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Cape Town, the mother city of South Africa

Cape Town is a gorgeous city and by far the most appealing in South Africa. Cape Town is sophisticated, has a variety of attractive buildings old and new, excellent beaches, bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment facilities. Then theres the staggeringly beautiful Table Mountain in the middle of it all, a cluster of pretty, old Dutch style wineries and vineyards in the suburbs and some spectacular, scenic drives along the coast nearby.

Cape Towns tourist attractions

Table Mountain, if the weather is fine, is a totally awesome experience and deserves a whole day of gentle hiking around the 3km wide top. Views differ depending on which side of the rocky top you choose, city view, Camps Bay beach town or the mountainous Twelve Apostles range. The cable car is expensive but the alternative is a three hour hike uphill on one of 350 trails.

There is an inexpensive bar, café and restaurant at the top, or take a picnic with you. Also remember to carry some warm gear as the top experiences sudden weather changes, cloud comes and goes freely. Expect to take a lot of pictures!

Lions Head sunset viewpoint is a small, relaxed, cool place with picnic tables well placed to catch the sunset over the ocean and a have mild walk, but not much else.

Cape Towns Waterfront shopping and entertainment complex includes the excellent Two Oceans Aquarium and an interesting craft market This is Cape Towns premier attraction, not unlike Londons Covent Garden in atmosphere, but larger and with added water. Its new and not exactly subtle but enjoyed by South Africans as much as tourists and is starting point for boat trips, including those to Robben Island.

Robben Island, a couple of kilometres offshore via high-speed catamaran, may be a little overrated. As a sight Robben Island has little going for it as its a very verbal experience and will not be enjoyed by kids or travellers uninterested in the apartheid era.

The real deal is that the mandatory guides are ex-inmates of the island. They tell the story of this prison island to tourists trapped in buses. A lot depends on whos your guide. Some are magical, fascinating orators, others are demagogues who enjoy locking tourists in a cell - after a claustrophobic bus trip - and giving them a punishing lecture. Whatever, dont expect much time to wander lonely as a clod - theres not much time for freedom on this island. And the half hour boat trip is not necessarily going to be a smooth ride either!

Township Tours are another interesting, politicised trip where tourists get to visit one or more of the huge shanty towns on the outskirts of Cape Town, chat to the locals and drink in a shebeen (local bar) under the protective wing of a township inhabitant. A guide is vital.

Wine tasting tours/drives through suburbs like Constantia or nearby towns like Stellenbosch, Franschoek or Paarl are well signposted and yield attractive, varied old Dutch buildings - all whitewashed and often thatched - in spacious surroundings, with vineyards and wine tasting sessions on offer all over. If you enjoy a glass of good wine, this is a must. Guides are not necessary and there are at least 12 wine routes within a couple of hours of Cape Town.

Beaches adjacent to Cape Town like Camps Bay and Clifton have good stretches of soft sand and lovely surroundings, but suffer from very cold Atlantic waters.

Scenic drives around Cape Town

Driving up to the wild and craggy Cape of Good Hope also known as Cape Point, via Chapmans Peak Drive is another must-do. The coastal road is gorgeous and the smelly penguin colony next to Boulders Beach is interesting.

Simons Town is cutely Victorian and the Cape National Park itself has some excellent walks, so leave time for exercise.

Adventure activities around Cape Town

Cape Town is a superb base for adventure activities, with reasonable prices and imaginative organisers doing a fine job.

In the city or within a couple of hours drive you can find superb rock climbing and fun abseiling [try it off Table Mountain for starters], horse riding, hiking and mountain biking in varied, pretty environments [the Table Mountain National Park is currently building the 6 day Hoerikwaggo trail from Cape Point to Table Mountain], excellent surfing and windsurfing, paragliding, caving, sandboarding and cold-water diving [with sharks if you wish]. And then there are the rivers and Game Parks

CAPE TOWN CITY OF

Table Mountain, arguably the best known mountain and beacon in the southern hemisphere, stands guard over the city of Cape Town.

Founded by the Dutch in 1652, the settlement was to supply fresh produce and meat to the fleets of the Dutch East India Company, plying the sea route between Europe and the spice islands of the Pacific. The settlement soon became known as the ‘Tavern of the Seas’, offering shelter from the stormy seas, and fresh supplies after grueling months at sea. To this day Cape Town has maintained it’s reputation as the ‘friendly city’.

