Table Mountain

Table Mountain offers the most spectacular views overlooking the Cape Town city center and the waterfront area. A Cable car trip to the summit takes about ten minutes, during which time one can enjoy the most wonderful views of the city and coastline. As one ascends the summit the cable car turns a complete 360 degrees, giving everyone a unique view. There is a choice of walks on top of the mountain range – Dassie Walk, Agama Walk, Klipspringer Walk and a restaurant for refreashments.

The Table Mountain National Park with its extra-ordinary floral biodiversity, being the numerous fynbos varieties and the indigenous bird life, makes for wonderful walking, either on the top or one of the many marked walks up the mountain tracks. The mountain is nevertheless not for inexperienced climbers and it is suggested that one joins up with one of the walking tours that can be arranged.

Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront named after the two harbor basins that were constructed between 1860 and 1920 to accommodate the trade routes to the East and the discovery of gold and diamonds in South Africa. Although it is still very much a working harbour, it boasts over 400 retail shops, amazing restaurant experiences,the famous Two Oceans Aquarium, Sea & air charters and the Nelson Mandela Gateway where the ticket office sells tickets to Robben Island. This area still retains it’s ‘olde world charm and many of the heritage buildings and Victorian architecture. The trip to Robbin Island takes in breathtaking panoramic views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, and the Table Bay coastline. Once on ‘dry land one learns that the Island has been used not only as the prison that Nelson Mandela and many others were imprisoned in during the apartheid ere, but also a hospital and colony for people with Leprosy. The Museum is a dynamic institution, acting as a focal point of South African heritage.

Wine Route

Literally 2 minutes away from Glen Avon is the start of the Constantia Wine Route, the birthplace of the wine industry in South Africa. As one drives through this beautiful valley, it is no wonder that the first governor of the Cape chose this area for his farm, Groot Constantia. Discover the delights of the the vineyards of Steenberg, Buitenverwagting, Klein Constantia and Groot Constantia, where world class wines are still produced today. Constantia Wine Route tours are available daily and the farm restaurants of Jonkershuis and Simons, the River Cafe, Catharina , Bistro Sixteen85 and Buitenverwachting are also open daily.

Golf Estates

Golf crazy? There are a number of challenging golf courses all within easy reach for the golfing enthusiast. Steenberg Golf Estate takes full advantage of the natural features and hazards of the area. The 18 hole championship golf course meanders through the vineyards, pine forests and gentle waterways. Westlake Golf Estate is an easy to walk 18 hold, par 72 golf course, that is characterized by towering trees which line many of its fairways. As long as you can stay out of the trees, you will achieve a good score, every step affords panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Royal Cape Golf Estate is a champion golf course, nestled in a beautiful setting.

Hout Bay

Hout Bay was named by the Dutch explorers who “found” the wooded valley and the name literally means “wood bay”. The timber was used to help build Cape Town. The lively Hout Bay fishing harbor is a working harbor for the tuna and cray fishing industries but also hosts many tourism activities including boat trips to seal island, diving and fishing. The main street in Hout Bay is full of interesting shops and there is an excellent craft market on the green every Sunday. The protective mountains surround Hout Bay and the long sandy beach which is ideal for swimming and water sports like sea kayaking, sailing and fishing. You will see locals walking their dogs, riding horses and families playing at the waters edge. The mountains provide excellent hiking opportunities.

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak Drive winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Situated on the Atlantic coast, at the south western tip of South Africa, it is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. The 9 kilometer route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak and the southerly extension of the Constantiaberg mountain range.

Cape Town Beaches

False Bay is known as being on the warm side of ‘Cape Point’. The most popular beaches for swimming are Muizenberg, St James, Fish Hoek and Boulders beach. Kalk Bay, also along this coastline has always been known as a fishing village. From 1742, the Dutch East India Company, used to use Simon’s Bay, as winter anchorage for their ships, resulting in a population that grew from many emancipated slaves from Batavia, Java and Malasia, with fishing as their main life skill. Although fishing is still practiced the village has become a center for antique, art and brick-a-brac shops and outstanding restaurants. The traditional industries of ‘trek’ fishing, and angling co-exist with the leisure pursuits of surfing, sailing and sunbathing. The Atlantic seaboard has magnificent beaches but the waters are cooler than the False Bay coast. The beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their immaculate white sands and glistening waters, are the most popular for sunbathing. Clifton’s 4th beach, has a reputation with the trendy set and International jet-setters. It also boasts some of the most expensive real estate in Cape Town.

Kirstenbosch

The beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens cover an area of 528 hectares with 36 hectares of gardens. They are a celebration of Indigenous South African plants, Fynbos, Proteas, Cycads and spacious rolling lawns. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens and the sweeping vistas from the upper slopes are spectacular. Whether for a stroll, more strenuous walk or a picnic on the lawns, this is a place to ‘get away from the crowds’, treat. Don’t forget the open air concerts that are held on Sundays during the summer months.

Simon's Town and Cape Point

Simonstown is best known for its involvement in the care of Napoleon Bonaparte, exiled to St Helena Island and the Royal Navy, who did much towards the combating of the slave trade from African ports. The vivid stories of the remarkable Great Dane (Just Nuisance), who is the only dog ever to have held rank in the Royal Navy, is well documented in the town and along with numerous whale sightings have kept it a popular tourist attraction. The ‘Historic Mile’ with Jubilee Square overlooks the yacht basin and with the advent of democracy in 1994 and its recent expansion of the fully integrated, South African Navy it attracts thousands of visitors every year. The Jackass Penguin colony at Boulders Beach is definitely a ‘must see’ and then on to The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. with it’s Cape Point, the Diaz and the Da Gama Crosses, which commemorate their early voyages of discovery. Situated at the junction of the two of the earth’s most contrasting water masses- the cold Benguela current on the West Coast & the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast, the Cape of Good Hope is popularly perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Visitors can take a leisurely trip on the funicular or a short walk up the pathway leading to the most spectacular view point.