Surroundings, Cape Town
Camp's Bay, South Africa
The beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are divided into small sections by rocks and tend to be crowded in good weather. The Round House, originally used by Lord Charles Somerset as a hunting lodge and now a restaurant has fine views over the little town.
Sea Point, South Africa
Sea Point is a populous suburb of Cape Town. Between the modern high-rise blocks there still survive some handsome Victorian buildings. Strung along the 3km/2mi long seafront promenade are a succession of hotels, restaurants and night clubs.
False Bay extends for some 30km/19mi along the coast of the Indian Ocean between Cape Point, at the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula, and Cape Hangklip. Round the bay are a number of very popular holiday resorts, including Muizenberg and Strand. When the sea on the Atlantic coast is uncomfortably cold bathers can enjoy warmer water in False Bay, which is washed by the warm Agulhas Current.
Robben Island in Table Bay, area 6sq km/21.5sqmi, was for nearly 400 years, a place of banishment, exile, and imprisonment. Political dissidents and social outcasts were imprisoned here. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Nelson Mandela spent twenty years here as prisoner No. 466/64.
Robben Island Museum
The Robben Island Museum is an institution which focuses on South African heritage. The Museum runs educational programs for schools, youths and adults and manages a collection of artifacts, historical documents, photographs, art works and audio-visual materials.The artifact collection housed throughout 30 different sites comprises more than 3,000 objects which were left on the island by the prison authorities and includes prison clothing and items manufactured in the prison workshop.
Durbanville, South Africa
Durbanville, 20km/12.5mi northeast of central Cape Town, is one of the oldest settlements in the Western Cape. It is named after Sir Benjamin D'Urban, Governor of the Cape from 1834 to 1838.
Rust-en-Vrede Pottery Museum
Durbanville's principal sight is the Rust-en-Vrede Pottery Museum. It occupies a Cape Dutch-style building c 1850 which was originally a prison and later the residence of the Governor and a school. The Museum displays work by modern South African artists and a collection of African pottery.
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