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Cape Town

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Hike or take the cableway to the top of Table Mountain on one of Cape Town’s perfect-weather days, look out over the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the very southern tip of the African continent, and you’ll see why Cape Town and the surrounding area is South Africa’s most popular destination. Take your pick of beach activities, from lounging on languid Camps Bay to penguin-spotting on Boulders Beach in Simon's Town. Going back to 1666, the Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest building, covering the nation's Dutch history. Robbins Island held political prisoners starting in the 17th century, but most visitors know it as Nelson Mandela's home for 18 years. (Ex-prisoners often give the tours, answering questions about life on the island.) Over the past decade, wine-tasting in the romantic Cape Winelands has become a popular day trip for adults, while kids enjoy the brightly painted Bo-Kaap Muslim quarter or the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Every possible budget is catered to in Cape Town, from central boutique hostels to luxurious ocean view hotels.

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Table Mountain
4.6/5
378 Reviews
Mountain
Table Mountain is a landmark in Cape Town. The top of the mountain is as flat as a table. It seems to be flattened with a knife, so it is also called the dining table of God. On the right side of Table Mountain is Lion's Head Mountain and Signal Hill, and on the left is the Devil's Peak. Every year, a large amount of water vapor rises to the top of the mountain after encountering Table Mountain, and then forms a spectacular cloud under the action of cold air. It is like a whole piece of tablecloth covering the entire Table Mountain, and the scenery is very beautiful.
Signal Hill
4.4/5
81 Reviews
Mountain
Observation Deck
The lookout point on this ridge provides a great view of Cape Town and its surrounds. While the view is nice any time the weather is okay, dawn and sunset are the most popular viewing times. A parking lot is located near the viewing point for easy access for visitors.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
4.6/5
91 Reviews
Botanical Garden
In the shadow of Table Mountain lies the most beautiful garden in Africa. The 528 square hectare estate blooms with over 7,000 species of flora from southern Africa. Within the fertile acres are themed gardens, walking trails, and dining options. Shoppers and gardeners might need to set aside some time to explore the excellent gift shops, garden store, and bookshop. On Sundays between the months of November and April the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are held within the park.
Boulders Penguin Colony
4.6/5
326 Reviews
Zoo
There is no question that the 3,000 African penguins who hang out here own this piece of Simon’s Town; you just get to visit. Walkways along this seashore keep you from disturbing the nesting sites but you still get very close to these bold and captivating birds. Few things are more adorable than a penguin. A whole colony of them can overwhelm the brain’s cuteness receptor but Boulder’s Beach is worth the risk.

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