There’s no shortage of great things to do around Cape Town but Horst Frehse, General Manager of The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, shares some of his personal favourites.
A day trip to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak Drive takes one of the most spectacular road routes in the whole world, with magnificent ocean views and regular lookout points that take your breath away. Come back along Boyes Drive to enjoy the endless ocean vistas, making sure to stop off at vibrant Kalk Bay, with its artistic community, fantastic restaurants and working harbour.
A day trip to the popular town of Langebaan is one of my all-time favourite outings, and the highlight is lunch right on the beach at the informal open-air Strandloper restaurant. It’s around 100 kilometres from Cape Town on the West Coast, located along the Langebaan Lagoon. Wiggle your toes in the sand and tuck into some of the delicious fresh seafood specialities (our wonderful crayfish is in season now).
Spend a day at Kirstenbosch, our national botanical garden – the dramatic setting beneath Table Mountain really is spectacular. You can spend hours admiring the indigenous plants and flowers, but make time for lunch at the lovely garden restaurant! On Sunday afternoons in the summer we like attending the open-air sunset music concerts.
You can’t beat the awesome feeling of stroking a purring cheetah cub in the safe environment of the Cheetah Sanctuary in Somerset West. It really brings home the fragility of this magnificent species that is now on the endangered list. It’s a must-see attraction if you have kids with you.
A Full Moon Hike on Lion’s Head is a wonderful way to introduce visitors to Cape Town. It’s a one hour hike but the spectacle from the summit, with the coast and sea bathed in silver moonlight, is magical. Guided walks are available too. (Upcoming full moon dates: December 28; January 27; February 25, and March 27)
One of my favourite sundowner spots (apart from our own Leopard Bar at The Twelve Apostles of course!) is at the top of Table Mountain – a World Heritage Site and recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Take the cable car to the top, enjoy a picnic or a drink at the restaurant, and soak up the setting with its glorious city and ocean views.
And lastly, but really at the top of my list as a ‘must-do’, is a ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island to follow in the footsteps of our former President, Nelson Mandela. It’s one of the most moving symbols of South Africa’s transformation from apartheid to a multi-party democracy, and it’s a spiritual journey that every visitor deserves to take.
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