By Mbongeni Ngwenya
Cape Town, also known as the Mother City, is famous for many different things and loved for many different reasons! There is probably have one thing you loved and enjoyed when you were in Cape Town and can’t stop recommending it to people everywhere you go. The truth is, we all enjoy our city differently and we embrace different aspects about it. The Big Five we are referring to here transcends Africa’s greatest wild animals which include the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. This Big Five list refers to the five significant, meaningful experiences that we value in the city. They are Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Waterfront, Cape Point, our captivating Townships and, of course, our natural attractions.
1. Many of our heroes who fought and won against the apartheid regime in South Africa have since left this world; however, there remains one great soul, the Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Cape Town rejoices in knowing that the national hero is a full time resident in this city. Archbishop Tutu is known for his vigorous anti-apartheid activism and he has become the “moral voice” to end poverty and human rights abuse. The image of Archbishop Tutu represents peace, holy life and a better life for all. He challenges everyone to be their best. In South Africa, our elders are revered and we love to celebrate them!Archbishop Tutu is the closest consolation we have after losing our father, Nelson Mandela. These two heroes have similar traits: they love children and support equality, ended racism and believe in creating a better life for all. Even though Archbishop Tutu no longer spends time in the public eye, a few people get the occasional opportunity to meet this great man during a church service or one of his many charities around the city.
2.For insatiable shoppers and luxury-prone travellers the Waterfront situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, with the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain is the place to be any time of the year. You can buy anything from jewellery to hats, designer clothes to designer shoes and all types of gadgets from various international shops located in the Victoria Wharf at the Waterfront. You can start and end your day at the Waterfront every day. There are luxurious hotels with phenomenal room service and restaurants around the area offering only the best food the city can offer. There’s also an amphitheatre where local bands and other musicians perform either on weekends or special events like the New Year’s celebrations. The Waterfront community is diverse and constantly growing every year – come and be part of the magic!
3.The Cape Point also forms part of our natural attractions in Cape Town and it deserves its own spot in the big five. This is at the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town. Cape Point is one point with a million points of view. This is nature at its best and everything you see if real life HD! This natural attraction is beyond capturing; even pictures do not do justice. Also, anyone fascinated by flora and fauna will feel at home at this Natural World Heritage Site. The availability of the Flying Dutchman Funicular (funicular railway at Cape Point) makes it easier for visitors who prefer not to hike up the hill to navigate the park and get the opportunity to see the panoramic views of the park. There are restaurants tosatisfy your appetites and you can quench your shopping thirst at the Cape Point Stores.
4. Townships in Cape Town are beautiful, vibrant and create a lot of interest in our society today. Entrepreneurship is growing at a high rate and people are doing more to support themselves. The youth and women are taking the opportunity to make something of their lives through gardening, arts and crafts, small businesses, cultural tours and accommodation. The township experience is different, and very specific to a certain lifestyle. In one of the townships, Gugulethu,you would have the opportunity to go to Mzoli’s meat place. In Khayelitsha you would have a perfect view at the Lookout Hill. There’s a lot to do and learn from our townships.
5.Finally, on to something we all love and care for- our lovely natural attractions. Visiting national parks and nature reserves for many people goes beyond the love of taking and posting pictures of their current exploits. It is the belief in the symbiotic relationship we have with other organisms and ecosystems. We take care of the earth and it takes care of us. The beauty we create and nurture in the city of Cape Town is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. The nature reserves range from bird sanctuaries to plants, animals, fish and marine life. Many nature reserves in our city serve as a place for injured animals to recuperate and eventually return to the wild after they gain health and strength. Species facing extinction are also kept safe and cared for in some of the nature reserves.
Finding an internship in Cape Town is your first step towards experiencing the Big Five in the lovely Mother City. Please reach out to us in order to learn more about the application process. We look forward to seeing you soon!