Hidden Gems

The Twelve Apostles is the perfect base from which to explore Cape Town and the Western Cape, a treasure trove of natural wonders, breathtaking scenery, picture perfect weather and gastronomic delights. Not too far from the hotel are many delightful hidden gems recommended by the hotel Concierge.

Our Concierge's Hidden Gems

Hout Bay

Cape Town

Hout Bay is often called the Heart of the Cape, a mere 10 minute drive from the hotel. ‘Houtbaai’, as it was named by Dutch explorers, literally translated means Wood Bay.

The Hout Bay harbour is the 9th most visited tourist attraction in Cape Town and includes a yacht and boat marina, a working fishing fleet, a wonderful local craft market, daily boat trips to nearby Seal Island and wonderful local restaurants.

Getting There:

Hout Bay Harbour - 14 min (10.1 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd

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Seal Island

Seal Island at Hout Bay

Also known as Duiker Island, is situated about 15 minutes by boat from Hout Bay.

The island has a breeding colony of approximately 6,000 Cape Fur Seals, foraging far and wide throughout the peninsula in search of food.

Several operators such as Nauticat, Drumbeat and Cape Town Boat Charters offer daily one-hour trips which depart from Hout Bay Harbour.

Getting There:

Hout Bay Harbour - 14 min (10.1 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd

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Hout Bay Vineyards

Hout Bay Vinyards

Located high on rocky mountain slopes, this boutique wine cellar was established in 2001.

The winemaker’s dedication ensures that each bottle is individually nurtured to produce the type of lasting quality one can only achieve with a personal touch.

Although bubbly is what started the adventure, Hout Bay Vineyards also produces a range of other wines, including a Sauvignon Blanc, a full-bodied red as well as a delicate light rosé.

Getting There:

12 min (9.4 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd

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The World of Birds

Cape Town

The World of Birds Park is one of the few large bird parks in the world.

Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk-through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature.

A tropical garden setting in the Hout Bay Valley is the environment in which the aviaries are spaced over 4 ha of land, framed by the back of Table Mountain.

Getting There:

10 min (8.4 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd

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Constantia Valley Wine Route

The oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1685, Constantia Valley is today the Cape’s most intimate wine route consisting of nine wine farms, each with their own distinctive heritage and premium wines.

Enjoyed by Napoleon Bonaparte and royalty in the 18th century, Constantia Valley’s unique combination of terroir and climate produces some of the world’s finest wines that to this day continue to win accolades and international awards for consistently high standard and quality.

Getting there via Victoria Road/Hout Bay Road (distance from the hotel):

Silvermist Organic Vineyards - 15 min (12.4 km) without traffic
Beau Constantia - 17 min (12.9 km) without traffic
Constantia Glen - 15 min (12.9 km) without traffic
Eagles' Nest Wines - 16 min (14.1 km) without traffic
Groot Contantia - 19 min (16 km) without traffic

Constantia Uitsig - 24 min (19.4 km) without traffic
Buitenverwachting - 25 min (19.1 km) without traffic
Klein Constantia - 26 min (19.3 km)without traffic
Steenberg Vineyards- 29 min (23.1 km) without traffic

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Original T-Bag Designs

Original T-Bag Designs

Original T-Bag Designs creates ‘Functional Art’ out of recycled tea bags.

Used tea bags are dried, emptied, ironed then painted, with each artist showing their own individual styles and patterns. These miniature works of art are then applied to stationary, wooden items like boxes, trays and coasters and even fabric items!

For a group of previously disadvantaged people in Hout Bay, one cup of tea can indeed provide community, love, excitement and financial security.

Getting There:

8 (7.3 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd

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Bay Harbour Market

Bay Harbour Market Hout Bay

Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is a celebration of the vibrancy, spirit and diversity that make South Africa such a unique country. It provides a uniquely social shopping, dining and entertainment experience in an atmosphere that is friendly, vibrant and distinctly South African.

The market also serves as a platform for community building and upliftment by providing opportunities for the development of creative skills towards the creation of sustainable business.

Open weekends only.

Getting There:

12 min (9.6 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd

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Horse Riding on Noordhoek Beach at ‘The Dunes

Cape Town

Heaven on horseback is cantering through the surf at The Dunes in Noordhoek on a fine thoroughbred horse, with whales and dolphins leaping in the bay.

The stables are built right on the sand of Noordhoek Beach – the longest, whitest and most spectacular beach in Cape Town.

Enjoy daily rides at 10:00 and 16:00, each session lasting 1.5 hours over a 14km stretch.

Getting There:

29 min (19.6 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd & M6

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Noordhoek: The Foodbarn Restaurant and Deli

Foodbarn Noordhoek

The Noordhoek valley remains one of Cape Town’s treasured destinations, featuring a rural atmosphere, rustic surroundings, a world-famous beach and vast wetlands.

At the Foodbarn Restaurant, diners are treated to delicious and decadent ‘fine-dining’ style food in a characterful old barn, while at the Deli you are invited into a ‘home-from-home’ with tantalising aromas of fresh bread and the best coffee in the valley, super friendly and caring service and chef Lana’s delicious creations.

Getting There:

28 min (19.2 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd & M6

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Kommetjie “Slangkop” Lighthouse

The only metal lighthouse in Africa, Slangkop (meaning Snake Head) Lighthouse has been burning brightly since 1914, becoming fully automated in 1979.

The tower’s light shimmers 33 nautical miles out to sea from its 33 M circular construction and is the tallest cast iron tower in South Africa.

Initially manned by 3 Lighthouse Keepers it is now maintained by one Senior Lighthouse Keeper who still washes the lighthouse windows.

Getting There:

10 min (8.4 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd

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