Featured destination: Cape Town

May 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

With its stunning scenery, fascinating history and cosmopolitan feel, it’s no surprise that Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in Africa. Situated on a peninsula which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean from South Africa’s Western Cape, the whole city is dominated by the ever-present backdrop of iconic Table Mountain.

Cape Town, South AfricaCape Town could easily be the city for which the phrase ‘something for everyone’ was invented. The renowned beaches along the Atlantic coastline are perfect for surfing, sailing or sunbathing while nature lovers can spot everything from black rhino to penguins in the various nature reserves and wine connoisseurs will enjoy touring the numerous vineyards along the famous wine route. Back in the city centre, the huge selection of bars, restaurants, shops and galleries presents a showcase of contemporary African chic.

Top Cape Town attractions include:

  • The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – set in Cape Town’s working harbour, boasting a huge selection of shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.
  • Robben Island – home to the prison in which former president Nelson Mandela spent almost two decades for his anti-apartheid activities.
  • Rondevlei Nature Reserve – a bird sanctuary which is also home to a family of 8 hippos.
  • District Six Museum – dedicated to the events of the apartheid era, in particular the removal of over 60,000 people from their homes in District Six when it was declared a whites-only zone in the 1970s.
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – covering 500 hectares of Table Mountain, a huge variety of indigenous flora blends into the surrounding bush.

Experience a true ‘Rainbow Nation’ welcome by staying in a Cape Town Guest House – here are a few of our favourites: 

Villa Sunshine

Villa Sunshine in Cape TownIn a peaceful setting in Bantry Bay, surrounded by the natural beauties of Table Mountain, Clifton Beach and Camps Bay, is Villa Sunshine.

This charming Cape Town bed and breakfast is set in a Mediterranean-style villa on the Atlantic coast and has seven homely guestrooms, all featuring en-suite bathrooms, televisions, WiFi and complimentary tea, coffee and cookies. In addition, most rooms boast private balconies or patios, from which guests can take in the fresh Atlantic breeze.

A gourmet breakfast is included in the rates, which can be enjoyed in the stylish breakfast room or outside on the sunny terrace overlooking the salt water swimming pool. Guests also have access to a fully stocked bar and two comfortable lounges.

Book Cape Town guest house Villa Sunshine

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