There really is so much to explore in South Africa and of course the Western Cape so we thought we would put a list together for you of what we consider some of the ‘must do’s’ whilst on holiday.
- Sanbona Wildlife Reserve of course. The largest malaria-free, Big 5 wilderness reserve in the Western Cape, which is so close to Cape Town, accessed via the famous Route 62 – the longest wine route in the world. When visiting Cape Town, guests can now have the best of bush and beach! Stop off en route to visit the award-winning wine estates, farm stalls or quaint villages before heading in to Big 5 territory.
- Cape Town is regarded as the food capital of Africa and there are a plethora of culinary offerings to choose from, whether you are looking for fine dining or more casual style cuisine, it has it all. Greenhouse Restaurant is one of our favourites for that special occasion when you really want to impress. Or should you wish to go on a food journey, like no other, then visit Bree Street in the City Centre. Here you can literally go from one restaurant to another to find your perfect eating and drinking spot. There is every food type and style you can imagine from Italian to Mexican, fine dining to more relaxed eateries such as Burger & Lobster.
- Need to keep in shape when on holiday? Many of the hotels have gyms and spas and Cape Town is well known for the ‘body beautifuls’, so download the Mind Body app on your mobile phone to find the class or studio that’s right for you – gyms, Pilates and Yoga studios and so much more. Alternatively take a beautiful walk along Sea Point Promenade or Camps Bay and watch the sunset over the Atlantic. Another great place for sundowners is Signal Hill, home of the noon gun, located in the historical suburb of Bo-Kaap – the original Malay area. Hike Table Mountain or Lions Head and really take in the breath-taking Cape Town views.
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a firm favourite and acclaimed as being one of the best in the world! It was created in 1913 to showcase the diverse flora of Africa. It is a great day out for adults and children and many events take place within the grounds, such as art exhibitions and concerts so check the website prior to your arrival in the Cape.
- For day activities, why not visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life imprisoned and learn more about the history of this significant time in South Africa’s history? You may also want to follow this with a visit to the District 6 Museum or the Two Ocean’s Aquarium on your return? The Hop on Hop off bus is a great way to sit back and relax and be taken from one fun and fascinating cultural element of the City Centre and surrounds, to another. You can choose how long you wish to go for, it really is a convenient way to take in all the sights.
- If you need some retail therapy there is the V&A Waterfront with local and international brands to suit all budgets or why not meander down Long Street or Green Market Square to see local designers showcasing their latest designs?
- If you are looking for nightlife then the best places to be are either the City Centre or Camps Bay areas. Shimmy Beach Club is the place to be seen for the jet setters or the original Grand Africa Café & Beach. Both host local and international DJs in the summer season!
- Hout Bay is another popular area, a quiet fishing village with the popular fish & chip shop, Snookies! Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most famous scenic drives imaginable, often compared to the coastal drive from Monte Carlo.
- Woodstock has become increasingly popular the last ten years or so and is now home to fantastic antique, clothing, artefacts and souvenir shops and restaurants. A great one stop place to go is the Biscuit Mill!
- Kids not need miss out! There is so very much to do as families. The Rush Trampoline Park, World of Birds, party on a yacht from the Harbour, bike hire centres in Camps Bay and the City Centre to discover Cape Town as a family, the aquarium, Ratanga Junction Theme Park or even ice skating at Grand West Casino – the only limit is your imagination!
And let’s not forget the glorious beaches all around the Peninsula! Pack up a picnic and head for the beach for a great day out! These are just a few of the many things you can do en route to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve!