2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

48 hours in Cape Town

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When you're spoiled for choice, where do you start? In truth, a tour around Cape Town in just 48 hours would merely scratch the surface of a hugely diverse city that offers such a wide variety of attractions.

In the morning, it's worth taking a walk to V&A Waterfront for a Cape Town shopping experience. Another popular shopping spot for Capetonians are the city's markets, where plenty of bargains are to be had. Then, in the afternoon, you could take a boat ride and visit the world-renowned Robben Island to learn more about the history of South Africa. It is here that many of the country's most celebrated icons, including Nelson Mandela, OR Tambo and Water Sisulu, were imprisoned.

On your way back, time-permitting, try to make your way to the famous Table Mountain for an unforgettable view of Cape Town. In the evening, make your way down to Long Street and savour the dazzling array of restaurants and night life. To finish the night off in style, you could also make your way down to Long Street where there is a variety of clubs.

The second day should be fun as it will introduce you to another side of Cape Town: township life. Township tours are the best way to enjoy this experience. The first stop should be the Langa township. You will find places like Radebe Restaurant, Tiger's Place, Lalapha and many other places that offer breakfast specially prepared, the African way.

Afterwards, you could take a drive to the nearby township known as Gugulethu (loosely translated as ‘our pride'). Gugulethu was at the heart of anti-apartheid activities during the long struggle in South Africa. Around midday, look for the popular Mzoli braai place (barbeque) and sample some Umngqusho Nenyama (samp and beans with stew). Tt is one of the hang-out spots for many Capetonians, some of whom drive all the way from the suburbs to indulge in the delicious meat and Xhosa cuisine. This tour of the townships could conclude with a visit to Khayelitsha, another centre of considerable historical significance in South Africa.

On your way back, it's well worth making a stop at the famous Cape Flats, where players like Benni McCarthy and Quinton Fortune were born. As the sun sets, it's time to return to the city, where The Assembly's menu of live music and international bands and DJs and Fiction's late-night parties will keep entertained into the wee small hours.

Other places worth visiting include Hout Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Point, to mention just a few.