Top Cape Town tour recommendations from our tour guide – Part 2

In the second part of our our tour guide’s series, we share two more must-do tours while you’re exploring beautiful Cape Town.

If you missed the first part of our series, you can view our tour guide’s recommendations, here.

Constantia Wine Estates and Kirstenbosch

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The Constantia Valley is situated right on our doorstep, only 17 km from Cape Town, and the oldest wine producing region in the southern hemisphere. Home to some of the world’s finest wines, the wine route consists of ten wine farms, each with their own distinctive heritage and premium wines. The Constantia wine tour takes you into the heart of the Constantia Wine Route, with unparalleled views of the valley and the vineyards.  Each wine estate has their own heritage and premium wines.

Bonus: The Constantia Wine Route is only 27km from the airport.

While this tour does have a heavy focus on wine, we also recommend spending some time at the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens while you’re in the area, possibly with a bottle of wine from one of the local estates?

View our Constantia Wine Route Tour here.

The City through  Camps Bay via Chapmans Peak to Noordhoek 

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If there’s one tour you do during your time in Cape Town, we suggest that it be this one – the iconic Cape Peninsula Tour. Starting from the vibrant heart of the city, we head around the peninsula, for jaw-dropping views at every turn.

This tour goes as far as Cape Point, including time there at your leisure and a stop at Simon’s Town on the False Bay Coast for a look around and head to Boulder’s Beach to see a colony of African penguins.Return to your Cape Town hotel via the pretty towns of Fish Hoek and Muizenberg with your final stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. From the famous palm-tree lined beaches of Camps Bay, through to Hout Bay and Noordhoek’s farm village and laid-back lifestyle, we can’t recommend it highly enough.

View our Cape Peninsula Tour here.

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Our top three places to see the wildflowers in Cape Town

While there’s still a discernible nip in the air, nothing can dampen the flurry of wildflowers that will blanket the Cape in the coming weeks.

From this week until late September, Cape Town’s spectacular flower season is in full bloom and just begging for a road trip. Here are three of our favourite spots to see the wildflowers this spring.

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Possibly a surprise inclusion, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, set on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, is a close and beautiful spot to watch nature bloom this season. Whether you choose to do a guided tour, or spend a few hours discovering alone, the garden is home to thousands of plants and flowers that will be at their best this time of year.

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Bontebok National Park

Often referred to as the jewel in the Cape Floral Kingdom’s crown, the Bontebok National Park is a jewel in its crown. Set over 27 kilometers, the park comes alive in flower season, with some of the most beautiful flower formations in the world. The park is in Swellendam and just under three hours from Cape Town – we suggest making the most of your trip to the area and spending the night to truly soak up the natural beauty.

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Darling Wild Flower Show

Possibly the most famous wildflower attraction in the Cape, the annual Darling Wild Flower Show takes place in September, and sees visitors from all over the country flock to this quaint West Coast down. Barely an hour from Cape Town, you can find over 1 200 species of flora – 80 of which are are endemic to the Western Cape. Another excuse to pack a bag, spend the night, and get to know the town.

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The Canola Fields

While not a wildflower, we thought the spectacular yellow carpets of canola fields close to Bot Rivier deserve special mention – just an hour from the city, via the N2. Vibrant yellow, as far as the eye can see, you can pay them a visit over the next few weeks.

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Top Cape Town tour recommendations from our tour guide

With so much to explore in Cape Town, it can be overwhelming deciding where to start. We chatted to our of our experienced tour guides for his top recommendations of his favourite tours, and those most-loved by guests.

After all, who better to trust than an expert? Here are our top three recommendations for a tour in Cape Town.

The South Peninsula Tour

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Head south along the Cape Peninsula to our first stop Hout Bay, a coastal neighbourhood that sits roughly halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point, is a fishing village and has retained its friendly, small-town appeal. Enjoy time at leisure here – perhaps exploring independently, or visiting nearby Duiker Island to see its colony of  Cape fur seals.

