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Cape Town

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Description

Known as the Mother City, Cape Town is a unique metropolis filled with a vibrantly modern city atmosphere, surrounded by magnificently alluring beaches, and overlooked by a mystical guardian; the gigantic Table Mountain. The city is currently Africa’s most popular tourist attraction and has recently been voted as the world’s top holiday destination. So you can expect nothing less than the best; world class infrastructure and an array of exciting activities that are sure to leave you with memorable experiences.

Other remarkable treasures and renowned historical landmarks include Robben Island and the Castle of Good Hope. Entertainment and nightlife is a big part of the Cape Town experience. To get you in the mood, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is always brimming with excitement; from chic boutique stores to lavish cocktail lounges, or unwind in the classy ambience of one of many dinning venues.

Cape Town is truly a remarkable example of historical vigour and modern extravagance intertwined with breathtaking landscapes; all guarded by a diverse cultural heritage. Better yet, combine your stay with a safari and explore the African wilderness in a nearby South African national park.

Access Details

Access to Cape Town, flights from almost all international airlines are offered and scheduled daily from London, Frankfurt and Dubai. Flights are also offered from Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, France, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul to Cape Town International Airport, as well as regional connections to Namibia and Mozambique. If travelling by road, Cape Town is best reached via the excellent major national roads, either the N2 or the N1.

Suggested Stay Details

If the storms are not hitting, you will never spend enough time in Cape Town. It is the perfect destination to spend time. We recommend a minimum of 3 days if you have other plans.

Type of Experience

CITY SPLENDOUR: Cape Town is definitely a world class destination that overflows with sophistication, beauty and opportunities to explore; if you are curious enough. The cosmopolitan city has everything to keep anyone entertained; from magnificent beaches and fine dining, to fabulous shops and chic boutiques. As soon as the sun sets, making room for the moon and glittering stars to play, Cape Town offers you an array of sophisticated bars and sassy clubs to help awaken the night.

CURIOUS ABOUT CULTURE: With age comes maturity, and as the oldest town in South Africa, Cape Town’s maturity is seen in the mixture of Dutch, Malay, French and British influenced architecture, the vibrant atmosphere and the friendly residents. The brightly coloured homes along the slopes of Signal Hill are home to a large community of Islamic residents living in an area known as Bo-Kaap. These residents are believed to be descendants of slaves imported by the Dutch. Cultural landmarks include the District-Six Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and much more to explore.

Infrastructure

Cosmopolitan, highly sophisticated and commercially appealing; Cape Town city is developed with the modern family in mind, catering for everyone from the energetic thrill seeking kids to the sophisticated businessman or woman. The city boasts premier hotels, irresistible restaurants and twenty-first century malls. The well maintained urban jungle of Cape Town is surrounding by many contemporary suburbs, as well as the odd township with informal and semi formal housing.

Geography

Cape Town city is nestled within the shadow of the iconic Table Mountain. The suburbs surrounding the city, most of which are modernized, are surrounded by mountainous landscapes and beaches.

History

First mentioned by Bartolomeu Dias in 1486, subsequent Portuguese described the Cape Town areas as the “Bay of Storms” and the “fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the earth.” The first European to land on the shores of Table Bay was in 1503, who named it Saldanha, but after 1601 a Dutchman renamed it to what is now.

In 1652, a young and adventurous Jan Antony van Riebeek set sail to establish Dutch rule, which gave birth to the Cape Town’s first erected building but replaced by the existing Castle of Good Hope. Since 1679, Simon van der Stel Governed the Dutch Colony and expanded the city. During this time, the Huguenots from Holland arrived on the shores of the Cape. Thereafter, the French arrived to aid the Dutch Colony during the war between Britain and Holland (1780-1783).

In 1840, the municipality of Cape Town was born and in 1875, the first foundation stone was laid in the current House of Parliament. After the extensive industrial growth of South Africa, the first National Party, under the leadership of D. F. Malan, won its first election in 1948, and as such, Afrikaners lead the country and adopted the apartheid policy. For 46 years, South Africa was segregated by racial law, which ended in 1994 with the country’s first democratic election and inauguration of black State President, Nelson Mandela.

