Cape Town Journals

What to do in Cape Town?

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A travel journal to Cape Town by MiriamMannak

Rhodes Memorial Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Cape Town boasts a wide variety of interesting highlights. I will give you an overview of them and tell you more about the history of the particular sites.

What to do in Cape Town?

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Cape Town By Night Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Ach, there are so many highlights! Cape Town is crammed with them! Table Mountain, Robben island, National Gallery, Slave Lodge, Kirstenbosch, V&A Waterfront, Long Street, Lion's Head, the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, The Company Garden, the 2 Oceans Aquarium, District Six Museum, and much more! Quick Tips: - Hike up Table Mountain: Some things you just gotta do!- Hike Lion's Head on Full Moon: One of Cape Town's traditions - Join a township tour. Get to know the other side of South Africa, and meet wonderful people and het to know their culture, way of life and history. Just like a hike up Table Mountain, this is something you gotta do! Besides, by visiting the tow...Read More
Long Street Baths Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Actually, Long Street Baths - one of the hidden treasures of Cape Town - is not a spa but a Turkish Bath House. I discovered these baths last weekend, after a friend and me decided that is was time to get rid of our stress & tension and to give sore and stiff muscles their well-deserved break. After four hours of steaming, swimming, sweating in the sauna and steaming and more relaxing I can truly say: This is my oasis in the heart of Cape Town. I felt relaxed and reborn. Especially due to Margie's wonderful massage. This sweet lady (61 years old) has worked here for 25 years and makes you feel completely at home, she explains you how a steam bath works and what good it does for you, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Long Street Baths
Top Long Street
Cape Town, South Africa

Rhodes Memorial

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Rhodes Memorial Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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On the slopes of Devil's Peak, Table Mountain's left shoulder, lies Rhodes Memorial. It’s a huge temple like construction made out of granite quarried from Table Mountain, carrying the inscription "To the Spirit and Life Work of Cecil John Rhodes, who loved and served South Africa”. THE MONUMENTThe stairs are lined by statues of bronze lions overlooking the Cape.Herbert Baker designed the memorial and its construction began in 1906, but was only officially dedicated to Rhodes on 5th July 1912.One can, besides visiting the monument, go for a hike through the pine forests surrounding the memorial with a breakfast/lunch at Rhodes Memorial Tea Gardens afterwards. Or just s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2005

Rhodes Memorial
PO Box 2043
Cape Town, South Africa 7740
+27 (21) 689 9151

District Six Museum

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One of the most interesting museums in Cape Town is the one dedicated to the people who once lived in the now-vanished District Six. WHITES ONLY In 1965, the governement declared Disctrict Six a a "whites-only" zone and its inhabitanst were forcibly removed which meant the end of an impoverished yet vibrant and multi-racial community. Over 60 000 people had to leave their home, livelihoods, community centres and social networks and were relocated to the Cape Flats, more than 30km kilometres away. THE MUSEUM In an effort to preserve the memories of District Six and create a monument to the thousands of people around the country forcibly relocated under apartheid, the Di...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2005

District Six Museum
25A Buitenkant Street
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (0) 21 466 7200

Green Point Market

Attraction | "Greenpoint Market"

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Every Sunday, a huge flea and crafts market is held on the parking lot of Greenpoint stadium in the suburb of Greenpoint. This is, apart from Greenmarket Square in the centre of Cape Town, the perfect place to buy your (South) African souvenirs. What they sell? What don’t they sell is a better question. Anyway, you can find masks, clothes, paintings, drawings, statues, jewelry, wood works, pottery, bead work, toys, food, interior stuff, and everything else you are looking for. How to get there? The easiest way to get to Greenpoint is with a mini taxi in the direction of the Seapoint suburb, and ask them to stop at the 7-Eleven/ Friendly Store. Greenpoint Stadium/Buena Vista are just ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Green Point Market
Green Point Stadium
Cape Town, South Africa
(+27 21) 439-4805

Greenmarket Square

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Attraction | "Greenmarket Square & Old Townhouse"

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Apart from buying and browsing for African curio, souvenirs, crafts, leather work, and African music, Greenmarket is just one of the many historic sites in Cape Town. The square dates back to 1696, when the first Burgher Watch House (Now the Old Town House) was built. As a result, the square was known as the Burgher Watch Square. From here guards patrolled the streets of Cape Town to maintain law and order. The Old Town House, the most prominent building on the square, accommodated the guards and served as the Burgher Senate. From 1840 till 1905 the Old Town House served as Cape Town’s City Hall. It was in the 19th century that the square’s name was changed to Greenmarket Square. Her...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Greenmarket Square
54 Shortmarket St
Cape Town, South Africa 8000
+27 21 426 0152

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "Floral Beauty in Kirstenbosch"

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Together with Table Mountain and Robben Island Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is one of the top attractions of Cape Town. This beautiful garden is situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, and is world renowned for its beauty and diversity of the Cape flora. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens cover 528 hectares and was purchased by Sir Cecil Rhodes to preserve the area. With his death, Rhodes handed Kirstenbosch over to the government.In 1913, Kirstenbosch was established as a National Botanical Garden with the aim to research and protect the indigenous flora of Southern Africa.Today Kirstenbosch only boasts flora indigenous to southern Africa, and harbors over 50...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2005

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Foot of Table Mountain
Cape Town, South Africa 7700
+27 21 799 8899

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum

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Attraction | "Robben Island"

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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The purpose of Robben Island changed a number of times over the last century. It used to be a leprosy colony, then an ordinary prison, and it served as a defence fortification during the two world wars. And from the second half of the 20th century until the 1990s, Robben Island was one of the most notorious prison islands in the world.Here, on this tiny island 11km from Cape Town's coastline, thousands of anti-apartheid activists and dissidents were held for years, including Nelson "Madiba" Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president and one of the world's most-loved personalities.I have been to Robben Island a couple of times, and I have the feeling I will go back ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2005

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum
Table Bay
Cape Town, South Africa 8002
+27 (0)21 409 5100

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

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Attraction | "Cape Town Minstrel Festival/Kaapse Klopse"

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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There is no doubt: One of the best days in Cape Town is the 2nd of January. On this day, the Tweede Nuwe Jaar, or Second New Year, the entire city is the stage of the biggest party of the year: the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, or Kaapse Klopse. I witnessed this event last year for the first time, and I swore to be there in 2006, as the sight of thousands and thousands (20,000) minstrels, young and old, was unforgettable. I kept my promise: Like last year, the 2006 carnival was, again, a bright, colorful, vibrant, eclectic, musical, warm, passionate event in which true Cape culture was represented. Thousands and thousands of minstrels, drum bands, and dancers made their way t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2006

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival
Fritz Sonnenberg Road at Bill Peters Drive
Cape Town, South Africa 7700
+27 (21) 426 4260

Company Garden Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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The Company Gardens are the oldest gardens in South Africa, established in 1652 by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) to supply passing ships with fruit and vegetables. They now boast a wide variety of trees and plant species. The Garden is inhabited by a battalion of tame grey squirls – and one white one, offspring of the squirls John Cecil Rhodes brought with from the United States of American. The Company Gardens provide a perfect spot for a bit of relaxation in the heart of Cape Town. You can stroll down Government Avenue, which runs through the Gardens. This oak tree-lined lane takes you along places of interest as the Houses of Parliament and the Tuynhuys. The Tuynh...Read More