What to do in Cape Town:
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been providing visitors with a world-class experience since October 4, 1929. The company operates in a National Park and World Heritage Site.
The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour.
When the flat top of the mountain is often covered by orographic clouds this is so-called "table cloth" of cloud.
Table Mountain is proud to be one of the official New7Wonders of Nature, and the only one to be located in an urban area, making it highly accessible. Competing against major international attractions, Table Mountain made it to the top seven after a campaign that attracted more than 100-million global votes.
For more information visit: www.tablemountain.net
Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination.
The Boulders section consists of 3 pristine beaches, 1 penguin viewing area and 3 boardwalks. The boardwalks were built as a measure to allow for viewing of these wonderful birds, whilst keeping them safe from poking fingers, so please be sure to stay on the boardwalks at all times within the viewing area.
This beach is ideal for children as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents, wind and large waves - but please always take care. Don't touch or feed the penguins – they may look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.
For more information visit: Boulders beach
Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Africa’s and indeed the world’s history. As “home” to one of the world’s most famous prisoners, statesmen and leader’s in Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is quite possibly most well known island-prison on the planet.
Not just a prison-island
The island, a World Heritage Site some 9km (5.5mi) offshore from Cape Town, was dubbed “Robben” (the Dutch word for seal) Island by early settlers in reference to the seal population at the time. Over the centuries, the island has housed a prison, hospital, mental institution, leper colony and a military base. The afore mentioned Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years of his incarceration imprisoned on the island.
The tour of the Robben Island Museum begins at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront with a multimedia exhibition, a museum shop and restaurant to entertain you whilst you wait for the ferry to depart for the island.
Ferries depart at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and each tour takes approximately 3.5 hours including the boat trip there and back. On the island, tours are all guided by former political prisoners of the island, offering the visitor a truly unique insight into the island’s history and personal accounts of prison life. The tour includes a visit to the maximum security prison, with the most poignant stop reserved for Mr. Mandela’s former cell, prepared exactly as it was when he was imprisoned here.
A bus takes you to the lime quarry where Mr. Mandela and his fellow prisoners did hard labour. Additional stopovers include the Kramat (shrine) of Tuan Guru (a Muslim leader), the Lepers’ Graveyard and the house where Robert Sobukwe lived in solitary confinement for nine years.
For more information visit: www.robben-island.org.za
We have been Whale Watching every year for over 10 years and were introduced at an early stage to a veteran Whale Watcher 'Rudy Hughes'. Rudy's has a great reputation for his knowledge, understanding and being able to locate the Whales.
They specialise in personalised Boat-Based Whale Watching Safaris into Area 6 of Walker Bay. Walker Bay, with Hermanus on its northern shore and Gansbaai on the southern, is renowned for the best viewing of Southern Right Whales in the world.
Ivanhoe Sea Safaris operate out of the fishing harbour of Gansbaai a two-hour drive from Cape Town.
An animal 8 to 10 times the size of a bull elephant and so ugly it becomes breathtakingly beautiful. Gross, huge and seemingly ungainly and yet so graceful, sensitive and inquisitive. These majestic creatures are often friendly and playful and have a dendency to show off. A 16 metre giant of some 50 to 60 tons is so aware of its great body that it is able to pass under or next to the boat, curving its fluke around the boat inches away without bumping it.
Their operation is upmarket with our guests being attended to by experienced, fully-qualified and registered specialist Whale guides.
For more information visit: www.whalewatchingsa.co.za
Lions Head in Cape Town is the distinctive shaped mountain slope found alongside Table Mountain. The proud lion overlooks the city and Table Bay on one side, and the scenic Atlantic Ocean coastline on the other.
On a clear day the views from atop Lions Head are spectacular and great for taking photographs of the Cape Peninsula and Robben Island. It is a spectacular walk to the top and although it can be quite steep at times, the stunning views of Cape Town on the way up will keep you motivated to reach the top.
The walk to the summit should take approximately an hour and thirty minutes. Along the path you will find a series of chains and ladders to assist you as you scramble up a particularly steep section of rocky faces.
Lion’s Head forms part of the Table Mountain range and provides a scenic backdrop to the City of Cape Town. It falls within the Table Mountain National Park and rises to a height of 669m (2195ft) above sea level.
Add a little mystery to the walk by tackling it during full moon and be rewarded with a glittering view of Cape Town by night. You will experience the best of both worlds with the sun setting over the sea and the moon rising over the mountains.
If you really fancy being adventurous try Paragliding off Lions Head for a view over Cape Town that you'll never forget.
For more information visit: www.paraglide.co.za
Stellenbosch Wine Tasting
Stellenbosch holds the honour of being the most well-known town in South Africa. History, culture, natural beauty, sport, education and wine has made the name 'Stellenbosch' resonate around the globe as one of South Africa's premier tourist, wine, business and education attractions.
One of the biggest attractions in the Western Cape. In 1971 Stellenbosch became the first wine region in South Africa to establish a wine route as an organised network of wineries at which the tourist could experience the product of the vine and tune into the soul of the region's winelands. The Stellenbosch Wine Routes currently provide a co-ordinated network of more than 150 wineries, each offering a unique cellar-door experience for the wine-lover and tourist where both connoisseurs and novice wine-drinkers can enjoy the fruit of the vine. Sample award-winning wines, relax and drink in the atmospheres of the winelands.
For more information visit: www.wineroute.co.za
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone's throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere.
With over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audiovisual equipment, the V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most popular shopping destination. Consolidating this position is our diverse offering of local and international brands that guarantee something for everyone shopping in Cape Town, irrespective of taste or budget.
The V&A Waterfront is home to some of Cape Town's best restaurants, with over 80 eateries for our visitors to choose from. If you're looking for somewhere to eat out in Cape Town, we feature flavours from around the world and options to suit every budget.
For more information visit: www.waterfront.co.za