Table Mountain is so named for its flat top and steep sides and was known to the ancient Hottentot people as ‘Hoeri Kwaggo” – Mountain of the Sea. On a clear day the distinctive shape of Table Mountain can be seen from up to 200km out to sea while its summit provides spectacular views of the city, the Waterfront and Harbour below, the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains to the East and Cape Point to the South.
After a walk round the top including an opportunity for shopping, descend from Table Mountain and return to the city via the Bo-Kaap, the Cape Malay quarter. Leave the vehicle to walk through Government Avenue , visit the South African Museum, the Cultural History Museum, the Houses of Parliament, the National Gallery and St George’s Cathedral. Walk through the city to the old Town Square, bustling with the market traders of Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.
Thereafter drive to the castle, the oldest building in the country with its beautiful collection of old Cape paintings and home to the Western Cape Command. We see the Grande Parade where Nelson Mandela spoke to Capetonians after his release in 1990.
Visit the District Six Museum – an authentic memorial of what horrors the natives experienced when they were forcefully moved from their homes. Today the museum is replete with memorabilia donated by former residents of the area and their descendants.
After lunch you will be taken to the V & A Waterfront for an afternoon of relaxation amidst the many shops and restaurants.Return to the hotel where you arrive in the late afternoon. The rest of the day will be at leisure.