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There is nothing quite as exhilarating as exploring one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world. Named the ‘Best City in the World’ by the Telegraph Travel Awards 7 years in a row, Cape Town truly is the ultimate bucket-list travel destination. Boasting a thrilling sense of adventure, unapologetic beauty, vibrant diversity, a lively atmosphere and an endless range of natural wonders and landscapes to explore. The Mother City quite literally has it all! But with a city that has so much to do and see, how do you ensure you get to experience it all? We’ve put together the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary just for you. Thereby ensuring you don’t miss a single second of what the glorious and vibrant city of Cape Town has to offer. Are you ready to explore and experience Cape Town in the ultimate way? Here we go!

DAY 1:

Day 1 itinerary overview:

  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Cape Town Red Bus Tour
  • Table Mountain
  • Camps Bay
  • The Secret Gin Bar

#1 Enjoy the ultimate hop-on-hop-off experience on the famous Cape Town Red Bus

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We’re starting off your Cape Town trip with a bang! Because that’s exactly the way we do it in the Mother City. And there truly is no better way to take in as much as possible of what this exciting city has to offer than by going on the famous Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus. Also known as the Red Bus Tour, the City Sightseeing Bus is the ultimate hop-on-hop-off experience. Which provides visitors with the ultimate opportunity to see a variety of Cape Town’s top attractions, landmarks and sought-after locations.

You can either choose to pass on by or get off at a particular destination and stay a while. And once you’re done exploring your chosen location, you can catch the next bus and continue on your journey through the city. There are also a variety of routes to choose from. Thereby giving you the opportunity to pick the one that’s perfect for you. Not only is the famous Cape Town Red Bus Tour one of the best ways to explore the city, it’s tons of fun for the whole family too! Thereby starting your 7-day Cape Town trip in one of the most exciting ways.

We recommend catching the bus at the V&A Waterfront (one of Cape Town’s top attractions) located in the heart of the city. And then getting off at one of the Mother City’s most iconic landmarks for your next adventure of the day, Table Mountain.

#2 Visit the world-renowned Table Mountain

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If there’s one constant on every Cape Town itinerary, it’s Table Mountain. So, of course we had to include it on our ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary. Because you absolutely cannot come to Cape Town and not pay this tall-standing giant of the Mother City skyline a visit. Thereby making it your second adventure on your Day 1 journey through the city. There are a few ways in which you can enjoy and experience everything Table Mountain has to offer. Depending on your sense of adventure and how much time you want to spend exploring this iconic Cape Town landmark.

In addition to admiring it from below from the lower Table Mountain Cableway station or one of Cape Town’s many incredible vantage points. You can also choose to enjoy an exciting Aerial Cable-Way ride to the top. And yes, this is every bit as exciting as it sounds. And the best thing is, the whole family can join in on the fun. However, if you’re feeling extra daring and energised and you’re up for a bit of an adventure, hiking up Table Mountain is right up your alley. Besides being a thrilling adventure, hiking up this tall-standing giant will undoubtedly be a bucket-list worthy experience you won’t soon forget.

Table Mountain has a variety of beautiful and exciting hiking trails to choose from. Catering to different fitness and experience levels. Thereby giving everyone the opportunity to join in on the Table Mountain hiking fun. Some of Table Mountain’s top hiking trails include Platteklip Gorge, Skeleton Gorge, India Venster, Devil’s Peak, Kasteelpoort and Maclear’s Beacon. With Platteklip Gorge being the easier and more accessible option. Thereby giving you the opportunity to enjoy a thrilling hike up Table Mountain without having be an expert hiker of any kind.

If you do decide to hike up Table Mountain, here are a few important tips to remember:

  • Always wear the appropriate hiking gear and shoes.
  • Be prepared for anything! Cape Town is known for its wild and unpredictable weather patterns. This means the weather can change at the flip of a coin. It’s therefore important that you always take something warm along (even if its unbelievably hot outside). As well as sunblock and tons of water.
  • When hiking Table Mountain, NEVER hike alone! It is always advisable to hike in a group or with an experienced hiker by your side.
  • Always stick to the trail and don’t wander too far off the beaten path. Even if you are an experienced hiker.
  • Make sure you choose the right Table Mountain hiking trail for your fitness and experience level. Never take on more than you can handle.
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Whether you choose to hike to the summit or take an Aerial Cable Way ride to the top, one thing is for certain, there is no view quite like it!

Prices for Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Tickets:

  • Morning Adult (8am – 1pm | November 2019 – April 2020): Return Ticket: R360 | One-way Ticket: R200
  • Morning Children: 4 – 17 years old (8am – 1pm | November 2019 – April 2020): Return Ticket: R180 | One-way Ticket: R100
  • SA Senior Citizens (7 days a week): Return Ticket: R100 | One-way Ticket: R50
  • Early Access Tickets (7:30am – 8am): Return Ticket: R450

#3 Enjoy some laid-back sundowners at Camps Bay

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When planning the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary there is one thing that absolutely must be included in every day. Admiring the magnificent Cape Town sunset from one of its many spectacular sunset watching spots of course! Because if there’s one thing the Mother City is known for, it’s her sensational sherbet coloured sunsets! Today’s coveted sunset sundowner spot is none other than the famous Camps Bay Sunset Strip.

Besides the fact that Flight Network, a leading online travel agency, named the sought-after Camps Bay the 32nd most beautiful beach in the world on their World’s 100 Beach list. Camps Bay is also one of the best, and certainly the most beautiful, sunset spots in the city. The popular Camps Bay Sunset Strip boasts a variety of trendy street-side bars, eateries, restaurants and rooftop spots to choose from. Thereby providing everyone with the perfect spot from which to admire the sunset while sipping on a cocktail, craft beer or glass of Cape vino.

