Cape Town

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A popular gateway to the rest of Africa, Cape Town is the perfect place to wind down after a long flight or at the end of a dusty safari. The Cape Winelands and the Whale Coast lie within easy driving distance from the city and it’s easy to combine a Cape Town holiday with the attractions of the Garden Route and the malaria-free Big 5 reserves in the Eastern Cape. And if it’s big game you want, a short flight takes you from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park and its adjoining private reserves such as the Sabi Sands, Thornybush and Timbabvati where you’ll find Big 5 viewing at its best.

Winelands & Whale Route

Cape Town’s two biggest temptations lie just an hour’s drive away: the Cape Winelands is home to serene scenery and welcoming whitewashed wine farms; the Whale Coast is centred around the town of Hermanus which in the spring months plays host to hundreds of migrating whales, easily seen from the comfort of shore. Hire a car and do it yourself or book a tour.

Garden Route Holiday

Families with children will love the easy-going nature of the Garden Route but the dreamy scenery and tucked-away accommodation will appeal to honeymooners too. A long, generous stretch of largely unspoiled coastline, the Garden Route offers sandy beaches and stately forests before giving way to the game reserves of the Eastern Cape, giving you the chance to really mix it up. The reserves are malaria-free and home to the Big 5, a great way to end the tour.

Kruger Park & Sabi Sands

It’s a short flight from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park; you’ll land in Nelspruit and be transferred to your safari lodge – breakfast by the ocean, supper by candlelight in the bush. We recommend the exclusivity of the Kruger’s private reserves and concessions. Not only is the game viewing generally much better but you’ll have the views to yourself and will enjoy activities not available in the main park such as guided walks and night drives.

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THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE CITY

1. Catch the Red Bus

Sightseeing made simple! The hop-on hop-off bus stops at all the city’s central attractions: the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, colourful Bo Kaap, Constantia Winelands, Table Mountain & trendy Camps Bay beach.

2. Tour the Peninsular

Hire a car & take a slow drive around the Cape Peninsula, taking in Cape Point’s beautiful scenery, the penguins at Boulders Beach & a stroll around the quirky fishing village of Kalk Bay. Impossibly scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive makes the ideal return drive.

3. Find the Perfect Beach

City-based Camps Bay & Clifton are the best-known beaches & are popular in summer but Cape Town has many sandy shores: learn to surf at Muizenberg, go horse riding on Noordhoek or watch the sunset from Llandudno.

4. Hit the Hiking Trails

Hike the well-trodden route straight to the top of Table Mountain or hire a local professional guide & get to know the mountain’s secrets: the unique vegetation, forested ravines & phenomenal views. You can hike Cape Point too, as well as trails in the Winelands.

5. Visit Robben Island

Don’t miss the ferry trip to Robben Island, where former inmates lead tours of the maximum security prison that held Nelson Mandela for 18 years of his life. (Book well in advance.)

6. Toast the Winelands

Surrounded by alpine mountains, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek lie an easy hour’s drive out of town. Sip & swirl wines on vine-covered patios & treat yourself to an extravagant meal at one of the country’s top restaurants.

7. Drop In at the Markets

Cape Town loves its markets! Saturdays buzz with energy at the Old Biscuit Mill; the Hout Bay weekend market has live music, & Thursday evenings at Cape Point Vineyards is a midweek market treat.

8. See another Side

Uthando, an award-winning NGO, leads tours to grassroots township projects. Visit urban farms, dance schools & education centres; meet inspiring people & hear their remarkable stories

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