The Very Best of Cape Town in a Week

A week in Cape Town as any visitor to the city is never enough and it opens the doors to a return visit for so many tourists. What could an Itinerary in Cape Town for a week look like? Here is just a teaser.

Hopefully you will fly into Cape Town on a clear day and the first thing that will greet you will be Table Mountain. Many airlines and their pilots often get permission to fly around the mountain and give their passengers a view they will never forget, if you are on one of these flights then your week Cape Town is off to a fine start.

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Great South African train rides

It’s hard not to love travelling by train. The slow pace of travel, the soporific rattling along the tracks, the civility of travelling in a carriage where you can stretch your legs, order a drink and chat to a stranger. Pick one of these train experiences to go clickety-clack through South Africa.

South Africa’s train system has a poor reputation, often well deserved. But, while locals will largely tell you that travelling by train is impossible, foolhardy or dangerous – or perhaps all three – the truth is that with a little research and planning there are wonderful train trips to enjoy. And few better places to start them than the gleaming concourse at Cape Town Station.

Situated in the heart of the city centre, Cape Town station is a station of two faces. At one end, commuter lines fan out across the city. If you’re here on holiday, it’s the Southern Line you’re after. While the first few kilometres rattle through industrial areas and suburbs, after 40 minutes you reach perhaps the most beautiful stretch of commuter railway in the world. From Muizenberg to Simon’s Town the line runs right on the sea’s edge: bag a window seat and you can watch dolphins and whales as you rattle your way south.

Take your time here. Stop in Muizenberg for a surf lesson or a dip at this wonderfully multicultural beach. Hop off in Kalk Bay for a wander through the eclectic galleries and antique shops. Grab a bite at the delightful bistros and charming harbour side restaurants. Watch the fishing fleet come in and snap away at the colourful boats. One stop down the line, Fish Hoek has a delightful family-friendly beach, while Simon’s Town oozes nautical charm with a host of shops, museums and restaurants.

Back at Cape Town station, the country is waiting. Mainline overnight trains leave from platform 24, and which train you take depends on the size of your wallet. For just R690 Shosholoza Meyl will whisk you in a sleeper compartment to Johannesburg, revealing a 25-hour cross-section of South Africa en route.

One step up, Premier Classe throws in fine food, linen and more upmarket compartments; a fine way to head north for the next leg of your travels.

Or, splash out on Rovos Rail. This remarkable train offers Edwardian era charm and luxury on a three-day journey to Pretoria and beyond.

The famed Blue Train does similar, speeding through the night to deliver you to Johannesburg in just 24 hours.

All aboard?

A Picnic in the Sky – The Cape Wheel

Photograph by @Capewheel, Instagram
Photograph by @Capewheel, Instagram

Imagine having a scrumptious picnic in the sky whilst a 360-degree panoramic view of Cape Town from the V&A Waterfront surrounds you. The Cape Wheel at The V&A Waterfront presents this magical experience. The vista from The Cape Wheel includes the breathtaking Cape Town skyline, Paarl mountains, the Cape Town Stadium, Robben Island and the majestic Table Mountain. Continue reading “A Picnic in the Sky – The Cape Wheel”

Fly First Class – Fly Cape Town Paragliding

Photograph by @flycapetown, Instagram
Photograph by @flycapetown, Instagram

With a sense of liberated sovereignty, you dance the wind currents, not a sound unnatural to Mother earth, your eyes touching every corner of the Mother City and beyond It’s the freedom, the surge and flow of adrenaline and utter bewilderment at the indescribable beauty of the big below. Fly Cape Town Paragliding is the answer to having this experience, over and over again. Continue reading “Fly First Class – Fly Cape Town Paragliding”

Saturday Market at The Palms

Hustle and bustle and colourful delicacies everywhere you look. Delicious aromas swirl around you as you drift between all the interestingly flavorful wares on offer. One of the cleanest, most well kept markets by far; Market at The Palms is a mouthwatering experience for a Saturday morning. Continue reading “Saturday Market at The Palms”

Iziko Slave Lodge

One for the lovers of history is the Iziko Slave Lodge built in 1679, which have been transformed into a museum that documents the Cape’s role in the Indian Ocean slave trade route, where slaves were brought to the Cape from Indonesia, India-Ceylon, Madagascar and Mozambique. Continue reading “Iziko Slave Lodge”

Iziko South African Museum

A must see museum, Iziko South African Museum, founded in 1825, holds a collection of fossils almost 700-million years old, insects and stone tools made more than 120 000 years ago, all of which have scientific importance. With its main attractions being recorded whale calls and dinosaur dioramas, visitors are sure to be inspired and leave with a greater understand of the world in which we live.
Operating hours: Daily from 10h00 to 17h00. Closed on: Workers’ Day and Christmas Day
Location: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3800

Planetarium

If looking at age old stones and bones does not tickle your fancy, then taking a trip through space might just be what you’re looking for. The Iziko museum is also home to a world class Planetarium that uses state of the art technology where from the comfort of an armchair, you’ll be taken on a trip across our Milky Way to planets close to earth and beyond.
Shows Daily. Closed on Workers’ Day, Christmas Day and the first Monday of every month (excluding school holidays). Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3900
Location: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3800

Iziko Slave Lodge

One for the lovers of history is the Iziko Slave Lodge built in 1679, which have been transformed into a museum that documents the Cape’s role in the Indian Ocean slave trade route, where slaves were brought to the Cape from Indonesia, India-Ceylon, Madagascar and Mozambique. An exhibit of the difficult circumstances slaves had to endure aboard the slave ships, unique features commemorating the slave inmates and an audio-visual tour into the oppressive conditions slaves suffered under in the Slave Lodge will give you greater insight and understanding of the history that shaped the rich culture of the unique blend of people walking the streets of this diverse city.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00,Closed on Sundays, Workers’ Day and Christmas
Location: Cnr Adderley St and Wale St, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa, Tel: +27 (0)21 467 7229
For more information go to http://www.iziko.org.za/

Bloubergstrand Beach

The Mother City is famous for her beautiful beaches and pristine blue waters, though they may be cold they are exquisitely perfect for great activities such as wind surfing, surfing, body boarding and all round water sports. Bloubergstrand is a pebbled pleasure with snow white sand and deep cobalt blue sea, as well as having the most exhilirating views of the majestic Table Mountain as its main backdrop.

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Cape Town Day Sailing Experience

What if you could spend a whole day immersed in the basic beauty of sailing the open seas with one of the most prestigious, largest RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and SAS (South African Sailing) training centres in the Southern hemisphere? Cape town day sailing experience feel the wind in your hair and the sea salt on your skin, as Ocean Sailing Academy gives you this phenomenal opportunity.

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