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April 08, 2009

Hit Cape Town for a six!

With the Indian Premier League coming to Cape Town on April 18, 2009, cricket fans will have a lot to cheer for. Why not put an exciting spin on your sightseeing schedule? As the cricketers hit the ball for a six, you can hit a six of your own – the editor’s picks of the top six attractions in the Mother City.

Table Mountain Cableway

Take a breathtaking ride in the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to the summit of Table Mountain in under 10 minutes. The cable car’s rotating floor allows all visitors a 360-degree aerial view of the beautiful Mother City on the way to the top. What better way to catch a glimpse of the Newlands cricket grounds than from above?

V&A Waterfront

Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination – and justifiably so. Its restaurants, tourist attractions, nightspots, museums and a wide range of shops will have you running from fine leg to mid-off. Gents, stock up on your sunscreen and ladies, swap your heels for slip slops on your way to the matches.

Robben Island

The V&A Waterfront is home to the Nelson Mandela Gateway – the embarkation point to Robben Island. A stone’s throw from the mainland (or perhaps a powerful cover drive away), Robben Island served as a prison and once housed South Africa’s most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. If there is one tourist attraction you visit in Cape Town, this should be it – it’s likely to be one of the highlights of your trip.

Cape Point

In between the clashes of the cricket teams, why not visit the famous Cape Point – another meeting of giants as the Indian and Atlantic Oceans merge. Cape Point is the most southerly point within the Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park and falls within the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. This spectacular narrow finger of land is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora.

Constantia Vineyards

The elegant suburb of Constantia is situated in the Cape’s oldest winelands and is home to renowned wine estates and numerous award-winning restaurants. Good wine goes with good food, as they say, and good food goes with good company, so take your friends and family to the Constantia Vineyards for an experience almost as good as a day at the cricket.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

After all the noise and excitement of the fast-paced 20/20 matches, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is the ideal place to find some peace and quiet in a spectacular setting. Kirstenbosch was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004 – the first botanical garden in the world to receive this honour. Take a packed picnic basket and sit on the rolling lawns sipping Cape wines and reflecting on the thrills of the cricket and fabulous sightseeing that the Mother City has to offer.

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