We continue via Chapmans Peak to the southernmost edge of the Cape Peninsula at the far end of Table Mountain National Park to reach Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. On the way back to Cape Town, visit Simon’s Town on the False Bay Coast before heading to Boulder’s Beach to see the world-famous colony of African penguins. Return to your Cape Town hotel via the pretty towns of Fish Hoek and Muizenberg with your final stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Get all the details on our Cape Point Tour here.

The Stellenbosch Wine Route

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Home to more than 140 wine farms, Stellenbosch, also known as the Eikestad (City of Oaks in Afrikaans) is the second oldest town in South Africa and was founded by Simon van der Stel in 1679. Stellenbosch is known for its beautiful Cape Dutch buildings, its distinguished university and fabulous choice of wines and beautiful wine estates.

Stellenbosch and its winelands boasts the largest concentration and variety of wine farms and wine tasting venues in the country, and together form the wine making, research and viticulture hub of South Africa. Oak-lined streets and a holiday atmosphere make this quiet “old world” town the perfect base for wine and culture lovers alike.

Get all the details on our Stellenbosch Wine Tour here.

The Franschhoek Wine Valley

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More than three centuries ago about 200 French Huguenots, settled in the Berg River Valley and founded the community of Franschhoek. With its hot summers and the majority of its rainfall in winter, the French Huguenots recognised the potential of the region for wine production and fruit growing. Breath-taking scenery, fine wine and a quaint small village atmospheres are draw cards for this award winning region. Wine estates on the Franschhoek wine route include Allee Bleu, Backberg, Bread & Wine, Haute Cabriere and Vrede en Lust

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Exploring the South Peninsula

Known for its laid-back spirit, long, white beaches and beautiful landscapes, it’s hard to believe that the South Peninsula is only 40 minutes from the city centre – when it feels like a world away.

Easy enough for a day trip, but still enough to keep you busy for a full weekend, here are a few of our must-visit spots when you visit the South Peninsula.

Where to eat

The Foodbarn Restaurant

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With one of Cape Town’s most loved chefs at the helm, the Foodbarn Restaurant has been serving delicious “casual” fine dining in Noordhoek for years. Led by Chef Franck Dangereux, the property includes a deli, restaurant, wine bar and tapas style offering. The extensive menu features French classics, with Cape flavour – such as la bouillabaisse du cap, a rich fish soup with grilled fish, prawn & mussels, saffron and garlic potato mousseline, rouille and crouton and a classic steak tartare – hand chopped with tartare sauce, croutons and parmesan cream.

Make your reservation and find them here.

Cafe Roux

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Also set in Noordhoek’s beautiful farm village, Cafe Roux gives guests a relaxed space in which to enjoy a meal and glass of wine, often alongside frequent live music. Describing their menu as “fresh and unpretentiously delicious“, they’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and are child-friendly.

Find them here.

Where to drink

Aegir Project Brewery

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While you can enjoy a selection of the Cape’s finest wine at almost any restaurant in the area, we suggest making a stop at one of two local breweries in the South Peninsula. Aegir Project Brewery has a number of beers on offer for tasting, and, is also rumoured to serve incredible pretzel bratwurst rolls. Worth a drive out to Noordhoek alone.

See what they get up to online, here.

Where to stay

Atlantic Dream Villa

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Delving even deeper into the South, head on down to Scarborough and spend the night at the luxurious Atlantic Dream Villa. A double storey, beachfront villa, this beautiful property can sleep 10 and overlooks white, sandy beaches and a peaceful milkwood forest. Close enough to town, you can easily be there in time for dinner on a Friday evening.

Get all the details here.

 Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel

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One of the newer additions to Simon’s Town, the aha Quayside Hotel is perched just across from the famous yacht basin. Offering nautically styled, 4-star accommodation, with either mountain or ocean views, it’s perfect for a last-minute seaside escape.

Get all the details here.

