The iconic Table Mountain, located in the heart of the city, sets the skyline and provides the most spectacular views over the city. It is a daily reminder of how beautiful this city is and the spirit of Cape Town people. A trip to the summit is a must for all visitors to Cape Town. There are two options to reach the top either in the state of the art Cableway or you can hike up one of the many paths. I can assure you the views will leave you breathless.
The Table Mountain National Park and Cape Peninsula create incredible natural beauty with plenty of scenic towns and beaches to explore. To complement this beauty there are endless wine estates to explore in the Cape Winelands (around 200) each with its own picturesque setting, heritage, award-winning wines and restaurants which all contribute to the unique experience. I absolutely love exploring the winelands and have enjoyed many delicious meals at their outstanding restaurants.
The V&A Waterfront is a great tourist hub with plenty of entertainment, shopping and restaurants to explore. You can take a scenic helicopter ride, cruise in Table Bay, take a tour to Robben Island or simply relax in one of the many restaurants. Robben Island is not to be missed if you are interested in exploring the history of our great Nelson Mandela. He was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years on the island and I’m sure the experience will leave you moved and capture your heart forever.
Once Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront have been discovered. It’s time for a trip down to Cape Point Nature Reserve. There are few drives in the world that can match this spectacular coastal road. Once leaving Hout Bay the winding road will take you through Chapman’s Peak Drive alongside steep cliffs on the one side and stunning ocean views on the other. Chapman’s Peak Drive had an upgrade in 1999 and won international praise for being one of the most innovative road engineering projects and won the 2004 civil engineering award for road design.
Cape Point Nature Reserve is nature at its finest and you will experience some of the most breathtaking ocean and mountain scenery in the world. You can easily spend a day exploring this stunning nature reserve. Take the funicular up to the Lighthouse for panoramic views and enjoy a meal at the outstanding Two Oceans Restaurant.
A visit to the adorable African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is not to be missed. They will leave your heart feeling a little warmer and the beach is beautifully maintained and perfect for swimming. This is a wonderful experience for all ages.
I love visiting retro Kalk Bay which has a different feel about it and certainly a different pace with its picturesque harbour and quirky shops it adds another dimension to the Cape Town experience. Being a seafood lover here you will find one of my favourite restaurants, Harbour House, with its spectacular views of the ocean and delicious seafood – the perfect combination.
I highly recommend a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. It is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. Set on the slopes of the Table Mountain National Park the gardens exhibit Southern African plants including rare and endangered species. In commemoration of her 100th birthday a Treetop Canopy Walkway was designed and installed giving visitors a surreal experience walking above the trees in an area that is normally difficult to get to and provides magnificent panoramic views of the gardens and surrounding mountains. This is magical experience.
For adventure enthusiasts there are endless options from abseiling, zip lining, paragliding, skydiving, shark cage diving, surfing, kite surfing, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking this city has it all.
Cape Town will provide a culinary journey to remember with its vast selection of charismatic restaurants to explore to meet every culinary desire. From fine dining to a more casual environment, beach side cafes, coffee shops and gourmet picnics the choice is endless.
Cape Town is a shopping paradise and will satisfy your every desire so ensure to pack light so you have space for all your booty from beautiful African souvenirs and beadwork, to flea markets and boutique shops, artwork, fine wine, jewellery and let’s not forget the Diamonds.
Capetonians are friendly, carefree people with a unique flair for design and colour. This beautiful cosmopolitan city offers plenty of diversity to explore from the wealthy metropolis to the outlying townships. The 2010 Soccer World Cup provided much needed improvements to the public transport system as well as some city locations. Even the determination of the underprivileged communities is encouraging with innovative projects that put food from organic market gardens on tables or sell beautiful souvenirs.
Cape Town is every travellers dream destination with an abundance of beauty and entertainment to tantalise every tourist. I am sure by the time you leave Cape Town will have found a special place in your heart with many memorable experiences and you will feel content, allured and seduced by her beauty and understand my love and passion for My Cape Town.