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Table Mountain dominates Cape Town in many varying ways. Affecting local weather patterns it channels the winds to/through the city and surrounding suburbs and has its own unique flora and fauna which can be found nowhere else in the world. Cape Town experiences a winter rainfall climate which makes it very popular with sun lovers in the summer months. The waters are clean and regularly tested by the authorities for impurities. Cape Town boasts many annual and varying global conferences, social events, nightclubs, renowned wine estates, relaxing venues and supurb sight seeing locations. Varying cultures contribute to making Cape Town a truly desired global travel destination.
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Many beaches are available for all tastes, from the ultra-trendy Sea Point and Camps bay beaches, to the pristine, and lengthy on-going family beaches of Bloubergstrand, one of the worlds premier surfing, kite and board surfing hotspots, and where a variety of water-sports are indulged in. Winter rainfall patterns in the Melkbosstrand region are generally milder than that experienced in other Cape Town areas, boasting unparalleled views of Table Mountain and Table Bay.
SOME THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN
Local Game Reserves
Cape Town is abundant with local wildlife sanctuaries that offer tours and encounters with South Africa’s wildlife variety, whilst accompanied by guides.
Hiking trails to stretch your legs and experience natures charms are abundant.
Whale and Dolphin
From approx. mid-August to mid-October whale breaching can be experienced in the Hermanus area and viewed together with dolphins in Melkbosstrand according to their privacy needs.
The entire Southern Cape area is most picturesque and ideal for day trip enjoyment and viewing and travelling there via Silvermine and/or Chapman’s Peak, alternatively along the mid, east or west coastal routing is highly recommended. Depending on which route is selected, the penguin colony at The Boulders and sampling some fresh seafood plus viewing at the World of Birds (birds and primates)at Hout Bay is very popular. Finally arriving at Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve will leave you awestruck where the two mighty oceans display a rugged meeting place (Indian & Atlantic).
The Cape vineyards of which there are many can be found thorughout most parts of the peninsula. Of these, the Hex River Valley, Paarl, Franschoek, Stellenbosch and Breederiver Valley wine growing areas are the most scenic and well established.
Red Top Bus trips.
See Cape Town city in an entirely different perspective via the Red Top Bus and routes travelling through many of Cape Towns attractions. Tours incorporate the use of 14 different languages.
Robben Island marks many turning points in South African History and is currently considered a National Heritage site. Once an original leper colony and prison that confined many South African political detainees, experience political history with guided and unguided tours available.
The Castle and other museums
The Castle -a brick and mortar reminder of our historical past, a major museum reflecting Cape Towns early cultural and military history. There are many other museums also which reflect South African cultural and military historical events and artifacts.
During the spring months wonderful displays of flora can be seen across the Cape and especially the spectacular field-carpeted flower displays up the west coast. Relax and enjoy a picnic at the renowned indigenous and exotic flowers viewing and open-air summer concerts Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. A perfect place for fauna and flora lovers. One of the Table mountain hiking routes also begins from Kirstenbosch Gardens.
The V&A Waterfront is one of South Africa’s top 5 tourist attractions. A unique location combining shopping and restaurant facilities within a
yacht-basin and working harbour environment.
Considered a Natural National Treasure and Cape Town symbol, Table mountain can be viewed from Shenandoah Guest Home and both Alpha and Bravo rooms together with Table Bay and Robben Island. It hosts a variety of different activities from hiking around its many trails, utilising the state-of-the-art rotating cable car and visiting the restaurant located on top of the mountain. Hiking ranges from one to six hours, depending on routes taken.
Shark Cage Diving
View the Great White Shark in its natural habitat-an awesome experience. Day tours incorporate transport to and from False Bay including meals or take a personal trip to both Hermanus and Gansbaai being within a comfortable self-driven day trip from Cape Town.
Can be enjoyed from either the V&A Waterfront or Hout Bay. Experience a seal-island cruise and the ever popular sunset champaigne cruises.
You can also swim with a great quantity and variety of fish around you: barracudas, snappers, endless banks of tunas, kingfish, jureles … several types of striped manta and even humpback whales.
False Bay and Garden Route: known as “False Bay” south of Cape Town, owes its name to the fact that the first navigators thought they could sail across the Bay of Cape Town, and that the peninsula was no more than an island. Its waters have warmer temperatures than the side of the Atlantic coast, making its abundant beaches enjoyable places for diving. Bear in mind that it is the only area on our list that does not enjoy a tropical climate, but a Mediterranean climate so temperatures will not be as warm as on the shores of Kwazulu-Natal.
However, it is closer to Cape Town and can offer good dives. False Bay offers the diver such a variety that is difficult to classify as a specific type of dive since the places vary greatly in the composition of the bottom and the fauna, and while the western zone is characterised by the rocky terrain of its cliffs, in the More eastern the bottoms are sandy, but on both sides of the bay we will find dense and beautiful seaweed forests harboring a large number of fish species and even pajama sharks, and on a sunny day at a diving site 10-14m Depth the colors of corals and marine plants are truly amazing.
Gordons Bay, Rooi Els and some areas of Simon’s Town feature spectacularly orange or bright red sea fans, many starfish, soft corals in pink and purple tones and freshwater fish. A short distance from Cape Town are the towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai, where in addition to being able to see southern right whales from June to November, is a place known by sr one of the few in the world to perform cage dives to see up close to the fierce white shark.
If you are passionate about scuba diving and diving and would like to discover the marine treasures that South Africa offers do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to advise you the best destinations to immerse yourself in the best of trips, with the possibility of combining the charms of the southernmost country of the continent with other good paradises for diving like Mozambique, Mauritius or Seychelles. See you in the depths!