Beyond the heavy political and economic issues of South Africa, Cape Town has a remarkable amount of things to do. Skydiving, parasailing, deep sea diving, hiking, biking, the list is virtually endless. Combine that with fantastic weather (highs in the 80s, little humidity) and you’ve got a great place for an active vacation.
I went to the top of Table Mountain that overlooks Cape Town, aptly named because the top is level. Magnificent views of Cape Town and the Atlantic from there. Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lion’s Head make up the 3 natural structures that overlook Cape Town.
I also went to Seal Island. Had to catch a ship from Hout Bay, a 20 minute drive from downtown Cape Town. The trip was JUST 38 rand ($4US). The conversion rate is ridiculously good here. I had a few sit down, waiter attended, good silverware, in restaurant steak meals for $10-12US. Other meals, again sit down with a waiter, for less than $8US. For Americans the dollar goes far here, unlike in Europe.