Cape Town

Surrounded by beautiful mountains, water, & flora with a mixture of city-life, wine lands, & rural areas, Cape Town truly has it ALL! An absolutely amazing city &… My most favorite adventure & most memorable stay yet!


Ideal Time to Visit:

Spring: Sept-Nov: Warm & sunny. BEST TIME TO GO! The beautiful wildflowers on the West Coast are in full bloom. The early morning’s & evening’s are chilly, but temp’s really start rising throughout the country! 

Summer: Dec-Feb (High Season): Hot & dry. Extremely busy in Dec & pricey, but also a great time to go, especially for traveling along the Garden Route! February is one of the hottest months of the year, but the coastal towns keep it nice & breezy.

Fall: March-May: We went then & it was warm & dry during the day, then breezy & a bit chilly at night (light jacket will do the trick). It was much quieter with peak season dying down towards the end of April through May. 

Winter: June-Aug: Cooler more mild temp’s & wet. July is the start of whale watching season in Hermanus where the whales are viewed hugging the coastline, giving birth this time of year! August is the start of Spring with flowers blooming across the Western & Northern Cape. 

“September is the best month to travel to South Africa if you’d like to experience a combination of regions and wildlife. The weather tends to be good everywhere, and sights include frolicking newborn game and breaching whales.”

– Andrew, Africa Safari Specialist

Andrew, Africa Safari Specialist

Current 10-Day Forecast 


7 Nights in Cape Town 

V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Standford, & Franschhoek

Cape Town Sample Itinerary 

2 Days or 38hrs of flying later….

1 – Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Check into Airbnb, walk the waterfront, dine outside with live African song & dance all around.

2 – Truth Coffee Shop. Table Mountain Hike. Walk Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Old Biscuit Mill (shop & lunch). Concert at Cape Town Stadium.

3 – Penguin’s at Boulder Bay. Cape of Good Hope. Groot Constantia Winery. Check-in to Camps Bay Airbnb. Waterfront dining.

4 – Lion’s Head Hike. Beach it! Waterfront bar & dining.

5 – Bo-Kaap Rd. Hout Bay: Bay Harbour Market (shop & lunch). Urban Brewing Co. DARG: Domestic Animal Rescue Group – walk & playtime w/ the rescue pups! Waterfront dining.

6 – Stanford: Panthera Cat Sanctuary. Birkenhead Brewery. Check-in at Africamps. Cocktails at restaurant. Bonfire, patio, wine & board game kind of ‘glamping’ night!

7 – Drive to Franschhoek. Check-in Protea Hotel by Marriott. Wine Tram: Grande Provence w/ Cheetah Sanctuary, Rickety Bridge, Chefs Warehouse at Maison, & Chamonix.

8 – Fly Cape Town -> Johannesburg -> Skakuza Airport.


Generic Tips:

RENT A CAR! We were planning on using Uber, but the car rental price was SO CHEAP – $15/day! Yes, driving on the left hand side of the road can be daunting, but once you get through the Downtown area, the roads are long & very manageable for a first time left-sided driver. The drivers are well mannered besides the little white buses that go a-blazing past you every chance they can get! Watch out for baboons that run & roll around on the roadways – mainly in rural areas. If you’ll be ‘off-roading’ through the wine lands, I suggest you upgrade to an SUV as GPS won’t tell you, but you’ll be hitting some long dirt roads that are iffy with a little sedan – thought for sure we were going to pop our tires, in the middle of nowhere! There is SO much to explore! You’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t rent one! Just do it!

Uber is readily available in a majority of the areas of Cape Town & is cost-effective for those non left sided adventure seekers. They’re especially handy for late night rides. The Cape Town International Airport is a 15 min drive to the city center. Taxi’s tend to be rather expensive. Drive yourself or Uber it!

Parking Attendants: Everywhere you park, a parking attendant will race to your car to ‘guard it’. They expect a tip, every time… It has gotten to the point that there are fake parking attendants now. Many locals will claim a portion of the street, even duke it out if another parking attendant interferes in their area. No, it’s not necessary to pay them every time, but at the same time, you don’t want your car vandalized or anything stolen, so I recommend giving them 18 RAND or $1.28 USD. This is how these locals make a living, but again it isn’t necessary. You may get some scowls or begging if you don’t give in, but if you get back to your car & they aren’t there, just GO!

