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Gruber Reisen

Lufthansa City Center

Telephone: +43 316 / 70896225
+43 316 / 70896229

Kaiserfeldgasse 11,
8010 Graz

With Turkish Airlines Bettina went for a few days to beautiful South Africa, to Cape Town, to take a closer look at the surrounding sights there. Since this airline gives us the opportunity to stop in lively Istanbul, we have also visited this city for you.

In our article you will learn more about these two unique cities, both of which are absolutely recommendable and where we have always eaten incredibly well.

Lively Istanbul

In the morning, when it was not quite so hot yet, we took part in a Bosporus boat trip, which offered a unique view of Istanbul, the huge bridges and villas. There are both the cheapest excursion ships, and unique private boats, with which everything can be inquired.

Then we continued by bus to the Topkapi Palace - at the former seat of government some rooms with exhibitions around the large garden can be visited today and by the elevated position there are fabulous view points over the Bosporus.
From here we continued on foot to the Hagia Sophia, which was originally built as a church, then used as a mosque and later also as a museum and today again serves as a mosque. Within walking distance is the Blue Mosque, or Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is currently being renovated but still worth seeing! Women have to cover their legs, shoulders and head when entering the mosque, everything they need is available on site free of charge.

Also nearby is the Hippodrome, a former horse racecourse, where today in the Ramadan period old and young meet at sunset. Shopping enthusiasts should plan at least half a day here.

We were some hours between the Galat Tower, which is walkable and offers a great view over Istanbul, and the Taksim Square (approx. 2 km), where countless shops and restaurants cavort. Some time is also needed for the Great Bazaar, because here you can find everything your heart desires: spices, leather goods, jewellery and clothes. Trading is expected and is welcome!

Most impressive sights in and around Cape Town

Cape Town has a lot to offer - especially scenically this city is unique!
On the very day of our arrival we decided to take advantage of the great weather and watch from Table Mountain from Cape Town. You can reach the plateau on foot or by cable car, from where you have an incredible view!

On the second day we went to Stellenbosch, probably the most famous wine region of South Africa. In the morning we had a cellar tour and wine tasting with the wine giant KWV. Our lunch at the Clos Malverne winery was cosy with a suitable wine accompaniment for every course.

Attention: the alcohol content of the South African wines is higher than that of those from Austria, that can be quickly overlooked. 😉

A walk through the historical Stellenbosch is a must. One day should be planned, as with our trip, for the special animals near Cape Town. From Hout Bay, about 45-minute boat trips start to a small island ("Seal Island"), around which countless seals let off steam and on which they rest comfortably.

Over Chapman's Peak runs a beautiful panoramic road, where countless advertising videos have already been shot and so you come to the infamous Boulders Beach in Simons Town.

A penguin colony has settled here, which can be observed from two jetties. It is a unique experience to watch the little penguins wiggling around on the snow-white sandy beach.

Cape Point should not be missed - from the viewpoint, which can be reached on foot or by cable car, you can enjoy an incredible panorama of the Cape of Good Hope. The evenings can be spent at the Waterfront with its countless shops and restaurants or at Camps Bay beach. In the city centre the most important sights can be reached on foot: The starting point of our tour was Bo Kaap - a colourful residential area in the city centre, where a walk through the narrow, partly steep alleys is recommended. From here you can visit Cape Town City Hall and the Company Garden, which is surrounded by museums and fascinating buildings.

Approximately two hours drive from Cape Town is the Aquila Private Game Reserve, home to the famous Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). It is a partly artificially created animal reserve and is not comparable to a conventional safari, but the impressive animals can be watched great. Safaris are offered in different versions - half-day, full-day or with overnight stay in a 4* resort. The prices are quite interesting!