Useful Information | Why Cape Town
Victoria Alfred Waterfront
Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Traditional Cape meets modern day Cape Town in a divine and exciting cultural experience. With more than 250 speciality stores, craft markets and 70 eateries, the V&A Waterfront opens a world of opportunities to shoppers and diners alike. 7 Hotels and 14 conference venues, make the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront the perfect setting for conferences and seminars. Offerings include the unique working harbour ambience, scenic views of Table Mountain, historic buildings, museums, boat and helicopter charters, aquarium, IMAX cinema, annual special events and street musicians and the recently opened Nelson Mandela Gateway To Robben Island.
No place in South Africa symbolises the universal struggle for freedom as powerfully as Robben Island. Nelson Mandela officially opened the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island on December 1, 2001, at the V&A Waterfront. Declared a World Heritage Site on December 1, 1997, Robben Island has become a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit. A tour of the Robben Island Museum is a multifaceted journey which begins at the Gateway, where multi-media exhibitions, a restaurant, an auditorium, and a museum shop are housed.
Between heaven and earth lies the Winelands of the Cape, a perfect place on earth to feast your senses. A dramatic backdrop of craggy mountains and fertile valleys, covered with ever-changing colours of the vineyards, sets the scene for enjoyment and relaxation. Sample the fruit of the vine in every glass of our world-renowned wines, whilst enjoying the cullinary delights of our regional cuisine. Discover the rich historical and cultural heritage of this area where splendid examples of Cape Dutch architecture has been preserved to honour our ancestors. The Winelands will leave you with lasting memories of warm hospitality and unsurpassed natural beauty.
Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination. The Boulders section of TMNP consists of 3 pristine beaches, 1 penguin viewing area and 3 boardwalks. The boardwalks were built as a measure to allow for viewing of these wonderful birds, whilst keeping them safe from poking fingers, so please be sure to stay on the boardwalks at all times within the viewing area.
This beach is ideal for children as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents, wind and large waves - but please always take care. Don't touch or feed the penguins – they may look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
The best views of Cape Town are from the top of Table Mountain. The cableway takes you to the summit in under ten minutes whilst rotating gondolas's ensure that visitors enjoy a 360 degree view of Cape Town and Table Bay. Once on top, visitors can stroll along 2 km of pathways and enjoy magnificent views from over 12 viewing sites and decks. Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of plants and animals. The mountain is home to approximately 1470 species of plants; more than the entire British Isles!
Kirstenbosch, one of the 'Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the World', is one of South Africa's 8 National Botanical Gardens. It offers extensive visitor facilities ranging from two restaurants, a Coffee Shop, Curio Shop and bookshop to various Conference Centres and Meeting Venues.
The garden is home to many bird species (including breeding owls, guinea fowl and sugarbirds) and small endemic mammals (Cape Fox, small grey Mongoose and Cape Otter.) For hiking enthusiasts, Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine offer panoramic trails and gateways to the top of the mountain.
Breathtaking scenery ignites the senses where the chilly waters of the Atlantic in the west meet the warm waters of False Bay in the east. You can take the funicular to the old lighthouse overlooking this wild coast. Enjoy the majestic views whilst dining on a sumptuous meal at the Two Oceans Restaurant or picnic on one of Cape Point's wild beaches.
Signal Hill and Lion's Head
Signal Hill is the Northern-most tip of the terrestrial area of the TMNP and offers excellent views of the City and harbour. It is from here that the noon day gun marks 12:00 in Cape Town.
Lion's Head is the peak to the right of Table Mountain when facing it head on and offers a short but popular hike with 360 degree views of the Atlantic seaboard, the City and Table Mountain. A popular and new tradition in Cape Town is to hike to the top on full moon. But, while this is a memorable experience, it should only be done in groups, and led by someone with experience.
Grand West Casino
Set against a backdrop of the majestic Cape Town, Grand West Casino and Entertainment World takes the centre stage as the Mother City’s premier entertainment extravaganza offering activities and entertainment for the whole family. For the kids Grand West offers movies, ice skating, ten-pin bowling, family restaurants and food court For young adults Grand West offers the Roxy Revue Bar, bars and nightclubs.