Over the centuries Cape Town has developed into a major commercial and industrial centre, and with it’s well-developed port facilities has become a major exporting centre for the southern African economic region. Cape Town, with it’s colourful cosmopolitan population and diversity of cultures, has an exceptional place in South Africa’s history, which may be explored in various museums and art galleries, providing glimpse into the romantic past of the city and the society that shaped it.

Towering over the old, the modern Cape Town has it’s own attractions and opportunities. The city boasts an immense choice of shopping options, ranging from the glittering malls of the Golden Acre Shopping Centre and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to the craft markets of Greenmarket Square and the Grand Parade. One of the delights of Cape Town is it’s restaurants, offering cuisine varying from seafood to exquisitely prepared traditional and cultural dishes – also offering a range of fine local wines, spirits and liqueurs. The best local wines can be sampled at most licensed restaurants. For the more energetic and those who wish to explore the wealth of fauna and flora, Cape Town offers numerous walks and climbs – up Table Mountain and through the tranquil surroundings of the Company Gardens in Upper Adderley Street.

GENERAL INFORMATION

How to get there

Beaufort West 463 km, Bredasdorp 188 km, Ceres 158 km, Citrusdal 161 km, Franschhoek 85 km, George 436 km, Gordon’s Bay 59 km, Laingsburg 246 km, Mossel Bay 384 km, Oudtshoorn 422 km, Paarl 60 km, Piketberg 129 km, Plettenberg Bay 643 km, Saldanha 129 km, Stellenbosch 49 km, Swellendam 232 km, tulbagh 122 km, vanrhynsdorp 301 km, Vredendal 304 km, Worcester 110 km.

Airline Offices

Air France, Air Namibia, Air Zimbabwe, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, British Airways Conair, Cathay Pacific, Egypt Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Nationwide Airlines, Olympic Airlines, Phoenix Airlines, Quantas, SA Airlink, Sabena Airlines, Sabena Nationwide, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, South African Express Airways, Swissair, TAP Air Portugal.

Airports

Cape Town International Airport

Airport Shuttle Services

Airport Shuttle Service, Intercape Shuttle, Magic Bus Shuttle Service.

Bureaux de Change

Amex, Rennies Travel City (City, V&A Waterfront).

Bus / Coach Lines

Baz Bus, Greyhound Coach Lines, Intercape, Translux

Car & Camper Hire

Avis Rent A Car (CT International Airport, City, Newlands, Sea Point), Britz Africa Camper & 4 x 4 Hire, Budget Car Rental (City, CT International Airport, Paardeneiland), Europcar, Hertz, Imperial, Maui Camper Hire, Tempest Car Hire.

Embassies and Consulates

American Consulate General, Argentine Embassy, Australian High Commission, Austrian Embassy, Belgian Consulate General, Botswana Consulate General, Brazil (Consulate), British Consulate, Canadian Embassy, Chile (Consulate), Danish Consulate, European Union, French Consulate, German Consulate General & Embassy, Greek Consulate, Guatemalan Consulate, Hungarian Consulate General, Indian High Commission, Italian Embassy, Japanese Consulate, Lithuania (Consulate), Mozambique (Consulate), Netherlands Embassy, Norwegian Consulate General, Peoples Republic of China (Consulate), Portuguese Consulate General, Romanian Consulate, Royal Danish Embassy, Russian (Consulate General), Spanish Embassy Commercial Office, Swedish Embassy, Swiss Consulate, Swiss Embassy, Taipei Liaison Office, Uruguay Embassy.

Hospitals

Groote Schuur (Observatory), Somerset (Green Point), Tygerberg (Bellville), Victoria (Wynberg), N1 City Hospital.

Internet Café’s

InfoCafe@Cape Town Tourism (City), Hout Bay Internet Café (Hout Bay), Interplanet (Seapoint), Nino’s Internet Café (Foreshore).

Rescue Services

Aviation Rescue, Maritime Rescue, Mountain Rescue, Sea Rescue

Taxis

La Grange taxis, Marine Taxis

HISTORICAL VIEW

Archives

Houses a collection of documents and pictures dating from the early Cape settlement. Of interest is the Dagboek (diary), kept at the Cape from 1652 to 1795.

Bertram House

The last remaining example of 19th century Cape British domestic architecture in Cape Town. Houses a fine collection of furniture, ceramics, silver and other objects of art, including the Anna Lidderdale Collection.

Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter)

The cobbled streets and charming old buildings of this area, on the slopes of Signal Hill, also known as the Malay Quarter, make a walk or drive very interesting. The Bo-Kaap is rich in history and it’s narrow streets are the birth place of the first Moslem community in South Africa. The first mosque built in South Africa can be visited here.

Bo-Kaap Museum

Exhibits portray the lifestyle of a Malay family in the 19th century. The original house was build by Jan de Waal in 1763, making it one of the oldest surviving buildings in Cape Town. The house also served as the first Arabic school in the country, started by Abu Bakr Effendi. The courtyard houses a collection of old coaches and carts.

Breakwater Prison

Built in 1895, the prison was used to house prisoners employed in cutting stone for the breakwater. On show is a treadmill, installed in 1890, to discipline prisoners. Today the building houses the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business and the Breakwater Lodge.

Cape Medical Museum

Formerly the residence of the superintendent of a now defunct city hospital, the museum depicts early Cape medical history.

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

This is Africa’s first and only Holocaust Centre and pays tribute to the six million Jews, and all others, who died in the Holocaust or because of Nazism. Displays consist of text and photo panels, archival documents and film footage, multimedia displays, artifacts, recreated environments, as well as witness testimonies giving special insight into the events depicted. Educational programmes and specialized tours are conducted regularly.

Castle of Good Hope

City Hall

Overlooking the Grand Parade, this building, completed in 1905, is home to the City Library and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The clock tower is a replica of Big Ben in London (Half Size). After his release from prison, Nelson Mandela made his first public speech from the steps of the City Hall (9 May 1994).

Company Gardens

Established as a vegetable garden by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652. Today it contains a large variety of indigenous and exotic trees, plants and shrubs, an aviary and a restaurant. The Sundial dates from 1787 and the Bell Tower from 1855. Close to the restaurant is a saffron pear tree, believed to be the oldest cultivated tree in South Africa, planted soon after Van Riebeeck established the settlement here. One of the main attractions is a stroll down oak-lined Government Avenue, flanked by the South African National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament and the South African National Library.

De Tuynhuys

Located opposite the Houses of Parliament, Tuynhuys serves as the Office of the State President of South Africa. Closed to the general public.

District Six Museum

The museum provides an intimate look at multiracial life in District Six. Exhibits include a huge collection of photographs and other articles donated by former residents of the area.

French Redoubt

Trafalgar Park. Built with the help of a French garrison from Knokke, the line was to protect the Cape from a British overland attack.

Golden Acre

Floor tiles in this modern shopping complex indicate the waterline of Table Bay before land reclamation was started in 1935.

The Ruins (Golden Acre)

Dating back to 1663 these are the remnants of a reservoir built by Commander Zacharias Wagenaar (Jan van Riebeeck’s successor at the Cape).

Grand Parade

This is one of Cape Town’s most famous historical squares and served as a military parade ground during the 18th and 19th centuries. The thick, red lines painted on the ground from the King Edward Statue to the fruit stalls indicate the location of the original fort built before the Castle of Good Hope.

Houses of Parliament

Gallery tickets are available during parliamentary sessions Overseas visitors have to present their passports. Guided tours are conducted during recess.

Jewish Museum

The oldest synagogue in South Africa, containing Jewish historical and religious items. The beautiful stained-glass window depicts the Ten Commandments.

Koopmans de Wet House

This house, built in 1701, is a typical example of a Cape townhouse. Exhibits portray the lifestyle of a rich Cape businessman of the late 18th century and include Cape and European furniture, Cape silver and blue and white porcelain with the VOC monogram.

Martin Melck House

This 18th century townhouse, originally the Lutheran parsonage, today houses a business centre and restaurant. The plaster decorations and front door carvings are by renowned sculptor Anton Anreith.

Michaelis House (Old Townhouse)

Built in 1751 to house the town guard, the house became the first town hall in 1840, and Cape Town’s first electrical light was switched on here in 1895. Today the old Townhouse is home to the Michaelis Collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, and boasts the finest example of Cape Baroque architecture in Cape Town. A circle at the entrance to the house marks the site from which all distances to and from Cape Town are measured.

Military Museum

Exhibits depict the military history of the Cape from 1510.

Noon Gun

Originally used to signal the correct time to ships anchored in Table Bay. During the First World War (1918), the then mayor of the city instituted a two-minute pause at midday to pray for men fighting at the front. Today the noon gun is still fired at twelve daily.

