A trip to South Africa would not be complete without a visit to the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Point – the most southwestern point of all of Africa. More than just a point on a map, what people may not realize is how beautiful the Cape actually is! As part of Table Mountain National Park, people can spend days there, taking in its stunning views of mountain, sea and cliffs. I combined it with a trip to Boulders Beach (about 30 minutes away), but I would have loved to have spent more time.
Fun fact about the Cape of Good Hope – it is NOT the most southern point of Africa, but it is the most SOUTHWESTERN point of Africa. The southern most point of Africa is Cape Agulhas, about 93 miles away.
If you really want to experience the Cape, plan ahead and take your time. Keep in mind, the park is open from roughly dawn until dusk and is about an hour and a half drive from Cape Town. I managed to see a lot in an hour and a half but would have much preferred to have had more time to enjoy more of the walks.
For more information visit http://capepoint.co.za.
Those familiar with Detroit know the city is full of historic neighborhoods containing row after row of stunning architecture. While numerous tours throughout the city offer opportunities for visitors to see these homes up close, there’s a new event in town that allows guests to experience this time period on an even deeper level: The Detroit Gatsby Winter Gala.
As the name suggests, the event is a celebration of everything fabulous about the 1920s. Set in the historic Charles T. Fisher Mansion, the location itself makes this event a winner. The 1922-built house was the home of the co-founder of the Fisher Body Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of car bodies in 1914. The 15,000 square-foot mansion features 46 rooms containing Tudor-style ceiling murals, a grand staircase, a pipe organ, a Prohibition-style speakeasy and more – the perfect backdrop for an evening of opulence and entertainment.
With this setting, fringed, feathered and tuxedoed-party-goers are transported back in time enjoying a night of dancing, drinking and mingling throughout the house – the dream of any Great Gatsby or Downton Abbey fan.
While new, the party is looking to become an annual or semi-annual occurrence. Organizers held a less formal, outdoor event last summer with their First Annual Detroit Gatsby Lawn Party at Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood, and they are planning to repeat the event this September.
Ticket prices range from $80-$100 for the winter gala and $25 – $150 for the lawn party, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting a local charity. Events sell out, so it is recommended to purchase tickets early.
For more information visit http://detroitgatsbylawnparty.com.
By far my favorite thing to do in Cape Town was visiting Boulders Beach – a small beach near Simon’s Town famous for its colony of African penguins. It gets its name from the large boulders in the sand and water, but really, no one cares about the damn boulders.
What people care about are the penguins, because:
- They live on the beach not in the arctic
- They sound like braying donkeys
Basics on what you need to know:
- Boulders is located about an hour outside of the main city near Simon’s Town – accessible by car or MetroRail train (walk from Simon’s Town)
- Costs R65 – about $4
- Penguins are viewed from the boardwalk – you get close but not *that* close
- It is recommended to pair with the Cape of Good Hope – about a 30-minute drive away