A port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, Cape Town is overshadowed by the imposing presence of Table Mountain.
Take a cable car to its flat summit and you will see laid out before you spectacular views of the long, white beaches of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned – now a museum – and the rugged beauty of the Cape Point peninsula. Cape Town is a great base for guided tours to the winelands of Stellenbosch. Wine making in the region goes back to the 17th century, so there are many lovely old buildings in the Dutch style. Sample the wines and then enjoy a delicious meal. Some of the best winery food comes from a simple barbecue.