Visiting Cape Town
Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It has been named "the most beautiful city in the world" and has been recognized as a global design city. With breathtaking views of mountain and ocean side by side, a wine producing region rivaling France and Napa, and Michelin starred restaurants it's a lot of luxury at less than half of the cost you'd find anywhere else in the world. For all of its perks, Cape Town is still wrestling with its past. Robben Island, in the heart of the city, was the place of Nelson Mandela's decades long imprisonment and segregation (both physical and economic) still plagues the city. It is a study in Africa's colonial history that is not to be missed.
Tips for Traveling to Cape Town
Our biggest tip for Cape Town is to be curious, it can be easy to get lost visiting Table Mountain, Robben Island, eating at V&A Waterfront and heading home but you will have missed the magic of this city. Learn about District 6, explore the Malay Quarter, and get out to the townships not for a pity party but to catch the vibrancy of people making it despite the odds. All South African visa rules apply here so be sure to apply if you need one (US citizens do not).