Aside from the rich natural splendour of the Western Cape, the province’s true magnetism lies in the diversity of its people. Nowhere is this heritage more prevalent than in the captivating city of Cape Town, capital of the Rainbow Nation. A vibrant destination in an enviable coastal setting, Cape Town is preceded by a reputation for an unrivalled foodie scene, with its melting pot culture combining to create a varied cuisine with iconic dishes such as ‘Bunny Chow’ and traditional braais sure to delight. The oldest urban settlement in the Western Cape, Cape Town was first developed as a supply station for the Dutch East India Company, across shipping routes connecting East Africa, India, and the Far East.
The city is crowned by the iconic Table Mountain National Park, combining the escapism of seas and mountains amidst a bustling cityscape. Its strategic location means that a wealth of excursions are available as day-trips; from historic Robben Island to the penguin-populated shores of Boulders Beach. The city’s V&A Waterfront is a tourist’s delight, offering harbour cruises, a wealth of chic restaurant options and contemporary art museums. Meanwhile, the District Six Museum showcases the remains of the city’s multicultural inner-city neighbourhood before being officially declared a ‘white’ area in 1965. Having summited the towering heights of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head is an equally impressive viewpoint, with the renowned beaches of Clifton spread out beneath offering irresistible appeal to surfers, kite-boarders and international jet-setters. Come evening, sip on wine in a historic estate and head to the clubs of Long Street to dance the night away.