Cape Town: the perfect place to dock on a cruise holiday

Tipped to be one of the most popular cruise destinations for 2014, the colourful city of Cape Town is the perfect place to get a dose of South Africa’s infectious atmosphere, vibrant culture and fascinating people.

Especially if you’re visiting the city by cruise ship, there’s so much to see and do here that you’ll never be able to fit it all into one vacation. Luckily, we’ve picked out some of the city’s top attractions and unmissable sights to create a useful guide for anyone exploring Cape Town this year.

Table Mountain

The iconic Table Mountain is a must-visit natural attraction in Cape Town, offering a truly breath-taking view of the city bowl.

Not only can you catch a cable car to get to the top, but if you’re feeling adventurous, why not get your adrenaline pumping on the world’s highest commercial abseil, with a speedy 112m journey back down with Abseil Africa?

You can also undertake one of many exhausting but very beautiful foot trails to the summit, and even camp along the way on the Hoerikwaggo Trail from the Cape of Good Hope.

No matter where you’re looking to venture on holiday this year, whether it’s on a Europe cruise or a last minute flight, Cape Town is a city that shouldn’t be missed!

Robben Island

South Africa’s period of Apartheid is one that will remain in world memory for generations to come, and Cape Town is a great place for anyone interested in exploring this tragic part of the country’s history.

You can begin your tour at Robben Island, the UNESCO World Heritage Site which has served as a leper colony, a mental health hospital and a military defence base.

Most famous for its prison, the vast structure has become a symbol for both oppression and hope. The prison housed political prisoners during the Apartheid regime, and its most notable inmate was the late Nelson Mandela, who served 18 years of his sentence here.

Next, be sure to pay a visit to the award-winning District Six Museum. District Six was declared a ‘whites only’ area by the government, and more than 60,000 residents were forcibly removed from their homes to be shipped out to the Cape Flats.

Explore the Stunning Shorelines

Cape Town is renowned for its fantastic beaches, but if you want to avoid the crowds of playful children and families, it’s well worth heading outside of the city, topping up your tan on some of the more secluded sands.

Beta Beach, which is around ten minutes’ drive from Cape Town, is great for sunbathing and swimming, while if you’re willing to venture a little further afield you can experience snorkeling at Smitswinkelbaai.

Dive with Sharks

South Africa is famous for housing a fascinating array of wildlife, but these ocean creatures aren’t for the faint hearted! A quarter of the world’s shark species can be found in South African waters, and around 40 of these species live in the vicinity of Cape Town’s shores.

Gansbaii is the white shark capital of the world, and there are a number of companies here offering shark cage diving experiences for those looking for an experience like no other.

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