South Africa is one of the most booming destinations around the world. Find out my personal travel tips if you are visiting this region of natural beauty beyond comparison for the very first time.
Cape of Good Hope
Take a rental car and make your way down to the most Southern point of the Cape peninsula while indulging in the breathtaking views that you will experience on the way along. Table Mountain National Park and the peninsula itself are by far one of the most stunning natural reserves worldwide and you may be rewarded with lots of wildlife sights on the way. Wherever it is ostriches, apes, penguins or antelopes (just to name a few) in their natural environment. As driving in South Africa is on the left hand side, I personally recommend to do the circle starting at the east of the peninsula (Fish Hoek) because it makes it much easier to stop on the side of the road for lookouts or simply to take photos. A stop at Nordhoek Beach should also be included. While the swell can be quite hazardous for swimming, the beauty of the beach is still worth spending some time watching the enormous waves roll on land. By the way, if you are looking to upgrade your rental experience to something really extraordinary (yet also quite pricy!!!) why not considering the luxury of a chauffeur driven classic jaguar, for example. Providers such as Classic Cats or SA Classics are just two brands to name.
Probably one of the most popular spots for the Tablemountain panorama is this picturesque ocean beach about 20 to 25 minutes north of downtown Cape Town. This hotspot is particularly popular for sunrise and sunset hours and the view on clear days will absolutely pay off for the getting there.
This is an excursion that is on my list every time I have the chance to fly down to Cape Town. Of course, it is most fun if no one has the responsibility to drive themselves, so there is a wide range of guided tours to the vineyards in Stellenbosch, Constantia, Franschoek, Paarl or Robertson (only to name a few). It is highly recommendable not to pack up too many estates into one day though (I would say a maximum of five), otherwise you end up drunk early and the epicure experience is more or less ruined! Going in smaller groups (up to five people) enhances the experience a lot as you have more time to enjoy the wonderful wines of the region and learn a bit more about the different wineries and their traditions. Some estates that I personally like a lot are Anura (try their Petit Verdot, their LB brand Sangiovese and their Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre cuvée!!!), Delheim (they are famous for their rosé wines and lunch in the beautiful garden is also highly recommendable!), Tokara (the winery features a modern restaurant with great views over the vineyards) and Delaire Graff right opposite of Tokara, one of the super luxurious estates with most excellent wines, dining and accommodation.
The weather in the Cape region is unpredictable. Strong winds can impact the view from one second to the other, but chances are always 50/50 that the outlook from Table Mountain clears up even if the top may be hiding in the clouds earlier during the day. But even if the air is plain, the cable car service may be suspended due to strong winds. You can always check on the official website of the outlook before planning your excursion up. But let me say one thing: Even if you are devastated and tired on the day of your arrival. If the air is clear and winds are calm, take the opportunity. Get up there!
Dinner & Drinks
A great area for drinks and amazing views of the rear of Table Mountain can be enjoyed from neighbourhoods like Camps Bay or Clifton. Hang with the hipster crowds and listen to the ocean while sipping on high-class cocktails in a lounge beat atmosphere at the stylish The Bungalow before heading on for a delicious seafood or steak dinner at the Hussar Grill Camps Bay. Try to get a table next to the window to enjoy marvelous ocean views while feasting on fresh scallops or tender filet mignon. I love the living room atmosphere of the Hussar Grill. They have a wonderful wine list and the menu always features fresh fish.
Flying out of Capetown can be quite an experience. Try to catch a window seat as you might happen to get a view like this …