Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance. Glamorous hotels, world-class dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic student suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavour and style. Contemporary art is proudly displayed in a variety of galleries and modern boutique hotels, and wine bars and brandy tasting lounges will appeal to the fashionable set. For the well-heeled the finest in opera, ballet, drama and music can be appreciated in style.
We take the cable car up Table Mountain for incredible panoramas, hiking away from the crowds we stop for freshly brewed coffee and home-baked treats. We descend and wander through the inner city, soaking up the vibe through a combination of historic tales, witnessing modern culture and meeting the people. Focusing on food, design, arts and crafts we uncover a selection of historical sites, such as Company’s Garden, Green Market Square and St George’s Cathedral. We touch on the fascinating and controversial politics that have shaped the city. Then it’s on to the Bo-Kaap, with its brightly coloured 17th century houses and cobble stone streets before visiting local upliftment projects impacting positively on the talented artists and crafters. We explore Bree Street, a hotspot for artisans, fashion, jewellery and interior design. End the day mingling with locals at a cool city haunt, rooftop bar or beach cove.
Today is about mingling with the locals, exploring seaside villages, secluded beaches and wild national parks. First off, we stop for coffee at Muizenberg, top surfing hub and one of the coolest spots on the planet. We continue to the working fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, meet some fascinating fisher-folk and browse the bohemian shops. At the Naval Base of Simon’s Town we search a local beach for our own rogue penguins and snorkel or stand-up paddle in sheltered coves for an extra-special view of these little feathered cuties (weather permitting). After visiting Cape Point, we hike the trails away from the crowds, exploring the magnificent caves, rockpools, and sandy beaches of the national park, and keeping an eye out for whales, dolphins, seals and small land animals. The return journey is a feast of stunning vistas as we hug the coastline along the majestic Chapman’s Peak, stopping for sundowners at a local hang-out.