This is the main reason to start the website…the questions of friends who want to know where we go and what we like to do in this country. A country that is so divers in nature, places and tourist attractions. Where there are so many spots to find for a nice meal and a glass of wine and most of the time in an amazing beautiful scenery.
But going back in my memory or quickly visit everything what we liked and still love… that takes time and it takes even more time and effort, to put it all in a short story that gives away my feelings and will give you a little bit of a visual and sensory taste of my African dream.
So here is a list of things, that hopefully will get shorter and these tips become stories and on the other hand will grow, because there is so much more to explore……
Please check out the Internet for days, opening times and prices!
If you want to have some personal information you can always get in contact by email.
If you want to have a gorgeous view over the world city Cape Town, and because everyone has this on his list I guess.
For people who want to know more about the history of South Africa, for me this is a must!
The Company Gardens and the museums around it,
Old slave lodge museum, Planetarium, Castle of Good Hope, South African Museum, National Gallery
This is all about our South African History, something I really like. The national museum and the Planetarium are places to visit with the children as well! And of course who doesn’t want to visit a castle.
Green Market square and Longstreet
Even if you don’t like markets this one you can’t miss out. All the art from Africa in one spot, the people as colorful as the products they sell. Hopefully you meet the Ostrich man as well …and believe me you will recognize him immediately.
Longstreet is the place for nice antic shops, small boutique’s, and lots of nice places for coffee and lunch. I like to go to Mozart in ShortMarket street for coffee and cakes, lunch or dinner at Fork for tapas or the Ethiopian ceremony and atmosphere at Addis in Cape in Longstreet. But probably you will find many more adorable places.
Victoria an Alfred Waterfront and the Two Oceans Aquarium
Luxury shopping or watching the tourist from all over the world walking by, making a boat trip or a helicopter flight. The Waterfront is a place to meet and greet, to enjoy some time on a terrace and watch time go by.
With the kids but also without them, you will enjoy yourself at the Two Ocean aquarium where you spot all the fish that lives in the two oceans that surround South Africa. If you are brave enough you can even dive with the sharks.
Looking for more shops, in the luxury style …than go to the biggest one: The Cannel Walk.
Chapman’s peak drive
Don’t worry about your hair today, because if you go on this scenic drive between Noordhoek and Houtbay you want to get out of your car at one of the parking spots to make an amazing picture of the rocky coastline. This spectacular road drive is 9 km long and with the wind, that’s always blowing on the westcoast of South Africa, a very exciting and refreshing day trip. Be aware that it is a toll road (tariff July 2014 R. 40,-… discount when you have a South African Wild Card)
Cape of Good Hope and Cape point
It’s quite a drive all the way down to Cape Point, what is not what we learned in the Netherlands…the most Southern point of the African Continent, because we know now that that is Cape Agulhas. This tip of the Cape Peninsula has the richest flora and is covert with the unique fynbos. Don’t expect to see a lots of wildlife but enjoy the rough coastline and of course like everybody else make a picture with the most photographed sign in South Africa! Take the walking path that leads to the lighthouse, enjoy the view and I am sure you can imagine that so many ships got lost somewhere in this area on stormy days.
Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach
I still can remember a television program with the African Penguins from Boulders Beach, the birds walking on the parking and hiding under your car. So a must to see with your own eyes as this is one of only a few colony’s on earth and a very popular and famous attraction.
If you can stand the smell, take one of the 3 boardwalks to watch the birds in their natural habitat and keep remember this isn’t a zoo…and they are wild protected animals.
There is also a beautiful beach between the boulders that is well suited for a lovely family picnic.
Simon’s Town is the Royal Navy Base from South Africa, from the harbor where there are a few nice restaurants, you can also take a boat or kayak. Winter season there will be boats going out to see the whales and with some luck you spot the great white shark hunting for seal around Seal Island.
I love this place …see places.
A suburb of Cape Town with some great producing vineyards. Visit Groot Constantia, where you can have a walk on the estate. Go into the museum so you know everything about life and wine producing in those early days of the Cape. There is a restaurant with a spectacular view and a winetasting with world class wines.
But of course this area has lots more to offer!
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
This place you can visit in every season and more than one time… this kaleidoscope of colors will never be boring. Bring you picnic basket and blanket or visit one of the two restaurants. Have a kloof walk, or stay on the paved paths, or take a walk through the treetops. Yes you take the ‘boomslang’ walk and enjoy the view over this majestic place and will understand that there didn’t changed a lot in all the years.
Please check if there are concerts in the garden as it has such a great atmosphere when the sun goes down and you are sitting on a blanket with your picnic and music is filling the air.
West Coast National Park
A Gorgeous national Park specially in August – Sept, when the wild flowers are blooming.
The place where we live and surrounded by winelands, lots of restaurants, winetastings and Cape Dutch styled Gables. In the winelands there are wine estates who will show you their wine cellar, if you didn’t book on forehand just ask if they have time…
Weekends there are a few markets to visit; Oude Libertas Market, Route 44, Blaauklippen Market, the Organic market at Spier ( Santa Road).
As you like to do things by the book…then you have to visit ‘Oom Samie’s se winkel’ but I would rather sit somewhere and enjoy a good glass of wine. In town you find some winebars and very good lunch and dinner places. The town has a lovely vibe, lots of students as Stellenbosch is a University City.
Walk down Dorpstreet along the old oaks and remember that not that long ago horses with carts where the only transport.
I love to take my visitors to the Village Museum that shows you some houses and the kind of business there was… in every house is a guide who will tell you with enthusiasm the story.
Markets in this area
Cape Town; Old Biscuit Mill, Zille House Market, Green market square,
Stellenbosch; Blaauklippen, Route 44, Oude Libertas slow food market,
Greyton; Greyton market,
Somerset West; Lourensford market, Country Craft Market, Hathersage farm market
HoutBay; Harbour Market
Franschhoek; Village market
Amazing Wine estates all along the Helshoogte pass and the R 44, around Stellenbosch.