About Bernadette A
Lives in Cape Town, South Africa
Since Jan 2014
35-49 year old female
Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas, Neighbourhoods
Wineries & Vineyards
You could spend the whole day at the V&A Waterfront. Start with breakfast at one of the hotels, like the Table Bay or the Cape Grace. If you'd prefer something lighter and aim for a big lunch, why not try Vida E Cafe for a delicious coffee and a pastry or sandwich? Lunch or dinner has to be eaten at Den Anker, a Belgian eatery that also offers a huge selection of beers. Reservations are essential, especially for dinner. The Cape Grace hotel offers a high quality afternoon tea, which is highly recommended. The V&A mall offers much for shopping enthusiasts. Entertainment includes movies, The Cape Wheel for a spectacular view of the Cape Peninsula, all kinds of boat rides from a leisurely catamaran and champagne to a jolly roger pirate ship tour. You could go to Robben Island from here. Purchase tickets online or on the day. Walking tours with a guide is available, just book in advance. There is more history than one realises here at the Waterfront.Various music shows and performances are lined up at the amphitheatre and buskers offer a selection of entertainment as you amble around, ice-cream in hand in the summer season. In winter time the indoor activities will be warm and wonderful. Check the website to see what's happening when you visit. The Two Oceans Aquarium lies within the V&A Waterfront and is highly recommended, even for teenagers. The red bus city tours are available from here - either the red or blue tours. Tickets are also available online or at the kiosk opposite the aquarium.
Cool Runnings offers fun that you don't find everywhere. It's fast and furious if you want it to be or calm and casual for a relaxed ride. It's offered to families and groups of friends and children usually don't want to leave.
Good for children of all ages, even teenagers and parents. Don't rush and enjoy each exhibit. Snacks and cooldrinks are for sale once you are inside the aquarium. Find out what time the penguins and sharks are being fed and also when to watch the puppet shows if your children are young enough (up to 8 years).
About an hour from Cape Town, Strand Beach offers warmer water than the beaches closer to Cape Town. It's great for younger swimmers as the waves aren't very big. Body boarders can catch their waves though.
Travel here either with the Red Bus Tour (blue line) or with a tour guide or by rented car. Bring your own lunch and picnic blanket or visit Moyo restaurant for an African experience. For light snacks and very good coffee, try Vida e Cafe. Note that you may not bring any chairs of your own as they will not be permitted in order to protect the grass. You will need to take your rubbish back with you as there are no rubbish bins in the garden so that rodents and monkeys do not frequent the area.
The water is cold, very cold but the views are amazing and the setting is good for families as there is grass to sit on before you reach the sand of the beach. The parking area is right at the beach which means easy access to the car should you have left something behind. The bathroom facilities are basic and only for the desperate. There are outside showers for those wanting to rinse off the sand and sea water. Ice creams are for sale, which is always welcome.
There is so much to enjoy at this farm located near Stellenbosch, about an hour from Cape Town. A deli and restaurant, so choose to picnic or have a seated lunch or dinner. Take a Segway tour around the estate (book in advance) or the normal walking tour. Visit the Eagle Encounters and experience birds of prey at their best, albeit rehabilitated or rescued and not able to survive elsewhere. The shows are a must-see. The market stalls offer a variety of purchases at reasonable prices. Also on offer is wine tasting/purchasing. Come to Spier and take your time.
You cannot visit Cape Town and not go up with the cableway. It's weather dependant so make sure you have an available few hours for this must-see. Tickets can be purchased online and sometimes there are specials available, like two children free for the price of one paying adult. Take a camera, some money for coffee and cake and a warm jacket and be prepared to be amazed at what you will find once you reach the top.
The drive to Simon's Town is beautiful. It can also be reached by train from Cape Town station. This train departs rather early so plan in advance to avoid disappointment. The tracks literally run along the ocean - breathtaking. Once in Simon's Town, the walk from the train station into the town centre is easy. I find this town picturesque. The South African Navy is based here. Tours of a submarine are available and booking is required. Various historical museums are located in this town. A penguin colony is also protected here at Boulders Beach and an entry fee is charged if you'd like to take a peek as well as enjoy the beautiful, secluded beach and rocks. Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are available at various restaurants. Some art galleries are available for browsing and market stalls are placed here and there for souvenirs. Bartering is encouraged, but do bear in mind that most of the artists travel a fair way to exhibit and most of them have large families to care for.
The views from this location are astounding. We've spotted dolphins and seals in the ocean close to the hotel and restaurant. It's located within walking distance from Sea Point, Mouille Point and the V&A Waterfront. If you are not staying at this premier hotel, do pop in for cocktails or pre-dinner drinks or lunch. It's not cheap in any way, but it is a worthwhile spoil, especially on a beautiful day.