Property of the Month – Ellerman House

This month’s property of the month is our most favourite and beautiful boutique hotel, Ellerman House. Perched atop one of Bantry Bay’s cliffs, this palatial residence claims sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. An urban retreat in one of Cape Town’s most exclusive suburbs, visitors have immeasurable relaxation and sight-seeing options as they are in walking distance of both Camps Bay and Clifton beaches and a 10 minute drive from the V & A Waterfront and other local attractions. This property is perfect for those wanting complete exclusivity and privacy in the Mother City. Nothing comes close to its location with the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head behind it and the twinkling of the ocean that stretches out in front.

Ellerman House not only offers the ultimate in Cape luxury but it is an endless heaven to wine lovers and art fanatics alike. It is the incredible art collection at Ellerman House that truly sets this exemplary hotel apart from the many others on the Cape’s shores. On entrance, you are welcomed by a host of portrait shots, by illustrious local artists such as Irma Stern and Pieter van de Westhuizen. But there’s more… the more modern art is to be found in the hotel’s very own Contemporary Art Gallery.

The second but by no means the lesser of Paul Harris’s loves is showcased in his out-of-this-world Wine Gallery. Have a seat and behold the incredible Terroir Wall. A wall built of copper boxes filled with specific soils from innumerate Cape wine farms, assembled to form an educated map of the Cape Wineland’s Terroir.

The hotel itself is the pinnacle of indulgence. The beautiful rolling grass terraces of which there are 3 will provide the best position to relax with a cocktail and take in the breath-taking African sun set over the sea or watch the whales coming into the bay.

 

Whether it’s a light lunch by the sky-blue pool, an afternoon snack from the pantry packed with treats or a 3 course culinary extravagance you will no doubt be blown away. The hotel has a synchronicity and seamlessness like no other as it enables guests to walk into the kitchen and chat to the staff about their meals, enabling only the best hospitality.

Last but certainly not least the rooms themselves guarantee luxury at its highest and with eleven rooms, two suites and two 3-bedroom villas there is something for everyone.

Traveller Review – Dahm Family

The Dahm family have just returned home from a lovely African adventure and have been kind enough to share their experience with us here:

“The vacation was the best we’ve ever taken. My family said so many times, “Mom, you planned a perfect vacation. And I said well thank you to Iconic Africa! I would never have found these properties on my own.” Lauren, we absolutely LOVED both the Cape Grace Hotel and &Beyond Ngala. I truly don’t think it would be possible to have a better experience.

Cape Grace was so beautiful and it was a delight to stay in a unique property like that versus the big international hotels. The service was exemplary and every square inch of the hotel was gorgeous. Our suite was even better than expected and the photos on the website couldn’t capture how lovely and spacious it was. Of course we had a big terrace with beautiful views as well. Just perfect.

While we did love Cape Town and all the tours and sights, the safari was the highlight. What a magical experience. We had a fantastic guide with almost 20 years of experience – and saw the big Five every day – and so much more! Ngala was gorgeous, natural, comfortable, and the service was stellar. We did not expect gourmet food and elegant dinners! It was just perfect. I would highly recommend Ngala to anyone contemplating a safari. Not just the property but the reserve itself is so large, you never feel like you are surrounded by tourists, and SO MANY animals.

We also really enjoyed a couple of days in Camp’s Bay at the Bay Atlantic Guest House, which was a lovely and comfortable spot (gorgeous view of the beach and mountains and walkable to town – just perfect).

Also, the connections and flights, etc all worked out perfectly so appreciate the details you handled as well.

 

We have hundreds of pictures! I am making an album for our family.

We cannot thank you and Julia enough. Joe and I were a bit concerned about the cost of one vacation being so high but it was worth it. It will be a memory of a lifetime for us and for our children. The only concern is another vacation will never measure up! ”

A big thank you to Joanne for these wonderful words. We hope to see you on African soil again soon, soon!

 

The Best African Safari Tours for 2018

“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” Karen Blixen.

It’s a new year… so why not make 2018 the year that you finally go on that safari you’ve been meaning to go on for so long!

Planning the perfect African Safari can be intimidating when you don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve carefully selected our Top 3 African Safari Tours which offer only the most luxurious, authentic, and unparalleled experiences just for you!

The optimal safari tour for first-time African adventurers. Be astounded by the magnificent Cape Grace Hotel, located in South Africa’s Mother City. Enjoy luscious cocktails on the deck, tranquil spa treatments, and divine gourmet meals.

