What To Do In Cape Town – When On Holiday


When on holiday in Cape Town you have a lot of time. Relatively. And you can do a lot.

  1. In general Cape Town is safe: This does not mean you should look naïve and leave all your gold and diamonds hanging around your neck. I am not suggesting there’s a problem but tourists leave their expensive belongings in their car for all to see.
  2. Just using Cape Town as your base will give you the opportunity to visit the local wine routes.
  3. We prefer the Constantia area wine route it’s only 20 to 30 mins outside of Cape Town. To the south.
  4. Just going south to the Southern Peninsula can keep you busy for days. The penguins at Simonstown. Visiting Cape Point Nature Reserve – the most South Western Tip of Africa.
  5. You can do a steam train ride from Cape Town to Simonstown. All along the coast. Beautiful. Every second Sunday.
  6. You can travel along from (30 mins from Cape Town) Muizenberg along the coast to Kalk Bay and stop at the small working fishermen’s harbour. This will give you an idea of the Cape Town people. Here are lovely restaurants. Harbour House is one of the best. Kalk Bay comes with lovely small shops, restaurants  and endless little stores. We buy fresh fish from our favourite fishmonger – Sylvia. If you are not pretentious try out Kalkies for fresh fish on the harbour.
  7. Through Fish Hoek – our only dry town in South Africa. It has a great beach but not really an attractive business area. Understatement. They have a Woolworth’s and a nice Pick ‘n Pay. Families with kids love the beach.
  8. All along False Bay – you can – see whales from the road. When people see whales they all stop in the road. Whales come first. But you may not see any.
  9. If you really want to see whales get on a boat in Simonstown. You can also do shark cage diving from here or go to Gansbaai.
  10. From Simonstown around Cape Point to Kommetjie, to Noordhoek, then Hout Bay is one of the most scenic drives you can ever take.
  11. At Hout Bay there’s busy harbour. Here you can go on seal island boat raid for an hour. This is inexpensive. And then you can go to the Bird Sanctuary. This is great. Or just have something to eat. Lookout Deck is a great setting and a fun restaurant – I had some lovely sushi there.
  12. Then back to Cape Town. Here you can do Table Mountain. You can walk the mountain. If you decide on walking rather take a guide. I can suggest a few to you. I have not even mention Kirstenbosch Gardens. And more.
  13. You can take the over-rated boat trip to Robben Island from Cape Town V&A Waterfront. This will take up quite a bit of time.
  14. Going north you can travel to Durbanville for more wine farms.
  15. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have beautiful wine farms. But here I suggest you either stay or you take a driver if you want to taste wine. In this area you can spend days travelling to the small towns in the area.
  16. Going from Stellenbosch to Strand down the road to Gordons Bay, Rooi Els and Hangklip is a great drive. All along this road to Hermanus. This area is out of my expertise and someone else may tell you more.
  17. This is a two-day trip or longer: I would go from Cape Town to our most Southern Point at Struis Baai. Cape Agulhas. In this area I would visit Arniston. Here’s a lovely hotel to stay at. Romantic place. In this area you’ll find some uncommon wine farms towards Elim. Elim is a unique place in South Africa. From a historical point of view this is a unique place. 

 


August 30, 2013

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