As a destination and gateway to the rest of South Africa or the
Western Cape region, Cape Town continues to grow in popularity with international
travellers. And with good reason.
Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures, sights and sounds.
The rich blend of tastes and aromas - from the wine producing
neighbourhoods of Constantia and Durbanville, to the culinary delights of African and
Fusion cuisine that is enjoyed at cafes and restaurants throughout the city create a
spirit that is unique to Cape Town.
Known fondly as the 'Mother City', Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and mixes the
funky with the old, the historic with high tech, the pristine coastlines with mountain
ranges and adrenaline activities with laid back pampering. Cape Town is unmistakably one
of the most beautiful cities in the world.
It is also the gateway to the rest of the province - a tapestry of
agriculture, scenic routes, small town charm and wide-open spaces.
Regions within the province have their own unique offerings and
cultural heritage. The Cape Winelands produce award-winning wines - hospitality is second
nature and visitors are invited to tour cellars, taste wines, swap stories and enjoy
Cape Route 62 - the
worlds longest Wine Route - promises not only fine winds, but also breathtaking
views. This is a scenic alternative route between Cape Town and the Garden
Route, offering numerous activities and charming sights along the way.
The heart of South Africas wine industry, Stellenbosch is a
place of great beauty and culture steeped in South African tradition.
The Stellenbosch Wine
Route is arguably the countrys most famous and the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin
area includes over 300 members, of which more than a 100 are open to the public.
Dont forget the famous annual Strawberry Festival in October. Up
to this date, strawberries - second to wine - are the largest export product from
Historic guided walks take place twice daily starting at the Tourism
Bureau in Market Street and its a unique opportunity to explore the rich heritage of
'The Village of Oaks'.
Maps of the various estates are available from most hotels or the Stellenbosch tourism
Delheim Wine Estate
Unlike some of the larger estates like Spier or Nederburg,
Delheim - in the Greater Simonsberg area - has
retained its unique charm.
Wine tasting takes place in a cellar - what else - by candlelight and
staff are fluent in both English and German.
Delheim Wine Tasting
Once youve savoured the extraordinary wines from this estate,
why not sit beneath large shady trees and enjoy a quiet lunch at the estates
restaurant, while you gaze over the valley below. Its truly spectacular.
One of the best land-based whale watching sites can be found at
Hermanus, in the Overberg area.
The whole coastline, with its four coastal villages, comes alive
during the Whale Season (July to November) when the Southern Right Whale comes to mate and
The West Coast, north of the city of Cape Town, stretches along the
Atlantic Ocean and offers the visitor an experience of untamed coastline, quaint fishing
villages, open-air beachside restaurants and a spectacular show of flowers during the
Capes Spring Season.
Whatever your taste: vibrant night life, the great outdoors,
adventure, culture or just an adrenalin rush, or all of the above, Cape Town and the
will never disappoint you.
Sea, air or land - Cape Town, the Cape Wine lands, Route 62 or the
West Coast are the perfect adventurers destination.
Organised tours, adventures and excursions to suit every adrenaline requirement await the
Paddle a comfortable touring kayak along the coast - the uniqueness of
the area lends itself to exciting trips throughout the year - or take a boat charter from
the harbours around Cape Town, Kalk Bay, Hout Bay, Simons Town, Hermanus,
Godons Bay or the West Coast.
Get really high on a helicopter flip at the Victoria & Alfred
Waterfront - one of Cape Towns most popular venues - or go up Table Mountain in a
cable car, 1,086m above the city.
The rugged nature of the area makes for numerous and excellent scuba
sites with wrecks and reefs accessible from the shore and boats.
The Cape of Good Hope has earned a reputation for
being a hotspot in the world of Big Game Deep Sea Fishing. Cruisers
depart from Simon’s Town.
Point the two oceans meet, resulting in prolific catches of Dorado, Albacore (longfish
tuna) and Yellowtail.
Whilst not a hotspot for Marlin, Broadbill Swordfish (the gladiator of
the deep) is ever present. Try Big Game Fishing Safaris, operating from Simons Town.
Why not try quad biking in the country, or if youre feeling
brave and want to have an eye-to-eye encounter with a shark, licensed operators offer
Great White shark cage diving and whale watching excursions.
If the idea of going into the middle of the ocean and dangling
yourself in a cage surrounded by Great Whites sounds a bit daunting, why not try a dive
with not-quite-so-big-or-scary sharks at the Two
Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront?
Rock climbing, hiking trails, 4x4 and mountain biking - the list could
really go on forever.
Just imagine yourself doing something wild and crazy, then come to Cape
Town and youll be sure to find it.
Distances from Cape
Town International Airport: George 450 km, Knysna 500 km, Mossel Bay 400 km,
Oudtshoorn 387 km.
By Tricia Walters.
- Travel Notes Directory.
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