13 reasons to Study Abroad in CAPE TOWN (© by Cape Town Tourism)
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are so many reasons to visit this great place – its beaches, the nice weather, the various outdoor sports activities, the cultural attractions, the nightlife and many more.
Cape Town Tourism gives you 13 reasons to study abroad in Cape Town this year, in recognition of the excellent year that this is going to be. Please see these below.
It’s easy to see why Table Mountain is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It looms like a guardian over the Mother City and is a welcome sight for any traveller, coming in by land or sea.
A revolving cable car carries visitors to the top of the mountain, from where they enjoy beautiful views of the suburbs and the Atlantic Ocean. There is plenty to do on the mountain, which has an abundance of flora and fauna, as well as spectacular waterfalls.
Table Mountain Café sells a range of deliciously prepared food. Tickets can be purchased online, or on the day of your visit at the Lower Station ticket office.
2. V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is the most-visited attraction in South Africa and is in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour. There are more than 80 restaurants, an abundance of shops to suit any wallet, and entertainment venues.
Millions of visitors stream to the Waterfront every year to enjoy the cosmopolitan vibe, to shop and to party. An amphitheatre is often used to host free concerts.
The area is steeped in history and a guided tour is offered for anyone keen to see the origins of the harbour area. There are a number of five-star hotels at the Waterfront, including The Table Bay Hotel.
The city is not as laid-back as many would like to believe. Adrenalin junkies know exactly where to get their fix. If you want to test your strength and endurance and get your adrenalin pumping, then Cape Town has exactly the kind of activity you desire.
Kitesurfing is popular on Blouberg beach, while Blue Rock, near Somerset West, offers kneeboarding, waterskiing and wakeboarding.
However, one of the most nail-biting experiences has to be shark cage diving.
Cycling is also a popular pastime. Cape Town is home to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, one of the most scenic races in the world.
4. The world’s trendiest hotel
Cape Town has the trendiest hotel in the world, according to TripAdvisor’s Best Hotels 2012. Villa Zest Boutique Hotel is a winner in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
All seven en-suite rooms, which sleep 14 guests in total, are lavishly decorated, with no expenses spared in the furniture, fittings and bed linen.
Situated in Green Point, this boutique hotel offers luxurious accommodation and rooftop views, while its decor is a “modern” 1970s theme. It is close to trendy eateries, pubs and clubs, and is within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront and the city centre.
Wouldn’t you LOVE to stay there while you study abroad???
Cape Town’s nightlife is legendary, and has been made even more so by Tjing Tjing, a trendy new rooftop bar that has taken the city by storm.
It was named fourth in the 10 Hottest New Bars Around the World by Condé Nast Traveler, and is well worth a visit.
A number of celebrities, including Orlando Bloom, have been spotted at Tjing Tjing.
There are many great bars and pubs in Observatory and at the V&A Waterfront. Long Street, however, is one the main party strips in the city centre, with a buzz that escalates during the day and well into the night.
6. Cape Point
Africa’s most south-westerly tip, Cape Point is a narrow peninsula that dips into the Atlantic Ocean, and is part of the Table Mountain National Park, which recently won the Best Performing Park Award at the South African National Parks Kudu Awards ceremony. A nature lover’s paradise, it is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including buck, baboons and the Cape mountain zebra.
There is lots to do at Cape Point, including enjoying a picnic, hiking, mountain biking or having lunch at the upmarket Two Oceans Restaurant (booking essential: +27 21 780 9200). The Flying Dutchman funicular is a popular mode of transport, taking visitors from the car park up a steep slope to just below the lighthouse.
The bright-red double-decker City Sightseeing bus is one of the best ways to get to most of Cape Town’s attractions. The open-top bus gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of the scenery.
You can choose one of two routes – the Red or the Blue – and hop on or hop off at any of the many attractions, including the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, Sea Point and the Constantia Wine Route.
The buses depart from outside the Two Oceans Aquarium every 15 minutes, seven days a week, starting from 09h00. You can use your ticket to jump off at any of the stops near the attraction you wish to visit, and get back on the next bus when you are done.
8. Boulders Beach
One of the world’s 10 most unique beaches according to the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, Boulders Beach is home to 3 000 African penguins and is one of the only places you can view these inquisitive birds up close.
Large granite boulders offer respite from the heat and the sun, and the crystal clear waters make it the perfect swimming beach.
There are wooden platforms from which to view the penguins as they go about their business. The penguins are a relatively new addition to the beautiful Boulders Beach – in 1983 a breeding pair made the beach their home and the colony has since flourished.
A lazy Sunday afternoon is best spent at Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu, where people arrive in their droves to taste the delicious braaied (barbecued) meat on offer.
Mozoli’s has become an institution in Cape Town, and is just 15 minutes away from the city centre. Gugulethu is one of the oldest townships and is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction.
The who’s who of Cape Town society have been known to frequent Mzoli’s on weekends, without fanfare, to enjoy the party vibe. Mzoli’s does not sell alcohol, but patrons are allowed to bring their own.
Even though it is open during the week, the best time to go is on weekends, specifically on a Sunday when you are sure to bump into interesting people.
Muizenberg, our seaside village along the False Bay coast, was named as one of the best surfing towns in the world by National Geographic. Locals have, of course, known this for years.
A quaint row of brightly painted Victorian beach chalets hark back to another era, and have overseen numerous changes over that time.
It is one of the nicest swimming beaches in Cape Town and not as cold as the water on the Atlantic Seaboard.
Muizenberg has a number of surf schools, and each day scores of surfers and bodyboarders, young and old, take to the waves. The people are friendly, the food is great and there are a number of accommodation options.
11. High tea at the Mount Nelson
With all her grandeur and olde world charm, the Mount Nelson Hotel remains one of the city’s iconic landmarks. It is a place of serenity and tranquillity, and is internationally renowned for serving a sumptuous high tea.
The Nellie, as she is fondly known, is close to many cultural attractions and just a heartbeat away from the thriving nightlife on offer. Its high tea is a popular affair – finger sandwiches, dainty cakes, and scones with jam and clotted cream are just some of the delights on offer.
High tea is served in the beautifully appointed lounge, on the sunny terrace or around the garden fountain.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Cape Town, but by far our most popular beach is Clifton, which is actually four distinct beaches divided by massive granite boulders.
Each beach has its distinct personality, and Third Beach was recently voted among the top 10 gay beaches in the world by GayCities.com.
Glistening white sand and the Atlantic Ocean are a welcome sight on a hot Cape Town day. Many people spend hours enjoying the turquoise ocean and watching yachts sailing by.
Clifton is where the super-rich live, but where everyone hangs out.
13. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is not just a pretty space – it is also home to the dream team that has successfully brought home gold from the Chelsea Flower Show for 32 years.
The 36ha garden is part of a 528ha estate containing protected mountainside that supports natural forests and fynbos, as well as animals and birds.
In 2004 the Cape Floristic Region, which includes Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The beautiful garden has many paved walkways, secluded spots and beautiful sculptures.
- All of this makes Cape Town an amazing place to Study Abroad!