Food: A lot of fresh ingredients used in an array of International dishes. No getting stuck just eating kudu or ostrich here! There’s something for everyone!

Beer: Local beers tend to be a bit cheaper than imported ones. Castle is the main brew, & as any light National beer goes, it’s pretty decent!

Tipping: Unless the bill at a restaurant states that service is included, 10% is an acceptable tip to leave if you are satisfied with your food & service.

Money: Credit cards are WIDELY accepted here – even the markets which are pretty high-end. We pulled out a hundred dollars at the airport for tipping. I always recommended withdrawing cash at the airport first before departing those airport doors! Not all ATM machines are created equal out on the streets! 1USD to 14.29RAND (5/16/19).

Black Out’s: Known as “load shedding”, rolling power outages are common throughout the city, both for residential & commercial, lasting up to NINE hours. Street lights out, shop’s shutdown, just a ghost town feel… Daunting as you go through your list of fun to-do’s visiting as a tourist, I know! We lucked out with most occurring in the early AM which didn’t affect us at all, thankfully!

Water Consumption: Don’t overuse or drink the tap water! This is the worst drought they’ve seen since 1933! You’ll notice signs throughout the city, even public restrooms that barely trickle out water for you to wash your hands. Do your part & cut down your shower time, don’t leave the tap water running, reuse your towel & do less laundry.

Safety: Just think smart here! Stay away from the townships & don’t walk around alone late at night. Yes you may get heckled to buy art goods & you’ll have parking attendant’s rushing to your car right & left, but it’s rather safe contrary to popular belief! My husband and I were even ‘those tourists’ walking around at 1AM after Ed Sheeran played at the stadium, but we were sure to scurry back quickly to our place. Common sense is all that’s needed, just like you don’t want to flash jewelry. Think like you would in any other big city. Also, beware of baboon’s! They’ll snatch any food or good’s right out of your hands & they sure don’t mind rolling around on main roads!


Top Things to Do in Cape Town

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

This is THE place to be for all things lively in Cape Town! There are loads of exciting activities for everyone, including the Cape Wheel which has spectacular views of the city & Table Mountain, dozens of shop’s, including a mall, along with restaurants, cafe’s & bars galore with outdoor seating, surrounded by fishing & container ships along the water with ongoing African song & dance! I highly recommend staying down here for a night or two to capture all that the V&A Waterfront has to offer for ultra convenience! When you can walk from your Airbnb and no driving is necessary – that’s the way to go down here!

Oranjezicht Farm Market: Breads, cheeses, craft beers, vegan treats, & the local delicacy which is a must-try, biltong, can be found here & more! Open Saturday’s, 9AM-2PM!

Two Oceans Aquarium is a must-visit for families!

Cape Town Stadium: Seeing a concert or staying down here & want to hear a concert from your patio? The Stadium is within minutes of the V&A, making it ultra convenient if you’ll be attending a show here!

Shop Hours | 9AM-10PM  

Website | V&A Waterfront


Truth Coffee Shop

‘The Truth Experience’… That it is! Voted the ‘Worlds Best Coffee Shop’ & it’s easy to understand why! This warehouse building was stripped to expose original stone & beautiful brick walls. The furniture is industrial with mixtures of leather & steel throughout. There are intimate dining booths & what I liked most, was family style seating – 20 people at a table, enjoying their morning cup of joe & breakfast! Which btw the coffee required no cream or sugar which is mind blowing for me! The details with the menu/newspaper you’re given, showcasing all the tasty coffee concoctions & delicious breakfast options (avocado toast – that’s all I have to say) + the unique industrial aesthetics throughout, which included a large rotating machine full of bagged coffee beans to bring down to me (I was in awh), Truth does it right! As their philosophy goes, “We roast coffee. Properly.” That they do!

Location | 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa (1.4 mi from Lion’s Head)

Menu| Truth Coffee Roasting Menu

Reviews| TripAdvisor

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Truth Coffee Roasting

“THE AWARD-WINNING STEAMPUNK THEMED HOME OF TRUTH COFFEE ROASTING.”


