Okavango Tours

Cape Town and the Winelands

Cape Point, South AfricaThere is little that can be said about ‘the fairest cape in all the world’ that hasn’t been said already. The botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch are amongst the most beautiful in the world, and regularly host week-end concerts. The meeting of the oceans at Cape Point is dramatic. The beaches are beyond compare, as is the sport of watching the uninitiated run into the Atlantic waves, then run out again as if bitten. The restaurants and the wines are excellent.  The architecture superb. The locals are a fascinating melange of ocean-faring races. The shopping is long because the currency is short. Accommodation ranges from stately 5-star to modern 5-star to supremely comfortable and chic B&Bs and guest houses to ‘township’ home-stays. Table Mountain is out the back door, waiting to be climbed in a day or hiked for a week. The nooks and crannies of the tortuous peninsular coastline reveal eclectic communities and discrete villages - 30 minutes from the city centre the locals will stare at you in suspicious disbelief if you ask the way to Cape Town. On Robben Island, shimmering in Table Bay, Nelson Mandela’s cell nurses its memories.

 

A short drive inland brings the vineyards and the great estates. Oak trees, blue skies, scudding clouds, al fresco lunching and wine and cheese tastings are the offerings. The tiny village of Franschoek has eight of the country’s Top 100 restaurants, and 300-year-old vines introduced from France by Huguenots produce wines of startling quality, often at vineyards offering accommodation in historic homes.

 

The Cape of Good Hope needs time to be properly enjoyed and appreciated – why so many Europeans and others have simply bought homes or moved there.


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