Living Like a Local

The Cape Escape: Eco-Adventures in Cape Town

Book a window seat if you’re flying into Cape Town for the first time: the bird’s-eye view of the Mother City’s natural beauty deserves the chorus of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ it elicits from arriving visitors. Accessible and easy to enjoy,  the city’s mountains and beaches are its primary natural attractions, but there are hidden gems on the wilder side of this Atlantic Ocean peninsula. Underwater kelp forests, rugged hiking trails and great white shark enounters all lie within sight of Cape Town.

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What to Expect on Robben Island

Robben Island, lying off the coast of Cape Town, is part of a long list of islands known primarily for being prisons. But, unlike Rikers and Alcatraz, its history has seen it go from being a leper colony, to a thriving 19th century ‘town’ complete with a school and post office, to a notorious penitentiary, and now a must-see travel destination studded with historical buildings and home to a flock of adorable but highly endangered African penguins.

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Things To Do In And Around The Company's Gardens

The Company’s Gardens date back to the 1600s and are the raison d’etre for Cape Town. Looking for a way to the East Indies - the source of spices, silks, tea and porcelain for Europe - the Dutch East India Company chose a route around the tip of Africa. The journey took months and sailors were at severe risk of scurvy from a lack of fresh produce. So the Company sent some employees to the Cape of Storms and told them to start a vegetable patch. More than three centuries later, that ‘vegetable patch’ is now a green lung in a cosmopolitan city that bustles with workers, sightseers, squirrels and hadedahs (what South Africans call sacred ibises). Easily walkable in a morning or an afternoon, there is plenty to see and do in and around the Company’s Gardens.

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In his Footsteps: Finding Mandela in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is Africa's economic powerhouse known to locals as Joburg, Jozi and Egoli (the ‘city of gold’). The city is modern and enormous, sprawling in all directions as the heart beat of commerce demands more offices, houses and malls. About 60 kilometres away lies Pretoria, which is the seat of administrative government in South Africa and a very pretty city with jacaranda-lined streets. Both of these urban centres are vibrant and cosmopolitan, linked by a fast-moving, multi-lane highway and the high-speed Gautrain, making it easy to explore the places that played a critical role in Nelson Mandela’s life story or which honour his legacy.

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African Adventure: Go Mountain Biking

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Paragliding

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Mountaineering

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Snorkeling with Seals

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Biking

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Kite Surfing

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes and kites.

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