Before even visiting Cape Town, most travellers can easily picture the dramatic scenery that first sets this city apart. Verdant mountainside surrounds the cityscape, which runs from the foot of Table Mountain National Park and its neighbouring mountains down to the harbours, cliffs and sandy shores making up the city’s idyllic coastline. Vines run across the slopes of its southern Constantia suburb and a panoramic coastal road leads you between quiet bays and natural landmarks like Cape Point.
A first visit to the city could include a ride to the top of Table Mountain on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, time spent navigating the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive and a visit to the rugged Cape Point Nature Reserve on the southern point of Cape Peninsula. By driving further along the coast from this point, recognised as the southwestern tip of Africa, you’ll also reach Boulders Beach where the sheltered shores are inhabited by African penguins.
Back in the city, areas of natural beauty include the serene Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which is located at the eastern foot of Table Mountain and considered one of the great botanical gardens of the world, along with picturesque expanses of beach. For white sand shores, water sports and people watching pay a visit to the four Clifton Beaches, the nearby curved sandy shoreline of Camps Bay and colourful-beach-hut-lined Muizenberg.