Table Mountain

Seen from all over Cape Town is the prominent landmark Table Mountain. This is a must visit to get spectacular panoramic views of Cape Town. Ride the cable or opt for the grueling hike up like we did & the gondola down! 

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Lower Gondola Viewing Platform

Location | Table Mountain National Park 8001, South Africa

Cable Car Hours | 8AM-6:30PM

Weather Availability | Table Mountain Cableway

Guided Hike | Platteklip Gorge Hike

Reviews| TripAdvisor

TIPS:

  • Drive up as far as you can to park! We took the first parking ‘lot’ available in the very beginning & had over a mile of uphill walking to do to reach the base of our hike. There is a ton of parking uphill!
  • I highly recommend taking the gondola  up vs hiking the extreme ‘staircase to heaven’  unless you’re seeking a super challenging & sweaty workout! This hike is for intermediate hikers, not necessarily beginner’s! Had I known what I do now, in which I was practically hyperventilating, soaked in sweat (so was my husband),  I would of taken the gondola & saved my hike for Lion’s Head! It’s intense! 
  • Check the weather & Website to ensure it’s open because the weather shut’s it down at times. Don’t purchase your tickets the day prior because as commonly so, like with us, the mountain is often covered in a blanket of clouds, so no view is seen from above.
  • If you are hiking, bring a BIG jug of water, sunglasses & a light jacket to put on when you reach the top. You’ll sweat through your shirt & pants on the way up, but it’s rather windy up at the peak in which you’ll want to put a light sweatshirt/jacket on.
  • When there is a ‘table-cloth’ on the mountain, if you go down to the lower observation deck at the base of the cable car, you can catch those expansive views of Cape Town that you were hoping for up top. Ya, that hike really wasn’t necessary with our fog filled peak of a view we had! ;P
  • Look out for the cute dassies that’ll likely be running across your path! 😉
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Top of Table Mountain – In the clouds…

Lion’s Head

Get some fresh air & exercise & take in the breathtaking view of Cape Town from atop Lions Head, day or night, overlooking the city & Table Bay + the scenic Atlantic Ocean coastline on the other! It is much more moderate in comparison to Table Mountain, enabling beginner’s to hike! It does pack a punch with ladders, chains & pulls, climbing up steep rocks which is 5.5 km in trail length, but there are options to take other routes for a more flat & steady pace up – great for kid’s or more elderly too! 

Lion's Head Peak

Duration Spent | Approx 3 hrs round-trip

Sunset Guided Tour| 3 Hr Guided Sunset Hike 

  • Sunrises are gorgeous, as well as the sunsets here!

Tip: If seeking more of a fun-adventure hike, hike this Mountain over Table Mountain! More fun (less of a ‘staircase to heaven hike’) & there are spectacular views here which are tough to come across at Table Mountain since the peak is usually cased in the clouds!  💪😍 Also, no jacket necessary! You’re in the sun almost the entirety of the hike & it’s not chilly at the summit like Table is. Be ready for some awesome shots on the rocks overlooking the city! 😉 


Kirstenbosch Gardens

Visit one of the world’s most beautiful & spectacular gardens! Views of the mountains are seen, as well as dozens of stunning gardens that are in bloom year-round, as well as sculpture art displayed throughout! Opened daily!

Walking paths cut through the lush gardens to allow easy access to the flora, as well as from the Canopy Walkway from above in the treetops.

Kirstenbosch Entry

Purchase at main entrance or online: Kirstenbosch Tickets 

6 yrs & Younger: Free!!

6-17 yrs Old: 15 Rand/$1 USD

Adult: 65 Rand/$4.75 USD

Kirstenbosch Gardens Map

A map is always useful when planning your trip to the park! Use this Kirstenbosch trail map for the best routes in the park.

Restaurants

Enjoy high-tea at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant, coffee at Vida e Caffe or an African lunch at Moyo Kirstenbosch. Pack a picnic or the Tea Room or Moyo restaurant will assemble a fabulous Kirstenbosch gardens picnic lunch for you!

