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  • Cape Town

    Accordingly, waterfront is the most visited attraction than even Sphinx in Eqypt for African continent. There is a small ferris wheel nearby which lit up during dusk. Taken with orangish sky in the background.

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  • Cape TownPro 2014
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    Possibly (ok, PROBABLY) the world's most beautiful city, Cape Town is the cosmopolitan heart of southern Africa. Five-star dining, five-star shopping, five-star nightlife, and one of the most colorfully mixed cultures on Earth make it a stunning place to explore for a week or more. This, however, is just the beginning. With the 1000-meter colossus of Table Mountain looming above stunning white-sand beaches, and the peaks of the Twelve Apostles backing some of the planet's most dramatic cliffs and coastline, it's also blessed with a natural setting that puts other cities positively to shame. Whether you're partying, catching a concert in the park at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, chilling with the penguins at Boulders Beach, or just eating some of the tastiest Cape-Malay food ever made, Cape Town is a city that will captivate you, and have you planning your next visit before you've even left.

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    There’s never been a better time to visit Cape Town thanks to a proliferation of edgy boutiques, independent galleries, and forward-thinking restaurants like Test Kitchen by Neighbourgoods Market, where biltong (cured meat) is topped with plum-cured foie gras. And the buzz is spreading: StumbleUpon noticed that Cape Town is one of the top 10 destinations generating interest among its community of 30 million users. The city has been designed the World Design Capital for 2014, with more than 450 events in the works. It’s also an opportunity to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela with a visit to Robben Island, where he spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

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  • Cape TownAmbassadorPro 2014

    Cape Town is a beautiful, must-see city, and people are flocking there right now. It's a cosmopolitan city with a perfect location in between the mountains and the ocean. The views, the beaches, and the welcoming people . . . how soon can I return?

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    Dynamic hub of the Western Cape. Beautiful city with a cosmopolitan feel. Lots to explore. Not to be missed. Surf the two oceans, explore the beaches, see the penguins, take in the history. And the wine nearby!

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    A new favorite of mine. There was so much to do, everything was SO cheap, and the people were really friendly. A favorite vocation destination of mine.

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    By far, one of my favorite cities in the world. It has a great climate, is surrounded by awesome natural beauty, there's plenty of fun shopping, culture and it is just a short drive from so many incredible attractions.

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  • Cape TownPro 2014
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    There's a lot to do around Cape Town, but there's also high crime rates. If you're not familiar with the area, don't go wandering around on your own like I did. I narrowly missed some bad situations, and more than a couple hotel clerks pointed out how stupid I had been. I had no problems around the tourist areas.

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  • Cape TownPro 2014
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    The people in Cape Town insist there is no competition between Johannesburg and Cape Town. This is followed immediately by a litany of reasons why they prefer Cape Town with the leading reason being that Cape Town is more relaxed. I do agree that Cape Town is more relaxed. Johannesburg is more nervous but still able to smile. Cape Town is where one vacations. Johannesburg is where one conducts business.

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    cape town shares the nr 1 spot of my favorite cities in the world. Diverse, multi-cultural, vibrant and very naturesque with the gorgeous coast-lines, the wineries and table mountain.

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  • Cape Town

    Cape Town, Kind of contemporary, Depending on your personal desire, Wine Farms, Table Mountain and V&A Water Front. Would not suggest for adults with young children

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    A beautiful city steeped in a dark history. Something for everyone - history buffs, bar goers, foodies, nature enthusiasts and wine lovers. So much to do, two weeks in this city is not enough. Within a short driving or train distance are: Cape Point, Krueger National Park, Stellenbosch, the world's tallest bungee jump, and much more. It can be one of the most challenging cities to visit, especially if you expose yourself to the realities of the disparity, poverty, and remains of apartheid.

