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Cape Town – A Journey to the Jewel of South Africa

By Hermoine Macura-Noble
Special to The Times Kuwait


Enveloped by the majestic Table Mountain and the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town stands as a beacon of adventure, culture, and natural beauty. This vibrant South African city effortlessly combines history with modernity, offering travelers an immersive experience unlike any other.

The best place to start discovering this magical city is via cable car to the top of the iconic Table Mountain. The journey begins with a panoramic ascent to the summit of the flat-topped marvel that presides over the city.

The Table Mountain aerial cableway provides a thrilling ride to the top, offering sweeping views of the city, the Atlantic Ocean, and surrounding landscapes. Once at the summit, visitors are greeted by breathtaking vistas, hiking trails, and the opportunity to witness the iconic ‘tablecloth’ of clouds cascading over the mountain.

“Every corner of this city tells a story of resilience, diversity, and natural beauty. The warmth of the people and the fusion of cultures create an atmosphere that is so welcoming. There’s a unique rhythm to life here that captivates the soul here,” shares tourist, Dawn McPherson.

Venturing south along the stunning Cape Peninsula, the scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak offers dramatic cliffs and seascapes, leading to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Here, where the currents collide, you’ll discover the iconic lighthouse, historic shipwrecks, and the opportunity to spot indigenous wildlife, including playful baboons and Cape fur seals.

For those looking to learn more about Cape Town’s history and culture, visiting the Bo-Kaap is a must. The colorful neighborhood traces its roots back to the 17th century. It is distinctively unique with its cobblestone streets lined with pastel-hued houses — each telling a fantastic story of the Malay community. Take a guided walking tour to learn about the rich cultural heritage, sample traditional Cape Malay cuisine, and capture the essence of this lively district.

When it comes to accommodation, Cape Town has a plethora of choices. From boutique hotels with panoramic views to opulent waterfront escapes — there is a decent range of high-end accommodations that redefine the concept of indulgence.

A favorite of celebrities such as Rihanna and Lawrence Fishbourne, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is ideal for those looking for a private nature retreat. Situated on Cape Town’s most scenic route, Table Mountain flanks the hotel with the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range on the other. Well established as the city’s leading boutique hotel, The Twelve Apostles Hotel prides itself on offering guests that ‘personal touch.’

With the hotel’s convenient complimentary shuttle service, guests are five minutes from the beautiful beaches at Camps Bay, 20 minutes from the city center and the V&A Waterfront, and within easy reach of many wineries. Helicopter transfers are also available, offering an exhilarating experience of flying over the spectacular peninsula.

Another great place to stay is the stunning Tintswalo at Boulders, which offers seaside accommodation in nine beautifully appointed super private suites. With rich concoctions of azure, blue and greens, and dark wood fittings, the luxury suites are maritime tributes to some of history’s most famous ships that sailed the very oceans that Tintswalo at Boulders overlooks. It’s the perfect choice for those looking to get up close and personal with the African penguins that call Boulders Beach home.

Boulders beach
Boulders beach

Summer is prime time to visit Boulders Beach, when you will see the most penguin action. Between September and October the birds spend most of their time feeding out at sea, so there are fewer penguins on the beach. However a visit in January will allow you to see the juvenile birds moulting on the beach.

Cape Town also transforms into a theater of aquatic splendor from June to November as the Southern Right Whales, Humpbacks, and Bryde’s Whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the Western Cape for breeding and calving. This annual spectacle allows travelers to witness these gentle giants as they breach, slap their tails, and playfully interact with each other.

Several vantage points along the Cape coastline offer ideal spots for whale watching. Hermanus, a charming town a short drive from Cape Town, is renowned as one of the best land-based whale-watching locations globally. The elevated cliffs provide a perfect perch to witness the whales frolicking in the waves below. For those seeking a more up close and personal experience, the best boat tours and charters are available around Simon’s town which take you into the heart of the action.

For fine dining and shopping – the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A) Waterfront is where culture and commerce converge. The V&A Waterfront is a bustling hub that seamlessly blends history with contemporary charm. Enjoy a stroll along the harbor, explore the diverse range of shops, art galleries, and restaurants, or embark on a boat trip to catch a glimpse of seals and dolphins.

Cape Town’s allure lies in its ability to enchant visitors with a harmonious blend of natural wonders, historical landmarks, and cultural richness.

“From exclusive accommodations to haute cuisine, Cape Town whispers to the discerning traveler, inviting them to savor the pinnacle of luxury in a setting where sophistication meets the sublime,” explains Explorer, John Burgess.

From Table Mountain’s majestic heights to the Winelands’ exquisite beauty, Cape Town is a destination that captivates the heart and soul of all who venture to explore its diverse landscapes. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a taste of South African culture, Cape Town invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey at the crossroads of history and natural beauty.


By Hermoine Macura-Noble The first Australian English speaking News Anchor in the Middle East. She is also the Author of Faces of the Middle East and Founder of US-based 501c3 charity – The House of Rest which helps to ease the suffering of victims of war. For more from our Contributing Editor, you can follow her on Instagram, here.By Hermoine Macura-Noble
The first Australian English speaking News Anchor in the Middle East. She is also the Author of Faces of the Middle East and Founder of US-based 501c3 charity – The House of Rest which helps to ease the suffering of victims of war. For more from our Contributing Editor, you can follow her on Instagram, here.


 



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