In addition to enjoying a few sundowners on the beautiful Camps Bay Sunset Strip, make sure to take some time to explore some of Camps Bay’s hidden gems, stunning beach and spectacular views while you’re there. It isn’t known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world for just anything. Here are a few additional things to enjoy and experience when visiting Camps Bay:

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  • Stroll the beautiful Camps Bay beachfront at sunset. Boasting a long stretch of white sand, palm trees and crystal-clear blue water, Camps Bay is truly spectacular. Besides being truly magical at sunset, Camps Bay is beautiful anytime of the day.
  • Admire the magnificent Twelve Apostles Mountain Range view from Camps Bay Beach. Camps Bay without a doubt boasts the very best view of the majestic Twelve Apostles in the entire city.
  • Enjoy a dip in the Camps Bay Tidal Pools. Known as one of the best tidal pools in Cape Town, the Camps Bay tidal pools is great for a refreshing dip on a warm summer’s day. Besides being a great place to cool off from the summer heat, the Camps Bay tidal pools is also known as one of Cape Town’s best sunset spots.So, be sure to add it to your Cape Town sunset bucket-list.

#4 Have a Gin & Tonic at the Secret Gin Bar

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This one is specially dedicated to all the Gin lovers! If you’ve still got some energy left after an exciting and eventful first day exploring Cape Town. The Gin Bar is the perfect inner-city spot to sit back and relax with a G&T in hand. Locally known as the Secret Gin Bar due to its hush-hush unmarked location behind another one of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, Honest Chocolate. The Gin Bar has fast become Cape Town’s favourite Gin nirvana. Well, for those who know about it of course.

Gin has become somewhat of a culture in Cape Town, with Gin gems like the Gin Bar and the Botanical Bar (another unique inner-city Gin spot) having a lot to do with it. Located in Wale Street, right in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre, the Gin Bar is undoubtedly one of the Mother City’s coolest hidden gems. It was also one of the first bars in Cape Town to dedicate itself to all things Gin. Thereby making it the true OG of the Cape Town Gin scene. Not to mention the fact that its also one of the country’s only true speak-easy bars. Thereby making a visit to the Secret Gin Bar is bucket-list worthy experience in every way.

Nestled in a Mediterranean-style secret courtyard, all the cocktails served at the Gin Bar are centred around Gin. Which only seems fitting. The menu is concise and definitely favours quality over quantity. Just as it should be when it comes to Gin. They have cleverly named their classic five cocktails the Head, Heart, Hope, Soul and Ambition. All intended to provide its drinker with as much healing for whatever may ail them. Thereby making this Cape Town Gin experience truly one-of-a-kind. And the perfect way to end your first day in Cape Town on a high note!

Location: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town City Centre

DAY 2:

Day 2 itinerary overview:

  • Muizenberg Beach
  • Kalk Bay
  • Boulder Bay & African Penguin Colony
  • Simonstow
  • Cape Point

#1 Visit the famous Muizenberg Beach & its colourful Beach Huts & maybe even learn to surf too!

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We’re starting day 2 of the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary on a colourful beachy note! Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Muizenberg Beach has become one of Cape Town’s most popular beaches for locals and travellers alike. Known as one of the best blue-flag swimming beaches in the Mother City, Muizenberg is the perfect place to enjoy a fun-filled beach day with the whole family.

Besides it’s cool beach vibe, Muizenberg Beach is also home to the famous Muizenberg Beach Huts. Also known as the Muizenberg Bathing Boxes. Known as one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Cape Town, the colourful Muizenberg Beach Huts has made their debut in many Travel Magazines and Instagram feeds. Thereby making it one of the top spots to visit on any trip to Cape Town. Plus, snapping a cool Insta-worthy snapshot with these vibrant and colourful Muizenberg gems will earn you some major cool cred!

Besides its sought-after beach status and colourful beach huts, Muizenberg is loved and celebrated for its laid-back surf’s up approach to life. It’s therefore no surprise that the cool Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner is widely known as one of the top surfing spots in town. It is also one of the best beaches in Cape Town for those who want to learn how to surf. Which is another epic experience absolutely everyone should add to their Cape Town bucket-list. Plus, the whole family can join in on the surfing fun even if you haven’t surfed a single wave in your life. In addition to being the best surf spot for surfing first-timers, it’s also one of the most sought-after surfing hotspots for avid local and international surfers.

#2 Visit Kalk Bay & enjoy local fish & chips at the best local spot in town

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Kalk Bay was crowned one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Forbes. Making it one of the Mother City’s most sought-after destinations for anyone travelling to Cape Town. And the fact that it’s just around the corner from Muizenberg Beach, your first adventure of the day, makes it even better! Boasting a variety of cool cafés and coffee shops, quirky street-side shops and one of the best ice-cream spots in the city (Ice Café). As well as a variety of hidden gems that you’re bound to discover as you stroll the Kalk Bay neighbourhood streets. Kalk Bay truly is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets. Not to mention the fact that it’s home to a stunning beach and one of the top surfing spots in town.

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But one spot you absolutely cannot miss when visiting Kalk Bay is Kalkys. This authentic harbourfront fish and chips shop has become known as one of the best fish and chips spots in Cape Town. And knowing how seriously Cape Town takes its fish and chips, this is a big deal! Plus, you would have worked up quite the appetite after your Boulders Bay and African Penguin adventures. Thereby making Kalkys the perfect next stop! At Kalkys they do local fish and chips the real local way. Nothing fancy, just a delicious feast where every bite is as delicious as the next.

#3 See the African Penguins at Boulders Bay

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You absolutely cannot plan the ultimate Cape Town 7-day itinerary without visiting the Mother City’s coolest ocean locals, the African Penguins, at Boulders Bay. Seeing these tuxedo cuties in their natural habitat has fast become one of the most sought-after experiences for anyone travelling to Cape Town. Located just past Simonstown, Boulders Bay is also one of the only places in the world where you can actually get up close and personal with the charismatic African Penguins. By paying a small conservation entrance fee you can gain access to the popular African Penguin Viewing Site. Here you’ll be able to see these cute and playful ocean beings up close. It truly is a bucket-list experience in every way! And one you won’t soon forget.

