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7 Days in Cape Town, South Africa
Some countries are known for a mountainous topography. Some are known for beaches and deserts. South Africa has it all: deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments. It has 41% of all of the world’s gold too! ⚜️⚜️
There’s so much to do in Cape Town alone. You can enjoy a vibrant city while soaking in all of its glorious nature including a quick safari! Table Mountain in Cape Town is one of the oldest ⛰s in the world.
Day 1 Highlights
Laidback breakfast café where everyone is welcome – from surfers to suits and furry friends, too. Their menu offers a selection of fresh cold-pressed juices, smoothie boards served in Instagrammable coconut dishes, breakfast bowls and tasty toasts, all packed with fresh, locally grown ingredients.
Cape Town Peninsula
Gorgeous beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay lined along the Atlantic coastline. Cape Peninsula from pristine beaches to spectacular mountain ranges. Visit Cape Point, a famous landmark in Cape Town, and witness spans of beautiful landscapes. Observe the African penguins at Boulders beach, the most idyllic beach spot for kids to enjoy! Embrace the serenity as you roam free around the lush forest of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Farm to fork eatery on Bree Street. Famous for their mussels with leeks and bacon or the confit duck leg, but leave space for the sweet, pillowy madeleines.
Day 2 Highlights
The Conscious Kitchen
Vegan-friendly eatery and juice bar on Kloof Street. Early birds can expect the likes of acai and smoothie bowls, wholesome waffles, latkes, bagels, fresh fruit, warming oats and savoury toasts (non-vegans can opt for an add-on of free-range eggs).
The boho-decorated café doubles as a mini organic and vegan supermarket, stocked with juices and shots, organic fruit and vegetables, vegan treats, and more.
Museum pays tribute to the world's most precious gem, the diamond. Guests witness the magical transformation as a rough diamond is polished to perfection – an art mastered by few. Watch as South Africa’s top jewellers craft diamond and tanzanite jewellery from the finest gold and platinum materials. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or freshly brewed coffee at our wine and coffee bar while taking in South Africa’s best selection of GIA certified diamonds direct from mine to finger. It’s an experience not to be missed.
Safari half day tour. Set in the pristine southern Karoo highlands, against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, the Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa offers an exciting taste of adventure just two hours from Cape Town. Aquila is home to a variety of game, including the African ‘big five’, the rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and Cape buffalo. On the safari, guests will be introduced to these majestic animals, while under the care of an experienced guide.
Enjoy welcome drinks upon arrival, before being whisked off in a traditional bush vehicle for a game viewing experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Return in time to relax at Aquila’s five-star reserve where a buffet lunch completes the afternoon experience.
As a complementary experience, you are also about to relax by the poolside, browse the Curio shop or visit the incredible Aquila labyrinth.
The General Store
Famous salad stop. Inside the nook of a restaurant, daily dishes might include halloumi salad with grilled peppers or roasted squash with cabbage and lime, as well as decadent treats like doughnuts crammed with vanilla custard or gooey chocolate tortes. Snag a coveted seat along the wood-lined wall or take a meal to go. Just don’t leave without a flat white. The General Store pours one of the best cups of coffee in the city.
Tandem paragliding experience and in-flight video with the Tandem Flight Co. Flying on a tandem paraglider over Cape Town and landing next to the sea, you’ll get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city. Fly with highly experienced tandem flight instructors who use only state of the art equipment. The in-flight video captures everything, so you can share with friends and family. With an impeccable safety record and passion for what they do, this is a must-do for adventure seekers.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
White shark cage diving and surface viewing adventure tour. Launching from Gansbaai, the great white shark capital of the world, this tour is one of the best bets for seeing the majestic animals. After an exhilarating 20-minute boat ride from the Gansbaai fishing village, you’ll start looking for sharks. The experienced crew will share their vast knowledge while taking you to view great white sharks from the surface or underwater from a cage. The trip is around three to five hours in total, depending on shark activity.
During the summer months, the sharks keep close to shore and during winter they move to Shark Alley, a nearby channel created by two islands: Dyer Island with its endangered African penguins, and Geyser Rock with a colony of 60,000 Cape Fur Seals. Not only will you visit the largest predatory fish in the world, but you can also see other incredible marine animals! There will also be breakfast available before the journey commences and food and drinks available on the boat.
A stylish cafe in the city centre of cape town. Modern, chic choice offering sophisticated cafe fare, plus juice blends & breakfast cocktails.
Day 4 Highlights
City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Hop-on, hop-off Cape Town tours. This ticket allows you access to all 3 bus tour loops: The Red City tour to the Table Mountain Cableway; The Blue Mini Peninsula tour; The Purple Constantia Valley Wine tour; and The Yellow Downtown tour. On board commentary in 15 languages plus a Kids channel Additional discounts and special deals negotiated just for you – see the back of your ticket.
Waterfront Charters Sunset Champagne Cruise
Sun casts pink shadows on table mountain. With a complimentary glass of South African bubbly to salute the setting sun as it dips beyond the horizon, passengers will enjoy a cruise into the ocean that gives perfect views of the iconic Cape coastline. It’s a relaxed and family-friendly cruise, where the highlight is the natural and nautical experience.
