Cape Town Attractions – Nature

Nature

Kuils River

Kuils River, originally a cattle fold for the Dutch East India Company, is about 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town.

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Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.

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Macassar Dunes Project

The Macassar Dunes Project is located on the Cape Town coast adjacent to Macassar and Khayelitsha and is bounded by the Eerste River, Baden Powell Drive and False Bay.

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Melkbosstrand

Melkbosstrand’s 7km-long stretch of white sand beckons visitors to slip off their sandals and enjoy a stress-relieving stroll.

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Milnerton

The suburb of Milnerton – with its lagoon, beach and golf course – is the perfect spot for some well-earned rest and recreation.

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Observatory

Observatory or “Obs” as the locals call it, is Cape Town’s bohemian suburb and lies east of the city centre.

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Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Pack a picnic basket and binoculars, the Rietvlei Nature reserve has a large fresh water lake which attracts birds and water sport enthusiasts.

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve and hippos

Rondevlei Nature Reserve is a haven for many bird and mammal species, including hippo.

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Signal Hill and the Noon Gun

Signal Hill is a prominent landmark from which the historic noon gun is fired, and forms the “lion’s body” for the adjacent Lion’s Head mountain top.

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Simon’s Town

This pretty coastal town is South Africa’s main naval base and consists of lovely Victorian buildings, quaint streets and walkways and a fascinating history.

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Somerset West

Surrounded by orchards, farmlands and vineyards, the scenic suburb of Somerset West lies at the foot of the Helderberg mountains.

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Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)

Since 1968 more than 85 000 seabirds have been taken in and treated by the dedicated staff at Cape Town’s Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB).

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Southern Suburbs

The Southern Suburbs are a tourist’s delight. The area, which stretches from the slopes of the Table Mountain range to the False Bay coast, offers natural attractions and a vibrant nightlife.

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St James

Just a little further on from Cape Town’s well-known Muizenberg beach is St James. Home to a cluster of well-known and oft-photographed bathing boxes on the beach, St James is a picturesque area that offers beachgoers respite from the westerly wind.

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Strand

With its beautiful white 5km-long beach, the Strand is an ideal family venue for swimming, sunbathing and a variety of water sports.

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Table Mountain

Thousands of people across the world voted and on November 11, 2011, Table Mountain was named among the New7Wonders of Nature. You can get to the top of Cape Town’s most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car, or spend the better part of your day hiking up.

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The World of Birds

The largest bird park in Africa, Hout Bay’s World of Birds fits neatly into a valley that provides a perfect sanctuary for a four-hectare series of aviaries.

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Tokai arboretum

An Arboretum is a botanical garden containing living collections of woody plants intended at least partly for scientific study. The Tokai Arboretum is a park-like area on the slopes of Constantiaberg near the Silvermine Nature Reserve that’s ideally suited to walking, biking and learning about various tree species, including oaks and Californian redwoods.

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Two Oceans Aquarium

With more than 3000 marine creatures on view – including sharks, turtles and penguins – the Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the finest aquariums in the world.

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Tygerberg Nature Reserve

After an absence of 100 years from the area, bontebok once again roam freely throughout the 300-hectare Tygerberg Nature Reserve, thanks to the efforts of the nature conservation branch of the City of Cape Town.

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