Visiting Cape Town as a tourist is one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences that you will ever have, however the tour companies tell you mostly only what is considered to be the framework of the mother city, however beneath her skirt lining are incredible age old secrets that are really kept that way by the locals. It is a richly diverse city with endless places to visit that offer a lifetime of incredible entertainment and memories to be had, however it is the little secrets that give the mother city her finely tuned exquisite nature.
You have just arrived in the exquisite city of Cape Town, found your accommodation, unpacked your bags and you’re ready to hit the town, but where should you go and what should you see? Below is the imperative must visit and must definitely do things in and around the Mother City.
The hub of all things hip and happening, the mother city offers so many marvelously wonderful things to do that its quite impossible to mention everything in one single article, however because in South Africa we have a saying that goes, ‘Local is Lekker’ we have first hand knowledge of the most exhilarating and exciting things on the Cape Town menu and these epic and entrancingly memorable experiences are listed below for your pleasure!
Approximately 115 km outside of Cape Town lies the beautiful artistic town, with over 16 Art Galleries, of Hermanus. It is said that this is the place where artists and creative alike come to retire, amongst the majestic Right Whales, which have made Hermanus famous. Whale watching and Hermanus is synonymous with one another, Hermanus even has its own Whale Crier, the only tradition of its kind in the world.
The Whale crier tradition started in 1992 with Pieter Claasen, alerting visitors and locals alike of the whales in the bay by blowing on his, now well known, kelp horn. The tradition was passed down through the years and Eric Davalah is the current whale crier. The Southern Right Whales appear in Hermanus during winter and spring, and the experience of seeing them is something divinely unforgettable.
Ivanhoe Sea Safaris is known to be the leading boat-based whale watching company in South Africa, operating from Hermanus. With small groups as well as private charters available, their prices are extremely reasonable and the service is exceptional. Bookings can be made on their website http://whaleviewing.co.za, where you can find a great gallery and all the information you could ever need on whale watching.
Hermanusâ€™s old harbor was declared a national monument in 1970 and stands today as a Provincial Heritage site. The old harbor sports the Old Harbor Museum, open 24 hours a day, it has a vintage collection of photographs depicting the historical tale of the harbor. There is a lovely Old Harbor CafÃ© situated in the old harbor, that serves mouthwatering salmon, amongst other delicious treats.
Hermanus is also home to one of the largest Abalone / Perlemoen farms in the country, Heart of Abalone. Founded per chance through a home experiment to cultivate the abalone without destroying it in its natural habitat, this eco friendly company exports more than 1000 tonnes of abalone to Asia every year. Located in the new harbor, Heart of Abalone is a must visit. The tour will educate you on the truth behind the mother of pearl-shelled creature and allow you to taste it. There is also exquisite jewellery and trinkets to be bought.
Hermanus, once known as Hermanuspietersfontein, is filled with fabulous and exciting things to do, the highlights have only been mentioned above. It is unique in its existence, with a warm welcoming allure. Hermanus will definitely leave you with precious memories and perhaps a stunning piece of artâ€¦
There is a vista that many fear, a dramatic and divine panorama dared not to be ventured into. The oceans around Cape Town, home to the terrifying and largely misunderstood Great White Shark. There are few locations more exhilarating than the one found under the water; deep in the ocean, sharing the home of The Great White shark, definitely topping the list of breathtaking views available in Cape Town, and topping the list of adrenaline pumping things to do. Most of the shark diving companies available to choose from do the trips off Dyer Island which is home to approximately 30 000 cape fur seals, which is the main diet of the great white sharks. Below are three of your top reputable Shark Diving companies:
If looking at age-old stones and bones does not tickle your fancy, then taking a trip through space might just be what you’re looking for. The Iziko museum is also home to a world-class Planetarium that uses state of the art technology where from the comfort of an armchair, you’ll be taken on a trip across our Milky Way to planets close to earth and beyond.
Closed on : Workers’ Day, Christmas Day and the first Monday of every month (excluding school holidays).
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3900
Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of that demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.
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Throughout the world, tantalising the tongue of every tourist is the destination of Cape Town. Whether South African or not, everyone knows Cape Town is the hub of indescribably awe inspiring scenery, markets and marvels with no end, fauna and flora so widely varied that it would take an age or more to witness it all, without an experienced guide that is.
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