Cape Town Winelands


Overview

The Harbour of Table Bay, Cape Town was originally referred to as Saldanha Bay in honour of the ascent in 1503 of Table Mountain by Antonio de Saldanha. A Dutch renamed the place of Saldanha to Table Bay in 1600 as the Dutch trade increased. Cape Town, as the oldest urban area in South Africa, was developed by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established Dutch Cape Colony. Cape Town outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. A lucrative occupation was the keeping of boarding houses for sailors and other visitors to the town. Payment for board and lodging was frequently made in the form of goods smuggled in or clothing which lodgers had to sell to the landlord to pay their bills when the time for departure came. Reckless expenditure of the Company's officials and sailors on their way back to Holland happened most of the time. Many lived beyond their means and spent their savings so recklessly that they were called, 'heeren van ses weeken' as they went through all their money in six weeks. Free burghers also made a living by keeping taverns where soldiers and sailors could drink wine and met the burghers of the town. Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. Cape Town is one of South Africa's most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities. A city blessed with natural beauty in spades, Cape Town compliments its many blessings from Mother Nature by being a diverse and fascinating city in its own right. From the heights of Table Mountain to the dramatic stretches of coastline, Cape Town’s wonderful weather year-round makes it a popular destination for beach lovers and wine aficionados alike. Its world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Green Point Park compliment these natural blessings wonderfully. The nearby Boulders Penguin Colony is also a popular spot due to its cute but loud jackass penguins. A proudly multicultural city, Cape Town blends Afrikaner, native, and European sensibilities in an intoxicating blend of architectural, musical, and culinary styles. The colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap perhaps best epitomizes this, but the city’s diverse roots can be seen in every bar, restaurant, and boutique. Elsewhere, museums such as the South African Jewish Museum and the District Six Museum offer more quantifiable insights.

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Trip Ideas:

Adrenaline activity

The world’s longest over-ocean zip-line, Mossel Bay, Garden Route

Situated over the beautiful Ocean, this zip line glides you over the cliffs of the Bay while giving you an uninterrupted view of the town and famous lighthouse. Going down this zipline, which is 1,100m (3608 feet) long, you’ll have ...

Cultural events

Route 62 – a scenic drive between Cape Town, to Oudtshoorn and Joubertina.

When travelling from Cape Town to the Garden Route, Route 62 makes for a very interesting alternative to drive through the Karoo. Geologically it covers two thirds of South Africa. “It’s big and it’s dry and it’s full ...

Route 62