Cape Town and Peninsula

Cape Town has grown as a city in a way that few others in the world have. Take a good look at the street names. Strand and Waterkant streets (meaning "beach" and "waterside," respectively) are now far from the sea. However, when they were named, they were right on the beach. An enormous program of dumping rubble into the ocean extended the city by a good few square miles (thanks to the Dutch obsession with reclaiming land from the sea). Almost all the city on the seaward side of Strand and Waterkant is part of the reclaimed area of the city known as the Foreshore. If you look at old paintings of the city, you will see that originally waves lapped at the very walls of the castle, now more than half a mile from the ocean.

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    Blouberg | Beach

    Blouberg is divided into two parts: Big Bay, which hosts surfing and windsurfing contests, and Little Bay, better suited to sunbathers, rock...Read More

  • 2. Boulders Beach

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    This series of small coves lies among giant granite boulders on the southern outskirts of Simon's Town. Part of Table Mountain National Park...Read More

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    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Cape Point is a dramatic knife's edge of rock that slices into the Atlantic. Looking out to sea from the viewing platform, you feel you're at...Read More

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    Newlands | Garden

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    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Jail/Prison

    Made famous by its most illustrious inhabitant, Nelson Mandela, this island, whose name is Dutch for "seals," has a long and sad history. At...Read More

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  • 6. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

    Table Mountain National Park | Tour–Sight

    This is a slick operation. Two large, wheelchair-friendly revolving cars that provide spectacular views take three to five minutes to reach...Read More

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    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Zoo/Aquarium

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