City Bowl: The Unheard Part of Cape Town Every Tourist Must Visit

When the word Tourism and Cape Town are put in the same sentence, names that come to mind or become the topic for discussion are Hout Bay, Consantia, Bo Kaap and Atlantic Seaboard, rightly so because of their abundance of attractions, both man-made and natural.

But on very few occasions will you hear the name City Bowl in the conversation and not many people have even heard of it before. In fact, no one even plans to visiting Cape Town and thinks of City Bowl as his or her main destination, with the previous mentioned areas being the obvious preferred choices.

But truth is, one can hardly blame tourists for sidelining City Bowl, not much about this beautiful area of Cape Town is available online making it difficult for tourists to find it as a suitable choice when searching on the internet. But to tell you the truth if tourists and people knew how wonderful and amazing this small part of Cape Town is, they wouldn’t dare leave it out in their choice of places to visit.

What makes City Bowl a must visit tourist destination

City Bowl is arguably one of the nicest and safest areas in South Africa, devoid of crime and other violent activities that may be associated with other parts of the city of Cape Town, making it a good choice for visiting tourists.

Aside its safeness, City Bowl is home to many historic attractions and monuments worthy of the precious time of visiting tourists. Major attractions such as the Table Mountain which overlooks the city and the Devil’s Peak are but a few of the wonderful attractions City Bowl has to offer.

Commercially city bowl is also one of the most vibrant areas in Cape Town. Every day, thousands of people troop in to do business in City Bowl, specifically, the Central Business District (CBD). While this may sound more commercial related than tourism, it is a good opportunity for visiting tourists to roam the streets, do some window shopping and get to experience the business part of the people’s lives.

Accommodation in City Bowl is another reason why you cannot leave out this wonderful part of Cape Town out of your plans. The city offers some of the cheapest and yet finest hotels and guest houses in Cape Town, meaning the average tourist can afford to stay in the city of Cape Town for a while without spending much.

 

Visiting South Africa: The Boulders Beach

Talk of the finest and most beautiful beaches and seashores in Africa, and the Boulders Beach, located in South Africa comfortably sits atop of the list with its exquisite and magnificent natural beach and clean water which is comparable to none.

The beach is located near the Cape Town and is situated in the Cape Peninsula, away from human settlement and a little distant from the nearest community, Simon’s Town.

The popularity of the beach is largely due to its large penguin population, beautiful granite stones and clean water which one can easily see through.

The penguins first settled in the peninsula in the 1980s and have since then made the Boulders Beach their permanent home, while attracting millions of tourists each year.

Visiting tourists usually share the sea with and its shores with the penguins as they playfully roam on a section of the shore, close to where the beach visitors, forming a harmonious ecological relationship. While the penguins are not considered dangerous tourists are advised to watch them from their section of the beach and not cross over to the colony of the Penguins

Over the years, however concerns have been raised about the near extinction of the Penguins species known as the African Penguin. There all only a few thousands of them in existence and all are found in the Southern part of Africa, constantly exposed to dangers and attacks, with the Boulders Beach which boasts of about 2000 of them being the only place where they are protected from harm.

For the loves of beaches and animals, the iconic Boulders Beach is a must visit especially residents of South Africa, especially those living in the Cape Town.

Top things to do at the incredible V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa

You can’t list the most beautiful places in South Africa and leave out the incredible and amazing Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town, there is no worse crime against humanity than that literally.

The iconic V & A Waterfront situated just below the Signal Hill and surrounded by the waters of the Table Bay defines South Africa’s exquisite tourism sector and ranks among the best places to visit in the world, with the ability to go head to head with famed destinations like the Sentosa in Singapore.

On a normal day at the V & A Waterfront, thousands of people from all walks of life fill the venue to share memorable moments with families and enjoy some amazing dishes at the restaurants found at the venue. There are also a host of shopping centres and pubs at the venue for those who want to enjoy some memorable shopping experience or grab a drink with a stranger or a pal.

Two Oceans Aquarium

This is perhaps the most loved attraction at the V & A Waterfront, with more than half of visitors making their way to the Two Oceans Aquarium before leaving the venue. The attraction is sited under the waters which surrounds the V & A Waterfront and is home to aquatic animals. Built with the highest technological and architectural standard, the aquatic animals are carefully caged within a special zone made under the water to create some sort of underwater tourist attraction. Visitors visit this iocnic aquarium through a special tunnel which safely carries them from the surface to below the water where the animals. While in the tunnel, tourists watch these beautiful creatures swim and play in their enclosed cage.

Harbour Cruise

For the lovers of Luxury, there is always something for you at V & A waterfront and one of such treat is the Harbour Cruise offered by cruising companies at the venue. The companies offer visitors a wide range of cruising offers to choose from, depending on taste and how much one has to spend. For instance, the Peroni catamaran’s harbor cruise is touted to be the most expensive and comes with extra luxury such as expensive champagnes which other cruises do not offer. Whichever offer you settle on, the cruise will take you on an unforgettable safari around of the location and could go as far as close to Robben Island and the Blouberg Beach.

Cape Town Diamond Museums

Another historical attraction at the V & A Waterfront which is a favourite for most tourists and among the most visited attractions at the facility.  The Cape Town Diamond Museums keeps historical artefacts related to the mining of diamond South Africa. These artefacts range from the first set of mining gears that were used when diamonds were first discovered in South Africa in 1867. Aside that you will also learn into details the history of Diamond mining in South Africa, right from the 19th century when the precious mineral was discovered to the present day and how the mineral continues to change the fortunes and history of South Africa. For the curious mind, and those always looking forward to learn something new with regards to history, there is no better attraction at the V & A than the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

Watershed

This is the art and cultural hub of V & A Waterfront, where beautiful works of South African art and crafts can be purchased, albeit at a very high cost.  With over 150 individual shopping spaces and centres available within the Watershed, one is sure to fins whatever art and craft piece of work he or she is looking for.  Visiting tourists who come from other countries usually patronize the Watershed to purchase some traditional South African artworks to take back home to their people. And oh, the Watershed is not all about purchasing artwork, there is also the live entertainment shows and exhibitions which take place at the watershed’s Jubilee Exhibition Hall and is open to all visiting tourists.

The Incredible Helicopter Tour

Okay, I know this may not exactly qualify as an attraction, but the incredible helicopter tour is one of the most memorable activities to engage in at the V & A Waterfront. Two helicopter ride service providers, the NAC Helicopters and Cape Town Helicopters offer visitors an opportunity to take a 15-minute flight tour of the city in helicopters and view the entire landscape of Cape Town and admire the beauty of the city. Tourists can also opt for the 50 minutes tour which goes as far as the Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope. Usually described by tourists as the best and most unforgettable experience at the V & A Waterfront, the helicopter ride is something you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out when you visit the venue.