YOUR PERSONAL TRAVEL GUIDE TO CAPE TOWN
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SA ART GALLERY
Clifton Beach is made up of four coves and the beaches are called first, second, third and fourth. When the summer south-easter blows, the Clifton beaches are usually well sheltered from the wind. All of the beaches are accessible via stairs leading down from the road above.
In summer, plan to get to the beach early as parking is very limited. Generally 4th is the busiest in summer with good changing room and bathroom facilities. Kiosks on the beach sell snacks, cold drinks and
ice-creams as do the many vendors that wander the beach. Deck chairs and umbrellas are also available for daily rental. Clifton 4th is a Blue
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All their gemstones are selected by experienced gemologists, and their collection of graded Tanzanites, diamonds and large range of semi-precious stones, offer buyers seeking rarity and beauty exceptional quality. They also curate an exquisite collection of African curios to remind you of the great African continent.
Visitors can be assured of the value, both sentimental
and financial, of any investment made at Afrogem.
RETAIL & MARKETS
MAJOR SHOPPING MALLS
Canal Walk, N1, outside city centre
Cavendish Square, Claremont, Southern Suburbs
Constantia Village, Constantia, Southern Suburbs
Bayside Centre, Blouberg
Tygervalley, Northern Suburbs
Somerset Mall, Somerset West
Hope Street, Gardens (Sat 09h00-14h00)
Granger Bay, Oranjezicht (Sat 09h00-14h00)
Biscuit Mill, Woodstock (Sat 09h00-14h00)
Route 44, Stellenbosch (Weekend 10h00-16h00)
Garage market, Muizenberg (Fri 16h00-22h00)
Harbour Market, Hout Bay (Fri 16h00-22h00, Weekend 09h00-16h00)
Cape Town is home to many upmarket shopping malls most of which include big chain stores and smaller boutiques as well as banking facilities, restaurants, coffee shops and movie theatres. Depending on their locations, some malls also offer curio shops. Most malls offer safe pay-per-hour parking.
Most shopping centres are open for shopping Monday - Saturday from 09h00-17h00 and Sundays 10h00-13h00. Some offer later shopping hours on Friday nights & the Waterfront & Canal Walk are open for shopping until 9pm every evening. Movie theatres & most restaurants stay open later.
SHOPPING MALLS & MARKETS
AFRICAN EAGLE DAY TOURS
Welcome to African Eagle Day Tours, your one-stop destination for tours in Cape Town. Allow us to share the beauty of the Western Cape and surrounding areas with you, taking you across some of the region’s top destinations and attractions. Whether you choose to explore the rugged coastlines of the Cape Peninsula, sample some of South Africa's finest wines, go shark cage-diving, enjoy game drives in the Kruger Park or travel along the Garden Route, we have what it takes to make each experience an unforgettable adventure that you will treasure for years to come.
TABLE MOUNTAIN & LIONS HEAD
THE JEWEL OF CAPE TOWN
The top of Table Mountain offers spectacular views in all directions and gives a bird’s-eye view of the city. The upper cable car station is situated at 1 067 metres and the revolving cable car makes sure that your trip up and down gives you a good look in all directions.
Once on top, you can follow paths to various look-outs and make use of the telescopes or enjoy a light meal or a sundowner in the restaurant. In summer, early evening is a great time to plan your trip as the sunsets are beautiful. Regardless of the weather, take a windbreaker as it can be cool on the mountain top.
The entrance to Lion's Head can be found on Signal Hill Road. Coming from the centre of town; drive up towards the mountain (cableway) in the direction of Camps Bay, via Kloof Nek Road. You will find the Lion's Head turnoff at the traffic circle (opposite the road which leads to the cableway). The signage is clear and Signal Hill Road is just to your right. You will see the parking after about 100m and the Lion’s Head hiking path is also clearly marked.
TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLE CAR BOOKING
Rates vary seasonally and the cableway is weather dependent.
Summer - first car up at 08h00.
Last car up at 21h00.
Last car down at 22h00.
Half price tickets (sunset special) available after 18h00 in the summer months.
Visit the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway website for more details, Book online (faster).
Tickets available at the "Hop On Hop Off" Bus office in Long Street.
There are many hiking routes to reach the top of Table Mountain. Only hike if you are fit enough to do so, consult a map and take the necessary safety precautions.
ROBBEN ISLAND & CRUISES
The famous Robben Island, whose prison was once home to former South African president Nelson Mandela, as well as many other political freedom fighters, is now a World Heritage Site and provides stunning views across the bay with Table Mountain as its backdrop.
A trip to the island is an unforgettable experience and offers a glimpse into the life and times of the apartheid era.
