We all know about the world's biggest tourist destinations, but the problem with the most popular places is that crowds can build up and make everything too busy and noisy to really enjoy, so it's no surprise that more and more people are looking for alternatives, and many of them are turning to Africa. In particular, South Africa is standing out as one of the best places to book a vacation these days. The biggest country in the southern part of Africa, South Africa is one of the continent's most popular tourism destinations. This diverse, vibrant country offers everything you could hope to find on a trip to Africa, including stunning cities, wild safaris, breathtaking scenery, and some world class beaches. And if you’re planning a South Africa vacation, Cape Town is the place to be. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Camps Bay Beach
5 Best Cape Town Beaches
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- Boulders Beach, Photo: gallas/stock.adobe.com
- Bloubergstrand, Photo: Dewald/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas: Table Mountain
The flat-topped Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town, South Africa and is a lush vista of local flora and fauna and offers abundant exploration opportunities for adventurous tourists. Visitors will find many hiking paths of various difficulties as well as rock climbing and spelunking opportunities in and around the unique sandstone formations.
The plateau was once the lower part of a valley and eventually eroded into the formation known today. The Table Mountain Sandstone Formation is what makes up this flat table, and it represents the remains of a much larger formation that long ago was capped by tillite, which is the soft sediment left by glacier movements. This softer layer eroded away, leaving the flat top. An environment rich in biodiversity, the Table Mountain has been inhabited as far back as 2000 years, with prehistoric tribes making their home and bringing livestock. It was then explored by the Portuguese navigator António de Saldanha in 1503 who was the first person with a recorded ascent and occupied by the British in 1796. A hundred years later, the local population had built dams along the Back Table's reservoirs to supply water for Cape Town. In 1989 the area was declared a national park, and throughout its history it has been the site of many wildfires. In 2011 Table Mountain was named one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
For a full view of the local vistas, visitors can take the Table Mountain Cableway. Starting at Tafelberg Road at 302 meters above sea level and ascending over 700 meters, the upper station allows visitors to view the whole of Cape Town, Robben Island, Table Bay, and the Atlantic Seaboard. At the top station can be found curio shops, walking trails, and a restaurant.
Table Mountain will be well known for its walking and hiking trails. A steep climb, there are trails of many difficulties for locals and visitors to enjoy as they ascend and descend the natural wonder. A prominent and popular ascent is Platteklip Gorge, a trail with a par of 2.5 hours that can prove quite a challenge. There are longer routes still, including the Back Table, Skeleton Gorge, and Nursery Ravine. For a gradual trail, hikers might take The Bridle Path. Many more paths still can be found all around the mountain.
There are also jeep tracks perfect for mountain biking. Along the route heading to the Block House and Plum Pudding Hill are two such trails available for bike riding. For a greater challenge, rock climbing is a common pastime. Many climbing routes are available on cliffs, found below the upper cable station. Traditional climbing is the only form allowed, though commercial groups are available for abseiling services.
For nature-loving visitors, Table Mountain possesses an uncommonly rich biodiversity. Once named the Terra de Fume because of the frequency of historical fires, the locale boasts a beautiful ecosystem adapted to wildfire. Tourists venturing across the wilds of this World Heritage Site will see vegetation unique to the mountain range, including the native fynbos shrub family. Visitors will be able to see a variety of small creatures flourishing in the fynbos, including porcupines, snakes, tortoises, mongooses, and lizards. Eagles, kestrels, and buzzards may soar overhead.
Delving deeper into the ancient formation, visitors can find unique sandstone cave systems. While most caves are made in limestone, the Wynberg Caves, and other systems local to this area offer an uncommon formation for spelunkers to experience. Meanwhile, at the top of the mountain can be seen the world's only constellation named for a land formation: the Mensa. Seen below Orion in mid-July around midnight, this constellation was named by Nicolas de Lacaille, a French astronomer, in the mid-18th century.
Caving meets, and socials are held by local groups monthly to explore the Wynberg Caves and other systems for tourists interested in seeing more of the underground. Upon request, the South African National Parks will arrange for provisions and luggage to be delivered to cottages and camps along the hiking trails. Local companies offer regular hiking tours, as well.
Dining and Shopping
Restaurants and curio shops are available at the top cable station. Outdoor recreation stores and bookshops are available for supplies, including maps, which are important for many of the hiking routes due to cold and hot weather conditions that can occur during hikes. Along the Hoerikwaggo Trails are tented camps and cottages with public ablution facilities, communal kitchens, and lounges, equipped for 12 persons.
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