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Pick up your hire car at Cape Town airport and discover the jewel in South Africa's crown.

60-second guide to Cape Town

in its own head

"LA may have The Hills, but we've got The Mountain! What other beachside city can offer you sun and surf in the morning, then spectacular views at 1,086 metres above sea level at sundown?"

but more realistically

Cape Town may be brimming with natural beauty, but there's more to it than just a beach and a table-shaped mountain. The culture and the wine, for starters.

the vibe

You can spend the day at Robben Island retracing Mandela's footsteps, then head for the buzzing harbour front and discuss it over a glass of local wine to the sounds of live African jazz.

the natives

Models and actors pack the beaches, colourful street traders attempt to sell them locally made goods and the large gay party population dance alongside them.

the weather

Gloriously warm and balmy summers and mild, moist winters sum up the Mediterranean climate of Cape Town.

the local speciality

The unique Cape Malay style of cooking, using local fruits and spices, is a Cape Town culinary treat. Try the likes of curry-like boboties, breedies and Malva pudding.

did you know?

Robben Island is actually the summit of an ancient mountain, now hidden beneath the waves. It has been used variously as a postal centre, sheep farm, whaling station, mental asylum, leper colony, hospital, garrison and prison.

they say

"Cape Town is well placed to receive visitors looking for value for money and an authentic experience." - Cape Town Tourism

4 to drive to...

1: Stellenbosch

Hiking trails and art galleries abound in the oak-lined town of Stellenbosch, but it's wine that takes centre stage. With 106 wine cellars, it's the country's most famous wine-producing area, and tasting tours operate daily.

how to get there?

It's a 30-mile drive north east of Cape Town on the N1 freeway.

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2: Cederberg Wilderness Area

A 125-mile drive from Cape Town, this pristine wilderness region is home to thousand-year-old San Bushman rock paintings and engravings and unique geological rock formations.

how to get there?

Head north along the N7 until you come to the Kriedouwskrans Pass, around 15 miles north of Citrusdal, which will take you into Cederberg. The drive will take you around two hours.

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3: Kalk Bay

Just 20 miles from Cape Town, this quaint fishing village is a must-see hub of antique, art and bric-a-brac shops, and outstanding seafood restaurants. Check out the legendary waterfront Brass Bell pub, which spills into the tidal pools below.

how to get there?

Follow the M3 south until it ends at the junction with the M42. Turn east onto the M42 and then south onto the M4. Kalk bay is a few miles south of Muizenberg.

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4: Hermanus

Don't miss a visit to the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Southern Right whales visit from June to December and can be viewed from a boat, airplane or the shore.

how to get there?

Hermanus is about an hour's drive from Cape Town. Take the northbound N2, or the R34, which is a scenic coastal drive.

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