Cape Town, affectionately known as the "mother city", is situated at the southern tip of Africa. It is on a peninsula that protrudes from the continent like a finger. This finger separates two major ocean currents: The cold Benguala current and the warmer Mozambique current. This, along with the majestic mountain ranges that surround the peninsula, the beautiful white beaches and an array of flora and fauna results in some unique natural beauty like nowhere else on the planet.
Cape Town should be used as a gateway to Southern Africa. We are, as christened by Desmond Tutu, the "Rainbow Nation". Here you will witness the result of a collision of many different cultures and in some cases the emergence of new unique and interesting cultures. A good place to be if people are what interest you. The local art and music scene must be experienced with the mood and vibe of Cape Town. Cape Town, although relatively cosmopolitan, is a good preparation ground for the rest of Africa. It's just a damn difficult place to leave!
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One could sit in Table Bay overlooking Table mountain with Devils peak on the left and Lions head on the right. If the summer prevailing wind is doing its thing then the clouds come pouring over the table and then vanish - like a table cloth. It could also be compared to a perfect wave, for example, Cloudbreak - one of the most beautiful, awesome waves in the world that seems to roll in forever. We have a backpackers lodge situated at the foot of this mountain, right in the bowl of this majestic wave. This backpackers lodge is affectionately known as "Cloudbreak".
"Cloudbreak" has been welcoming travellers from all over the world for the past 6 years. Although we sleep 50 people on any one night, we still know each one by name and ensure that no one is excluded from the activities arranged and or information supplied. We pride ourselves on still offering that original formula of one on one service and attention and on adjusting our attitude to our guest and respecting that each and every guest is different. We are one of the original backpackers in Cape Town, and although now offer a vast array of services and information, we have not forgotten that we are in the business of providing a good nights sleep.
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AGENT for AFRICA
Beautifully laid out winelands surround Cape Town. A must-visit for the wine connoisseur with a lot of time on his hands. Also a must-visit for the avid one-day-I-want-to-be-a-wine-connoisseur who goes more for the one-day experience. Both types come home happy (Hic) and extremely content.
Bordering Cape Town is a large sea of tin shacks, where because of the past political setup, most of the black inhabitants stay. A tour of this area and the shebeens (pubs - but not as you know them) is a must for the slightly more brave-hearted traveller.
CAGE DIVING WITH THE GREAT WHITE
False bay is one of the largest breeding grounds of the great white shark. One of the most ruthless and feared predators in the world, with only one enemy - man. If diving in a cage surrounded by great whites is what turns you on, then be my guest, but there are no guarantees!
The prevailing winds can get very strong and can last for days. You won't forget them!
At Blouberg Strand and Misty Cliffs / Witsands the winds sweep perpendicular to the coast and the large swells result in some awesome wave jumping conditions. The many dams and lakes around Cape Town supply perfect conditions for the slalom sailor, e.g. Sandvlei
Everything from large cruising yachts to dinghies are sailed here. In summer the Wednesday night races prove to be very sociable.
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Large swells lash this coastline and results in some really good surfing conditions. There doesn't often pass a day when there isn't surf somewhere in the peninsula. The peninsula with its many beaches, reefs and points offer surf for any type of surfer. One could also venture up the East or West Coast where conditions generally improve. The East Coast offers warm water, many right hand point breaks and Jeffreys Bay, but along with this goes crowds. The West Coast offers cold, cold water, a classic left-hand point at Elands Bay (Endless summer II), tons of lobster and long (generally) uncrowded beaches.
Although the seas can get really big, most of the time they are relatively flat and the prevailing winds in winter and summer supply perfect off-shore winds and good diving conditions. There is an abundance of sea life caused by unique conditions where the two oceans meet. One can spend hours weaving through kelp forests, playing with the fish, or just hanging around absorbing all the colours. The visibility can get really good, but conditions do vary from 1m to 30m. The abundance of ship wrecks, from old wooden hull warships to modern day vessels, adds another dimension. Be warned the water can get COLD and a wetsuit, booties, gloves and a hood are strongly recommended (although you may get the odd local swimming past you in a rugby jersey, flip-flops, a big crayfish in his hand and a huge smile!) The dives are beautiful and you will come out feeling like a new person, guaranteed! Many places offer equipment for hire and courses. It is recommended that you find out about the local laws relating to removal of sea life and the reserve areas before you take anything out or do any spear fishing.
On the lakes or in the sea.
A sport that developed in South Africa and is growing world wide. Its costly but good fun. These motorised rubber boats pull off some spectacular maneuvers in the surf and reach some frightening speeds.
Rock and surf or boat angling is a popular past time and catches are generally good.
Conditions on most beaches are favorable for swimming, but lazing around absorbing the sun is also a popular past time. Conditions for beach volley ball are ideal, especially on a summer evening while the sun dips into the Atlantic ocean.
Cape Town is surrounded by numerous mountain ranges, not to mention Table Mountain.