A Haunted Ship and a Cable Car to the Top of the World
The Flying Dutchman is one of South Africa’s most famous legends. In 1680, the vessel foundered while trying to round the Cape of Good Hope during bad weather. Captain Hendrik van der Decken swore that even though his ship was sinking, he would make it around the Cape -- even if it took him forever. Through the years, many have reported sighting the lost Flying Dutchman in the murky waters just off the Cape. Poof that the captain has kept his word? You decide.
Image: Table Mountain looms above Cape Town, South Africa
Today, the Flying Dutchman is the namesake of another of South Africa’s popular attractions, the funicular. This cable-drawn railway system provides a convenient and inspiring route to the summit of Cape Point. While you could certainly hike the steep walk to the old lighthouse, the funicular allows the breathtaking scenery to slowly unravel as you make your way up the smooth, inclined track. Once you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with unrivaled views of rocky cliffs, pristine beaches and an expanse of coastline that is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful in all the world.
On your South African vacation to Cape Town you’ll also enjoy exploring colonial-era architecture, Table Mountain and the infamous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27-year prison sentence. There are charming public squares to wander about, Victorian architecture to see and a host of vineyards that thrive in the mountainous landscape and pleasant temperate climate.
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