If you are planning a holiday to South Africa’s famous Mother City, you are more than likely inundated with Cape Town travel ideas. Brochures and guidebooks will tell you about Table Mountain, Camps Bay and the Waterfront along with other ‘must-see’ attractions, but they may not mention all the other things to see and do in the city. Like any other destination, taking the road less travelled is the best way to really get a sense of the city and its diverse culture, scenery and attractions.
Cape Town Travel Ideas for an Unforgettable Holiday
Put away that map, prepare your GPS and discover the Cape Town that is seldom showcased. There are many different ways that you can take Cape Town travel to a new level. Here are some ideas to get you started…
• Take a tour – before you can explore the lesser-known places of interest, it’s a good idea to see the popular highlights first. Try a half-day tour of the peninsula, city, Winelands or townships if you are pressed for time. Otherwise, you could take a full-day tour to take in all the sights.
• Hire a car – self-drive is a great way to see the sights of the city. There are many operators across the city that offer reasonable rates for short-term hire and longer-term hire. Many vehicles have GPS devices installed to prevent you from getting lost. Take a drive to the Cape Winelands or head to Cape Point Nature Reserve and stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. Cruise the Atlantic Seaboard or head out to the beautiful West Coast.
• Take a train ride – you can also take a train rider from Cape Town station to Kalk Bay or even Simons Town. This route travels along the False Bay coastline, and between August and November you may even see whales in the bay. Kalk Bay is home to antique shops, art galleries and restaurants, while Simons Town houses the Naval Museum and fascinating Toy Museum.
• Take a walk – a walk down Long Street is a must on any holiday in the city. During the day, the street is filled with interesting shops, side-walk cafes, markets and food stalls. At night, the city comes alive with bars and restaurants of all kinds. If you’re in the mood for shopping, Woodstock is also great for browsing factory shops. The promenade that runs from Mouille Point to Sea Point is also great for strolls.
• Take a hike – keen to get out into the fresh air? There are many great hiking trails and nature walks to try. The lower path of Lion’s Head offers a gentle walk with plenty of birds and small wildlife species, while the full moon hike to the top has some of the best views of the city. Kirstenbosch Gardens also has some good trails, while Tafelberg Road at the lower Cable Station is a great lookout point for picnics.
However you plan to experience your time in the Mother City, Cape Town travel offers something to suit every mood, ensuring a memorable destination for any holiday.