Activities in Cape Town
Climbing up Table Mountain simply has to be on your list for a visit to Cape Town. The view is gigantic! The ascent over Skeleton Gorge takes about four hours. The fascinating scenic route starts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Ideal for those hot summer days as a big part of this route is in the shade. In case you don't feel like walking you can alternatively take the cable car.
A hike up Lion's Head is always worth your while. Especially on full moon nights it is a dream and very popular. The route leads around the mountain, so you have a 360 degree view while you climb up.
Cape Town's Miami Beach. Along the promenade there are a number of cafes and bars. The beach bustles with sunbathers. There is a volleyball net in summer for beach volley. A sundowner at "Caprice" rounds off the day!
Stellenbosch - the second oldest town in South Africa - is the most visited tourist destination in the adjoining Cape Winelands. The selection of wineries is endless. There are also a few wineries around Cape Town for instance in the Constantia area. Here you will find beautiful old wineries such as The Groot Constantia.
Groot Constantia Winery, Groot Constantia Rd, Cape Town | Phone: 021 794-5128
If the good conditions have kept you on the water and left little time for wine tasting do not forget that you can also enjoy wines very close to us - in Durbanville. Only 20 minutes drive from TableView there is some great wine tasting along the Durbanville Wine Valley route. For example, Durbanville Hills, Meerendal, Hillcrest and Nitida. Lunch in style at Cassis on the Nitida Wine Estate.
Cassis Restaurant, Tygerbergvalley Rd, Durbanville | Phone: 021 976-0640
Paarl & Franshoek
If you take the old road to Franschhoek from Paarl (R44) one comes to the Hells Hoogte Pass. This connects Stellenbosch with the Franschhoek Valley. On the pass, amongst other you will find the Tokara Winery with its adjoining DeliCatEssen Restaurant and Deli. Here you can nibble on gourmet platters and a glass of Tokara wine while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful view over the mountains.
DeliCatEssen, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch | Phone: 021 808-5950
On the way to Hermanus on the N2 on top of Sir Lowry's Pass you will find Elgin and Grabouw. We love this area. Rather unknown one can truly appreciate wineries without sharing them with thousands of other visitors. Oak Valley Wine Estate is led by an organic farmer and is not only known for good wine but also for the Kobu-cattle breeding. In addition, the winery is a mecca for bikers.
Oak Valley Wine Estate, N2, Grabouw | Phone: 021 859-2510
It is rather easy to forget about this small village north on the N7 to Malmesbury. Here in the Riebeek Valley, you can find some - relatively unknown - wineries. Riebeek is also great for olive cultivation. For example at Kloovenburg Wine & Olives. At Short Street in Riebeek Kasteel eat at Bar Bar Black Sheep and drink wine from the region (not available anywhere else). Buy at The Wine Kollective.
Bar Bar Black Sheep, Short Street, Riebeek Kasteel | Phone: 022 448-1031
The Wine Collective, Short Street, Riebeek Kasteel | Phone: 022 448-1008
Hermanus is an hours drive from Cape Town. It is beautifully landscaped. There are endless beaches, a lagoon and the hinterland is deep dark green. During the whale season from August to September the whales come very close to the beach. With a little luck you can see them throughout the year as their numbers are increasing steadily.
Cape Town is famous for its markets - enjoy and shop.
Every first Saturday of the month Bo-Kap hosts the Food & Craft Market. The Bo-Kap is the Malay Quarter in the city center. A cultural experience of a different kind, the market is at Schotschekloof Civic Hall on Upper Wale Street. All we can say is: "Learn to Make Curry in a Hurry."
The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Road, Woodstock - Open on a Saturday morning till afternoon (09.00 - 15.00). On Saturdays there is a tent with local designer goods as well as a large market with a great selection of organic food and more. It can get extremely crowded in the season!
Brand new in Woodstock is the Woodstock Exchange. Just like The Biscuit Mill, this little "mall" is on Albert Road direction town. Find it on your left hand side after the cute stone church. Various designers from Cape Town have opened shops & studios here. It's worth checking out.
If you are looking for an alternative to the Old Biscuit Mill then head to Hout Bay to the recently opened “The Bay Harbour Market” at the end of the port. It is open on Friday from 17 - 21.00 and on weekends from 09:30 to 16:00.
Take a little time on the weekend to stroll over the flea market in Paarden Island.
Greenmarket Square off Long Street downtown is still the best place for "all things African". From bangles to wooden giraffes to masks – there is nothing African you will not find here. Open every day during the week.
Sightseen Bus Tours
The Hop-on Hop-off City Tour Bus shows you Cape Town from a different perspective. The double-decker bus stops at all tourist points, be it the Table Mountain, the District Six Museum or Camps Bay Beach. You can start in front of the aquarium at the Waterfront. Simply park, pay and get on and off the bus wherever and whenever you want.
A visit to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simonstown can be combined with a bus tour to Cape Point.
A summer treat are the concerts at the Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. They start at 17.30. So best be there from 16.00. Do not forget your picnic basket and blanket!
As an alternative to the summer concerts in the botanical garden you can enjoy open-air concerts at Paul Cluver Wines. The amphitheater is located in a eucalyptus forest - bring blankets!
De Rust Estate, N2, Grabouw | Phone: 021 844-0605
From the N2, turn right onto Valley Road. The road is worth a visit. The restaurant Gordon Manuel @ The Venue on South Hill Wine Estate is great for lunch. If you'd rather enjoy a pizza then pay Old Mac Daddy a visit - either way both are actually a must.
Old Mac Daddy | Phone: 021 844-0241
South Hill Estate | Phone: 021 844-0033