Things to Do in Cape Town Cape Town Overview
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Founded in 1693, High Constantia has a rich history tracing back to it's Duth East India Company affiliations.
Today, the estate is just a sliver of the original land it once was, but today David van Niekerk is restoring High Constantia to it's former wine-making glory. Tastings and sales are done in the wine cellar.
Maclear Beach lies just off the Cape of Good Hope, the most southerly point of the Cape Peninsula. Take one of two short footpaths through dense fynbos to the beach.
Walking along the deep soft sands of this beach can require a bit of effort, particularly at high tide. If you have kids, try to time your visit at spring low tide when the rock pools are at their best, providing hours of fascination.
Fishing and diving is excellent, particularly for yellowtail and crayfish. Braaing is not allowed. Facilities include ample parking and ablutions.
The traditional spit n’ sawdust vibe at the local pub, Fisherman’s, opposite the Kommetjie Superette, belies its delicious fresh seafood at very reasonable prices. This great beer garden is under the milkwoods. Choose to eat outside or indoors, often to live music.
This easy stroll is suitable for everyone, staying on the seaward side of the railway line. It starts at Muizenberg Station, hugging the coastline until St James and Danger Beach. The catwalk offers excellent opportunities for whale watching and spotting ocean birds. Kids love exploring in the rock pools at low tide.
Check the tide table before setting out. Muizenberg Catwalk is best done at low tide, unless you don't mind a dousing of sea spray.
On the other side of the line is an interesting urban walk, the Muizenberg Historical Mile. It’s worthwhile strolling back along this route to see many interesting old buildings rather than taking the train back.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: 3 km
Galleries and Museums
Home to some of the most beautiful collections, The South African National Gallery features art of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish origin.
Collections are regularly rotated so that there is always a full programme of temporary exhibitions, including paintings, photography, sculpture, architecture, beadwork, textiles and works on paper.
Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.
Bloemendal Wine Estate is situated in the heart of the picturesque Durbanville Wine Route, producing top quality grapes for the wine industry in the region. The estate is known for its multiple award-winning Bloemendal Sauvignon Blanc, "Suider Terras". Other notables include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Semillon, Natural Sweet, Chardonnay, Pinotage, and Bloemenblanc.
Bloemendal is also home to some of the best festivals and concerts in Cape Town. Festivals to diarise include Feast of the Grape in March, Oyster and Champagne Festival over Easter, Soup Sip and Bread in June, Spring Fest in September, Seasons of Sauvignon in October, and the Table Mountain Blues Summit in November.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Retrieving a six may involve something of a grapple with a grape in this little corner of Constantia Uitsig where they play cricket. Situated on the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, several hectares of lush vineyards and the Constantiaberg define the boundaries of Constantia Uitsig Cricket Oval and Pavilion.
Starting at the Gifkommetjie parking area, the Phyllisia Circuit meanders parallel to the coastline and returns along the shore. The trail is named for the wreck of the Phyllisia, a trawler that ran aground at Hoek van Bobbejaan in 1968.
Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
Distance: 7 km
Table Mountain National Park
Big views, pretty fynbos and a fairly easy walk characterize this popular route. The horseshoe-shaped hike can be done in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction around Silvermine Dam. Leave your vehicle in the parking area at the dam.
Starting in a clockwise direction, the trail climbs steadily above Silvermine Dam past Shelter Rock, and Breakfast Slab, then along Crassula Edge and the Amphitheatre Path. After Dragonback Passage, walk past Blind Man's Bend to the cairn, and turn down to the trail running on other side of the dam.
Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
Distance: 4.5 km
Cape Quarter is more than a shopping centre; it’s also a unique piazza in De Waterkant, the former District 5 of Cape Town. This historical area has developed over the years into one of the trendiest places in the Mother City, with beautifully renovated old buildings and up market interior design establishments.Here you can unwind in style in an intimate square - sipping sundowners, quaffing wine at the Nose (a terrific wine bar with a great collection of special wines) or enjoying delicious cocktails with friends at Tank. Perhaps a light lunch or a sumptuous dinner? The Cape Quarter has a wide choice of excellent restaurants and is the best one stop destination for unique lifestyle stores and Piazza Entertainment as well. If you enjoy shopping, window shopping, buying furniture or would just like to relax and enjoy a meal, then the Cape Quarter is the place to be.
This beautiful hike starts at Scarborough Conservation Village. It is a very remote area with beautiful views. It takes you past Kleinplaas Dam and then to Slangkop and ends at Blue Water Estate in Imhoff's Gift. It is a moderate hike and permits are available at Mickey's Mousetrap in Scarborough. Average duration is five hours.
Glen Beach is a gorgeous snow-white sandy beach set in a tiny enclave flanked by massive granite boulders on the Atlantic Seaboard. These rocky outcrops not only amplify the picturesque cove-like setting but also provide a windshield from the South Easter.
This intimate beach is nestled in the middle of the famous Camps Bay Beach and glamorous Clifton beaches yet is relatively un-crowded. It’s a great little walk from Glen beach via Maidens Cove and Bachelors Cove to the Clifton 4th Beach. Backing Glen Beach is a small number of houses with uninterrupted sea views and the awesome backdrop of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles.
Glen Beach is a popular hangout for young local surfers and bikini clad girls. The surf breaks from the left and the right points with a bit of oomph but beware, the fiercely territorial resident surfers whose ‘locals only’ graffiti decorates the beach wall. Glen Beach is conveniently situated within easy walking distance to the local shops, trendy restaurants, cocktail bars and the brilliant Theatre On The Bay.
Chapman’s Peak Drive is an exhilarating nine kilometre road cut into the mountainside with sheer cliffs dropping into the sea. The route snakes its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek along the rocky Atlantic Coast. Close to the most south-western tip of South Africa, it is one of the most magnificent ocean drives on the planet.
A number of viewpoints and picnic spots allow you to stop and gaze at the breathtaking panoramic seascape and landscape of Hout Bay and the Sentinel. During whale watching season the high points are often excellent spots to watch the Southern Right Whales in the bay.
Constructed during the First World War, the route is now operated as a toll-road after extensive safety upgrades were made. It has advanced security equipment, surveillance cameras monitor conditions and it is also patrolled regularly. If the weather is dodgy it is best to phone before making the trip as it could be closed. This is not an easy trip for anyone who suffers from acrophobia!
Starting behind the upper funicular station, the Cape Point Lighthouse Walk descends below the Old Lighthouse on the False Bay side of the cliffs. The short walk levels out before reaching the viewpoint above the New Lighthouse.
Stonewalled observation points have been built on either side, offering incredible views of the sheer rock faces and soaring seabirds. Whales can often be seen in spring.
Duration: 1 hour return
Distance: 2 km return
The legendary Old Biscuit Mill is something of an institution in the Mother City.
It has the vibe of a warm-hearted country hamlet situated in the middle of the bustling suburb of Woodstock.
This vibrant spot is home to night and day markets, dynamic office spaces, workshops and designer stores, delicious farm-stalls, decadent cafes as well as an awesome line-up of festivals and events.
'The Mill' is also a place where people share, collaborate and show off their heart-felt passion. Explore the Mill and meet some of South Africa’s most talented designers, artists, photographers and connoisseurs of fine taste and décor.
Where? 373 - 375 Albert Road, Woodstock