- Table Mountain
- Company’s Garden
- City Hall – the venue for Nelson Mandela’s first public address after his release from prison.
Cape Town, fondly known as the Mother City, and the oldest European-established settlement in South Africa, is both a modern city and steeped in history; bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan, with abundant natural beauty of mountains, forests and sandy beaches right on the doorstep.
No city tour is complete without taking the rotating cable car (the steepest ascent in the world) to the top of iconic Table Mountain – a world heritage site – that rises up 1000 metres (3000 feet), standing sentinel over the City Bowl and the busy docks and the V&A Waterfront in Table Bay. Once on top, you can enjoy a stroll in all directions for spectacular views of the city and surrounds.
Back down to the city, you’ll learn about the origins of this country, which all began here in the Cape: a place sparsely populated by indigenous people, settled by the Dutch East India Company, colonised by the British and absorbed into a Union of four provinces; and finally part of a thriving democratic republic. We’ll visit Bo-Kaap, once the home of freed slaves and now their descendants, the Company’s Garden started by the Dutch in 1652, and various landmark buildings.
There is a variety of excellent lunch venues but, if the weather allows, our favourite choice is the restaurant in the Company’s Garden, seated under the shade of ancient trees in a lush and tranquil setting.
TIP: The city centre is abuzz with a great variety of restaurants to suit all tastes for your evening meals. We recommend Africa Café for an interesting African-themed meal located in an historic house, or dinner and an evening of jazz at The Crypt in St Georges Cathedral.