#91 best destination in the world

 

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

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  • Waterfront in Cape Town situated on the Atlantic shore, in the oldest working harbor in the Southern Hemisphere

Table Mountain, Cape Town

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  • Flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town
  • Many visitors use the cableway or hike to the top
  • Table Mountain National Park is the most visited national park in South Africa

Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town

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  • Sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders
  • It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African penguins which settled there in 1982
  • These penguins are currently on the verge of extinction
  • As a result, the penguins are under the protection of the Cape Nature Conservation
  • The granite boulders are 540 million years old

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park

  • Reserve established in 1956 by like-minded game farmers, who sought to reclaim the land for the benefit of all after witnessing degradation of a once pristine wilderness area
  • Wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, elephants and other species, roam freely between these reserves

Gold Reef City, Johannesburg

  • Amusement park in Johannesburg, located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971, the park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand, the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period
  • There is a museum dedicated to gold mining on the grounds where it is possible to see a gold-containing ore vein and see how gold is poured into barrels
  • There are many attractions at Gold Reef City, including water rides, roller coasters and the famous Gold Reef City Casino

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town

  • Botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain
  • Kirstenbosch places a strong emphasis on the cultivation of indigenous plants
  • The garden includes a large conservatory exhibiting plants from a number of different regions, including savanna, fynbos, karoo and others
  • Outdoors, the focus is on plants native to the Cape region, highlighted by the spectacular collections of proteas

Robben Island, Cape Town

  • Island in Table Bay, 4.3 miles west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, north of Cape Town, South Africa
  • It was fortified and used as a prison from the late-seventeenth century until 1996, after the end of apartheid
  • Political activist and lawyer Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on the island for 18 of the 27 years of his imprisonment before the fall of apartheid and introduction of full, multi-racial democracy
  • He was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and was elected in 1994 as President of South Africa, becoming the country’s first black president and serving one term from 1994–1999