The Other Side of Cape Town – A City Full of Surprises

If you are thinking of travelling to the Mother City of Cape Town anytime soon, you most probably have a list of things to see and do including Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope, and maybe a day safari to one of the many privately owned game reserves found in the Western Cape.

A list that everyone visiting Cape Town should have, it highlights some of the most beautiful parts of this vibrant city, but if you would like to see the ‘other side’ of this magnificent metropolis, you might want to pack your guide-book away, and start speaking to the locals instead.

The Capetonian’s are some of the friendliest people on the planet, who are both easy to approach, and happy to offer advice.  Just ask a local to recommend some great parks, restaurants, shopping venues, and non-traditional tourist attractions, and you will come away with a list as long as your arm, and quite possibly, an invitation to their home for a weekend Braai!

From quaint seaside fish restaurants and scenic driving routes, to lesser known vineyards and mountain walks, the residents have had years to uncover the highlights of Cape Town, and they did so without the trusty traveller’s guide – so why not take advantage of that knowledge, and share it with others.

For us, a visit to Cape Town always includes a tour of the Wine Lands, where we can taste and enjoy the fantastic New World Wines of the Western Cape.  With 100’s of vineyards dotted around the countryside, it can be difficult to know where to start, but with some insider tips, we have found some real hidden gems over the years, and if you like the idea of having lunch sitting at the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains, try Anura – one of the region’s best-kept secrets!

Cape Town really is full of surprises, so why not cross over to the ‘other side’, and start discovering a few of them for yourself!


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