What is there to do in Capetown?

There is so much to do in this wonderful city that you really need to spend at least 3 to 4 nights nights here to soak it all up.  We have picked just a few highlights:

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is the one of the most iconic places to visit whilst here.  You can hike to the top if you wish (set aside 5 nights!) or like most, get the cable car to the top (about £12 return).  It’s advisable to plan to do this on your first day as visibility isn’t always great and so if it is poor on day one you will have other opportunities for better views later on.  You can pre-buy tickets for a morning or afternoon (afternoon’s a little quieter) slot which means no queuing for tickets.

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Photo by Warren Rohner

There is a cable car to the top which takes 5 minutes and runs, weather permitting, from 8am until between 6pm and 9pm depending if you are visiting in summer or winter season.  There are also FREE guided walks at the top when you arrive.

A trip to Boulder’s Beach

If you love nature and penguins, this is a must.  An hour south of Cape Town, a beach strewn with these stunning creatures awaits you although it is not one which is open to everyone.  You have to pay an entrance fee to the beach to ensure its maintenance and protection (about £3 per adult) but you can then pick your spot and bed down for the day.  It’s great for families as it’s a calm bay and offers boardwalk treks around to Foxy beach which is best for penguin spotting.  There are 3 beaches in total and one penguin viewing area where you can spot the endangered African Penguin.

A boat trip to Robben Island

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 of the 27 years he was incarcerated.  The island was used as a prison from the end of the 17th Century until 1996.  It is now a UNESCO site and tells a very special story.

To reach the island you must take a ferry across from Cape Town and once there, tours are run by former political prisoners from the island.  Ferries run between 9 am and 3 pm every hour and tours last about 3.5 hours.

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Photo by David Rosen.

Best Afternoon Tea in the World

Do you want to see if this is worthy?  Head to Mount Nelson (a Belmond Hotel) to discover a mouth-watering display of temptation and be wowed by the beauty of this stunning hotel.  With prices starting at just £14 per person, it’s no wonder visitors from around the globe are so gushing about this haven.

Snorkelling with Seals

This is not going to be like snorkelling in the warm Caribbean seas, this will be cold but very much worth it.  The operator which runs the tours provides fleece lined wet suits, hot chocolate, warm showers, biscuits, water and even gloves to name just a few items to ensure you have the best experience.  Tours only operate in the summer season (the UK’s winter season) and cost about £34 per person.  Just 40 minutes south of Cape Town, this 3 hour trip is usually best completed in the morning but be warned, the seals can get very playful and so you may not be in the water as much as you expect as you may get tired very quickly!

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Photo by David Stanley

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The Blue Train

The Blue Train is amongst the most popular train journeys to take in the world and should be up for real consideration if visiting South Africa.  Many flights from the UK to Cape Town do have a stop in Johannesburg on route and so rather than getting the connecting flight on to Cape Town, why not consider getting the Blue Train there instead?

This 5* ‘hotel on wheels’ oozes luxury and is the perfect introduction to this country which is gloriously rich in nature, culture and charm.  Taking you on a journey through deserts and grasslands, this 27 hour train ride is by no means brief but it is exceptionally comfortable.  The train is home to up to 80 guests each trip and offers a choice of deluxe or luxury suites which look more like plush hotel rooms than suites on a train.  Luxury suites offer complimentary butler service, all have showers and baths and there is the option to have a double bed or twin configurations.  The deluxe suites are just a little smaller with most having showers but a few do have ¾ size baths so you can soak up the experience whilst racing across the countryside.  The deluxe cabins do have a limited number of double beds.

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Deluxe Suite. Photo by Simon Pielow.

Guests all receive brunch, high tea, dinner and breakfast and also have the opportunity to stop off on route at the end of day one to explore the Open Mine Museum at Kimberley.

The trains depart from Pretoria (just over half an hour north of Johannesburg Airport) at 08:30 every day and arrive into Cape Town at midday the following day.  They run on selected Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and so ensure your trip times in if you don’t want to miss it.

South Africa Exclusive

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The wonderful tour operator, Visions, has put together 2 terrific luxury deals to pass on to its customers as an early Christmas present!  The first is a 13 night tour of the country taking in Capetown, the Winelands, the Garden Route and a game reserve from just £2,130 pp.  The accommodation is luxurious and the added extras are a one off and so this really is a terrific deal (accommodation can always be changed to suit your budget).  The second offers 9 nights and takes in Capetown, the Winelands and the magnificent Kruger Park and starts from £2,659 pp.

If South Africa is on your bucket list, make 2015 the year it’s ticked off.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss these deals or your tailor-made trip to South Africa.  There is no obligation to book but you may find it hard not to when you see the itineraries we can offer!

Deal one: South Africa Exclusive 13 nights

Deal two: South Africa Exclusive 9 nights

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