Today we have *A Charming City Break in Cape Town*
When organising our honeymoon with Trailfinders, we decided we would like to start the holiday with a city break. As we were planning a trip that would combine a city, a safari and a beach, Cape Town seemed to be the perfect place that would allow us to do some sightseeing but also have a relatively relaxing time.
*Trailfinders Most Popular Honeymoon City Breaks*
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*Cape Town Top Ten Highlights*
1. The Cape Grace Hotel
Our exciting arrival in Cape Town was greatly enhanced by arriving at The Cape Grace. This is a wonderful hotel with a very grand reception and hosts beautiful views over the harbour.
When the staff found out that we were on our honeymoon, they decided to upgrade us to a luxury suite, which was very exciting indeed. They arranged for us to have tea and morning pastries in the drawing room whilst we were waiting for our room, this was such a lovely touch. When we got into our suite we were certainly wowed with the decor and size – complete with lounge, dining area, terrace and balconies.
Two of the balconies had such a stunning view overlooking the harbour. It was so nice to be able to relax for a little while before heading out into Cape Town.
The Cape Grace also provided a fabulous and rather extravagant room service breakfast – highly recommended!
2. Table Mountain
We took the five minute journey on the Table Mountain cableway to 3500ft above Cape Town. When we arrived at the top, we took in the gorgeous views of the city, Robben island and the stunning peninsula. There are lots of walkways to explore and fantastic viewpoints – perfect for photo opportunities. This is an absolute must do in Cape Town!
3. Victoria & Albert Waterfront
Walking out of the hotel led us straight to the waterfront, which had shops, restaurants and market stalls in abundance. There were lots of impressive vessels to look at and we saw seals both in the water and lying on the rocks.
4. Camps Bay
The long sandy beach of Camps Bay is well worth a visit. It has a real cosmopolitan feel about it and the bus guide explained that this is a firm favourite amongst many of the rich and famous. Lots of little shops, cafes, bars to stop by and many beautiful beach houses to swoon over.
5. Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus
The hotel recommended the hop on hop off bus tour as the easiest way of getting around. The red city tour route takes ninety minutes to make twelve stops around the main city attractions, including Table Mountain Cable Way. This is a great way for seeing the highlights of the city.
The blue mini peninsula tour is a beautiful scenic drive around the coast of Cape Town taking approximately seventy-five minutes to make fourteen stops. The open top bus was a little chilly and windy at certain points but that did not seem to matter when taking in such wonderful views.
6. Two Oceans Aquarium
This dynamic aquarium is located at the waterfront and hosts a plethora of sealife. This was a great stop and the final predators tank was very impressive! There were great viewing opportunities throughout, including a tunnel, in which sharks swim overhead. We ended our visit with hot chocolate and cake in the cafe overlooking the waterfront.
7. Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens
We ventured to the Botanic Gardens, which had wonderfully landscaped gardens full of indigenous flora set amidst the backdrop of the mountains. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon strolling amongst the greenery despite the dark grey clouds and rain showers. Umbrellas were a must! We finished our afternoon stroll with a glorious late lunch in the garden tea rooms.
8. Penguin watching on Boudlers Beach
One of Cape Town’s best wildlife experiences is the penguin colony at Boulders Beach – a real highlight of the trip being able to observe penguins so closely in a natural habitat.
9. Afternoon Tea at Mount Nelson Hotel
We just had to experience Cape Town’ most famous and prestigious afternoon tea at the rather fabulous Mount Nelson hotel. A delicious traditional afternoon tea menu featuring finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and the Mount Nelson signature blend was lovely.
10. Sunset overlooking the waterfront
To round off our stay in Cape Town, we had a lovely dinner on our balcony overlooking the beautiful harbour whilst the sun was setting.
Cape Town was an excellent first stop on our honeymoon – a splendid hotel, gorgeous views of the harbour and stunning coastlines.
Next week |Safari in the Sabi Sands