In addition to seeing the African Penguins from the Viewing Site, your conservation fee also grants you access to Boulders Beach. Besides being one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, it’s large granite boulders and rockpools makes it a great spot to enjoy a beach day with the whole family. Plus, the fact that you get to spend the day on the beach with the cool African Penguins just makes the experience extra special!

Conservation entrance fee to Boulders Bay:

  • South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R40 p/adult per day | R20 p/child per day
  • SADC Nationals (with passport): R80 p/adult per day | R40 p/child per day
  • Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R160 p/adult per day | R80 p/child per day

If you’d like to spend some more time discovering everything Boulders Bay and Simonstown has to offer, here are some extra hidden gems and cool bucket-list experiences:

  • Kayak with African Penguins at Simonstown: Besides seeing the African Penguins at Boulders Bay, another exciting adventure awaits you in Simonstown! If you’re looking to tick another epic experience off your bucket-list on your ideal 7-day Cape Town itinerary, kayaking with African Penguins is one incredible adventure you’ll never forget. Besides soaking up all the spectacular views the vibrant False Bay Coastline has to offer while gliding across the ocean waters on your kayak. Getting to do it with the charismatic and playful African Penguins alongside you is truly priceless! Plus, keep your eyes open for some great sightings of the other members of the Cape Town Marine Big 5. Namely the Cape Fur Seals, Southern Right Whales and Dolphins.
  • Visit Water’s Edge: Water’s Edge is undoubtedly one of Simonstown’s best kept beach secrets.During peak summer season, Boulders Beach can get quite crowded. Making it pretty hard to enjoy a blissful beach day. But, if you wander just a little bit past Boulders Beach you will stumble uponWater’s Edge. A stunning secret beach that only the real locals know about.Once you walk past Boulders Beach, continue on the path until you see a small wooden gate. Go through it and continue to follow the path until you reach this beautiful beach gem. Boasting big granite boulders, cool rockpools and beautiful scenery, it’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and soak up all the beach bliss. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot a few African Penguins wandering about.
  • Visit Foxy Beach: Just like Water’s Edge, Foxy Beach is another non-paying beach where you can enjoy a beautiful beach day paired with some cool African Penguin sightings. And the best thing is, it can all be enjoyed without the large crowds and long ques.

#4 Take a trip to Cape Point & explore one of Cape Town’s most beautiful natural wonders

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The captivating Cape Point is another Western Cape natural wonder that you absolutely must add to your ultimate Cape Town 7-day itinerary. Not only because it’s one of the most beautiful destinations in Cape Town, but because if offers so much to do, see and experience. Located approximately 60km south west of the city of Cape Town, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is the ultimate mecca for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

In addition to spectacular views from some of the best vantage points in the city, it also boasts an abundance of wildlife and birdlife. As well as a beautiful display of wildflowers and unique fauna and flora. Besides being one of the most magnificent natural gems, Cape Point is filled with adventure and excitement at every corner! From thrilling hiking trails, nature walks and the Flying Dutchman Funicular that has become one of Cape Point’s top attractions. To the famous Cape Point Lighthouse, stunning tidal pools and beautiful secret beaches. Cape Point truly has something for everyone to enjoy!

Some of its best secret beaches include Buffels Bay, Diaz Beach, Olifantsbos Beach and Maclears Beach. And watching the Cape Town sunset at one of these magical secret spots is pure bliss!

Cape of Good Hope Conservation Entry Fee:

  • South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R80 p/adult per day | R40 p/child per day
  • SADC Nationals (with passport): R160 p/adult per day | R80 p/child per day
  • Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R320 p/adult per day | R160 p/child per day

DAY 3:

Day 3 itinerary overview:

  • Lions Head
  • Truth Coffee Roasting Cafe
  • Bo-Kaap
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Robben Island
  • Sea Point Promenade
  • Clifton Ridge Rocks

#1 Enjoy a sunrise hike up Lions Head

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There is no doubt that one of the top things to do on the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary is to climb Lions Head! And what better way to start your day in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, than with a sunrise hike up one of Cape Town’s most beloved mountain gems. Lovingly referred to as the roaring lion of the Mother City skyline, Lions Head is not only known as one of Cape Town’s top hiking trails. But one of the best sunrise and sunset spots too! And now you get to combine the best of both by enjoying a sunrise hike up Lions Head. How cool is that?

Lions Head is about a 45-minute hike each way and is considered as one of Cape Town’s more accessible hiking trails. There are however some steep climbing sections as well as a few ladders and ropes if you choose to follow the shorter route. So, make sure you wear some good hiking shoes and that you’re properly prepared. Although it might take a bit of effort to reach the top, it promises to be well worth it in the end. The view from the Lions Head summit is truly spectacular.

If you’re however not much of a morning person and an early rise sunrise hike is not quite your vibe. Don’t stress, we’ve got your back! Feel free to swap it out for a sunset Lions Head hike instead. It promises to be just as magical! And definitely a bucket-list experience you won’t soon forget!

#2 Have a cup of coffee at TRUTH Coffee Roasting Café

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After an early rise and some good hiking graft, you deserve to be rewarded with a cup of the best coffee in town. Plus, you’re going to need the extra caffeine kick for the day’s adventures that lie ahead. And there’s no better place than the world-renowned Truth Coffee Roasting Café to get the coffee kick-start you need. Voted the best coffee shop in the world in 2016 by The Daily Telegraph 2 years in a row, Truth has established itself as one of the best coffee hotspots in town. Not only do you get to enjoy a sensational cup of coffee, you get to do it at one of the best rated coffee shops in the world. Thereby making it the perfect addition to the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary.

Location: 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre

#3 Explore the colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap

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Known as one of Cape Town’s most colourful and culturally diverse neighbourhoods, a visit to Bo-Kaap should undoubtedly be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Known for its brightly coloured houses that line the steep cobblestoned streets, strolling the streets of Bo-Kaap promises to be filled with both beauty and adventure. Plus, the fact that its known as one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ spots in the city, means you can get some really cool photos of the vibrant surroundings.

