Arguably the most enchanting region in South Africa, Cape Town is generally considered the country’s greatest must-see destination. “The Mother City” is home to Table Mountain, golden beaches, bountiful vineyards, and enough world-class golfing greens to capture any wanderer’s heart and remains a haven for lovers of fine cuisine, history, and natural beauty.
Arriving in Cape Town often feels as if you have been transported to another world, one with rich veins of multiculturalism running through its pulsing heart. From the Afrikaner descendants of the pioneering Dutch colonists to the European Jewish immigrants, Cape Town is a unique creole melting pot of Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and traditional African culture. An exploration along Cape Town’s historic Walk to Freedom documents the hard-won fight for this harmonious lifestyle, taking in significant monuments like the Castle of Good Hope, the Slave Lodge, the Parliament Buildings, and District Six to reveal the rippling effects of apartheid and racism as well as a glimmer of rebirth and pride—the flame burning brightly in the hearts of the South African people.
Soaring above the city is the flat-topped landmark of Cape Town, the definitive Table Mountain. Trekking along its rugged “white table cloth” trail presents a world-class hiking experience through a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and the kaleidoscopic indigenous flowers of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, ending in panoramic views of Table Bay and the V&A Waterfront. For an additional glimpse at Cape Town’s nature at its best, set out on one of the most beautiful drives in the world to Cape Point and the peninsula. Traveling along the Coast Road, granite boulders serve as lookout points toward the Twelve Apostles, Table Mountain, and the beach of Camps Bay, while charming villages and quaint fishing harbors offer up epic sightings of Southern Right Whales along the coastline, especially atop the 1,970-foot zenith of Chapman Peak. This area within the Good Hope Nature Reserve is where whales come to mate and give birth, often resulting in breeched whales, as well as plenteous penguins, dolphins, and seals standing watch along the surf.
No South African itinerary is complete without a visit to the Western Cape and Cape Town. Talk to your Ker & Downey travel expert to include it in your handcrafted journey for an unforgettable experience.