Be whisked to the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in world-renowned Kruger National Park, and revel in complete exclusivity while sharing an intimate connection with the African bushveld. Take delight in spotting the Big 5 and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Africa.

End your adventure in Zambia at the Royal Livingstone—Africa’s most graceful Victorian hotel. Enjoy the healing spray of Victoria Falls and unwind to the sound of its roar. With your G&T in hand, gazing out over golden mist at sundown, get a true taste of Africa’s bygone era.

  1. The Royal Romance

The ultimate romantic getaway for couples with a love for Africa. The safari begins in Cape Town at Ellerman House—an absolutely gorgeous Edwardian Mansion resting on Lion’s Head. Take in spectacular views, delectable food, and Africa’s greatest art collection.

Head off to idyllic La Residence—a captivating boutique hotel set in picturesque Franschhoek. Not only is it the most alluring hotel in Franschhoek, it is also home to exceptional wine and unrivalled cuisine.

Escape to Royal Chundu in Zambia where opulence meets tranquillity. It’s the perfect place for you and your special someone to revel in all things ‘Africa’.

  1. Africa’s Family Getaway

An extravagant safari adventure for the whole family. Your African escapade starts at the One&Only Cape Town—centrally located and an ideal home base for the whole family. Admire the sweeping views over Cape Town while indulging in all the mod-cons, what more could you ask for?

Journey to Madkiwe Safari Lodge an African safari that caters for everyone. Located in a malaria free area makes it ideal for families. Madikwe blends five star comfort and pure African indulgence.

End your adventure at Tongabezi which lies on the banks of the Zambezi River. With plenty of exciting activities for the entire family—parents can relax at the peaceful plunge pools while kids can enjoy the delights of the play area.

For more information on tours that are available please visit our site here.

Top 10 Luxury Destinations for 2018

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” — Author Unknown.

Everyone deserves to feel spoilt, pampered and relaxed. Especially in the aftermath of the festive season, there’s even more of a need to escape from the madness. South Africa is not short of luxury destinations to escape to, put your feet up and bask under Africa’s sun. Iconic Africa ticks all the boxes for those who are accustomed to only the best and prefer the finer things in life. Do pristine wilderness, private pavilions, silver service and contemporary interiors excite you? Indulge in our finest selection of luxurious locations and let us enable you to travel in guilt-free style and be in complete harmony with nature. Wherever you choose to go, we have only the very best in true African   hospitality for you and your family.

Four of our top ten luxury destinations for 2018 featured on Travel and Leisure’s ‘Top 100 Luxury Hotels in the World’ in 2017. Our collection of accommodation has a traditional African character preserving pieces of our land with qualities of sophistication, charm and natural beauty. Iconic Africa ensures that guests have a comfortable and relaxing stay in private and exclusive settings which inspire wanderlust and acts as a salve for the soul.

  1. Tswalu – Kalahari

Tswalu is 240 000 acres of pristine Kalahari wilderness. Owned by the Oppenheimer family, this is the largest private game reserve in southern Africa and bares testament to the family’s commitment to authentic conservation and opulent luxury. Out in the wild, the game viewing is breathtaking be it from the back of a 4 X 4 safari vehicle, the saddle of an impeccably behaved horse or on foot. Tswalu is the ultimate luxury safari destination in the heart of the magical Kalahari.

Tswalu Game Reserve. Southern Kalahari. Northern Cape. South Africa.
  1. Londolozi – Sabi Sands

In Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards 2014, Londolozi was named the best hotel in the world! A global honour of colossal proportions. Londolozi effortlessly exceeds all expectations on a luxury, hospitality, wilderness and experiential front – however when anyone who knows Londolozi well, is tasked with describing this African wonder they are immediately confronted by the difficulty of portraying the intangible. It is this indiscernible x factor which sets Londolozi aside from the rest!

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  1. Angama Mara – Masai Mara

Perched on the edge of Africa’s Great Rift Valley is a lodge that comes as close to heaven on earth, as possible. Angama Mara, Swahili for “suspended in mid-air” boasts the best views in the Masai Mara. A place that constantly takes your breath away, where happiness reigns and peace is all encompassing, where you literally stand on the edge of the world. Owner managed and run by the reputable Fitzgerald family, Angama Mara is the ultimate African safari destination.

