We have seen what delightful flight South African Airways is promising passengers on its super-comfortable new Airbus A330-300. Now, this is what a trip to South Africa, the land of the Rainbow Nation, offers.
The Table Mountain
The majestic Table Mountain is an obligatory sight in Cape Town, and most likely its most beautiful attraction. You simply don’t want to miss such a Wonder of Nature. It offers beautiful landscapes from both below and above. The cable car climb is impressive. Table Mountain is now part of the Cape Peninsula National Park, and it is strictly forbidden to pick any flower or light any cigarette there. Hiking to the top (2 hours) or ascending by cable car, you can’t but marvel at the spectacular view of the city and the peninsula, at more than 1000 meters above sea level. In the distance, you can see the Drakensberg mountains, while the city is drawn around the hills of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head.
The Cape Town Diamond Museum
No visit is complete without going to the Cape Town Diamond Museum. Located in the lively Clock Tower Centre at the V & A Waterfront, this little hidden gem is the first to pay homage to the history of the South African diamond industry. You will discover the history of the rush and life-sized replicas of the world’s most famous diamonds. You can even walk through a mine pit (with sound and lights). The whole course makes it possible to understand how the diamonds, billions of years ago, were formed under the surface of the Earth. The cutting and polishing process can be seen live at the museum, making the experience unique.
Since 1997, Robben Island has been on the List of the World Heritage of Humanity. This visit, which you can’t do away with if you want to understand the country’s very recent history, is a high spot because of the solemnity of this site where hundreds of people died. The Pebble, located 9 km from the Port du Cap, housed, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, a prison, an asylum, a leper colony and a military base, before becoming, from 1963, a high security prison. In the colonial era, most of the rebel freedom fighters, Hottentots or slaves, were in fact the first political prisoners of the country.
Cape Town promises a lot. At the crossroads of shipping routes, it is an ocean lookout and perhaps a ship in dock. Backed to Africa, an eye turned to Asia and another to America, the city offers the history buff the depth of a mosaic memory haunted by distant Europe. The sports freaks will enjoy riding on the beaches, climbing Table or Lion’s Head and surfing the dunes.
The Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope is a must for all travellers. We advise you devote one or two days to this drive. Ideally, you will leave in the morning from Cape Town through the M3 via Constantia and reach Muizenberg, the first coastal city of False Bay, where you can swim and surf. Then you will take the “Brandis Drive” scenic road at the entrance to Muizenberg and join the road that goes to Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town, up to the entrance to the Reserve of Cape of Good Hope. When exiting this last spot, stop in Boulders Beach to get acquainted with its penguin colony. On your way back, go up the peninsula from the west to Camps Bay, passing through Scarborough, Kommetjie, Nordhoek and Hout Bay. Between the last two steps, you will take the fabulous Chapman’s Peak Drive, an open toll road open only in the high season, sublime at sunset.