Holidays to South Africa are amongst the most seamless and stress free transit wise in the world, that is if recent findings from FlightStats’ June’s Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report are anything to go by.
The authoritative voice regarding global airline itineraries has recently revealed that South Africa’s national carrier – South African Airways has just been accredited the enviable tag of the world’s most on-time airline delivering a massive 93.33 per cent of flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule for the last five months consecutively.
Of course, when travelling abroad, a continuous negotiation of both departure and arrival airports can either make or break that early holiday anticipation, and if travelling with young children, delays can prove infuriating.
With South Africa holidays upon the national carrier far less prone to such unnecessary heartache we thought we would let you in on some fantastic initial first step pursuits around Cape Town given you are almost certain to arrive on time, full of vigour, enthusiasm and anticipation!
Victoria Alfred Waterfront
Perhaps after the long flight and the rigours of the baggage claim, the first thing you’ll want to do is get up close and personal with Cape Town’s cooler waterfront precinct.
Whether you’re hiring a car, taking a taxi or using other public transport, flee Cape Town International Airport and take Settlers Way through the suburbs of Bonteheuwel, Bridgetown and Woodstock to De Waterkant where the Victoria Alfred Waterfront resides.
It’s a great starting point given its versatility in offering over 80 restaurants, indoor shopping, and the presence of classic vessels, not to mention a spectacular overhead view of Table Mountain – perhaps an attraction to pursue later on during your holiday.
Located a short distance from the Victoria Alfred Waterfront and along the major Buitengracht Street artery lies Bo Kaap – a vibrantly coloured neighbourhood with houses painted in rich pinks, pastille turquoise and luminous yellows.
Bo Kaap is a significant historical region of Cape Town given the cobbled streets can be traced back to the 16th and 17th centuries whereby the Dutch brought slaves to the area in what was known as the Malay Quarter.
Bo Kaap is unmistakably multicultural given her homage to not only Africans but Indonesians and Malaysians in the past. Attractions close to Bo Kaap include the firing of the Noon Day Gun on Signal Hill – a daily (excluding Sundays) shooting forging part of everyday life in Cape Town. Earplugs are advised!