Travel in South Africa - Cape Town

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Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

At Sea Point, Cape Town
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Our journey of the next three days begins (and ends) at Sea Point - one of many suburbs of Cape Town that offer affordable accommodation to tourist all over the world. We have only 3 days to see as much as possible of Cape Town. Fortunately we have seen a lot during previous visits, so this time our options are less overwhelming.

Languages spoken in Cape Town

According to the census of 2011, languages spoken in Cape Town are -

Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain is probably one of the most prominent landmarks in the world. Its main feature is the level plateau of ± 3 k [2 mi]) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs and peaks, each with their own name.

Read more about Table Mountain HERE...

Table Mountain at Cape Town - the forever present beacon -

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Charles Bell's painting of Jan van Riebeeck's arrival at the Cape of Good Hope on 6 April 1652
Charles Bell's painting of Jan van Riebeeck's arrival at the Cape of Good Hope on 6 April 1652 | Source

Why is Cape Town such a strong attraction, you may ask?

Cape Town, founded by the Dutch East India Company on April 6, 1652, is known as the Mother City of South Africa. It was the first European settlement, established with the humble mission to provide fresh food and water to ships travelling from Europe to the far East via the most southern point of Africa.

Of course, the most southern region of Africa was not unoccupied when the first governor, Jan van Riebeeck, set foot ashore. Remnants found in a cave near Fish Hook (on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula) proved the existence of humans between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago.

At the time of Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival the region was inhabited by the San and KhoiKhoi people. The San were hunter-gatherers while the Khoikhoi raised cattle in a more complex social structure.

For more information, read History of Africa in only 4000 words HERE....

Read more about the San and KhoiKhoi people HERE.

Read more about Cape Town HERE.

Read more about South Africa HERE.

By the way, Cape Town has been announced as the city with the best hotels in the world. Read all about this HERE.

So what are we going to see in only 3 days, and will the weather have mercy on us? Being a region with a Mediterranean-style climate - wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers - one never knows what to expect from the weather. It is no secret that all four seasons, with or without wind, can present themselves in one single day.

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Cape Town

In the light of Westernization, South Africa is a young country – at present (2016) only 364 years old - a baby comparing to Europe with its 1000-year+ old buildings of stone that are still inhabitable.

The oldest remaining building in Cape Town is the Castle of Good Hope, built between 1666 and 1679. This was, however, not Jan van Riebeeck’s first homestead. His first residence was a building that was built with clay and wood called Fort de Goede Hoop,

Read about the Castle of Good Hope HERE.

Read about the Fort de Goede Hoop HERE.

Read tonymac’s hub about old buildings in Cape Town HERE.

Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa

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A variety of architecture in Cape Town, South Africa

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Bo-Kaap

We enjoyed a couple of hours and lunch in the picturesque suburb called Bo-Kaap, previously known as the Malay Quarters. The houses, no longer whitewashed with lime, but painted in all colours of the rainbow, are of the oldest homesteads in the country - up to 360 years old.

The Cape Malay is one of many ethnic groups in South Africa. They are the descendants of Javanese slaves that were imported between 1653 and 1822 from Indonesia by the Dutch East India Company.

Read more about the history of slaves in the Cape HERE.

Read more about the Cape Malay HERE.

Read more about the Bo-Kaap HERE.

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Of course, we could not again skip Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - one of 9 national botanical gardens in South Africa. We walk from section to section, appreciating all South Africa’s indigenous plants – fynbos, Protea, cycads, aloe, succulents of all sorts, Erica, Cape Reeds, daisies, the most beautiful trees, etc., and even the hedge of Wild Almond trees that was planted by Jan van Riebeeck in 1660 to mark the boundary of his settlement. Even if we stay the entire day in here, we will not see all of this garden.

Read more about Kirstenbosch HERE and HERE.

Don't miss this hub by tonymac04's about the unique plants in the Western Cape - Tour-the-Cape-and-experience-the-unique-Cape-Floral-Kingdom

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Strelitzia in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town - in the background the Twelve Apostles Mountains covered with fog
Strelitzia in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town - in the background the Twelve Apostles Mountains covered with fog | Source
At Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa
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Spending an early morning at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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Going for a ride in the Table Mountain Cable Car...

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Cape Point - Where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet

Cape Point marks the south western tip of the African continent. It is however not the southern-most point of Africa. The latter is at Cape Agulhas, 105 miles (170 km) to the south east, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans officially meets.


Cape Town offers breathtaking views on the ocean and coastal line -

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The remains of Apartheid

Racial segregation in South Africa already began in 1652 under Dutch East India rule. Apartheid, however, was an officially structured policy between 1948 and 1994. Legislation separated inhabitants into four racial groups: “black", "white", "coloured", and "Indian". During Apartheid ± 3.5 million non-white South Africans were forced into segregated neighbourhoods - one of the largest mass removals in modern history.

