Cape Town, South Africa

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One of the most beautiful cities in the world is Cape Town, South Africa. If you've seen photographs of Cape Town then you have likely seen Table Mountain, a beautiful mountain with a flat table-top that is usually covered in cloud - the tablecloth.

Table Mountain looks over Cape Town. It's part of a range - there is Lion's Head, Devil's Peak and Signal Hill too. All these magnificent mountains with thick forest on one side and magnificent ocean on the other.

Cape Town really is exquisite. Apart from the outstanding mountain ranges, wild blue ocean and white sandy beaches, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city. There are so many different areas - the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Malay Quarter, Cape Point and the meeting point of the Two Oceans, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Seapoint Promenade, Kalk Bay, St. James and - I could go on and on, there is too much. You will find markets selling gorgeous African fabric and wonderful curios, top restaurants and fantastic coffee, penguins, ostriches, whales and more.

If you're planning a visit to Cape Town you should try and have at least four nights. There are top hotels, gorgeous boutique hotels, small guesthouses or bed and breakfasts, youth hostels and also now Air B&B. You can spend a small fortune if you have it, on a five star luxury hotel, or you can really travel on a budget quite easily.

Cape Town is a very manageable city. It is easy to walk, and safe, and if you hire a car it is pretty easy to tackle the roads. You may want to hire a driver and a guide for a day or two until you get your bearings but thereafter it is fun and fabulous to do your own thing.

Robin Island is a main attraction too. This is where President Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. The boat trip out takes a few hours and is really interesting.

The Cape Winelands are half an hour out of Cape Town - Stellenbosch, Frranschoek and Paarl. Here you will find glorious vineyards and can wine taste, and cheese and chocolate taste too. There are gorgeous places to stay, in the mountains or on farms, and it is just very special.

The exchange rate, at the moment, is around 13.5 Rand to the USD. So the exchange rate is very much in favour of the traveller. Book now. Use google, or a Tour Operator, prebook as things get very very busy there. Have fun. Travel safe.

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