Rust-en Vreugd

Built in the 18th century, this house contains the Willaim Fehr Collection of water colours, engravings and lithographs – most depicting the history of the Cape. Of special interest are a watercolour of Jan van Riebeeck’s earthen fort by Schouten, watercolours of Table Mountain by Thomas Baines, a collection of caroons portraying the arrival of British settlers at the Cape by Cruikshank and lithographs of Hottentots and Zulus by Angas. Regular commercial exhibitions are held at Rust-en-Vreugd. The house features a beautiful 18th century Dutch herb garden.

South African Air Force Museum

Located at the Ysterplaat Airforce Base, the museum illustrated the early history of the Royal Flying Corps and the South African Airforce.

South African Astronomical Observatory

Guided tours are conducted every month on the second Saturday at 20:00.

South African Cultural History Museum

Built in 1679 as a slaves ‘lodge, the building later served as library, post office and the Cape Supreme Court. The museum houses a collection of early postal stones, the history of currency and postage in South Africa, examples of furniture, weapons, musical instruments and toys from many countries whose people are represented in South Africa. The archaeological section houses a large variety of objects of Egyptian, Greek and Roman origin. The tombstones of Commander Jan van Riebeeck, and his wife Maria, can be seen in the courtyard.

South African Fisheries Museum

Exhibits include a collection of historical documents and objects. Models of fishing boats, fishing gear and other equipment. Regular slide and video shows are conducted.

South African National Library

This is a national reference and preservation library of South Africa. Founded in 1818, this is the oldest cultural institution in the country, housing an extensive collection of historical and contemporary information on southern Africa. Of special interest are more than 100 medieval manuscripts, including 14th century manuscripts of Dante, forming part of the Grey Collection (donated by Sir George Grey, Cape Governor 1854 – 1861). The Fairbridge Collection, also at the library, contains more than 8000 books.

South African Maritime Museum

The museum houses the largest collection of model ships in South Africa. The exhibition also includes a ship modeling workshop, the John H Marsh Maritime Research Centre, the Kiddies Discovery Cove with it’s interactive displays and regular international displays. It is also possible to visit on board and SAS Somerset, a retired Naval Defence Boom Vessel moored on North Quay. The SA Maritime Museum Educational Department holds regular workshops during holiday periods.

