When in Rome, they say… but what about when you’re in Cape Town? We take a look at some of the quintessentially Cape Town things any visitor with a sense of adventure – and appetite – simply must do.
Take on the Table
Table Mountain, or just “The Mountain” as she is fondly referred to by locals is a city centrepiece, so to speak, and there are many ways this splendid rock can be enjoyed. Mostly she needs to be summited! The cable car is a popular (and easy!) way to get up, but for the real experience we suggest taking a hike. There are various routes for getting to the top, suited to the hiker’s level of skill and experience. Our hiking and trekking tours on Table Mountain offer you fully guided half- or full-day tours and our tours are fully customisable to suit your particular needs. Hiking enthusiasts can also try one of the other great hikes around the city.
Say a shout-out to the sharks
There will only be a handful of times in life when you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with a Great White shark, one of the most majestic predators on the planet. And one of those times is when visiting Cape Town. Great Whites love the Cape waters thanks to the abundance of naturally occurring Cape Fur seals in Gansbaai on the East Coast and along the False Bay Coast.
With our Shark Cage Diving tours the emphasis is on education and conservation. As such, our trips are designed to get you as close to the animals as possible without negatively impacting on their natural behaviour.
Wander the winelands
One couldn’t possibly visit Cape Town and not experience the fruit of our vines! Our city’s surrounds is home to some of the most renowned winelands in the world, and where there’s wine there’s a way to taste it. Our way is a little different as we like to incorporate adventure into our tastings… We tour the beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve on bicycle – it’s the best way to experience and appreciate the fynbos, of which there are more than 1 000 species in the reserve – and bask in the beauty of the natural surroundings. After that we enjoy a leisurely lunch on the beach before we head to Constantia for tastings at two famous wine farms.
Let’s hear it from the locals
But we can rant on about adventure all day and because the city has so much more also on offer, we asked a couple of Capetonians for their “When in Cape Town” suggestions:
“When in Cape Town, be sure to have dinner at the Mother City’s “secret garden” restaurant, Kloof Street House. I know it is very cliched to say, but there really is something magical about that place.” – Gary Hartley, Editor of CapeTownMagazine.com
“I think the thing I love about Cape Town is the fact that I can go hike the hills or mountains in the morning, then go wine tasting in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. The afternoons can be spent on the beach; I’d suggest Llandudno or Clifton beach (also check out our list of the best beaches in Cape Town). In the evenings there is so much to choose from. I can go have a glass of wine or beer at a trendy bar in Bree Street, then go party at a number of different clubs. Breakfast the next morning is a must, with Jason Bakery and Jarryds in Sea Point boasting a great menu.” – Brett Webb, Senior Art Director at Geometry Global