• Bo-Kaap, Table Mountain highlight the best of Cape Town

    2013-04-24

    South Africa offers one of the most unique travel experiences around. Beautiful scenery, a unique culture and historical importance all combine to make a trip to South Africa unforgettable, and that is especially true with Cape Town. The country's second-most populous city, Cape Town sits on the west coast and has something for everyone. There is a long list of must-see destinations, but a few in particular stand out among the rest.

    Bo-Kaap
    Known for its rich culture and history, this section of the city has been a hub of activity since the 1760s. It has many highlights, but most people recognize its colorful houses as its most iconic feature. Bo-Kaap used to be home to slaves brought over from Southeast Asia, and today these brightly colored houses, mosques and other buildings serve as a testament to the end of Apartheid more than 20 years ago. Not only is it a sight to behold, but it is also a reminder of the often tumultuous history of South Africa.

    Table Mountain
    Perhaps the most famous natural feature in South Africa, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town as it rises to more than 3,550 feet. Aside from simply being a stunning landmark - its iconic flat top certainly leaves a lasting impression - the view from the top is worth the climb. There are a number of ways to get to the summit, including a popular cable car, but if you're looking to add some adventure to your South Africa travel, you should make your way up on foot. Regardless of how you get there the payoff is worth it, as you're rewarded with a spectacular view of the city.

    Castle of Good Hope
    This famous landmark was built in the 1660s and today stands as one of the most popular destinations in Cape Town and the oldest surviving building in South Africa. In its prime, it was a bustling hub of activity, and given its popularity among tourists it still sees its fair share of visitors. There's no bad time to get there, but you should think about heading over around 10 a.m. for the anticipated Key Ceremony, which closely resembles the Changing of the Guard.

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