My Heart Belongs To Cape Town
Like no other city in the world, with its iconic Table Mountain and deep blue oceans, surrounded by nature and mesmerising African sunsets, a signature Cape Town vibe can be felt from the moment you arrive. You will experience a kaleidoscope of cultures, friendly people, local and international cuisine, architecture, scents, sounds - and much more.
Cape Town as a city, thrives on visitors from around the world. Your support fuels the main economic engine of the city and contributes significantly to employment and sustainability, which we are grateful for.
The creation of the Cape Town Ring is designed to be a constant reminder of this beautiful city. It offers you the opportunity to share your visit and experiences with friends and family who will be drawn to follow in your footsteps and experience Cape Town for themselves.
Cape Town has always been a spiritual inspiration for my soul and a great influence for my designs. I hope our beautiful city fills your heart with love and joy and inspires you to become a goodwill ambassador for Cape Town.
Enjoy the book and the ring. You are now part of magical Cape Town!
Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela
As South Africa's most beloved and celebrated icons, numerous sites pay homage to Mandela around the country. But none of them are as confronting and interesting as a visit to Robben Island. The island is close to the shore of Cape Town, and it’s where ‘Madiba’ spent more than two decades, with other political prisoners. Robben Island is a remarkable destination and a must-see when visiting Cape Town.
Check out the art scene
Cape Town is the cultural heart of South Africa, and the local galleries are filled with incredible local and pan-African artists’ work.
The Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is the place to discover what African-born art is all about. The gallery is located in a renovated (and reimagined) produce silo. Even if you just visit to admire the work of architect Thomas Heatherwick, it’s a visit you won’t forget.
OUT & ABOUT
Visit Kalk Bay harbour
The village of Kalk Bay is both quaint and fascinating. The tiny harbour still operates to this day. Make sure you visit the fish market and meet the local seals hanging around for their treats. The high street is filled with antique shops, boutiques, and other intriguing stores. For the best views (and 5-star seafood dining) book a table at Harbour House. When the tide is high, the waves crash below the restaurant, and the air is filled with salt. When it's cold and windy, it offers a snug hideaway without having to remove yourself from the beauty outside.
The wine tram in Franschoek
Franschhoek Valley is arguably one of the most exceptional and prestigious places in Cape Town. A visit to this scenic area is high on our list of best things to do in Cape Town on a lovely sunny day. Nestled at the foot of the majestic mountains, the historic town of Franschhoek is known for its warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and fine wines.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the world-renowned winemaking culture of the Franschhoek Valley is by booking a tour on the hop-on, hop-off tram. This captivating tour, with six different routes to choose from, consists of a combination of double-decker tram and open-air tram-bus transport.
Picnic at Kirstenbosch
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens rest at the foot of Table Mountain, just outside the city.
A highlight is the Tree Canopy Walkway, a curved steel and wood bridge that takes you through the treetops to experience the best views of the gardens. At 130m long and 12 metres high at its highest point, it’s tame enough for everyone to try.
Buy a picnic hamper at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room which is on-site, and then laze away the rest of the afternoon on the ample lawns.
1. Table Mountain Rose From The Sea
Roughly 300 million years ago, during the Karoo Ice Age, Table Mountain wasn’t a mountain at all. It was at sea level—but what lay beneath was layers of sandstone set atop a granite base. Pressure from the underlying magma worked with the ice to harden the top layer, leaving the iconic flat slab we see today. As the continents tore apart and collided, the city’s famous landmark was gradually forced to rise and it now stands a kilometre tall overlooking the bay.
2. The Original Capetonian
Table Mountain and the surrounding area was home to the Khoisan people long before the first Europeans arrived. They called the city Hui Gaeb, and they were skilled and industrious people with an unmatched knowledge of the local fauna and flora. They also gave Table Mountain its first name: Hoerikwaggo, or “Mountain in the sea”.
3. Up - Up - Up Mountain
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4. European Settlement
It was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias who became the first European to set eyes on what is now Cape Town after he rounded the Cape by ship in the late 1400s. But the Dutch colonist Jan van Riebeeck became the first European to set foot on its soil in 1652. He was sent by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to establish a supply station for ships on their way from Europe to India.