|View from cable car on Table Mountain|
A friend suggested I talk about day excursions in Cape Town. The key tourist attractions in Cape Town include Robben Island, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Point, The V and A Waterfront and Constantia Vineyards. See here for more on them Cape Town Tourism
A walking tour of either the city and Gardens area or the seafront and Waterfront area is a great way to explore the city. You can make use of a guide. Book at one of the tourism offices Tourism information offices. But how about a do-it-yourself walking tour? Blow the money you save on a fabulous meal instead.
For a city centre tour and map, visit the National Geographic website for their walking tour. See here walking tour 1. For the Waterfront area tour try this link walking tour 2 to get some ideas as to what you can see.
Just a word on beggars. Each time money is given to a beggar, they learn that begging is a viable way to make money. There can be no dignity in having to beg. Giving money might momentarily appease the giver but it keeps beggars trapped in a miserable life. If you really want to make a difference, rather give money to an organisation like The Homestead. They provide safe homes, try to rehabilitate and educate street children. Another great organisation that helps volunteers to make a difference is Aviva.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Cross