Travel To Cape Town Where Mountains Vineyards And Oceans Meet

Known for its extraordinary beauty, Cape Town, on the slopes of the all-encompassing and imposing Table Mountain, is a travel destination that offers such a wide assortment of sports, adventures, wild life, shopping, cuisine and nightlife that you would find it hard to match. Boasting a Mediterranean climate, the weather is pleasant for most of the year, and prices are reasonable.

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The mountain, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, dominates the entire city, literally falling into the ocean in the South. The city and the surrounding towns are a rich reflection of the cultures of those who initially settled in the area. Cape Dutch buildings stand proudly alongside Victorian architecture, and in the Cape Malay area, cobbled streets are surrounded by brightly coloured homes, alongside the towering minarets of the mosques.

Never short of ideas Agness and Cez of eTramping have put together some diverse insider tips for your next trip to Cape Town.

 

Venture Up The Mountain

No trip to Cape Town would be complete without a trip up Table Mountain. The views from the top are spectacular. Take a cable car or hike. Make sure to leave early if you hike, as the mountain is quite steep and it is not advisable to hike in the dark. Indulge in some lunch on top of the mountain and just enjoy the view.

If you’re up to it, take the world’s longest commercial abseil down the side. At one hundred and twelve metres it is quite a trip.

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Hire a mountain bike and take the simple mountain trails up the south side of Table Mountain. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, and you will find species of plants and flowers found nowhere else in the world. If you’re lucky you may run into some mountain zebra or other wildlife.

 

Wine Tasting In The Beautiful Cape Winelands

Take a bus ride or hire a car to the Cape Wine-lands. On the other side of Table Mountain, and only an hour outside of Cape Town, this picturesque area surrounds the lovely historic towns of Franschoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl as well as many smaller towns. Most of the towns around the area contain quaint historic shops and homes boasting Cape Dutch architecture.

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This is one of the oldest areas in South Africa, and some of the buildings date back to 1679 when the governor invited French Huguenots to the Cape region to help set up wine production. Spend the day sampling award winning wines, craft beers, brandy and specialty cheeses in the tranquil gardens of the centuries’ old farms.

 

One Hundred And Fifty Kilometres Of Pristine Coastline

Hire a scooter to travel along the coastline. Cape Town boasts one hundred and fifty kilometres of beach. You’re bound to come across baboons along the way. Stop and watch them. They really are amusing but don’t feed them and stay out of their way. They can be dangerous and they steal.

The peninsula south of the city offers pristine white beaches where you can surf or paraglide. Head to Table Bay for some of the best windsurfing in the world or to Lion’s Head and paraglide down to Clifton Beach. A must see is Boulders Beach, home to more than three thousand African penguins. These animals are listed as endangered as there are only twenty six thousand of them left on earth. Pay a visit to Cape Agulhas, the point where the warm Indian Ocean meets the icy Atlantic.

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Stop along the way. The little fishing villages are well worth a visit. Each town and village has its own feel and character. Old fashioned and bohemian shops line the streets right beside the ocean. The restaurants and fish shops along the beachfront offer a variety of great food with ocean views.

 

Cape Town City Centre

Cape Town has several hop-on-hop-off buses with open tops. They are inexpensive and offer the tourist the perfect way to explore Cape Town. There are several routes available. Take one to the inner city. Hemmed in by the mountains and the harbour, the city centre is compact and easy to walk. It is full of coffee shops and boutiques. A visit to Green Market Square is a must, as there are all manner of African curios and craft markets available. Make sure to bargain.

Visit the lush lawns of the company gardens that date back to 1650, and of course the Castle built by the Dutch East India Company at the same time.

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A walking tour through the Bo-Kaap is a very popular, as it has a flavour all of its own. As you climb the slopes of the Bo-Kaap, views of the city are revealed. The streets are lined by brightly coloured little homes populated by Cape Malay inhabitants. Not actually Malays, these people are descendents of slaves from Java, Indonesia, Ceylon and Madagascar.

 

The Waterfront

The Alfred and Victoria Waterfront boasts some of the best restaurants, bars and retail stores in the city. Elegantly perched over Cape Town’s beautiful harbour it offers entertainment and fine cuisine in a setting that is hard to beat.

Book a boat ride. There are a number available including trips to Seal Island, along the coast and champagne cruises. You can also book your cruise to Robben Island.

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The Two Oceans Aquarium is located here and is worth a visit. It is home to more than 3000 sea creatures. If you have a PADI under water certificate you can book a scuba dive with the predators in the Predator exhibit.

 

For The Adrenalin Junky

Come face to face with sharks. Book a shark cage diving trip in Gansbaai. Just outside of Cape Town, Gansbaai is home to the world’s largest population of great white sharks. Expect to see more than just Great White’s, South African waters are home to ninety-eight of the world’s shark species, forty of them are present in Cape waters.

 

The Fairest Cape

It’s been described by Sir Francis Drake centuries ago as “the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth”. Cape Town has lost none of its natural beauty, and for the traveller, mountains, ocean, exquisite plant diversity and modern facilities offer a holiday destination that should tick all the boxes.

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Are you up to facing a shark?