Formerly known as the Malay Quarter of Cape Town, Bo-Kaap was recently declared a National Heritage Site of South Africa. Which means that in addition to its beauty and charm, this colourful Cape Town neighbourhood is filled with rich history and culture. Besides exploring the lively streets of Bo-Kaap and interacting with the friendly locals, trying a traditional Cape Malay meal at one of its restaurants or street-side eateries is an absolute must!

#4 Visit the vibrant V&A Waterfront

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The V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s top attractions. Establishing itself as the ultimate hub of art, culture, history, adventure, food, shopping and everything in between. The vibrant V&A Waterfront truly has something for everyone. In addition to being one of the leading retail hotspots in the city, the Waterfront is also known as a highly sought-after culinary destination. Boasting a variety of world-renowned restaurants, trendy bars, cool hangout spots and amazing eateries. Thereby making it a top spot for food lovers from all around the world. But besides its cool culinary and top retail status, the V&A Waterfront offers so much more.

Here are some cool experiences and destinations to visit at the Waterfront:

  • Take a ride on the famous Cape Wheel
  • Visit some of the V&A Waterfront’s coolest markets. Including the V&A Food Market, the Watershed at the V&A, the Old Biscuit Mill and the Oranjezicht City Farmers Market just outside of the Waterfront.
  • Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

#5 Go on a Robben Island Tour

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The V&A Waterfront is also the location from where you can take a Robben Island Tour. Known as one of Cape Town’s leading tourist attractions, a visit to Robben Island gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a vital part of South Africa’s history. As well as provides you with some real insight into the country’s journey to democracy. Robben Island is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable prisons in the world today.

It is the location where Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, activist and world icon, was imprisoned during the South African apartheid years. The tour will include a visit to the island via a boat trip. Where you can spot some of Cape Town’s vibrant marine life along the way. As well as an up-close view of the exact cell where Madiba spent 18 years of his 27-year prison sentence during his long walk to freedom.

#6 Enjoy a stroll or bike ride along the Sea Point Promenade

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The beautiful Sea Point promenade is the ultimate mecca for strollers, joggers, cyclists, skateboarders, dog walkers and everything in between. It’s also one of the most beautiful beachfront promenades in the entire city. Boasting spectacular ocean and mountain range views, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stroll along the ocean waters. The beautiful Sea Point Promenade also boasts a few hidden gems along the way that can be enjoyed by the whole family. However, if walking is not quite your vibe, you can also choose to rent a bike. Thereby giving you the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled bike ride along the Promenade while admiring all the stunning views.

#7 Watch the sunset from one of Cape Town’s most beautiful hidden gems, the Clifton Ridge Rocks

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The Clifton Ridge Rocks is undoubtedly one of the most beloved local secret sunset spots in the city. And while Cape Town locals are reluctant to share this hidden sunset gem with the rest of the world. How can we deny you the incredible pleasure of watching the Mother City sun go down from this magical spot? Paired with a few sundowners, it’s pure beach sunset bliss! At the end of The Ridge Road in Clifton, just before you think you’ve gone too far, you’ll stumble upon a small walkway that opens on a little rock ridge. This is THE magic sunset spot! Once you’ve reached this spectacular secret sunset destination, find a spot, sit back, relax and soak up all the sunset magic that’s about to come your way. It promises to be one incredible sunset experience you won’t soon forget!

DAY 4:

Day 4 itinerary overview:

  • Hout Bay
  • Duiker Isalnd
  • Snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals
  • Hout Bay Harbour
  • Bay Harbour Market
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive
  • Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive

#1 Take a trip to Hout Bay & enjoy a boat ride to the famous Duiker Island

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Located along the Atlantic Coast, Hout Bay is one of the Mother City’s most beloved fishing villages and must-visit destinations. Thereby making it the first exciting stop on your 4th day of your ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary. Besides being one of Cape Town’s most charismatic coastal towns, one of Hout Bay’s top draws is the fact that it truly has something for everyone to enjoy. From a beautiful family-friendly swimming beach, the vibrant Hout Bay Harbour, a variety of quirky cafés and coffee shops, some of the best fish and chips spots in the city and so much more. Hout Bay truly has it all!

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But one experience that should undoubtedly be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list is a boat trip to the famous Duiker Island. Also known as Seal Island. Located just off the coast of Hout Bay, approximately a 15-minute boat ride away, Duiker Island is home to a thriving colony of Cape Fur Seals. And the most exciting way to see these charismatic and playful ocean beings up close is by enjoying a thrilling boat ride to their beloved home. With tons of charters departing from the Hout Bay Harbour daily, this is an incredible and fun ocean adventure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family!

#2 Enjoy a thrilling snorkelling experience with the Cape Fur Seals

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If a boat ride to Duiker Island doesn’t quite satisfy your sense of adventure and you’re looking for something a little more thrilling, we’ve got the perfect ocean experience for you – snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals! Cape Furs Seals are known to be quite playful and therefore love interacting with divers. So, don’t be surprised if they come right up to you during your snorkelling experience. Just be sure to soak up every incredible second of it.

Snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals will also allow you to tick another epic Cape Town adventure off your bucket list. All while admiring the incredible Hout Bay scenery and abundant marine life it has to offer. Therefore, besides Cape Fur Seals, you’re bound to spot a few other members of the Marine Big 5 on both your Duiker Island boat trip and Cape Fur Seal snorkelling adventure. So, keep your eyes open for dolphins, African Penguins and whales.

