Half Day Cape Town City Tour - Private Excursion
Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City, enjoys a truly spectacular location. Explore the Houses of Parliament, the castle (built between 1666 and 1679, and South Africa's oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent).
The mountain forms part of Table Mountain National Park and its main feature is the level plateau, which is about 3 km wide, and edged by the most spectacular cliffs. The plateau is flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, and forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. The whole mountain range, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the city bowl and Table Bay harbour. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by clouds and referred to as the 'table cloth', legend attributes the phenomenon to a smoking contest between the Devil and a local pirate. The top of the mountain is much more expansive than it looks from down below and once you've soaked up the incredible view, there are many pathways to explore with some interesting flora and fauna. The most common mammals on the mountain are dassies, or rock hyraxes, which are not dissimilar in looks to large guinea pigs. Porcupines, mongooses, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and the Table Mountain ghost frog can also be spotted. The vegetation is mostly rich Cape fynbos and the mountain is a protected world heritage site as a result.
On the descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. The Cape Malay people originally came from Southeast Asia, mostly Indonesia, and were originally enslaved by the Dutch East India Company and transported to South Africa. There are now about 16,000 people in Cape Town who could be described as Cape Malay and the founders of this community were the first to bring Islam to South Africa. The community's culture and traditions have also left an impact that is felt to this day. Adaptations of traditional foods such as bredie, bobotie, sosaties and koeksisters are staples in many South African homes.
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