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July 27, 2012

Hopping my way around Cape Town

Journalist, media developer, photographer, film-maker and Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member, Bianca Bothma recently paid a visit to the Mother City and shared her images with us.

A recent mini-break took me from a dry and dusty Johannesburg winter to a misty and damp Cape Town. I wanted to explore as much as possible in two days and the red City Sightseeing Bus was the perfect opportunity to do this. I hopped on and off at different attractions where I was able to explore natural beauty and understand more about Cape Town’s complicated past. Here are a few of my highlights from the tour:

Watching children be enthralled at the Two Oceans Aquarium

The large kelp and predator exhibit at the Two Oceans Aquarium are phenomenal, there is so much to see. What I enjoyed most about this visit was witnessing the reaction of children to the exhibits, how they ran up to the glass windows and stuck their hands out waving at the different fish.

Reflecting on the past at the District Six Museum

I found visiting the District Six Museum a very moving experience. The immense collection of photographs and installations tell a powerful story of the forced removals that changed the city.

Walking in the forest at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

I always knew of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s diverse plant life but visiting the gardens was an eye-opener to the natural beauty of this region. I love to photograph plants and flowers and the colour in my photos popped – I hadn't realised how green Cape Town would be because of all the winter rain. I especially enjoyed the forest, and the little signs along the way that explained how the ecosystem of a forest functions.

Wine tasting at Groot Constantia

This was the last attraction I visited on the tour and it was a very cold day. However, the friendliness of our tour guide and the delicious wines we tasted warmed me up immediately.

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Images © Bianca Bothma

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