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Catch a cable car up Table Mountain then abseil back down. If you fancy following a rope 112 metres down Table Mountain (and we’d recommend it as the world’s highest commercial abseil even if it wasn't for the views), then Abseil Africa (297 Long Street, 021 424 4760, www.abseilafrica.co.za ) is your best bet. The less adventurous can catch the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway up... and back down. The quick ride will give you a bird’s eye view of the City Bowl. The summit can also be reached on foot through a multitude of beautiful albeit exhausting, trails. If you want a longer experience – spending up to five nights in tented camps – take the long-distance Hoerikwaggo Trail ( www.sanparks.org ) up from the Cape of Good Hope.
In Stellenbosch, be swept away by breathtaking scenery and rows upon rows of wonderful, wine-producing vines. Travel inland to the lush, green countryside that forms the center of South Africa's wine-growing economy and visit 3 famous wine producers for tastings.
Bordered by dramatic mountain scenery and nature reserves, the idyllic valleys east of Cape Town provide nearly perfect conditions for grape growing and wine producing. Begin in the town of Stellenbosch; admire the romantic setting enhanced by canal-lined boulevards, giant oak trees, and historic buildings. Here enjoy your first tasting of the day at one of its distinguished vineyards.
Uncover significant historical landmarks that are central to Cape Town's identity and admire a view of the entire city from its iconic natural feature, Table Mountain. Visit historic places and take a journey through time while the popular sights of Table Bay are revealed one by one.
Begin with a boat trip into the bay and cruise out to Robben Island, infamous as a prison that held many political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a tour of the former prison, now led by the former prisoners.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon's Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa
Lion’s Head is best known for its stunning views of the Mother City and Table Bay on one side, and the Atlantic shoreline on the other, which makes the hour-long walk to the top really worth the effort. Add a little mystery to the walk by tackling it during full moon and be rewarded with a glittering view of Cape Town by night.
With a rugged coastline, species of African game, and endemic vegetation, discover the natural wonders of the Cape Peninsula on a half-day tour. Gaze out upon sweeping views of the coastline and enjoy the sight of roaming wild animals as you visit charming shoreline towns.
Jutting into the ocean south of Cape Town is Cape Point—a rocky headland protected by national park status with much to see. Begin at the lookout point at Llandudno, a stretch of white sand beach with crashing waves making a truly beautiful vista. Continue to Hout Bay to be treated to more impressive views, including a quaint fishing port with a pretty beach backed by mountains.