The 7: Cape Town
Story and photo courtesy of Gareth Dallas.
1. A trip to Cape Town is not complete without going up Table Mountain and the cable car is still (since 1929) the quickest and easiest way of doing so. Table Mountain is world renowned, standing at its highest point 1,085 meters above sea level, the views and scenery up there is nothing less than sensational. Another remarkable factor about Table Mountain is the extraordinary floral biodiversity. Table Mountain alone has more species of plants that can be seen on it that the entire British Isles, more than 1,500 species.
2. Spier Wine Farm stands on the banks of the Eerste River in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region. It is a haven for tourists yet it also has a deep set cultural and historical background dating back to 1692 and has the oldest wine cellar in South Africa.
3. No visit to Cape Town can be complete without also going to the V&A Waterfront. A significant portion of the historic harbor quays has been redeveloped and restored. Many Victorian buildings now serve as restaurants, hotels, and offices. The magnificent shopping centre, the V&A Waterfront, is the home of some of 400 shops, jewellers, boutiques, designer labels and restaurants.
4. From 1959 right up to the mid 1990s Robben Island was used as a prison and housed over three thousand men who were held as political prisoners; its most famous resident being Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for a total of 18 years here. The island is now a museum and World Heritage Site, and regular tours depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway, located at the Old Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront.
5. Cafe Manhattan is a Cape Town icon. Well known and respected in the gay world, it has great drinks and is an ideal spot for a bite to eat before a night on the town.
6. [ab]OUT A really relaxed and informal drinking club that gets gay men together on a weekly basis to network and socialize.
7. Clifton 3rd Beach is where all the gay boys hang out in summer. This is body beautiful heaven.
Click on the gay-owned Capetown Info (CapetownInfo.co.za) for all your Cape Town planning needs.