Cape Town's "BIG 6"
CAPE TOWN’S BIG 6
The BIG 5 are the main attraction or “must see” in any safari or game outing. Cape Town, however has it’s Big 6 – 6 places that must be visited when in Cape Town:
TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLE CAR: Over 20 million visitors -The best views of Cape Town are from the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway takes you to the summit in under ten minutes whilst the rotating cable cars ensure that visitors enjoy a 360º view of Cape Town and Table Bay. Once on top visitors can stroll along 2km of pathways and enjoy magnificent views from over 12 viewing sites and decks. Opening Hours The Cableway is weather dependant. ( 021 424 8181). Our opening hours vary from season to season, please click www.tablemountain.net to visit our website and view a full list of our operating times.
ROBBEN ISLAND: Situated 11 kilometers from Cape Town. In its small, wave –beaten boundaries Robben Island holds the memories of a nation and the legends of the greatest and weakest South Africans. For most of Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in jail he lived on the island. It was his suffering that made Robben Island a household word and a symbol of apartheid evil. Robben Island is certainly one of the main attractions for any tourist visiting Cape Town. Regular daily ferries – weather permitting 021 413 4220.
V & A WATERFRONT: The Victoria and Alfred water front is named after Queen Victoria and her son Prince Alfred. The V & A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination. Part of the busy Cape Town Harbour the V & A Waterfront offers some of the best views of Table Mountain and seemingly endless Atlantic Ocean. Ferries, fishing vessels, charter boats and marine life provide a vibrant and ever – changing back drop to over 450 incredible shops. More than 80 dining spots, numerous entertainment venues and world class accommodation. www.waterfront.co.za
KIRSTEN BOSCH NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN: The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa. A gift by Cecil John Rhodes to the nation, it is situated on the Eastern slopes of Table mountain. It boasts the proud distinction of being the first botanical garden in the world to be included within a natural World Heritage Site. Home to over 7000 species of plants,125 species of birds, numerous small and medium sized mammals, a host of butterflies and insects, amphibians and other reptiles. Open all year round. Web site: www.sanbi.org
CONSTANTIA WINE LANDS: Established in 1685 by Simon van Der Stel, Constantia ( now divided into Groot and Klein Constantia) is one of South Africa's best known wine estates. In the 18th and 19th centuries the estate's signature wine was Vin de Constance. This wine was exported to Europe and become very popular. It was mentioned in two great novels one by Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility as well as Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Vin De Constance was also very popular with the royalty of the time, including Frederick the Great and Napoleon. The wine died out in the 1800s but was resurrected in the 1980s. Wine lovers today can enjoy a modern version of the wine at Klein Constantia Estate in the Constantia valley 5 kms from Hout Bay Village. CAPE POINT: Sir Francis Drake described it as” the fairest Cape in whole circumference of the earth”. The peninsular divides at the tip into three points. The Cape of Good Hope the most Southerly, East of this is Cape Maclear, and further east still is Cape Point. On Cape Point a radio beacon and lighthouse has been built. Cape Point is part of the Cape of Good hope Nature Reserve, 7680 hectares in extent, a favourite scenic drive from Simonstown. Visit the Two Oceans Restaurant, Curio Stores and Flying Dutchman Funicular. A full day of discovery will reward you with spectacular views, fine food, remarkable encounters with nature, spell-binding history...and memories to treasure forever ! www.capepoint.co.za ************
Tarragona Lodge is perfectly positioned in relation to these main tourist attractions. Situated in a very quiet part of Hout Bay the 9th most popular tourist attraction on the peninsular. We look forward to hsoting you !!