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  • Cape Town

    Hi CaitB
    Consider South Africa!
    Beautiful places and amazing culture, I am sure you will love South Africa
    I am from Brazil but decided to move to Cape Town 6 year ago :)
    Let me know if you need any help to plan your trip.
    Regards

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  • Cape Town

    It is a city that has bit of everything. Something for old and young, with one of the seven wonders of the natural world in it's midst.

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    i will recommend cape town, there is the wine route u can do,go up table mountain which is now one of the wonders of the world via cable car and cape point where the indian and atlantic oceans meet. then u take a scenic drive via chapmens peak.

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  • Cape Town

    Cape Town, thy heart cries out for thee. When you are far from it, you wonder how it is, what it's doing, what's happing, because something is always happening. You long for it nostalgically. It breathes in hope and gracefully exhales beauty, naturally and culturally. It is the mother city.

    With the Apartheid sunken right beneath its feet, it can't deny or run away from it. Cape Town was pivotal in the freedom movement, the place where Mandela spoke as the President to his people for the first time. Robben Island, within sights reach. Getting in touch with its history is the only way to understand why their culture is so dynamic and unique.

    Some areas are not safe, heed warnings and listen to locals when they tell you where and where not to go. Remember Cape Town is not a city full of criminals, it's a city with opportunists, who might just take the chance to see what they get.

    There is too much to do, there is too much to see, there is too much to eat. But, try hard as you may to do it all, because it's heluva expensive to get there. Once you do arrive you'll get a little bit more bang for your buck than in Europe or America, but don't count on too much of a discount after the World Cup in 2010.

    There are so many must dos in Cape Town, you are better off browsing and deciding what fits your schedule. Do you like wine tasting, or shark cage diving better? What about eating fresh sushi for $15, all you can eat? The best beaches in the world or a township tour? Do you want a spa day? What about getting down and dirty hiking Table Mountain? It's all too much for a lifetime, yet Capetonians try, hard, to take the reigns and do all they can to make themselves happy.

    Don't spend less than 2 weeks in South Africa and minimum of 5 days devoted for Cape Town.

    The very best part of this city, is that you could live in Cape Town for years or have gotten there this morning and look up only to fall in love all over again.

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    I've been to Cape Town twice and still cannot get enough of how amazing and special this city truly is. It's a long trip from the States, but well worth the hours sitting on an airplane.

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  • Cape Town

    Cape Town is a beautiful city which continues to grow from strength to strength. There's a real buzz in Cape Town and once visited, it will never leave your heart. From the busy Waterfront to cool Long Street. The sobering sights at Robben Island to the dizzy heights of Table Mountain. And that's just the touristy bits. There's so much to explore in the suburbs and a wealth of beaches. I love it and, if I had the chance, would move there tomorrow.

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  • Cape Town

    I absolutely loved Cape Town. The food is incredible, the people super friendly, and the landscape totally breathtaking. I was there for the Xmas Holidays and of course that's high season. School's out so expect everything to be crowded. Perhaps Nov or late Jan could be less crowded and in my mind an ideal time to escape the northern hemisphere's winter.

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    this is really such a beautiful place and really if you have never been there please take the time to go it is out of this world.

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Take the cableway (or hike) to the top of Table Mountain on one of Cape Town’s perfect-weather days, looking out over the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the very southern tip of the African continent, and you’ll see why Cape Town and its surrounding area is South Africa’s most popular destination. Take your pick of beach activities, from lounging on the languid Camps Bay to penguin-spotting on Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. Dating back to 1666, the Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest building, covering the nation's Dutch history. Robben Island held political prisoners starting in the 17th century, but most visitors know it as Nelson Mandela's home for 18 years. (Ex-prisoners often give the tours, answering questions about life on the island.) Over the past decade, wine-tasting in the romantic Cape Winelands has become a popular day trip for adults, while kids enjoy the brightly painted Bo-Kaap Muslim quarter or the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Every possible budget is catered to in Cape Town, from central boutique hostels to luxurious ocean view hotels.

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