10 things to do in the Western Cape

  1. It’s impossible to visit all of the vineyards in a single visit to the Western Cape, but with the Franschoek wine tram you can hand the transport over to designated driver while you discover the Franschhoek Valley. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports you around a hop-on hop-off loop of stops allowing you to experience the activities you prefer, from wine tasting and a cellar tour to lunch and a stroll through the vineyards. https://winetram.co.za/
  2. Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is a modern-day attraction built around the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere. You’ll find a huge selection of restaurants, hotels, shops and entertainment. Activities range from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) to a sunset cruise on one of the chartered boats berthed in the harbour. https://www.waterfront.co.za/
  3. Catch a ferry from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront to Robben Island for a tour of the prison which housed so many of South Africa’s freedom fighters during Apartheid. A knowledgeable and conversant tour guide will show you around the island, including the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison. http://robben-island.org.za/
  4. Play golf next to the ocean at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay. The 72 par layout is characterised by seven holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, four of which are played over ocean and cliff. https://pinnaclepointestate.co.za/a
  5. If you love coffee, but would like a little more local flair and culture, visit The Department of Coffee, Khayelitsha’s first artisan coffee shop in. Cappuccinos, lattes, Americanos and many other coffee-based drinks are expertly prepared by the shop’s three owners. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Department-of-Coffee-455306021156615/about/?ref=page_internal
  6. While you’re in the area, stop off at Spinach King, where Lufefe Nomjana sells delicious spinach bread, muffins and sandwiches made from locally grown spinach from his converted container. Spinach King was established in 2011 with R4o and a big idea. Lufefe’s daily baking has gone from 24 loaves baked in a neighbour’s oven to 120. https://www.facebook.com/SpinachKingCafe/
  7. Sample the latest foodie craze – dim sum from Silk Road. Silk Road participates in two markets every week – the Earth Fair Market at St. Georges Mall on Thursdays and Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock on Saturdays. http://www.silkroad.io/
  8. Calling skeptics and believers alike! Hop aboard the Mystery Ghost Bus and go in search of the paranormal and unexplainable. Tours include aspects of history, architecture, entertainment and refreshments, with a visit to a cemetary and other spooky stops. http://www.mysteryghostbus.co.za/
  9. Kalk Bay, a sea-side village in False Bay, is a place to spend a morning, or an afternoon. You’ll be hard-pressed to find too many larger franchise stores – Most of the shops, cafes and restaurants are unique to the town and offer a good dose of local flavour and attitude. https://www.capetownmagazine.com/exploring-kalk-bay
  10. Are you brave enough to swim with sharks? In Gansbaai, the Great White Shark capital of the world, you can get up close to these ocean predators, in a safe environment. https://www.sharkcagediving.co.za/