CNN Travel has labelled Cape Town as ‘one of the worlds most beautiful cities’ – the established travel network attributes the cities beauty to our ocean views, thriving natural landscape and of course, Table Mountain.

CNN agrees with most locals that even though the weather may be a bit moody, with its ever changing seasons in one day – the city has more to offer than meets the eye.

Capetonians usually have a spare jersey, jacket or even bathing suit in their car in order to prepare for the worst or best weather.

The label comes as no surprise to us as Cape Town made Travel and Leisure’s world best cities list at number 12 in the world.

The weather may be fickle but there is an activity to do for any occasion – from hiking lions head, sun-bathing on Clifton beach to exploring the art galleries scattered across the city and enjoying the award-winning wineries.

Although the Mother City has suffered from a drought, the resilience of its people has gained international recognition as mentioned in CNN’s feature.

CNN Travel shares their 10 things to do in the city

1.Kalk Bay 

The fishery and coastal town of Kalk Bay has been named the worlds coolest neighborhood by Forbes – owing to it being a must-visit destination for travellers. The popular harbor is known for spotting a friendly seal or two in the waters, along with the art galleries and restaurants that overlook the ocean.

2. The Company Gardens 

The botanical heritage site located in the heart of the central CBD is home to a peaceful space to break away from the hustle and bustle. The Company Gardens was founded in the 1650s by the Dutch East India trading company. The gardens were previously used to farm and feed settlers along with supplying trade routes between Europe and Asia.

A quaint restaurant is located in the gardens and offers the perfect spot to spend the day as you listen to the birds chirping.

3. Spier Wine Farm 

The well-known wine farm was established in 1692 and hosts an array of activities for visitors – from picnics under the shaded trees to decadent wine tasting.

The wine farm has been one of the 39 conservation champions for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) for adhering to strict environmental protocols.

The farm is organically certified and follows the certified Integrated Production of Wine.

The estate boasts a wide range of unique South African art pieces.

The menu is based on farm-to-table cooking and ensures you are eating the freshest farmed goods.

4. Babylonstoren 

The elegant and beautiful grounds of Babylonstoren date back to 1652 and is echoed through the Cape Dutch architecture and pristine designed gardens. The farm is well known for its restaurant and idyllic cactus garden that make for a picture perfect moment.

A greenhouse is located on the farm to enjoy tea at in the afternoon.

5. The Old Biscuit Mill 

The Old Biscuit mill Saturday market is a local and tourist favorite alike. The market boasts handmade apparel, a range of choices in food from free organic produce to paella fresh off the pan.

The Old Biscuit Mill is named after its origins stem from a previous cookie factory.

6. The Book lounge 

The quaint book lovers lounge offers avid readers the ideal nook to settle into with a good story.

The lounge hosts various book themed events, such as the Open Box school library project to encourage reading amongst learners.

7. The Fugard Theatre 

Located in District six, the theatre showcases premier South African theatre and art demonstrations.

According to CNN, the Fugard theatre is the anchor of Cape Town’s cultural life.

8. Mount Nelson Hotel

The high tea offered at the iconic pink dusted Mount Nelson hotel is a must-visit for all locals and tourists. The decadent tea room provides the perfect backdrop for a luxurious tea event.

The dessert table on display is sure to have your mouth-watering.

Definitely felt high after all that sugar

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9. Cheetah Outreach 

Cape Town and South Africa are home to astounding wildlife, from lions to giraffes we are spoilt to have these beautiful creatures so close to home.

Cheetah’s are unfortunately endangered due to farm shootings along with poaching. The Cheetah Outreach program is attempting to resolve and alleviate the crisis. Visitors can meet cheetahs at the compound in Somerset West, serving as a once in a life time experience.

Handlers have started training our 7-month old cubs to sit on command. The behaviour is positively reinforced by rewarding them with their meal. Several other behaviours will be added to this training as the cubs grow up, some specifically introduced to allow non-invasive medical check-ups. This behavioural training and conditioning is important for monitoring the health of our captive wild animals. Photo of Kitu above by @jacksoncourageous • #cheetahoutreach #conservation #savethecheetah #cheetah #cub #cheetahcub #cubs #cheetahcubs #animaltraining #behaviouraltraining #behavioraltraining #bigcatsofinstagram #capetown #postoftheday #cute #photooftheday • Cheetah Outreach Trust is a non-profit organisation promoting the survival of the free-ranging Southern African cheetah and other species under threat. Our ambassador animals and volunteers are vital to public education and fundraising for in-situ conservation initiatives including our Livestock Guarding Dog Programme. • www.cheetah.co.za Donate now: https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/ccfcheetahoutreachtrust Apply to volunteer today: [email protected]

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10. Castle of Good Hope Tunnel Tours

The underground tunnels of Cape Town are available to explore with Good Hope Adventures.

The tunnels were constructed in the 1600s when the Dutch build the Castle of Good hope.

 

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Article written by

Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.