Cape Townis Africa’s most beautiful city and one of the world’s great urban locations. Table Mountain dominates the skyline and forms the spectacular backdrop to visitors’ experiences here. A cable car up the mountain may be the first entry on many a visitor’s wish-list, but the city’s many historic buildings and museums are a finer way of finding out what makes Cape Town tick. From graceful Dutch Colonial mansions to Long Street’s fine collection of Victorians to must-see historic sites such as Slave Lodge and the Castle of Good Hope, the city is at its most elegant when presenting its past. That past is of course often a heartbreaking one of struggle for survival, and the District Six museum both chronicles and is a testament to the courage and endurance of those forceably removed from their homes in the 1970s. Then go modern: stroll the buzzing waterfront, then follow this with a bartering-session at the city’s hub, Greenmarket Square, shopping heaven for locals and visitors alike. Table Mountain may grab photographers’ interest, but Greenmarket’s buzz and bustle is in many ways the essential Cape Town experience.