Kirstenbosch Restaurant Reviews

Activities

There’s always fun events going on here to include the kiddo’s in on! From kid activities to lectures & bird walks! The amphitheater is a popular Summer music spot for open air gigs. Check out their latest calendar for all the upcoming fun!

Animals

Be sure to keep an eye out for birds, such as the Spotted Eagle Owl, as well as lizards, frogs & a tortoise who roams the paths!

Tips: Wear athletic shoes to walk all the garden trails (not sandals). Stop in after conquering Table Mountain as it’s on the drive back down, even if it’s a quick visit – it’s so worth the effort! The opening times vary by season, so be sure to check first!

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Cape Town Markets

Neighbourgoods Market @ the Old Biscuit Mill: A range of workshops & designer stores, delicious farm stalls, & decadent restaurants! A great go-to for breakfast or lunch! 

Bay Harbour Market @ Hout Bay: Local artisans, bountiful food & drink stands, live music & dance in an authentic fish factory! Absolutely loved all the creative energy & yummy eats here! Opened Fri evenings & all Sat & Sun in Hout Bay. 

There’s a great brewery just outside the market at Urban Brewing Co . We fell in love with their craft beer, exceptional hospitality & their super happy tail-wagging local furry street pup who kept us company the whole stay! Great beer & dog lovers… SOLD! There’s also a small dog rescue by Shaygam, that setup just outside the sidewalk art & crafts stands, with about a dozen dogs he’s rescued who I highly recommend contributing to. Hout Bay’s hometown dog & cat hero, helping dog’s in need on a very little dime, all the time! He stole our hearts & the pups stole lots of pets & luv’s!

Oranjezicht City Farm Market @V&A Waterfront: A remarkably popular destination right next to the shopping mall at the V&A. Breads, cheeses, craft beers, vegan treats, & the local delicacy which is a must-try, biltong, can be found here & more! The highlight is the local produce from local farmers nearby! Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront, Saturday’s, 9AM-2PM.

Made in the Cape: Buy quality handmade goods to take home for gifts! Held in Cavendish Square on the first weekend of each month. 

Vegan Goods Market: Delicious vegan food, plants, + cat & dog adoptions! 2 locations!

  • Plumstead @ Khanyisa Waldorf School: First Sat of the month, 10AM-2PM.
  • Constantia @ The Source: Last Sun of every month, 10AM-2PM.

Kirstenbosch Craft & Food Market: Held on the last Sunday of each month, 9AM-3PM, at the stone cottages opposite of the Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Route 44 Market: Craft market, held every Sat & Sun in Stellenbosch.


Penguins at Boulders Beach

Penguins in Africa!? You bet! 3,000+ endangered African Penguins scower the protected colony in the inlet of Boulders Beach, located about an hours S of Cape Town in Simon’s Town. This is the only place in the world where you get this close to these freely waddling cuties! Visitors can brave the chilly Atlantic Waters at the public beach of False Bay to swim alongside them (they do bite – watch out!), kayak amongst them (no touching), or opt for the wooden walking path from the visitors center to view dozens of them in all their natural habitual glory, swimming, keeping busy hanging with their partner for life, nesting, mating, etc! Oh & did I mention waddling!? I could watch them for hours!

Entry | Around $10, opened 8AM-5PM daily.

Duration Spent | 1-2 hrs

Book | A kayaking tour of Boulders Beach and surrounds


Cape of Good Hope

Stand planted on Africa’s most Southwesterly point, on the edge of the continent! See the prominent division line of the cold Atlantic meeting the warm Indian Ocean. Beautiful flora is seen along the way in as well as a stunning stretch of beach coastline along the M4, following from the Penguins at Boulder.

There is one main road running from the Cape Point entrance to Cape Point, with side roads leading to viewing points & beaches along the way. There are quite a few Cape Point walks you can choose from, making a full day of exploration out of it if you’re up for a big hiking adventure!

The treacherous coastline is marked by 140+ shipwrecks! The lighthouse was built in 1840 when locals pleaded for its construction after witnessing so many lives lost at sea.

Wildlife: See wild ostriches, belonging to an on-site ostrich farm! Beware of baboons! It was heard a gal had her purse ripped in half & shaken over the cliff to lose her passport & all! 

