Cape Town is far more than just the gateway to the Winelands; with mountains of nature and, well, Table Mountain itself it’s a destination worth spending some time in. Cutting edge fashion, seafood fresh from the ocean and unforgettable views all await you – and we’ve managed to pack it all into 24 hours. You might even bump into some Great Whites along the way.
It is rare to see a picture of Cape Town without Table Mountain towering in the background (it even features in the Cape Town flag) and there is no better way to start your day than scaling this iconic landmark. At 1000 metres above sea level the 360 degree views over Cape Town and the South Atlantic Ocean are more than worth the 1-2 hour climb to the summit but if you’ve over indulged on South Africa’s famous wine last night you might want to opt to complete the ascent by cable car. Once at the top sit back and relax and enjoy a picnic breakfast atop this majestic mountain taking in the incredible views of cosmopolitan city you are about to explore…
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
Take the trail down the Skeleton Gorge from Table Mountain for an easy descent to the one of the world’s most picturesque botanical gardens in Kirstenbosch. Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens celebrate South Africa’s unique flora and only cultivate plants indigenous to the region. Started in 1913 the gardens remain a favourite place of locals looking for some peace and quiet and a beautiful place to enjoy a morning stroll. With 36 hectares of colourful flowers the gardens also attract a plethora of local wildlife and form part of the local nature reserve so whilst you may not spot the “Big 5” you can look out for one of the 125 species of bird that call the park home.
THE OLD BISCUIT MILL
After a morning at one with nature it’s time to explore the cosmopolitan side of Cape Town and find out why this city rivals Paris and Milan as one of the fashion capitals of the world. Our first stop is the Old Biscuit Mill, originally a (surprise, surprise) Biscuit Mill the iconic structure has been transformed into Cape Town’s creative hub showcasing the work of local designers, artisans and some of South Africa’s finest chefs. Spend some time exploring the eclectic collection of goods on offer, from the handcrafted wood furniture of Livision to the locally designed home wares in Quirky Me. Plan ahead and book Luke Dale-Roberts’ The Test Kitchen, one of the world’s top 50 restaurants serving gourmet food in an industrial setting, or if its full head to their sister restaurant The Pot Luck Club for equally good food with a more relaxed vibe.
The distinctive hip and eclectic style of Cape Town is rarely more evident than on Long Street, where bohemian meets designer on this inner city haven for fashionistas and literati alike. Littered with book shops, vintage finds and designer stores, Long Street is the perfect places to people watch and indulge in some of Cape Town’s best shopping. Now you’ve shopped it’s time to drop, so take a table on the sidewalk outside the Long Street Cafe, sip a Mojito and watch this street come to life, as it fills with the diverse cultures, tastes and styles that make Cape Town a destination fitting for any traveller.
SHARK DIVING IN GANSBAAI
We hope you enjoyed that Mojito on Long Street because you might need some dutch courage for the next segment of the day: Shark Diving. It’s time to explore Cape Town’s (and your own) adventurous side as you take to the ocean and come face to face with one of nature’s most feared creatures, the Great White Shark. You don’t have to be scuba qualified to cage dive; you will never be more than 1 metre below the surface and will be surrounded by sturdy metal bars that will keep you a safe distance away as you observe sharks in their natural habitat. Bring an underwater camera and capture the moment, this is one experience you will never forget.
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and commanding amazing ocean views the V&A Waterfront complex houses some of Africa’s most celebrated restaurants next door to Cape Town’s working harbour. Don’t miss the views from the outdoor terrace at Baia Seafood Restaurant for some of Cape Town’s famous seafood in opulent surroundings or for something more laid back check out Panama Jacks, a shack on the waterfront serving fish straight from the harbour and Savannah Dry straight from the fridge.
If all this has you inspired to visit South Africa and see the cosmopolitan capital of Cape Town for yourself contact us, there’s a lot more where this came from…