Nestling between the mountainous peaks of the Twelve Apostles and overlooked by Table Mountain, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful and iconic cities in the world, offering spectacular scenery, beckoning beaches, captivating culture and classy cuisine. Fusing old world charm with relaxed modern living, this wonderfully cosmopolitan city is one of our all-time favourite destinations.
The second largest city in South Africa and the country’s legislative capital, Cape Town has an abundance of star quality. The city became the first colonial settlement when the Dutch arrived in 1652 and seamlessly blends the influence of bygone European colonialism with a young, eclectic and relaxing vibe. With a skyline dominated by Table Mountain, along with plenty to see and do, you’ll be as bewitched by this stunning city as we are.
One of the most popular Cape Town attractions is the ascent up Table Mountain, which has been named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The revolving cable car provides incredible views of the city, although the more adventurous may wish to hike up. For a different perspective, we would also recommend making the 2-hour hike up Lion’s Head, which not only offers stunning views of the city, but also includes the wondrous sight of Table Mountain itself. Be sure to take a camera.
For those interested in South Africa’s complex history, we’d suggest a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison. Now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the museum has a great collection of artefacts, providing an interesting insight into the apartheid era. As a pleasant contrast to this, we’d also encourage you to visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens and some say the most beautiful garden in Africa.
Or why not drive down the Cape Peninsula, to get the ultimate shot at the Cape of Good Hope? To stand by the lighthouse, being buffeted by the winds, is an exhilarating experience. On the way, do pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Or for those in search of human beach life, we’d suggest you head to either Clifton or Camps Bay. Both have lovely sandy beaches, but be warned, the sea temperature requires a wetsuit.
Back in the city itself, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a wonderful place to explore, full of fantastic restaurants, bars and boutique shops, making it a great spot for people watching. The food is exceptional, particularly when washed down with fine South African wines and for those interested in gastronomy, we can arrange for you to dine at one of the country’s best restaurants, The Test Kitchen. There are few places in the world that offer food and wine of this quality and this award-winning restaurant is often fully booked weeks in advance.
For other types of indulgence, we can also organise a classic hire car, so you can cruise along the cape in vintage style. Or, what about hiring a Harley-Davidson, for that open-road adrenaline rush? However, you chose to experience this glorious part of South Africa, we can promise you’ll enjoy a host of unparalleled and unforgettable experiences.