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A Cape Town Look Around

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A September 2006 trip to Cape Town by MikeInTown

Thompsons Africa Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: The majestic mountains and gorgeous bays of Cape Town make it one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited.

A Cape Town Look Around

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Chapman's Peak Drive Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Two days of our tour of South Africa were spent in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Here are my highlights:Table Mountain: We took a cable car ride to the top of this famous landmark to get breathtaking views of Cape Town.Robben Island: It was a humbling experience to visit the small jail cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years as the result of his opposition to South Africa's apartheid laws. We were led by former prisoners on a tour of this infamous penal island.Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: This harbor area is a great place to chill out, shop, eat, and enjoy local entertainment.Peninsula Tour:...Read More

Protea President Hotel

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Protea President Hotel Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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The Protea President, known locally as The President, is part of the Protea hotel chain. There are several Protea hotels within Cape Town. The President is a moderate hotel that seems to cater to tour groups. Every morning groups of people would gather in the lobby and keep an eye out for their tour bus or van - as did we.Even though my wife and I did not have a sea-facing room as did our travel companions, I still enjoyed our view of...Read More

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Protea President Hotel
4 Alexander Road
Cape Town, South Africa
+2721 434 8111

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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Robben Island has served as a leper colony between 1836 and 1931 and later as a maximum security prison for political prisoners until 1991. South Africa's former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, spent 18 years of his 27-year sentence in a tiny cell on this island.From the V&A Waterfront, the ferry boat ride to the island takes about a half hour. Once there, there are two parts to the tour: the Island Tour which takes you around the island in a school bus and the Prison Tour which walks you through the prison. You find out which tour you are doing first when you get to the island. Basically, if you get off the boat and find that all of the school bus...Read More

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

Cape Town Tour

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Attraction | "Cape Town City Tour"

Table Mountain Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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We did the Thompsons Africa Half-Day Cape Town City Tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here is a summary of our stops:Table Mountain: Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain that rises 3,500 feet above Cape Town. We rode a cable car to the top where we got breathtaking views of the city and Atlantic Ocean. The cable car rotates as it ascends and descends the mountain allowing everyone to get a 360-degree view of the scenery.District Six Museum: We were originally supposed to visit the Castle Of Good Ho...Read More

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Cape Town Tour
Various Locations
Cape Town, South Africa 8000

Thompsons Africa

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Attraction | "Peninsula Tour"

Thompsons Africa Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Several tour companies in Cape Town offer this tour. Ours was through Thompsons Africa. It was an opportunity for us to see some of South Africa's jaw-dropping natural beauty. This full-day excursion took us on the winding roads through the mountains while never losing sight of the blue waters of the bays and ocean. We took a scenic, 45-minute boat ride (optional) to Seal Island to see a pod of seals lying on rocks and swimming in the water. I got a little nervous about how much the boat was leaning while everyone was on one side snapping pictures of these smelly creatures. After about ten minutes of seal viewing, the captain turned the boat around headed back to the dock.Our van continued alo...Read More

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Thompsons Africa

Cape Town, South Africa