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Top Choice Gardens in Southern Suburbs

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Location and unique flora combine to make these 52,800-sq-km botanical gardens among the most beautiful in the world. The main entrance at the Newlands end of the gardens is where you’ll find the information centre,…
Top Choice Outdoors in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Cape of Good Hope

Commonly called Cape Point, this 77.50-sq-km section of Table Mountain National Park includes awesome scenery, fantastic walks, great birdwatching and often deserted beaches. Bookings are required for the two-day Ca…
Top Choice Museum in Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum illustrates the rise and fall of South Africa’s era of segregation and oppression, and is an absolute must-see. It uses film, text, audio and live accounts to provide a chilling insight into the…
Top Choice Mountain in Gardens & Surrounds

Table Mountain

Around 600 million years old, and a canvas painted with the rich diversity of the Cape floral kingdom, Table Mountain is truly iconic. You can admire the showstopper of Table Mountain National Park and one of the 'N…
Top Choice International in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Test Kitchen

Luke Dale-Roberts' creates inspirational dishes with top-quality local ingredients at his flagship restaurant – generally agreed to be the best in Africa. However, the award-winning UK-born chef is so famous now tha…
Top Choice Museum in Kimberley

Big Hole

Although the R50 million that turned the Big Hole into a world-class tourist destination came from De Beers, touring the world’s largest hand-dug hole gives an honest impression of the mining industry’s chequered pa…
Top Choice Landmark in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Robben Island

Used as a prison from the early days of the VOC right up until 1996, this Unesco World Heritage site is preserved as a memorial to those such as Nelson Mandela who spent many years incarcerated here. You can only go…
Top Choice Bird Sanctuary in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Boulders Penguin Colony

Some 3km southeast of Simon’s Town, this picturesque area, with enormous boulders dividing small, sandy coves, is home to a colony of 2100 delightful African penguins. A boardwalk runs from the Boulders Visitor Cent…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Silvermine Nature Reserve

This section of Table Mountain National Park is named after the fruitless attempts by the Dutch to prospect for silver in this area from 1675 to 1685. Today its focal point is the Silvermine Reservoir (built in 1898…
Top Choice Museum in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

District Six Museum

It's impossible not to be emotionally touched by this museum which celebrates the once lively multi-racial area that was destroyed during apartheid in the 1960s and 1970s, its 60,000 inhabitants forcibly removed. In…