Tips: It is VERY windy here – I don’t suggest wearing a hat or flowy top! Wear walking shoes to hike up the hill’s & steps. There’s a large parking lot at the bottom of the trail that leads up to the Cape Point Lighthouse & that’s where a majority of the baboons hang, ready to inspect all the vehicles for sweets – beware!

Location | Cape Point, and The Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town

Cost |  Adults: R135/$9.8 Kids up to 11yrs: R70/$5.10, opened year round.

Duration Spent: 1-2 hrs for us looking at the spectacular views from the lighthouse, but you can spend a full day here exploring the dozen’s of trails leading around the park.

Book |  Full Day Guided Tour of the Peninsula

TripAdvisor | Check out reviews of The Cape of Good Hope


Wine Country

South Africa produces some of the best wines in the world, including a grape that we aren’t familiar with in the US, Pinotage! Known for picnicking at the wineries here, pull up a seat at a picnic table or blanket on the grass, reserve a picnic basket ($50ish) & enjoy a nice tasting of decadent wines & eats in the sun!

Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia: Off the Garden Route path, explore the oldest wine estate in South Africa! 🍷 Indulge in a chocolate pairing inside 🍷🍫 A super nice pit stop coming up from the Cape of Good Hope! 

Location | Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town

Cost |  105RAND/$7.30USD Wine Tasting  or 105 RAND/$10.78 Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Hours| Opened daily 9AM-5:30PM (Closed Good Friday’s)

Take a Tour|  Explore Groot Constantia

Reviews| TripAdvisor

Franschhoek: Hop on & off the centrally located Franschhoek Wine Tram in town to discover up to 5 wineries in the valley! This is the best way to get around as no driving for you is involved & you spend 1 hour at each winery which is the perfect amount of time to taste & explore the beautiful estates. You can even taste then stop over at the Cheetah Sanctuary on-site at the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate . I do not recommend taking a photo with these cats – terrible tourist trap. You may also run into cute white fluffy chickens frolicking around, horses, puppies, etc! 

Purchase Tickets in Advance| Franschhoek Wine Tram Tickets

Cost | On average, 144RAND/$10USD/tasting

Tip: We took the yellow line & it was the perfect mix of stops! No need to do the line that stops in town for lunch which is offered on a couple because you begin & end in town – a waist of a stop! We had oysters at our first stop, a charcuterie plate mid-way, & there was a deli at one – you won’t go starving! NOTE: They pour 2 oz, not 1 oz x 4-5 glasses, so pace yourself! 😉

Stellenbosch: Where many of the great South African wines are produced, at 150+ wineries, in one of the most beautiful places on earth! Vineyards here sit at the foot of mountain peaks that call for the most beautiful sunsets. Many include animal encounters such as the duck parade, goat towers, owl show’s, along with themed tastings, including cheeses, biltong, ice cream & cupcakes! 

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tastings

Wine Tram - Yellow Tour


Beaches

A water lover’s paradise here with so many beaches & coastline’s to discover! Snorkel, relax at bay, fish, surf, or simply take a plunge, head for the East Coast where the water temperature of the Indian Ocean keeps warm!

Camps Bay Beach

Boulders Beach, Cape Town: Again, swim alongside the beach’s penguins. Just remember not to chase, feed, or touch them!

Clifton Beach: Trendy gem of a beach, known for it’s its chic eateries, fashionable boutiques, & sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic, with sprawling clean white sand, in the Northwest tip of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. 4 ‘separate’ beaches, each divided by a stretch of granite boulders, line the coastline, all with a different feel. You can go relax in peace or play Frisbee, surf, meet all the fur ball’s frolicking (no leashes req!), hang with the teen crowd, or enjoy the most popular beach, the 4th, where theirs snacks, public restrooms, umbrellas & beach chairs for rent! Very family friendly!

Tip: The fourth Beach has earned a Blue Flag status for its cleanliness & adherence to environmental standards, so you won’t see garbage floating around here!

Muizenberg: One of the best places in the world to surf, it’s kid-friendly with little waves breaking on-shore, wide, flat, & white sandy! A major highlight is the colorful beach houses that line the beach!

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Tip: Shark sightings are common here! Keep an eye out!

