The Cape Town FactorIt's time to visit South Africa's beautiful and iconic "Mother City" ...
So you’ve spent a few days relaxing and unwinding at Fin Whale Beach House, have explored the amazing beaches on your doorstep, have soaked up the ambience of the wonderful seaside village of Kommetjie and cozied up in the luxurious surroundings the house provides… Now what? It’s time to visit South Africa’s beautiful and iconic “Mother City” of Cape Town, that’s what!
The good news is that there’s absolutely no shortage of amazing things to do in Cape Town, so it’s more than worth spending a couple of days out and about exploring what it has to offer.
A visit to the amazing Two Oceans Aquarium at Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront is an absolute must. This world-class aquarium is renowned for its incredible displays and interactive exhibits – you can even arrange to dive with ragged tooth sharks while you are there! While at the V&A you can explore its amazing variety of shops and restaurants, and take a water-taxi across the harbour (watch out for the “seals on wheels”!) There are also amazing views out over Table Bay. The V&A is also the departure point for the tours to Robben Island, which can be seen in the distance across the bay.
You can also explore the wonderful Company’s Garden in the heart of the city. Located at the back of Parliament and the President’s official residence, Tuynhuys, the gardens offer amazing views of Table Mountain and is home to the South African Museum, Planetarium and South African Art Gallery, as well as a lovely restaurant. It’s the oldest garden in the country and has its origins in Jan van Riebeeck’s vegetable patch, which was grown to feed the original colony in 1652.
Of course, Table Mountain itself is a major attraction and you can choose to either climb it (there’s a good route from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens) or ascend via the cableway (truly spectacular). The views from the top of this global icon are incredible, so be sure to take a camera and give yourself lots of time to explore.