The Beauty of the Western Cape
"The fairest Cape in all the world"
– Sir Francis Drake 1580
Thinking about visiting South Africa?
Let me guide you through some of the most stunning regions in the Western Cape
The Cape Peninsula - Cape Town "the Mother City"
Around 240 million years ago, before Mount Everest existed, the magnificent Table Mountain rose from the sea. A breath-taking sandstone natural structure set upon a granite base, the mountain looks down upon captivating Cape Town, the capital of the Western Cape.
It is a city steeped in history; the noon gun still fires at midday as it has since 1806 down the path in Signal Hill. Cape Town is a cultural melting pot. It is buzzing with relaxed hospitality in its many restaurants and superb accommodation, culminating in the Cape’s most famous manufactured landmark, the V&A Waterfront.
Nestled neatly behind the buzz of the Waterfront is the Two Oceans Aquarium. Strong advocates for ocean conservation, the aquarium offers close encounters with sharks.
Also, under Signal Hill’s gaze and the Waterfront’s neighbouring suburb is Bo-Kaap. It was previously home to slaves brought from surrounding African locations, Malaysia and Indonesia. Bo-Kaap’s history does not dull its colour and taste. The suburb is famous for its sumptuous Cape Malay meals that you cannot find anywhere else.
On the other side of the city centre, a short drive down Strand Street stands the expansive Castle of Good Hope. Originally built as a fortress for the Dutch East India Trading Company in the 17th Century, the Castle now houses the Castle Military Museum. It overlooks District Six, once a vibrant and diverse community making it a target for the horrors of Apartheid. The moving District Six Museum provides a revealing look at The Mother City’s past.
Luckily, a refreshing escape is always at hand in Cape Town, and Chapman’s Peak Drive is a great option. It is held as one of the world’s most scenic drives, taking you through the sea-soaked views of Hout Bay, the vibrant community of Noordhoek and the rugged landscape of the Cape Point Nature Reserve. A bit further south in Simon’s Town, you will find Boulders Beach, home to the Cape’s colony of African penguins.
You could embrace the rich cultural draw points, relax on one of The Mother City’s numerous beaches or take a short two and a half-hour drive out to see the Big Five. Whatever your preference, Cape Town is a travel must-see to put on your bucket list.
Taste And See For Yourself
No amount of words or photographs can give you the authentic thrill of actually travelling and experiencing this wonderful City in the flesh
Do not hesitate