Camps Bay: A 10min drive from Cape Town, this family-oriented beach, with lifeguard on-duty when open, is located on a main st full of beachfront restaurants & bars readily accessible for a quick bite or beach break! There are dozens of hiking trails, best enjoyed while watching a colorful sunset from one of the dozen+ eateries!

Camps Bay Beach

Tip: Drinking alcohol is illegal on Cape Town beaches & the rule is strictly enforced! I wouldn’t even chance putting alcohol in a discrete cup… They don’t mess around here! Pack a picnic though! They’re all about their picnic’s here! Perfect place for one!


Museums

Bo-Kaap Museum: You can’t miss the colorful homes lining Bo-Kaap St! A true gem of a neighborhood where freed slaves lived in the 19th century, who were forbidden to wear bright clothing.. Instead they painted their homes 💎 A lively, colorful ‘township’ 💜🧡💛💚💙

Peruse the streets on your own walking tour, capturing fun & vibrant photos of the vibrant old Malay quarters, lined by cobblestone streets or visit the museum, located in one of the old homes. You can hire a guide through a local excursion agency to get a full rundown of the history. You’ll notice dozens of white cars throughout!

Robben Island Museum: A UNESCO World Site in Table Bay where former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned for 18 years. A very popular site to see where boat rides are available from the V&A Waterfront daily!

Website | Robben Island

Reviews| Robben Island Museum

Tours| Robben Island Ferry Ticket with Hotel Pick-Up

Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight 

TIP: Do not wait to book tickets!  This is a very popular destination!

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Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary

86 mi or 1 hr 45 min from central Cape Town in Stanford, is the Panthera Cat Sanctuary where lion’s roar, powerful Bengal tigers roam, cheetah’s purr, & the cheeky leopard’s hang – a MUST visit 🦁🐯🐆 The Owners & staff here do AMAZING work, something you really have to see in-person & hear to really understand.. They take you on an inspiring guided walking tour through the park meeting each cat, while learning of their heartfelt stories of how they ended up at this beautiful sanctuary.

The before’s of each of these cats, some living in a 8 x 10 crate for 7 yrs, never being let out, coming from awful lion breeding farms who were starving, even without a mane (they’re gorgeous now), etc. They are so dedicated to their ongoing efforts to rescue & raise awareness of all the awful things going on with illegal lion poaching & breeding (mainly for their bones for Asian traditional medicine – they’re worth a lot of $), canned hunting – absolutely horrid & disgusting, educating us on how these beautiful creatures end up in zoo’s (often abused, starved, separated from their mum’s immediately – we saw in the wild how much they love their mum vice versa), & how ‘conservation efforts’ at zoo’s for the majority aren’t really true… So heartbreaking… I couldn’t hold it together hearing all about this cruel lion exploitation…

Do you know they legally allow 800 lions to be hunted each year, but so many more are hunted, unaccounted for? That’s what the cross cemetery represents 💔 

No, it’s not ideal to have these cats living out their days in captivity here, but they wish it was different.. They shuffle them around so they have a change of environment, feed them at diff times so they mentally don’t focus on feeding (working them up), some are paired up & LOVE each other, even love to play ball! The stories, how they went back repeatedly to fight & save these guys who would mourn for the Owner of the Sanctuary here to come back to them who you see petting one of the big cats here…  True passion is displayed alllll around here 🦁💓

Tip: APPOINTMENT REQUIRED!! We had the whole sanctuary to ourselves with one other family! Super enriching experience! Rated 5 star for a reason! Also, look for the jumbo toy ball’s & ask if you can throw over to the lion! He gets so excited… He’ll surely put on a good show for you, stampeding through his home to fetch it which is quite a sight!

