Five things to do in Cape Town
As a holiday destination, Cape Town has it all. It’s a city break, beach break, cultural hotspot and natural paradise all rolled into one. The city sits surrounded by the dazzling South African landscape; it’s flanked by mountains, beach communities and vineyards. Visitors on wheels can enjoy the best of both worlds – dipping in and out of the cosmopolitan city and the African countryside. To access the full potential of this city rent a car in Cape Town with easyCar.
Explore the glittering South African coastline
Just 10 minutes’ drive away from Cape Town’s city centre; find Clifton – South Africa’s answer to Monaco. Clifton doesn’t just have one beach, it has four. Visitors take to the turquoise waters to swim or surf, as yachts float past on the skyline. To get a glimpse of Cape Town’s vast array of wildlife, head to Boulders Beach to spend time with 3,000 African penguins.
If sand isn’t your thing, Sea Point Swimming Pool is an Olympic sized pool made overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It’s even made of filtered seawater.
After sunset, head to Long Street
Long Street is Cape Town’s capital of neon. This, the city’s most raucous street, stretches uphill from the city centre towards Table Mountain. Bars, clubs and restaurants are all packed into elegant colonial-style buildings with smokers spilling out onto the first floor balconies. Here, the restaurants reflect Cape Town’s bustling multi-culturalism – head to Mama Africa, Masala Dosa or Long Street Café.
Foodie heaven in the Cape Winelands
Leave behind urban entertainments for the rural charm of South Africa’s Cape Winelands. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the endless vineyards sit in the shadow of rolling mountain ranges, with most farms offering wine tasting, alongside cheese and olives. Within the Cape Winelands, find Michelin standard restaurants without the Michelin standard prices and, in some locations, you can even eat surrounded by the vines. This is foodie heaven, so try out some ostrich, impala or zebra.
Hike to the top of Table Mountain
Table Mountain is so central to Cape Town’s existence that it even features on the city’s flag. Its shape forms a natural amphitheatre and, at sunrise, the summit is the perfect place to see the slow reveal of the dramatic landscape below.
Feeling energetic? Then hike to the top – there are more than 900 routes to choose from according to your ability. Encounter ravines, jungle and uncountable forms of plant life along the way. Table Mountain hosts more plant species than a tropical jungle. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by a layer of orographic clouds which form the “table cloth” – legend has it that the phenomenon is caused by a smoking contest between the devil and a local pirate.
Once at the top, there’s always the option of taking the cable car back down or you can even abseil back to the city!
Surrender your ears to Cape Jazz
Cape Town’s jazz – affectionately known as “Cape Jazz” – has a distinctive mix of western and African influences. Inseparable from the Cape Town spirit, Cape jazz has its roots in the townships of the apartheid era. Jazz is everywhere – find it in restaurants, bars and cigar lounges. Its influence stretches all the way from the city centre to the local townships.
If you’re looking for a guide to show you around, try the Cape Town Jazz Safari which includes an introductory talk and a visit to the homes of local jazz musicians. For a more romantic setting, head to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens which transform into a concert venue in the summer months. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place in April and attracts international talent, as well as local musicians.
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