Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Ships en-route to Eastern Africa and the Far East. The first official recording of the Cape was in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck established the first European settlement here – although prior to that, there was a reference by Vasco de Gama who apparently ‘sighted’ the Cape of Good Hope in 1497.
One of the major attractions that entice tourists on South African safaris to visit the city of Cape Town is that of the city’s most prized monument – Table Mountain. Over 1000metres high, the summit of Table Mountain can be reach by either climbing the trails or taking the cable car. The landmark mountain extends all the way to Cape Point and includes Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and other interesting and beautiful hiking areas. hose that live in the city centre are lucky enough to see the massive mountain right outside their window every day!
When it comes to providing must-see sights for tourists, Cape Town certainly spoils any tourist on a South African safari with too much choice! The V&A Waterfront is situated in and around the Cape Town dock and working harbour. Here tourists can delight in a myriad of shops, activities such as boat charters and shark cage diving, and cultural experiences. It also boasts the Two Oceans Aquarium and a boat that takes tour groups to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners, were held for many years.
Sun-lovers can soak up some rays on any of the miles of pristine white sandy beaches found along the Cape Town coastline (with Clifton been the firm favourite, followed by Camps Bay and Llandudno), and wine-lovers can sip themselves along the wine route in the Cape Winelands, which offers an abundance of tasting tours and safaris in Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and other Winelands areas!
The Cape boasts a Mediterranean climate with beautiful, warm summers from December to February. Cape Town is plagued with cold fronts that carry strong winds and heavy rains, with winter normally being between May and September with an average temperature of 17’C!
Be sure to include a visit to Cape Town whilst on one of our Cape Town safari packages. Read about which of our tours pass through Cape Town below, or read about other attractions that you might want to include on your South African safari.