Think of South Africa holidays in Cape Town and the mind will almost immediately romanticise thoughts of cable car journeys up Table Mountain, intriguing visits to the likes of Robben Island – the site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment or ventures to awesome sightseeing spots such as the Cape Town World Cup Stadium.
While these attractions are of course quite rightfully popular given their sheer influence worldwide, for some travellers embarking on flights to South Africa, they will indeed crave lesser known pursuits upon their arrival which aren’t honeypot-like in nature, allowing for a tranquil yet fulfilling experience both at the same time.
Located on the western Cape Town coast bordering the Atlantic Ocean resides the Clifton Beaches – a series of four generously-laden sandy beaches offering travellers an idyllic setting to laze in the sun with a book or top up that tan while sipping on refreshments.
Beach four is allegedly the most revered but all beaches offer a secluded environment with cold seas refreshing weary hot and bothered limbs. Visit the beaches just before nightfall to witness an outstanding view of the sun setting on the horizon.
While Table Mountain may often take the plaudits, a 15 km ride out of central Cape Town down the M6 following the Atlantic Ocean as you go will bring visitors to Chapman’s Peak – another mountain offering spectacular views – this time over Hout Bay and Noordhoek.
Bring your walking boots as you stretch every sinew on the 2 to 3 hour hike but it is worth it in the end when you reach the summit and look out across Hout Bay which looks tiny as you literally feel on top of the world. Chapman’s Peak hikes are certainly adrenaline-fuelled and not to be missed on your South African adventure.
Castle of Good Hope
You may have heard of the Cape of Good Hope – a rocky headland marking one of the most southernmost points of the African continent bordering the Atlantic Ocean but the Castle of Good Hope is actually located inland and a must visit for those culture vultures out there.
Existing as a star shaped fort, the Castle of Good Hope is South Africa’s oldest standing structure believed to date back to the 16th century and tours around the landmark comprise an intriguing insight into South Africa’s Dutch East Indian Company past while eateries are also located on site.