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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Trending travel – a peek inside Cape Town’s hotspots

The South African tourism industry is constantly shifting and evolving, with people looking for a different kind of travel experience.

Whether travelling for business, leisure, or a bit of both (coined as “bleisure” tourism), people want to experience as much as possible within a limited time frame. South Africa has a plethora of vibrant attractions to offer the curious traveller, and Cape Town is at the heart of it all!

Sarah Rootman, owner of Cape Voyage, shared her thoughts on recent travel trends in Cape Town.

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With summer approaching, what are you most looking forward to?

Touring Cape Town and basking in the sun! Scenic drives, beach picnics, and walks along the promenade are some of my favourites.

What are 3 must-do activities in Cape Town that you recommend?

A scenic drive along the Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point, with a mandatory stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. And, of course, a visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a visit to the winelands.

Cape Town is best-known for its incredible wine farms. What are some of your favourite farms, and what makes them stand out?

There are so many, but we love Waterford Wine Estate. Some delightful wine farms listed on our tours (and website) include Delaire Graff, Haute Cabriere, Steenberg, Constantia Glen, De Grendel and Warwick.

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In your opinion, what makes for a great wine tasting experience?

Beautiful views, a good sommelier and great service are a must.

Travelstart recently featured a blog on 5 Undiscovered Wine Farms In and Around Cape Town. Which winery would you include in your tour?

They all sound great, but we will definitely visit Whalehaven Winery when we plan our tours to Hermanus to see the whales in a month or two.

What trends have you noticed in your company in the last year about travel and tourism in South Africa?

We are seeing more and more international travellers, and so many are returning for their annual summer holiday. With so much to offer – beaches, hiking, world-class restaurants and warm weather – Cape Town is certainly becoming the place to visit.

In your experience, how are local tourists different from foreign tourists?

I think locals take so much for granted. Foreign visitors show their appreciation for what they see and experience, and there’s a certain excitement to see and explore as much as possible.

Cape Voyage has been around for 7 years. How would you define your company’s success?

It may be a cliché, but good service. We are quick to respond to all enquiries and are available 24/7. We understand that with travel, things can change at the last minute, so we have to be flexible and able to accommodate last-minute changes. Our drivers and tour guides are very reliable and will always go the extra mile to ensure our guests have a memorable time.

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If Travelstart approached Cape Voyage to do a team-building event, what would you recommend?

We work with a company that specializes in team events, so we would be able to provide the transport, (luxury sedans, minivans or coaches depending on the numbers) and ensure you have a safe, comfortable trip.

Gear up for summer in Cape Town, where its beckoning coastlines, shimmering beaches and natural wildlife will take your breath away. Get ready to wine and dine your way through some of the Cape’s most spectacular wine farms, set against picturesque landscapes. Whether you’re a local or first-time visitor, you’re in for a treat with Cape Voyage’s fantastic tours and tailor-made packages!

Interview as told to Travelstart

3 Great day trips from Cape Town

If winter’s already giving you cabin fever, or you want a quick break without breaking the bank – you’ll soon realise that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to easy day trips around the Cape.

Here are three of our top day trips, all under two hours from the Mother City – ensuring you’ll be back in time for dinner.

Explore the South Peninsula

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Only 40 minutes from the centre of town, there’s so much to explore “down south”, from Muizenberg all the way through to Cape Point. Whether it’s time spent exploring quirky and colourful Kalk Bay, before heading on to historic Simons Town with its famous penguins at Boulders Beach, you can easily spend an entire day in the area. If you have time to spare, we suggest heading out to Cape Point – the most southerly point in Africa – and taking in the incredible views, before enjoying a late lunch at their restaurant. Keen for a more DIY option? Pack a picnic and enjoy it on one of the private beaches within the nature reserve. You’ll return home feeling like you’ve had a true holiday away!

Darling and the West Coast

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Particularly popular during wild flower season, from August to October, the West Coast is barely an hour from the CBD. With lagoons and beaches reminiscent of the Mediterranean, set against endless carpets of vibrant flowers, it’s easy to make a day of the area. If you want to experience some local culture while you’re there, then we suggest looking into the San Bushman Cycle Tour, which allows you to explore the history of the !Khwa ttu people, who have been in the area for over 2,000 years. We also recommend stopping in at Evita Se Perron – the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout – and Darling Brew, a local microbrewery offering tastings and delicious platters.

A day in Hermanus

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One of the most famous whale-watching towns in the world, Hermanus is under two hours from the city, making it a popular day-trip destination. A bustling town, set against the rocks and cliffs of the coast, it has small-town charm – but comes alive during whale-watching season – from October onwards. With the Hemel-en-Aarde wine route just outside town, and plenty of kayaking and water-sports options, the family-friendly town offers something for everyone. A must-visit if you’re in Cape Town for more than a few days.

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Top 5 things include in a trip to Cape Town

Planning a trip to Cape Town can be overwhelming – no matter if you’re a local traveller, or visiting from further abroad. With so many attractions and things to see, it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve put together our 5 top things to include in a trip to Cape Town for you.

Table Mountain

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Whether you choose to explore Cape Town’s icon by cable car or by foot – you can’t visit the city and not visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Set aside some time to spend at the top, taking in the views from every angle and enjoying a bite to eat at the restaurant. The hike can be challenging, if you are contemplating tackling it by foot – so remember to take the necessary precautions and prepare accordingly.

A helicopter trip

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No matter if you’re a Cape Town local or international visitor, seeing the city from the sky is guaranteed to wow you. With flights as short as 15 minutes, all the way up to one hour, it’s easy to fit one in to your schedule, even if you’re pressed for time. Most flights depart from the V & A Waterfront, making it a central option for most visitors. Be sure to book in advance, especially in peak season (November – March).

Cape Peninsula Tour to Cape Point

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The Southern-most tip of Africa, the iconic Cape Point Nature Reserve allows you to do everything from taking scenic hikes, to getting up close and personal with African Penguins at Boulders Beach. A beautiful drive from the city, it’s worth booking out at least half a day in your diary to make the most of this area.  Note that entrance fees for the nature reserve do apply.

A visit to the winelands

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Showcasing more than simply spectacular Cape wine, the three main wine regions around the Cape – Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are also filled with heritage monuments and rich history of the area. If you’re short on time, Constantia is barely 30 minutes from the city centre – with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch more suited if you have half a day or more to spend. No matter where you choose to go, we guarantee you’ll find a new favourite wine!

A sunset cruise

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The perfect pre-dinner treat, sunset cruises usually leave from the V & A Waterfront. Including a glass of bubbly, watch the sun go down on the Mother City while taking in the views from the water. Perfectly situated to take advantage of the many fine restaurants at the Waterfront, you won’t find a more magical way to send a day in the Cape.

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