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Nature’s Finest in Cape Town

Nature’s Finest in Cape Town


Vacations taken in South Africa’s most popular city, Cape Town will provide a lifetime of memories all courtesy of Mother Nature. Your vacation will prove even more relaxing and refreshing after visiting some of the natural wonders of the world that Cape Town offers.

The Awesome Table Mountain

This iconic mountain is truly a wonder of the world and synonymous with the city of Cape Town. The silhouette of the mountain can be found in many forms and has been incorporated into the city’s flag. Visitors to the city can travel via a rotating cable car to the very top of this geological giant. On reaching the summit spectacular panoramic views of the city along with the famous Robben Island and Table Bay come into view.

For those wanting to explore the mountain and National Park a little more there are various Cape Town vacation options available including a multiple-day hike along the full 97-kilometre Hoerikwaggo Trail. The diverse and beautiful fauna and flora will satisfy even the most demanding of visitor.

The vista of this mountain range includes Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Signal Hill forming a stunning backdrop to the city with sea on one side and mountains on the other.

Cape Town’s Secret Gardens or are they?

Cape Town vacations must include a visit to the stunning Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Whether botanically inclined or not, these wonderful gardens will provide a lasting memory on your Cape Town holiday. With over 22,000 plants that are indigenous to this region of South Africa the gardens are the most wonderfully sensual experience, from smells to views, the gardens have it all. Visitors to these impressive gardens can dine or snack at the various facilities provided and if your timing is correct you may even catch an outdoor concert that take place regularly during the summer months.

Hit the beach

Cape Town vacations should always include a visit to one or more of the many scenic beaches that the city has to offer. The coastline of the city has not one but two oceans that surround the peninsular. To the west the Atlantic and the East the Indian Ocean offering people on Cape Town holidays a big choice of great locations from which to choose.  The famous beaches of Llandudno, Camps Bay, Long Beach and Clifton are the ones to visit for people watching and café style living, whilst body boarders and surfers may prefer those of Blouberg, Sunset Reef, Big Bay and Muizenberg.  However if you would prefer to interact with penguins in their natural habitat then Boulders Beach is a must.

Preservation of Nature

Cape Town prides itself on the 30 nature reserves and ecological protection areas it provides.   A visit to the city is not complete unless you visit at least one. You can visit one of the most southerly points on the globe at Cape Point Nature Reserve or catch hippos playing at Rondevlei Nature Reserve. Alternatively watch bonteboks in Tygerberg’s Nature Reserve that also includes 50 other types of mammals, 35 species of reptiles and over 32 differing species of butterfly. Birds a plenty can also be viewed at the excellent World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary in Hout Bay.



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