About a week ago, I found myself with a ten-day break in safaris and a small amount of work to be done in Cape Town, South Africa.
It doesn’t take much persuading to get anyone down to Cape Town which always seems to have been Africa’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan city; so the ticket was booked in a flash and here I am!
Of course, the work was done in just under a day, so I took the chance to visit some of the properties we offer down there.
It really is the most beautiful city and surrounding countryside which reminds me a lot of Southern Europe and California with a couple of twists. The twists being the rich history which is reflected in the Cape Dutch architecture, and of course…that Mountain!
And there’s so much to do…
Watersports of every variety, including going into the water in a cage to view Great White Sharks, hiking in the mountains, great shopping comparable to anywhere and those glorious Vineyards.
The range of accommodation options is huge, but for some reason, I was hooked on classic this time round – old established classic luxury – why not.
The Mount Nelson is higher up against the mountain and such an icon of the Cape that it had to be included in my visits. How could one not go there for a look around and high tea?
The Cape Grace is another. It is situated down at the V&A Waterfront which is essentially the old harbor which has been done up like no other harbor in the world.
Ships in dry dock being refurbished rub shoulders with fine hotels as good as anywhere in the world.
Marinas with luxury apartments look onto the local rowing club practice. Designer shops and restaurants look out at the famous old fishing boats. And it’s spotless. It’s the first spotless harbor I’ve seen!
The Winelands and their associated boutique hotels are also a must to explore, the problem is trying to narrow it down to what is achievable in a few days. They too range from traditional to ultra modern and shouldn’t be missed.
The best part of it is that you can do the trip from Tanzania to Cape Town in a day – wake up in the Serengeti in one of our camps, fly to Dar es Salaam over lunch and catch South African Airways to Johannesburg in the mid afternoon. Move on through to domestic, catch an early evening flight to Cape Town and have dinner in the luxury of The Mount Nelson or The Cape Grace.
It would be best to do about two days in Cape Town, followed by about three or four days in the Winelands, then leave Africa from Johannesburg or Cape Town.