My darling destination

By Elisha Dibakoane Time of article published Jun 21, 2017

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I am an adventurous young South African who has been bitten by the travel bug and loves the open road.

I don’tunderstand the geography of our picturesque country, but I’ve travelled to the major attractions of our nine provinces - from the dry, harsh Karoo to the panoramas of Mpumalanga, the game of the Kruger National Park, flowery landscapes of the Free State, the winds of Port Elizabeth to the North West platinum belt, Cape winelands and the Drakensberg.

Of all these places, Cape Town remains my darling travel destination.

Whether it is because of the wines from the attractive vineyards or its wondrous mountains, my adopted second home, Cape Town, has consistently rated among the world’s must-see cities.

On your journey through the city or to historic sites such as Robben Island, or to indulge in the Long Street night life, you appreciate the city has a lot to offer and is a place every young person and the young at heart should visit.


Your choice of place to stay can make or break your holiday. The Radisson Blu hotel, near the V&A Waterfront, is rated among the best five-star hotels in Cape Town.

From the comfort of your room, you have views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, and you’re within walking distance of the city centre and the stadium.

Your stay at the hotel is guaranteed to be restful, peaceful and rewarding.

If you are lucky, you might even spot a whale or some dolphins.

The salt bath experience was awesome - something different well worth experiencing.

The rooms are spacious rooms, the design brilliant and the service top-notch.

City tour:

After a good rest and fine breakfast, you should feel energised to take in the sights.

You can opt for the red bus guided tour or hail a taxi, but for fun lovers who have planned a route, I recommend Wiggle.

Wiggle car hire guarantees a hassle-free journey and you get to keep control of your movements.

You can drive out to Camps Bay, Chapman’s Peak or the wine farms.

Hike Table Mountain:

I have lost count of how many times I have hiked Platteklip Gorge, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak.

Nothing beats the feeling of waking up with a fresh breeze and hiking on a mountain to take in the beautiful early morning views.

If you are a seasoned hiker, I recommend you give the one-hour hike of the Platteklip Gorge a go, but if you’re an impatient adventurer, Lion’s Head is a quick and easy but rewarding hike.

Both hiking paths are easily marked and easy to find. But I recommend, for safey, that you hike with someone and tell family and friends about your plans before you start.

Take a helicopter flight:

After a morning hike up Table Mountain, you can experience an aerial view of the sunset with a helicopter ride.

I did one with NAC Helicopter Cape Town and what a thrill it was!

You will enjoy panoramic views of the peninsula from the V&A to Llandudno and Cape Point.

There is perhaps no better way to see the whole city. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. It’s a great way take in the sunset in this part of the world.

This city has so much to offer tourists, from backpackers to discerning travellers.

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