Cape Town was originally established as a supply station for Dutch East Indies’ ships that were headed east. Its holds a picturesque location on the South African coast, offering stunning bay and ocean views with Table Mountain as a scenic backdrop. It is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa, because of its outstanding scenery, mild climate and great tourist facilities.
Spectacular scenery is a good reason to visit Cape Point, located at the very end of the Cape Peninsula. Less than 65 km (40 miles) from Cape Town, Cape Point is extremely picturesque with high boulders and stunning ocean views. Part of the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point is home to about 250 species of birds as well as baboons and zebra. Its tremendous variety of plant life helps make Cape Point a photographer’s paradise. Visitors have a choice of walking a steep path or taking a funicular to the light house atop the boulders.
Cape Town has some of the best city beaches in the world to offer. Clifton Beach is certainly the trendiest of them all and is situated on the west Atlantic side only ten minutes from the city center. Clifton is actually a series of four beaches separated by a stretch of granite boulders. All the beaches have almost pure white sand and offer beautifull views. Unfortunately though the water looks blue and appealing, is in fact always very chilly averaging around 12 to 16 °C, and only bearable on a hot summer day.
The Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, established in 1913, is one of the world’s great botanical gardens, and was the first to concentrate on a country’s native plants. Kirstenbosch features not only plants from the Cape area but also from throughout southern Africa. The garden is set against a backdrop of Table Mountain, a fact that offers visitors some pretty stunning views. Hikers may enjoy a walk on the trail that starts in the garden and leads to the top of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch is the most famous of nine national botanical gardens in South Africa.
The traditional Afrikaner/Boer preparation usually incorporates either onion or potato or both. Melktert (milk tart), a milk-based tart or dessert. Mealie-bread, a sweet bread baked with sweetcorn. Mielie-meal, one of the staple foods, often used in baking but predominantly cooked into pap or phutu.