Cape Town is acknowledged as an all time attractive and beautiful city among many in the world and is well-known as the Mother City of South Africa. Cape Town has its own International Airport and some airlines arrange cheap flights to Cape Town as they offer considerable discounts on tickets especially in summers. Some rises in the price are expected during Christmas time and New Year as the number of travelers increase. It is referred to as a broad-based and multi-ethnic city with various destinations of cultural and historical importance. Following are the 9 most amazing places to visit in Cape Town, South Africa that will help tourists to plan their tours.
Bo-Kaap is the area historically colonized by Muslims from South-East Asia also known as ‘Malay Quarter’. There are very colorful buildings that give beautiful views of Cape Town, antiquated streets, mosques and food courts. It is amongst one of the most popular Cape Town tourist attractions. If you really want to get the essence of the place, you have to spend time wandering around the area for about at least an hour. You should also take some time for visiting the Bo-Kaap Museum as it is representative and you can find a lot of information about the literary and civilizing aspects of Muslims from the 19th Century. Atlas Trading is an old fashioned restaurant where you mix the spice and ingredients according to your taste in your meal.
The Castle of Good Hope
The famous Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 to 1679 is the South Africa‘s antique building and aged location of Cape Town. Locals popularly know it as ‘The Castle’. It has a vast collection of historical military gadgets as well as a lot on the history of the castle.They display an all-embracing art compilation with the unique William Fehr Collection, which includes old Cape Dutch furniture. They also have a restaurant and a café inside the castle where you can enjoy a glass of wine while you get something to eat. The best things that the Castle provides are horse and carriage rides and tours around the castle.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The most stunning botanical gardens of the world are located in Newlands that display extremely exclusive and diverse kinds of vegetation and flora of the Cape Town. Plants including different bushes and shrubbery from almost all state areas of South Africa are on exhibition. There are various eating-places, gift shops and an indigenous nursery situated in the garden. At some special occasions throughout the year, concerts and various performances are conducted in the open-air amphitheater. The gardens also play a significant role at the National Biodiversity Institute and you get to see new flowers and different birds in every season that makes it a special place. The concerts are enjoyed most during the summer season, as there are remarkable musical acts both in local and international forms. These include orchestra and local rock bands.
Robben Island is located right near the coastline of Cape Town. The location of the Robben Island was used in the past days for having a hold on the political hostages, including famous people like Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. They offer tourists a visit round the island and also the prison vicinity. The island itself is quite attractive, with African penguins usually spotted on the tour. You can pay visits by grabbing on to a tourist guide with up to date timings and number of visits of bus tours to the place. Most often it gets going from near the Nelson Mandela Gateway. On a general note, the tour is found to take 3.5 hours including the ferry ride to and from the island.
The Rhodes memorial is built in remembrance of Cecil John Rhodes. The memorial is built in his favorite spot on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak. Rhodes’s actual wooden bench is still located below the memorial. The memorial is part of the Table Mountain National Park which is a great spot tohave a picnic. The memorial is also a starting point for the hike to Devil’s Peak. It is advised, however, that visitors do not carry many valuables with them when they go here.
South African Parliament
Cape Town is recognized as the lawmaking, governmental state of South Africa. A tour of the South African Parliament will familiarize you with South Africa’s recent history and its political system. The go round trip includes paying a visit to three places, the National Council of Provinces, the old apartheid era assembly and National Assembly. Among them, apartheid assembly is now only being used for conferences and meetings. They provide tours a few times every day in various languages to facilitate tourists from different parts of the world.
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a vast shopping and entertainment area on the slopes of Table Mountain, next to the harbor. It is very popular with tourists and one of the main reasons in the increase of Cape Town tourism. The high density of shops, restaurants and amusement places, like the Aquarium or the Marine Museum have made it the favorite Cape Town place for all visitors. The trips to harbor tours and to Robben Island starts from here, as well as they have place for helicopter to manage flights to the Cape Peninsula.
District Six Museum
District Six is another place worth visiting in downtown Cape Town. A peculiar feature of this place is that it is in possession of an ex-resident of museum. It has got a lot of interesting features and is a representative of the area and its people. One can have a nice time visiting this antique and unique place getting information about the past history of South Africa as it is being updated and modified for good. You may find a bookstore nearby having books of historical significance of the District Six.
South African National Gallery
The South African Gallery is located in the Gardens area of Cape Town off Government Ave. It contains extensive displays of South African art. They also provide information on the history of censorship of art during apartheid. They also offer small crafts, which are locally made.