Cape Town – Table top-per

EVERY Greatest Cities in the World survey seems to feature Cape Town – and often it tops the list.

It’s no wonder.

This exciting, pulsating city – South Africa’s most visited tourist spot – has the power to change your life. Cape Town is an experience that will stay with you forever.

It has magnificent beaches, areas of breathtaking beauty and a bold attitude that sweeps you along with it.

The city is dominated by the iconic Table Mountain which offers outstanding city views of this dramatic coastal city.

You can get to the top of it in just five minutes by taking a cable car up, or spend the better part of your day hiking it. Cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes.

There are a number of short walks on the top, as well as longer ones that can take you down to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or even further along, to the Silvermine Nature Reserve.

CAPE TOWN NIGHTLIFE

At night, the Sand Bar in Camps Bay and Asoka on Kloof Street are the coolest places to be seen. Greenpoint thrives with straight and gay late-night venues and a party atmosphere. Visit the V&A Waterfront for early evening art performances before hitting the dance floors in Zonnebloem and Gardens, where clubs liven up from 11pm.

EATING OUT IN CAPE TOWN

Kalk Bay has some great restaurants like Harbour House, where if you’re lucky you’ll sample their seafood menu while whale-watching out across the ocean views. Long Street specialises in game and burgers. Good Italian food is served at La Perla in Sea Point, where restaurant competition is fierce. Pick a restaurant in Kloof Street for leisurely dining or try a curry in Bo-Kaap. Most restaurants close at 11pm.

The city has a packed social calendar for the next few months, especially over the festive period, so visitors can take full advantage of the great weather.

EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN

There’s the annual J&B Met horse race, which takes place in January. As many as 50,000 people descend on the Kenilworth Racecourse for a day of fashion and horseracing. It’s all about seeing and being seen.

The annual Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are one of the most popular cultural events on the city’s social calendar. The concerts are set in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and take place every Sunday from November to March.

If you are looking for something a bit more challenging to do while in the city, why not plan your trip to coincide with the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, taking place in March?

The race started in 1978 to raise awareness about the lack of cycle paths in South Africa, and today is the biggest timed cycle race in the world.

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