Cape Town, also known as the Mother City, stretches around a deep natural bay almost at the southern-most part of Africa with Table Mountain as backdrop, and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned as foreground in the bay.
It is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities, not just because of its setting, but also because of the graceful colonial buildings in the old town, the whitewashed gabled farmsteads in the vineyards, and the almost indescribable beauty of its string of beaches.
For the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010 the site of an older stadium has been turned into a magnificent stadium seating seventy thousand. It can be used in any kind of weather and is environmentally sustainable. It is also less than a kilometer away from accommodations to suit every taste, not to mention the waterfront shopping mall and other great amenities A stroll to the beach only takes about ten minutes.
There are a great many other things to see and do in and around Cape Town. Here is a brief taste of what to expect:
Cape Town WaterfrontThis a tourist magnet of fine restaurants and shops set around a working harbor for racing yachts and small commercial craft that dates back to the earliest settlement.
You can explore this National Park in several ways. You can take a cableway ride to the top and wander across the eerily flat pristine landscape to revel in unsurpassed views of the ocean before retiring to the restaurant for an elevated meal. Alternatively, if you are in good shape, you can scramble up Skeleton Gorge yourself, which the fanatics claim is the only way to visit the mountain.
The Old CityThe Old City includes the colonial-style parliament complex and state president's residence set in the old company gardens, the national museum and art gallery, the church square with the old slave lodge, and the historic fort.
Working HarborThe harbor is accessible and provides a splendid opportunity to wander for hours within almost touching distance of great ships from the seven seas.
Cape WinelandsThe Cape Winelands are spread out in lush valleys between stony mountain ranges. Wine tastings are available at three hundred year old estates where famous name brands compete with cordon bleu meals for attention. The more knowledgeable also recommend visits to small farms in start-up mode where tastings take place around the family table and, from time to time, exceptional wines wait to be discovered.
Cape Point Nature ReserveThe Cape Town Nature Reserve is an hour's drive away from the city along a winding road that hugs the seashore. Once there, it is possible to roam for hours across undulating natural scrub populated by antelope and smaller predators. Occasionally, the footpaths drop down to a beach with a rusty shipwreck.
Cape Town has so much more to offer and it is no wonder that it is South Africa's leading tourist destination despite all the competition.