Getting to know Heritage Square

 Set in the heart of the CBD, Heritage Square is home to the award-winning Chef’s Warehouse, and iconic steakhouse, HQ.

We look a little further into this beautiful square, and share a few hidden gems that are just waiting to be discovered.

Cape Town Gin Company

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Distilling in Elgin, the Cape Town Gin Company has an intimate tasting room just outside the entrance to HQ, where you can taste their three gins, including their “Pink Lady”- with flavours of hibiscus and rosewater, and their iconic “Cape Town Rooibos Red Gin” – celebrating one of the Cape’s most famous exports, together with elements of orange and cinnamon.

Details: Cape Town Gin Company | 021 593 8800

Roost & Co

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Aiming to provide a wholesome chicken dining experience for the whole family, Roast & Co uses only free-range birds, served alongside a selection of delicious dishes – think pumpkin fritters, charred corn and truffle pap among others. We have a feeling that your Sunday roast won’t quite be the same again.

Details: Roast & Co | 021 424 6372

Dorrance City Winery

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The passion project of Christophe and Sabrina, Dorrance offers an urban wine cellar and tasting room in the heart of the city – expect narrow doorways, exposed granite walls, dimly-lit rows of barriques. Hailing from Calvados, Christophe has used his experience as a supplier of premium French barriques to produce finely crafted wines in the French tradition. View the full range of wines here. If all that wine tasting has made you hungry, then we suggest popping into their wine bar and restaurant, Bouchon, next door.

Details: Dorrance City Winery | 021 422 0695

You Bet It’s Ice Cream

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A relatively new kid to the block, You Bet It’s Ice Cream has quickly become known for its constantly changing flavours, vegan options – and boozy ice creams. From Chardonnay to gin and vodka, you might easily be tempted to switch your after-dinner drink for an after-dinner ice cream. A nightcap and dessert in one? It gets the thumbs up from us.

Details: You Bet It’s Ice Cream | 079 648 3595

Find Heritage Square at 90 Bree Street, Cape Town.

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Things to do with kids in Cape Town

While Cape Town is a popular family holiday destination throughout the year, the Easter holidays are particularly well-loved by those who want to plan some time away during the school holidays. Whether it’s for mom or dad to compete in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, or simply to spend some time enjoying the sites of the city – we’ve put together a list of our top five activities that the whole family can enjoy in the Mother City.

Visit the Planetarium

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The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent, and a treat for young and old alike. Offering daily shows and an interactive exhibit, you’ll be wowed by the expanse of the universe and leave with renewed appreciation for our little planet Earth. The Planetarium has a revolving show schedule, which has also included 360 degree cinema experiences on the human body, and more – so be sure to view their schedule to plan your visit.

A trip up Table Mountain

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The Table Mountain Arial Cableway is one of the most-visited attractions in the country, if not the continent, for good reason. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the floor of the cablecar itself slowly rotates, giving you panoramic views before you’ve even reached the top of the mountain. When you arrive, the whole family will be able to explore this famous attraction via dedicated pathways, with a café giving you the chance to enjoy an ice cream, or something more substantial, before your trip back down. While this is a family-friendly activity, it is still a mountain and, as always, children should be well-supervised and not left to wander alone.

Spend time at the 2 Oceans Aquarium

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Situated just outside the V & A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium, is possibly the perfect family activity in the city. A world-class facility, there’s sure to be something on almost any time you visit – from predator feeding, to penguin experiences and a touch pool for little ones to get a first-hand feel of the ocean, it’s worth putting a few hours aside to do this Cape Town attraction justice.

A picnic in Kirstenbosch Gardens

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Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the perfect spot to spend a few hours feasting on a blanket, under the shade of a tree, while the kids run freely on the grass. With seemingly endless pathways, ponds and streams, it’s the perfect place for children to get rid of a little energy, while also taking in some fresh air in one of the most beautiful spots in the city.

