If you want a fantastic holiday, then Cape Town should be on your radar. While it is a metropolitan city of approximately 434,000 people, there are also many places to reconnect with nature. The city's unique ethnic blend leads to many outstanding opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere. The wine and food in this legislative capital are hard to beat. Here are some ideas to help you plan a Cape Town holiday.
One of the best ways to explore nature in Cape Town is to go on a hike. Many different hikes are worth considering. The Pipe Track that is accessible by climbing the concrete stairs off Tafelberg Road leads you around Table Mountain where you can discover up to 9,000 different plant species. Alternatively, consider following the winding path going through the ravine before emerging on top of Table Mountain. If you are bringing along children, then consider taking them on a hike to explore Woodstock Cave. You can also choose to climb up the back of Table Mountain starting at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
There are many ways to discover culture in Cape Town. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden contains a fascinating display of plants and flowers from throughout South Africa. Learn about early farming and see curated art at La Motte Museum. See tools developed by people over 120,000 years ago by visiting Iziko South African Museums. Explore the contributions that people of the Islamic faith have made to Cape Town's development by visiting the Bo-Kaap Museum. See amazing antique furniture and silverware by touring the https://www.iziko.org.za/museums/koopmans-de-wet-house>Koopmans De Wet House.
Become a Glutton
The blending of many unique cultures allows those going on holiday in Cape Town to experience foods from many different places. Consider dining from the 100 vendors found at the Old Biscuit Mill in the Woodstock neighborhood. Try the unique bacon sandwich at Bacon on Bree in City Cente. Dine on Cape Malay cuisine while seeing amazing views of Table Mountain by dining at Biesmiellah, in the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood.
Play on the Beaches
Cape Town has terrific beaches to explore whether you are looking for a quiet place to watch a romantic sunset or looking for a more adventurous holiday. Go sunbathing and play in the Atlantic Ocean by visiting Clifton Beaches. Laugh at the antics of the penguins by visiting Boulders Beach. The colorful bathing boxes at Muizenberg Beach makes a beautiful backdrop for photos. Dream about what it would be like to live in a million dollar mansion while enjoying a life of leisure by visiting Camps Bay Beach. Go surfing while interacting with students from around the world by visiting Bikini Beach.
Experience the Wine
Cape Town's unique climate makes it a great place to grow grapes. The long growing season has led to many small vintners starting wine companies that are definitely worth sampling. You can even take a winemaking class so that you know how to make your own unique blend. When Governor Simon van der Stel’s Constantia's estate was broken up, several entrepreneurs took advantage of the opportunity to grow their own grapes. While wildfires ravaged many of the older estates, new life was breathed into them by people who grabbed a chance to build a new life for themselves and their families out of the ashes.
View Cape Town's Wildlife
In addition to the penguins, there are many other opportunities to view wildlife in the Cape Town region. Rock hyraxes love to sunbathe on Table Mountain. Take a trip down the M3 to spot zebra-like quaggas. After they managed to pull off a great escape heist from the zoo in the 1930s, there have been Himalayan tahrs on Table Mountain. Watch Cape seals play in the water when you visit the beach.
Rest in Peaceful Accommodations
While Cape Town has many beautiful hotels, skip the hassles of staying where you will be constantly surrounded by people by staying in private accommodations. These properties are usually beautifully landscaped by their owners creating a tranquil environment where you can truly relax. Many have outdoor seating areas making them a great place to curl up with your favorite book or have a quiet conversation with someone special. Private accommodation in Cape Town affords you the opportunity to enjoy your holiday in peace and quiet.
There are so many reasons to go on a holiday in Cape Town that you will want to book your housing accommodations very soon. Then, come to visit and experience all that Cape Town has to offer.
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