Lovingly known as the Mother City, Cape Town provides something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to relax on a nice sandy beach, sip cocktails at sundown with an ocean view, go mountain climbing or explore a vineyard or two, it definitely has it all.
Cape Town is the legislative capital of the country and is the oldest city in South Africa having first been mentioned by explorer Bartolomeu Dias after his arrival in 1488 and named it the “Cape of Storms”. The city is overlooked by Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, the views from which are quite spectacular. If you’re looking for a bit of history and culture,
there are quite a few options to explore. Cape of Good Hope Castle offers a deep dive into some of the city’s rich history, while the Iziko South African Museum and adjoining Planetarium are great for a day out with the kids. For those interested in history and different cultures of Cape Town, District Six Museum as well as the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museums are must-sees.
Looking to relax, have some great food and perhaps do a bit of retail therapy then the Cape Town Waterfront is the place to be. The hustle and bustle of the area is great, and from here you’re able to board a boat to visit and tour Robben Island. For those adrenaline junkies, abseiling down Table Mountain is a great option or if you’re up for it and the weather is good you can paraglide off Signal Hill giving you a unique view of Sea Point as you glide over the area to finally land on the seafront promenade.
The surrounding areas around the city offer a host of sights and activities. Explore the Cape’s famous winelands of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl and more of its surrounding areas that offer a huge choice of vineyards, where you can do wine tastings, have a relaxed lunch or picnic and even do cellar tours. You can download a guide to the winelands here.
If seeing some great landscapes or animals is more your thing, head to the Southern Peninsula. Passing through the lovely and quaint village of Kalk Bay, with its art and antique shops, boutique clothing stores and lovely restaurants brings to Fish Hoek with its picturesque beach and seaside “jaeger” walk. As you continue you’ll head through Simon’s Town, home of the South African Navy’s largest base and find out about the story of Just Nuisance – the only dog to ever be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. Continuing on you find the famous Boulders Beach, home to a large colony of African Penguins and part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
Past Boulders Beach you head towards the Cape of Good Hope, which is also part of TMNP where you can see an array of wildlife such as Zebra, Ostrich, various wild buck and more. Here you can also visit the Cape Point lighthouse – both the original and the new lighthouse. Your journey continues through Scarborough and Kommetjie and takes you towards Noordhoek. Passing through Noordhoek you arrive at what is arguably one of the most scenic drives – Chapman’s Peak Drive – which takes you on towards Hout Bay, followed by Llundudno and finally ending up in Camps Bay. Camps Bay’s seaside is home to some great restaurants overlooking the fantastic beach, but be warned the water is rather chilly.
Popular areas for Non Residents purchasing property:
Atlantic Seaboard, Tableview, Franschhoek & Paarl, Somerset West, Southern Peninsula