Day 1 – Arrival in Cape Town
The flight from London to Johannesburg is actually a nice flight taking around 12 hours depending on the carrier you choose. I usually select a night flight which means I can sleep at least a bit on the flight.
We stayed in the wonderful area of Table View right next to Bloubergstrand, a neighbourhood overlooking the iconic Table Mountain.
|View over Table Mountain and Cape Town|
Day 2 – Wineland and lunch at La Petite Ferme
This was a wonderful day of driving around the Wine regions of around Cape Town. The areas we visited was Stellenbosch and Franchoek. If you are planning to visit my suggestion would be to stay in or around this area, Franchoek is a quaint little town that will bring you all the best of South Africa, with wine, great food and hospitality.
My number two overall suggestion for visiting Cape Town would be to have lunch at La Petite Ferme. The setting of the restaurant and the food is just exquisite. Its well worth spending a day going out to this little gem.
|Entrance to the vineyard|
|Views from the restaurant down the Franchoek Valley|
Day 3 – Hout Bay
We started the day off going for a really nice breakfast in Camps Bay. What a wonderful area of Cape Town this is. It feels like you are more on the French Riviera rather than Africa when you drive along the houses built up against the mountain. Here you are spoilt for choice to have breakfast and feel the morning sun starting to warm up.
|Camps Bay beach overlooking Lions Head|
The idea was to drive around the mountain through Kloofnek past Constantia via Noordhoek and Chapman peak however we were very quickly stopped and had to make our way back to Camps Bay due to the road being closed for one of the worst mountain fires Cape Town has seen in recent years.
Hout Bay is a stunning town a stone through away from Cape Town with a prime example of one of the many natural harbours that South Africa boast of.
|A little friend welcoming you to the harbour in Hout Bay|
Lunch was planned at Mariners Wharf which is my number 3 suggestion of places to visit when in Cape Town. My suggestion is to have the Calamari Rings here, they are the best I have ever had. Each time I return I am reminded of the great seafood this restaurant has to offer.
|Yellow tail with garlic butter and calamari rings|
Day 4,5 and 6 – West Coast
More often than not visiting Cape Town results in staying in and around the mother city rather than venturing a bit further afield especially not up the west coast, however what a little gem. This is a stunning area with great attractions.
One of those little gems is the west coast national park. Especially make your way Kraalbaai to find untouched and unspoiled beaches with stretches and stretches of white sand. Well worth packing a picnic basket for.
|Kraalbaai lagoon beach|
On the opposite side of the peninsula is the Atlantic ocean at Tsaarsbank with stunning rolling waves. Well worth the stop.
|Tsaarsbank white dunes and rolling waves|
My NUMBER ONE suggestion for visiting Cape Town is going to Die Strandloper restaurant.
|Entrance to the restaurant|
|10 Course Menu|
|Freshly baked bread for the first course|
Day 7 – Calitzdorp
This was a great day driving from the west coast on the infamous route 62 or the “artist route” as its more commonly know. Ths drive is a great drive past all the wine lands, mountain passes and small towns in the Boland like Montagu. The days driving ended in Calitzdorp, where we stayed in the welcoming 365 on St Helena.
|Welcome South African style|
|Wine making in the Boland|
|Great arty farty wine and port bottles|
|Ostrage Farm in Outshorn|
|Grapes skins after being pressed|
This is a quick overview of the wonderful places that I visited. I hope you enjoy and give you an apatite for visiting Cape Town.