Situated at the south-western tip of South Africa and the African continent, it’s the city of Table Mountain, of Robben Island, of the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens and the spectacular Cape Point… But aside from its natural assets, it’s home to colourful characters from a cross-section of cultures and it has a fascinating history. A national park within city limits. Two World Heritage Sites. Enough said. Cape Town has one of the widest ranges of attractions in the world. This includes a diverse mix of cultural and heritage sites, outdoor and adventure activities, health and wellness options, entertainment, nature and environment, and wining and dining. Cape Town is set in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It is dominated by the mood-setting Table Mountain, which cradles the busy commercial hub of the city between itself and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a key tourist destination because of diverse scenery that includes beaches, forests, mountains and wildlife, but at the same time offers the international visitor world-class service in some of the best hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and shopping malls in the world. The city is known for its good weather and outdoor lifestyle. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities from skydiving off Lion’s Head onto the world-renowned Camps Bay Beach, to sitting at one of the many outdoor cafés enjoying the mix of local flavours and people. There are fun activities for the whole family, romantic destinations for couples, and an exciting nightlife for all ages. Walk the streets of Cape Town, meet its people and fall in love with a city of hope, creative freedom and incredible spirit.
The Penguins of Boulders Beach, Simons Town – Thing is, they’re just irresistible. Memories of penguin animation classics like Surfs Up and Happy Feet meet a serious resurgence at the sight of these tail-coated waddling gentlemen and their fluff ball penguin chicks. Locals are not alone in their appreciation as daily bus loads of tourists succumb to their appeal. Boulders Beach in Simons Town is home to a growing colony of African Penguins now said to number over 3000, though the species as a whole is listed as endangered. Oil spills and declining food resources decreased the numbers dramatically from millions in the 1930s to under 180 000. Previously known as the Jackass Penguin on account of the braying sound it makes when on land, the name ‘African Penguin’ was adopted to distinguish it from the Jackass Penguin found in South America. In 1983 a pair of African Penguins were spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders and in 1985 they began to mate, leading to the rapid growth of the colony. African Penguins remain with the same partner and only ever separate if breeding has failed for some reason. They breed throughout the year but the Boulders population breeds between March and May. The increase in tourists has encouraged the Table Mountain National Park to oversee the area, establish an information centre and create a fence and boardwalks to restrain the birds from wandering inland. At Boulders the penguins are protected and safe. Their biggest threat is the possibility of being run over by cars, beneath which they sometimes migrate for warmth.