Cape Town – So What Is In The Name?

Liza De Villiers

Liza De Villiers

Liza De Villiers is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (South Africa) .
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Cape Town… what comes to mind when you hear those two words?

Is it Table Mountain?  Province with the most scenic drives?  Magical Landscapes?  Diverse culture of people?  A nature lovers playground?  Two oceans?  Penguins? (yes there are penguins here).

African Penguin

African Penguin

Well, if you thought any of the above – you would be right.  Cape Town in South Africa is one of the most diverse places when it comes nature, landscape and culture and I will tell you why it is so.

Besides boosting a floral kingdom with over 8,000 species of Fynbos, (small shrub vegetation located in the Western Cape Province), nowhere else to be found in the world, Cape Town is also the place where you will find one of the 7th Wonders of Nature and a spectacular sight day or night, the famous Table Mountain.  This 280 million year old, flat topped mountain has been the highlight of many a travelers journey and at least two couples a month get married on top of this majestic beauty.

Now of course, Table Mountain is not just the only Mountain worth a visit…  Cape Town is surrounded by exquisite mountain ranges and hikes to feed any nature lover or adrenalin junkie.  From mountain biking, hiking and trail running, right down to abseiling, paragliding, kite surfing, surfing and sand boarding, Cape Town has it all.  Just bear in mind that our oceans here… are beautiful and freezing at the same time.  Ideally advisable to wear a wetsuit when doing water sports.

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Can’t forget a visit to the Cape Point Nature Reserve which is at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula where you can also visit the most southern western tip of the African continent, The Cape of Good Hope.  This is not where the two oceans meet as a lot of people might think, that is approximately another 150km South East from Cape Point, called Cape Agulhas.

The Cape of Good Hope with Dias Beach

The Cape of Good Hope with Dias Beach

The Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope

If you like to take things a little bit more easier, try your sense of smell and taste to some wine, which Cape Town has a variety of Wine farms and estates to offer along with some of the best wines in the World.

The history of our Wine Culture states back to the years of the late 1600’s where Simon van der Stel, (governor at that stage of the Cape) made the very first Muscat desert wine which rapidly gained a good reputation in Europe.  Besides the wine, the architecture is normally a beauty to admire by itself.

Groot Constantia Wine Farm

Groot Constantia Wine Farm

If wine is not your thing, do not pass by a chance to visit Boulders Beach where you have the opportunity to view the African Penguin or Jackass penguin.  There is no ice, no snow…  just a beautiful white sandy beach with blue waters and huge giant granite boulders and of course the penguins.  Normally when I see them I expect a ‘Happy Dance’ to break out any second as they all seem so friendly and ready to show off their moves.  The sound they make sounds like a donkey or a ‘Jackass’ hence their other name Jackass Penguin.  Thanks to Boulders Beach being a conservation area, the penguins are protected.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Because of the variety and diversity of cultures living in Cape town, meeting some of the locals, or Cape Townians as they refer to themselves, is a real treat.  They’re an eclectic bunch of people, all from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, all united in their passion and love for their city!

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From the famous flower ladies in Adderley street, right down to the farmers in Wellington, you are sure to be amused by their witty comments and friendliness.

All these things you have just read about Cape Town is only but a tip of what it has to offer and only from my perspective,  but next time you hear the name Cape Town, I hope you will remember… what is ALL and more in the name.

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