South African Museum

The famous navigator, Captain James Cook, returning from the South Seas, was so impressed with the friendliness of the settlers as the Cape that he “did give numerous curiosities from the nucleus of a public museum…., so that the inhabitants might be as celebrated for their learning as for their hospitality…..”. This important collection is now held in the South African Museum, which was founded in 1825 and is the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1897 the museum moved to it’s present building in the Company Gardens. Since then million of visitors have wandered it’s halls and corridors to be stimulated and inspired by it’s collections and exhibitions. However, the relevance of the museum goes far beyond the entertainment of it’s visitors. It’s collections are a valuable source of reference in Africa. They are used world wide by scientists for both academic and practical work: identifying species for environmental impact studies, monitoring the influence of human activities on biodiversity, and providing agricultural and health services with essential information on insect pests. The museum houses approximately 70 000 arcaeological and ethnographic items, over 200 000 fossils, and well over a million faunal specimens. Furthermore, thousands of documents and books represent a major national resource. Exhibitions, designed to educate, stimulate and entertain, are viewed each year by more than 400 000 visitors of all ages and from all walks of life. Popular exhibitions include the only specimen in Africa of the extinct quagga, and dioramas depicting the mammal-like reptiles of the Karoo. The museum is also the custodian of some of the finest examples of rock art in the world. These include the Linton painting, an important example of the expression of San ritual through their art. Recording and interpreting rock art are essential parts of archaeological research. The Entomology Department contains an important collection of insects from the fynbos biome, and also has valuable holdings of southern African beetles, ants, bees and wasps. Museum scientists are engaged in research pro-jects on a variety of animal groups. Marine biologists are studying the biology of cephalopods and lanternfishes, both important organisms in marine food webs. Museum researchers are also working on the molecular systematics of three different groups of animals: dolphins, toads and crustaceans. Molecular information is contributing to more precise species definitions, an essential foundation for developing sound conservation strategies. A special centre works on the systematic evolution, and general biology if sharks, rays and chimaeras (cartilaginous fishes), many of which are top predators in the marine food chain. The centre involves ongoing collaboration with researchers world-wide and emphasizes the conservation of cartilaginous fishes. This includes research on the natural history of the white shark, which despite it’s fearsome reputation is poorly known and is threatened by human exploitation. The museum emphasises the relationship between the earth and it’s people. Research in the human sciences illuminates the complex interaction of different communities in southern Africa. Long-term archaeological studies, using material (artifacts, faunal and botanical remains) preserved in caves, rock shelters and coastal middens, are undertaken to learn more about the early inhabitants of the region, and their interaction with the environment. One of the museum’s most popular exhibits is a diorama depicting an encampment of 19th century hunter-gatherers in the Karoo. It portrays a way of life that was subtly attuned, in terms of culture and technology, to a particular environment. South Africa’s Karoo region is one of the richest fossil areas in the world. Studies of long-extinct ancestors of mammals and dinosaurs contribute to our understanding of evolutionary patterns and processes. Research in micropalaeontology focuses on fossil marine organisms found on the ocean floor. These minute fossils are studied with the aid of an electron microscope, and yielding information about past marine environments and the age of ocean-floor sediments. Important work is also being done on the southern African marine fauna of Cretaceous age (65 – 135 million years ago). Research workers are involved in the systematic description of extinct, squid-like animals known as ammonites, once very abundant in seas around the world. Other work concentrates on the fossils of the coastal plain of the Tertiary period (the last 65 million years). Fossil research furthers an understanding of the processes of long-term environmental change. This has relevance for understanding the present world. For the general visitor, the essence of the museum is found in the great diversity of specimens of exhibition. The modern galleries are readily accessible to the disabled. Many visitors choose to spend their time in the spectacular Whale Well, a four-storey exhibition space dominated by three suspended whale skeletons and the restful sound of recorded whale song. The Discovery Room allows a hands-on experience of a wide range of museum objects, while the Exploratorium is an interactive display giving visitors an introduction to human biology. Ancillary programmes include guided tours, films and lectures. Educational activities cater for school children from all cultural backgrounds. The public are also involved through the Friends of the Museum, an organization of enthusiastic adult supporters, and the Museum Club, which caters for children. An important component of the education service is the Planetarium, completed in 1987, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. In addition to public shows on diverse topics in astronomy, the planetarium runs special presentations for school groups. Astronomy courses, comprising a series of evening lectures and star-shows, are offered several times a year.

South African National Gallery

South Africa’s premier art museum with exhibits including a large collection of southern African as well as international art. An interesting collection is that of 18th and 19th century British sporting paintings donated to the gallery by Sir Abe Bailey.

Sendinggestig Museum (SA Missionary Meeting-House Museum)

This exquisitely restored slave chapel built in 1804 exhibits the history of Christian missions in the Western Cape. It is also the oldest mission church in the country.

Stal Plein

Used as a stabling area for the Dutch East India Company, the square today contains the Anreith gateway to the Lodge de Goede Hoop (South Africa’s first Masonic Lodge), the entrance to Tuynhuys (the office of the President of South Africa) and the Flame of Remembrance.

McClear Cannon

These two cannon were originally sunk into the old Parade Ground by Sir Thomas McClear, well-known astronomer, to establish a permanent reference point for checking land surveyor claims.

NATURE

Cape Peninsula National Park

Table Mountain

To early mariners the sight of Table Mountain was not only a symbol of hope, but meant safe anchorage and fresh food and water after months at sea. On a clear day, Table Mountain is visible from as far as 200 km out at sea. The summit of this world famous landmark and National Monument (1957) can be reached via a network of paths (more than 500 charted) – some involving expert climbing –or, weather permitting, by cableway. The first recorded ascent was made by the Portuguese navigator Antonio de Saldanha in 1503, who aptly named the mountain “Taboa do Cabo” – Table of the Cape. The cableway was renovated during the late 1990’s and was reopened during October 1997. The two new cable cars (running simultaneously) have the capacity to carry 65 passengers each, compared to the 25 of the previous one, and 890 people can be transported up and down the mountain per hour a significant improvement over the previous 230. the floor of these Swiss-designed cars does a 360°c revolution during the ascent (which only takes five minutes), offering breathtaking vistas of the area. Atop the mountain are various paths and no less than nine official viewpoints. Restaurants facilities and a curio shop are available at the summit. Although surrounded by the bustling city of Cape Town and it’s suburbs, Table Mountain is still virtually a wilderness area. The mountain itself, rising 1086 metres above the bay, with it’s flat summit nearly 3 km long, is home to some 1500 plant species, 50 of which are found nowhere else on earth. Table Mountain is incorporated into the Cape Peninsula National Park.

