Cape Town in South Africa is one of our favourite destinations to visit especially when starting and finishing our self drive safari tours. So put a visit to Cape Town on your bucket list and experience our top 6 Must Do’s.
1. Catch the rotating cable car up to Table Mountain from the heart of Cape Town. Experience spectacular 360-degree views. Once on the mountain take a leisurely walk and enjoy the incredible vista. Afterwards you can have lunch, a cold drink or a coffee at the restaurant.
2. A visit to Robben Island gives an historical venture to where Nelson Mandela, former leader of the free and democratic South Africa, was imprisoned. It also offers a wider perspective of Cape Town during colonial times where it was used as a Dutch resupply location, a leper colony and graveyard, and a military outpost during WWII.
3. District Six Museum is an award-winning museum in the former inner-city residential centre area of District Six. It is a memorial to the forced relocation of 60,000 residents of various races from District Six to the Cape Flats during the Apartheid regime in the 1970’s. The museum is well kept with interesting memorabilia and artefacts; the excellent knowledgeable guides take you on a very emotional journey through history.
4. South Africa produces some of the best wines in the world and Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town is the place. It is known for its beautiful wine Estates where you have the opportunity to taste everything from lovely wines and artesian cheeses to beer and chocolate. On trips with Africa Expedition Support, our professional wine guide is a wealth of knowledge and takes us to spectacular places off the beaten track and away from the crowds. Almost every Estate has a lovely restaurant where you can have something delicious to eat with scenic mountainous landscapes and lush green or autumn-colored vineyards surrounding. Best to take your camera with!!
5. Sitting on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain is Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, regarded as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. This garden is a nature lovers’ dream for all the plants, flowers, trees and birds that call this home. Go on a free, guided walk through the various gardens and experience the tranquility of nature with breathtaking views of Table Mountain in the background. With life size dinosaurs and other sculptures to be seen as part of an outdoors exhibition, this is also something any art lover would appreciate. With lovely picnic spots available, you can enjoy your own packed lunch or treat yourself with something delicious from the beautiful tea gardens or restaurant.
6. Cape Point is the most southwesterly point of the African continent and from here you can see the definite line where the two oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic Ocean, meet. Just an hour’s drive from the bustle of Cape Town lies this beautiful and peaceful reserve where you can go on an easy guided hike to various points along the coast with its breathtaking scenery. Definitely a photographers dream!
Of course there is so much more to do in and around Cape Town but these are our favourites, and when we have time between our guided self drive Africa safaris we head off in our Land Rover to explore.