Day 2 – The Sights of Cape Town

Today begins with a beautiful breakfast at the hotel before a morning tour to Table Mountain followed by a trip to Robben Island.

The best views of Cape Town are seen from the top of Table Mountain. The cableway summit is under 10 minutes and the cable car‟s rotating floor ensures that all passengers have an aerial view of the city. Table Mountain is a sand-stone plateau rising up above the Cape Flats. The top is approximately 3km wide, and at its highest point, Maclears Beacon, rises to 1085m. Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa’s most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of plants and animals. The mountain is home to approximately 1470 species of plants; more than the entire British Isles! Complimenting this vast array of flora is a stunning range of fauna, some, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, being found in no other place in the world.

Robben Island, Table Bay

Following your tour of Table Mountain the group will return to V&A Waterfront for the opportunity to grab some lunch before departing on the afternoon tour to Robben Island.

The tour begins with a half hour boat trip across Table Bay to Robben Island. On arrival guests will be met by their guide – an ex-political prisoner. You will be taken on a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary. Stop and visit the infamous Maximum Security Prison as well as the Murray’s Bay Harbour precinct attractions, such as the Muslim shrine, or kramat, and the Museum Shop. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs including its most famous prisoner, the late Father of Africa – Nelson Mandela.

After you return form Robben Island the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
In the evening you will join the other members of the group as you go to the welcome dinner.

Inclusions:

  • Overnight One & Only Hotel in a Marina Harbour Room
  • Tour and entrance fees to Table Mountain and Robben Island
  • Breakfast & Dinner



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DAY THREE