It is a special time to visit South Africa. The country celebrates the centenary of the Reverend Nelson Mandela, who would have become 100 years old this year. And with the recent death of his former wife, Winnie Mandela, earlier this year, the country has taken numerous initiatives to help tourists come and take part in the celebration to honor the legacy of Mandela.
Earlier this year, I took the opportunity to travel to South Africa and travel to the cities of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to learn something about Madiba's legacy along the way. There was a lot to see and see on my journey in the footsteps of Mandela – from visiting his first home in Soweto, Liliesleaf Farm, where he and his comrades would gather, his fishing spot just outside Durban, to see the remains of the apartheid to see brutal oppression in Cape Town – so much so that by the end of my journey I realized that I only had two days for myself in Cape Town. It is not an easy task to try the best of this wonderful city within two days, but somehow I was able to catch all the highlights before I boarded the plane to go home.
Check-in starts at the Cape Grace Hotel.
During your stay in Cape Town, there are many great sights to see, with stunning views of the mountains that glide across the city against the beautiful clear sky and the many hotel options in the city. The Cape Grace Hotel is right on the waterfront and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. The hotel is as elegant as its name, with timeless decor, opulent rooms and a beautiful view of the beautiful bay of Cape Town.
Catch the sunset on the water.
Take a walk during the sunset for the perfect photo along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of the most scenic places in the entire city. Besides an aquarium for tourists, you can also visit one of the many markets, restaurants and wine shops, where you can store a number of bottles before you go to the airport.
Dine at Kloof Street House.
A wonderful introduction to the chic restaurant scene in Cape Town is Kloof Street House. The Victorian style house, named after the street where it is located, has a garden at the front with dipped lights in the air. The interior is filled with sumptuous chandeliers and paintings, but it is their eclectic menu that is the real star. The house bar makes the drinks strong and decent, and the menu varies from fried Patagonian calamari, chalmar beef with smoked marrow, ostrich fillet, to butter chicken curry.
Take a walking tour through the footsteps of Mandela.
After breakfast at the hotel you can choose to go on a walking tour to get acquainted with the city. The Footsteps to Freedom Tour gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the history of South Africa and Mandela's role in the Reformation, and takes them along the most famous sites of the city. When the tour is over, you can go shopping at the Greenmarket Square for African fabrics and small gifts.