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The Top Se7en Attractions of Cape Town

Cape Town, a mystically nature ‘town’ located in the South Western part of the South Africa. It was a host city for one of the most popular sports event in the world, the World Cup. Due to its good climate, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure, Cape Town is one of the most popular international tourist destinations in South Africa. Being my personal favorite city thus far, I have listed my top se7en must see attractions. No. 7 Robben Island Robben Island and the Table Mountains

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Calling yourself a ‘historical’ person? Then the Robben Island’s for you. At no.7 and declared the UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1997, it is the most famous apartheid prison and guess what, it was the ‘home’ to the legend, the hero, and the first president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The tour into the island includes the famous gateway, the maximum security prison (the ‘G-bay’ of South Africa?), quarry, the churches and oh yeah…. an interview with an ex-political prisoner. Tickets are sold at R220 for adults and R110 for all children under the age of 18 which include the boat ride from the mainland. No. 6 Victoria and Alfred Waterfront The Victoria and Alfred Hotel

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One of many restaurants and cafes by the harbor

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Music, performances, coffees (Flemish, Irish etc), fine dining, dinner cruises…you name it, you got it! At no.6, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a venue for you to sip great coffees while listening to the jazzy music performances by the harbor. Facing the majestic table mountain adds a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. For craft shoppers, there are real nice crafts bazaars to bargain and purchase your favorite piece. For more photos, do visit http://hcvv.blogspot.com No. 5 Boulders Beach Boulders Beach of Table Mountain National Park

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Penguin family sunbathing

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At no.5 is the Boulders Beach where penguins roam freely but planning for an escape! No! This is not the penguins from Madagascar. They are the African penguins..oh well commonly known as the Jacka$$ penguins. The colony of penguins has been settling there since the year 1982. Although the beach is situated in the midst of a residential area, nevertheless we can view these cute penguins at a close range. However, as a warning, Do NOT get too close to them or they might retaliate. For more cute penguin photos, do visit http://hcvv.blogspot.com No. 4 Hout Bay Seals Island

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Spectacular View from the Boat

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Following penguins at the Boulders Beach is the Hout Bay which stands at no.4. Hout Bay is the name of a coastal suburb in Cape Town. It is situated in the valley on the Atlantic Ocean of the Cape Peninsula. Do you fancy seals? Take a ride on a boat trip to spectate big colony of cape fur seals for R65*. With clouds on sunny day, you will be able to experience beautiful view of the Table Mountain. For more spectacular view, do visit http://hcvv.blogspot.com *Not for person prone to seasickness because of wavy condition during the boat trip No. 3 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Overview of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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Table Mountain covered with clouds and mists

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With three more to go, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens got into the no.3 position. Voted as one of the 7 most magnificent gardens of the world, it was founded in the year 1913. The attractiveness of this garden is, there are only South African indigenous plants as the land remained undeveloped thanks to Cecil John Rhodes, the former Prime Minister of the Cape in the 19th century. Approximately 6000 species of Southern Africa’s flora in total are present especially the notable Fynbos. What’s more…sitting at the foot of Table, archaeological evidence has shown that the Stone Age man hunted and sheltered in this area. Cool isn’t it? An entrance fee for adult is R35 and R10 for children. For more flowers, do visit http://hcvv.blogspot.com. No. 2 Cape of Good Hope The Light House at the Cape of Good Hope

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Cape Point dividing the Indian Ocean & Atlantic Ocean

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Down to the first runner-up is the legendary Cape of Good Hope. Remember the famous Portuguese explorer, Bartholomew Diaz? He’s the first explorer to round the difficult cape. Filled with beautiful ocean and floras, the top of the cape which the light house was situated could be reached on foot within 45 minutes or by the Flying Dutchman funicular train within 5 minutes for R45 (return ticket). At the top of the light house, you will be able to view one of the most spectacular scenery. The Cape Point situated at the South East corner of the Cape Peninsular is the dividing point between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. No. 1 Table Mountain Table Mountain in HDR format

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Majestic view from the cable car

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Stunning view atop Table Mountain

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The champion of the se7en must visit attraction is the Table Mountain. Your Cape Town trip will never ever complete without visiting this majestic UNESCO Heritage Site. Flat top just like a table, it was also one of the top 10 finalists to be voted into the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. From the top of the mountain through different directions, different great views will be experienced in which words could not be described Visitors will be able to hike up to the mountain or take a ride on the cable car to reach the peak. The return cable car ticket will cost at R180 for an adult and R90 for children age between 4-17 years old. Students with ISIC will also be able to utilize their cards for special student price. The opening time depends on the weather conditions. If the weather's bad on that day (very windy) it will be closed to the public. Weather fluctuates very fast in Cape Town. Be sure to make it a priority if the weather condition is good. Who knows you will not be able to visit the Table Mountain on the next day if you delay by a day. For more on the photos of Table Mountain do visit http://hcvv.blogspot.comWritten by Hong C. Wern, a ‘freelance’ post graduate student traveler. Globetrotting since the year 2006, Hong has traveled to a total of nine countries to date. You can follow Hong's travels through his blog http://hcvv.blogspot.com.

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