TravelUp are working together with SWISS Airlines, part of the Lufthansa Group, to bring you the top reasons why all nature lovers should pay a visit to Cape Town. South Africa’s capital city is home to many natural wonders, from magnificent mountains to breathtaking beaches. This wonderful costal city has it all!
Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and every nature lover’s dream! If you are looking for a thrill then you are going to love this adventure. Catch a cable car up the mountain and then abseil down from 112 metres high. Get views like no other from the ride up; see the City Bowl from a bird’s eye view or get a glimpse of the summit on foot. This National Park includes some beautiful walks, amazing bird watching points and often-deserted beaches that are perfect for a late night picnic.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Covering over 52,800-sq-km, this is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. Gate 1 is the main entrance located at the end of the Newlands gardens, this is where you can find the information centre and souvenir shop. If you love the outdoors, we’d definitely recommend visiting the gardens at least once. Venture along a free guided walk or hire a MyGuide electronic recorder filled with fascinating facts and interesting information about the various plants you’ll pass on the signposted circular walk. You find over 22,000 plant species including the Cape Floral Kingdom’s famous fynbos and the mind-blowing fragrance garden that has been elevated so that it is easy to smell the wonderful fragrances that these plants give off. If you are heading on your Cape Town holiday in between November and April, you can even experience their outdoor Summer Sunset Concerts held on a Sunday.
Boulders Penguin Colony
Have you ever seen 300 penguins gathered together in one place running free and happy? Travel to Boulders Penguin Colony and head along the boardwalk that runs from Boulders Visitor Centre at the Foxy Beach end of the protected area (part of the Table Mountain National Park) to Boulders Beach. If you are feeling brave then you can head down onto the sand and get up close to the penguins. Looking back to 1982 when there were just two breeding pairs to now with over 300 penguins, it is a breathtaking thing to see.
Silvermine Nature Reserve
Looking for a quiet yet beautiful picnic spot? Look no further. The Silvermine Reservoir is perfect for a leisurely stroll, followed by a bite to eat with a view of the Table Mountain National Park. Grab your hiking boots and head on a hiking trail leading into the mountains from this area. If you venture over to the southeastern edge of the reserve, you will find the ancient burial site Peers Cave; a trail leads here from the marked parking spot on the Ou Kaapse Weg, which was declared a National Monument in 1941. Get a breathtaking view of the Noordhoek towards the sea.
Anyone looking to visit somewhere historical has to explore Bloubergstrand, the beaches beside the costal suburb where Britain won their 1806 battle for the Cape. The panoramic views that you get of Table Mountain and Table Bay are out of this world. If you are a fan of water sports, kite-surfing and windsurfing at one of these beautiful beaches has to be on your Cape Town itinerary. Fun Fact: Bloubergstrand really means “Blue Mountain Beach”.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
This historic working harbour has spectacular views and is one Cape Town attraction you cannot miss. Surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas and cruises, the Victoria & Alfred Basins date from 1860 and are named after Queen Victoria and her son Alfred. It was and still is the home to the two Basins. The Victoria can be used by tugs, fishing boats and various vessels, whereas at the Alfred you’ll see ships under repair.
If you haven’t already then book your SWISS airline flights to Cape Town today and get exploring all of these fantastic places. Don’t forget to show us your holiday pictures on Facebook and Twitter using #TravelUp!