#60 best destination in the world

 

Cradle of Humankind

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  • Paleoanthropological region that contains the most extensive discovery of a single hominid species ever found in Africa
  • The caves were the site of the discovery of a 2.3 million year old fossil Australopithecus africanus
  • Nearby 15 fossil skeletons of an extinct species of hominin was found in the nearby Rising Star Cave system
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Cape Floristic Region

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  • 1 of 6 recognized floral kingdoms in the world, 69% of the plants are native
  • Associated with the fynbos biome, a Mediterranean-type, fire-prone shrubland
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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  • Africa’s third largest protected area
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

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  • Cable car transportation system offering visitors a 5 minute ride to the top of Table Mountain

 

Table Mountain

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  • Flat-topped mountain landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town
  • Home to a large array of plants, most of which are native

 

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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  • Waterfront in Cape Town situated on the Atlantic shore

 

Green Mountain Trail

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  • Hiking trail around the Green Mountain in the Overberg region
  • Takes 4 days to complete the hiking trail

 

Robberg Nature Reserve

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  • Rocks in the region date back 120 million years
  • Evidence of middle and later Stone Age inhabitation has been found in a few of the caves along the peninsula
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Sunland Baobab

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  • A well-known enormous baobab, the tree is located on Sunland Farm (Platland Farm)
  • In one study the tree was carbon-dated and found to be an estimated 1,060 years old, plus or minus 75 years
  • Results of other studies have however suggested much higher ages
  • Carbon investigations inside the hollows testified to fires in 1650 AD, 1750–1780, 1900, 1955 and 1990
  • Most of the tree died in 2016 and 2017

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

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  • Sustained kolks in the Treur River’s plunge pools have eroded a number of cylindrical potholes or giant’s kettles, which can be viewed from the crags above
  • It was named after a local prospector, Tom Bourke, who predicted the presence of gold, though he found none himself

 

Boulders Beach

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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

 

Bo-Kaap

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  • Area known for its brightly colored homes and cobble stoned streets
  • The area contains the largest concentration of pre-1850 architecture in South Africa, and is the oldest surviving residential neighborhood in Cape Town

 

Macassar Beach Pavilion

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  • 2,760 acre abandoned water park overtaken sand dunes
  • Built in 1991

 

Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School

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  • School established in 1967
  • The school has a 600 seat auditorium, constructed in 1995, and holds weekly concerts

 


 

Costs

all flights $2,224

food $29/day x 15 days = $435

hotel $45/day x 11 days = $495

tickets (all attractions) $197

TOTAL for whole itinerary $3,351