Hours |    Wed-Sun 10AM-11:45AM; 3PM-4:45PM; Closed Tuesday’s 

Location|Farm 933 Portion 2Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa

Routes|    Follow the N2 from Cape Town to Somerset West

Journey over Sir Lowry’s Pass, through Elgin Valley

Tickets| Pre-Book Tickets

Duration| 1.5-2hrs 

Website|Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary

Reviews|TripAdvisor


Accommodations

From Airbnb’s, boutique hotel’s, & “glamping” – we did it all! It’s so nice to mix it up, having different experiences & trying out new places! All I can say is all of our accommodation’s were super convenient, inviting, a great value & I wouldn’t have wanted to stay elsewhere! Here’s some insight on our overnight stay’s…

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Airbnb: Chic-glam best describes our first stay, located at a quaint Apartment, adjacent to the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Mouille Point, within walking distance of the Cape Town Stadium & promenade which is full of shopping, seaside dining & entertainment. The area is scattered with coffee shops & restaurants + boasts a wonderful eco park & golf course. This glammed out, French inspired 1 QUEEN bed apartment, with chandelier & velvet furniture, was the perfect place to relax at with it’s neutral grey & blue tones after being so busy during our days.

We felt safe walking around in the evenings, there’s an on-site security guard & gate + a secure underground parking garage. Most parking is on the streets, so this was a big perk! With a view of the harbor, seen from peeking over the balcony, it was very quiet & serene. At night, music from the stadium could be heard on the patio which called for a bottle of wine, soaking up Ed Sheeran’s beautiful voice!

Location|Beach Road Granger Bay Apartments, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Distance from Cape Town International Airport|20 min

Cost with All Fee’s Inc|$110/night 

Tip: If you act like you own it, take a dip in the pool next door at the Radisson Blu! Be confident! 😉 This is an “Airbnb Plus” so it comes highly rated by their rental standards! Make sure your within walking distance of the V&A, otherwise it’s a nightmare to find parking in this bustling area!


Camps Bay

Airbnb: Zen out on the sun loungers just off the Camps Bay strip, at your own private pool with a drink after a busy day & enjoy the view of Table Mountain! This spacious modern studio, located in this very high-end basement, has doors that fold out, bringing the outdoors in. Go for an early morning stroll along the beach, just a couple doors down, located behind the well-known Cafe Caprice. ALL of the restaurants, grocery, & cafe’s are right here along this beautiful beach where the high-end cars are constantly seen, drawing in both the beach town tourists & glamorous crowd…

This is an “Airbnb Plus” rental & it by far impressed me more than any other place we’ve stayed at, even with it being in the basement. WOW do these Owner’s know how to host! Everything you can think of to accommodate your stay is provided: Shampoo & conditioner, body & face wash, cleansing wipes, lotion (full size products mind you), cable TV, sound system w/ DVD player & gaming console for the pull-down projector screen, mini fridge, coffee, tea, condiments, complimentary wine & bottled water, a microwave, dishwasher, an induction hot plate w/ all kitchen dishware & utensils needed, plush towels (for the beach too), a fully stocked picnic basket (common outing here – so cute with wine glasses, napkins, plates, utensils inc), beach chairs, several local guides & books informing us of ALL things Camps Bay, including restaurants & best ways to get around, snacks on-hand, room darkening shades, a super comfortable King Bed w/ high-end sheets & goose down comforter, secured gate parking, etc etc etc…!! They literally thought of it ALL – even down to the little plate next to my bedside that held my jewelry at night! I was stunned in amazement seeing nothing was missed! Having the large picnic table outside that was full of candles added such a calming outdoor presence at night time where we’d chat over a bottle of wine, playing dice games. The host, Barbara & her husband, are some of the kindest people – they welcomed us in with a bottle of vino – they knew the way to our hearts! 😉

Location| 10 Van Camp St A, Cape Town, Western Cape 8040, South Africa

Cost with All Fee’s Inc| $154/night 

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Tip: The Owner’s reside just above the basement – something new for us with them being on-site, but it was a NICE basement & they really just let you do your thing! They were so helpful with recommending places to go & things to do in the area! Don’t even worry about researching the area because she’ll e-mail you a couple days prior with ALL the hot spots to hit! For snacks, we shopped at the common mini-mart, Pick n Pay, located within walking distance down the main street.

Restaurants | Codfather Seafood & Sushi – Come with an appetite! Enjoy the conveyor belt sushi experience (they jam pack their sushi with nice big cuts of fish), dine on the patio, in the dining room near the big fish tanks or in the wine cellar in the basement! Don’t expect a menu here! Waiters explain the day’s seafood selection. Be sure to check out their excellent South African wine list. Reservation’s highly recommended as this is a main staple restaurant here, being in business for 20+ years!

