5 unique sights of Cape Town, South Africa

Known as the Mother City, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has many unique attractions for the visitor.

Cape Town is known as the 'Mother City' and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Set on the southern-most coast in the Western Cape of South Africa, the city also has a number of unusual and unique attractions [VIDEO] for her visitors.

Visit the colourful Bo-Kaap, the former Malay Quarter which housed slaves brought to the country by the Dutch. Explore an abandoned water park, taken over by the shifting sands.

Find a piece of the Berlin Wall in an unusual location or have high tea where Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill [VIDEO] have been before. Spend time at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, where there is plenty to see and do. Enjoy this virtual trip to Cape Town!

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Bo Kaap - former Malay Quarter, Cape Town

Set at the foot of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap is home to the Cape’s Muslim community. It was formerly known as the Malay Quarter. The origins date back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Dutch occupiers of South Africa brought thousands of people as slaves from Malaysia, other African countries and Indonesia. Their descendants were then segregated under South Africa’s apartheid law in the Bo-Kaap. They still make this beautiful, colourful neighbourhood their own.

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Macassar Beach Pavilion, False Bay coast

Built in 1991, Macassar Beach Pavillion on the False Bay coast was a popular spot for families living in the Cape Flats. After its operators went broke, the water park was abandoned to the shifting sand dunes and the Cape’s famous South-Easter wind. Now the water park is abandoned, with sand taking over its buildings and slides. Remains of the colourful changing rooms and concession stands can still be seen today. As noted by Culture Trip, many Capetonians are not even aware of its existence.

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The Berlin Wall in St. Georges Mall, Cape Town

When the Berlin Wall came down at the end of the Cold War, pieces were sent to various countries, including South Africa. Nelson Mandela was given this piece in 1994 as he achieved the presidency. The local German ambassador arranged for the piece to be placed outside the BMW Pavilion at the V&A Waterfront. In 2010, it was moved to St. Georges Mall and is now displayed outside the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

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High tea at the Mount Nelson - 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 South Africa

High tea at the Mount Nelson has been an institution for many years. The hotel was painted pink in November 1918 to make the end of World War I. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 21st birthday here and John Lennon also visited the hotel. Winston Churchill recommended the Mount Nelson. Now anyone can enjoy high tea at this luxury hotel. A selection of sandwiches and cakes are served with the best teas each day and this year it was pink to mark the 100th anniversary.

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

Facing Table Bay, this former working harbour has been gentrified into a commercial, recreational and residential area. Shop ‘til you drop or dine at one of the many restaurants. Take a sunset booze cruise out into the bay or watch the fishermen bringing in the catch of the day. There’s also a Ferris wheel, a diamond museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium and a mini-train for the kids. Historic walking tours are available and street performers regularly ply their trade.

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