Why You Should Visit Cape Town, South Africa

The city of Cape Town in South Africa is a booming tourist destination for world travelers. The Western Cape is home to coastal, city and inland adventures that suit the backpacker to the high end tourist in search of 5star experiences.

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The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches, unique floral kingdoms and magnificent countryside is what the Cape Peninsula is well known for.

When should you visit Cape Town? The Western Cape experiences a boom in tourist activity all year round and a busy December period is expected.

Cape Town Hotels you should book

Being a tourist destination, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation options. I’ve spent 2016 experience the best of hospitality that one can enjoy, so here are some of my preferred hotels that you should try

Tsogo Sun Hotels

  1. Cape Sun Check out our review of the Southern Sun Cape Sun,Cape Town here: http://bit.ly/sscapesun
  2. Sunsquare Cape Town  The magic of Tsogo Sun at the #Sunsquare #CapeTown experiencing this 3star hotel that has 5star hospitality! Nothing compares! http://bit.ly/2c76ryT

With over 150 hotels to choose from when you visit www.tsogosun.com

Dream Hotels & Resorts

  1. The Peninsula Hotel check out the #review here: http://bit.ly/2bd7RV1
  2. Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa: Sleep like a baby only at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa in the #CapeWinelands http://bit.ly/2clJycn

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

12 apostles hotel cape town

Set on the slopes of the magnificent Twelve Apostles mountain range with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is one of Cape Town’s seaside gems. Surrounded by the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this luxurious boutique hotel is located on the picturesque coastal road that leaves high-flying Camps Bay and heads off to the laid-back village of Hout Bay.

Once a hunting lodge on a 19th century farm, the hotel is one of the few buildings in the area and is painted white to act as a beacon for ships at sea. Its Azure restaurant has a sunny terrace that looks out across the mighty Atlantic – an ideal place to spot whales from August to October. Suites are individually decorated in an updated version of grand classic style: the presidential suite has marble bathrooms with tubs that overlook Lion’s Head and the twinkling night lights of Camps Bay, with opulent crystal chandeliers and silk wallpaper.

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
The Bay Hotel is situated right on the beachfront, just a short walk from the promenade’s eateries and glam night spots.

Conveniently located in the heart of Camps Bay, right across the road from Camps Bay Beach, the Bay Hotel is a fusion of sophisticated elegance and stylish comfort. The main wooden pool deck is home to chic sun loungers and wide umbrellas around a solar-heated pool – the perfect place to relax with cocktails from the poolside bar and soak up the view. The hotel’s exclusive spa promises to pamper you or, if you want to hone your beach body, head to the gym and work out with a personal trainer.

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa – 5* exudes luxury and exclusivity, nestled serenely between the slopes of Table Mountain and the ocean. Guests can dine on the deck and enjoy panoramic views and stunning sunsets. Camps Bay Beach is 5 minutes away.

Lagoon Beach Hotel & Apartments – 4* is one of the only hotels near the city that has direct beach access. Stroll out of the hotel and onto the sandy beaches of Table Bay. Lagoon Beach is only 10 minutes away from the popular Bloubergstrand beach.

Things to do when in Cape Town

Party like its 2018: Escape into 2017 with fantastical delight at the V&A Waterfront’s 2017/18 New Year’s Eve celebration, Cape Town’s biggest and most exciting New Year event.

The V&A Amphitheatre will be decorated in white to reflect the air and wind theme at this ‘zone’, with fairy lights completing the ethereal look. Entertainment in this area will be provided by live bands, dancers and acrobats performing aerial feats of amazement.

The intense greens and rustic tones of earth will greet revellers at Nobel Square. African roots and magical tree nymphs will entertain the crowds along with live bands, circus performers and carnival installations.

Mystical blues of sea depths and bright bursts of colour from coral reefs are reflected in the water theme at the Clock Tower. Here the pirate ship will be lit up in shades of blue as the captain entertains audiences right through to 2017.   As always, partygoers can look forward to the midnight countdown to New Year, which will be marked by a spectacular fireworks display as is tradition each year.

Shopaholics are extremely well catered for in this city with places like the enchanting Greenmarket Square, an open-air cobblestoned market in heart of the city

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (VnA) in Cape Town gives one sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and Table Mountain.  Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (VnA) is South Africa’s number one tourist attraction boasting

History buffs will get their fill at the Castle of Good Hope. Pop along to the Ratanga Junction Theme Park for fun, fantasy & adventure.

These beach hotels in Cape Town are located close to beautiful beaches and all boast stunning sea views. Cape Town beach hotels are ideal for families and guests looking for a relaxing holiday.

If it’s wildlife of a different sort that you’re after, take a hike up Table Mountain – or catch the cable car. Take a ferry out to Robben Island or head out to Hermanus for a spot of unrivalled whale watching or shark cage diving. Sample wines of merit at the wineries at Spier, Nederberg, Meerlust and Boschendal just to name a few.

Of course, most people will be content to lap up the Cape’s natural beauty like its beaches. Take your pick from Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, Bloubergstrand and Noordhoek all boasting pristine white sand and gorgeous vistas.

The Winelands No trip to Cape Town would be complete without a visit to the lush Cape Winelands. Take a day and spend your time savouring the delicious wines and stunning scenery. Stop off at Franschhoek or Stellenbosch and have lunch in one of the many award winning restaurants that dot the wine-route for a truly unforgettable experience.

World renowned for its spectacular beauty, superb Cape wines and world class restaurants, our beautiful village of Franschhoek is a definite must-visit destination on any trip to the Western Cape of South Africa.

Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Trails wind through flowers and wildlife at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve to views over Franschhoek Valley. The Huguenot Memorial Museum and neighboring monument honor the area’s French settlers, who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Franschhoek Motor Museum displays vintage cars amid mountain farmland.

The surrounding area extends far into the tranquility and beauty of the world-renowned wine-producing region of Cape Winelands. Click here

In the city centre you’ll find sleek skyscrapers rubbing shoulders with centuries old Dutch, Cape Malay & British architecture, while flower sellers & buskers vie for attention in the pedestrian malls, below the world famous Table Mountain. Recommended city & coastal tours click here

The Gay Friendly City

Cape Town is regarded as the capital of LGBT folk with a warm and friendly approach to LGBT tourists.  Cape Town is home to one of the most vibrant, tolerant and open gay scenes in all of Africa. Gay rights are enshrined in the constitution and gay marriage has been legal since 2006.

The “Pink City” of “Mother City” combines the best elements of beach and city living. At the heart of the city is De Waterkant, a village reminicent of SoHo or Greenwich in New York.

Some of the city’s best gay bars, clubs and restaurants are located here and there are numerous boutique guest-houses and hotels close by. The city centre is within easy walking distance.

The gay scene is quite compact. Crew Bar is a mixed bar on two levels with great music and a party atmosphere. Nearby Beaulah bar is a lesbian bar that is popular with both guys and girls and is a great place to hook up with the locals and check out what’s happening.

Beefcakes is the most popular venue and is restaurant by day, party bar by night. Those seeking a more cruisy atmpsphere should check out the Hot House Sauna.

Those seeking a beach vacation should head to Camps Bay an upscale beach resort just a short taxi drive from the city centre. Here you will find the gay beach, stunning ocean front restaurants and famous beach club-style hotel resorts such as The Glenn Boutique hotel.

Major gay events include Cape Town Gay Pride in February, the MCQP Party in late December and the New Year’s Eve celebrations across the city, but especially in the gay village.

 


About Naufal Khan

Publisher & editor of Indian Spice.

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