In 1994 Apartheid was finally demolished. Now, twenty years later, the majority of Africans still live segregated in neighbourhoods that were established during Apartheid. Previous 'only-white' neighborhoods are, of course, no longer only white: in these areas equality truly exists.

One cannot help but wonder how South Africa would have looked like if Apartheid was never implemented.

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This video shows the difference between rich and poor in Cape Town. Fortunately, the multi-racial Middle-Class is in between!

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West Coast, South Africa

We decide to spend our third and last day in Cape Town exploring the Cape West Coast, which is another fascinating region well-known for its tranquility.

South Africa's National Emblems -

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Blue Crane, South Africa's National bird. Photographer: Inge Olivier Springbok, South Africa's National animal Protea,  South Africa's National flowerGaljoen, South Africa's National fishFlag of South Africa
Blue Crane, South Africa's National bird. Photographer: Inge Olivier
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Comments 27 comments

Johann H Claassen 24 months ago

Mooi en netjies saamgevat. Sal van groot hulp wees vir die toeris wat dalk die Kaap oorweeg as bestemming.


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monia saad 24 months ago from In my Dream

OMG so beautiful landdscapes

thank you for sharing all that


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bravewarrior 24 months ago from Central Florida

I seem to be drawn to the landscapes and architecture in this road trip, Martie. The architecture is so diverse, much of which is quite ornate in design. Same with the landscape. The flora and fauna is interesting as well. The pincushions are really cool looking.

I'm really enjoying this journey. I'll be sad when it comes to an end.


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billybuc 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

Thanks to you and Melanie, I know infinitely more about South Africa than I ever did before. Great pictures, first-rate information. Nicely done, Martie!


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MartieCoetser 24 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Johann - dankie! Jou opinie tel :)

@ Monia - Beautiful, indeed. Thank you :)

@ The next hub - about the West Coast, and also the hub about the Eastern Cape, will surprise you even more, as both landscapes differ from all other landscapes in SA. I am so happy you enjoy this tour :)

@ Billybuc - Thank you! At least next time when you hear bad news about SA, you will also know something about the good and the beautiful :)


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mckbirdbks 24 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Martie. Thank you for sharing yet another leg of your journey. I am happy for you that you were able to make such a trip and it appears you had nice weather every where you went. Your country is beautiful If you added a couple of hotel booking sights this would be a regular travel guide. Wonderful.


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marcoujor 24 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Martie,

This tour has been a visual treat for me tonight...

The Bo-Kaap Malay Community is so charming with the candy-colored row homes and bright, intricate white wood work.

The gallery of photos of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is utterly exquisite, especially during this dreary and cold weather pattern we are experiencing.

Outstanding detail...voted UP and UABI and sharing. Love and hugs, Maria


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Peggy W 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

What a great pictorial view of part of your visit to Cape Town. Thanks for sharing all of your pictures. I especially liked the botanical garden and those colorful buildings in Bo-Kapp. Happy to share this, tweet and G+.


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DDE 24 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Martie ''One cannot help but wonder how South Africa would have looked like if Apartheid was never implemented.'' So true.

A beautiful place and still so corrupt. I miss SA but love where I am. I enjoyed learning more about Cape Town. Voted up!


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MartieCoetser 24 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Hi, mckbirdbks, instead of being a marketing agent for a travel agency or two, I would rather be a travel agency myself. Of course, I will also be the tour guide and Mr. B will drive the bus. Save your pennies and be our first client :) Thanks for your inspiring comment.

@ marcoujor – I am so glad you enjoyed the travelling in Cape Town. When my ship comes, I am going to send it all way to America to pick you up. Imagine a holiday in SA for at least three months? Ohhh, all I have to do is dream-dream-dream... :)

@ Peggy W – I am living in quite a boring part of the country, so touring the beautiful Cape Province was a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing :)

@ DDE – Not the country, but the members of its government and the managers of its many departments have proved themselves to be corrupt and incapable of fair, wise and honest governing. Surely twenty years after the demolishing of Apartheid and thereafter radical affirmative actions we are supposed to enjoy the dividends of democracy? But what do we see? Only the top layer, comprising of corrupt leaders and managers, lives in luxury while more and more ‘people’ are obliged to live in houses of corrugated iron, too poor to take a taxi to the nearest hospital or clinic to get birth control pills, not to talk about anything else. But we are still positive and hoping for the best.


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always exploring 24 months ago from Southern Illinois

Martie, Africa is nothing like I envisioned, I'm so glad you gave us a view of the beautiful sites. I remember when tony04 wrote about it. I guess segregation is alive and well in most cities. The one picture is distrubing, such sad living conditions. Baie dankie for taking us on your journey. I really enjoyed it.


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Genna East 24 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I love pace of this beautiful journey, the visit to the wine cellars and stopping to pick strawberries, to see what “we haven't seen before, or what we haven't seen in a long time.” Only three days left? I don’t want it to end. Cape Town does hold a strong attraction; it is steeped in history – natural and human –with incredible, diverse beauty and stories. Martie, I love this series.