#3 Visit the Bay Harbour Market & explore the vibrant Hout Bay Harbour

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The bustling Hout Bay Harbour is the lively heart of it all. Boasting an endless variety of things to do and see it certainly has positioned itself as one of Hout Bay’s main attractions. So, why not take advantage of everything it has to offer on your day out exploring the charming coastal town of Hout Bay? In addition to a variety of art and craft stalls, incredible seafood restaurants, quirky cafes and laid-back hangouts to enjoy a cold beer. The Hout Bay Harbour is also known as one of Cape Town’s most bustling working fishing harbours. In addition, the lively Hout Bay Harbour has also become the ultimate destination for a variety of ocean experiences. From boat trips and Cape Fur Seal snorkelling adventures to diving and fishing expeditions. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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The Hout Bay Harbour is also home to the most vibrant market in Cape Town, the Bay Harbour Market! A visit to this incredible Cape Town market is therefore an absolute must when visiting Hout Bay. Apart from its cool vibe and lively energy, the Bay Harbour Market has established itself as a vibrant hub of food, art, design and entertainment. From delicious things to eat and drink, live entertainment and a variety of arts, crafts, décor and everything in between, the Bay Harbour market has something for everyone to enjoy. And it promises to be tons of fun for the whole family!

#4 Enjoy delicious fish & chips at the Hout Bay Harbour

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Enjoying some authentic local fish and chips at the Hout Bay Harbour might just be reason enough to put a visit to Hout Bay right at the top of your ideal 7-day Cape Town itinerary. The Hout Bay Harbour is undoubtedly known as one of the top places in Cape Town to enjoy a traditional harbour-front fish and chips feast. And after an exciting day of exploring everything Hout Bay has to offer, you certainly would have worked up quite the appetite. Some of Hout Bay’s best fish and chips spots include Snoekies, Fish on the Rocks and Marine’s Wharf Harbourfront Emporium. All of which promises to be absolutely delicious!

#5 Take a drive along the beautiful Chapman’s Peak Drive

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Known as one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world, a drive along the world-renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive is a not-to-be-missed experience for anyone travelling to Cape Town. And therefore deserves a prime spot on the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary. Affectionately known as ‘Chappies’ by Cape Town locals, this captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Showcasing some of the most spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. Chapman’s Peak Drive is however a toll road. Which means there is a small entrance fee to pay. But the magnificent views will make up for it in every single way!

In addition to some of the most sensational views in the city, Chapman’s Peak Drive is also a great place to spot some beloved members of the Cape Town Marine Big 5. So, keep your eyes open for Southern Right Whales, Dolphins, African Penguins and Cape Fur Seal sightings. There are also a variety of hidden gems scattered along this stunning coastal road. One of which you’re about to experience on your last adventure of the day.

#6 Watch the Mother City sunset at one of Cape Town’s coolest local secret sunset spots along Chapman’s Peak Drive

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Besides the fact that the world-renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive is known as one of the most beautiful marine drives in the world as well as one of Cape Town’s top attractions. It also boasts one of the coolest secret sunset spots which only the real locals know about. But what would the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary be without showcasing a few of the Mother City’s most magical local hidden gems. And the Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive is undoubtedly one of them!

Positioned just below the pass, you have to be willing to wonder a little off the beaten track to discover this hidden cave gem. If you’re up for the adventure, you definitely won’t be disappointed! But how exactly do you get there? Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point. Now this is where the adventure starts! You’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside in order to find the cave.

Once you’ve reached this hidden cave gem, it’s time to sit back, relax and soak it all in. While admiring the view from the top of Chapman’s Peak Drive is truly spectacular in every way, there’s just something so magical about doing it from the side of a cliff and the red rocky surrounds of the cave. An extra bonus is the fact that this Cape Town hidden gem has enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.

But at sunset is when the real magic happens! So, get ready for one of the most sensational sunset views you’ve ever seen! It promises to sweep you off your feet and end your day on the most beautiful note possible.

DAY 5:

Day 5 itinerary overview:

  • Kloof Corner
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Clifton Beach
  • Oudekraal Beach
  • Bakoven Beach
  • Llandudno Beach

#1 Watch the sunrise at the beautiful Kloof Corner

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While the Mother City is definitely known for her stunning sherbet coloured sunsets, her sunrises are equally magical. And watching the sunrise at one of the top Cape Town sunrise and sunset spots, Kloof Corner, is well worth the early rise. Kloof Corner is a super easy 30-minute hike that requires no expert hiking skills or extreme levels of fitness. Which means everyone can join in on the Kloof Corner sunrise hiking mission. Besides watching the Mother City sunrise from one of the most beautiful spots in the city, the panoramic views of Lion’s Head, Camps Bay and the glorious city of Cape Town is equally magical. There truly is no better way to start your day in Cape Town.

#2 Enjoy everything the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens has to offer

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Situated in the slopes of Table Mountain, just 13km from the city centre, the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is one of the Mother City’s most beloved natural wonders. Acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is any nature lover’s paradise. It will almost feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new world entirely all without really having to leave the city at all.

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens also forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Cape Floral Region. And is one of the greatest displays of the indigenous natural beauty and unique fauna and flora found in Cape Town. Many of which occur nowhere else in the world. It’s therefore safe to say this is one natural gem that should undoubtedly be included in your ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary. But besides it’s unapologetic natural beauty that will undoubtedly steal your nature-loving heart, Kirstenbosch offers so much to do, see and explore.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens includes a fragrance garden, a medicinal garden, a Protea garden (best seen in spring), a braille trail, a cycad amphitheatre and more than 2,500 species of plants found on the Cape Peninsula. Kirstenbosch also offers a variety of nature walks, hiking trails (as Kirstenbosch is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, you can also choose to hike Table Mountain from this very site), waterfalls, restaurants and an incredible sculpture garden. But, that’s not all! By far one of Kirstenbosch Garden’s main attractions is its Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway – affectionately known as the Boomslang. This 130-metre steel-and-timber bridge snakes its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. Providing the most spectacular views over the garden and beyond. Plus, it’s tons of fun for every member of the family.

