This cape is the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth. – Sir Francis Drake, on seeing Cape Town for the first time, 1580.

In 2014, both the New York Times and London’s Daily Telegraph voted Cape Town as the “Best City to Travel to”.  For five times in a row, Cape Town received the “Best City in the World” travel award delivered by the readers of the Daily Telegraph.

 

The least one can say about Cape Town is that it is a clean (second to Dubai) and naturally beautiful city (with an air of Rio de Janeiro). It is very modern, replete with cinemas, shopping malls, boutiques, hospitals, recreations, beaches, and multinational headquarters.

Christian Barnard Hospital is named after the South African surgeon who performed the first human to human heart transplantation in December 1967.

 

With its suburbs, Cape Town is home to 3.4 million South Africans, about 60% of them are black.  It is the legislative capital of the republic.  Real state is quite expensive. Beach front condos go for several million dollars.

 

Besides taking a trip to Robben Island, you should save time to see Cape Town.

 

Upon leaving the ferry that took us back from Robben Island, we leisurely crossed Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. It was teeming with activities.  Magicians, funambulists, musicians, portraitists were doing their tricks.  It is a natural place for casual lunch or dinner.  It look like an optimal venue for a first date…

 

For three hours, we went sightseeing through a city that leaves the impression of Western Europe in Africa.  Among the many spots and venues to visit, you will, for sure, remember Barnard Hospital, Clifton Beach, Bo Kaap.   The image of Table Mountain flanked by Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak will forever inhabits your memory.

You can ascend Table Mountain using the Mountain Aerial Cableway.  The top, two miles in altitude, is flat, like a plateau, a table.  On a cloudless day, the city view from the top is astounding. Behind the plateau stand the Twelve Apostles, each majestic in its own way.

 

On a Saturday, the drive back to Cape Town International Airport was painless.  We had dinner at the terminal building, at the Soaring Eagle Spur that boasts “the best steaks, ribs and burgers”.  We then boarded our South African Airlines flight back to Johannesburg. It lasted two hours and ten minutes.  We were in bed at 23:00.  Transfers, flights and the full-day excursion lasted 19 hours. We were exhausted.

 

(The Traveller.  Sunday, October 8, 2017)

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