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South Africa: Top Destinations in Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape Town is perhaps South Africa’s best-known city, located on the western coast. There are many attractive options for exploration. Here are a few of them.

  1. District Six Museum

This museum is dedicated to the struggle for racial justice. It is built in a structure that formerly served as a Methodist Church in an area of Cape Town that experienced massive racial upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s. Visitors can explore the troubled history of South Africa, most notably its apartheid policy of separation between blacks and whites. This museum is great for the education of young people who might not be aware of the storied South African past.

  1. Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art

Cape Town is a world-renowned art powerhouse, for artists and connoisseurs alike. The Zeitz Museum is one of the most prestigious galleries to find art uniquely featuring the many crafts of African people. The Zeitz Museum enjoys the distinction of being the largest museum for contemporary African art anywhere in the world.

  1. Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town, named so because of the flat top of the mountain which looks like a table in the sky. The Table Mountain Aerial Cable Car is a great way to explore the mountain in style, floating over the top, suspended by a cable, taking in all the amazing sights.

  1. Winelands

Wine production is a huge industry in this region of South Africa. The outskirts of Cape Town are dotted with vineyards and wineries. Organized tours are available, or you can explore the vineyards yourself. Groot Constantia is probably the best-known vineyard in the region, and definitely worth checking out.

  1. Robben Island

Just off the shore of Cape Cod sits Robben Island, which served in a former time as a penal colony for political prisoners. Famously, Nelson Mandel spent time on the island while serving a sentence. Interestingly, former prisoners serve as tour guides. Ferries are available to take visitors to and from the island.

  1. Cage Diving

Experienced divers escort tourists to the underwater regions off the coast of Cape Town. The cage serves as a protection between the diver and the sharks which swarm the waters. This is definitely a unique experience for the more daring travelers.

 

Overall, there is a wide range of activities in Cape Town that can appeal to nearly every type of visitor.