Cape Town is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with dramatic mountains as a backdrop, and expansive oceans stretching as far as the eye can see. This world-renowned holiday destination is consistently, rated the best South African tourist city and each year there are even more visitors arriving on its shores. What is truly unique about Cape Town is that you can journey from wine farms to shopping centres to Table Mountain, in a scenic 30-90 minute drive.
Top Cape Town Destinations
Wildlife enthusiasts will love the Cape Point Nature Reserve situated a scenic 25-minutes south of the Cape Town CBD, in the 22 100 hectare, Table Mountain National Park. The ocean at the nature reserve is crystal clear; this is where the warm Mozambique current of the Indian Ocean and the cold Bengula current of the Atlantic Ocean meet. There are hundreds of species of flora and fauna to observe whilst driving through the reserve there are also spectacular snorkelling spots, barbeque spots and the acclaimed Two Oceans Restaurant which offers world class cuisine and spectacular vistas over False Bay.
When we think of Cape Town, we often think of world famous Table Mountain. At a height of 1,073 metres, it is the single most prominent feature of the Cape Town region and one of the cities greatest tourist attractions. Whether you chose to travel up via the cable car or hike up one of the many paths once you reach the top you will be overwhelmed by some of the most gorgeous vistas imaginable.
The Cape Town beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Most are in close proximity to vibrant restaurants and bustling shopping centres. Spending lazy summer days on the beach are a favourite pass time amongst visitors to the Western Cape and once you’ve had your fill of the sun what could be better than sipping cocktails at one of the beachfront cafes over looking the exquisite African sun setting over the clear ocean water.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a popular hotspot among locals and international visitors, is a must visit on your self drive holiday in Cape Town. Live entertainment takes place in the amphitheatre and you can browse and buy anything from couture to curio at the craft markets and the wide variety of stores located within the V&A. Marine lovers should not miss a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium. One of the greatest highlights at the aquarium is the predator tank, which is home to several Ragged Tooth Sharks.
A short boat ride from the V&A Waterfront lies Robben Island; former home to Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned under the apartheid regime – a South African national monument not to be missed by visitors to the Cape.
Drive up the West Coast
Approximately an hour from Cape Town lies the West Coast – a region of sheer beauty, which stretches 400km across the coast and consists of several small towns and villages, each with its own particular ambiance. The best time to visit is spring when the wild flowers are blooming and form a carpet on the ground from coast to mountain. The West Coast wildflowers are world renowned, and people come here each year, to view this spectacular sight. There are 38 towns along the West Coast and a self drive holiday up the coast stopping in at as many of them as possible will be highly rewarding. Each town has its own unique attractions and apart from the magnificent wild flowers the entire coast offers excellent opportunities for water sports and extreme adventures.
South Africa has earned international acclaim as one of the world’s best wine producing nations. The Western Cape is home to South Africa’s premier wine industry and the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, and Constantia wine routes are all within 45-minutes drive from the heart of Cape Town. These wine routes consist of a number of wine estates, where you can sample award-winning wines, take in some of the most spectacular scenery and have lunch in an acclaimed restaurant. The wine estates are set in impressive expanses of vineyards; with Cape Dutch style farmhouses, and incredible landscapes. The best way to see these estates is to drive the wine route at your own pace, stopping at locations along the way that tickle your fancy. No holiday to South Africa is complete without a day on one of the Western Cape’s gorgeous wine routes and don’t forget to buy some wine while you’re at it – you’ll appreciate it when you get back home.