European Flare Below the Equator

Tucked beneath the storied Cape of Good Hope, South Africa’s capital is awash in contrasts. Mountains meet oceans. Warm trade winds intermingle with icy waters. A decidedly European climate in Africa’s most southernmost city.

A world-focus during the 20th century, South Africa’s struggles with colonialism and Apartheid have defined Cape Town. A global, multicultural metropolis with a thriving LGBTQ community, today the port city has emerged as a beacon of change. Get a local perspective as you learn about Cape Town’s segregation-era at the District Six Museum. See its past history of artistic censorship at the South African National Gallery. Understand the remaining effects of Apartheid with a township tour.

Also known as the gateway to the Cape Winelands, no cruise to Cape Town is complete without an exploration of nearby Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Paarl. Dip your toes in both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on one of the area’s many beaches—renowned by surfers and divers alike. Rugged coast meets cosmopolitan city as you peruse the shops and restaurants at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Catch a waft of fresh market spices and exotic street fare as you explore quaint streets lined with colorful buildings in the Malay Quarter.

From sea kayaking at the West Coast National Park to climbing at the Table Mountain National Park—and all the wine sipping and museum hopping in between—you’ve never experienced a city so far from ordinary and so close to perfection.

Table Mountain National Park

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Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain National Park

Set your sites on Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park offers trails, routes, and roads to explore this stunning mountain range. Climb the steep, yet breathtaking Platteklip Gorge, then reward yourself with a cable car ride back down. Pack a picnic, wear layers, and get ready to take in panoramic views of the cape.

Wine Tasting in the Cape Winelands

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A vineyard in the winelands of Cape Town, South Africa

Wine Tasting in the Cape Winelands

At the intersection of two oceans, the Cape Region’s temperate climate and rich terroir produce some of the world’s finest wines. The towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl offer rolling vineyards, grand estates, and three of the country’s top restaurants all within an hour’s drive of Cape Town. Join a wine tour tasting tour to fully experience the country’s impressive varietals.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Lush greenery at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Discover the vast biodiversity of South Africa’s plant life at one of the world’s most stunning botanical gardens. Peruse fascinating medicinal plants, rare succulents, and indigenous flora. View one of the many art exhibitions on display, photograph the beautiful large Shona stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, and take in a live performance in the garden’s open-air amphitheater.

Cape Town, South Africa At a glance

Current Weather:
Fair (Night)
23°C / 73 °F
Partly Cloudy (Day)
Current Time:
10:23:18 pm2018/10/22 22:23:18 pm
Monday, October 22
UTC/GMT +02:00
Local Details:
GPS: 33°55'31"S 18°25'26"E
Size: 400.28 KM2 (154.55 MI2)
Population: 433,688
Density: 1,083 Pop/KM2 (418 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 27

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