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Cape Town


Capetown, South Africa
Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad; Xhosa: iKapa) is the third most populous city South Africa, capital of the province of the Western Cape, and the country's Legislative Capital - including being home to the National Parliament. As of 2001, the city had an estimated population of 2,893,251.

Cape Town is located on the coast, at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula. There are over 70 peaks over 1,000 feet (305 meters) tall within the city limits, but most dramatically, the city is overlooked by Table Mountain, which is a flat-topped mountain (approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) from side to side, and surrounded by steep cliffs) rising to 3,563 feet (1,086 meters). Because the plateau is often topped with a thin layer of cloud, it is locals often affectionately call it "the tablecloth". To the West and East of the plateau, two other dramatic features stand out - Lion's Head and Devil's Peak. Visitors to Table Mountain can ascend it on a cable car system (the Table Mountain Cableway) or by one of several hiking trails - and are rewarded by some truly spectacular views from the summit. There are also facilities for rock climbing, and for caving - unusually for a sandstone feature, Table Mountain contains some large cave systems.

There are many other places to see in Cape Town, including several excellent beaches, many cultural and nightlife activities, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which is a premier shopping venue as well as being home to the impressive Two Oceans Aquarium. You can also take a ferry from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to one of the nearby seal colonies, or to Robben Island (Afrikaans: Robben Eiland) where Nelson Mandela and many other anti-apartheid activists were imprisoned for many years.

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Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge & Lucy Corne

Lonely Planet
Released: 2018-10-16
Paperback (304 pages)

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Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

Lonely Planet’s Cape Town & the Garden Route is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Soak in the view from the summit of Table Mountain, take a boat to Robben Island for an insight into the country’s history, and explore the beaches, forests and verdant mountains along the majestic Garden Route – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Cape Town and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Cape Town & the Garden Route:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
  • Covers City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant, East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory Gardens & Surrounds, Green Point & Waterfront, Sea Point to Hout Bay, Southern Suburbs, Simon’s Town & Southern Peninsula, Cape Flats & Northern Suburbs, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Robertson, Hermanus, Stanford, Darling, Langebaan, The Garden Route

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Cape Town & the Garden Route is our most comprehensive guide to Cape Town, and is perfect for discovering both popular and offbeat experiences.

Travelling further afield? Check out Lonely Planet’s South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland for a comprehensive look at what all these southern African countries have to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

*Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017

Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Lucy Corne

LONELY PLANET PUBLICATIONS
Paperback (296 pages)

Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Summit Table Mountain for panoramic views, take a boat to Robben Island, or shop and sight-see on the V&A Waterfront; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Cape Town & the Garden Route and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - wildlife, wine, history, arts, architecture
  • Free, convenient pull-out Cape Town map (included in print version), plus over 30 colour maps
  • Covers City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap, De Waterkant, Gardens, Green Point, Waterfront, Sea Point, Hourt Bay, Simon's Town, Cape Flat, the Garden Route and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route, our most comprehensive guide to Cape Town, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond & Lucy Corne.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Top 12 Things to See and Do in Cape Town - Top 12 Cape Town Travel Guide

By Atsons

Released: 2016-06-16
Kindle Edition (45 pages)

Top 12 Things to See and Do in Cape Town - Top 12 Cape Town Travel Guide
 
Product Description:

Are You Ready to Discover & Explore Cape Town?


“12 Things to See and Do in Cape Town” is an easy to use, no-nonsense travel guide showing you the 12 best tourist attractions Cape Town has to offer. Packed full of interesting and useful information for each attraction, this Cape Town travel guide is the ultimate travel accessory for discovering this iconic city!


Inside Atsons “12 Things to See and Do in Cape Town”:


  • Cape Town’s top 12 tourist attractions listed in order of importance.
  • High quality photos of all the Cape Town attractions.
  • Easy to digest descriptions of every attraction.
  • Recommendations of what to see and do to give you a better visiting experience.
  • Attraction highlights include Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, & Robben Island.

“12 Things to See and Do in Cape Town” Travel Guide features:


  • Easy Navigation: Effortlessly jump from one attraction to another using the interactive contents.
  • Add notes to the guide for a more personal guidebook.
  • Use bookmarks to save your favourite pages.

  • A Map of Cape Town showing the location of every attraction.

FAQs


There are lots of travel guides for Cape Town, why should I get this one?
If you are looking for an easy-to-read and straight-to-the-point Cape Town travel guide, then this is for you. Visiting Cape Town’s most famous and fascinating attractions is one of the main draws of a trip to Cape Town, but with so many to choose from it can be difficult to pick the attractions you want to visit. Unlike most travel guides, this guide focuses on Cape Town’s 12 best attractions, making your decision on what to see in Cape Town that much easier.

I’ve never been to Cape Town, will this guide help me?
If you’ve never visited Cape Town or plan on visiting but don’t know where to go then this Cape Town travel guide is the perfect starting point. Cape Town has so many interesting and unique places that it can often be difficult to decide where you want to go. This guide is here to help you with that decision by giving you 12 breathtaking tourist attractions to choose from, with the added bonus of the guide being a top 12 list so you'll know exactly where to start your journey.

What is the recommended time of visit to Cape Town using just this guide?
If you're planning on spending a week or less in Cape Town, then this guide will be perfect for you. All the attractions have photos, descriptions, historical info, and are listed in order of importance making it easy to plan your trip. If you plan on spending more than a week in Cape Town then it is better to purchase a bigger guide.

Cape Town to Kruger: Backpacker Travels in South Africa and Swaziland

By John Dwyer

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (192 pages)

Cape Town to Kruger: Backpacker Travels in South Africa and Swaziland
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Join John Dwyer on his epic travels across South Africa, from vibrant Cape Town to wild Kruger Park. Through his engaging writing and sense of humour, the author takes you on an unforgettable journey through the spectacular scenery and tribal cultures of the “Rainbow Nation”. He also offers an in-depth look at the history of apartheid and its effects on the people of South Africa. Sprinkled with quotes from Nelson Mandela, this is much more than a travel journal. If you’re interested in the history of South Africa or have ever dreamed of visiting this exotic country, you’ll love Cape Town to Kruger.


 
 
 

 
 
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