In 2011, I received the book The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela from a friend.
After several days, I started reading the book written by one of the icons of African History: Nelson Mandela. This good read began my fascination with a visit to Cape Town, South Africa.
Dreams Do Come True
After several months, I was heading to Cape Town thus, dreams do come true!
To begin with, the flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town had an impressive panoramic view across the mountains, the winelands and great sandy beaches. Certainly, I could not wait to explore the beautiful Cape Town.
A Holiday In Cape Town
Cape Town is a popular international tourist destination in South Africa. This is due to its mild climate, natural setting, and well developed infrastructure. The city is known for its harbour and for the landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point just to mention but a few.
During our holiday in Cape Town, we stayed in an apartment in Kenilworth, a city located in the Western Cape. The Western Cape lies bordered by two oceans: the Indian Ocean to the south and the Atlantic to the west. The apartment is located not far from Kenilworth railway station. The railway station which is on the main line of Cape Town to Simon’s Town, was very handy for us during our holiday in Cape Town. Without doubt, Western Cape is the heart of the city of Cape Town.
The following are some things to do in the Western Cape:
- Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront
- Cape Point & Cape Agulhas
- Table Mountain
- Penguin Colonies in Simonstown & Betty’s Bay
- Robben Island
- Table Mountain
The Table Mountain
After familiarising ourselves with our surroundings, it was time to go for a picnic at prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town; the Table Mountain.
This mountain is a significant tourist attraction in the city of Cape Town. It’s easily recognized by its main feature of a flat top or a levelled plateau from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. This forms a backdrop to the city of Cape Town.
In our adventure, we chose the cable car over hiking to the mountain. It was a good choice because the cable car is modern and it rotated giving us incredible views of the city as we made our way to the Table Mountain.
Undoubtly, this mountain hides many surprises. It is the most beautiful scenery overlooking the city of Cape Town.
Groot Constantia Wine Estate
After almost a whole day picnic, we decided to go for the wine tasting at Groot Constantia Wine Estate.
This is one of the oldest wine producing farms in South Africa. It is a small volume wine estate that produces limited quantities of hand crafted classic estate wines which have continued to win world wide accolades.
Groot Constantia Wine Estate has a unique Visitors’ Route Experience which follows a specially designed circular route that allows guests to experience each of the estate’s key attractions and wine tasting.
To say the least, it was a great experience and we also got some wine glasses as souvenirs.
Notes to Remember
- The estate also has two restaurants, where visitors can eat after they have finished exploring the Visitors’ Route
- Booking before hand is highly recommended at these restaurants
Our next choice of adventure was the excursion to Robben Island.
This is one of South Africa’s most important historical sights. In the old days, it was used as a penal colony. Although the prisons have been closed, the island remains famous for incarcerating former South African President and the Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela for 18 years before the fall of apartheid.
In 1997 the island was turned into a museum, and in 1999 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nelson Mendela’s Cell
In the cell where Nelson Mandela served his term, there is a thin mattress lying on the ground and a metallic bucket. This is where he wrote the book The Long Walk to Freedom which I had read. Indeed, it was a long walk to freedom! I must say that it was a very educational excursion and I could not help myself not to think about the cruel side of humanity.
In addition, we also saw the lime quarry where him and other prisoners worked. The more I learnt about this great hero, the more I got respect for him. May his soul Rest In Peace!
Notes to Remember
- The ferry ride to the island takes around 30 minutes
- Then, there is a Bus Tour of the island with the guides
A Photo Journey Through Our Cape Town’s Holiday
A Travel Quote…
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela
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