ATTRACTIONS

Annual Events

Coon (Minstrel) Carnival

J&B Metropolitan Hadicap

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts – January

Castle Light Two Oceans Marathon – April

Beaches

The Cape Peninsula offers a wide choice of beaches – three is literally a beach for each occasion – with family beaches, bathing beaches, sunbathing beaches and others suitable for snorkeling, windsurfing, surfing and fishing. There is even an unofficial beach for nudists at Sandy Bay on the Atlantic coast. While the waters of the False Bay are generally 5°c warmer than that of the Atlantic, beaches along the south Atlantic coast provided more shelter from the southeasterly wind.

BMW Pavillion IMAX Cinema

The BMW Pavillion IMAX theatre is the only one in Africa. It has a giant screen five storeys high, with 15 000 watts of six channel wrap-around sound, to create a ‘larger than life’ experience. The BMW World of Power, Performance and Emotion with legends like the 1938 BMW 328. The highlight of the exhibition includes the latest model releases and technical exhibits from international motor shows. The Fascination Café provides a stylish environment where visitors can enjoy a full range of cuisine from breakfasts to cocktails to dinners. The Lifestyle Shop compliments the exhibition by offering visitors the opportunity to buy selected BMW accessories from the local and international market.

Cyberworld

Cyberworld is a 3D simulation theatre, the first of it’s kind in Africa, and offers an unforgettable experience in a world of three dimensional images and sound.

Dragon Boat Racing

This spectacular and exciting sport was introduced to Cape Town in 1992 when two beautiful ceremonial dragon boats were presented to the city by it’s Taiwanese sister city.

Flea Markets

Greenmarket Square, Green Point Stadium, The Parade, Station Market

Waterfront Craft Market (V&A Waterfront)

This vibrant indoor market represents the cream of local craftsmanship and is the proud recipients of a Mayoral Award for Tourism Development. The variety of craft is diverse, ranging from innovative ceramics, painted fabric and wood carving to fashion and leisure wear.

Flower Sellers

Trafalgar Place, The Grand Parade

Good Hope Centre

A large entertainment and exhibition complex.

Greenmarket Square

Formerly a vegetable and fruit market – today a bustling flea market.

Koeberg Nuclear Power Station

Africa’s only nuclear power station is located at Koeberg. During the 1960’s Eskom took the decision to use nuclear power to produce electrical energy on a large scale. The task was then to find a suitable site. In 1967 Eskom purchased the farm Duynefontein and later Kleine Springfontein, making up an area of approximately 3000 ha. Both were proclaimed as nature reserves on 18 October 1991.

Planetarium (South African Museum)

Explore your universe.

Ratanga Junction

Ratanga Junction, Africa’s first full scale theme park is situated on the outskirts of Cape Town. Built at a cost of R350 million, Ratanga Junction offers more than 30 attractions ranging from adrenaline pumping thrill rides and roller-coasters to more sedate family and kiddies rides. There are also a variety of live entertainment including stunt shows, snake and bird shows, as well as the latest movies from New Metro. At night the temp changes and Ratanga Island, in the heart of the theme park, comes alive to a different beat offering the most compelling adult entertainment. There’s comedy, cabarets, laser light spectaculars, night clubs, show bands, movies, dance parties, vibrant pubs and a wide range of tantalizing eateries. Ratanga Junction is part of the mega Century City Development, located on the N1, 8 km from Cape Town Central Business District (just beyond the Ysterplaat Airforce Base).

Scratch Patch and Mineral World Gemstone Boutique

Explore the fascinating world of gemstones. Scratch for your favourite gemstones. Children can explore the Party Cave or play Cave Golf.

Telkom Exploratorium

Explore the world of telecommunications through hands-on exhibits. Space communication, the Internet and a laser show. Guided tours in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa are available on request, and should be booked in advance.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Located at the Waterfront, the aquarium is home to more than 4000 creatures, representing some 300 species, providing an exhilarating glimpse of the hidden world of South African’s coastal waters. Facilities include the Bayfront Restaurant and the Aquarium gift shop.


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