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is also known as one of the best picnic spots in the city. So, be sure to take your picnic blanket and basket along filled with delicious goodies. The large shaded trees and lush lawns also means there’s plenty of space for the kiddies to play. While you sit back and relax. During the Cape Town summer season, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is also where the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert Series celebrations are held. Which takes place every Sunday between November and April. So, if you happen to be in Cape Town during this time, attending one of Kirstenbosch’s famous sunset concerts is an incredible experience. In addition to seeing some of the best local and international acts take the stage for incredible live performances, you get to enjoy it all in the shade of the majestic Table Mountain.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Entrance Fee:

  • Adults: R75
  • South African Students (with student card): R40
  • Scholars/Learners (6 – 17 years): R20
  • Children under 6 years: Free
  • South African Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays except on public holidays

#3 Sit back, relax & soak up the sun on Clifton Beach

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After all that nature exploring, it’s finally beach time! There is no denying the fact that there is no time quite like beach time in Cape Town. There are few things that come close to enjoying a blissful beach day on one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Clifton Beach. Ranked 2nd on NatGeo’s best beach list, Clifton Beach is the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant beach scene. And has therefore established itself as one of the most sought-after beaches in the Mother City. And today is the perfect day to enjoy a sun-kissed, salty-haired, chilled-out beach day on Clifton.

So, put on your swimsuit, sunglasses, sunblock and flip-flops, grab your beach towel and a few tasty treats and get ready for a blissful day on the beach. And definitely pack your camera too! Clifton Beach isn’t known as one of the Mother City’s most beautiful beaches for just anything. The captivating Clifton Beach is divided into 4 main beaches namely Clifton 1st, Clifton 2nd, Clifton 3rd and Clifton 4TH Beach. Each one separated by large granite boulders. Clifton 4th Beach is however one of Cape Town’s top blue flag beaches. Thereby making it a popular spot for locals and travellers alike. Not to mention the fact that Clifton 4th is also often the top hangout spot for stars and celebrities. So, don’t be surprised if you see a few of the rich and famous strolling about. In addition to being one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beach gems, Clifton Beach is also regarded as one of the city’s best sunrise and sunset spots. So, make sure you add it to your Cape Town sunset bucket-list.

#4 Visit Oudekraal Beach & enjoy a traditional South African braai

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As today is all about chilled beach vibes and good times, why not continue the ultimate Cape Town beach-hopping journey to another one of Cape Town’s beautiful beach gems, Oudekraal Beach. Oudekraal Beach is not only one of Cape Town’s favourite beaches for locals and tourists alike, it also has great braai facilities. As well as beautiful picnic spots. Therefore, in addition to a fun beach day with the whole family, you can enjoy a traditional South African braai too. All while admiring the stunning beachfront views Oudekraal Beach has to offer. Oudekraal Beach is also one of Cape Town’s more sheltered beaches. With boulders and rockpools scattered about. Thereby making it the perfect beach spot for families, as kids can have tons of beach fun while you sit back and relax.

#5 Experience the beauty of Bakoven Beach first-hand

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The Cape Town beach fun isn’t over yet! Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it only seems fair that we give you the opportunity to experience as many of them as possible on your ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary. The next beach gem you absolutely must visit is the magical Bakoven Beach! In addition to being one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Bakoven is also considered one of the Mother City’s best kept beach secrets. Bakoven Beach is a smaller more intimate beach hidden between Camps Bay and Llandudno. Boasting large granite boulders and a more secluded and serine setting, Bakoven is the perfect beach escape from the hustle and bustle. In addition to beautiful rock pools and kelp forests, Bakoven Beach also boasts one of the most glorious views of the magnificent Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and the Atlantic Ocean.

In addition to being one of the best beaches for a relaxing day soaking up the glorious Cape Town sun, Bakoven Beach and its large granite boulders is also known as one of the best local secret sunset spots in the city. So, if you happen to be at Bakoven at sunset, prepare yourself for quite a spectacular show!

#6 Watch the sunset at Llandudno Beach

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Of course we had to end the day with another one of Cape Town’s stunning beach beauties. There’s just no other way! And the magnificent Llandudno Beach is all that and so much more. Widely known as one of the Mother City’s most magnificent beaches, Llandudno has fast become one of the most sought-after destinations in town. In addition to being a beautiful spot to enjoy an amazing day on the beach, there is nothing quite as magical as experiencing Llandudno at sunset. Crowned one of the most spectacular secret sunset spots in the city, Llandudno is pure sunset bliss! Boasting large granite boulders, turquoise ocean waters and stunning serine surroundings, watching the Mother City sun go down from this magical beach spot is one experience you won’t soon forget. And remember to take a few sundowners along to add an extra special touch!

DAY 6:

Day 6 itinerary overview:

  • Big Bay
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
  • Cape Town Railway Station
  • District Six
  • Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha
  • Signal Hill

Day 6 of the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary is dedicated entirely to the Mother City’s famous Yellow Frames scattered all around the city. Not only is going on the ultimate yellow frame tour of Cape Town an epic adventure. It’s a great way to see some of the Mother City’s top attractions and sought-after destinations. Are you ready for your yellow frame adventure through Cape Town? Here we go!

#1 Yellow frame 1: Eden on the Beach at Big Bay

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You will start your Yellow Frame adventure through the Mother City on the Cape’s west coast at one of its top beaches, Big Bay. Your first yellow frame is located at Eden on the Bay at Big Bay Beach in the beautiful Bloubergstrand. The Cape west coast is known for it’s laid-back beachy vibe and top surfing and windsurfing status. And Big Bay is certainly one of the west coast’s best beaches for a fun-filled beach day. As you make your way to Eden on the Bay’s cool strip of beachfront restaurants, bars ad hangout spots, you will spot the yellow frame just as you come in. With a beautiful view of the iconic Table Mountain in the background, this Big Bay yellow frame shot will be pretty epic!

Once you’re done exploring Big Bay and taken your coveted yellow frame photo, take a drive along the Bloubergstrand beachfront. Known as another one of Cape Town’s best beaches and top surfing and kitesurfing spots in the world, Bloubergstrand is undoubtedly a sought-after beach destination. Not to mention the fact that it boasts the very best view of Table Mountain in the entire city.  

#2 Yellow frame 2: V&A Waterfront

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Your second yellow frame is located at the vibrant V&A Waterfront overlooking the beautiful harbour and magnificent Table Mountain. Although you’ve already paid a visit to this top Cape Town attraction earlier on in your ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary. There are bound to be a few things you haven’t ticked off your V&A Waterfront bucket-list yet. Now is the perfect time to do just that! Oh, and don’t forget to snap your coveted V&A yellow frame snapshot!

