10 great reasons to visit Cape Town this winter


The weather may be a little cooler down here from May to September but Cape Town is hot in lots of other ways over these months. Brett Davidge, Manager of the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, gives his top ten tips for great days out at this time of year.


01st April 2011

The Twelve Apostles Hotel
Brett Davidge

Brett Davidge

Cape Town is often cited as the world’s most popular destination – and for good reason. Even in the cooler winter months, when the northern hemisphere is basking in the sunshine, there are loads of brilliant things to see and do down at the tip of Africa.

1. A trip to Seal Island is especially spectacular in our winter. That’s when the Great White Sharks are at their most active and it’s easy to see why the waters here, with their huge numbers of seals, have been described as a “McDonalds for sharks”! For adrenalin junkies, go Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai or Mossel Bay.

2. White water rafting is more enjoyable during the cooler winter months because the rivers in the Cape are in flood – and there’s loads of raging torrents, with turbulent rapids, to keep you absolutely drenched!


Water Rafting

3. Namaqualand Flower Route is a must-see, with spring wild flowers starting to bloom from July to October. This brilliant spectacle can be enjoyed along the west coast of the Northern Cape and just north of Cape Town.

4. The Protea Garden at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is most magnificent in Winter when the proteas, conebushes and serrurias are in flower. These gardens are world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora they display and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.


Whale Watching

5. The Whale Watching Season, mid-June to November. Southern right whales leave their Antarctic feeding ground to frolic in the warmer waters of the Western Cape coast, providing spectacular opportunities for observing these gentle giants.

6. Hiking on a sunny winter’s day is much more comfortable than in the hot summer months – you don’t have to be up at the crack of dawn to avoid the fierce mid-day sun. There’s no shortage of spectacular Hiking Trails with the Western Cape offering the most varied and interesting concentration of hiking trails in the world.

7. Cape Town beaches are less crowded in the winter, and no less spectacular, with a choice of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on the doorstep.

8. There are some great festivals and events around Cape Town in the winter months – everything from sport to music, food to crafts, and art to dance.

9. Visit one of the many game reserves in the Western Cape region – they’re still teeming with wildlife in the winter.

10. Spend a day indoors at the Twelve Apostles, unwinding in the spa, then relaxing by a warm fire with a glass or two of local wine from the excellent cellar, followed by dinner in our newly refurbished Azure restaurant.

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