Friday, November 30, 2012

Things to Do in Cape Town

It's that time of year again - Holiday Season - and this year it seemed to start extremely early or the year just passed very quickly. My bestest friend is joining me for a quick visit for the holiday season and we're working on a to do list of all things Cape Tonian.

Here's a list of some of the things we've done, and some of things we're going to do.

A walk through Green Market Square. Brings a bit of that Africanness of Cape Town to the fore.

Catch a car up Table Mountain or their is a number of trails that can be taken up the mountain. Personally for me I'm not one of the fittest people around it takes about 5 hours to walk up. I did see that one can absail down the mountain. Not to sure I want to include this on my bucket list.

Skydive in Cape Town it's a must do thing. This definately works on your fearless skillset. Comes in useful a couple of times.

The Caste of Good Hope is so much part of our heritage. They do have a guard ceremony I think every Wednesday and have guided tours daily. They even lock you up in the Dark Hole for a minute or two. Just to get some perspective I think.

Cape Town has amazing beaches. On the Atlantic Side you have Llandudno, Camps Bay, Clifton. On the False Bay side you have Muizenberg, St James, Fish Hoek, Boulders Beach. Boulders Beach is next on our list as we want to spend some time with the penguins before we go to Simons Town for a boat ride. I'm looking forward to this little side excursion of ours. All of this is totally child friendly excursions. From here we usually take a scenic route to Noordhoek and Kommetjie. Most of the time with a stopover in Noordhoek just to take a walk along the beach. It is one of the longest stretches of white sand I've ever seen around Cape Town. The closest for us again is Blouberg Beach which is pictured below. It's great as Moyo's has opened up a little space where you can cool your feet and order something on the side. Great place to be.

Silvermine is one of those places not a lot of people know about, but it's got nice little trials, a great picnic spot and just a place to chillax.

Tunnel Excursions in Cape Town through FO8. It usually starts from the Castle and you wonder through underground Cape Town. A warning, you should not be claustrophobic. I found some footage of what you can expect.

 Hop on Hop Off Bus City Tours. We've done the tours before which is absolutely a great way to see Cape Town from a different level alltogether. There is even a Hop on Hop off Canal Boat Trip at the V&A Waterfront. This was my little vimeo of our little trip. A nice little trip to take the kids on..
 Kirstenbosch Gardens is hosting the Kirstenbosch Summer Concert Festivals again. We always go to the Carols by Candlelight at Kirstenbosch and it is just te best. You just pack your own picnic basket, blanket, and just sit back and enjoy the music with a view that more often than not leaves you speechless. Some of my favourites, Prime Circle, Parlatones, Arno Carstens, Gold Fish, Johnny Glegg will be making some serious music.
Visit the Museums. Walking along Adderley Street you will end up at the Company's Gardens. Entering this beautiful pedestrian walkway lines with oak trees speaking of history you've entered Museum territory. The National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Iziko Museum, Planetarium all centred around the Company Gardens.
This is just some of the places you can visit during your stay in Cape Town. I'm working on my next little list of all things to do or things were going to do come December.

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