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.
Travel to the top of Table Mountain by cable car, where we move away from the crowds, tracking dassies (local rock rabbits) and sip on hot chocolate enjoying the incredible vistas. Back at sea level, we cycle along the Sea Point Promenade, stopping at art installations en-route and listening to the story of Nelson Mandela as we gaze out towards Robben Island where he was imprisoned. Staying safe and off road, we head into Green Point Park for a fun insight into the unique Cape flora and fauna. After lunch we explore the city’s uplifting urban art projects, District Six and interactive sites – terrific stuff for teens. Families with younger kids can proceed to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of tree-top canopy walkways, open lawns and prehistoric cycad gardens. We end our first full day with sundowners at the beach while kids make use of our on-board toy box to play beach games with their energetic guide.
Today we head out of the city, enjoying the scenic views and sharing local shark stories. We visit the seals at the working harbour of Kalk Bay, try some fishing and explore the bohemian village. On a local beach, we look for rogue penguins and perhaps try some stand-up paddling to get a closer look at these darlings. Next up is Cape Point, where we explore the rocky beaches, hidden coves, chat about shipwrecks along the coastline, keeping an eye out for hidden treasure. We hunt for the baboons, ostriches and tortoises in the indigenous fynbos and take the funicular, or hike, to the Cape Point Lighthouse for ocean panoramas. On our return trip, homemade ice-cream at a local farm village, and head to the beach, or stop at an old fort look-out for magical views.