Cape Town may not be the first option that springs to mind when planning either a city break or a longer vacation, however it is a viable and extremely attractive option. You may be surprised at how many things there are to do while you are visiting. There is something for everyone, particularly around the holidays. We’re two months away from Christmas, so you’d better start making plans!
Cape Town’s a natural beauty
Cape Town is sat in front of Table Mountain with the deep blue seas of the Atlantic and edged with beautiful white sandy beaches. It is a place of majesty with huge boulders resting on the shore. It is also home to some of the best sunsets in the world, as well as to the smallest floral kingdom in the world; the Cape Floral! It may be small but it is known for the rich variety of flora and fauna which cannot be found anywhere else.
This magnificent flat topped mountain can be reached by cable car, although the more adventurous may wish to climb it! The Skeleton Gorge is one of the most accessible routes; but then again, if you’re in for some adventure, you could climb through the Hiddingh-Ascension route, the wildest on Table Mountain. The top is flat, hence the name, and offers unparalleled views of the city and the sea beyond; it is even possible to see the wide open plains where animals wander freely.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
This is the best spot to picnic in Cape Town and one that people use all year round. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are home to a huge variety of flowers and these sit among well manicured lawns. It is possible to buy a hamper ready stocked for your picnic or simply purchase your own food for the occasion.
This collection of crescent shaped beaches is just ten minutes drive by bus or car from the city but will make you feel like you are in another world. The sea can be chilly and each of the beaches is established for different types of sun worshippers; one of the beaches is very family friendly.
Explore the vineyards
South Africa produces many fine, quality wines and it is possible to take a tour of one of the local vine yards and even sample the wine! Private tours can be organized if you prefer a little more intimacy. Constantia Valley shouldn’t be missed – it is breathtaking!
It is possible to see the whales from the beach although there are plenty of organized trips to take you further out and guarantee a once in a lifetime experience. The sea is also home to sharks and seals, whilst you will find giant leatherback turtles on the beach and even penguins!
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a look at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, only a 3 hour drive from the Mother City. In winter this appears to be a barren landscape but in the summer it comes alive and forms a rich carpet of flora and fauna. From here it is possible to springboard into the wilds of South Africa and take a safari to see some of the most magnificent animals in the world (hippos, lions, elephants, and a whole lot more).
Some of the best sites to visit nearby will need the use of a car:
- Chapmans Peak
Chapmans Peak is one of the most well known and loved routes which connect Cape Town to the Southern Peninsula. The road was formed by blasting a way through the rock and has 114 curves; enough to test any rally driver! It meanders alongside the coast and offers plenty of opportunities to get those picture perfect photos; guaranteed to make everyone jealous when you get home.
- West Coast Flower Route
The road between Cape Town and Darling is approximately one hundred kilometers long and is home to one of the most fantastic displays of wildflowers in the world. The flowers will look best on a sunny day: simply take your camera, a picnic and be inspired!
Enjoy a surreal trip in the region this holiday season, lodge at the most luxurious private rental villa in Cape Town, and rejoice in the wonderful attractions and places of interest. Admire the surroundings, get to know the people, and feel like a local for a few days. You’ll love it!