|Delegates and families at Flotation '15|
|Flamingos, Noordhoek Beach|
|The wreck of the Kakakpo, the meeting spot in Ryan's Daughter|
|Chapman's Peak Drive|
The beautiful Garden City also has another side, which should be part of your Cape Town experience- the African townships and memories of the dark days of apartheid (see also posting of 25 November 2010). I would suggest a full day, organised by many of the local tour companies, visiting Robben Island, District Six and the sprawling Khayelitsha township.
The ferry journey to the island offers great views of Table Mountain, but on arrival this is obviously a grim place as former inmates recount their experiences to tourists, who also get the chance to see Mandela's tiny cell.
District Six is also an infamous area, which, like Robben Island, can be seen clearly from the top of Table Mountain. District Six, however, is an area of virtually empty space in the City Bowl.
The District Six Museum, founded in 1994, is a memorial to the forced movement of 60,000 inhabitants of various races in District Six to the barren Cape Flats, after their houses were flattened by bulldozers. The reason was that on 11 February 1966 District Six was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950. Such was the worldwide outcry that further building never took place but the desolate area is well worth the visit as a poignant reminder of those dark days, captured in the museum.
|District Six Museum|
9. The Winelands
No visit to Cape Town is complete without spending at least a day in the Winelands, arguably the most beautiful wine area in the world, covering an extensive area with many wine routes, such as those centred on Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Robertson, and many others.
There are many tour operators who will take you into the Winelands from Cape Town, but I would recommend that you rent a car and select a few wine farms and towns to see at leisure. Where to go is very subjective, and we are discovering news gems each year, but if you only have a day then here is just one suggestion that will not disappoint:
Drive along the False Bay coast to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town, and have a wander down historic Dorp Street, host to some of South Africa's oldest houses. Then head off towards Franschhoek, stopping off at the impressive Boschendaal Wine Estate for wine tasting in the shade of the huge oak trees.
|Wine tasting at Boschendal|
There are many fine restaurants along the main street, but if you have the time, take a long leisurely lunch at La Petite Ferme, with its stunning views across the Franschhoek Valley.
|La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek|
Finally, why not spend a day doing absolutely nothing? If you are staying at the Vineyard Hotel, take a stroll around the beautiful gardens, relax by the pool, or maybe walk over to the large mall in Claremont for some last minute shopping?
|Vineyard Hotel Gardens and Pool|
So, those are my suggestions. Now let's have yours!