Cape Town

Perched on the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town is a superlatively beautiful city with stunning scenery at almost every turn. It is hard to miss the backdrop of the mighty Table Mountain, Cape Town’s crowning glory, and the bright glittering ocean that arcs around the coastline. If the time spent marvelling at nature proves too much, the city has a plethora of historic sites waiting to be explored. At the V&A Waterfront, rundown Victorian warehouses have been lovingly converted to a bustling cultural and commercial hub. Cape Town is South Africa’s most accessible gateway, with gorgeous beaches, vibrant, multicultural neighbourhoods, famous vineyards and fine dining to rival any European capital.

Cape Town’s dramatic coastline to the south of Camps Bay is ruggedly beautiful and as part of the Table Mountain National Park, it’s largely undeveloped. Follow the famous Chapmans’ Peak past the brooding Twelve Apostles, the spine of mountains that run down to Cape Point, while the ocean pounds on the rocks below. It is not too far from here at Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of the Africa continent, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

If the landscape sounds diverse, wait until you meet the people of South Africa. With 11 official languages and more than a dozen tribes, living alongside communities from Africa, Europe and the Indian subcontinent – little wonder we are known as the Rainbow Nation. This diversity is tangible everywhere, from the architecture and language to the nation’s spectacular cuisine and colours.