Celebrate Tourism Month by Visiting some Unusual Spots
by Sheree-Ann Jooste
According to the 2015/16 Telegraph Travel Awards, Cape Town was chosen as the Best City in the World for the fourth year running. The Mother City also took the honours as the number one food city in the world according to the 2014/15 Conde Nast’s Highly acclaimed Readers’ Choice Awards. Why not become a tourist and explore what the beautiful Mother City and surrounding area has to offer? See my suggested places to visit for #WorldTourismDay and Tourism Month.
!Khwa ttu San Culture & Educational Centre
Visit !Khwa ttu and take a San Guided Tour and gain insight into the San culture, heritage, knowledge and contemporary life. The San Guides provide a glimpse into the rich diversity of their traditional stories and skills. This tour last up to 1hour and cost R150 per person. If you are keen on walking and cycling! Khwa ttu’s trails are a lovely way to view the game such as Eland, Zebra, and springbok just to name a few. They also have a restaurant and stunning four -star accommodation, a conference room for any meetings you wish to host.
Visit the 7th Natural Wonder in the World –Table Mountain
Table Mountain is situated within a national park, reaching the pinnacle is an thrilling experience that offers phenomenal, birds-eye views overlooking the city of Cape Town, Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south. Peaking at 1,086 meters, the top can easily be reached via an ingenuous cableway, and each Rotair car features revolving floors allowing passengers to enjoy 360-degree views during the trek to the top.
Plan your visit on a cloudless day to maximize views of the city below. The cable car that takes you to the top provides a rotating, 360-degree view. Once at the summit, you can explore on your own or take a free tour with park guides.
Baskloof Private Nature Reserve
Explore the South Peninsula by hiking in Baskloof Nature Reserve. The Reserve’s trails offer a wonderful way to stay healthy and connected with nature. Explore the little village of Scarborough and pop in at the Hub Café or Foragers for a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner – and to buy your walking permit and map. The reserve is rich in fauna and flora with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a Scenic Drive along Cape Point
Cape Point is extremely picturesque with high boulders and stunning ocean views. Spectacular scenery is a good reason to visit, located at the very end of the Cape Peninsula. Cape Point also forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. It is home to about 250 species of birds as well as baboons and zebra. Its tremendous variety of plant life helps make Cape Point a photographer’s paradise. You have a choice of walking a steep path or taking a funicular to the light house on top the boulders.
Explore the Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands are just a short drive from the City and make for a great getaway on a cloudy day when visibility on Table Mountain isn’t at its best. Choose from the many tour operators in town and take a tour to Stellenbosch, Groot Constantia, Paarl and the many other vineyard estates for samples of delicious wines. Save room in your suitcase to bring home the Pinotage, South Africa’s signature grape but pack carefully.
Swim amongst Penguins at Boulders Beach
There aren’t too many places in the world where one can walk on the beach, sunbathe or swim with penguins as companions, but Boulders Beach is one of them. Now more than 2,000 penguins call this beach home. These are African penguins, sometimes called “jackass” penguins because their chirps sound more like a donkey’s bray than a bird tweet. The path to the penguin area is wheel-chair accessible and allows visitors to get within a few feet of the penguins.
With sand, surf, culture, shopping, history, mountains, wine and more, what’s not to love about Cape Town?