Cape Town, South Africa, is a town of great beauty and great history. Perhaps it is best known being home to many of the leaders of the anti-apartheid movement as well as where Nelson Mandela made his first speech in public following his release from prison. Cape Town is also the most popular tourist destination in South Africa.
Cape Town Beaches
Cape Town is known for its beautiful beaches, including the False Bay Beach, the Atlantic Seaboard beaches, and the West Coast beaches. False Bay has a beach the runs the entire length of False Bay. The Atlantic Seaboard is known for its expensive homes due to its facing the west allowing residents to view the sunset from the comfort of their homes every day. The West Coast is known for its amazing conditions for surfing.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is located in Cape Town’s harbor and is the most popular tourist destination in South Africa. Construction of the harbor began in 1860 under the instructions of Prince Alfred and was named in honor of himself and his mother. It offers both sea and mountain views due to its being located between the Table Mountain and Robben Island and is a popular location for shopping.
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain located near Cape Town, reaching an elevation of 3,558 ft. Visitors are offered the option of hiking the mountain or taking a cable car to the top. The mountain is a World Heritage Site and is home to approximately 2,200 different types of plants, with many of these species of plants being found only on Table Mountain and nowhere else.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is located near the foot of Table Mountain and is known for cultivating only indigenous plants. The land on which the Garden is located was given to the country in 1902 and was studied in 1911 by Henry Harold Pearson to determine if it would be able to serve as a botanical garden. In 1913, the land was officially set aside to become a botanical garden with a budget of 1,000 pounds, but no funds set aside for a director’s position, so Pearson accepted the position without pay. When he passed away in 1916, he was buried in the Garden. the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens in South Africa. The Kirstenbosch has many trails that lead visitors up and along the nearby Table Mountain.
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