Hardly any other metropolis in the world has so many leisure alternatives as Cape Town. Especially in the summer months from December to March, one event follows another. Here are our personal highlights of the leisure activities. For the Toruen in the surrounding area, a rental car is recommended, the public transport in the city (MyCiTy buses) is better than in some European cities and exemplary for all of Africa.
► Table Mountain
Hardly aImmissable: the landmark of Cape Town. It rises almost exactly 1000 meters above the city and offers fantastic views of Table Bay with Robben Island, the Waterfront and the whole city. The mountain can be reached by a modern rotating gondola or on foot. The shortest and steepest ascent takes 1 1/2 hours. There are numerous hiking trails on the Table Mountain Plateau. But attention: on the mountain it is usually 10 degrees colder than in the city and often stormy. The weather can change within shortest completely.
► Camps Bay, Clifton - Atlantic Seaboard
(Almost) in the middle of the city are the wonderful sandy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Although the water is too cold and the currents are too strong, the beaches are the attraction, especially Clifton 4, only accessible on foot via short, steep paths, and Camps Bay attracts many guests during the high season and weekends. In the noble suburb of Camps Bay, where there was not even electricity 50 years ago and the first restaurant was opened a good 35 years ago, restaurants, cafes and bars line up one after the other. In the summer sun there is plenty of activity here, in the winter it is all the quieter. On the coast between Clifton and downtown is Sea Poiint, which has been booming for several years. Many new shops and restaurants, a beautifully decorated waterfront promenade and a seawater outdoor pool contribute to its popularity.
► Signal Hill & Lions Head
Who wants to see Cape Town, the suburbs Camps Bay, Green Point and Sea Point as well as the sea and Robben Island comfortably from above, goes by car to Signal Hill. Not only at sunset does a small tourist caravan regularly gather here. Lions Head, which looks like a lion's head from a distance, is more sporty. Especially in the morning and in the late afternoon many climb the mountain, whereby the last hundred meters to the summit are quite challenging. Paragliders start from both mountains when the weather is fine, there are also tandem jumps for tourists.
► Cape of Good Hope & Chapman's Peak Drive
A day trip around the Cape Peninsula to the most southwestern point of Africa is an unforgettable experience, especially Chapman's Peak Drive - one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, nestling against the rocky coast. The Nordhoek Beach and several places, e.g. Hout Bay and Kalk Bay, invite to a stop on the big tour to the south of Cape Town. With a little luck you can see whales and dolphins from here. In Simons Town there is a big penguin colony at Boulders Beach. A long sandy beach, colorful cottages and (maybe) white sharks can be found in Muizenberg.
► Township Tour
You will learn most about the history of Cape Town as well as the whole of South Africa on a township tour. The visit of the District Six Museum is also very interesting. District Six was the last part of the city that was cleared shortly before the end of apartheid, whereby thousands of blacks lost their home.
A township tour is organized for the students of the Digital Business School.
► Eldorado for athletes: kiting, surfing, hiking, biking, sailing, golf and more...
Atlantic Beach, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand and Melkbosch Strand are located about half an hour's drive northwest of the city centre. From here you have a fantastic view of Table Mountain. The sandy beaches are kilometres long, the wind often very strong. Here kiters and surfers feel at home. For bikers and hikers there are various trails almost everywhere in the region, especially around Table Mountain. And golfers can enjoy a variety of different courses with magnificent views of Table Mountain.
► Gastronomic Highlights
Can food & drink be a tourist attraction? In the broadest sense yes, especially in Cape Town. Cape Towners love to go out. The range of restaurants and bars is huge, the prices are low compared to Germany and the quality is high. The cuisine is international, there is almost everything your heart desires - from Asian to German! The quality of fish, meat and vegetables is top. The only really traditional, typical food, but not very common in restaurants, is the Cape Malay cuisine, which was influenced by the South Asian immigrants. Stews, dumplings and interesting spices are typical for these dishes. Almost a South African folk sport is Braai, in the rest of the world called grilling or barbecue. Not only on the sunny weekends do Cape Town's braais (grills) land vast quantities of beef, lamb, pork and occasionally ostrich. Foodies should inform themselves in the German blog reisegenuss.tumblr.com about the current gastronomic highlights of the city.
► Winelands Tour
North of Cape Town in the inland and northeast at the coast there are different, scenic wine-growing areas with a variety of farms. The first wine farms are already in the Cape Town district of Constantia on the "back" of Table Mountain, the most famous wine villages are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. All three villages are about 50 kilometres from Cape Town. Stellenbosch is one of the oldest cities in the country and also has a renowned university. Franschoek delights tourists with its Francophile charm. On most wineries you can taste the wine, some also have good restaurants. Small guesthouses invite you to stay overnight.
The district of Kapmuslime, situated at the foot of Signal Hills, captivates with its colourful houses. The history of Cape Town is also reflected in the Bo-Kaap. There are still many mosques to be found here. In the meantime, many young Cape Town residents have moved here, who have renovated the old, less well-kept houses into real gems. And on the main street of the quarter, countless tourists cavort with their cameras.
Above Bo-Kaap, directly at the foot of Signal Hills, the students' get-togethers are expected to take place on the first evening and the final evening.
The City Center, the business center of Cape Town, does not have much to offer. Very beautiful is the area around the historic House of Parliament and the National Gallery with the Company's Garden. Concerts take place several times a year in De Paal Park. Here one meets the "Locals". Around the lower Bree Street there are some interesting galleries. An Eldorado for souvenir hunters is the Green Market Square, whereby only a few of the traders here really come from South Africa and offer South African goods. Some of the buildings on the market square are beautiful examples of art deco architecture. Also worth seeing is the small Anglican church built in 1871. The history of Cape Town began in the Castle of Good Hope. The fort originally stood directly at Table Bay and was intended to protect the colony from sea and land attacks.
► Kirstenbosch Gardens & Constantia
One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world is located at the foot of Table Mountain in the Bishopscourt district. Most Sunday sunset concerts take place here in a "natural open-air theatre" on a gentle slope with a great view of the stage. Guests bring blankets and plenty to eat and drink. A wonderful picnic with live music - from rock and pop to African music and hiphop to jazz and classical music, almost every week a different music genre. Not far from Constantia Nek is another Sunday afternoon attraction: When the weather is fine, La Parada celebrates with mainstream DJs.
► Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Over the past 25 years, the gloomy old harbour has been transformed into a huge shopping and entertainment area with shops, restaurants, cinemas, hotels, museums and much more. The Two Oceans Aquarium, also located here, is one of the best in the world. In over thirty basins live far more than a hundred different animal species from the Indian Ocean and Atlantic. Should it rain once, an ideal destination - not only for tourists.
The "oldest" nightlife area of the city is the (upper) Long Street. Here one bar follows the other, the audience is young, lots of students and younger tourists. The bars in Bree Street and around and near Heritage Square are a bit more upscale. Hot spots are roof-terrace bars like the Radisson Red Hotel at the harbour and beach bars like The Grand at Granger Bay. More recent student meetings are also located outside the city centre, for example in the suburb of Woodstock.
Note: Cape Town is a big city with all the security risks that many cities have. We consider the city and its environs to be less dangerous in regions with many people and especially during the day. However, everyone should avoid walking in townships, alone, after dark or in lonely streets. P.S. And your Rolex should also stay at home...
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