Cape Town, South Africa is one of the most popular international travel destinations in the world and I was so lucky to have visited the city August last year. I participated in a blog contest and won the trip sponsored by Malaysia Airlines.
I visited some of the most beautiful places in Cape Town but has yet to complete all place on the Cape Town Big 6 list. You see, Cape Town Big 6 is a marketing collaboration of six tourism icons in and around the city, namely – V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island, Cape Point and Constantia Vineyards. I have been to the first 4, but not the latter 2. I would love to go back to Cape Town again and complete the list.
Here are the Big 6 list:
V&A Waterfront – The waterfront offers abundance of unforgettable experiences; historical sites, cultural events, shopping, entertainment and great food. The waterfront boasts of more than 80 restaurants while historical sites include Alfred Mall and Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Breakwater Lodge, Chavonnes Battery, Harbour Café 1903, Port Captain’s Building, The Clock Tower, Time Ball Tower and Robben Island Embarkation Building.
Here’s my V&A Waterfront pictures:
Table Mountain – Often described as magical and mystical, Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most prominent feature and a world-famous landmark. This mountain is visible from almost everywhere in Cape Town and is often used as a beacon by which to find direction. Table Mountain is home to a rich fauna and flora, many species of which are endemic and survive only in the unique ecosystem which is contained on the mountain. There are about 1,470 species of plants, including over 250 different species of daisies.
My husband climbing up Table Mountain.
Kirstenbosch Gardens – Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, the gardens boast over 7000 species of plants,125 species of birds, many small and medium-sized mammals, a host of butterflies and insects, amphibians and other reptiles. Open all year round.
Robben Island – Robben Island is the largest of the islands along the coastline of South Africa. It is 507 hectares, roughly oval-shaped, and about 2 kilometres in length from north to south. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.
Cape Point – Cape Point is a promontory at the south-east corner of the Cape Peninsula, which is a mountainous and scenic land-form that runs north-south for about thirty kilometres at the extreme south-western tip of the African continent in the Republic of South Africa. Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town are close to the northern extremity of the same peninsula.
Constantia Vineyards – Constantia is one of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town and is famed for its wine. The estate of Groot Constantia (Great Constantia) was established in 1684 by the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel. Other notable wine farms in the area include the oldest estate, Steenberg (Mountain of Stone), established in 1682, Buitenverwachting (Beyond Expectations), Klein Constantia (Small Constantia) and Constantia Uitsig (View of Constantia). Before the twentieth century, the region was noted for its exports of Vin De Constance a sweet dessert wine.