A multi-cultural mix of cuisines and landscapes, there is nowhere quite like the beautiful mother city of Cape Town, crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.
The flat-topped Table Mountain may be the initial headline act, but it is surrounded by other breath-taking landscapes such as the iconic Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Green Point Urban Park, making exploring the city a pleasure.
From striking street art to the brightly painted facades of the Bo-Kaap and the bathing chalets of Muizenberg, adding Afro-chic decor of restaurants and bars, this is an exciting metropolis. Within an hour’s drive you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and the Winelands, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The infamous location of Hermanus best known for whale-watching as well as a base from which to organise shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold, promising more inspiring scenery to be viewed while driving down the coast and over mountain passes.
TABLE MOUNTAIN AERIAL CABLEWAY
Boasting a state-of-the-art cable car which rotates and offers spectacular 360-degree views, takes visitors from the lower level to the mountain top in about 5 minutes. Operating seven days a week, trips occur every 10 to 15 minutes with times varying throughout the year.
The V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most visited destinations. Situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbour, with Table Mountain as its backdrop, the V&A Waterfront is a favourite for both local and international visitors.
A mix of both local and international cuisine is offered at more than 80 eateries. And the spoils do not end there, one can choose from over 500 retail stores, five museums and live entertainment 365 days a year showcasing the best local music.
Boulders Beach, between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, offers a unique experience to observe up close, a colony of African penguins that exist in the middle of a residential area. Previously called Jackass penguins because of their braying call, these birds wander freely in a protected natural environment.
An entrance fee is required to access the sandy shores. The area is strictly controlled by the South African National Parks (SANparks) authority ensuring facilities are well maintained and spotless. Once through the turnstiles, freely explore the large 540 million-year-old granite boulders and small rock pools in proximity of the penguins.
GROOT CONSTANTIA: A WINE LOVER’S PARADISE
South Africa’s oldest wine estate – is visited by wine lovers from near and far. Outstanding quality wines have been produced here since 1685 with its award-winning wines still celebrated around the world today.
Superb dining expertly paired with the estate’s award-winning wines are on offer at Simon’s and Jonkershuis restaurants. Romantic picnics and private dining opportunities may be arranged. Indulge in Simon’s Restaurant favourites such as crispy pork belly and scrumptious hamburgers in a setting between the lush vineyards, or a setting amongst ancient oak trees at Jonkershuis Restaurant offering rustic yet elegant Cape Malay menu.0