Cape Town is one of the few cities in the world to, quite simply, have it all – beaches, mountains, gardens, winelands and views. The incredible aerial views of the harbour and city bowl grace newspapers, travel brochures and websites bringing the city into the homes of millions. It isn’t difficult to understand the world’s love affair with the Mother City.
Table Mountain is Cape Town’s icon. Its flat top looms over the city bowl and harbour, its position as one of the New 7 Wonders of the world obvious. The mountain is not only its impressive 3 km level plateau, on either side it’s flanked by further mountains – Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak – whilst the range also forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula all the way to Cape Point. On the Atlantic side the back table forms an equally impressive range known locally as the Twelve Apostles, extending from Kloof Nek to Hout Bay.
Cape Town’s people are as diverse as its attractions. Often called a ‘melting pot’ of different cultures, it is racially and ethnically colourful. Cape Town is an undisputed culinary capital, the innovation and attitude with which chefs produce anything from African through Italian, Indian, Mediterranean to Middle Eastern fare, more often than not with a departure from the conventional and a flourish that defies critique. A meal, or a drink with a view of the sea and the beach is a prerequisite when in the Mother City.