Cape Town Mother City
Ever wondered why Cape Town is referred to as the Mother City?
A city as vibrant as Cape Town is bound to have a few interesting nicknames. “Tavern of the Seas” is one of these, as Cape Town was the relax-and-refresh hub where weary sailors would gather after being at sea for months on end.
Another almost-forgotten nickname for Cape Town is “Cape Grab”, which Cape Town was known as because of certain innkeepers who charged very high rates for sailors looking for board and lodging.
Table Mountain is one of the official New7Wonders of Nature, following a lengthy international public voting process. You can get to the top of Cape Town’s most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car up, or spend the better part of your day hiking it.
Table Mountain Cableway, established in 1929, takes visitors to the top in one of two cable cars, each with rotating floors and huge windows to ensure your views while travelling are almost as spectacular as those on the summit. Cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes.
Chapman's Peak Drive
Chapman’s Peak Drive: Chapman’s Peak Drive has to be one of the most incredible scenic drives in Africa, if not the world; numerous picnic spots and views along this 6km route. For a day trip follow this road to Noordhoek, Kommetjie on to Cape Point where the Altlantic and Indian oceans meet. From there you can visit Simonstown; home of the South African Navy, Fishhoek and Muizenburg.
Roben I sland
People lived on Robben Island many thousands of years ago, when the sea channel between the Island and the Cape mainland was not covered with water. Since the Dutch settled at the Cape in the mid-1600s, Robben Island has been used primarily as a prison.
Indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British soldiers and civilians, women, and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa's first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the founding leader of the Pan Africanist Congress, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, were all imprisoned on the Island.
Whale Watching: The coastline from Camps bay towards Cape Point provides numerous points from which Southern Right Whales may be sighted. Other species which may be sited include the Dusky Dolphin and the occasional sighting of a Humpback Whale further offshore. The coastal road from Hout Bay passing over Chapman's Peak Drive on the one side and Hout Bay to Seapoint on the other provides one of the most breathtaking sea views in the Western Cape and many more to see