Table Mountain ,Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens ,Victoria &Alfred Waterfront ,Robben Island, Company Gardens ,City Hall, Houses of Parliament, Malay Quarter, District 6, Long Street Green Market Square, Bo Kaap, Lions Head and Signal Hill .
Tours : Cape Town City Tour.
Brief History of Cape Town:
The first explorers to discover this area were the Portuguese explorers in the late 1480’s although they didn’t stop here as they were trying to find a route to the east to start up the spice trade. In the late 1500’s, Portuguese, French, Danish, Dutch and English ships regularly stopped over in Table Bay enroute to the Indies. Here they traded tobacco, copper and iron with the Khoikhoi (indigenous people) in exchange for fresh meat.The Dutch East India Company decided to make Cape Town into a refreshment stop for the all the passing trade in the 1600’s. Jan van Riebeeck arrived on the 6th April 1652 and was the first commander at the Cape until 1656. He was succeeded by Simon van der Stel who was the first governor.
From here on the Dutch reigned in the Cape followed by the British, then the Dutch then the British
Today it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The centre of Cape Town is situated at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula. Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to the city bowl with its 3km long plateau and Devil’s Peak on the left and Lion’ Head on the right side.
Sometimes a thin strip of clouds forms over the top of the mountain and comes rushing down the front face – this is known as the ‘table cloth’. Cape Town is home to a total of 19 different vegetation types of which several are endemic to the city. There are more indigenous plant species on Table Mountain alone than there are in the whole of the British Isles.Cape Town is also known as the ‘Mother City’ as it’s the oldest city in South Africa. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit depending on your interests.
Cape Point and Peninsula :
Clifton &Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles, Llandudno, Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek
Cape of Good Hope, Simon's Town, Boulders Penguin Colony, Fishhoek, Kalkbay and Muizenberg.
Tours: Full day Cape Point and Peninsula.
Brief History of Cape Point:
Named the ‘Cape of Storms’ by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; the ‘Point’ was treated with respect by sailors for centuries. By day, it was a navigational landmark and by night, and in fog, it was a menace beset by violent storms and dangerous rocks that over the centuries littered shipwrecks around the coastline.
In 1859 the first lighthouse was completed; it still stands at 238 metres above sea-level on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa. Access to this historical building is by an exhilarating three-minute ride in the wheelchair-accessible Flying Dutchman funicular that transfers visitors from the lower station at 127 metres above sea-level, to the upper station.
Cape Point is in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. It includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula. This narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora
Paarl, Stellenbosch , Franschhoek and Wellington.
Tours: Full day Tours.
Brief History of the Winelands:
The South African wine industry has come a long way since the first unsuccessful attempt to grow grapes in 1652 in the area known today as the Cape Winelands.
Jan van Riebeeck was lavish in his praise of the first wine produced in 1659.
Others were less enthusiastic, and it took many years before Cape wines earned the respect of Europe. Holland had never been a wine producing country and so the Dutch did not initially succeed in producing drinkable wine. However, Dutch merchant traders noticed that crews on ships from the wine producing Mediterranean countries suffered less from the dreaded disease scurvy, and this was put down to their wine consumption.
For this reason, Van Riebeeck decided to supplement his supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables from the Company Gardens with barrels of this noble liquid.
His own estate of Constantia was granted to him not long afterwards, and although greatly reduced in size, it is still today one of the most beautiful wine estates in the Cape and historically one of the most interesting.
Constantia became famous. Kings and princes of Europe clamoured for the sublime "Vin de Constance" - and the wine was even praised in the novels of Austen and Dickens. The South Africa wine industry that originated from the Cape Winelands has not looked back.
The Huguenot Settlers
Towards the end of the 17th century, freedom of religion was abolished in France and the Protestant Huguenots were persecuted and many were killed for their beliefs. Thousands fled to Holland where some found their way aboard ships bound for the little Cape settlement.
They brought with them a sound knowledge of viniculture and were allocated land in the Cape Winelands - areas now known as Franschhoek, Paarl and Drakenstein, where they contributed to the improvement of the South African wine industry.
The drink has long since passed the stage of being merely a remedy for scurvy, and today the South Africa wine industry and Cape wines are once again in demand around the world.