2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

Five Cool things - Cape Town

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Table Mountain

Almost everyone who visits Cape Town wants to see the much-talked about and acclaimed Table Mountain and the explanation to that inquisitiveness is simple - the Table Mountain is one of the places that provide a rare yet breath-taking view to nature and the artisan of one of South Africa's most profiled city, Cape Town. The few minutes you are likely to spend at the top of this majestic mountain makes the hype about this place all justified.

The most popular activity for the visitors is often the ride to the top through the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. Once at the summit, there are a number of short walks that you can take, including the Dassie Walk, the Agama Walk (a popular route that gives you 360-degree views of Cape Town and Cape Peninsula) and the Klipspringer Walk. You can also choose to spend the better part of a day hiking all the way along the top of the mountain.

V&A Waterfront

The sea and the sunny summer weather are often the main areas of attraction about Cape Town, however one of the places often renowned for its beauty and historical significance to many is the V&A Waterfront on the sea shores of Cape Town. The Waterfront is situated few kilometres from the Green Point Stadium and is likely to be one of the main attractions for visitors who visit the Mother City during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

It is one of the popular destination for it offers a number of things including shops, restaurants, nightspots, tourist attractions and museums in the city's historic harbour that attracts millions of visitor's a year and for good reason. Situated in the heart of the Mother City's working harbour and set against the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain, the Waterfront perfectly positioned for visitors. There are lots of activities ranging from helicopter flips to boat charters and relaxed harbour cruises (walk along the water's edge and pick one - there are several options), or browse through some of the hundreds of shopping outlets ranging from larger department stores selling designer labels down to boutique jewellery and curio shops selling local arts and crafts.

Robben Island

A boat ride to Robben Island is one of the ‘must' do for anyone who wants to explore the historical context of South Africa and visit a place many in South Africa believe represents hope, triumph and freedom. While the Island was discovered over a century ago, it shot into international arena as a prison where political activists in South Africa were imprisoned. It is here that some of the country's struggle heroes like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and many others were imprisoned for many years for their refusal to embrace the apartheid system. The island is situated about seven kilometres from Cape town. While this cannot be independently verified, it is often said that the first prisoner to be sent to Robben Island was Makanda Nxele, whom later historians claimed he tried to pull an unsuccessful escape only to drawn in the shores of Table Bay.

After apartheid was abolished in South Africa, Robben Island was turned into a tourist destination and has since been one of the main attraction for visitors from all over the world who flock in the Island in huge numbers to enjoy the rare natural vegetation that parades the streets of Robben Island.

Cape Point

Capetonians often rave about the city's ability to offer diversity to the eye and many options to the visitors. The Cape Point provides a unique spectacle of the city and can also be classified as one of the places one has to see before leaving Cape Town. Plan a picnic in the park or on the beach, hike or mountain bike ride, have lunch in the upmarket Two Oceans Restaurant high above the crashing waves of False Bay, or simply catch the funicular to a point where you need only do a short walk to a lookout point over the Atlantic Ocean. Here, apart from the spectacular view out over the point and sea, you'll be able to see the most powerful lighthouse on the South African coast, which steers ships through a perilous passage around the point which over the centuries has seen the end of many.

Constantia Vineyards

In South Africa, the Western Cape Province is renowned for being home to some of the finest wine estates in the country. And, it is therefore apt to say that the journey to Cape Town might be described as incomplete if one does not take time to explore and indulge on some good wines and explore the landscape of the places that produces it.

One such place is the Constantia Vineyards - home to some of the oldest winelands in the Cape and restaurants. Lined with oak trees and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads, Constantia is a pretty suburb situated on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. The winelands began in 1685 on the farm of the governor of the Cape Colony at the time, Simon van der Stel.

Having chosen an enormous tract of farmland for himself and his family, Van der Stel named his estate Constancia after his daughter.