Cape Town and the Neighbouring Winelands of the Western CapeBy
The ‘Mother City’, The Mother City is South Africa’s best loved urban centre – and it’s rather simple to understand why. The temperate, Mediterranean-style weather is enjoyable in the extreme and with old Georgian buildings, sophisticated eating places, leafy squares and lots of cultural flair, the whole urban centre is a feat for the senses.
At the heart of Cape Town and permanent backdrop is Table Mountain, the flat-topped city symbol that’s as wonderful in the rain as in the sunshine. Begin here with a six minute cable-car trip up the mountain and you will right away get your bearings.
The city is flanked on two sides by shores with the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean and the clear Atlantic lapping the long shores that have made Capetonians a urban centre of beach-lovers. To the south-west and a half-day tour away is the Cape of Good Hope; below is Robben Island, former prison home to Nelson Mandela and another must-see location.
The South Africa Museum, St George’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament are significant attractions in the old town, not to mention the well-known Green Market and landmark hotel the Mount Nelson. By night the action moves to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, where dining establishments, discos and boutiques line a marina busy with yachts and fishing vessels.
Immediately following a few days in the metropolis, head north-east via the mountains to the wineries and Dutch-style homesteads of the South African winelands. At is heart, just 18 miles from Cape Town, is Stellenbosch also known for its university and plentiful colonial-era structures.
Various wine estates here and in neighbouring Franschoek are happy to receive visitors for tours and tastings. An ever-increasing number have amazing eating places and hotel accommodation, too, and a few days discovering the Winelands of the Western Cape has become a must for visitors to Cape Town and the Western Cape.