 

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By Agness and Cez



MeeAgness and Cezt Agness and Cez – adventurous travel duo of eTramping – a source of knowledge for everyone who looks for intensive and unique travel experiences across the world. Hailing originally from Poland, they have been exploring the world together since 2011 and it doesn’t seem like they are planning to stop anytime soon! They love to visit unique travel destinations such as Tibet, North Korea or Antarctica, building up relationships with locals and travel brands as well as motivate others to stay healthy on the road. Join Etramping on PepoInstagram & Facebook to get travel and adventure inspired.


 

 

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42 Comments

  1. Cape Town isn’t somewhere I’ve ever thought of visiting but I’ve got a serious case of wanderlust after reading this post! It looks gorgeous!

  2. Wow how absolutely stunning does Cape Town look? I have to admit it isn’t somewhere I would have thought of going but now, yes please! Even if to just walk along the beautiful waterfront.

  3. For me I would love the trip up the mountains and exploring those stunning views. The Waterfront would be amazing to explore fresh seafood and experience some good entertainment.

  4. Cape Town is a dream destination. I really hope me and my husband go there soon. Hiking to the famous Table Mountain is a bucket list activity!!! This view is totally amazing, out of this world… I think we would just go for hiking instead of going by the cable car. This is what we think now, at least! Oh and the shark activity seems great. We were supposed to do so in Australia, Port Lincoln. We didn’t got there at the end. So maybe Cape Town would be a place to get some adrenaline.

  5. If Ill be a tourist there I would definitely try the mountain hiking and to visit the aquarium and experience diving with some exciting predators. A lor to explore in capetown and the views in the photo looled so stunning.

  6. Oh!! How stunning does Cape Town look?? I have not been to Cape Town but after seeing those pictures. It tease me to visit here soon. lol!!

  7. wow, the pictures are amazing! first of all I love how lovely Capetown looks – there are so many cool activities that just promise to be a lot of fun for anybody who can truly appreciate a nice adventure 🙂 loved the article! really happy to have found this

  8. Usually I read these types of posts and I want to do one or two things, but when I read yours I want to do them all! I’ve been wanting to go to Cape Town for some time so that’s most likely why though.

  9. I’m really sad I didn’t manage to visit Cape Town when I was in SA. Table Mountain is incredible and I never knew you could abseil down the mountain! Cape wine is very good, so this would definitely go on the agenda. So too would the hop on bus; especially as it’s cheap!

  10. Cape Town is so scenic, those views are just breathtakingly beautiful. No doubt, why it is a favorite place of many. I am definitely going to add this to my bucket list.

  11. First of all, your pictures are absolutely stunning! I can’t believe how beautiful Cape Town is. My friend and her husband recently relocated to Cape Town for his work and I think I might need to visit them. Table Mountain is super imposing and looks like I would totally prefer taking a cable car up it, as I’m not much of a hiker or mountain biker. I’m also terrified of sharks, so I’d totally pass on the cage diving!

  12. You had me at wine :). Your photography is so beautiful, it really does Cape Town justice. I have to say your post made Cape Town move up the must-see list quite a few spots. And that view from Table Mountain is amazing. Did you get to see any mountain zebras?

  13. Isn’t Cape Town just stunning! My friend has family there and I’m always lusting over her photographs when she posts them. It’s definitely somewhere I want to visit myself

  14. This place sounds and looks so amazing. I love exploring vineyards and I love mountains. Your pictures are completely stunning, I definitely would love to go here. Thank you for sharing this.

  15. Oh, dear! I would love to do all of these activities! This tour looks so great! And your guides appeared to be so professional. I will definitely bookmark this, as I might end up in Cape Town sooner than expected 😋 Safe travels!

  16. Becuase I spend the mayority of my year in South America I’m a big fan of Argentinian wine. Reading your post has made me want to crack a bottle open. However I must say Victoria Waterfront sounds to have some really interesting points of interest. If I ever get to Cape Town it will be my first call. Thanks for the travel inspiration 🙂

  17. Cape Town has been on the top of my bucket list and reading this makes me wanna go here immediately! Who can resist a place where “Mountains Vineyards And Oceans Meet”, right? Cape Town has so beautiful nature and also lively city as well. I would love to visit The Two Oceans Aquarium to observe 3000 sea creatures too!

  18. This is why I want to visit Capetown, it has so many amazing things to do. I’d love to go shark diving (I’ve done it before in Hawaii and loved it), and the views from table mountain are breathtaking ! Wine tasting is always something I love doing no matter where I go and I do like South African wines a lot. The city looks pretty awesome too and I know I’ll fall in love with that gorgeous coastline !

  19. I have always wanted to visit CapeTown and now even more, there is just so many amazing things to do. Wow, there is so much to do and your photos are so stunning. I definitely would be hiking up Table Mountain for that view and maybe catch the gondola back down or the other way. You had me at Wineries and wine tasting in the Beautiful Cape Winelands sounds so amazing.

  20. These photos are just breath taking!! I would love to visit Cape Town! I saved this one, I hope I’ll need it very soon :))))

  21. I did live with a South African family in New Zealand for a year . The stories they told made me so close to South Africa . Have not been there yet . But have started pinning to glory the South African posts 🙂 This post I guess is reducing the time between me and Cape Town …

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