numerous awards over the last decade that stand testimony to the quality and consistently high standard of the wines. Constantia is truly Cape Town's own wine route. Only a few minutes drive from the city's centre, the breathtaking beauty of the valley and vineyards are unique in a modern cosmopolitan environment, preserving the cultural and historical heritage of the oldest wine area in the Cape. Experience a tasting tour of premium wines with the individual service excellence that echoes the hospitality extended to all visitors to the Constantia Valley.

Boulders Beach

They are comical, clumsy and very eye-catching in their black and white dress. In 1982 two breeding pairs of African penguins (once known as Jackass penguins because of the braying sound they make) moved into prime beachfront estate at Boulders beach between Simonstown and Cape Point. Today there are over 3 000 of these birds living here and the area is now a National Park. Penguins can be viewed up close as they frolic in the water and waddle on land. Sometimes it's hard to tell who is watching who. You're likely to see penguin pairs strolling along the boardwalks and in the park. This is the one place in the world you will be able to swim and sunbathe with penguins. In a survey done by the BBC, Boulders Beach was rated one of the five best beaches to visit before you die. All in all, a great place to meet the locals!

Beaches

Cape Town's many clean, natural beaches are considered among the most beautiful in the world, spectacularly situated between sea and mountain, from False Bay to the Atlantic Coast. Sun-worshippers, nature lovers and watersports enthusiasts alike are spoilt for choice! Just 10 minutes from the hotel, Clifton and Camps Bay are sheltered from the southeaster wind, and are perfect for sunbathing, Frisbee throwing, swimming and sundowners. Surfing spots abound, as well as excellent spots for scubadiving, boardsailing and fishing. For those afraid to brave the invigorating sea temperatures of the Atlantic coast, a scenic drive to False Bay offers warmer waters at popular Muizenberg, Kalk Bay or Simonstown. With the exception of Boulders Beach in False Bay, entrance to all Cape Town's lovely beaches is free. All our city asks is that visitors respect the unspoilt natural environment by taking their litter home with them and refraining from making fires.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is one of South Africa's most visited destination. Against a backdrop of sea and mountain views, the Waterfront is a mixed-use development incorporating a working harbour and is also home to designer label stores, national retailers, boutiques and services, along with a spread of excellent restaurants, coffee shops and fast-food outlets. There are also two cinema complexes and craft markets, offering visitors the best of everything Cape Town and the Western Cape have to offer. The development of office locations and luxury apartments complements the vibrancy of the V&A Waterfront. The area is a centuries old harbour that remains fully operational and visitors can view the many ships and sailing vessels in the small craft basin. The Two Oceans Aquarium, situated at the V&A Waterfront, is a window on the local oceans, offering glimpses of the diverse life found off the South African coastline.

Capetown Golf

Capetown offers visitors a number of splendid golf courses in majestic settings and rated as some of the best in the country.

Some of the courses are:

Royal Cape Golf Course has hosted numerous S.A. Opens and is 18 holes, par 72, rating 72, 6121 metres. There are narrow, well surfaced Kikuyu fairways and the Penn Cross greens are in a good condition. The course is well treed with 58 bunkers and 6 holes have water.

Erinvale Golf Course is 18 holes, par-72, rating 72, 6400 metres. It hosted the 1996 World Cup of Golf and was designed by the Gary Player. There is extensive sod layering in the bunker faces, wide undulating kikuyu fairways, Penn Cross greens and water on six holes. The rough is well kept and playable.

Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and boasts the excellent 18 holes championship Stellenbosch Golf Course.

Cape Towns only links course - Milnerton golf course - is situated between the sea and a lagoon. This course offers unparalleled views of Table Mountain.

Test your golfing skills on the championship layout of Rondebosch Golf Club. This excellent course offers golfers a good challenge with Table Mountain as your back drop, situated 15 minutes from the centre of Cape Town.

The Westlake Golf Course is a 18 holes, par-72, rating 71, 5880 metres golf course. It is a well wooded course which is situated in a parklands setting. There are superb mountain views all round. Westlake is always in great condition.

Clovelly Country Club offers an 18 hole, par-73, rating 71, 5908 metre golf course. The course is set in a valley and is surrounded by mountains. It has excellent fairways and bent grass greens. It is very rural with lots of trees and an abundant bird life.

The fabulous championship courses of Arabella / Pearl Valley / Atlantic Beach are also within an hour’s drive !

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