Fondly known as the Mother City, Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and one of the world’s most beautiful. It is home to a vibrant port and the soaring, square-topped Table Mountain that dominates and defines it.
You’ll learn of Mandela’s incarceration (and that of his fellow inmates) on Robben Island and get a reminder of the struggles that the country faced in its not-so-distant past. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront serves as the prime spot for your R&R, for shopping, wining and dining. But if you want to learn more about the region’s wines, head out to one of its vineyards for a tour while you tipple. See the city’s proud multicultural spirit in colorful Bo-Kaap, where you can feast on Cape Malay curries.
Summers (Nov-Feb) are hot and dry, and winters (Jun-Aug) cool and wet. The Atlantic Ocean remains icy year round.