Cape Town – South Africa

Cape Town is one of my favorite cities in the world. I was living there in 2010 for 4 months during my stay in South African Republic. It was November 2010 summer was almost on the enter door, weather was outstanding , real spring and city was in full beauty . The other day i come across a list of a best vacation destination in November. Instantly i recall my memories of my stay there and decide to write this article about Cape Town.

When the winter is coming to the North hemisphere , summer is at the south. Spring usually mean that season is still not in high peak nor the prices are that much high so this period of the year attract many people to visit certain destinations.

November is ideal in that the weather is nearly perfect and you don’t have to worry about high-season crowds or prices. This is a city that has things available at almost any price level. Many of the hotels cater to the 4-star resort crowd, but there are also plenty of hostels and cheap hotels so backpacker-types should be able to get by on a low budget.

Many who visit Cape Town are on a tour of South Africa, including stops in Durban plus a bit of safari action. All of this is ideal in November as crowds really pick up the following month, as do prices.

THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN

One of the most iconic landmark is Table Mountain. There are numerous ways to experience Table Mountain. Adventurous travelers can hike to the summit along one of the mountains numerous trails, although the region’s fickle weather can turn an on-foot excursion into an unpleasant, muddy walk. Recent travelers strongly recommend using the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. These suspended cable cars rotate 360 degrees, offering passengers spectacular views of the city and the ocean.

For those who love a good wine Cape Town is a place where you will find the best wines in SA. Constantia Valley—located about 10.5 miles south of central Cape Town—is where it all began in the late 17th century. The region is characterized oak-lined streets and stunning historical mansions, in addition to its wineries. The oldest vineyard, Groot Constantia, features sweet dessert wines and has welcomed the likes of Napolean Bonapart, King Louis Philippe of France, and Jane Austin.The Groot Constantia is included on the valley’s wine route, which leads visitors to tours and tastings at nine of the region’s wineries. You will need a car to tour the Constantia Valley, and each venue features its own prices and hours of operation. However, if you’re simply interested in sightseeing, you can explore the valley for free.

Another cool destination to visit  in Cape Town is Camps Bay .Skirting the western edge of Table Mountain is Camps Bay, a vast stretch of soft sand flanked by cute cafés and bustling bars.

Established in 1994, the District Six Museum commemorates and educates visitors about the people of District Six. During the first half of the 20th century, this part of town was home to one tenth of the city’s population. But in 1966 when apartheid was in full swing, District Six was declared a “white” neighborhood, and more than 60,000 people were forced to move to the shanty towns established in Cape Flats, a barren area on the outskirts of the city. The museum memorializes these displaced citizens with exhibits that recount their stories and inform visitors about social justice. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the district, led by one of The District Six Museum Foundation’s informative guides.

Extending south from Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope, the peninsula that divides the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay (featuring numerous beautiful beaches as a result). Formerly an independent nature reserve, the Cape now lays encompassed by Table Mountain National Park and features miles of tranquil walking trails lined with fynbos (a colorful shrub-like plant). While exploring the Cape of Good Hope, you’re bound to run into some of the region’s full-time residents, which include ostriches and baboons. But the highlight here is Cape Point, a jagged, narrow strip of land that juts out into the Atlantic and acts as the continent’s southwestern-most point. Although the official “tip of Africa” is actually located about 100 miles southeast at Cape Agulhas, standing on the edge of Cape Point will feel like you’ve reached the edge of the world.

Separating the Atlantic Ocean from the decadent mansions of Cape Town “Millionaire’s Row” are the sugary-white sands of Clifton Beach. Divided into four beaches by huge stone boulders, Clifton draws the seen-and-be-seen crowd, as well as adrenaline-hungry surfers. This is one of the city’s most popular shores thanks to its location: Sitting on the western edge of Table Mountain, Clifton stays protected from Cape Town notoriously chilly winds.

Sitting near the heart of the city at the foot of Signal Hill (one of Cape Town’s most easily recognizable mountains), this vibrant neighborhood houses Cape Town’s Muslim community. Bo-Kaap is truly a treat for the eyes, characterized by its brightly colored houses and fascinating community. The residents of Bo-Kaap are the descendants of “Cape Malays,” slaves brought by Dutch settlers from Malaysia, Indonesia, and numerous African countries. To learn more about the origins of this neighborhood’s residents, visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, which occupies the area’s oldest building. For 10 ZAR (a little over $1 USD), visitors can explore this small yet fascinating museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

And of course one of the most iconic places and landmark in Cape Town is  Signal Hill. Signal Hill, or Lion’s Rump, is a landmark flat-topped hill located in Cape Town, next to Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. The hill was also known as “The Lion’s Flank”, a term now obsolete.

This star-shaped fortress at the heart of Cape Town is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Constructed in the late 17th century by the Dutch East India Company, the Castle of Good Hope acted as the center of colonial Cape Town’s administration and armed forces. While it’s still the region’s military stronghold, the Castle of Good Hope also houses a several museums. Guided tours are offered both on foot and by horse-drawn carriage. If you can, try to plan your visit around the Key Ceremony, which is marked by the firing of the Signal Cannon.

Cape Town is a city that has a cosmopolitan spirit, many events are happening there and many parties. Accommodation can be found very easy , AirBnB and many hostels and hotels. Prices range from 40$ to 240$ per night. Backpack hostels on every corner , price there range from 10-15 $ in dorm or 20-25$ private room. If you stay longer than renting a flat or subleting can be a good option , price range from 400-700$ per month.

Getting to Cape Town is easy due the great option for flying both domestic and international . Some companies offer some really cheap flights inside South Africa and also some of with some of the other African cities.

At the end i would say just dont hesitated to visit this amazing place , its magical all around the year but in Spring especially November is really enjoyment for all your sense.

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