A boat ride to Seal Island

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Take to the ocean and visit Hout Bay’s famous Seal Island with a trip on a glass-bottomed boat. Watch seals frolicking and see kelp forests gently swaying beneath you from Circe’s famous cruise. Afterwards, explore the fishing village with a visit to the Bay Harbour Market, and of course – fish and chips on the rocks.

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What to do on a Cape Town morning

Make the most of the bright summer’s mornings, and enjoy the Mother City before the town wakes up. Get an early start on your day, with our perfect itinerary for a morning in Cape Town.

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A walk along the promenade

Running from Mouille Point to Sea Point, Cape Town’s promenade is one of the city’s most-loved attractions – for locals and visitors alike. Offering 7 km of safe, paved walkway along the oceanfront, we suggest starting your day with a little sea spray. Don’t be surprised if you’re joined by dog-walkers, runners, roller bladers and more – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan city.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

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Situated just outside the V & A Waterfront, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market has quickly become a Cape Town institution, with locals flocking to get their fresh produce and artisanal goods on a Saturday morning. From fresh flowers to leafy greens and healthy meals-on-the-go, you might even be treated to a spot of live music or the chance to adopt a local pup in need of a home, thanks to the good folks at Sidewalk Specials.

Bubbly and oysters at Sea Breeze Fish & Shell

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Having worked up a decent appetite, you need no more excuse to visit Sea Breeze Fish & Shell on Bree Street. A favourite since it opened, you can find sustainable seafood and a large selection of oysters and wine by the glass. Sit under an umbrella on their roadside benches and people watch, or head indoors for elegant, minimalist decor. If you don’t get your fill for brunch, we recommend coming back between 5pm – 6pm for oyster happy hour, when the delicious morsels are only R10 each.

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Explore Cape Town with our most popular tours

Our unforgettable guided tours of Cape Town allow you to experience the best of the Cape, while making the most of the time you have in the city.

Led by experienced guides, whether you want to experience our pristine coastal reserves and beaches, the famous wine estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, or take in the views from the world-famous Table Mountain – there’s no reason you can’t do it all with us. Ready for an adventure? Here are our three most popular day tours to whet your appetite.

The Cape Peninsula Tour

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From your Cape Town hotel, you’ll travel in our luxury vehicle as we head towards our first top of Hout Bay – a charming, multi-cultural fishing village. Keen to get out and explore on your own? You’re also able to hop on a boat for a trip to a nearby seal colony at Duiker Island.

From Hout Bay we head along Chapmans Peak – often considered to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world – until we arrive at Cape Point, the southernmost edge of the Cape Peninsula. There’s time to stretch your legs, explore the National Park, grab a bite to eat and take in the spectacular views. From here, we slowly head back towards Cape Town, stopping in at Simon’s Town – a quaint seaside village that is home to the country’s naval base, and Boulders Beach – famous for its colony of African Penguins. This tour ends at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, at the foot of Table Mountain.

The Stellenbosch or Franschhoek Wine Route Tour

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With its outstanding wine and beautiful scenery, no visit to Cape Town is complete without a day spent in the winelands. Our guide will take you to 2 or 3 wine farms for wine tasting and allow you to indulge, without having to worry about driving home afterwards. The two most popular regions are Stellenbosch or Franschhoek – both beautiful towns, home to exceptional wine estates – chat to us and we’ll help you decide on your route and plan your perfect day.

The Table Mountain and Robben Island Tour

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Offering spectacular views of the city, Robben Island and the peninsula, Table Mountain is one of the new wonders of the world for good reason and a visit should be top of your Cape Town to-do list. The state-of-the-art cable car offers 360 degree views on your journey, and we pre-book tickets, giving you more time to enjoy the views, and less time in queues. Once at the top, you can take in the views, explore via one of the sign-posted pathways or grab a drink and bite to eat. The cable car departs regularly, with the last car leaving at sunset.

