How To Plan a Trip to South Africa

The Western Cape and Cape Town in South Africa are some of the most spectacular places to visit in the world.  For one of the best adrenaline rushes of a lifetime you can bunji jump from the world's highest commercially designed bunji jump.  Then you can relax while you watch the whales at play in the vivid turquoise coves of Hermanus.

A spectacular site to behold while bringing in the New Year is to watch thousands of vibrantly dressed minstrels jubilantly dance in the New Year. Be sure and visit Cape Aghulhas and see where two powerful oceans the cold Benguela current for the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current of the East Coast surge together. The actual meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans is at Cape Agulhas although it is a popular perception that these two great oceans meet at the Cape of Good Hope. The Touws River still has fearless lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinoceros meandering across the verdant valley.

Imagine seeing a full 360 degree view afforded by a moving floor in the cable car while moving over the breathless cliffs and South African scrubland where bushes with hard leaves grow. The ride up to the summit of Table Mountain by the Table Mountain Cable Way takes about ten minutes for the best views of Cape Town and the surrounding area.

The world's greatest liberation representative Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned at Robben Island. Robben Island was used between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison to banish and isolate political activists who fought for a more democratic way of life. This is now the World Heritage Site and museum a tribute to the men who helped gain the democratic freedom now found in South Africa.

The Kirstenbosch national Botanical Gardens highlight a vast assortment of Cape floras in its gorgeous setting against the splendid eastern upward slope of Table Mountain. There are several nice restaurants for dining while visiting the Gardens. The Conservatory displays South African plants from the high mountain peaks, shady forest floors and the arid deserts all under one roof that cannot be grown in the outdoor gardens. A large baobab tree is dominated in the main house where ferns and alpines are located in smaller houses in the gardens. There is the Peninsula garden with some 2500 plants located on Cape Peninsula. Other gardens found throughout the grounds are the water-wise garden named accordingly because this garden needs less water and upkeep than the traditional garden. The fragrance garden has a variety of plants with an intriguing feel or smell. The medicinal garden has plants with a medicinal quality to them. The protea garden is best visited during late winter and early spring to see the flowers from the proteas, conebushes, and serrurias. The pincushion displays its beautiful colors in the early summer. The Restio garden displays the reed family with their many different textures and forms. The dell features Colonel Bird's bath, shade loving plants and various tree ferns and is the oldest feature at the Kirstenbosch Gardens.

The V & A Waterfront is the most visited destination in South Africa. This working harbor offers excellent hotels, a variety of entertainment venues and extraordinary shopping possibilities. This is the perfect place to begin and end your visit to Cape Town.


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