The amazing 360° views from the top of this 3563 foot mountain plateau, spanning the city, ocean, Robben Island and national park, is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest wonders. A cable car will take you there in just five minutes or you can spend several hours taking one of the scenic hiking trails.
Just over five miles offshore from Cape Town, the island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, and over the centuries has been used as a prison, a hospital, a mental institution and a military base. It is most famous for being a political prison during apartheid. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years he was imprisoned on Robben Island. Tours depart daily from the V&A Waterfront.
This is South Africa’s world-famous national botanical garden, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, and home to more than 22,000 indigenous plants - part of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
A tour of the Western Cape wine growing regions is immensely rewarding – discover wonderful natural landscapes, delve into a wealth of history and heritage as well as tasting some of the world’s finest wines.
In Cape Town itself the Constantia Valley is home to some of South Africa’s oldest and most famous estates. Durbanville and the Helderberg also offer excellent wine experiences. If you venture further from Cape Town, the regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and Robertson offer a multitude of exceptional wineries.
Adrenalin junkies can indulge in a spot of cage diving with the fearsome Great White Sharks – even watching from the boat is a thrilling experience!
Then there’s Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, with more than 3000 marine creatures on view – including sharks, turtles and penguins, showcasing the unique marine life of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
Covered in endemic fynbos, it boasts a wealth of picturesque bays, beaches, rolling green hills and valleys. It’s within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site, and as well as offering a fascinating profusion of vegetation there are huge numbers of pelagic birds as well as zebra, eland, and the many species of reptiles and small mammals.