Cape Town has recently been named number 1 holiday destination to visit in 2014 by the New York Times, so why should you volunteer in Cape Town?
Cape Town is not without reason the favourite destination for foreign tourists within South Africa. The city with the world-famous Table Mountain offers everything for an ideal vacation and country to volunteer in. No matter if you climb up Table Mountain, do a wine-tour through the wine areas Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek or go on a boat trip from the V&A Waterfront, there are no limits!
Cape Town is a truly world class destination, which offers a little something for everyone. For those of you who desire a bit of social enjoyment, a friendly hangout or a top event, have a look at what it has to offer.
Located on the Cape Town Peninsula in Simon’s Town this uniquely beautiful beach is home to a protected colony of African Penguins. Definitely worth a visit if not to spend an idyllic day on the beach then to visit the penguins!
At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Encompassing 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna; abounding with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a nature enthusiast paradise.
Experience some of South Africa’s history and culture and pay a visit to the vibrant District Six situated in the inner city. The District Six museum houses artifacts, documents and information pertaining to the area and its history including a timeline of events leading up to the forced removal of its more than 60 000 inhabitants during South Africa’s apartheid era.
A beautiful example of some of the splendid architecture which is evident in so many of the buildings in Cape Town is perhaps the Cape Town City Hall and The Castle, which stands gaurd over the Grand Parade in Cape Town. The Grand Parade is used traditionally as a market place where tourists will find it extremely hard to resist purchasing from the locals.
Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate in South Africa and provincial heritage site in the suburb of Constantia in Cape Town.
IZIKO South African Museum
The South African Museum, established in 1825 by Lord Charles Somerset, is the oldest and largest museum on the sub-continent. A landmark in the historic Company’s Garden, the Museum is housed in an elegant late-Victorian building which was opened in the 1880’s and has been enlarged with modern extensions. IZIKO Museums forms an integral part of South Africa’s heritage and is indeed worth a very informative visit.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Museum
Located at the foot of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is world famous for its prolific cultivation of indigenous flora.
Enjoy layed-back Summer concerts or simply stroll through these spectacular gardens. Truly one of Cape Town’s most beautiful attractions.
For a look into the South Africa’s past and that of one of the world’s greatest leaders, Nelson Mandela, take a day trip by ferry to Robben Island.
Take a day trip from Houtbay Harbour out to Seal Island to see one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals. Views are breathtaking.
A prolific landmark in Cape Town with its flat top, Signal Hill is located right next to Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. THe “noon gun” operated by the Navy is fired daily from Signal Hill and signifies 12 o’clock midday.
Table Mountain Cableway and National Park
Table Mountain has officially been named one of the 7 wonders of the world! Do NOT miss an opportunity to take a spectacular ride up the mountain in the cable car and get a 360 view of our incredible city of Cape Town.
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium is situated in the V & A Waterfront and offers a fantasy of aquatic worlds which is unsurpassed in South Africa. This is a must when visiting the Cape.
V and A Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town’s working harbour is South Africa’s most-visited destination, having the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country.
So what’s stopping you from volunteering and exploring Cape Town?