Durbanville Wine Valley
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Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north. The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil's Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, veils and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the wine lands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn. Cape Town boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring night life under neon signs. The vast range of shopping opportunities includes haggling with shopholders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, as well as breezing through sophisticated and stylish shopping malls. The huge variety of Cape Town restaurants reflects the multicultured history of the Cape and caters for everyone's taste, from fast-food outlets and casual to the chic to the very elegant. Cape Town provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. The beautiful coastal areas of Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Bantry Bay, Hout Bay and Blouberg surround the breathtaking tranquility of the winelands, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Cape Town is a city of culture, built on a history that reflects in the architecture, cuisine, music and dance. Together with a warm summer and temperate winter climate and a friendly community, the Western Cape and the Mother City are an ideal holiday destination throughout the year.
written by HelenCastle of Good Hope The Castle of Good Hope – the oldest building in South Africa – was once a fort, but today functions as a showcase of the Cape’s early days. The pieces of this collection, including furniture, oil paintings and antique china, were collected by businessman William Fehr, then sold or donated to the South African government during the first half of the 20th Century. This collection is considered to be one of the best showcases of the lifestyle and tastes of early settlers in the Cape colony. Cape Point Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa, is a spectacular, narrow finger of land, covered in endemic fynbos and home to picturesque bays, beaches, rolling green hills and valleys. Woodstock Woodstock, one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs, is located within the City Bowl and within easy access of the city centre. From Woodstock, visitors have views of the harbour to the north and Table Mountain to the south. Companies are encouraged to set up shop here to boost both the commercial and residential property markets. This has ensured that Woodstock is abuzz with activity. It’s not Cape Town’s most upmarket suburb, but it is authentic and vibrant, which can be partly be attributed to the fact that it escaped the trauma of apartheid’s Group Areas Act and was always a racially mixed area. Table Mountain On November 11, 2011, Table Mountain was named among the New7Wonders of Nature, following a lengthy international public voting process. You can get to the top of Cape Town’s most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car up, or spend the better part of your day hiking it. Church Square and Slave Lodge Church Square and Slave Lodge, at the top corner of Adderley Street, bear witness to the turbulent past of the Cape of Good Hope. Located at the entrance of the Gothic-style Groote Kerk, Cape Town’s historical Church Square was the place where slaves would wait under a “slave tree” while their owners attended church. Diamond Museum Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat – around 1 300 °C – deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t already know that, you will be forgiven. After all, the Cape Town Diamond Museum, home to all these kinds of facts, is one of a kind. Just like every diamond. Durbanville Wine Valley Fantastic wines, excellent restaurants and gorgeous views of the Tygerberg Hills… The Durbanville Wine Valley has so much to offer – and it’s just 20 minutes from Cape Town. You’ll find the Durbanville Wine Valley, with its rolling vineyards and hospitable atmosphere, nestling in the Tygerberg Hills. Nine wineries make up the Durbanville Wine Route. Giraffe House Giraffe House is located on 15ha of land out in the country, offering city dwellers a break from traffic congestion and crowds. Giraffe House offers the family an opportunity to spend affordable quality time together in the fresh Cape air. Jungle gyms and a giraffe jumping castle are available and a refreshment kiosk and vending machines supply snacks and drinks. Giraffe House is also a fun kiddies’ party venue. Schools and other groups are offered special rates. Picnic baskets are welcome, but alcohol is not. West Coast Ostrich Show Ranch For a tourism experience with a difference, visit the West Coast Ostrich Show Ranch. This family-owned ostrich business features informative tours, high-quality, great-value leather, curio shops and a restaurant that serves ostrich dishes. Boulders penguin colony There are few places in the world where you can get this close to a breeding colony of penguins, swim close to them in the sea and enjoy their private sandy beach.