Cape Town Guide

Cape Town is a blend of the old and the new; narrow streets recalling Dutch colonial days; tall office buildings modem as tomorrow. Visit the Michaelis Collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings, the South African MuseUm with its fascinating “Post Office Stones,” the National Art Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, which may be visited during recess, the Flower Market opposite the Post Office, the Castle whose foundations were laid in 1666. Stop in at the Municipal Botanic Gardens, which are open daily until sunset. These gardens occupy the seventeenth site of the Dutch East India Company and contain magnificent specimens of trees and tropical ‘plants. Take a 3-mile jaunt to the Aquarium, located at Sea Point, one of the dozens of delightful beach resorts within a 20-mile radius of Cape Town. Visit the Groote Schuur estate, the residence of the Prime Minister, which was left to the country by Cecil Rhodes. The residence is at Rondebosch, about

5 miles from town, and houses a fine collection of antiques. The Zoo is also at Rondebosch and so is the Rhodes Memorial.

Coastal suburbs stretch in each direction from Cape Town, some on the Atlantic Ocean and some on False Bay. The National Botanic Gardens at Kirstenbosch, on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain about 8 miles from the city, are famous. Admission to the Gardens is free. Groot Constantia, in Wynberg about 12 miles out of the city, is one of the few remaining old Cape houses in Dutch colonial-period

and is now a state museum. Be sure to take beautiful Marine SteMve, which runs for 100 miles around the Cape Peninsula and includes Muizenberg, one of the most famous resorts in the country. The Cape Town Publicity Association will give you details of some wonderful drives you can do in the vicinity of Cape Town with prices ranging from $5.60 to about $30 for a 5-seater car, depending, of course, on which trips you take. Take all you can; they’re beautiful.

The Garden Route tour from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay on the Indian Ocean is one of the most famous. This is a distance of about 300 miles. The tour round trip takes 10 days, going through one of the most delightful sections of South Africa. Price about $85. The “Garden” lies between the sea and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikama ranges to the north and east. The trip takes in the fabulous Cango Caves, proceeds over Montague Pass to George and on to the “Wilderness,” one of the loveliest seaside resorts on the coast.

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