Cities · 3 Min read

Jul 28, 2022

Cape Town. The Mother City!

Cape Town has several affectionate nicknames, some dating as far back as the 1800’s.

The Mother City is an affectionate term used by both locals and international visitors to describe the sense of home they feel in the city, but also, because it was South Africa’s first city. 

Famed for its natural beauty, blue flag beaches and world-renowned wine growing regions, Cape Town’s majesty will be sure to blow you away. Also, did you know that it’s the culinary capital of South Africa? As the locals say, it’s a really lekker spot (tasty, cool, awesome). Here’s some cool stuff to do while visiting “The Fairest Cape”!

  1. Table Mountain National Park It’s in the name, the mountain is tall and flat (hence Table) - it’s an imposing presence over the City Bowl and more often than not, you’ll also see the “table cloth” - clouds rolling down its slopes. You can get the cable car up the mountain (for free on your birthday!) or for the more intrepid traveler, it’s a stunning hike up to the top.
  2. The Wine Route Cape Town’s multiple wine growing regions will have something for everybody. From Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite, Constantia, to the slightly further away but equally impressive Paarl, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek regions. You may want to book a driver for these visits - safety first!
  3. Clifton Beach Situated in one of Cape Town’s most sought-after and affluent suburbs, Clifton’s beaches are a firm favorite and are arguably some of the best in the country. Comprising four beach coves at the bottom of steps leading down from the Beach Road, the soft white sand and majestic blue water of each of the four beaches are absolutely stunning.. For LGBTQ+ travelers, head to Clifton 3rd beach and get to know the locals!
  4. Woodstock and The Old Biscuit Mill Food Market! Historically, Woodstock was a thriving industrial area. Today, it is home to galleries, furniture stores and incredible restaurants like The Pot Luck Club and Superette. Even better, every Saturday, there’s an organic food market at a reclaimed Biscuit Mill, where you’ll also find excellent coffee and art.
  5. Kite surfing in Table Bay About 25 minutes drive from the city center, Table Bay is world renowned for its view of Table Mountain across the Bay (you’ll want to keep your Instagram handy for this one). But it’s also got some of the best winds to create waves much loved by surfers, windsurfers and more recently, kite surfers. Head over to Sunset Beach for a gnarly surf playground!

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