#3 Yellow frame 3: Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

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You don’t need to wonder too far to find your next yellow frame. And this is one sought-after yellow frame spot that will undoubtedly be every art lover’s favourite. Located at the V&A Waterfront in the trendy Silo District, your 3rd yellow frame can be found right in front of the world-renowned Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. If you consider yourself to be a head-over-heels art lover at heart, in addition to snapping the perfect Zeitz MOCAA yellow frame Insta-worthy snapshot, a visit to this top Cape Town attraction is an absolute must. Crowned the best overall Cultural Destination of the Year at the 2018 Leading Culture Destinations Awards. And the best New Culture Destination in Africa and the Middle East. As well as was named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 destinations of 2018. The Zeitz MOCAA is pure artistic and architectural genius.

Showcasing one of the grandest displays of contemporary African art in the world, there are over 100 galleries situated within this museum. All of which are dedicated to displaying art from more than 50 African artists. Visiting the iconic Zeitz MOCAA should therefore be on every art lover’s bucket-list!

Zeiz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa Entrance Fee:

  • Daily admission: R 200 per adult.
  • Annual Membership: R 290. Over 60’s Annual Membership: R 210
  • Under 18: Free entry, all year, at all times, for under 18’s. Free admission on presentation of an ID.
  • Free entry for African citizens: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free entry on presentation of an ID

#4 Yellow frame 4: Cape Town Railway Station

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The next yellow frame is located at the Cape Town Railway Station located in the heart of the Mother City. Located at a crossing point just next to the Cape Town Station, this yellow frame snapshot will not only showcase the beautiful Table Mountain, but capture a bit of the bustling city life of Cape Town too.

#5 Yellow frame 5: District Six

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Located in Harrington street in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre, the iconic District Six is where you’ll find your next yellow frame. This Cape Town yellow frame is located in a place of rich history and significance. Located close to the District Six Museum, this coveted yellow frame snapshot will not only feature Table Mountain in the background, but a bit of local South African flair too. All thanks to the famous blue wall with the portrait of Nelson Mandela. Making it a pretty incredible experience in itself.

While you’re there we highly recommend you visit the iconic District Six Museum. During South Africa’s Apartheid era, thousands of people were forcefully removed from this area. The District Six Museum was constructed in the effort to preserve the memories of District Six and create a monument to the thousands of people around the country forcibly relocated under apartheid. The District Six Museum houses an impressive collection of historical materials including photographs, paintings, artefacts, books and studies as well as audio-visual recordings. District Six forms an integral part of South Africa’s history. And is absolutely worth a visit on any trip to Cape Town.

#6 Yellow frame 6: Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha

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Khayelitsha is one of Cape Town’s largest and most vibrant informal settlements. And located right at the very top of it all is the iconic Khayelitsha Lookout Hill, the location of your next yellow frame. Although you may need to work a little harder to reach this sought-after spot, climbing approximately 164 stairs to get there. It will be so worth it in the end! You’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Mother City in all her glory. And what an incredible sight it is indeed. If you’re looking to spend some extra time exploring Khayelitsha, it will certainly be well worth it. Boasting a vibrant energy, lively atmosphere and warm and welcoming locals, it offers visitors an entirely different perspective of the city of Cape Town.

#7 Yellow frame 7: Signal Hill

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Your last stop of the day is none other than the beautiful Signal Hill. The stunning signal Hill runs from Lion’s Head out towards the V&A Waterfront and Sea Point. Flanking the City Bowl. In addition to its top mountainous status, Signal Hill is also the site where the firing of the renowned Noon Gun takes place every day. Which is considered one of the oldest traditions in Cape Town. In addition to being one of the Mother City’s top attractions, there are few vantage points in the city that comes close to the one you’ll experience from the sought-after Signal Hill.

Boasting spectacular panoramic views of Lions Head, Table Mountain, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mother City. There truly is no view quite like it. But at sunset, is when Signal Hill truly thrives! Known as one of the most spectacular sunset spots in the city of Cape Town, Signal Hill is considered the place to be when the Mother City sun starts to set. And people will travel from far and wide to see this sensational sight first-hand. Watching a beautiful Cape Town sunset from Signal Hill therefore deserves a prime spot on everyone’s bucket-list. And definitely the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary too!

DAY 7:

Day 7 itinerary overview:

  • Steenbras Nature Reserve & Crystal Pools
  • Franschhoek Wine Route
  • Stellenbosch Wine Route

There is no denying the fact that Cape Town’s wine is world-renowned. So, it only seems fitting to dedicate an entire day to exploring everything the beautiful Western Cape wine routes have to offer. Day 7 of our ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary is therefore dedicated entirely to wine. Home to the largest wine producing region in Africa, the Western Cape is any wine lover’s dream come true. And even if you don’t consider yourself to be a die-hard wine enthusiast at heart, you’ll undoubtedly fall head-over-heels in love with the beautiful Cape Winelands and its exceptional selection of wine. In addition to incredible wine, the Cape Winelands is also known for its beautiful wine routes, exciting food and wine pairing experiences and world-renowned culinary pursuits. Thereby providing you with everything you need to enjoy an incredible day out exploring the Cape Winelands to your wine-loving heart’s desire.

BUT, before your Cape Town wine journey begins, you have the option of experiencing one last Mother City natural hidden gem if you’re up for it? But we know the adventure lover’s and thrill seekers definitely will be! And this one is pretty cool and absolutely worth every single second, trust us!

#1 Visit the Steenbras Nature Reserve & take a dip in the Crystal Pools

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Although you may need to do a bit of an early rise for this one, we promise it will be well worth it! Located just an hour outside of the city you will find the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle, the Steenbras Nature Reserve. This glorious natural Cape Town gem is every bit as beautiful as it is exciting. And while it might take some extra effort (and maybe a bit of sweat and hard work too) to reap the rewards, the endpoint is well worth it.

