South Africa is definitely one of those places which have a wonderful combination of outdoor sights and attractions, beaches, history, culture, cuisine, and a lot more. But if you’re thinking of visiting South Africa, there are many reasons why Cape Town should be a must on your list. It’s a city filled with beautiful sights and sounds, and it has a lot to offer in terms of nature, culture, food, entertainment, activities, and people. Here’s why you should put Cape Town, South Africa on your travel bucket list.
Cape Town is undoubtedly famous for its many attractions, not just when it comes to Table Mountain and the glorious beaches, but various landmarks and historical buildings and marketplaces. But if you don’t want to miss anything on your trip to Cape Town, don’t forget the Big 7.
So, what’s the Big 7, anyway? The Big 7 in Cape Town consists of 7 attractions which everyone should see at least once, namely Cape Point, City Walk, the Constantia Winelands, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Robben Island, the V & A Waterfront, and of course, Table Mountain. The City Walk, for example, takes you through the South African National Museum as well as the Company Gardens, and its culmination is at Green Point. Along the way, you’ll see some of the central business district’s best sights and attractions. Robben Island, on the other hand, is one of the most famous landmarks of Cape Town as it’s the actual place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. Table Mountain is another must-see, and you can do it from afar, take a hike if you are up for it, or make it easier on yourself by taking one of the mountain’s famous cable cars.
Once you’ve seen and experienced the Big 7, there are other things you can do in Cape Town – things which can really make your trip a memorable affair. You can, for instance, go quad biking and sand boarding, go on a cycling tour through the wine lands, have a beach picnic and take in the underwater sights with some snorkeling, and more – check out the Not in The Guide Books Blog to see a range of unique activities you can do in Cape Town.
The people of Cape Town are definitely a diverse mix – from the original peoples of the area, the Khoi, as well as others such as the Cape Malay people, the Afrikaans, the English, the Coloured, and more. But whilst the people of Cape Town are diverse, they all have one thing in common: they’re all laid-back and friendly and are sure to welcome you with open arms.
Who could forget the beaches of Cape Town? The beaches have always been a big tourist draw, and for good reason. They’re incredibly diverse as well – there are the Atlantic side beaches such as Clifton Beaches, Camps Bay Beach, Hout Bay Beach, and Llandudno, whilst the Indian Ocean side boasts beaches such as the beautiful beaches and shorelines of False Bay, including Fish Hoek, Cape Point, and Boulders Beach.
There are many other reasons which contribute to the popularity of Cape Town as a premier destination: the shopping, the food, the scenery, the museums, and so on – if you want a super relaxing yet adventurous and fun-filled holiday, Cape Town should be next on your bucket list.
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