Guest Post: Cape Town’s Top 5 Photographic Spots

View of Diaz Beach on Cape PointThe city of Cape Town as well as its magnificent surrounding areas offer several unique locations from where spectacular pictures can be taken allowing for best views of its scenic landscapes including mountains and ocean. There are, however, five spots, which are of particular interest to the enthusiastic photographer when in Cape Town, South Africa.

1. Table Mountain

A visit to Cape Town in South Africa would not be complete without admiring the breathtaking views from the top of Table Mountain. The iconic Table Mountain, which is officially one of the New7 Wonders of Nature, allows photographers various options.

Depending on the extact point chosen for the perfect shot, views can include the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island, the city of Cape Town with the V&A Waterfront, as well as the far away beaches of Milnerton and Blouberstrand. Depening on the weather conditions and day time, incredible sunrise and sunet pictures can be captured from the heightest point in Cape Town.

2. Lion’s Head

Ideally situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, Lion’s Head peaks at 669 metres. Its peak forms part of the dramatic backdrop of the Cape Town city centre and belongs to the Table Mountain National Park. A circular winding path leads up to the very top of this mountain allowing for plenty photographic opportunities along the way. A platform at the very top invites for a refreshing picnic and some rest before taking up the downhill hike.

Coastline along Chapmans Peak Drive

3. Cape Wheel (Wheel of Excellence, V&A Waterfront)

The giant observation wheel, Cape Wheel, offers great 360-degree panoramic views of Cape Town ranging from the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront precinct to the city centre, Robben Island and the ocean.  Photographers may take a comfortable seat in one of the 30 cabins, which take travellers 40 metres above the ground on the 12 – 15 minute, 4-revolution ride.

4. Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay / Nordhoek

The Chapman’s Peak Drive, which is located between the Cape Town suburbs of Noordhoek and Hout Bay, is one of the most scenic marine drives in the world allowing photographers wonderful picture options.

Capture the sheer drops to the wild sea below and the towering mountains rising above you.  Providing stunning 180° views, the many curves in this world famous scenic drive are a photographers dream.

5. Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point

Situated on the southwestern tip of Africa, the famous Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point has captivated photographers for years with its dramatic scenery.  The old lighthouse at the top of Cape Point as well as the new lighthouse offers great picture shots as well as the secluded and sandy beaches, which surround the Cape Point National Park.  It is the ruggedness of the rocky cliffs combined with the breaking waves of the Atlantic Ocean, which make pictures a true gem here.

Steffi Nestle is a travel writer who is actively involved in the South African Tourism Company

 Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City.  Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires

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