For anyone looking for an informative, relaxing and enjoyable day out in beautiful surroundings – and with fine wine and wonderful food as a bonus – the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram experience is not to be missed amiking the WINE TRAM Cape Town Attractions. Suitable for adults and children, the tram takes a glorious ramble through the vineyards of the famous valley, stopping at various points along the way so you can visit some of the long-established wineries that are based there.
With a rich history of wine making stretching back 300 years, a time when French settlers chose the valley as the perfect place to grow vines, the Franschhoek Valley is a place where you can learn about the history of the people, and sample the amazing wines, some of the finest in South Africa. Have a look at the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram website now, and they can even help you with transfers directly from Cape Town for added convenience
Majestic Table Mountain, standing at 1085 metres, is probably the landmark best associated with Cape Town. The huge mountain overlooks the city, the west coast and continues onward with the Twelve Apostles towering over the trendy and fashionable and Clifton Beaches and Camps Bay.
The top of Table Mountain can be reached by the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. The Cableway only operates in suitable weather and is occasionally closed due to strong winds or poor visibility. The cableway rotates 360 degrees as you ascend and wonderful panoramas are on display. Views from the top of the Mountain are spectacular and offer wonderful photo opportunities of Robben Island, Table Bay, the Cape Flats and Cape Peninsula. Once atop the mountain, visitors can enjoy over 2 km of paths amongst the abundant flower species the mountain is renowned for and encounters with the Dassie, a relative of the elephant.
Table Mountain is part of the Table Mountain National Park and is under the administration of South Africa National Parks.
V&A Waterfront Travel Guide – Cape Town
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a busy and popular harbour front area of shops,restaurants, bars, cafés, movie theatres, sophisticated accommodation and lively street performers making it the most visited attraction in South Africa. To complement all the available facilities and entertainment, the stunning backdrops of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean lend the V & A Waterfront a picturesque setting to add to the vibrant goings on .
The Shopping is top-class with many designer boutiques present in the main shopping centre. Also available are local fashions and designs by local artists to add a South African flavour to your wardrobe, house or office.
The Waterfront is also the base for many tours and adventures visitors can enjoy from Cape Town. These include helicopter rides over the Cape Peninsula, trips to Robben Island, boat tours of the peninsula and other interesting activities.
The former prison and UN World Heritage site lies about 7 kilometres offshore from Cape Town in Table Bay’s Atlantic Ocean waters. The island is most famous for its history as a place of incarceration for political prisoners and anti-apartheid activists during the Apartheid ruling years of South Africa. The most notable political prisoner to have had the misfortune of staying on Robben Island is the great Nelson Mandela.
Prior to being a prison, Robben Island was used at different times to isolate lepers and also as a strategic defense post during World War II protecting Table Bay and Cape Town from incoming naval threats.
In 1997, the island was turned into a museum with daily boat excursions departing from the V & A Waterfront to the island for guided tours by ex-inmates of the prison. Visitors can experience the harsh conditions the prisoners experienced on the island during their confinement.
Clifton Beach Travel Guide – Cape Town
Clifton Beach is where people want to be seen. It’s the hot spot in Cape Town for those wanting to enjoy a bit of sun, sea, and sand while showing off their designer shades, swim suits, tans and bodies. But it’s also a great place for families to enjoy a day at the beach. The 4 beaches of Clifton are popular, particularly when the Cape Doctor, the strong south easterly wind, blows a gale. When the wind howls, people wanting to spend a day at the beach and take in few rays head down to Clifton and it’s sheltered beaches.
The four beaches are actually little coves and are called, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach and attract different crowds. 4th beach is probably the most general crowd. Vendors serve the beaches selling cold drinks, ice cream, and other wares while umbrellas and deck chairs are also available for rental. Bring plenty of sunblock, water, and toys and enjoy a day at a beautiful beach but beware, the water is cold!