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Visiting Cape Town

Cape Town could win you over on looks alone. Set on golden beaches and dramatic cliffs, this South African city turns its spectacular setting into much-loved tourist attractions: the towering Table Mountain, penguin-occupied Boulders Beach, and acres of wilderness in Table Mountain National Park are just a few. Despite lingering signs of colonialism that include shantytowns and Robben Island Prison—where Nelson Mandela’s cell exists—this rising star’s mood is undeniably upbeat.

You can take advantage of the city’s positive energy by getting breakfast at one of Cape Town’s world-class restaurants and watching the sun hit Table Bay. Then get to Alfred Mall to hunt for deals on clothes, local artwork, and jewelry. If you’re staying the night in Africa’s tourism capital, IgoUgo travelers think the ... Read More
Cape Town could win you over on looks alone. Set on golden beaches and dramatic cliffs, this South African city turns its spectacular setting into much-loved tourist attractions: the towering Table Mountain, penguin-occupied Boulders Beach, and acres of wilderness in Table Mountain National Park are just a few. Despite lingering signs of colonialism that include shantytowns and Robben Island Prison—where Nelson Mandela’s cell exists—this rising star’s mood is undeniably upbeat.

You can take advantage of the city’s positive energy by getting breakfast at one of Cape Town’s world-class restaurants and watching the sun hit Table Bay. Then get to Alfred Mall to hunt for deals on clothes, local artwork, and jewelry. If you’re staying the night in Africa’s tourism capital, IgoUgo travelers think the Cape Grace Hotel is one of best hotels in Cape Town.

No matter where you stay or what you do, check out IgoUgo traveler photos for some stunning shots of the city and surrounding area. If looking at those doesn’t convince you to find a flight to Cape Town, not much will.    Close

Stories and Tips Cape Town

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Table Mountain and Fire

Written by MiriamMannak on 27 Jan, 2006

Due to the elements – warm weather, strong and unpredictable winds and dry vegetation – Table Mountain falls victim to fires every year. Most time the fires are killed in a few hours, without causing too much harm and devastation to nature and people’s lives…Read More


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Table Mountain falls victim to massive fire

Written by MiriamMannak on 27 Jan, 2006

It is amazing: Mother Nature’s power. Yesterday a massive fire started on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, South Africa's most important landmark. In no time, the fire ate it self a way to the top and along the face of the mountain, with Lion's…Read More


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On to Cape Town

Written by MichaelJM on 05 Oct, 2004

Having acclimatised ourselves, we were ready to grace the big city with our presence. We knew from the guidebooks that there was loads to do in Cape Town, but we had identified our intentions… Naturally Table Mountain was a must, and, as we headed towards the…Read More


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Stellenbosch - a good place to start

Written by MichaelJM on 03 Oct, 2004

Our first trip to South Africa started in the leafy suburbs of the university town of Stellenbosch. We purposely avoided the hustle and bustle of Cape Town as our starter, so that we could properly orientate ourselves. Stellenbosch is only a short drive to the…Read More


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Re-inventing the Mother City

Written by rodeime on 17 Sep, 2004

To try and describe the unique southern African metropolis of Cape Town without mentioning its imposing Table Mountain backdrop, would be like describing an elephant without its trunk. Even so, the magnificent, often mist enshrouded, cliffs that soar a full kilometre into the sky, are not…Read More


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Tipping in South Africa--don''t be cheap!

Written by samepenny on 23 Jul, 2001

In advance of our trip we were given guidelines on tipping in South Africa. A Rand here, a Rand there. Hogwash! We realized on arrival that the Rand (at that time worth about 12 US cents, now stronger) wasn't a tip for anything! We…Read More


I Saw a Deceptive Loneliness

Written by from the trudge on 20 Dec, 2007

Trudge 3:Edith Stevens Cape Flats Nature Reserve : Cape Town (cont): No!”it was certainly more than that I claim. The land ‘Cape Flats Reserve’ was and is lonely. And yet , they’d say, a train line courses its way right in the midst…Read More


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Chart Farm, Wynberg

Written by Global Villager on 07 Dec, 2007

Three things make Chart Farm stand out in my mind. Firstly it is a farm in the middle of suburbia (albeit a very wealthy suburbia where the homes are on very large grounds). Secondly, it is the only rose farm I know of where one…Read More


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Cape of Good Hope

Written by Linda Hoernke on 21 Jun, 2007

Cape of Good Hope is part of the Table Mountain National Park and a major part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom. There are over 100 species of indigenous plants and a few that can be found nowhere else on earth. The Cape is situated at…Read More


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Robben Island

Written by Linda Hoernke on 19 Jun, 2007

The Gateway to Robben Island is at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The building is three floors and houses an auditorium, museum, and exhibitions that reflect the history of Robben Island. The tours are 3-4 hours long and include the maximum security prison, the prison…Read More


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