Exploring the Cape of Good Hope during a winter storm is quite the adventure. Luckily though towards the end of our hike, right when we got back to the car a beautiful rainbow appeared and made the experience just that more beautiful.
On a random drive out with my cousin one weekend, we decided to venture out to some wine estates in the Stellenbosch area.
We happened to stumble upon this gem called the Hidden Valley Wine Estate.
Stunning views all around, provided us with an amazing drive right up to the door of the on site restaurant which happens to be the award winning, Overture Restaurant.
A little further up the mountain, and you're privvy to a view stretching right out to the ocean!
The gates open and the hillside quickly transforms into a buzzing sea of people as I tip-toe around their picnic blankets. A prelude of cork popping lets me know the fun is about to begin at one of my favorite summertime activities: the open air concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The world-famous botanical garden is a stunning venue, as the sun begins to set over the backside of Table Mountain and the bandshell lights twinkle. Local acts such as FreshlyGround, Johnny Clegg, Goldfish, and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra regularly sell out, so it's wise to pre-purchase tickets. It's a great event to pack a picnic, bring the whole family, and mingle with local Capetonians. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon in Cape Town.
This was one of the best highlights of our trip to Cape Town. We could not go the day before because of the windy conditions, so we postponed it for the next day. We are so glad that we did because when the cable car made it to the top, the clouds were thick and covered the mountain. This is know as the "table cloth". Walking through the clouds, seeing the unique flora, and enjoying the spectacular views of Cape Town from on top of the mountain is truly a "once in a lifetime" experience. The wait is not that long, and the line moves pretty quick. Bring a jacket though!
While on tour to South Africa, we visited Cape Town and Table Mountain. It happened to be a rather large group, so we were only given a limited amount of time on the mountain in order to visit all the sights on the itinerary. After getting out of the cable car, I was walking around, trying to be quick about taking in the sights and happened to look up and spotted this scene.
Trips to Cape Town find me returning to a quaint little Mexican bistro called El Burro.
Fantastic food at perfect prices with superior service have me and my guests always itching for more. Pictured above is a speciality, Prawn and Mango Tacos. My only qualm with this dish is that it's not part of the standard menu offering!
and those wonderful little sandwich things with no crust just like we yearned for as children... The high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, SA is luscious- you need only take a sandwich or two for appearances and then make your several trips to the dessert table piled high with sweets of all sorts - fruity, chocolaty, cake and candy! So walk through the Company Garden on the way and on the way back be sure to take in a tour of colorful Bo-Kaap. You will undoubtedly have already been to Table Mountain and Robben Island but be sure to stop in for high tea in the most beautiful old hotel in the most beautiful city in the world.
The Victoria and ALFRED waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa has seen virtually every tourist who sets foot in Cape Town. It is a hub of dining and shopping venues on the waterfront of the most beautiful city in the world. A fabulous view of Table Mountain can be had on the boat over to Robben Island which leaves from the area. The Cape Grace Hotel is located right there but for a more boutique choice try the Cape Heritage Hotel. And don't miss - seriously don't miss- the Savoy Cabbage Restaurant. Two incredible dinners there in the month we were in South Africa. We also had a wonderful meal at Caveau adjacent to the hotel.
As time passes and memories fade we all would do well to make the effort to remember. Here at the District Six Museum in Cape Town you can learn about the experiences of one vital neighborhood dismantled under apartheid. Photographs and words bring the memory of District Six alive for visitors. Another must-do sight is Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and others spent years in prison. Former prisoners speak of their own experiences there. And in nearby wine country there is a memorial to the Long Walk to Freedom speech Mandela gave on the day he was released. A half a world away when this struggle was going on, I had only an intellectual understanding—after visiting South Africa I stand in absolute AWE of Nelson Mandela—he chose peace and forgiveness over vengeance and bitterness and made the world a much better place.