The ferry to Robben Island departs from the Clock Tower at the Waterfront throughout the day and the ticket includes a tour of the island - make sure to book in advance.
Taking a boat trip or enjoying a sunset cruise will give you a different perspective of Cape Town with a spectacular view from Table Bay of the sandy coves and luxurious houses that hug the mountainside along the Atlantic Seaboard between Sea Point and Llandudno.
Enjoy a chug around the working harbour at the V&A Waterfront - harbour tours take place regularly throughout the day - or spend an evening wining and dining aboard a luxury yacht or catamaran. Sundowner cruises to Clifton depart daily, or charter a fully crewed catamaran and spend a lazy day moored off one of the peninsulas many beaches.
ROBBEN ISLAND TOUR BOOKING
Refreshments can be purchased on the island and there is a small curio shop.
For details regarding rates, departure times and booking, please visit the Robben Island website.
CAPE POINT & BOULDERS BEACH
At the tip of the Cape Peninsula you will find Cape Point within the Table Mountain National Park. The expansive Table Mountain National Park stretches from Table Mountain in the north to Cape Point in the south encompassing 220km squared. The treacherous cliffs forming the most southwestern tip of Africa are some of the highest in the world and mark the spot where the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhus current on the East Coast merge.
The reserve is home to a variety of animals including buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds and indigenous flora. Take a scenic drive, stop at one of the many picnic spots and tidal pools and travel to the Lighthouse lookout by funicular or on foot for spectacular views.
Travel from Cape Point to Simonstown and stop at Boulders Beach. Boulders is a popular tourist stop because of its magnificent wind- sheltered beaches and it’s colony of endangered Penguins. A colony of African Penguins, also widely known as the 'Jackass Penguin‘ for its donkey-like bray, settled there in 1982.
CAPE POINT RESERVE
Entrance fees apply.
The Two Oceans Restaurant caters for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. There is also a well-stocked curio shop and a visitor centre.
DO NOT feed or try to touch the baboons. They are wild animals and can be aggressive.
BOULDERS BEACH OPENING TIMES:
December–January: 07h00–19h30 / February–March: 08h00–18h30pm
April–September: 08h00–17h00 / October–November: 08h00–17h30
Conservation fees apply: Goes towards paying for conservation of the endangered African penguins that live here.
The Company’s Garden is situated right in the city centre of Cape Town.
It was planted by the Dutch East India Company in 1652 to produce fresh fruit and vegetables for the ships that were sailing along the spice trade route between Europe and the East Indies, via Cape Town. Today it is home to the oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa, said to have been planted in 1652; a rose garden built in 1929; an aviary with a variety of birds and many other interesting landmarks. It’s also well-known for the resident and perpetually hungry squirrels, so take along some peanuts to feed to them. What’s more the garden offers free wireless internet –keep a look out for the zoned areas within the garden.
Visit the Museum and Planetarium located next to the gardens.
The Company’s Garden Restaurant: Serving a selection of light meals, teatime favourites as well as a variety of traditional South African food, fare from early in the morning until late in the afternoon.
Discover the fascinating history and unique culture of the Bo-Kaap, tucked away under the slopes of Signal Hill. Formerly known as the
Malay Quarter, this bright and colourful neighbourhood has a rich
Cape Malay culture with roots as old as Cape Town itself.
Visitors are able to see the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood by foot while also gaining insight into the district’s vivid history, culture and scenery on a free walking tour by Nielsen Tours. Trips depart three times a day each day, starting from Green Market Square on Shortmarket Street. On this tour guests will get an overview of Bo-Kaap’s best known landmarks, including the colourful houses, hidden places to find local beers, multiple mosques and historical restaurants and shops. This informative, fun and free tour is simply not to be missed!
Visit the South African National Gallery in the Company's Gardens in the city centre for a display of local art from paintings to sculptures. The Gold of Africa Museum in Strand Street showcases a large collection of gold artifacts and offers a working studio and gold boutique.
BO-KAAP, COMPANY'S GARDEN
& THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY
Ragged-tooth sharks; shoals of yellow-tail, Garrick and many other fish; several species of rays and a turtle are visible through an enormous 11m wide by four meter high acrylic panel.
TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM BOOKINGS:
For further details visit the official Two Oceans Aquarium website.
Entrance fees apply
Open daily from 9:30 - 18:00
Situated within a stone's throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with more than 80 restaurants bringing a fusion of international food, from rustic al fresco fish and chips to starched table-cloth cuisine.
Located in the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium makes for a fascinating and exciting visit for the whole family offering a variety of display tanks, interactive experiences, a touch pool and the highly popular predator tank.
