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Cape Town
Cape Town
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Cape Town

Traveler's Fantasy at the Bottom of the World

Capetown is perhaps best known for its striking geography, which makes it an ideal vacation spot for two reasons: it’s both easy on the eyes and an exhilarating workout for the muscles. Climb one of four main trails to the summit of Table Mountain, a 3,200-foot-high plateau just inland of the city, for a bird's-eye view of ruggedly beautiful cliffs and beaches reminiscent of the Riviera. The entire surrounding area is a biodiversity hotspot as well, home to the unusual Cape floral region, which contains exotic plants in abundance. Enjoy a drink over an Atlantic sunset at any number of high-end European-style cafes on the coast before hitting up the Long Street nightlife in clubs offering a colorful mix of world travelers, live music, and some of South Africa’s best food await. Cape Point, a national reserve where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet and troublesome baboons are known to steal the occasional snack from humans, is a popular destination. Visitors can also take a ferry to Robben Island, once the political prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Today it is a museum, the facility displaying the staggering commitment to equality and organized resistance cemented there in the 20th century.

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  • Cape Town is probably my favorite destination I’ve visited so far. Amazing landscape, a multicultural population and a lot of things to do. I visited Cape Town in 2014 for 2 months and combined travelling with English lessons in a language school. I had lessons the whole week and in the afternoon and during my weekend I travelled around to National Parks or other cities. The English school was very good and if you like to improve your english skills during your vacation I can highly recommend a language school. The school, Ailola Cape Town in Sea Point was my favorite place to learn, perfect atmosphere and a lovely neighborhood only 5 minutes away from the sea. When in South Africa Safari is definitely a must do. National Parks aren’t far away from the city and the public transport is good and safe for tourists. There are quite a lot of activities you can do at any time of the year. My two months were definitely too short but I’ll come back to see this beautiful again.
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  • die schönste Stadt die ich je sah
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  • one of my best holidays ever. so wonderful. nicest people damn good food and exhausting parties. should not miss this country. so different but yet so european.
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  • wow - as Europeam go dec, jan, febr! summer :-)
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  • Cosmopolitan Cape Town offers so much variety for all types of travellers - nature, history, friendly people. It must be on your bucket list...if not, your list is missing an entry!
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  • Cape Town is arguably South Africa's most beautiful city. At the moment, The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is just days away and we are so excited that the world is coming to South Africa. Come and Join the World Party for 2010! http://mzan.si/YwiF
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  • si tuve la oportunidad de ir dos veces, y es mi sueño ir a vivir alli, , en la foto que puse estoy en una carpa en zambia , nada que ver, pero bellisimo, es un lugar muy cosmopòlita, con una diversidad, nose si de paisajes pero si de diferentes estilos , como desde la parte nueva de la ciudad y el centro de la ciudad de noche con el fondo la montaña de la mesa es impagable, y los diferentes barrios, de casitas holandesas, inglesas, bueno ni hablar de victoria water front, donde entre por primera ves a hard rock cafe,pasear por las ferias, ver el estadio donde canto michael jacson, el hospital donde se hizo la primera operacion de transplante de corazon, que tiene una historia que pocos la conocen, y es fabulosa, fue un hombre de raza negra que en realidad la realizo, pero como siempre el maldito racismo hizo que taparan la verdadera historia diciendo que ese hombre era creo de el personal de limpieza, , el maravilloso e imponente parlamento, tambien visitar la ciudad de como dije antes la diversidad de tavernas sobre el mar en victoria water front, ah y el increible acuario, todo de vidrio, donde miras para arriba y te esta pasando un tiburon, y ahora hablar de las playas, con arena blanca el mar muy frio del oceano atlantico como la playa clifton lleno de surfistas, y no me acuerdo de los nombres pero creo que era las playas de seapoint, donde salen barquitos, para ver una islita de focas, y donde hay negocios en la costa que venden cajitas transparentes con agua de mar y una ostra cerrada que adentro hay una perla,, y bueno la venta de perlas muy economicas , ah y llegue a ver una ballena tambien, o seaboard,y ahora lo mejor hout bay, la vista mas maravillosa de ciudad del cabo, tambien ir a cape of good hope nature reserve de 7000 hectareas, bueno y hacer por la autopista de la costa desde las playas de la ciudad a cape point , una caminata dura hasta llegar al mirador donde hay tantos barcos hundidos y tantas historias espectaculares, y bueno tambien conoci el oceano indico , lleno de graciosos pinguinos, en simons town, ah y la casa del excentrico cecil rhodes, el millonario dueño de la ex rodhesia hoy zimbabue,, yo tuve suerte porque no hablo ijgles y mi primer dia cuando estaba por subior al telesferico giratoria que va a table mountain, conoci a un porto riqueño que hablaba español e ingles y me ayudo y me propuso alquolar una combie que es economico y recorrer asi toda ciudad del cabo de pùnta a punta, bueno y no les cuento de mi segundo viaje a ciudad del cabo porque no terminaria mas, pero si quieren conocer la historia de ciudad del cabo, les recomiendo al escritor wuilbur smith, sus libros son sagas la mayoria, uno mas increible que el otro donde aprendes tanta historia pero en forma de novela, donde uno en un momento es protagonista, se los recomiendo, bueno no cuento mas nada porque sino les contaria los libros, pero realmente es un lugar para trodos los gustos, gracias.
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  • Clifton Beach - enjoy the perfect windless white sand beaches and azure waters of Clifton, set under Lion's Head on the Altlantic Ocean. Clifton Beaches 1-4 are the place to be in summer, especially when the prevailing wind (SE) is blowing, as they are perfectly sheltered. Walking down the 100 steps to Clifton is so worth it: set amongst large granite boulders up against the steep slopes of Table Mountain, these beaches are quite spectacular with great views, and the sun sets right in front of you over the ocean. Great spot for sundowners!
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  • You can't get a better welcome into Africa than Cape Town. It offers sandy beaches, great food, luxurious accommodation, friendly people, brilliant golf, wine and a great holiday. Having seen over 60 countries I still find Cape Town the best destination on earth.
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  • Better tahn Rio de Janeiro, and that from a brazilian! ;)
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