Cape Town, which is located at the southern tip of the African continent, forms an amphitheater shape from the mountains to the bay. When viewed from the top of Table Mountain, with its relatively flat peak, the city’s downtown district seems miniscule. While the exact origins of Cape Town are lost, it had a long history as a colony of The Netherlands and then Britain. However, today South Africa is probably most noted for its former president, the late Nelson Mandela, who ushered in an era of post-apartheid South Africa. Cape Town is also the most visited city in all of Africa because it offers a beautiful backdrop of beaches and mountains along with famed vineyards and cultural attractions. Contact our cruise experts to find the perfect cruise to Cape Town, South Africa.
- See 8,000 of South Africa’s local plant species at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. This attraction is a beautiful and well maintained garden with guided tours and musical performances on Sundays.
- Head out to Robben Island which was once the prison where Nelson Mandela lived for 27 years, and is now a museum. You are guided through this island by a former political prisoner.
- Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for breathtaking views of the city whose nickname is Mother City. If you are up for a challenge you can climb up the mountain, but this is only an option for experienced hikers.
- Head out to the winelands where you can visit several wine farms for tastings and stop in Franschhoek, considered to have some of Cape Town’s best restaurants.
- A day at Boulders Beach may be a different beach experience than you’ve ever had. This attraction is the home to a colony of 3,000 penguins. You can check out these little creatures from the boardwalk where you’ll also find great restaurants.