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Table Mountain is famously flat-topped and is renowned as the landmark that towers over the city of Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa. A port city that boasts a rich history, a colorful culture and which is also endowed with spectacular natural beauty, is viewed by many as the most beautiful in the world.
Where to stay
The wide choice of accommodation on offer in Cape Town renders it a great launching pad for excursions into the surrounding country.
Available options include good quality self-catering accommodation, quaint boutique hotels and grand 5-star hotels in neighborhoods such as:
A trendy location with great views of Table Mountain, the Victoria and Alfred (V&A) waterfront is located at the Table Bay Harbor on the shores of the Atlantic. The Waterfront area is a hive of activity with high end stores, great restaurants, lively entertainment, and a high standard accommodation.
A well-known luxurious hotel in the area is the historical Victoria and Alfred Hotel which has been in operation since 1904. It is renowned for impeccable service and its exceptionally large rooms that offer excellent views of Table Mountain.
Located 6 kilometers from Cape Town, is the suburb of Sea Point, a long promenade on the Atlantic, home to world class restaurants, bars, and clubs. There are numerous stylish boutique hotels to choose from that are ideally located near the water. Many have an added advantage of outdoor restaurants which are great vantage points from which to enjoy a drink as you people watch.
The promenade is great for joggers and walkers, and there are also playgrounds for children in the neighborhood.
The pulsing Mojo Market is round the corner for those in search of handicrafts, clothing, jewelry, and other handmade items.
For those who prefer to be at the core of the action, this is a good location which offers a mix of accommodation ranging from hostels to classy upmarket hotels. Also known as the ‘Heart of Cape Town’, this area uncovers the true essence of the city; clubs, bars and excellent restaurants are within easy reach and transportation too is readily available if you wish to engage in activities that are further afield.
The centrally located Cape Heritage Hotel comes highly recommended. This elegant boutique hotel contains individually decorated rooms and rooftop terrace.
A Snapshot of possible tours
Sunset Champagne Cruise
The perfect way to begin your holiday, a sunset cruise offers awesome views of the Atlantic coastline and Table Mountain as the sun sets over the ocean. It is also an opportunity to take memorable photographs of an African sunset.
After the cruise, sample the world-class dining available at the V&A waterfront. The cuisines represented include Indian, Italian, Greek, numerous seafood, sushi bars and others.
A visit to Table Mountain
Reserve a private tour to Table Mountain or alternatively, purchase a season ticket good for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that includes the cable ride up the mountain. The 14-day season ticket is good value as it also covers a walking tour of Cape Town.
You board the cable car, the only one in Africa, for the 5-minute ride to the top of the mountain. Weather permitting, you will enjoy stunning views of the city and harbor below.
Activities available on the mountain include lunch at the Table Mountain café and short informative guided tours in the surrounding area.
An Adventurous Sidecar Tour of the Cape Peninsula
A unique adrenaline-fueled way to tour the Cape coastline is by a chauffeur-driven motorbike sidecar. This is a 3-wheeled vehicle invented in the late 1800s to facilitate the carriage of passengers on a motorbike.
You have the unforgettable experience of riding in a vintage motorbike sidecar to the Cape Peninsula that stretches 52 kilometers down to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the African continent and meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.
With your heart pumping and wind in your face, savor the dramatically beautiful views of the Capes’ beaches and mountains without the hindrance of a bus or car window.
Take in the views as you ride close to the mountainside at Chapman’s peak, and relish the spectacle of the charming Simon’s Town, and as you near Cape Point, make a stop at Boulders Beach. The home of a colony of Penguins, you will without doubt enjoy watching these birds in their natural habitat.
The highlight of this tour is Cape Point, a wildly beautiful area with unique scenery. Take the funicular to the upper lighthouse and enjoy the unmatched vista of the ocean and beaches below.
South Africa is one of the top wines producing countries, hence a visit to Cape Town is incomplete without a visit to the winelands. The South African wine tours offer a multifaceted experience that encompasses not only wine production, but also a journey through history surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding country, and a gastronomic journey.
Recommended is a tour that will take you to Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. This tour includes visits to 4 wineries. It is best to limit the number of wineries visited in one day to allow for a leisurely visit that enables you to linger at each stop as you soak up on the experience.
A day spent wine tasting is a fun, enjoyable, and memorable experience because as the day progresses you learn about wine making, walk in the vineyards, tour cellars and chat with the knowledgeable winemakers who in addition to being passionate about their trade are always ready to share fascinating facts about wine.
As you engage in pleasurable forward planning for possible journeys post the Covid-19 period, a visit to Cape Town should feature on your list for an unforgettable visit to the tip of the African continent.