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  1. Royal Chundu – Victoria Falls

Royal Chundu, the first Relaix Chateaux property in Zambia, is nestled on the Zambian bank of the immense Zambezi River. Here, upstream of the Victoria Falls, the river is a wide and tranquil elixir that supports a myriad of bird, fish, mammal and plant life. Elephants graze the banks and islands while tiger fish dart through the water after prey. Royal Chundu represents a commitment to unbridled luxury in the wild of Africa and the constant support of local communities.

  1. Zarafa – Okavango Delta

Zarafa, from the Arabic word for beloved, is a jewel set in the treasure trove of the Zibadianja lagoon – itself a paradise in the Selinda Game Reserve. Conceived by world-renowned wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert in the shadows of a giant ebony tree, Zarafa is earth-friendly, exclusive Relais & Chateaux luxury in one of the last great wilderness areas on earth. There are just four sumptuous and spacious suites set on the banks of the awesome lagoon where the exuberance of the African wild will speak to your soul.

  1. Singita Sasakwa – Serengeti

Perched atop the rocky Sasakwa Hill looking out over the Serengeti’s Western corridor and endless golden plains is the elegant Sasakwa House. Resembling a deluxe ranch house in the midst of the African bushveld this is one Africa’s most exquisite destinations and another Singita – ‘place of miracles’. Exquisite views extend in every direction as the ever-changing landscape teems with Africa’s most majestic wildlife and the clouds waft over the plains.

  1. Lion Sands – Sabi Sands

By protecting and harnessing the roots of both the More and Chalkley families, Lion Sands has certainly found its wings within the luxury safari industry. In 2014 Lion Sands was awarded third place in Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Resort in Africa, and in 2010 the extraordinarily luxurious Ivory Lodge was named third best hotel in the world by Tatler.

Lions Sands Ivory Lodge Lounge Interior 2 Iconic Africa Luxury Safaris

  1. La Residence – Winelands

Perched amongst the vineyards, on the slopes of the beautiful Franschhoek Mountains is the pinnacle of luxury and unrivalled piece of heaven – La Residence. Voted Conde Nast’s No 1 Hotel in the World in 2013 amongst a myriad of other awards, La Residence is a must for any bucket list. The sprawling green lawns speckled with majestic springbok, the private dam complete with island, rowboat and soft flowing willow trees, instil an awe-inspiring sense of peace.

  1. White Pearl – Mozambique

Set on two kilometres of magnificent, pristine Mozambican coastline, White Pearl is an intimate resort for the discerning traveller. Couples or families will revel in the luxury, hospitality, delightful cuisine and natural wonder of this beach paradise. Whether you want to adventure on or under the cobalt Indian Ocean, lounge on the beach, sip cocktails in the pool or simply soak up the soothing peace of the sea, White Pearl, Ponta Mamoli offers the ultimate luxury beach holiday.

  1. Ellerman House – Cape Town

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. Ellerman House not only offers the ultimate in Cape luxury but it is an endless heaven to wine lovers and art fanatics alike.

Please do let us know if you have any questions on the above properties or if there are any more you’d like to hear more about.

Our Year in Pictures

2017 has been a fun and incredible year for us. From the magic of the Mara, to the endless Kalahari, to the abundance of Kruger and the beauty of the Cape – we’ve seen, explored and revelled in so much that Africa has to offer. Just in case you have missed out – scroll down here… for Our Year in Pictures.

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We hope that in just a few #iconicmoments – these photographs will transport you to the wonder that awaits! Perhaps you will pay us a visit in 2018? We’d love to show you around!

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Instagram Takeover – Jaco le Roux

Brilliant photographer and friend of Iconic Africa @jacofotos has recently done an awesome #IATakeover for us. Just in case you missed it – scroll down here for his incredible shots of some unique African landscapes.

For more of these unbelievable photographs follow @jacofotos on Instagram.

Em’s Cape Town Highlights

Iconic Africa Traveller Emily Gardiner went on wonderful safari to Madikwe Safari Lodge followed by a visit to Cape Town. Earlier this year we showcased her magical trip to Madikwe. Em has now shared with us this awesome video that she put together of her time in the fair Cape. Thanks so much Em for sharing – it certainly looks like you had a fabulous time in South Africa! We hope to have you back again soon.

 

Introducing the Zeitz MOCAA

Time has flown since the The Silo Hotel opened its doors in Cape Town just 6 months ago and today the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) opens. We’d like to extend a massive congratulations to all those involved in the creation of this exceptional museum.

The Zeitz MOCAA is a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all. Over one hundred galleries, spread over nine floors, are dedicated to a large cutting edge permanent collection; temporary exhibitions; and Centres for Art Education, Curatorial Excellence, Performative Practice, Photography, the Moving Image, and the Costume Institute.

The establishment of the museum came about through a confluence of factors. The V&A Waterfront recognised the significance of its Grain Silo complex as an historic landmark and for years debated possible uses. An art museum was eventually decided upon but a collection was needed. The desire was to house something of public civic significance, and something open to the public. It was through Ravi Naidoo that Thomas Heatherwick was introduced to the Grain Silo complex in 2006, and again in 2011. At the same time, Jochen Zeitz was working with curator Mark Coetzee to build a world class collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora with the vision to create the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora on the Africa Continent. The meeting of these two visions resulted in the creation of the not-for-profit public institution since named Zeitz MOCAA.

Imagine forty-two 33 metre high concrete tubes, each with a diameter of 5.5 metres, with no open space to experience the volume from within. Imagine redesigning this into a functional space that will not only pay tribute to its original industrial design and soul but will become a major, not-for-profit cultural institution housing the most significant collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. The brief given to Heatherwick Studio was to reimagine the Grain Silo Complex at the V&A Waterfront with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character. The project called for a solution that would be unique to Africa and create the highest possible quality of exhibition space for the work displayed inside. The V&A Waterfront’s challenge to repurpose what was once the tallest building on the Cape Town skyline caught the imagination of internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick and his innovative team of architects. This was a chance to do more than just appropriate a former industrial building to display art, but to imagine a new kind of museum in an African context.
For more on exhibitions and events – click here.

 

Exceptional Ellerman Experiences

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. Ellerman House not only offers the ultimate in Cape luxury but it is an endless heaven to wine lovers and art fanatics alike. Ellerman House has teamed up with some of the other must-visit destinations in South Africa to offer you a host of irresistable promotions such as:

Honeymoon Special

  • 20% Discount if booked more than 6 months in advance ; 10% discount if booked less than 6 months in advance (discount on accommodation rate)
  • Receive a
- 60 minute couples massage
- sunset cocktails and canapés
  • Romantic 3 course dinner
- Bottle of French Champagne and honeymoon turndown on first evening

Ellerman and Singita

  • BOOK
    – 4 Nights at Ellerman House in a Deluxe House Room Category or higher
    – 4 Nights at Singita Lebombo or Sweni Lodges in the Kruger National Park
  • RECEIVE
    – A complimentary night at Ellerman House and Singita

Ellerman House and Delaire Graff

  • BOOK
    – 4 Nights at Ellerman House in a Deluxe Room Category or higher
    – 3 Nights at Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa
  • RECEIVE
    – 60 minutes couples massage at the Ellerman House Spa
    – Ellerman House Wine Gallery Book
    – Ellerman House Contemporary Art & Design Tour
    – Stellenbosch Contemporary Art Tour
    – Delaire Graff Art Walk
    – 3 Course meal at either Delaire Graff Restaurant of Indochine Restaurant
    – A 60 minute couples massage at Delaire Graff Spa

 

The Journey Promotion

  • 10% discount on accommodation rate
    – 60 minute massage per person in Ellerman House Spa
    – South African brandy and chocolate pairing
    – Ellerman House Wine Gallery Book
    – Ellerman hosue Guided Art Tour through the private collection
    – 10% Discount on first purchase at The Studio (art and diamonds qualify for 5% discount)

Ellerman House and Tswalu Tarkuni Villas

  • BOOK
  • -4 nights in Ellerman House Villa One or Villa Two AND 4 nights at Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead
  • RECEIVE
  • -a complimentary one way flight between the two properties

Ellerman House and Rovos Rail

  • BOOK
    – A Pullman Suite with Rovos Rail
    – A minimum of 4 nights at Ellerman House in a Deluxe Spa Room
  • RECEIVE
    – A complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Suite with Rovos Rail at time of booking
    – A complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe House Room at Ellerman House at time of bookin

Please do let us know if you have any questions at all on the above – we’d love to help you book the African luxury experience of a lifetime.

 

 

 

FAQs — 10 Things To Know Before You Go On Safari

Organising a safari is always exciting, however, it can be a little bit daunting if it’s your first time. It’s even daunting for people who have gone on safari before because things change and different places require different things. In order to put your mind at ease, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten most frequently asked questions when preparing for a safari.

  1. Are all safaris the same?

Definitely not. There is an incredibly wide variety of safaris to choose from. Most people think of the traditional African safari trips—you know, the Big Five sightings, the African savannah, the vast plains … But, you can also go on boat (mokoro) safaris in Botswana or even ocean safaris in Mozambique! This is a great way to see hippos, elephants, and even crocs up close. Another thing to remember is that there are different types of game drives at different times of the day.

