Cape Town and Winelands

Called the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town is the country’s most beloved metropolis, and it’s easy to see why. Its temperate Mediterranean-style climate is extremely pleasant and with old Georgian buildings, elegant restaurants, tree-lined squares and loads of cultural flair, the entire city is a feat for the senses.

At the heart of Cape Town and the ever-present backdrop is Table Mountain, the city’s flat-topped landmark that is as beautiful in the rain as it is in the sun. Start here with a six-minute cable car ride up the mountain and you’ll quickly get your bearings.

The city is flanked on two sides by beaches with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the crystal clear Atlantic lapping up long sands that have made Capetonians a beach loving city. Towards the southwest and half a day’s excursion is the Cape of Good Hope; Next is Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela lived and another must-see.

The South African Museum, St George’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament are key sights in the Old Town, as are the popular Green Market and the iconic Mount Nelson Hotel. At night, the action moves to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, where restaurants, bars and boutiques line a marina packed with yachts and fishing boats.

After a few days in the city, head northeast through the mountains to the vineyards and Dutch-style farms of South Africa’s wine country. At its heart, just 18 miles from Cape Town, is Stellenbosch, also known for its university and abundant colonial-era architecture.

Many estates here and in nearby Franschoek welcome visitors for guided tours and tastings. An increasing number also have excellent restaurants and hotel accommodation, and a few days exploring the Winelands has become a must for visitors to Cape Town and the Western Cape.

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