The beautiful Crystal Pool Hiking Trail starts on the R44, just after you’ve crossed the bridge over the mouth of the Steenbras River. The abundance of indigenous fynbos, lush surroundings and incredible views ensures you have more than enough to marvel at and enjoy. The first pool is about 45 minutes from the start of the trail and it also welcomes you to enjoy a lovely picnic and a shaded escape to catch your breath. BUT, if you have a bit more energy left in your ‘tank’ we suggest you continue on your journey to the second pool. You will certainly be well rewarded for your efforts, that’s a promise! Boasting some amazing swimming and kloofing opportunities as well as a beautiful waterfall, it promises to be one thrilling adventure you won’t soon forget.

#2 Explore & taste your way through the Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Wine Route

Just 45 minutes from Cape Town, Stellenbosh and Franschhoek are two of the Cape Winelands most popular stops and sought-after wine routes. And are considered the true heart and soul of the South African and Western Cape wine industry. Thereby making these sought-after winelands destinations the last stops on your ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary. Because if there’s one way to end an unforgettable trip to Cape Town, it’s with an exceptional glass of Cape vino in hand.

#Franschoek Wine Route & the famous Franschhoek Wine Tram experience

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Known as one of the Western Cape’s most highly acclaimed Wine Routes, the world-renowned Franschhoek Wine Route undoubtedly deserves to be on every wine lover’s bucket-list. Besides being known as the culinary and wine capital of the Western Cape, Franschhoek is a charming village filled with galleries, restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and of course plenty of exceptional wine and Wine Estates. With beautiful blue mountains, ancient oak trees and historical wine farms as far as the eyes can see, the Franschhoek wine valley is a magnificent place to visit on any trip to Cape Town.

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But by far the best, and certainly the most exciting, way to experience everything this magical winelands town has to offer is by going on the famous Franschhoek Wine Tram. The Franschhoek Wine Tram perfectly combines the breath-taking scenery of Franschhoek with the exceptional world-class wines it has to offer for a truly unique hop-on-hop-off Cape Town wine experience.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a combination of a double-decker bus and tram ride that allows you to, hop on and off at the wine farms on your chosen itinerary. All you have to do is pick your chosen wine route, sit back and enjoy the sweeping vineyard and mountain vistas the Franschhoek Wine Valley has to offer. This exciting Cape Winelands experience offers approximately 8 different routes to choose from with each route including anywhere from 6 – 10 Franschhoek wineries that you’ll get to visit.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect Franschhoek wine route for you, you are free to hop on and hop off at the various wine estates on your chosen route. Once you get off at a wine estate, it will be, depending on the route you’ve chosen, either one hour or 35 minutes before the next bus or tram collects you. You are more than welcome to stay for an additional hour or two at any of the wineries, but this means you’ll need to forfeit another winery along the way. So, it’s completely up to you! But one thing is for certain, the Franschhoek Wine Tram is one Cape Town bucket-list adventure everyone should get to experience at least once in their lives. Thereby making it the perfect way to end your ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary!

Location: Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Tickets: You can book the tickets online here: https://franschhoekwinetram.activitar.com/services | Or visit winetram.co.za for more.

#Explore & taste your way through the Stellenbosch Wine Route

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Besides the Franschhoek Wine Route, you can also opt to explore the magical Stellenbosch Wine Route instead. Besides being a charismatic university town filled with tons of character and history, Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town and one of its most highly acclaimed wine routes. The Stellenbosch Wine Route has been divided into five sub-routes, according to wine styles, climate and location. The sub-routes include the Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Valley and Bottelary Hills.

Each one offering something unique and exciting to be enjoyed by all. There are approximately 148 wine farms located along the Stellenbosch Wine Route. Many of them being historical farms with beautiful Cape Dutch manors houses, gardens, hotels and fine-dining restaurants. In addition to being South Africa’s second oldest town, Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest in South Africa. Where various world-renowned and exceptional wine have been produced over the years. In addition to the variety of wine farms located along the Stellenbosch Wine Route, it also boasts some of the most magnificent vineyard and mountain range views you’ve ever seen.

Here are some of the Stellenbosch Wine Route’s popular Wine Estate to add to your Cape Town wine bucket list:

  • Vergelegen
  • Peter Falke Wine Estate
  • Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate
  • Tokara Wine Estate
  • Spier Wine Estate
  • Waterford Estate
  • Waterkloof Wine Estate
  • Delaire Graff Estate
  • Clos Malverne Wine Estate

#Additional experiences, locations & adventures to add to your Cape Town itinerary

The incredible Mother City has so much to do, see and experience we couldn’t possibly include it all in the ultimate 7-day Cape Town itinerary. But, just in case you decide to spend some extra time here to explore and experience more of what this vibrant city has to offer. Here are a few more exciting experiences, thrilling adventures and sought-after locations and natural gems to enjoy:

  • Explore Woodstocks’s vibrant street art scene
  • Take a trip to Hermanus, the whale capital of the world
  • Go on a road-trip up the Cape West Coast & visit some of it most beloved coastal towns. Including Melkbosstrand, Yzerfontein, Grotto Bay, Langebaan, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai, Saldanha Bay,
  • Enjoy a paragliding adventure from Lions Head or Signal Hill
  • Abseil down Table Mountain
  • Have an ice-cream at one of best ice-cream parlour in the world by Big 7 Travel, Unframed
  • Visit the 13th most Instagrammable café in the world as rated by Big 7 Travel, Nourish’d
  • Enjoy a drink at the 19th Best Dive Bar in the world as rated by Big 7 Travel, SurfaRosa
  • Learn to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard)
  • Visit the Silvermine Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy a seafood feast at Wolfgat in Paternoster (located on the Cape west coast) – Voted the Best Off-Map Destination & Restaurant of the Year in the internationally-acclaimed 2019 World Restaurant Awards
  • Have dinner at one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the world as rated by the World Restaurant Awards, the Test Kitchen