The Cape Peninsula encompasses seven regions: the City Bowl, Atlantic
Seaboard, Southern Suburbs, Hout Bay, Southern Peninsula, Helderberg
Basin and the Northern Region. One could easily spend months in
the Cape taking in the sights and unique experiences associated
with each region, as there is so much on offer!
However, on a tight schedule, the five 'must-sees' recommended
are: Table Mountain, Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
for 27 years), the V & A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Botanical
Gardens, and Cape Point. Cape Town's moderate Mediterranean climate
makes touring the area a pleasure and encourages outdoor activities
like hiking, exploring wildlife reserves, surfing, visiting beaches,
taking boat trips and touring the winelands.
If you are caught out on a rare rainy day, your list of options
remains extensive: museums, galleries, theatres, shopping malls,
live music venues, pubs, restaurants, clubs, lounges, pool halls,
jazz cafes and comedy houses keep locals entertained all year long.
Each of the seven regions has its own distinctive 'flavour', but
it is recommended that you try to experience aspects of each of
the regions to get a full understanding and appreciation of the
city as a whole.
Wine tasting should definitely be a part of your experience of
the region, as South African wine continues to rack up accolades
within the international industry. Local vineyards are particularly
beautiful as many sit at the base of our mountain ranges, providing
a striking contrast with the purple mountains.