  1. Will I definitely see the Big Five?

This is something that really can’t be guaranteed. Unfortunately, nature is unpredictable, so it really is just all about luck. Don’t get obsessed with seeing the Big Five—just sit back, relax, and enjoy the things that you do see – you will no doubt be blown away by the experience!

  1. Do I need a visa to travel to Africa?

This truly depends on which country in Africa you are visiting, and which country you are coming from. If you are visiting Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, or South Africa, and you are from either the UK or the US, you will not need a visa if your visit will be less than 90 days. If you’re visiting Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, and you’re from the UK or the US, then you will need a visa, but you can obtain one when you arrive in the country for approximately $50.00 per person. If you’re visiting Mozambique or Uganda, and you’re from the US or the UK, then you need to obtain a visa before you travel to these countries.

  1. Do I need to get any vaccines?

Yes. You need to book an appointment with your doctor to make sure that they can recommend the most up-to-date vaccine advice. You need to let them know where you’re going and for how long. Also inform them about any stop-overs that you might be having because if you stop over in Kenya at all, you will need to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Other African countries will not allow you to enter from Kenya if you have not had this vaccine. Most game parks in Africa are malaria areas so it is important to take malaria medication. The vaccines that are generally prescribed are for Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and diphtheria, but your doctor will be able to advise you on this.

  1. Which currency will I need to take with me?

It’s best to use US dollars in Africa. However, South Africa does not accept US dollars, and so you will need to take the South African Rand if you will be staying in South Africa. You can use your credit cards as well, although the surcharge might be quite large.

  1. Is it safe to visit Africa?

Of course. We make sure that the countries where we operate our trips are safe, and we are kept up to date with regular updates about each country so we would be the first to know if there were any issues or safety concerns to worry about.

  1. Is there a specific dress code for a safari?

No. It’s important to dress comfortably and casually while you’re on safari. You should, however, take some smart casual clothes to the top lodges for the evenings. You should wear khaki for game drives, and you should bring along a polar fleece jacket for early morning game drives. Pack in a few cardigans or sweaters just to be safe because the evenings are sometimes quite cold. Here are a few more tips on what to pack when going on safari.

  1. Will I be able to charge my electronic devices?

Yes. Most of the lodges have an electricity supply of 240 volts and most use the UK-style plugs. South Africa is the exception because its sockets are either 2 prong or three prong with the larger, round pins. But, you will definitely be able to charge you camera batteries at all of the lodges.

  1. Will food and drinks be included in my accommodation fee?

Most safari lodges include your food and drinks in your accommodation fee but there are exceptions. You need to find out from your safari specialist whether or not your food and drinks will be covered by your specific lodge.

  1. Is it okay to drink the local water?

It’s best to be safe and to limit yourself to bottled water for your time spent in Africa. The safety of the water depends on the area so you can ask the camp manager whether or not the water is safe to drink.

For any other queries or questions you might have please contact us and we will be sure to help you out.

Top 10 Things to do in the Cape

Gorgeous Cape Town—the Mother City truly has it all! From exceptionally spectacular white sandy beaches, magical scenery, and abundant wildlife, to world-renowned gastronomy and a bustling nightlife and party scene, Cape Town has something for everyone. With so many activities to choose from, we have decided to compile a list of the top ten things for you to do in the Cape so that you are equipped for a Cape adventure of a lifetime.

  1. Experience Table Mountain

Certainly at the top of everyone’s list should be a trip to Table Mountain. Table Mountain is famous for being one of the seven natural world wonders. You can catch the five-minute cable car to the top of Table Mountain and soak in the captivating, panoramic view of Cape Town, Table Bay, and the Table Mountain National Park. Once you’re at the top, you can enjoy a bite to eat with the family at the Table Mountain Café, or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not go for a picturesque hike to do a bit of your own exploring? You could always join a guided walk to learn a bit more about Table Mountain and the Cableway. Without a trip to Table Mountain, your visit to the Cape will be incomplete!

  1. Explore the Cape Peninsula

Although Table Mountain is situated in the Cape Peninsula, there is so much more to explore in the area. Unquestionably worth a day out is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The gardens showcase all of South Africa’s finest flora and they are perfect for a relaxing, romantic afternoon stroll. Take a trip to Cape Point—the most south-western point of Africa—and enjoy scenic views and lovely picnics. Boulders Beach is another absolutely awesome experience that visitors can enjoy at the Cape Peninsula. Boulders Beach lets visitors really get up close to South Africa’s famously magnificent African Penguin colony.