There is also an on-board cash bar that can provide an array of additional beverages and refreshments.
South African’s most acclaimed national garden. Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, the park offers over 500 hectares of lush landscaped gardens and numerous walking and hiking trails. Experience over 2,500 different species of flora, many of which are found only in the Cape Town region. Roam the Protea Garden, filled with South African’s national flower, smell the plants at the Fragrance Garden and learn about nature’s healing qualities at the Medicinal Garden. The Boomslang walkway, a canopy in the treetops, is a highlight of the gardens, offering a 12 metre high aerial view of garden's impressive Arboretum.
Avontuur Wine Estate
Great wine and gorgeous views. Set against the stunning Helderberg Mountains and overlooking False Bay, Table Mountain and Cape Point there’s scenery in every direction. Here, you can enjoy a self-guided walk around the farm and experience the paddocks, vineyards and spectacular views.
A detailed map is provided, and you are free to roam at your own pace. Afterwards, relax in the cosy tasting room or on the terrace, and taste three of Avontuur’s award-winning wines, presented by expert tasting room staff. When you leave, you receive a complimentary bottle of the estate’s hugely popular Cabernet/Merlot to take home and enjoy at your leisure.
Avontuur Estate grows four white grape and seven red grape cultivars. The wines cover three ranges: the Vintner’s Range for easy drinking; the Estate Range, a more quality wine; and the Premiere Range, their flagship, which reflects the best the winemaker can produce each year. Most of the wines in the flagship range are named after the estate’s top horses.
360-degree panoramic view of the Mother City from the iconic and vibrant V&A Waterfront on the Cape Wheel. With 30 fully enclosed, air-conditioned cabins which gently elevate you 40 metres above the ground in safety and comfort, it’s fun for the whole family all year long.
From a vantage point high in the sky, gorgeous views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Town city skyline and local mountains are unveiled. This breath-taking display is enjoyed for four revolutions a ride, with the whole experience lasting about 15 minutes.
Two wheelchair-friendly cabins are available, making this an inviting experience for everyone.
Day 6 Highlights
Japanese-South African restaurant. A cavernous industrial space with a cloud of wooden discs hanging from the ceiling is the setting for one of Cape Town’s most adventurous addresses. Peter Tempelhoff’s mission is to blur boundaries by interpreting South Africa through techniques largely rooted in Japan. Canapes served in petite bento boxes include the likes of prawn crudo with dashi mayo and grilled shishito peppers, while the rest of the kaiseki-style multi-course menus are drenched in ingredients such as candied ginger, tempura nori and salted Japanese plum.
South African Museum
The Iziko South African Museum is home to the majestic Whale Well – an enthralling experience of marine wonder that includes a 20.5 metre blue whale skeleton. A modern centre of research excellence, the museum showcases a rich range of specimens, from fossil footprints to African dinosaurs, as well as trance-inspired San rock paintings. Situated in the Company͛s Garden, it provides inspiring insight to the diversity of the natural world we live in from its exhibitions inside and its beautiful surroundings outside.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
A thrilling combination of surfing and kayaking is hosted along the city’s most vibrant waterfronts at three locations. Rent a board and cruise the canals to combine sightseeing with a total body workout. Trained instructors give you a short introductory lesson to ensure you understand the basics and ensure you’re in and out of the water safely. Afterwards, you can enjoy this casual but exhilarating sport.
The Alpaca Loom
Get up close to 350 alpaca on this working farm. The tour is a fun and informative way to learn more about these South American animals and to watch weavers create luxurious wares using their unique fleece.
The Alpaca Loom is now a successful business and tourist destination that boasts a delightful coffee shop and kids play area, making it the perfect outing for the whole family.
Alpaca Loom also boasts a petting zoo, weaving studio and coffee shop. Kids love the farm’s jungle gym, and parents enjoy the decadent cakes and freshly brewed coffee.
Glass windows with 360-degree views of the city, coast and the mountainside. At the top, prepare to be astounded by the sheer magnitude of the views and photo opportunities.
Once at the Top, there are a number of hikes available which showcase the World Heritage Site and it’s incredible array of over 1460 species of plant. There are also free guided walks on the hour between 9 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, enjoy the selection of shops at the Top offering drinks, snacks and souvenirs. You can even send a postcard from the summit by putting your mail in the post-box at the summit.
Drumbeat Charters Seal Colony
Thousands of Cape fur seals in their natural environment. Along the way, take in some of the most spectacular scenery the Cape Peninsula has to offer as you cruise along the rugged coastline from Hout Bay Harbour. Expect breath-taking views of the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Sentinel Mountain, in addition to the chance to see other marine life including dolphins and whales. Opt to continue the adventure and take the one-hour Seals & The Shipwreck Tour, where the boat will travel further along the Karbonkelberg Mountain range to Maori Bay to the viewing point of the ‘Shipwreck of the Bos 400’, which ran aground in 1994 during one of the famous Cape winter storms.