Experience culture in Cape Town, viticulture in the Winelands and adventure on the Garden Route
With its hot summer coinciding with the UK’s chilly winter, South Africa is the perfect place to boost your vitamin D intake during the coming months. From wine tasting and paragliding to safaris and afternoon tea, our lifestyle managers in Cape Town have put together their highlights of the Mother City and its surrounding areas.
Read on for inspiration and contact our Travel team for more information.
See the city sights
There is plenty of culture on offer in Cape Town but – with the help of our local experts – it is possible to tick off the major sights within a long weekend and leave plenty of reasons to return.
We recommend staying on the V&A Waterfront for its lively atmosphere, variety of dining options and easy access to the main sites. The luxurious One&Only hotel combines this convenient location with an indulgent spa and two exceptional restaurants. Our members receive complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade*, early check-in and late check-out* and a 50-minute spa treatment per person (maximum two people) – the perfect way to ease you into your holiday.
No visit to the city would be complete without scaling Table Mountain and, whether you choose to take the relaxed cable car ride or join a guided hike to the summit, you should allow plenty of time at the top to admire the wildlife, horticulture and breath-taking views.
Despite its beauty, Cape Town has a turbulent history which has left many scars – one being the former political incarceration unit on Robben Island which is possible to visit by boat. The tours are led by people imprisoned during apartheid and visitors are taken to the maximum-security cell where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years.
For a more indulgent day, enjoy a leisurely brunch at Mondiall on the V&A Waterfront, while admiring 180-degree views of the bay and Table Mountain. In the afternoon, relax at the Mount Nelson Hotel and sample the renowned afternoon tea, which is complimentary for our members staying at the deluxe property.
Sip wine in the countryside
Home to South Africa’s finest vineyards, the Winelands region is around an hour’s drive from Cape Town. If you’re planning a road trip, we recommend starting your day at Fairview in Paarl where you can take a seat in the secluded Beryl Back tasting room to sample the estate’s best vintages, perfectly paired with local cheeses and olives.
Continue to La Motte in Franschhoek where you can choose from food and wine pairings or an indulgent afternoon tea, featuring Cape cuisine such as trout-filled pancakes and milk tart chocolate truffles. The estate’s museum and art exhibitions make for a unique addition, but make sure you also explore the main town after your visit.
For an overnight break, our Cape Town office recommends booking into the boutique hotel Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, which is home to the Michelin-starred Tasting Room restaurant. When booking a stay through us, our members receive complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade*, early check-in and late check-out*, plus a signature apron to take home.
Before you venture back to the city, make your final stop just outside Stellenbosch, at the magnificent Delaire Graff Estate. Out on the terrace, the valley appears to fall away and you can dine and gaze across to the snow-capped mountains in the distance.
For a taste of South African wine back home, take advantage of our exclusive discount with The Vintner.
Embrace the adventure at your fingertips
Undoubtedly, one of the most popular South African adventures is going on safari, but many visitors don’t realise you can combine land and sea by driving along the Garden Route from Cape Town. There are a number of luxurious lodges, allowing ample chance to see the big five, as well as the whales and dolphins that frequent the Eastern Cape waters. We recommend a stop at the Knysna Elephant Park, east of George, for a memorable experience of elephant encounters and rides.
For those who are short on time, Inverdoorn Game Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, making it the ideal base for a one-day safari. Guests can enjoy an exhilarating game drive, a visit to the Western Cape Cheetah Sanctuary and a three-course lunch.
Stay at the partnered Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat to complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade*, early check-in and late check-out*, a picnic for two at a private location in the reserve (dependent on weather), branded peak cap per person and – for three night stays between 1 April and 31 August 2016 – enjoy a complimentary dinner at Kadoro.
For an extra adrenaline kick in Cape Town, visitors can get involved in shark cage diving or paragliding off the peak of Lion’s Head – contact our Travel team to find out more.
We can offer exclusive member benefits at a range of properties in our Global Hotel Collection and we are partnered with British Airways, meaning we are able to secure preferential rates on flights. The team in our Cape Town office will also happily provide you with insider knowledge and round-the-clock assistance during your stay.
*Subject to availability
Pictured: Delaire Graff Estate