|The City Tour -
The City, Table Mountain and Atlantic Suburbs
|Find a map of the city centre from any hotel or
information booth. Then follow this route on a journey through the history of
the city and some of its most beautiful sights and beaches.
Make your way along Strand Street to the Castle of Good Hope (the oldest
building in South Africa still in use) - you may wish to park and take a guided
tour of the castle and its art collection. Resume down Darling Street past the
1905 City Hall. At the end of the road turn left into Adderley Street. You will
see the Great Church on your left (first built in 1700) and the old Slave Lodge
on the corner. Pass the Cathedral and turn left into Queen Victoria Street and
park. From here explore the Company Garden, walking up to the oldest museum in
the country, the South African Museum. It showcases the natural history
of South Africa, and early human communities of the sub-continent. It is noted
particularly for its whale gallery and collection of Bushman rock art,
including the important Linton Panel. This is the only museum in South Africa
with an adjoining planetarium.
Then stroll downhill along shady Government Avenue and view the Houses of
Parliament. At the bottom you will find St George's Cathedral on the
left. Cross the road and walk down St George's Mall - the city's main
pedestrian thoroughfare. Turning to the left you will find Greenmarket
Square where there is a lively market during the week. Visit the Old Town
House on the left side of the square and exit via Burg street which adjoins it.
The first right is Church Street where you will find art galleries and
antique shops. If you turn left at the end of Burg Street you can soon turn
right again into Queen Victoria Street to find your car.
Drive up Queen Victoria Street and turn right at the top. Stay on this road
until the T junction at the top of the hill. Turn left at the lights into
Buitengracht. Stay on this road, and keep climbing up until the very top. Once
you reach the top (Kloof Nek) turn left onto the Tafelberg Road toward the
Cable Car. (If the Cable Car is closed take the road opposite to Signal Hill,
drive the length of the road and enjoy the view at the end - then retrace your
Take the Cable Car to the top of the mountain - a tremendous journey.
Spend some time wandering on the top. The views from the back of the mountain
are as wonderful as the front - don't miss them. You may wish to enjoy the flat
walk across the plateau to Maclear's beacon - which is 40 minutes and clearly
marked. There is a bistro and restaurant near the top cable car station.
Drive back down the Tafelberg Road to Kloof Nek. Turn left and down Camps Bay
Drive until you finally come down to Victoria Road at the bottom.
Option If you have time turn left and journey along Victoria Road
through Bakoven. With the Atlantic ocean to your right and the 12 Apostles
towering above, this is a magnificent drive. Turn down into Llandudno
when you see the turning on the right. It has a magnificent beach. You may wish
to continue over the neck and into beautiful Hout Bay. Spend time
driving around the valley and down to the harbour. Retrace your steps or make
your way over Constantia Nek, turning at the top either left to Cape
Town via Kirstenbosch or straight down the other side through Constantia and
follow the signs to Cape Town.
At Camps Bay park and take a walk on the beach. Spend some time in the
cafes and the restaurants overlooking the beach, or the Bay Hotel's bar. Then
resume your journey along the coast toward Clifton. Look out on the left for
the signboards indicating stairs to the various Clifton beaches. Park and walk
down among the cottages to the Clifton beaches, move between the beaches
by walking among the rocks.
Drive on, the road goes through Bantry Bay and turns left as it enters Sea
Point - go straight at the circle down to the sea and follow the double lane
beach road to your right. You will soon see the grass lawns and the Sea
Point promenade. Stop anywhere along this road for a walk. Follow along the
coast, you will need to turn left into Three Anchor Bay. In due course the road
comes to the Waterfront complex. You may wish to turn left into the
complex, park and enjoy the shops and restaurants, and perhaps take a sunset
cruise out into the Bay. From the Waterfront it is easy to follow the signs
back into Cape Town.
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