The first botanical garden in the world to be declared UNESCO World Heritage Site is worth exploring. Meandering paths to view the local fynbos which forms a huge part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and is unique to this part of the world. Relax on the expansive lawns and indulge in a picnic of cheese and wine else enjoy a scrumptious meal at a choice of two restaurants. Visit the indigenous nursery and fascinating sculpture garden. Finally, the Boomslang is an amazing canopy walkway which provides visitors with brilliant panoramas of the surrounding nature.
With more than 24 million visitors annually, the V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most visited destinations. Situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbour, with Table Mountain as its backdrop, the V&A Waterfront is a favourite for both local and international visitors.
A mix of both local and international cuisine is offered at more than 80 eateries. And the spoils do not end there, one can choose from over 500 retail stores, five museums and live entertainment 365 days a year showcasing the best local music. Engage in a wide variety of further activities such as sunset cruises, helicopter flips, free audio tours, or visit the award winning Two Oceans Aquarium. Along with 22 heritage sites and tourism landmarks, art lovers can indulge in African art at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) – the historic Grain Silo which is home to the world’s largest collection of contemporary art from Africa.
TABLE MOUNTAIN AERIAL CABLEWAY
Boasting a state-of-the-art cable car which rotates and offers spectacular 360-degree views, takes visitors from the lower level to the mountain top in about 5 minutes. Operating seven days a week, trips occur every 10 to 15 minutes with times varying throughout the year.
Once reaching the top 3,500ft above the city, one can enjoy a self-service buffet café or pack a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the national park. With nature at its best, you will see lizards, butterflies, rock hyrax and the odd porcupine enjoying the Cape’s indigenous flora. Binoculars are essential to enjoy the abundance of birdlife from eagles to sunbirds.
Boulders Beach, between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, offers a unique experience to observe up close, a colony of African penguins that exist in the middle of a residential area. Previously called Jackass penguins because of their braying call, these birds wander freely in a protected natural environment.
An entrance fee is required to access the sandy shores. The area is strictly controlled by the South African National Parks (SANparks) authority ensuring facilities are well maintained and spotless. Once through the turnstiles, freely explore the large 540 million year old granite boulders and small rock pools in close proximity of the penguins.
GROOT CONSTANTIA: A WINE LOVER’S PARADISE
Groot Constantia – South Africa’s oldest wine estate – is visited by wine lovers from near and far. Outstanding quality wines have been produced here since 1685 with its award-winning wines still celebrated around the world today.
Superb dining expertly paired with the estate’s award-winning wines are on offer at Simon’s and Jonkershuis restaurants. Romantic picnics and private dining opportunities may be arranged. Indulge in Simon’s Restaurant favourites such as crispy pork belly and scrumptious hamburgers in a setting between the lush vineyards, or a setting amongst ancient oak trees at Jonkershuis Restaurant offering rustic yet elegant Cape Malay menu.
ROBBEN ISLAND MUSEUM
This World Heritage Site and museum offers daily tours which begin at the V&A Waterfront where guests jump onto the ferry for a scenic trip to the island.
This learning experience offers many ways to share South Africa’s political history and gain insight into the struggles and triumphs of the past.