Activities & Highlights

TABLE MOUNTAIN: Recently crowned as one of the Seven Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is firmly planted in the Table Mountain National Park. The mountain stands 1086 meters above sea level and is rich in biodiversity. Most remarkable about the Guardian of the Cape, as it is known, is the level plateau which is nearly 3 kilometres wide. To reach the top plateau, the mountain is equipped with a cableway. For the adventurous amongst us, choose between numerous hiking trails, traditional rock-climbing and abseiling, depending on your level of fitness.

FLORAL KINGDOM: Cape Town is home to one of the world’s most diverse areas of plant life. The area is so prolific that it has been dubbed as the hottest-hot spot in the world in terms of plant diversity. The colourful Cape Floral Kingdom consists of more than 9500 plant species, of which 70% are found nowhere else in the world. There is certainly no wonder why UNESCO added the floral kingdom as one of its Natural World Heritage sites.

V&A WATERFRONT: The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the most visited destination in South Africa, because it amalgamates a bustling harbour with lavish entertainment hot spots, luxuriously spectacular accommodation and the glamour offered by nothing other than retail therapy. The waterfront has a range of fantastic activities such as seal watching, the Two-Ocean Aquarium, Maritime Museum, helicopter flips and boat trips.

ROBBEN ISLAND: Robben Island is hailed as a World Heritage Site and in the past, was the location where former South African president, Nelson Mandela was incarcerated during the apartheid regime. Currently, the prison is a museum and an international symbol for the fight of freedom in South Africa. Other than the historic significance of Robben Island, it is home to a colony of African Penguins which makes the site popular amongst tourists.

CAPE POINT: The southernmost point of the Cape Peninsula is a beautiful picturesque landscape and at the same time, powerfully overwhelming. The dark rugged rock juts out amongst the green patched gigantic cliffs; descending and cutting into the ever changing blue ocean from above 200 metres. Built as a navigational landmark in 1859, the lighthouse warned sailors to approach the Cape of Storms with caution. Today, the navigational beacon still stands 249 metres above sea level and is accessed by a one of a kind cliff railway, which is named after the mythical Flying Dutchmen.

BOULDERS BEACH: Appealing, exquisite and dazzling are words used to describe many of the surrounding beaches of Cape Town. Cute and adorable, on the other hand, belongs exclusively to Boulders Beach and its many feathery residents. What on earth are we referring to? Three thousand indigenous African Penguins of course. See these adorable black and white birds stroll along the shore of their protected habitat, on which large 540 million year old granite boulders are scattered. These penguins may be social birds, but please keep your distance, because they tend to waddle their heads and snap their beaks whenever feeling threatened. Remember, Boulders Beach belongs to the penguins, but if you cannot resist the oceans alluring call; adjacent to the colony you will find beaches designated for your enjoyment.

WHALE WATCHING: Between the months of May and November, you are guaranteed to see whales from the shores of the south west Cape Coast. Most frequent sightings of these giant sea mammals are the Southern Right Whale. Whether they are breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping, blowing, grunting or mating; these endangered fish are a remarkable sight to see. Among other whale species, seen in the False Bay area, are Humpback Whales, Bryde’s Whales and killer whales, dolphins also tend to frequent these shores so grab your binoculars and do not forget to blink.



Season Travel Details

Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with some micro district climates within the Peninsula. These regional differences are mostly caused by the varied topography and the influence of both the warm Indian and cold Atlantic oceans.

Cape Town experiences cool, wet winters between May and September and warm, dry summers. Average maximum temperature in January is 26°C (79°F) and a average minimum of 16°C (60°F), July average maximum is 18°C (64°F) and a average minimum of 7°C (44°F).

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

The luxurious Mount Nelson Hotel, is undoubtedly South Africa's most famous hotel. Synonymous with Cape hospitality since 1899, the Mount Nelson is a landmark in the mother city, gateway to Southern Africa.

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is well known Greenlife Safaris Establishment offering a comfortable, luxurious atmosphere. The reception areas are individually decorated and designed for comfort and tranquillity.

Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel is booked by Greenlife Safaris. Sited at the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. 'The grace of the old world, the beauty of the Cape and the joy of good living.

