Cape Town is a beautiful city known for many breathtaking sights, perfect for taking a break from your volunteer duties. Here’s a few places everyone should visit when in Cape Town!
Get deeper insight into the history of South Africa , visit a symbol both of centuries of cruel oppression and the triumph of hope. Robben Island has become synonymous with the former leader of the free and democratic South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 18 years in its maximum security prison. For nearly 400 years the island served as a place of banishment – not just for supposed criminals but also for many other unwanted members of society, including lepers and the mentally ill. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. The blinding-white limestone quarry, where political prisoners toiled away doing hard labour in the blazing heat, and Mandela’s claustrophobic cell in the prison are but a few of the harrowing reminders of the injustices carried out during the apartheid era, and of the final defeat of the regime. Fascinating and inspirational, Robben Island is a must-visit.
Cape Of Good hope Reserve:
At the tip of the Southern Peninsula lies verdant Cape Point. The vast, beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve was declared part of the Cape World Heritage Site in 2004. Trails within the park lead to shipwrecks, tidal pools, lighthouses and Antonie’s Gat, the hiding place of a slave turned Muslim saint, and you’ll be hiking in the company of wildlife including curvy-beaked sugarbirds and cape mountain zebra. If you don’t feel like walking, climb aboard the Flying Dutchman funicular that will take you all the way from Cape Point to the upper lighthouse, with its vantage point said to resemble the end of the world.
Boulders Beach: African Penguin Colony
There’s something incredibly endearing about these creatures. Maybe it’s their unrefined singing voices that resemble those of braying jackasses (hence the name) or the fact that their useless wings have left them land bound after millions of years of evolution. Whatever the reason, a meander along the winding boardwalk running through the African penguin breeding ground is a joy. Watch as they waddle about, wade in the choppy water and play peekaboo from their twiggy burrows, all while surrounded by the beautiful Boulders shore line.
This grandiose shrine, dedicated to imperialist Cecil John Rhodes, was built on his favourite lookout point in 1912, two years after his death. The monument features a steep set of stairs flanked by eight bronze lions leading up to a pillared faux-Greek chamber housing a bronze bust in his image, featuring an inscription by his friend Rudyard Kipling. These days the steps of the memorial are a popular wedding pic backdrop, while the surrounding grounds make for ideal picnicking. Every so often, you’ll see a group of amateur artists set up their easels, capturing the panorama on canvas.