HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

If I had to choose where to holiday in South Africa in summer it would be almost impossible as there are so many wonderful places to see, we are spoilt for choice!
The beautiful coastline which stretches for thousands of kilometres, the sport, the extreme adventures, hiking, shopping, dining, world renowned wines, wild life! Over the next few weeks I will cover some of the best attractions in this beautiful country!

CAPE TOWN AND SURROUNDS

Cape Point – at the tip of the Cape Peninsula, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park. Take the three minute funicular ride to 87 metres above sea level. This is a haven for bird watchers and nature lovers. The view is unbeatable!

Boulders Beach – famous for its penguin colony and clean, white sandy beach. It is home to at least 3000 African penguins, which your kids will enjoy getting up close and personal with.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – is a very popular destination for locals and tourists alike, offering an incredible choice of shops, restaurants, live entertainment, cinemas, museums and markets plus the Two Oceans Aquarium, harbour cruises, helicopter flips and boat charters.

Robben Island – The Robben Island tour is an emotional journey to where many PAC and ANC members, including Nelson Mandela, were incarcerated. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guides may be former inmates, offering first-hand accounts of prison life. The tour features an interesting interactive exhibit at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, where the tour ferry leaves. The trip lasts 2 hours and ferries depart hourly between 9am and 3pm.

Table Mountain – 3560ft high, with its distinctive flat top is very popular with tourists and locals alike, offers a five minute cable car ride with spectacular views along the way. The energetic can take a day’s hike up to the top. Enjoy the magnificent panorama from the top, where you will also find a self-service restaurant.

World of Birds – the largest bird park in Africa and a must-see for bird lovers. Situated in Hout Bay, it houses over 400 species, totalling 3000 birds – including parrots, turacos and flamingos – and small animals, comprising various species of monkey, such as tamarins, marmosets and baboons. World of Birds is home to a breeding centre for threatened species and a rehabilitation centre for injured birds. Your kids will love the Monkey Jungle, with its delightful squirrel monkey residents.

NEXT WEEK, THE GARDEN ROUTE!