The I&J Predator Exhibit contains 2.2 million litres of seawater and is one of the most dramatic exhibits in the Aquarium. There are several great viewing points including the semi-tunnel which hugs the perimeter of the exhibit - offering a spine-tingling encounter as sharks swim overhead.
V&A WATERFRONT & TWO OCEANS
FUN IN THE SUN
CAMPS BAY BEACH
BEACHFRONT RESTAURANTS & CAFES
Camps Bay is a long sandy beach accessed directly from the road. The road behind the beach is lined with street-side cafés and restaurants ideal for lunch or sundowners. Kiosks and vendors also operate from the beach. Camps Bay is generally more family friendly as it is bigger and there is more space for games and sandcastles for children and the young at heart. Deck chairs and umbrellas are available for daily rental. Notable Camps Bay restaurants to try: Paranga, Café Caprice, Blues,
Del Mar and The Grande Café.
A visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute must as the region is steeped in history & offers some of the country's best award-wining wine farms. Rolling vineyards, majestic mountain backdrops and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads await you; definitely worth a trip whether you are a wine lover or not. Not to be forgotten are the highly acclaimed wine estates in the Constantia Valley. Located in beautiful surroundings with stunning mountain backdrops, the Constantia Valley boasts some of the oldest estates & homesteads along with award winning wines.
Use the "Hop On Hop Off" Bus Purple Wine Tour.
WINE ROUTES & TASTING
Muizenberg has a long, sandy beach and warm water making it the perfect swimming beach. The beach has good facilities and is lined by a strip of trendy cafés. Behind the beach pavilion is a Put-Put Course (miniature golf) and a few waterslides. The corner end of the beach is popular with surfers. Between Muizenberg and Fish Hoek there are a couple of smaller beaches and tidal pools - ideal for exploring and offering safe swimming for children. These include St James beach and Dalebrook tidal pool. The Catwalk is an enjoyable 40 minute walk between Muizenberg and St James Beach (just above the shoreline).
HOUT BAY & CHAPMAN'S PEAK
Get a feel for the history of this former fishing village by going to the Hout Bay Harbour to take a boat to Seal Island (Dyer Island). For boat based whale watching and informative eco-trips around Dyer Island, visit Whale Watch SA. If you suffer from motion sickness take some tablets beforehand, as the combination of the movement of the boat and the smell of the seals can be overwhelming.
Visit the World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary & Monkey Park– entry fees apply. Afterwards, relax and have a meal at Lookout Deck or Mariners Wharf and watch the yachts & colourful fishing trawlers in the harbour.
Chapman’s Peak Drive on the Atlantic Coast between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as “Chappies” and is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic scenery of Cape Town. Visit the Chapman's Peak website for road status and tariff details.
For shopping & entertainment (live local music) spend some time at The Bay Harbour Market - open every Friday (5pm–9pm), Saturday & Sunday (9:30am – 4pm).
A visit to one of the many townships surrounding the city is an experience that will open your eyes to the way in which the biggest portion of Cape Town's population are living. Despite poor living conditions, you will experience the vibrancy & spirit of the South African people. Take a township tour of Langa, the oldest township in South Africa or Khayelitsha, the second largest township in South Africa. Tours will usually be co-led by a resident in the area, showcase local industry and community projects and include a visit to a township bar or 'shebeen'. Don’t visit townships on your own. There are many tour groups that offer township tours.
CAPE TOWN'S BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
Get a birds eye view of Cape Town and take in the sights from a different perspective. Take it in -from the patchwork vineyards of the winelands to the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard all from the sky. Most companies are based in the V&A Waterfront. For further information and bookings visit the above company.
AERIAL TOUR . HELICOPTER
It is one thing exploring glorious Cape Town on foot, or in a car, or
in the sky – but doing so on horseback is something quite special.
Experience the joys of horse riding trails, pony trekking, and even horse rides along the beach. For further information and booking visit one of the above companies.
Cape Town is not only blessed with beautiful beaches, but also with some of the best surf breaks in the world. There are also excellent windsurfing and kitesurfing spots. Visit Cape Sports for details on kitesurfing and windsurfing lessons. For further information and bookings visit one of the above companies.
Deep Sea Fishing can be enjoyed all year round in Cape Town with mostly Tuna, Yellowtail, Reef Fish, Swordfish and the odd Marlin
between October and May and between June and September Cape
Snoek, Yellowtail and Reef Fish are aplenty. For further details and costs try one of the above companies for further information and bookings.
DEEP SEA SPORT FISHING
CAPE TOWN ARTS & CULTURE
With its melting pot of people & cultures, the South African arts arena is one that is extremely diverse, from traditional African dance to jazz, stand-up comedy, ballet and theatre. There is always a variety of excellent local productions on offer - which will leave you with a distinctly South African feel. In order to find what's happening, where and when - consult the local newspapers, or contact Computicket (083 915 8000) for enquiries & bookings.