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AliciaC 24 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is another interesting installment in your series, Martie. I love learning about South Africa by reading your hubs.


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DDE 24 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Martie SA has changed a lot over twenty one years and looks down to me. I too hope for the best. I so agree with you.


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MartieCoetser 24 months ago from South Africa Author

@ always exploring – baie dankie for your beautiful comment. The pronunciation of ‘baie dankie’ is more than less ‘buy a donkey’ – You will get far with this :) You can not really compare South Africa to the rest of Africa, although some regions are deteriorating by the day. Sadly, almost 50% of SA’s inhabitants live under the bread line, and you will find 90% of them living in those shanties of corrugated iron. They call such a house a mkhukhu - http://www.emoyaspa.co.za/g5/v1/shanty-town/.html

@ Genna East – I am honestly thrilled because you are enjoying the tour. The next phases will also surprise you :) Stay on the bus!

@ AliciaC – South Africa has many faces. I am showing you all the beauty we have seen. The part about the remains of Apartheid in this hub, is but only the tip of an ugly and dangerous dragon. But I do believe when everybody finally realize that Apartheid, like slavery and Colonialism, is forever part of SA’s history, a war between rich and poor will begin. Mark my words :)

@ DDE – Well, due to mismanagement, a lack of vision and the neglect of maintenance, Eskom can no longer provide power to all towns/cities at once. But at the same time they are exporting power to our neighboring countries! So, I literally see no light at the end of this tunnel. But at least tourism manages to thrive.


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Sunshine625 24 months ago from Orlando, FL

Fabulous photos and visual tour!! Thank you so much SAA for sharing a part of your world with us.


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Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

What a lovely tour you have taken us on through Cape Town, dear Martie! I have once again learned so much and all so interesting. Your photos are fabulous, especially the Castle of Good Hope with such a vivid color and the mountains and clouds as a backdrop ...stunning! Also, the rows of vivid colors of unique architecture buildings/homes in Bo-Kapp Community are so cheerful and bright; they sure do put one in a happy mood. I bet they do so even more being there in person!

I did not realize just how young the country is, and what you have included about the Apartheid and the question you posed, is interesting and intriguing to wonder such ...

I know you hate for your lovely trip to end, and we do too.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Blessings and love always for safe travels.


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Don Bobbitt 24 months ago from Ruskin Florida

What an interesting country. Even though I have traveled over much of the world in my life, I never got to your country. I have always been intrigued by the history and lifestyle of the people and perhaps I can work up a trip in the near future.

Good article.

DON


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tillsontitan 24 months ago from New York

I have to agree with every comment Martie. What a beautiful country and how lucky we are to have you teach us so much about it.

You are right, we seldom hear of the beauty and good things SA has to offer. You really should think about writing a travelogue book, I bet it would be a big seller here in the states. The more we know the better informed we are, well, you know what I mean.

Voted all but funny.


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MartieCoetser 24 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Sunshine625 – From my heart to yours, dear Linda :)

@ Faith Reaper – I love having the opportunity to broaden my non-SA friends’ perspectives on SA. This is a beautiful part of Africa and the best developed country south of the equator. The only flies in the soup are too many incompetent leaders (ministers and the works), and criminals. But don’t let me bother you with political stuff. We are on holiday, enjoying SA’s beautiful Nature.

@ Don Bobbitt – you will not regret a visit to Cape Town and region. And don’t miss our wild animals. We have many nature reserves all over the country. Our Garden Route, from Western Cape to Eastern Cape is beautiful. Best time to come is during our spring or autumn – Sept.-Nov. (spring), March-May (autumn). Don’t forget me, I will gladly send you all the tips you need. You will enjoy the rest of this tour.


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ImKarn23 24 months ago

This is truly a trip of a lifetime and you are squeezing every last memory from it! What AREN'T you doing? lol

Amazing, Martie - Thanks for keeping us in the most gorgeous loop!

xx


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MartieCoetser 24 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi tillsontitan – thank you so much for your inspiring comment. I honestly enjoy taking you all on this virtual tour. As soon as I am finish with my novel, I will ponder the potential of these travel hubs. Have a wonderful weekend :)


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MartieCoetser 24 months ago from South Africa Author

ImKarn23 – I think my habit to keep a diary is showing ..... :))))


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

Love the beautiful pictures.


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa Author

Glad you enjoyed it, poetryman :)


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Absolutely beautiful scenery and this virtual tour of Cape Town will probably be the closest I ever get to seeing this place. I really loved the wooden bridge in the Botanical Gardens. All the photos were fabulous.


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MartieCoetser 13 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Peg, Cape Town is most certainly the most beautiful city in South Africa. I'm glad this virtual tour has given you an idea of its beauty :)

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