South Africa Journals

Visiting the Cape Peninsula

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A travel journal to South Africa by Meggysmum

Table Mountain Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Family holiday based in Cape Town, visiting family.

Cape Point

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Attraction | "Wilderness and Wildlife"

Baboon at Cape Point Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Point is part of the Table Mountain National Park in South Africa. It is situated about an hours drive south of the city and it includes not only the land but the seas and the coastline of the Cape Peninsula.Entrance fees are R55 for adults and R10 for children (in 2009). This area is unusual for the National Park because it is fenced. This is due to the large populations of rarer animals that the park needs to protect. On entering the park you will be given a map indicating all the road and pathways and the position of various facilities. There are specialist places to camp but this has to be arranged with the wardens as is not common practice.The park supports vario...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2009

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)

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Attraction | "Penguin Watching"

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony) Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Visiting Cape Town is a memorable experience, the area offers such beauty and variety that it can be difficult to distinguish the high-lights a trip. However anyone who wants a unique experience should head off to Boulders Beach.Boulders Beach is now part of the Table Mountain National Park. It is situated near Simons Town which is on the Cape peninsula, South of Cape Town. In the early 1980s a pair of breeding penguins was seen on the beach and now the colony has grown to over 2500. The species here is the African Penguin which is also sometimes known as the Jackass Penguin due to its distinctive call; it has also been called the Black-footed Penguin. Boulders Beach is ac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2009

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)
4 Boulders Place Simon's Town
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (21) 786 1758

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "Spectacular Gardens"

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is situated in Cape Town in South Africa. It is run by the South African National Biodiversity Institute.The entire site consists of a 528 hectare estate on the Eastern slopes of the famous Table Mountain. Only a small proportion of the estate forms the cultivated garden, approximately 36 hectares. However there are lots of access paths into the uncultivated areas that provide enticing walks on the lower parts of the mountain.The gardens were founded in 1913 and their main purpose now is to ensure the continuation of indigenous South African plants and to provide access to all to enjoy them. The gardens consist of the local fynbos flo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2009

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

Table Mountain

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Attraction | "Stunning from the Bottom and the Top!"

Table Mountain Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain is probably the most widely recognised landmark of South Africa and no trip to Cape Town would be complete without seeing the city from the top.The mountain looks unique due to its steep sides and its fairly flat top, the summit plateau is about 3km wide. The mountain base is partly granite with the majority of the mountain being sandstone. The summit of the mountain is sometimes covered by cloud and this is, occasionally quite flat and is then referred to as the "tablecloth", this particular cloud formation is referred to as orographic cloud. The highest point of the mountain is towards then eastern end and it is 1085m above sea level. The cableway ascends the western e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2009

Table Mountain
Cape Town 7848
Cape Town, Western Cape 7848
00 27 21 7156136

Cape Town

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Attraction | "Beautiful City"

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Photo, South Africa, Africa
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Cape Town is the legislative Capital of South Africa and it is the second largest city in the country. This charming city is found on the shores of Table Bay and it is dominated by the imposing Table Mountain. The city is served by Cape Town International Airport which has recently being undergoing refurbishment.Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for their ships. In 1652 the first permanent European settlement in South Africa was formed. The influence of the first Dutch settlers can be seen in the architecture of the city and also the buildings along the wine route out of the city in places such as Stellenbosch. In the centre of the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2009