Cape of Good Hope Attractions

Groot Constantia Wine Estate

The fascinating history of Groot Constantia reveals how Simon Van Der Stel’s passion for wine led to the creation of South Africa’s first wine farm 334 years ago. In the process, it also established the origins of the South African wine industry.

Famous old world leaders, like Frederick the Great of Prussia and King Louis Phillipe of France, bought ‘Constantia Wyn’ at auctions across Europe. The wine even appears in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Sense and Sensibility’ as a cure for a broken heart while, in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ by Charles Dickens, it lifts a character’s spirit.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch Botanical garden is cradled in a small valley with numerous streams, open lawns, spectacular flower beds and natural areas that reach up into the mountain slopes. Its stunning setting and situation in the Cape Floral Kingdom, give it a special place in the botanical world.

Historical highlights of a visit to Kirstenbosch include Jan Van Riebeeck’s Hedge, Colonel Bird’s Bath and Dr Pearson’s Grave.  If you are very fit, there are two hiking trails to the top of the mountain – Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge.

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Simon's Town & Cape Point

In !687, Simon van der Stel led an expedition in search of a bay which the Dutch East India vessel, the Isselsteijn, had discovered sixteen years earlier. He was impressed with the possible anchorage it offered and immediately named it Simon’s Bay!

Today, the character of Simon’s Town is similar to that of a British seaside town. This came about during its long association with the British Navy who occupied the naval base from 1814 to 1957 when it was handed over to the South African Navy.

Not far away lies the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve which is renowned for its display of Cape Fynbos, as well as being the south-western tip of Africa.

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