There's so much to do on your Cape Town holiday, but to grasp the enormity of the city, a top priority should be a cable car ride up Table Mountain - or a walk if you're feeling energetic! There are hundreds of paths leading to the summit, so you shouldn't find it too crowded, and on your way up you could spot several of the claimed 1,470 plant species which are claimed to live on its slopes - that's more than on the whole of the British Isles!
From here, you get a good view of the city and a surprising number of fine beaches, all within a 15-minute drive. The pick of these can be found at Camps Bay, where there are also numerous excellent seafood restaurants bordering the white-golden sands.
Cape Town's dock area has undergone an amazing transformation to become the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and home to the city's finest shops, bars and restaurants. Naturally this area is a hive of activity at all times, but especially so at night. It's the city's premier spot for eating out, with cuisines from all over the world represented.
From the waterfront you can catch the ferry to Robben Island, the site of the former prison where Nelson Mandela was held captive for more than 25 years.
Back on the mainland, stylish Cape Towners head for the Oranjezicht district, where beaches, fine shopping, top restaurants and nightclubs all combine to cater for their every need. Kloof Street, at the foot of Table Mountain, is also rich in quality restaurants and boasts some of the city's finest old buildings.
A popular excursion on any Cape Town holiday is the 30-mile journey south to the Cape of Good Hope. Not quite the southern tip of Africa, as most people believe, it is however, the point where the coast begins to turn eastwards rather than head south, and a site rich in bird life, with more than 50 species living in the area. This is also a very popular whale-watching area.
With so many options for exploring the city and beyond, a package holiday might include excursions to many of the most popular sights, while a all-inclusive holiday will give you the assurance of knowing that you don't need to worry about paying for any extras.
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