Where we stayed: Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard
This was our second stay at this hotel and we weren’t disappointed. We get a discounted rate as part of Discovery Vitality and is the best value for money option for us. It’s in a good location close to most attractions, the rooms are nice and a good variety of food for breakfast. Staff are always helpful and friendly and there is free parking available.
What we did, what we ate:
We started off as we always do with a drive to Camps Bay, we sat on the rocks overlooking the sea and watched the seagulls and walked on the beach..
The weather in Cape Town was gusty to say the least, there was a constant southeasterly wind blowing and some rain during Easter weekend but that did not deter us from going to Kirstenbosch Gardens the first day there.
Kirstenbosch Gardens has an abundance of plant life, there are free guided walks on some days- unfortunately there were none available this time round. We opted to do a shuttle tour for R60 per person – it was ok, mostly suited to the elder folk but it does cover the huge expanse that is Kistenbosch Gardens.
A recommended walking trail is the Boomslang Canopy walkway that takes you into the tree canopies along a bridge. There are also open air concerts that are held on certain Sundays featuring Local South African artists, and they also host open air movie nights on some evenings.
We had an early dinner at Hudsons in Green Point. See Restaurant Review here.
After Hudson’s we headed off to the Comedy Club at the V&A waterfront. The food looked quite nice here but We were still stuffed from dinner so just enjoyed some drinks as we watched the show. It is the only comedy-only club in South Africa and they aim to give a platform to local stand-up comediennes to showcase their talent. It was a pleasant evening with many laughs.
The next day we planned to go to the wine lands of Stellenbosch and Franschoek. We did a chocolate and wine pairing at Waterford Estate which was interesting and tasted about 8 of their wines- both white and red varietals. It was a nice way to spend our time. We had planned to go for a picnic at the Blaauwklippen wine estate but unfortunately it started raining cats and dogs, so we had to opt for an indoor lunch. We went to Hussar Grill in Stellenbosch. See Restaurant Review here.
We then continued on to Franschoek, the rain had cleared and a pretty rainbow appeared which made a lovely backdrop to the beautiful Dutch colonial buildings. The main road is such a delight to walk through with many interesting antique shops, delis and restaurants.
We made it just in time to do a wine tasting at the Anthni Rupert wine estate, L’Ormarins. We purchased a bottle of champagne hare as well as a Terra del a Capo Sangiovese wine.
We hadn’t made a booking for dinner (big mistake- all the restaurants at the wine estates and in town get fully booked, especially around holiday time…)
We eventually managed to secure a booking at Racine. See Restaurant Review here.
Our last day in Cape Town was spent at the stunning Cape Point in the morning, with a drive past Simon’s town and Boulders Beach to see the Penguins.
It is quite a climb to the top of the lighthouse but it is more than manageable for the average person, there is also a cable at to the top for those unable or unwilling to climb. There are also such incredible views to stop and admire along the way. Cape Point is where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet and is also an important point in history as this is where Diaz discovered South Africa on his voyages…
At Boulders Beach you can get up close and personal with the African penguins. Entrance is R60 pp for entry to both ends. At one end you walk on a walkway that takes you to the beach where you can view the Penguins on the beach. Boulders beach is so named because of the massive boulders in the water. On the other end of Boulders beach is a small beach cove where you can sit in the beach, climb on and under the boulders and maybe even meet a penguin or two in person!
Simons town is also a historic and pretty town to drive past. We didn’t spend too much time here as we were hungry and in need of our favorite: Willoughbys. See Restaurant Review here.
We never get bored of Cape Town, it has natural beauty and landscapes, tons of entertainment, nightlife and of course the best food and wine!
If you are planning a trip to Cape Town, check out my other posts in previous trips on Cape Town and drop me a comment if you need any info or advice.