Hit one of three hiking trails that start at the Upper Cable Station and explore the summit further. Table Mountain is part of a World Heritage Site, an important part of the Cape Floristic Region and the single richest floristic area in the world. There is a lot of fynbos vegetation on the mountain, with over 1 460 different species of plants. There are also plenty of dassies, lizards, insects and birdlife to be seen.
Robben Island (Afrikaans: Robbeneiland) is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. The name is Dutch for "seal island." Lepers were confined to a community on the island as late as 1931. Robben Island's most poignant period was the late 20th century, when the facility was used as a maximum-security prison for political prisoners of South Africa's apartheid regime.
Victoria and Alfred Watrefront:
The V&A Waterfront, which attracts roughly 24 million visitors each year, is South Africa’s most-visited destination. This is hardly surprising when you think about how much it has to offer! While it is still technically a working harbour – you’ll no doubt catch a glimpse of fishing boats and container ships – the V&A Waterfront is more frequently thought of as a shopping destination. Covering 123 hectares (think: 180 rugby fields), the V&A Waterfront is divided up into five shopping districts: Victoria Wharf, the Watershed, The Alfred Mall and Pierhead, The Clock Tower, and Breakwater Point. With more than 450 stores, you’ll find everything from local designers to big international brands. For crafts and local talent, make sure you pop into the Watershed, and, if it’s art or jewellery you’re after, head over to The Alfred Mall and Pierhead.
Just up Kloof Nek Road from the center of town is this thriving beach community. Plenty of trendy nightclubs, shops and cafes bring diners and shoppers, while tranquil seas and fine white sand draw sun worshippers and swimmers.
The Company's Garden is a park and heritage site located in central Cape Town. The garden was originally created in the 1650s by the region's first European settlers and provided fertile ground to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. It is watered from the Malteno Dam, which uses water from the springs on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Doorstep recreation in one of the world’s most beautiful bays. Seven days a week. A sweep of white beach for walking or sun-soaking, minutes away from every front door. The warm Indian Ocean for safe bathing, breakers for surfing. Skindiving off the rocks. False Bay teems with game fish. More tuna are caught in False Bay and off Cape Point on the rod and on line than anywhere else in the world, and the annual big game fishing catches are 75 percent greater than in other South African waters. False Bay also provides some of the best boating and sailing in the country. Unspoilt mountain reserves for hiking. Caves in the Kalk Baymountain to explore: A paradise for birdwatchers at Rondevlei, Fresh unpolluted air for family fun. Leisure living in the time it takes to shed a city suit or school uniform As early as the 1600′s (but probably also before) Khoi people used the region as apastoral home. In 1670 The Dutch East India Company established the area as a cattle farm (because of its rich fertile soil). From 1743, the area became one of the first military outposts under the command of Sergeant Wynand Muys and was originally named Muyse.
Kalk Bay is a fishing village on the coast of False Bay, South Africa and is now a suburb of greater Cape Town. It lies between the ocean and sharply rising mountainous heights that are buttressed by crags of grey Table Mountain Sandstone.
Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon's Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Here exists a protected colony of African penguins which can be viewed in their natural habitat via wooden walkways. There is also an excellent beach for swimming nearby.
Cape Point is a promontory at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula, which is a mountainous and scenic landform that runs north-south for about thirty kilometres at the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent in the Republic of South Africa. Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town are close to the northern extremity of the same peninsula. The cape is located at 34°21′Coordinates: 34°21′26″S18°29′51″E, about 2.3 kilometres (1.4 mi) east and a little north of the Cape of Good Hope on the southwest corner. Although these two rocky capes are very well known, neither cape is actually the southernmost point of the mainland of Africa; that is Cape Agulhas, approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) to the east-southeast. Cape point is closed on Christmas, the Day of Goodwill and New Year’s Day. Opening times are from 6:00-18:00.
Misty Cliffs is a little village that lies on the mountain and on the beach, divided only by Main Road, between Kommetjie and Scarborough, roughly an hour from Cape Town. Misty Cliffs has acquired its name for its, rather obviously, misty cliffs - it overlooks the wild and tempestuous sea and is renowned not only for incredible days and beautiful beaches, but also for windy and wet days, depending on the season. Misty Cliffs is something of a magical little hamlet that is also a conservation village bordering on a nature reserve, a wonderful place to find peace and quiet and a spectacular setting at the best of times. The beach is not very big, but lovely for walking on, and really close to the larger and far more popular Scarborough beach, which is popular with surfers. During peak season it can become a little inundated, but nothing like the very fashionable Cape Town beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard.
Noordhoek Beach is over 8 km long and is the most unspoiled and best protected on the Atlantic Cape coast. At one end it is defined by Chapman’s peak plunging into the sea, and at the other, by the Kommetjie lighthouse. The beach is backed by National park-protected wetlands, and as a result is free of the urban sprawl that characterizes many other Cape Town bays. Behind the wetlands rise magnificent mountain slopes, densely overgrown with green coastal fynbos. Horse riding is common in Noordhoek. Many resident’s own horses and keep them on their properties. There are also riding schools. There are many trails through the wetlands and along the beach. Noordhoek village has a rural, country feel, with an attractive common and paddocks, and charming local shops, restaurants and bars. It is connected to the Cape Town area via one of the world’s great roads, the spectacular Chapman’s Peak drive, with its incredible views of the Atlantic coast.
