Cape Town Extension and Multisport
The economic powerhouse of the continent, South Africa is an intoxicating mix of Third World culture and First World ambitions. Cape Town is a soft introduction or great finish to exploring the Dark Continent, featuring a cosmopolitan downtown amid a diverse African landscape. Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, the ballet shoe on the foot of a pugilist Africa, has been consistently recognized as one of the top cities in the world to visit and we agree!
This program is a fantastic finale to our Zambezi Explorer or can be combined with a safari experience in Kruger National Park whose game parks and reserves set the benchmark in opulent safari travel.
|Trip Length||6 days|
Best dovetails with our Zambezi Explorer, or Kruger safaris
|Meeting Place||Cape Town|
|Gateway City||Cape Town|
- Itinerary at a Glance
- visit spectacular wineries
- fine dining in this cosmopolitan city
- sailing the VA waterfront
- hike Table Mountain – one of the new 7 Wonders of the World
- sea kayak with Jackass penguins in False Bay
- hike or bike the Cape of Good Hope
- surf Long Beach or Muizenberg
- vintage shopping and yoga sessions
- craft beer tour
- Detailed Itinerary
Upon clearing customs, jump in a taxi to the hotel. It’s a 30-minute cab ride from the international airport. We’ll rendezvous in the hotel lobby at 7pm for welcome cocktails and then make our way to our first of many memorable dining experiences.
Today we’ll hike Table Mountain. There are a variety of route options that are equally scenic but offer different physical challenges. Of course, there is also the Gondola, which we usually take down, but you can also take it up. In any case, be prepared for spectacular views. For the ultra adventurous there’s an opportunity for crazy rappel down the main rock face.
In the afternoon you can explore vintage clothing shops, boutique designers studios or test your hand as a salty dog on a sailboat ride in the harbour. The sailboat gives you a fun and different perspective on Cape Town than our bird’s eye views earlier from Table Mountain. Tonight we’ll dine at one of the famous eateries housed in the Old Biscuit Mill
Today we’ll take a wine tour in the Stellenbosch Valley. With over 200 wine producers in the valley, this is truly the pulsating heart of the country’s wine industry, where both connoisseurs and novice wine-drinkers can equally enjoy the diverse varietals produced at these spectacular vineyards. Dinner tonight in the Bree Street district
Bicycle or hike the Cape. Kayak with the penguins – or if you are up to it, do both! The Cape peninsula is one of eight protected areas in the region, jointly designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the richness of its plant life. Although the Cape Floral Region make up only 0.5 percent of the area of Africa, nearly 20 percent of the continent’s plants are represented. In the afternoon we’ll sea kayak with penguins at Boulder Beach in Simon Town. A remarkable colony of more than 3000 birds, it’s the mainland’s largest and a wonderful location to paddle.
Depending on swell and wind direction, today we will surf at Long Beach on the Atlantic side or at Muizenberg located in False Bay. Instructions, boards and wetsuits will be provided. Non-surfers will explore Kalk Bay and St James’ shops, restaurants and there’s even an opportunity for a hike to work off lunch.
After breakfast you’ll grab a taxi to the airport for flights home or to the north for a decadent Kruger National Park safari.
Grand Daddy Long legs will be our home base while exploring Cape Town. Situated in the Long and Bree Street district, it is proximal to everything we need including interesting shops, restaurants of of course easy access to Table Mountain. A roof top bar and friendly service are a few hallmarks of this recently renovated property.
- About the Region
The Mother City, home to soaring Table Mountain, golden beaches and bountiful vineyards, is an old pro at capturing people’s hearts.
Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and traditional African beliefs coexist peacefully in this proudly multicultural city. Given South Africa’s troubled history, such harmony has been hard-won and remains fragile: nearly everyone has a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking story to tell. It’s a city of determined pioneers – from the Afrikaner descendants of the original Dutch colonists and the majority coloured community to the descendants of European Jewish immigrants and more recent Xhosa migrants from the Eastern Cape. They all bring unique flavours to Cape Town’s rich creole melting pot.
Table Mountain National Park defines the city. The flat-topped mountain is the headline act, but there are many other equally gorgeous natural landscapes within the park’s extensive boundaries. Cultivated areas, such as the historic Company’s Gardens, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Green Point Park, also make exploring the city a pleasure. Follow the lead of locals by taking full advantage of the abundant outdoor space: learn to surf; go hiking or mountain biking; tandem-paraglide off Lion’s Head; abseil off the top of Table Mountain – just a few of the many activities on offer.
Human creativity is also self-evident here – it’s one of the things that made the city a World Design Capital in 2014. From the brightly painted facades of the Bo-Kaap and the bathing chalets of Muizenberg to the Afro-chic decor of its restaurants and bars and the striking street art and innovation incubators of the East City and Woodstock, this is one great-looking metropolis. The informal settlements of the Cape Flats are a sobering counterpoint, but these townships also have enterprising projects that put food from organic market gardens on tables, or stock gift shops with attractive souvenirs.
Beyond the City
Wrenching yourself away from the magnetic mountain and all the delights of the Cape Peninsula is a challenge, but within an hour you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Winelands destinations, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location, and also a base from which to organize shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold, with more inspiring scenery to be viewed on thrilling drives down the coast and over mountain passes.