European summer is ending and you know what that means, it’s not long before the warm chiling weather is around the corner in Cape Town! If you’re still searching for a destination for your holiday season get-away, look no further: Cape Town is the city you definitely need to visit! Floating on two oceans and secured by mountain chains, there is no wonder the setting has everything to feed your wanderlust and give you some warmth – since it’s located in the southern hemisphere. –
If you’re a wild soul, striving to travel and discover the most unique places on earth, we have put together 10 reasons why Cape Town should be on your bucket list.
10. Golf tours
Let a tour operator plan your golf holidays with a jaw-dropping scenery.
What makes Golf tours in South Africa special is their ability to give you multiple experiences in one! Basically, imagine yourself on a hot air balloon ride over a game reserve, then being able to go wine-tasting, relax in an award winning spa and finally get to play golf, all within the same day. In addition to that, a clear blue sky most of the year is an ingredient for great golfing conditions. That’s why a lot of worldwide famous golfers contributed in designing golf courses in South Africa.
The tour operator can take care of everything from accommodation to daily activities and sightseeing tours. All you’ll have to do is enjoy your vacation.
Our team’s recommendation: Pinnacle Point golf course; Pezula Championship golf course, both on the Garden Route.
9. City tours
By this point, you’ve made it to CPT, or you’re probably in the last stages of planning your trip, Welcome to CPT!
Now the first thing you need to do before all the fun attractions is to get acquainted with the city and understand more about its rich deep-rooted history. And for that, nothing is better than city tours. So make sure to book one as soon as you land.
Also, a stroll in Bo-Kaap is a must! The upper town (from Dutch “boven” “kaap”) overlooks the Central Business District and is a territory of coexistence where people from different backgrounds have chosen to put their differences aside and instead spread joy by making the streets the most colorful you’ll probably ever see.
8. A picnic on Signal’s Hill
Pack a picnic box, head to Signal’s Hill and I promise you’ll have a meal you’ll remember all your life!
The view is particularly worth seeing during evenings where you can take the time to admire the city lights which create a romantic atmosphere.
7. The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range
Located all the way between Sea Point and Hout Bay, the 12 Apostles Mountain Range is part of Cape Town’s most famous landmark: Table Mountain. Your souvenir photos could simply never be approved without at least a few of them with this mountain range.
A drive down the Victoria Road will make you feel like you’re living in a tv-show scene.
To enjoy this nice view, take part in our
6. Watch whales
Head a bit further down to locations such as Hermanus or Cape Agulhas – most southern point of the continent, where you can take part in a whale-watching boat trip. For a more intense experience, hike the Whale-Trail, an up to 5 days scenic hike which will give you the opportunity to observe whales.
5. Cape of Good Hope/Peninsula/Boulders Bay
Book a tour to the Cape Peninsula where you can enjoy myriad animals accompanied by a marvellous backdrop.
Stop by Boulders Bay, home to an endangered colony of penguins. Seeing penguins serves as a reminder that we’re at the edge of the continent. What a feeling is it to gaze into the horizon all while knowing that only the ocean separates us from the South Pole!
And of course, this trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Cape Point where you can see both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean blend, along with a beautiful landscape.
PS: It is a common misconception that the lowest point of the African continent lies in Cape of Good Hope. Contrary to popular belief, the lowest point of the continent is rather in Cape Agulhas, see above.
Tip: Keep at distance, penguins can be surprisingly aggressive
if they feel threatened.
Wait no longer to visit the Cape Peninsula.
The Cape Winelands is the largest wine producing region in the country with wine estates that have been established 4 centuries ago! So it is not surprising that many wine estates carry parts of the city’s history.
Let’s take Franschhoek as an example whose name in Dutch literally means the French corner. It tells the story of some 176 Huguenots refugees who settled on a 3.3 km² surface under the approval of the Dutch government in 1688. They later instaured their once local practices in the area. Hence the French wine names to nearly 30 South African wines.
Enjoy a wine-tasting session paired with a selection of cheese, and of course the country’s famous biltong. You even have the possibility to purchase the wines you liked the most.
To kill 2 birds with one stone, spare an hour for a session of winelands horse-riding. Though make sure to do that at the beginning since wine-tasting can leave you pretty tipsy. No wonder it’s the country’s fastest growing industry!
3. Watch a sunset from Lion’s Head
Located at less than 5 km away from the City Bowl, Lion’s Head hike allows you a quick escape and a fast way to burn up to 750 calories.
The one-hour up hike is a bit steep, which will give you a crucial sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after you’ve reached the peak of the mountain, at 699 metres. Once up, you can contemplate a panoramic view of the CBD and the Atlantic Seaboard & harbour.
Tip: Make sure to stop by Wally’s Cave for incredible photos,
2. Shark Cage Diving
Ever wanted to get so close to sharks but for safety reasons that was not an option? Your trip to Cape Town will allow you to do something out of the ordinary, now you can dive with sharks! And what about those safety issues? Don’t even think about it, you’ll be protected by a cage which will prevent the shark from harming you! So don’t waste any time, shark cage diving is waiting for you!
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Because coming to Africa, the land of the Big Five, without achieving a stereotypical attraction we’ve all fantasized about ever since we watched The Lion King would be completely and utterly absurd! I mean come on, all your favorite animals from the movie can roam freely around you with a natural set up that resembles the one seen on TV, who wouldn’t give anything to see that? Not to mention you’re unlikely to see any of the animals you’ll see in South Africa anywhere else in the world.