From the top of the mountain to sea level, there are few places in South Africa that bear the weight and sheer historical importance of Robben Island. A short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront, you will be guided around this World Heritage Site by a former inmate, giving you unparalleled insight and understanding into one of the world’s most significant political landmarks.

 

What to see and do in the new Silo District

There’s no question that the new Silo District, just outside the V & A Waterfront, is going to be the place to be and be seen this summer season.

Billions of Rands later, what was once an area of bare, cement grain silos, is now home to some of the most prestigious brands and names in the country. We’ve put together a list of our top things to do and see in the new Silo District.

Lindt Chocolate Boutique

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Having moved from their old home in Green Point, the new Lindt Chocolate Boutique & Studio has opened in the Silo district of the Waterfront, and is, well, heaven. The only retail store with a studio attached outside of Switzerland, Capetonians can feel pretty special that this chocolate oasis is in our back yard. Apart from all sorts of chocolate classes, there is a small cafe counter, where you can order coffee and Lindt hot chocolate, as well as create your own customised chocolate bar. This takes 8 minutes and allows you to choose from a selection of extraordinary toppings – a fantastic gift idea. Oh, and there’s also a gelato counter, just in case your sweet tooth wasn’t already in overdrive.

Radisson RED

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Situated next to the Zeitz MOCAA, Radisson RED out-bid more than 60 hotels for this coveted spot. A short walk to the Waterfront and in the hub of the new Silo district, the hotel is inspired by art, music and fashion, with so many unique, quirky features that we can’t even begin to share them all here. If you’re looking for a hotel out of the ordinary, you will certainly find it at Radisson RED –  with coffee cups designed by local artists, BMW motorbikes that will take you to work or a meeting if you’re running late, and a rescued Boston Terrier mascot, Baxter, who encourages you to help other four-legged friends in need. Their roof-top pool deck also deserves special mention, and it sure to be a hotspot for sundowners as we head into season.

Zeitz MOCAA

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) could be said to be the founding name of the Silo District, as we now know it. A contemporary art museum that is set to open this Heritage Day weekend, you can find twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora spread over one hundred galleries and nine floors. Tickets are available here.

Kirsten Goss

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Having studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained a Fine Arts degree in Jewellery Design, Kirsten Goss has been creating beautiful pieces for over 15 years – with her most recent store opening in the Silo District. Working in a number of metals with precious and semi-precious stones, her jewellery is entirely hand finished, with the most seemingly insignificant aspects of every piece meticulously laboured until perfect.

The best day trips for Spring

With the return of longer days, added sunshine and warmer temperatures, it’s time to get out of hibernation mode and start exploring again.

From wildflowers to whales, here are our favourite day trips to take from Cape Town this Spring.

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Whale watching in Hermanus

Rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching locations in the world, Hermanus is under two hours from Cape Town and gives you the ability to spot these magnificent creatures from the land, air or sea.  Southern Right Whales migrate from the Antarctic around June to calve and mate, with calving taking place in August and September and males arriving for mating in October when the whale population peaks – making Spring the perfect time to take a drive down to Hermanus.

Make the most of the sun setting over the ocean, and head on over to the luxury Marine Hotel for sundowners and a bite to eat.

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Beautiful canola in Caledon

A gem in the Overberg, Caledon is barely an hour from Cape Town, and known for its fields of yellow canola, which hare particularly beautiful this time of year. If you have time to spare, make a weekend of it and spend time at their world-famous, mineral-rich hot springs.

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A seafood feast at Die Strandloper

A casual, open air restaurant, Die Strandloper is easily one of the most famous restaurants in Langebaan.  There’s a set menu with 10 courses, so put aside at least four hours. You’re welcome to bring your own drinks, cooler box encouraged, while you feast on the jewels of the sea. Traditional treats include, fish curry, angel fish and snoek, grilled haarders, smoked angel fish, snoek with sweet or steamed potato, plus waterblommertjie bredie.

Find our more on their website here.

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