 

  1. Enjoy a day out at a game reserve

One of the most beautiful game reserves in the Cape is the Cape Point Nature Reserve. It is home to some of South Africa’s most enchanting indigenous flora. You can find up to 1100 different indigenous plants in the area, and some of these plants can only be found at the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The reserve is also a popular destination for bird-watchers—you can spot up to 250 different types of birds including eagles, sunbirds, and, of course, the endangered African black oystercatchers. There is also plenty of interesting wildlife to spot like the klipspringer, the steenbok, the Cape mountain zebra, and who wouldn’t love a thrilling encounter with the famous Chacma baboons? Another absolutely charming game reserve is the Aquila Private Game Reserve which is famous for its exhilarating night tours.

4. Go whale watching

Splendid ocean views will captivate your soul, and the gorgeous whales and dolphins that you spot will touch your heart. Nothing on the planet is more moving and exciting than spotting a whale. There are plenty of boat-based whale watching tours to choose from, and Walker Bay is one of the best places to go to for a delightful whale watching experience.

  1. Take a dive

South Africa is famous for its diving opportunities. This is mostly because of the very unique meeting of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. This meeting allows for some of the most interesting and spectacularly unique occurrences of marine wildlife. First timers can enjoy an outstanding scuba diving outing and more experienced divers can treat themselves to an electrifying shark diving adventure. Divers can also enjoy exploring all the historical shipwrecks around the Cape of Storms.

Ocean Safaris Scuba Dive Mozambique Zanzibar White Pearl

  1. Immerse yourself in South Africa’s unique history

Another bucket-list worthy experience is venturing out to Robben Island to visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell that he was kept in for 20 years. What makes this particular outing so incredibly remarkable is that the tours of the prison are given by former prisoners, which means that visitors are treated to true first-hand accounts of what actually happened on the island. There are also plenty of other museums in the Cape that are definitely worth a day out such as the District Six Museum which pays tribute to the once very vibrant neighbourhood, as well as the First South African Perfume Museum which is truly unique.

  1. Treat yourself to a Wine Tasting Tour

A treat for all wine-lovers—a visit to the Cape Winelands is a definite must. If you’re short on time, be sure to visit Stellenbosch and Franschoek—the two most world-famous wine regions in South Africa. We recommend visiting La Petite Ferme which offers exceptional, award-winning cuisine, and boutique wines from the Franschoek area. If you’re going to be staying in Franschoek be sure to stay at one of the best hotels in the entire world—La Residence. You can book your spot with us here. If you’re planning on visiting Stellenbosch, we suggest staying at Delaire Graff Estate which offers luxury on a completely different level. Some wine estates even offer cellar tours and food pairings which is a real treat.

  1. Go Shopping!

The V&A Waterfront shopping centre is a treat for the shopper in all of us! It is the pinnacle of shopping and entertainment in South Africa. After all of your shopping, be sure to visit the V&A Market Wharf which is perfect for anyone who is passionate about food. Make sure you pick up something uniquely African from the markets in Cape Town to take back to the friends and family who didn’t come along to enjoy the delights of the Cape.

  1. Take a break at the beach

The Cape is home to some of South Africa’s most spectacular beaches—you have to take advantage of the stunning coastline by doing a bit of sun-bathing on the beach with a cocktail in hand, of course! Kids can spend days on the beach exploring rock pools and splashing in the waves. For the adventurers among us, there are plenty of opportunities to fish, kayak, and surf. The best beaches are found in seaside towns that have a buzzing nightlife and unique restaurants. Taking a break at the beach is the perfect way to wind down from your Cape adventure.

  1. A treat for foodies

Cape Town is famous for its gastronomy and some of the world’s best restaurants can be found here. The Test Kitchen is Cape Town’s most exclusive restaurant and it has been named one of the World’s Best Restaurants by San Pellegrino. Be sure to visit The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock which is home to fantastic day and night markets and gorgeous farm stalls. And, if cakes, cupcakes, and pies delight your heart, high tea at the Cape Grace is a must.

If you have any questions about visiting the Cape, please do let us know. We can recommend the most luxurious accommodation to stay at while you make the most of your Cape escape. Perhaps look into our Africa’s Cape of Desire grand tour to experience all that the Cape has to offer in absolute style.

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