Cape Town

Day 1-  Robben island and Top of Table Mountain

Robben Island Tour

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Robben Island :  We took the half-day tour which departs from Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and got an insight into what life in the prison would have been like. Nelson Mandela  was imprisoned here for 18 years  before the fall of apartheid along with many other important political revolutionaries. The tours are led by former prisoners and route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, Lime Quarry, the army and navy bunkers, Robert Sobukwe’s house, Bluestone quarry and the maximum-security prison where thousands of South African freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. It ended with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.

Top of Table Mountain

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This is Cape Town’s top attraction and queues can get crazy. Views from the top are beautiful on a clear day and the clear afternoon. This was booked by us first thing on arrival there after checking the weather and the views from top in the afternoon were perfect on a clear day giving lots of picture opportunities. Hikers can climb to the top (themselves or with guides) or one can take the cable car. The cable way operates throughout the day, with the last car descending around sundown.

Day 2- Cape Peninsula Tour

We traveled through historic suburbs, fishing villages and awesome viewpoints on our way to south-western extremity of the African continent – Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.

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Cape Point, is a jagged, narrow strip of land that juts out into the Atlantic and acts as the continent’s southwestern-most point.

Although the official “tip of Africa” is located about 100 miles southeast at Cape Agulhas, the feeling of standing on the edge of Cape Point and looking beyond into the ocean will feel like you’ve reached the edge of the world. Some of the interesting stops on the way were:

  • Fish Hoek and Muizenberg -area famous for leisure activities like surfing, sailing and sunbathing.
  • Along the False Bay coastal road, we visited the Penguins at Boulders Beach located round the corner from Simons Town (a naval base and harbor town).DSC_4883DSC_4887dsc_4885dsc_4888
  • Hout Bay – A small, charming fishing village.
  • Chapmans Peak
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where we saw plants native to the Cape Region and a  conservatory which had plants from a number of different regions including savannafynboskaroo and others.DSC_4828DSC_4843dsc_4827dsc_4845dsc_4851
  • Groot Constantia which is South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate. Took a full tour of the place and did wine tasting too.DSC_4857.JPG

Day 3- City Tour

Did a 2-hour tour booked with a private guide through free walking tours – saw City Hall, High Court & other imp. buildings, parks. Very informative to learn about the culture and history of the place.

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Then went to  V&A WaterfrontDSC_4699

Waterfront is Cape Town’s shopping and entertainment center. Located on the harbor’s edge against a Table Mountain backdrop, this was a pedestrianized area full of shops, bars and restaurants. Our day ended with a visit to Clifton which  is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. The area has a set of four beaches which are frequently used destinations for both locals and tourists- spent some time on the beach and watched sunset sitting on the beach which was spectacular and provided a nice end to our three day stay before we headed out to dinner at one of the restaurants on the beach area.

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