Summer Lovin’ in Cape Town: What Not to Miss

Summer in Cape Town really is perfect. The days are long and balmy, there’s a gentle breeze but none of the winter gales that threaten to knock you over, the rooftop bars are at their finest, and the city buzzes with locals, tourists and those who fondly think of Cape Town as their second home. With this weather, friendly people, lovely food and loads of reasonably priced domestic flights easily available, we’re not surprised that Cape Town is the dream holiday destinations for local and international visitors alike.

So with such beautiful weather and the best atmosphere you could wish for, how do you make sure your trip to Cape Town takes full advantage of everything summery? Here are some things that you just have to do next time you find yourself wandering the streets of the Mother City.

Wine tasting
While there is Durbanville which is within easy reach of the city after a long flight to Cape Town, we would suggest that you make the effort to head a little further afield to Stellenbosch or Franschhoek for the full wine-tasting experience. You won’t regret it! Not only is the wine great, but the vineyards of the Western Cape are set amongst mountains, brilliant blue skies, and valleys filled with grapes bursting at their seams.

You’ll never be able to visit all the wine farms, so do your research beforehand and pick three or four that are within close proximity of each other. Don’t forget to factor in visiting one for lunch. The winelands are chock-full of exceptionally good restaurants, so take advantage and eat somewhere special while admiring the view and sipping on your truly South African pinotage.

Chapman’s Peak
If you go to Cape Town (especially for the first time) and don’t do the infamous Chapman’s Peak drive, you might as well have not gone at all! The views along this panoramic route are well worth the length of any flights, whether you came from Johannesburg or a far-flung corner of the globe. Pick a day where the sky is totally clear, and take your time. You’ll definitely be climbing in and out of the car to take photos every few metres, but why not pack a picnic and stop at one of the viewpoints equipped with chairs and tables to take in the scenery in a more relaxed way?

Horseriding in Noordhoek
This is a must, even if you’ve never so much as touched a horse before. Noordhoek beach is a common area for racehorses to train, and if you arrive very early, you might see the racehorses being ridden out along the stretch of beach. Whether you want to walk around calmly or go at lightning speed, Noordhoek is perfect. Not only is the beach kilometres long and nearly deserted, it also has perfectly white sand and clear water, and you get a stunning view of the ‘back’ of Table Mountain across the bay as you make your way up the beach. Just whatever you do, don’t fall off into the water. There’s a reason the beach is so deserted – the water is freezing cold!

Whatever your fancy, be sure to make the most of your trip to Cape Town with these fun activities – we guarantee that you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

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