After breakfast at our Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore, our first visit to the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium were our first on our agenda today.
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Worth knowing about Cape Town
Cape Town is the second largest cityin South Africa after Johannesburg with a population of around 4 million. The city was named after the “Cape of Good Hope”, which is located about 45 kilometers to the south and posed a major danger to shipping by sea to India. The Cape Town skyline is dominated by the 1,087-metre-high Table Mountain,Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak.
The climate is influenced by the Atlantic: in the summer months of December to February, the monthly maximums are around 25° C and in the winter months of July and August 17° C. The University of Cape Town is one of the oldest universities on the African continent. To the In addition to Table Mountain, the most popular sights include the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (built on the model of the Waterfront in San Francisco), the Castle of Good Hope, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Long Street, the Prison Island of Robben Island and the beaches of the tourist suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town
The restored Victoria & Alfred Waterfront harbour and shipyard district around the port’s two historic basins is THE visitor magnet in Cape Town. The harbour district was named in honour of Queen Victoria and her son Prince Alfred and is well known for its diverse leisure and entertainment options. Be it the street musicians, the regularly inandling and departing excursion and fishing boats, the Ferris wheel, the countless bars and restaurants or the large malls King’s Wharehouse and Victoria Wharf – there is something for everyone here.
The Market Plaza is considered the center of the V&A Waterfront. There is a stage here, where events and performances take place regularly, as well as a public gallery. A beautiful photo motif is Nobel Square,where the bronze figures of four Nobel laureates of the country stand: Nelson Mandela, Frederik Willem de Klerk, Desmond Tutu and Albert John Luthuli. The figures are set up in such a way that they have the Table Mountain in the back.
A few minutes walk from here is another great photo motif: the yellow photo frame. On Google Maps you can find it by entering “MARC VISTAS TABLE MOUNTAIN”. The yellow frame frames the Table Mountain in the background and puts it perfectly in the scene. If you walk over the “Marina Swing Bridge” drawbridge, you will reach the yellow-black Clock Tower, which houses a modern visitor centre or tourist information centre. By the way, the boats go right next to it to Robben Island. If you take a close look around, you can also see some seals (Cape Fur Seals)that romp directly at the pier in the sun.
The Two Oceans Aquarium
Since we are big fans of the underwater world, a visit to the aquarium could not be missing. The Two Oceans Aquarium shows visitors the diversity of marine life from the two oceans that meet in South Africa: the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. The aquarium was opened in 1995 and houses 3,000 live marine animals, including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins. We particularly liked the public feeding times, for example with the penguins. It is best to inform yourself directly at the entrance about the exact times.
The Company’s Garden
The city centre of Cape Town doesn’t have a lot to offer, so we strolled through it for a short time and then took a walk through the Company’s Garden. In the park in the centre of Cape Town there are countless plants, but also some monuments, fountains and lots of squirrels. You can’t get past the little cute park-dwellers, who are by the way very tame.
From the park we walked back to our hotel on the busiest street in the city, Long Street. Here you will find plenty of junk and antique shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.
All travelogues from South Africa & ZimbabweAll travel reports from our trip through South Africa and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Day 01 Travel planning for South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe (Africa) (Südafrika)
Day 02 Cape Town – The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (South Africa)
Day 03 Cape Town – The colourful district of Bo-Kaap (South Africa)
Day 04 Cape Town – Table Mountain, Signal Hill & the Noon Gun (South Africa)
Day 05 Cape Town – Hout Bay & Chapman’s Peak Drive (South Africa)
Day 06 Cape of Good Hope – The Southern Tip of Africa (South Africa)
Day 07 Muizenberg – The colorful beach houses & World of Birds (South Africa)
Day 08 Simons Town – The Penguins at Boulders Beach (South Africa)
Day 08 Cape Town – Swimming with sea lions in Hout Bay (South Africa)
Day 09 The Imhoff Farm – Riding on the beach of Noordhoek (South Africa)
Day 09 Betty’s Bay – The Penguin Colony at Stony Point (South Africa)
Day 10 Cape Agulhas & De Hoop Nature Reserve (South Africa)
Day 11 Garden Route – The Gondwana Game Reserve in Mossel Bay (South Africa)
Day 12 Gondwana Game Reserve – Safari & the Big Five (South Africa)
Day 13 Oudtshoorn – The Cango Wildlife Ranch (South Africa)
Day 14 Panorama Route – God’s Window & Blyde River Canyon (South Africa)
Day 15 Kruger National Park – Safari & Lower Sabie Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 16 Kruger National Park – Safari & Olifants Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 17 Kruger National Park – Safari & Shingwedzi Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 18 Kruger National Park – Safari & Punda Maria Gate (South Africa)
Day 19 Pretoria – Nelson Mandela Statue & Union Buildings (South Africa)
Day 19 Johannesburg – Tourist Attractions & Things to Do (South Africa)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – Arrival in the City of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – The Waterfalls on the Zimbabwe Side (Zimbabwe)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – A boat trip on the Sambesi River (Zimbabwe)
Day 21 Victoria Falls – A helicopter tour over the waterfalls (Zimbabwe)
Day 21 Victoria Falls – The waterfalls on the Zambia side (Zambia)