Take a cable car to the top of Cape Town's most obvious landmark and you
will be greeted by one of the most stunning views in the World. The mountain
top is a plateau with footpaths clearly marked (there is a short walk
and a longer one for those with plenty of time).
We visited this museum in Cape Town after a pleasant walk through Company's
Garden from Parliament House. It includes a history of the African people,
many stuffed animals and birds, and a planetarium. The gift shop is excellent
but expensive; when we visted in 2005 it did not take credit cards. There
is a small cafe inside.
A few miles off the coast of Cape Town is Robben Island, the location
of the prison that held Nelson Mandella for many years. It is reached
by a fast but bumpy journey on a catamaran, and the visit is divided into
two: a fascinating coach tour of the island (now a nature reserve) and
a walking tour of the prison itself guided by an ex-prisoner. We found
it an interesting and very moving day out.
Cape of Good Hope
No visit to the this part of South Africa is complete without a trip to
the Cape of Good Hope. It is actually not the most southerly point of
Africa (that is at Cape Agulhas). We first went to Cape Point, the accepted
meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. This has plenty of parking
space, a good restaurant and souvenir shop, and amazing views. Our coach
then took us the Cape of Good Hope itself. This was very windy and there
was just enough time to take a souvenir photograph as parking was at a
Part way down the Cape Peninsular, this is the place to see Jackass Penguins
from a wooden pier that runs across the beach. There is plenty of parking
but a fee is charged for access to the beach.
The areas to the north and east of Cape Town are covered in grape vines
for this is the wine centre of South Africa. Several wineries offer guided
tours, with a brief wine-tasting experience, together with good food.
More about the Cape area
of South Africa