Tiger’s Milk – We really enjoyed late night bites here as it is right across the street from this Airbnb! Dining upstairs at the bar, lining the perimeter of the upper floor, it’s fun to people watch.. Or more like Parking Attendant watch as you watch the guys compete for their portion of the streets, throwing down even! Beautiful sunset views here!   

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Cafe Caprice  – Located 3 houses directly behind this Airbnb, this is a great spot for a fancy cocktail fix, cafe dining, or sidewalk seating overlooking the beach with great sunset views. At night time, for some dancing & high-energy fun, hop on over here because they sure know how to throw a party – typically into the wee hours of the night! This is the go-to nightlife destination for the city’s A-listers. You can dance the night away & may spot some celebrities while you’re there!

Cafe Caprice


Standford Hills

AfriCamps: Welcome to the new age way of ‘glamping,’ where stunning nature meets modern luxuries with a bathroom, shower, & kitchen included inside your tent! No comforts really sacrificed! From city stay, to the beach & off to the beautiful countryside 🐎🌹🍸

8 tents are set amongst the beautiful vineyard. The entirety of the property is incredibly serene with one on-site restaurant that’s surrounded by freely roaming horses & several activities are available, for kids too! Throw out your tech devices & soak up the simpler things in life, like enjoying horse riding, swimming in the dam, fishing, hiking & soaking up some beautiful sunsets around the campfire on your patio overlooking the watering hole! 

Location| Stanford Hills Estate, Stanford, 7210, South Africa; 2 hrs from Cape Town 

On-Site Dining The Tasting Room: Local organic & free-range products!

Cost with All Fee’s Inc| $70/night, 2 Queens w/ 1 Bunk, 1 bath, fitting up to 5 guests!

Tip: The sides of the tent are that – a tent which can be noisy at night with the windy terrain surrounding, so be prepared to wear ear-plug’s, turn on white-noise or not sleep! It’s a ‘different’ experience, but I prefer the ‘glamping’ way over the latter – without a bathroom inside! The tents don’t lock up at night, but we felt really safe! You could bring a suitcase sort of lock to secure the zipper of the tent for added comfort! 

Things to Do Nearby |

Birkenhead Brewery (1.2 miles): One of the first craft breweries in South Africa! Wine & Beer Tasting + decadent charcuterie plates & more, overlooking the rolling green hill’s around. Live music offered outdoors seasonally! 

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Klein River Cheese Factory (3.3 miles): Creating cheese & picnic’s to bring families & couples together along the banks of the Klein River! Enjoy the company of chickens, ducks, foals, dogs, & calves that surround, while watching the cheese makers in action, creating decadent cheeses in the cheese shop! Opened Mon-Sat! 

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Ou Meul Bakery & Farmstall (2.1mi): Perfect stop to grab some freshly baked bread & prepared sandwiches, a cup of coffee or glass/bottle of wine from local wineries + more snacks including more baked goods, jams, olive oils, etc to take back to camp, to enjoy on their veranda or to take on your way out of town! The Owner made a really great impression on us, so we brought snacks back & stopped again on our way out the next day!

Location|  1 Queen Victoria Road, Stanford – View Map


Franschhoek

Protea Hotel by Marriott: A super swanky & posh boutique hotel with a tropical pool setting on the main strip which is easily accessible to the shops, restaurants, wine tram (5 min walk), &  market! The breakfast was a nice addition as they serve at 5AM, making it convenient to eat & head out of town early!

Location| S33/34 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, Cape Town, 7690, South Africa

On-Site Dining Hussar Grill: New York style steakhouse. Opened lunch & dinner.

Cost with All Fee’s Inc| $220/night

Reviews| TripAdvisor

Tip: Stay 2 nights! I wish we would of stayed more than 1 night to really get to enjoy this swanky place! We got in, jumped on the tram, then after 5 wine stops.. We were out in bed early by 8PM! Then up at the crack of dawn to head to the airport! The town has so many CUTE restaurants with a ton of outdoor dining + a fun craft market in the middle. I definitely could of used a pool, shopping, dine around sort of day too!


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