LOOKING AT VISITING THE CAPE
Sunrise over the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront image by John Maarschalk
CAPE TOWN is such an amazing and unique place to visit, from Beaches to
Mountains to Harbours and the beautiful Gardens, the Winelands, the Coastal Towns
and not forgetting all shopping one can do.
I have decided to make a list of some of the most popular places I have visited
whilst on trips over the years to Cape Town including a few of the restaurants I would reccommend.
Here are the reasons to visit!
First off a visit to Cape Town would not be complete without taking
the Cable Car all the way to the very top of TABLE MOUNTAIN.
There is a lovely cafe up there called the Table Mountain Cafe where you can have lunch or just
sit with a glass of wine and admire the view. The views are magnificent.
Do make sure that you check if the Cable Cars are running (weather permitting)
(image provided by John Maarschalk)
I love nature and gardens so a visit to KIRSTENBOSCH GARDENS is always a must for me.
There are so many exotic plants and the trees are just incredible. There are guinea fowls and lots of birds to see.
The restaurant is called "Moyo". The word "Moyo"means heart. It is a translation from the Sanskrit language Swahili and its here at this restaurant In the Kirstenbosch Gardens that you can experience superb food, and a really interesting experience.
We all had our faces painted in designs of little white dots.
VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT has just about got it all. Restaurants and
Bars and so many shops to visit and see, there is always something happening
down at the V&A. If you into Shopping this is the place to be there are so many different shops to see and its all so electric.
On the subject of shopping a
visit to the Neighbourgoods Market is a good idea for bargains which is situated
at the Old Biscuit Mill and operates on a Saturday.
There are many
stalls to visit and you might want to try out the Ostrich Burger .
LONG STREET is a must if you are looking for fun and vibes and just an excuse to
stay out all night, its the Party place to be , its always buzzing and a place to browse during the day and have a big night out on the town.
Mama Africa is here and It is the most unique experience you will have during your visit in Africa
NEWLANDS is an upmarket suburb of Cape Town, and its located at the foot of Table Mountain in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
The pub to visit in Newlands is called the Forester Arms
we all call it "Forries" you just cant go to Newlands without going to Forries.
I doubt there is any Capetonian that does not know about good Ol Forries
We were supporting the ALL BLACKS in SPRINGBOK territory what a great night we had
at the Forester Arms
BO-KAAP is a vibrant place, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, and is situated
on the slopes of Signal Hill. Bo-Kaap is the Historical Centre of the Cape Malay Culture.
The Museum is very interesting to visit
The brightly colored homes and the stoned cobble streets are so unique.
KALK BAY is a really nice fishing village on the coast of False Bay. Kalk Bay means Lime Bay.
and is derived from the vast deposits of mussel shells. We had a lovely lunch at Cape To Cuba.
I found Cape To Cuba a very intriguing Restaurant I enjoyed it. Its full of relics from the past.
I also found a little shop that stocked amazing gifts called The GOODS and its tucked away at the back.
CAMPS BAY and CLIFTON are always on my top list to visit. I love Camps Bay.
and often prefer to stay at Camps Bay when visiting Cape Town. The people and
the Beach community are really amazing. Lots of beachfront bars to sit and catch
up with friends and just feel the vibe.
HOUT BAY the fishing village, always good to go and see all the fisherman and their Trawlers plus all the fresh fish. This is the best place for having Fish and Chips.
There are also a lot of seals swimming around which are fun to watch. The beach is also
very nice. (Image of Hout Bay by John Maarschalk)
NOW if you are interested in PENGUINS then there is beach called BOULDERS
where you can view many of these little birds.
It is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located on the Cape Peninsula, near Simon's Town towards Cape Point.
SIMON'S TOWN is where the Naval Base is situated. If you want to enjoy a bit of History and find out more about the Naval Base
there is a Museum you can visit and you bound to see some of the
Naval Ships in the Harbor.
When visiting CAPE TOWN a drive along Chapman's Peak to CAPE POINT is amazing.
I have done this trip so many times, and each time it has been so special. The beauty of the Cape is beyond words. This is where you will clearly see where the two oceans meet.
(image by John Maarschalk)
LASTLY you cant visit the CAPE without visiting the WINELANDS , ROBBEN ISLAND and of course some of the GAME LODGES around the Cape.
Watch out for our next blog ( Part II )
Thank you to my good friend John Maarschalk for some of the images.