9 Amazing spots to visit in Cape Town
Capetonians have a deep love for their city, not only for the city but the magical beauty of its surroundings. This love usually deepens and strengthens during the summery month which is from December to February
SEA POINT PROMENADE
I am not sure if this really is a tourist attraction, but it is my most favourite place in the world, there is nothing I like better than a brisk, speedy walk along Sea Point Promenade.
Not only is the sea always exquisite and the sunsets and sunrises so tremendous, but also, there is always a special energy about this promenade. A walk along this paved seaside path in my opinion is a must. This is one of the fun, family friendly activities in Cape Town that costs nothing unless you are hiring a bicycle.
If you are an outdoor type of person, Cape Town has many gems for you to explore. Lion’s Head is one of the most popular hikes, that isn’t even really seen as a hike, in that even the most unsuspecting folk make time to walk up this mountain. If you are capable, then please do yourself a favour and find somebody who can accompany you up this mountain. The view from the top, as cheesy as it sounds, is truly breathtaking and so worth the gentle climb. Please remember to wear sun-cream, never walk alone and take a bottle of water and snacks if you are someone who enjoys or needs edible refueling. Another extremely popular way to climb this gorgeous mountain is by the light of the moon. The full moon hike is so well liked and at times quite crowded, but this doesn’t mean that you should take a solo climb to the top.
The Waterfront is situated so perfectly, it has views of Table Mountain, the city, the Atlantic Ocean and the Table Bay Harbour, which by the way is still a working harbour.
The Waterfront is an option to visit in the day or the night.
Plenty to do, other than a day of strolling around the mall shopping, you can also choose to have a meal from over 80 restaurants, or have a ride on The Big Wheel which gives you the pleasure of seeing the city’s view from above.
The Waterfront offers a huge variety of shopping, from designer wear, to gadgets, to groceries and the list goes on.
There is such a fun, vibrant energy at The Waterfront during the day, and at night you could opt for a romantic stroll along the harbour’s edge.
Clifton is known as Cape Town’s St. Tropez, has Blue Flag status and has also been rated one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Clifton has four beaches in a row, named first, second, third and fourth beach. It is home to some of the most wanted real estate in the world, especially the sea facing properties.
All four beaches are beautiful and safe for swimmers, but the water on that side of the mountain can be a little bit cold all year round.
Nevertheless, holiday makers still flock to Clifton’s pretty white beaches in droves during the summer season for surfing, swimming, standup paddling, kayaking and other fun water activities.
Before I tell you about Cape Point I must warn you about the baboons. Please do not feed them or eat around them or get too close. Hold onto your bags as well as there have been stories of baboons robbing tourists, be weary when getting in and out of your car. Cape Point is a wonderful place to visit, the landscape consists of magnificent bays, and fynbos covered hills and valleys. When in Cape Point you can either plan to hike up the mountain, have a picnic on the beach or in the park, mountain bike or have lunch in the restaurant. The lighthouse at Cape Point is the most powerful lighthouse in South Africa. There is also a funicular you can ride on to once again to see the alluring scenery from up high.
One of the Seven Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is Cape Town’s flat-topped mountain and well known landmark that over looks the city. This is one of the most serious must-sees when visiting Cape Town!
One could either choose to hike up or down or take the cable car, this journey only takes about 6 minutes, and the cable car rotates which will give you incomparable views of the city.
Once you are at the top you could either choose to dine at the restaurant, pack a picnic or buy something small from the little shop.
My tip is to always take a jacket with you incase it is windy or cooler up there. Apart from the spectacular view, one of the most exciting things about being on top of Table Mountain is seeing the wildlife. Look out for Dassies (Rock Hyrax) a very cute guinea pig like animal, which is actually related to the elephant.
There are five different wine routes to choose from in Cape Town, namely, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Constantia, Franschhoek and Durbanville.
I know that at JC le Roux you can also do a grape juice tasting, which is a nice option for non-drinkers like me.
Wine farms are so delightful and usually have outstanding restaurants too. The drive to the wine farms is always glorious and well worth it. The best way to do a wine route is to include a delicious lunch at one of the most famous wine farms. Have your cameras charged, as there will be many beauteous pictures to take on your day out at the wine farms.
The water on this side of the mountain is much warmer than Clifton.
Apart from the charming sheltered beach, and warmer waters, the main reason you will be going to Boulders is to see the African Penguins. This beach has become an international tourist destination, and it is often a lot less busy than Clifton. Your day at Boulders will definitely be a fun one. If you don’t fancy another whole day at the beach, but just want to see the penguins, you can take the boardwalk path that was made especially for penguin viewing.
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
Kirstenbosch is one of the world’s best botanical gardens.
Beautifully situated at the bottom of Table Mountain, with plenty of sprawled out lawns for picnickers, paths for walkers and trees to lie under for avid readers. Kirstenbosch also has several hiking trails that lead up the mountain, as well as a newly added tree top canopy walk, called The Snake.
The main focus at Kirstenbosch is growing and preserving indigenous plants. The conservatory houses plants from different areas of South Africa, and I would advice you pop in to see what is on display before continuing on your outdoors adventure. There is a restaurant at Kirstenbosch as well if you haven’t packed a picnic. In the summer months try and get tickets to one of the Sunday evening outdoors concerts hosted in the gardens.