City Lodge Hotel Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

City Lodge Hotel Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

A centrally located hotel at the gateway to the vibrant and dynamic V&A Waterfront, within walking distance of Cape Town’s CBD.

Ellerman House

Ellerman House

Greenlife Safaris premier Ellerman House property is a historical landmark situated on quite the most spectacular site on Kloof Road in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay. - member of Relais & Chataux

Hollow on the Square

Hollow on the Square

Hollow on the Square offers stylish and modern accommodation and the finest amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for our Greenlife Safaris guests.

Inn on the Square

Inn on the Square

Inn on the Square is a choice Greenlife Safaris property. It is a comfortable, modern business and leisure hotel overlooking vibrant Greenmarket Square and is situated in the Central Business District of Cape Town.

Kensington Place

Kensington Place

Kensington Place is a small exclusive Greenlife Safaris hotel set on the slopes of Table Mountain, and offers breathtaking views of Table Bay Harbour, the city skyline and mountains.

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Best of South Africa

Explore the world within one country; South Africa boasts some of the most magnificent landscapes, unrivaled biodiversity with great wilderness areas and wildlife. Experience the true hospitality of this land of many cultures ranging from modest rural communities to flamboyant cosmopolitan city scapes.

These journeys are designed to give first time travelers a great blend of experiences combining a wildlife safari to encounter the big five, some historical and cultural opportunities to give you an insight into the diverse society and a chance to immerse yourself into the wonderful South African lifestyle. Enjoy fine cuisine and excellent wine, soak up the sun on the pristine Cape beaches or shop to your heart content.

South Africa has so much to offer. It is a destination for many visits and it is our recommendation to rather experience quality than quantity and avoid lengthy time consuming travel between multiple areas but to rather focus on a few special places and get the most from your stay.


Family Safari

Due to the risk of malaria in the Lowveld and the sub-tropical areas in southern Africa, it is a concern traveling with young children and mothers to be. There are however some excellent malaria free alternatives that offer a great safari opportunity without any health treats to the family.

An African bush holiday is one of the greatest journeys to share with young impressionable children. Exploring and encountering the wildlife together is an important part of each person’s development and provides for a lifelong bonding experience for a family. They become aware of the environment and break away from the world of wifi and multimedia entertainment, developing their skills to observe and hone their senses.

We offer a variety of family safari options which combine various wildlife rich habitats with excellent chances to encounter the big 5, (Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard and Lion) plus the rest of the animals synonymous with Africa. Our selections of establishments are geared for family hospitality, ensuring safety with children friendly facilities and services.

Our family orientated vacations combine safaris with exploring other exciting destinations in South Africa. It is a superb self-drive country allowing total flexibility for sightseeing and travelling at your own pace. Adding a stay at one of our beach locations is a great finale to the African holiday.


Highlights of Southern Africa

The southern sub region of Africa is one of the richest places on earth. It is packed with spectacular scenery, unrivalled biodiversity, amazing year-round weather and vibrant cultural multiplicity.

There is a great regional travel network with both scheduled and charter flights conveniently linking destinations. From the arid western shores to the tropical eastern coast and Indian Ocean Islands, here lies an endless world of adventure, wilderness and nature.

If time is a factor and you want to focus your holiday on a combination of top destinations which afford you a good perspective of southern Africa, we have blended journeys that take in the very best into a selection of highlight packages. These itineraries include the best wildlife location, natural spectacles like Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and the Namib Desert including visits to Cape Town.

No matter what your interest is, it is our speciality to tailor journeys in the region that fits your pace and budget. Let us inspire you!


Multiple Countries

For the hardened traveler you can explore great destinations in multiple countries. An example for this is at Kazungula where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. To the east of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are in close proximity of each other.

Each country has a unique character and they are all very different from each other in landscape and culture.

Regional travel is relatively okay if you remain on the main routes, however distances are vast and the conditions can at times be challenging due to some badly maintained roads and poor local driving etiquette. The best way to travel regionally is by air charter which is not only convenient scheduled but it gets you directly to your destinations without extra stops and wasted time.

Let us plan your itinerary to most efficiently use the best travel options available to make your journey more comfortable and cost efficient.


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