When exploring the city of Cape Town, it can often be tough to decide what to go and do and what to see. There is almost too much choice! However long you are staying in Cape Town, you won’t be disappointed with activities and excursions to embark on and enjoy, the best feeling is leaving wanting more and of course, this could happen – plan to return is all you must do! We thought it would be a good idea to mention some of the highlights you can when staying in this vibrant city.
We will start with a city tour, the perfect introduction to an energetic city. This is done on a full day’s basis to explore the ins and outs of Cape Town. The day begins with a tour of the famous Table Mountain, here you can soak up stunning panoramic vistas of the city and the surrounding oceans. Wander through the Company’s Garden and visit the South African Museum, before venturing on to the Castle of Good Hope. Built by the Dutch East India Company, between 1666 and 1679 as a maritime replenishment station, the castle is the oldest surviving colonial building in the country. During the trip through the city, you will pass the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall – where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release. Finally, head to the V&A Waterfront for some time out to explore the restaurants, pubs, and shops at your own leisure.
What about a full days Winelands Tour? This uniquely crafted day is ideal for families who love being out in the open, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Award-winning Spier is a popular Stellenbosch option, a highlight being the wine tasting paired with speciality chocolates. Grape juice for kids, before exploring vineyards and pastures, or perhaps take a Segway tour! Continue to Middlevlei in the Devon Valley, where a traditional South African barbeque – or braai – is a great experience for lunch and the children can cook over an open flame. Little ones run wild on lawns, feed farm animals and look out for the wallabies whilst mum and dad enjoy the wine tasting! End the day at Spice Route’s delightful ‘village’ in Paarl: fabulous restaurants, craft brewery and beer tasting, an art gallery, glass blowing studio, chocolate tasting and biltong bar.
For those without families and wishing for a more unique experience, there is also a full days winelands tour which includes the following: A fabulous day of tastings and pairings, taking in superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads along two of the Cape’s famed wine routes. Celebrated wine and food destinations, the beautiful Franschhoek Valley was established by French Huguenot refugees in 1688 and offers a captivating blend of European charm and spectacular verdant scenery. Franschhoek’s main street boasts exclusive boutiques, gourmet restaurants and art galleries. Cape Dutch-style farms in the valley produce all the noble and classic cultivars – from superlative whites such as Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon, and Chenin Blanc, to the intense Syrah, complex Pinot Noir, and the famed Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines. The vibrant heart of the winelands, Stellenbosch is a paradise of bars and bistros. Grapes have been cultivated in this area for more than 350 years and it produces South Africa’s finest reds. The day is completely flexible and adjusted to your wine and cultivator preferences.
For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, then how about a Great White Shark Cage Diving. This is obviously not for the faint hearted! With an early pick up and transfer by road to the town of Kleinbaai, close to Hermanus and Gansbaai, you will arrive and undertake a safety briefing, board your vessel for the 5-mile voyage to the infamous Dyer Island. This island, together with the nearby Geyser Rock, is home to nearly 40,000 Cape Fur Seals, the Great White’s favourite prey. The channel between the two islands is known as ‘Shark Alley’ and it is here we anchor. Using a specially mixed chum we attract the sharks, and you can soon see them feeding at the surface, alongside the boat. Next, the cage is lowered, and you can view these incredible hunters of the deep, in the water (in a wetsuit) and protected by galvanised steel mesh. All diving equipment, light lunch – for the sharks and for you !! – and refreshments are supplied. Only snorkelling experience is required if you want to go down in the cage. In addition to sharks, you may also see seals and whales (season dependant). After your exhilarating experience, you will then return to the mainland in the afternoon and transferred back to your hotel.
Finally, we will finish with a very popular tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula. A full day’s tour incorporating a full day of stunning scenery, where you will embark on an exploration of the Cape Peninsula. Visiting trendy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay. Continuing along Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, you will make your way to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Board the funicular (this is optional) for a trip to the top of the Peninsula for incredible panoramic outlooks over the perceived meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Next up, the naval base of Simon’s Town is a richly historic destination of museums, and home to Boulders Beach, renowned for its African Penguin breeding colony. You will take a wander along the boardwalks, marvelling at the antics of these amusing creatures. Your final stop is Kirstenbosch Gardens before you return to your hotel.
This is just a starting point on what you can experience and enjoy when visiting Cape Town, we haven’t started on the many different restaurants you can book and enjoy post your day tours, watch this space for more information on this!