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2016-09-28
Ten must do things when visiting Cape Town


Cape Town – 28 September 2016

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The Castle of Good Hope – take the kids to this history-laden building,on the outskirts of the Cape Town CBD.The Castle of Good Hope was built in the shape of a star in the 17th century by Dutch settlers.Tourists can visit or be part of a tour group.Today the castle is also used as an event venue.

Robben Island – visit the island where South African struggle and anti – apartheid icon spent most of his sentence for opposing the harsh laws of the apartheid regime.The island is now a World Heritage site.There are regular cruises from the V&A Waterfront on a daily basis.

The Table Mountain Cable Car – enjoy a panoramic view of the Mother City, from this spectacular mountain, and even enjoy breakfast or lunch at the restaurant on Table Mountain.

Mzoli’s – at this township venue in Gugulethu,buy some meat at Mzoli’s buthery,and pay a small fee to have it braaied (barbecued) by one of the shop assistants.This township butchery and tavern has become a watering hole for everyone from tourists to celebrities.This is township experience that everyone should enjoy at least once.

Golden Dish –the spiritual home of the Gatsby.A Gatsby is along  french roll filled with everything from hot chips to masala steak.This take-away joint has been around for the better part of 40 years,serving everything from toasted sandwiches to roti and curry,to workers during their lunch break and late night clubbers.

Winelands – the wine route which covers the region stretching from Paarl to Franschhoek ,and Stellenbosch.Cheese,wine and brandy ,tasting tours,can be enjoyed.The region has a thriving tourist trade,catering to all tastes and pockets.

Hout Bay – Mariners Wharf or Snoekies – enjoying freshly fried fish and chips is a rite of passage in Cape Town.Hout Bay offers Snoekies and Mariners Wharf where tourists can order take-aways of sit-down meals.Hout Bay offers a Republic of Hout Bay passport which is not valid anywhere else and is used as passbook for festivals held in the town.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – the Waterfront as it has become known,is Cape Town’s premier tourist destination.It offers everything from hotels and boutique stores,to restaurants and even an amphitheatre.There is also a carousel, which offers a magnificent view of the city.Tour operators offer sunset cruises and there are helicopter charter services.

Bus Tour – there is a hop on – hop off bus service in an open deck bus which allows tourists to the city to enjoy tourist spots around the Cape Peninsula. The service operates 7 days per week and is probably one of the most affordable ways to see and experience the Mother City

Cape Point – this is the southernmost part of the Cape Peninsula.Take a walk as far as the lighthouse or swim in one of the many tidal pools.Be careful of the baboons while having a picnic,as they have been known to snatch unsuspecting visitors meals or goodies.This park forms part of the Table Mountain National Park,which stretches from Table Mountain to the bottom most part of Cape Point.

By Wesley Fester

 

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