A range of jagged mountains thrusting into the splendid desolation of the southern Atlantic, the Cape Peninsula is one of the worlds most beautiful places.
Pristine beaches, sheltered bays and secluded coves encircle the majestic might of Table Mountain, a World Heritage Site and home to some 8,500 species of flower. Between the mountains looming crags and Table Bays deep blue sweep lies South Africas Mother City and the cosmopolitan hub of the Western Cape Province - Cape Town.
The best way to revel in the Peninsulas unrivalled beauty is to travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve along one of two coastal drives, each dramatically different. To the west, the famous Chapmans Peak route traverses Sea Points cosmopolitan seaboard and the natural beauty of Cliftons famed beaches, leading one from the quiet rusticity of Hout Bay over the awe-inspiring, cliff-hugging Chapmans Peak Drive to the endless, white expanse of Noordhoeks Long Beach. The famous Argus Bicycle Race takes place on this spectacular road. The False Bay road heads north, hugging the mountains, snaking past Fish Hoek, a popular family beach, Kalk Bay, a fishing village imbued with character and colour, and Muizenberg, renowned for its safe swimming and excellent surfing.
Life in the City Bowl centres around the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a pulsating waterfront Mecca, historical site and working harbour offering everything from upmarket shopping malls, arts and crafts markets, theatres and live music to entertainment showpieces including the Telkom Exploratorium and the awe-inspiring Two Oceans Aquarium.
From the Waterfront, its a short boat ride to Robben Island, one of the most significant historical sites in South Africa. First used by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a victualling station, it became an asylum and leper colony. Later, it fell under the Army and Navy and, in 1960, under the Department of Correctional Services. It gained notoriety as a prison housing , for more than two decades, former President Nelson Mandela.
Museums and art galleries abound and South Africas oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, is in the city centre. The cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap with their delightful old buildings and the first mosque in South Africa stand in cultural contrast to the buildings of the oldest homestead and wine farm in the Cape, Groot Constantia. On the Constantia wine route, Groot Constantia is tied by history and the vine to estates in the Helderberg and Durbanville.
A short drive fro m the theme parks, malls, cineplexes and entertainment centres of Century City, the energetic and those wanting to explore the abundance of the Cape Floral Kingdoms fauna and flora can take to the hills, choosing from myriad walks and climbs: up Table Mountain or Lions Head, through the Silvermine or Tygerberg Nature Reserves, Newlands Forest, the Cape of Good Hope or Helderberg Nature Reserves, or one of several other inner-city wildlife areas.
Because of its geographical location, Cape Town and the Western Cape province have a pleasant mediterranean climate, and rain in summer and spring is rare, while winter has fairly frequent bright sunny days. The city is bordered by two ocean currents, the cold Benguela current on the Atlantic side, and the warm Agulhas current from the Indian Ocean side, further moderating the temperatures.
Visiting Cape Town
The best season for a visit in cape town are the summer months there, October till March, but it can be very hot in December and January. August and September are the suitable months to visit the west-coast. After spring time the desert is full of beautiful wild flowers.