Devils Peak Drive:
Devil's Peak (Afrikaans: Duiwelspiek) is part of the mountainous backdrop to Cape Town, South Africa. When looking at Table Mountain from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or when looking at the standard picture postcard view of the mountain, the skyline is from left to right: the spire of Devil's Peak, the flat mesa of Table Mountain, the dome of Lion's Head and Signal Hill. The central districts of Cape Town are nestled within this natural amphitheatre. The city grew out of a settlement founded on the shore below the mountains in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck, for the Dutch East India Company. Some of the first farms in the Cape were established on the slopes of Devil's Peak, along the Liesbeek River. Devil's Peak stands 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) high, less than Table Mountain's 1,087 metres (3,566 ft). One can walk to the top (western slopes provide the easiest approach) but the ascent is more pleasant and safer outside of the cold, wet, winter months of May to August.
Hout Bay Habour:
Getting into Cape Town from Hout Bay offers three distinct possibilities, all of which are scenic drives. Chapman’s Peak, although a toll road, remains one of the most beautiful and awesome routes with views to take your breath away, whilst the route over Suikerbossie Hill to Llandudno and other Atlantic beaches of Cape Town, in the shadow of the Twelve Apostles, is equally inspiring. The road that joins up with the Constantia Wine Route, over Constantia Nek, provides a bird’s eye view of False Bay and takes you into the beautiful Constantia Valley. Hout Bay provides more than enough attractions on its own, despite its central position. Hiking and cycling in the surrounding mountains, abseiling, game fishing, the full gamut of aquatic sports, including sea kayaking, sunset champagne cruises to the V&A Waterfront, boat trips to Seal Island in a glass-bottomed boat and the World of Birds mean that one can effectively remain within the republic for one’s entire trip without running out of things to do
Stellenbosch is a university town in South Africa's Western Cape province. It's surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa's Dutch colonial history, as do the Village Museum's period houses and gardens.
Good food, delicious drinks, lively tunes and brilliant company– we at ROOT44 know South Africans enjoy nothing more. That’s precisely why we’ve created the perfect all-weather setting where you, friends and family can come together rain or shine. We’re a market with a difference: housed in sturdy, super cosy Downings marquees (which means rain is never an issue), and surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and trees, we offer funky live entertainment, craft and homeware stalls perfect for leisurely browsing, and an awesome selection of edible and drinkable treats. Our traders’ vast range of hand-picked antiques, gorgeous children’s clothing, funky t-shirts, jewellery, homeware, leather goods and various other arts and crafts means we offer you retail therapy par excellence. The craft beers alone will put a smile on the face of oenophiles and beer aficionados alike. Decadent sweet treats, wood-fired pizza’s, gourmet hamburgers, biltong, healthy salads, sandwiches, spicy curries and other goodies galore will satisfy any tummy rumblings you incur during your ramblings. Our range of ‘take-home’ products is also excellent, with superb olive oils, spreads, home baked breads, cured and smoked charcuterie products and a selection of fresh, organic fresh produce. For the little people we have non-stop entertainment brought to you by World Of Adventure with our natural wood play park and lawn area. While the kids play enjoy a glass of local wine or ice-cold soft drink at our vibrant Blue Moon Bar. There’s much to love about ROOT44, in fact we’re quite positive you’ll ‘Smaak it at this market’. Find us opposite the giant strawberry along the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. If there’s been a spot of rain, just pull on those wellies and head on out!
World renowned for its spectacular beauty, superb Cape wines and world class restaurants, our beautiful village of Franschhoek is a definite must-visit destination on any trip to the Western Cape of South Africa. Founded in 1688 by French Huguenots, our scenic gem nestles in a rich and fertile valley, between glorious towering mountains, right in the beautiful Heart of the Cape Winelands. Food connoisseurs and gourmands will find a delicious choice of restaurants in and around the village. Many of these eateries are award-winning and widely acclaimed, both internationally and locally. In season (Oct – Feb), it is wise to book your table. Visit our Franschhoek Restaurants page to find a list of the best dining establishments in Franschhoek. Franschhoek has many boutique shops for antiques, clothing. jewellery and especially art galleries.
Franschhoek Wine Tram:
Franschhoek Wine Tram currently offers six hop-on hop-off lines to choose from each visiting eight wine estates and showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley. Passengers board thetour at the ticket office located in the Franschhoek Village and are transported by a combination of tram and tram-bus around a loop of stops allowing passengers to hop-on hop-off at any of the stops. Each of the lines has a wide selection of wine estates to visit from boutique to marquee estates and each offers a unique perspective on the Franschhoek wine experience.
Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It's known as a whale-watching destination. Beaches include Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay. The Old Harbour Museum is a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. The latter has informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale.
Gansbaai is a fishing town and popular tourist destination in the Overberg District Municipality,Western Cape, South Africa. It is known for its dense population of great white sharks and as a whale-watching location
West Coast Route:
Golden wheat fields welcome you to coastal villages. The friendly, peaceful atmosphere surrounds you like a whale's song and nature greets you with awesome splendour. Our people, strong and proud. Real people. They know hard times but always feel blessed by Nature's bounty. Their respect for the sea is evident in the tales they tell. It is their life, their bread and butter. Snoek season arrives and barefoot children offer to 'vlek' (gut and clean) your fish for 50c. At the end of the day they proudly take home their earnings or buy a well deserved ice-cream. Then they wait for their fathers to return from the sea...
Cape Town Airport Transfer