There i so much to do when visiting Cape Town and you find yourself in a situation of absolutely spoilt for choice. We have taken a dozen Mother City must dos and put them into what we like to call the perfect vacation plan, combining the best of the not to miss activities, giving you a holiday crammed with so much more than outstanding sight.
Experience Table Mountain
Table Mountain is the trademark of the Mother City. Take a hike up or the cable car to the top and falling off the side once you reach the top, abseiling back down again. A combination of way in which you can take in the view, get a kick of adrenaline and experience something you is considered somewhat of a must do when visiting Cape Town.
Fantastic Food & Fine Dining
Cape Town offers diners some of the best cuisine. The city is home to some of the country’s finest restaurants, bars and cafes offering fantastic food and fine dining experiences. A taste lover’s paradise where locals and visitors can discover a range and variety of flavourful, quality eating from Long Street to Kalk Bay, Constantia to Camps Bay, Houtbay through to the Franshoek Mountains, Stellenbosch and Rondebosch combined; you are presented with prime choices of culinary delights taking inspiration from every corner of the globe.
City Centre Strolling
No visit is complete without a good stroll through the city centre. The CBD is home to the world famous Long Street and Green Market Square, museums, galleries and boutiques. The streets are lined with shops, cafes and offices. The city centre is a great place to work, dance and shop, it’s the central hub, the perfect place to eat, unwind, meet or catch quick coffee.
Explore & Experience the Cape Wieland’s
Cape Town and Stellenbosch wines are world famous. Taking the day to take some of the most beautiful scenery, sample the finest vintages, cheeses and preserves. Go bicycling, horse riding and bussing your way through the Winelands, experience the Cape wine route. From Douglas Green to Spier and Nederburg to Simonsig there are dozens to explore.
Cruise Camps Bay & Clifton
Dubbed the St-Tropez of Cape Town Camps Bay is the Capetonian version of the French Riviera or Monte Carlo with the ocean dotted by yachts and boats, bikinis lined beaches and bronzed bodies that walk up and down the sidewalks. Cafes and restaurants, shopping, sun and sand make for a day well spent. The white beaches that meet the cool waters are the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable sunset with a picnic basket or from a balcony with a tasty cocktail.
Visit Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour
Visit without dropping into Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour is just simply incomplete. The good Lady has been trading from her beautiful blue caravan at food fairs and festivals throughout the country where her selection of organic teas has become almost infamous. Adding to her exciting journey she recently opened a phenomenal little tea parlour running out of Woodstock at Unit A11b Woodstock Industrial Centre, 66 Albert Road. Open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday for the finest Earl Grey, Green Tea & Jasmine, Red Berries or Rooibos.
Finding Local Gems
Africa is famous for both precious and semi-precious stones, being rich in a range of metals and with that there is access to some of the most talented silver and goldsmiths on the planet. There is a scratch patch in Fishhoek and at the V&A Waterfront where you will also find amazing jewellers. Contemporary jewellers and their wares can be found at Tinsel (021 448 6183, www.tinsel.co.za) at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. In the city centre you can browse Jewellery Avenue (021 446 4600) located on the corner of Hout and Burg streets, with more than 20 stores offering custom-made pieces.
Cape Town has a pretty busy nightlife scene with a variety of choices from eating out experiences to fantastic dance music leaving you spoilt for choice and a feeling of so much to do, so little time. Fiction and Assembly, Neighbourhood and Banana Jam, Mojito’s and Caprice and every summer weekend presents the option of an outdoor festival or adventure of some kind.
Two Oceans Aquarium
Get to know the ins and outs of 88 of the species currently on display at the Aquarium including the famous ragged-tooth shark, African penguin and turtles. Located at the V&A Waterfront, it is easy to fund and convenient if you’re looking to tie in with other great day time browsing, shopping, boating or evening activities in the centre. A look into another world.
The Southern Express
A popular and a regular “must do” is taking a day to explore on the Southern Express return along the coastline from the city through past the castle, You can stop at Cavendish, through Newlands, Lakeside and to Muizenberg, St James, stop at for lunch Kalk Bay station, take a walk on Fishoek beach and over to Simons Town. It is a great group activity with the opportunity to see and do a fair amount, saving money on transport, with great ocean views alone the way.
Author: Jacqueline Freer