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The Coolest Things You Can Only Do in and Around Cape Town

Vibrant city life and stunning natural scenery collide in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s most sought-after holiday destinations. Here, Luxury Escapes reveals the incredible experiences only this one-of-a-kind city can offer…

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1. Franschhoek Wine Tram

Let a vintage-style railway take you through the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, with its breathtaking scenery, lush green vineyards and world-class wines. The hop-on, hop-off service allows you to pick and choose where you get off and explore, from wine tastings to cellar tours and decadent lunches.

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2. Dine at Spinach King

This healthy café was established in 2011 and has amassed an impressive number of fans since. The concept is to promote the consumption of spinach and introduce people to its many health benefits. From spinach rolls to salads, smoothies and wraps, be prepared to leave feeling like Popeye.

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3. Hang out at Shimmy Beach Club

Oceanfront dining, live music and handcrafted cocktails await at Cape Town’s premier beach club. Dine on decadent seafood, sip fruity drinks and dance the night away to some of the best DJs around.

4. Become a Photographer in Bo-Kaap

A hidden jewel among the bustle of Cape Town, Bo-Kaap sits on the brim of the city centre and will have even the least photography-savvy travellers snapping away. The hilly town is lined with bold-coloured houses, creating a vibrancy that ripples through the streets. Showcasing all the colours of the rainbow and more, Bo-Kaap is a must-see for anyone visiting the Cape.

5. Have a Picnic at the Base of Table Mountain

Sitting in the shadow of the famed, flat-topped Table Mountain, Cape Town offers up a striking backdrop for any outdoor activity. Head to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to enjoy a day surrounded by the unique flora of the city and soak up some rays as you gaze over the mountain that shoots 1,085 metres into the air.

6. Look Inside Nelson Mandela’s Prison Cell at Robben Island

A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site famous for housing Nelson Mandela for the majority of his imprisonment, Robben Island is a historically significant place that sits atop many bucket lists. Travel nearly seven kilometres off the coast of Cape Town and take a peek into the cell that housed Mandela himself as you learn about the history of the apartheid.

7. Take a Cable Car Up Table Mountain

What better way to appreciate the natural beauty of one of the world’s most striking cities than from the very top? The cable car ride to the summit of the famous mountain will give you an unforgettable, birds-eye view of the city along with its townships, waterfront and dramatic coastline.

8. Splurge on a Yacht Cruise in Camps Bay

The affluent Camps Bay draws high-end crowds from all over the world with its sparkling-white sand, natural ocean rock pools, decadent seafood restaurants and a foreshore boasting overpriced boutiques and trendy cafes. Indulge in a yacht cruise that’ll have you viewing the striking suburb from a different angle and with a backdrop of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountains.

Images courtesy of South Africa Tourism

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