Table Mountain (www.tablemountain.net) should be your first introduction to the city (and the likelihood is that it will be covered by its familiar barrister’s wig of white cloud). You could take the cable car to the 1,085m summit but, if you’re after some exercise, lace up your hiking boots and hit one of the 900 trails to the top where you’ll be rewarded with arresting views. The optimum time to make the climb/crawl (delete as appropriate) is the early morning when the crowds are thinner and the climate kinder.
Ticked off Table Mountain? Venture to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (www.waterfront.co.za) - one of Africa’s most visited sites owing to its restored wharfs and warehouses that are choc full of attractive shops and eateries. Due to open in September 2017 is the much buzzed about Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (www.zeitzfoundation.org) which will showcase works by local artists such as sculptor, Stefan Bloom. Until then, view the V&A as the gateway to Robben Island (www.robben-island.org.za) - home to the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, along with over 3,000 political prisoners, during their fight to end Apartheid. Visitors are shown around this UN World Heritage Site by ex-political prisoners who work alongside former wardens making it the best demonstration of reconciliation.
Back on the mainland, make for the District Six Museum (www.districtsix.co.za) to learn how the segregationist laws implemented in the 50s, forcibly removed more than 60,000 black South Africans from the district after it was declared ‘a white area’.