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The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 13 gorgeous shots of Cape Town

The morning sun creeps over Table Mountain, trademark of Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world.

And which better city to begin with than Cape Town?

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It’s Gearburn’s home town, and the Mother City of South Africa, and arguably one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities on the planet. But don’t take our word for it.

Have a look at 13 gorgeous snaps of Cape Town below.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens under the mountain’s shadow. Founded in 1913, Kirstenbosch is one of South Africa’s nine national gardens, and probably the most famous. Image: The Bearded Yogi.

Canopy tree walk botanical gardens Cape Town

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Lion’s Head. At 669m above sea level, the lion is one of the Cape’s premier hiking destinations, for dawn, dusk or to gaze across the Atlantic. Image: Tim Weyer.

Table Mountain from Robben Island. The infamous island was home to Nelson Mandela for close to three decades, but is now a tourist attraction of its own. Image: Nasreen Roberts.

Cape Town city centre from Table Mountain. Also referred to locally as the city bowl, thanks to the surrounding mountains. Image: Ewa Sewe.

Hello Africa. Tell me how you doin. #highwaysnbyways #travel #africa #capetown #tablemountain #gettingbetteratinsta

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Table Mountain at night. Standing 1087m above sea level, Table Mountain is probably Cape Town’s most recognisable landmark. Image: woodymichael.

Chapman’s Peak Drive winding alongside the mountain and sea. Construction on the road first started in 1915, but is now a route for the Cape’s two mass participation events: the Cycle Tour, and the Two Oceans Marathon. Image: Mike Eloff.

Muizenberg Beach and its colourful changing huts. The warmer False Bay side of the peninsula attracts beach goers and surfers alike. Image: Chase The Sun Travel.

The summit of Lion’s Head at sunset. Image: Ruan du Toit.

Table Mountain from the Cape Flats. The Flats have a storied past, but it also plays host to the less famous, but no less glorious, side of the mountain. Image: Leandra.

Cape Point — Africa’s south-westerly-most tip. Often thought to be the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, but this has been disproven. It is however home to the most powerful light on the South African coast, with a range of over 100km. Image: Kelly Anne.

A lonely African penguin on a beach near Simon’s Town. African penguins are the only species of penguin found on mainland Africa, and their call sounds similar to a donkey’s bray. Image: MK Lee.

어떡하지 넘 귀엽다 급 여행 #kalkbay #simonstown #capetown #케이프타운 #남아공

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The Cape Wheel at the V&A Waterfront. Image: Jeremy.

#capewheel #capetown #southafrica #victoriaandalfredwaterfront

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Greenpoint Lighthouse in candy-stripe red. Built in 1824, its the oldest lighthouse on the South African coast. Image: Alexa Brown.

Do you want your snaps of your city or town to be featured in this series? Be sure to tag us on Instagram using our @BurnMedia handle.

Feature image: David Stanley via Flickr

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