Summer is upon us!


Cape Town Summer Season 2009/2010!

Summer is upon us!

 Time to head to the beach to soak up the summer sun while taking in some of Cape Town’s breathtaking views and scenery. Start planning your holiday now . With so much to see and do, you are sure to be spoil for choice. Take a break, relax and enjoy summer.

Planning your stay in Cape Town South Africa

With its wide variety of activities one could easily spend a week or more in Cape Town. It is a good idea to have a rough idea of what you would like to see and do while in Cape Town and plan a rough itinerary. Take a look at some suggestions on how to spend a 3-day or 5-day visit to Cape Town or join one of the many organized day tours from wine route tours to guided walks.

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3-days in Cape Town

DAY ONE:   Peninsula Tour including Hout Bay
DAY TWO:  Wine tasting and/or Kirstenbosch Gardens
DAY THREE:  Robben Island, V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain

DAY ONE: Start off on your first day by orientating yourself with a trip around the Cape Peninsula. Follow the False Bay coastline via Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town and stop at Cape Point. Continue via Scarborough and Kommetjie and then follow Ou Kaapse Weg past Silvermine and down into the Constantia Valley. In the afternoon, head for Hout Bay and stop-off at the harbour for fresh fish and chips or a boat trip to the seal colony at Duiker Island. Continue your peninsula tour via Llandudno to Camp’s Bay and take a walk on the beach or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many beachfront bars and cafe’s.

DAY TWO: Go wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. There are an abundance of wine estates to visit, so collect a wine route map from a toursim office or decide where to stop as you go along. Both areas have excellent wine routes that are well sign-posted and easy to find. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the wine estate restaurants or stop-off in Franschhoek’s main street for a selection of quaint cafe’s and bistros. Both areas are worth visiting, and although there is a fair amount of driving involved the scenery along the way is spectacular. Alternatively, stay closer to home and visit the Constantia wine estates in either the morning or afternoon – this will give you time to visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

Kirstenbosch Flowers
Flowers in full bloom at Kirstenbosch Gardens

DAY THREE: Take the ferry to Robben Island for a glimpse into the political history of South Africa. The trip includes a tour around the island and a tour through the prison – led by a previous inmate (note: book in advance). On your return, spend a few hours shopping at the V&A Waterfront with its wide selection of boutiques and markets, cafe’s and restaurants. In the late afternoon, take the cablecar to the top of Table Mountain for a birds eye view of the city and the harbour.


5-days in Cape Town

DAY ONE:   Peninsula tour and Boulders Pengiun Colony
DAY TWO:  Table Mountain andGreenmarket Square
DAY THREE:  Wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
DAY FOUR:  Kirstenbosch Gardens and Township Tour
DAY FIVE:  Robben Island and V&A Waterfront

DAY ONE: Start off on your first day by orientating yourself with a trip around the Cape Peninsula. Follow the False Bay coastline via Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. Stop off at the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach and then continue to the Cape Peninsula National Park and Cape Point. Within the reserve you will see a wide range of indigenous fynbos as well as baboons, buck and Cape Mountain Zebra. Take a photo at the most southwestern tip of Africa and admire the views from the cliff tops at the old Lighthouse.

DAY TWO: Take the cablecar to the top of Table Mountain for a birds eye view of the city and the harbour as well as the Atlantic Seaboard beaches. Visit Greenmarket Square in the city centre for some African art, jewellery and clothing and then spend the afternoon soaking up the sun at either Camp’s Bay or Clifton beach.

Vineyards
No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to the beautiful winelands.

DAY THREE: Go wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. There are an abundance of wine estates to visit, so collect a wine route map from a toursim office or decide where to stop as you go along. Both areas have excellent wine routes that are well sign-posted and easy to find. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the wine estate restaurants or stop-off in Franschhoek’s main street for a selection of quaint cafe’s and bistros. Both areas are worth visiting, and although there is a fair amount of driving involved the scenery along the way is spectacular.

DAY FOUR: Go to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and enjoy either a leisurely stroll or a more strenuous hike. The gardens are a showcase of South African flora with meandering pathways, small streams and spectacular views from the upper slopes. Then, go on an organised township tour and experience for yourself the vibrancy and spirit of the African people.

DAY FIVE: Take the ferry to Robben Island and visit the prison that was home to Nelson Mandela as well as many other political prisoners. The trip also includes a tour around the island with its spectacular views back towards Table Mountain. Then spend the afternoon at the V&A Waterfront with its shops, craft markets and many restaurants and cafe’s. You could also visit the Two Oceans Aquarium.


7-days or more in Cape Town

Seven days or more in Cape Town gives you the opportunity for a leisurely holiday and means you can spend at least one or two days relaxing at your choice of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches. Do something adventurous such as joining a mountain biking day-trip, go horse riding in Constantia or Noordhoek or take a scenic helicopter trip. For golf enthusiasts, there’ will be plenty of time to try out a few of Cape Town’s excellent golf courses and if you enjoy the outdoors there are many popular walking and hiking routes in the surrounding forests and mountains. If you are a shopping fan, visit Kalk Bay or Hout Bay for quaint main street shops from art to decor or shop till you drop for clothing, accessories and much more at the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk or Cavendish Square.

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