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About Cape Town South Africa

Updated on December 18, 2017
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David has written some articles on travel destinations in South Africa. This is one such article

The Waterfront, Cape Town

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The City of Cape Town lies on the Southern Tip of Africa

Travel to the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa

Take the Cable Car or Walk up Table Mountain

Visit the Waterfront

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Mountains and Sea

Spend time exploring the Peninsula

Enjoy Cape Towns Cosmopolitan Atmosphere

When I lived in Cape Town some years ago I had a great time and have visited there a number of times and always enjoyed being there.

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Clifton Beach

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Table Mountain - The City

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A Beautiful City

Once you are settled into your accommodation in Cape Town consider taking the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain; it was recently rated as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. Walk on top of the mountain and enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the ocean.

Visit the Table Mountain Cafe' on top of Table Mountain for food and beverages. I have been up Table Mountain via the cable car a few times and always enjoyed the view and walking about on the relatively flat area there. I also liked walking up the mountain area from Kirstenbosh Gardens which is further along on the southern side of the mountain range.

If you want to walk up Table Mountain, first obtain information about this; one needs to be an experienced walker to do this. There's also a 3 hour round trail for seasoned hikers. There are many beautiful streams, plants and flowers in the mountain area to view.

The Cable Car

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Table Mountain with its Table Cloth On

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The V & A Waterfront

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The V & A Waterfront at the harbour was named after Queen Victoria and her youngest son Alfred.

Here there are shops, restaurants, museums, the Two Oceans Aquarium and an amphitheatre that hosts live entertainment. There is also some nightlife at various nightlife spots.

Outdoor activities include harbour cruises and helicopter rides.

This is one place in Cape Town you don't want to miss out on.

Muizenburg Huts

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Take a Scenic Train Ride from the City Centre to Simonstown

From the station in the city centre take the train along the southern area to Simonstown.

I enjoy this train ride as a large part of it consists of travelling right next to the ocean through many villages and places of interest - a scenic journey indeed!

It travels through the leafy suburbs of Newlands and Rondebosh, reaches the sea at Muizenberg and travels through lovely villages such as Kalk Bay and Fishoek.

Enjoy fresh seafood in Kalk Bay, stroll along the beach and walk along the streets in this quaint fishing village.

Travel on to Simonstown: explore the town, the Navy base is situated here, visit Boulder Beach and see the friendly penguins.

Take a swimming costume with and have a dip in the ocean at some of the places along the way, including Boulder Beach at Simonstown.

Camps Bay

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Travel from the city centre to Seapoint, Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno. Accommodation can be found at the Camps Bay Resort in Camps Bay. Swim in the Altantic Ocean at the beaches along this route. The water temperature can get quite cold here so be prepared for this.

There are many areas along this part of the coast to explore, take time to visit these places.

Cape Point

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If you don't have transport rent a car from a rental outlet such as Avis, travel around Chapmans Peak to Cape Point. The ocean here is dangerous and there have been many shipwrecks in the area, there is The Shipwreck Trail to explore here.

It is often mistakenly said that Cape Point is the southernmost tip of Africa, but it's actually at Cape Agulhas. It's also officially, where the 2 oceans, the Indian and Atlantic ocean meet. I now have to eat my words because I recently (March 2014) saw a documentary that explained that the place where the two oceans meet is not a fixed place, it shifts between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas because of the constantly changing currents and weather patterns.

Another interesting place to visit on the penisula is Hout Bay where fishing takes place.

Kirstenbosch Gardens

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Surfers

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Many Places of Interest

There are many places in and around Cape Town to visit such as The Gardens near the city centre, Art Galleries, The Castle of Good Hope, Rhodes Memorial, the Winelands, Signal Hill, Many Surfing Spots, and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

I liked to walk about the Kirstenbosch Gardens and enjoy the many plants, trees and flowers that grow here. It is next to the mountain which is an added bonus for great scenery to view

Cape Town Is A Beautiful Place!

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© 2013 David Edward Lynch

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    • Dave Lynch profile imageAUTHOR

      David Edward Lynch 

      3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment Charito1962.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Sounds like a nice place!

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      David Edward Lynch 

      4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @TanoCalvenoa: Yes, it's a beautiful city, sometimes very strong winds blow there and it rains a lot in winter otherwise it's fantastic! Thanks for your comment.

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      TanoCalvenoa 

      4 years ago

      I would love to visit South Africa someday. It's nice that Cape Town has the same climate (Mediterranean) as the California coast.

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @Carol Houle: Thanks for visiting this lens and commenting, Cape Town really is a beautiful city, the cable is car safe but understand not everyone would trust it.

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      Carol Houle 

      5 years ago from Montreal

      I would not take that cable car. Yikes. But it is a lovely town. I have a jigsaw puzzle similar to your photo of the colorful houses. Now I know where they are :~)

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      I have a dream to see the Table Mountain as well as the beaches in Cape Town. I guess it would be a memorable trip for me. Thanks for sharing :)

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @coolmon2009 lm: Thanks for commenting!

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      coolmon2009 lm 

      5 years ago

      Wow I didn't know South Africa had all this to see; Thanks for sharing this article and the pictures too.

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      Yamin Joe 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your lens, it reminds me of a wonderful week I spent with my wife many years ago, also visiting Sun City and Londolozi preserve

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks for visiting my lens and for the comment.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      A beautiful place that's definitely in my Top 25 to visit.

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      adammuller003 lm 

      5 years ago

      Nice job on the photos, sir!

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      Miha Gasper 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Looks like a very beautiful place to visit. I hope I'll get a chance to see it one day.

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @mihgasper: Thanks for stopping by and commenting

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @anonymous: Hi, thanks for stopping by and for the comment; yes I'd like to visit Cape Town again, not sure when though

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Hi. I live in Cape Town and it's great to see you highlighting our wonderful city. I live on the Bloubergstrand side and am very privileged to have the stunning "picture postcard view" of Table Mountain on my doorstep. Maybe you will be back some day to explore some more.

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @anonymous: Thanks very much.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I would love to go to South Africa, maybe one day. Nice lens and pics.

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Cape Town really is a fantastic place to visit and explore.

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @lionmom100: Thanks for the comment, I enjoyed Cape Town when I lived there for a while and when I revisited it.

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      lionmom100 

      5 years ago

      Cape Town is beautiful and would be very nice to visit.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Cape Town looks like a gorgeous place to visit!

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