Art & Theatre Locations
Artscape Theatre Complex (City Centre) - large productions including ballet, opera and dance.
Baxter Theatre Complex (Rondebosch) - contemporary theatre.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre (Wynberg) - Shakespeare with a local twist (summer only).
The Fugard Theatre (District 6) – contemporary theatre.
Spier Amphitheatre (Stellenbosch) - opera and musical concerts.
Theatre on the Bay (Camps Bay) - upmarket contemporary theatre, including a restaurant.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Newlands) - open air concerts on a Sunday afternoon (summer only).
ARTS & THEATRE
There are skydiving opportunities for both experienced and first time jumpers and, Cape Town provides spectacular scenery to make your jump that much more enjoyable. Visit one of the above companies for bookings and further information.
Silently floating over the picturesque Cape winelands is a tranquil and memorable experience. Ballooning trips usually take place in the early morning just after sunrise and are extremely weather dependant. For further information and booking visit one of the above companies.
HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR
With the Indian and Atlantic Oceans to choose from, there are plenty of diving opportunities along the Cape Peninsula including reefs and numerous ship wrecks. Water temperatures vary from between 9 and 17 degrees and visibility can reach up to 25 metres. There is an abundance of marine life to be seen including shoals of fish, corals, anemones, dolphins, penguins and sharks. To find out more about diving opportunities and trips, visit one of the above companies.
CANOPY ZIP LINING TOURS
Thanks to the new Cape Town Zipline Tour, adventure enthusiasts
can be browsing the boutiques of Kloof Street one minute &
whizzing through a canyon at Constantia Nek the very next.
The aerial cable slide, which is located on the private Silvermist Wine Estate, is the very first of its kind to be opened so conveniently near to the electric hum of Central Cape Town (20 min away). For further information & bookings visit one of the above companies.
SA MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM
Situated in the Company’s Garden and part of the popular Museum Mile, the South African Museum is home to more than 1.5 million items of cultural and scientific significance, ranging from fossils and Stone Age tools to a dinosaur exhibit. The Planetarium, inside the domed auditorium, is a celestial theatre utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport audiences through the wonders of the universe. A must for families – the kids will love it.
Few episodes in human history are as dark, or tragic, as the Holocaust. The Cape Town Holocaust Centre stands alongside the South African Jewish Museum, also worth a visit & is home to a wealth of information. While undeniably wrought with emotion, the exhibition is beautifully laid out, offering written and verbal accounts of the Holocaust.
Few areas are as vivid an example of the Apartheid regime as District Six. A once racially diverse and vibrant community, the original residents were forcibly removed from the area when the National Party government declared it a “white group area”. The District Six Museum serves as a reminder of what the community once was.
To experience a thrill of a different kind, shark cage diving is an adrenalin pumping experience that will bring you face to face with the Great White Shark. Shark Cage Diving takes place near Dyer Island which is reached from Gansbaai - approximately 90 minutes from Cape Town. There are a number of companies that offer shark cage diving trips, take a look at the above companies for bookings and further information.
SHARK CAGE DIVING
HANG GLIDING & PARAGLIDING
Gently paragliding down from Table Mountain, Lions Head or Signal Hill with beautiful views across the Atlantic Seaboard and out to sea is a once in a lifetime experience. One needs to be qualified and licensed in order to paraglide or hang glide, but for those wanting to experience the thrill once off, you can with a tandem glide. For further information and bookings visit one of the above companies.
The history of Cape Town is a torrid one & the Slave Lodge – part of the Iziko Museums, offers a haunting reminder of a darker time. It is not easy to stomach, but it is an important reminder of how the country was built on the backs of slaves and speaks to a global audience with many other countries sharing in the global slave trade. A visit to the recreated slave ship is an emotional experience and very much worth seeing.
The Bo-Kaap, named the Cape Malay Quarter, is a popular destination with its colourful houses a standout feature. Beyond the houses, the area has a fascinating history with many of the residents being descendants from slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia & various African countries who were forcibly brought to the city in the 16th & 17th centuries. The Bo-Kaap Museum is the perfect place to discover the history of the area with the building dating back to the 1760s.
The oldest building in the country and a structure that has played an integral part in its history, completed in 1679, the Castle of Good Hope, once a fort, has been restored and now functions as a museum. Guided tours are offered Monday to Saturday with The Key Ceremony performed Monday to Friday, followed by the firing of the Signal Cannon at 12h00. The William Fehr Collection, comprising paintings and decorative arts, is partly housed here.
CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE
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