Awesome Tips Bucket List Worthy
It’s vacation time, and we recommend one of the most bucket-list-worthy destinations on earth — Cape Town, South Africa. Our Flight Network travel insiders have uncovered Cape Town’s top things to do, places to dine, and most sought-after accommodation options, so you can spend less time stressing about your travel plans. This 72-hour agenda in the South African port city is yours to keep, and we hope you enjoy these spots as much as we did.
Get your day started right with a jolt of energy from the delicious roasts of Haas Collective’s coffee – which has a 200 percent caffeine punch in every cup (really). While there, peruse the art museums — they have quite a few events year round, and many artifacts and paintings to view.
Stroll over to Streenberg Golf Club — situated right on Streenberg, the oldest wine farm on the Cape Peninsula! Enjoy a round of golf or grab some lunch (with some wine, of course) at one of their restaurants – such as the modern Bistro1682 or the gorgeous Catharina’s (get a load of that view).
You must visit the majestic Meerendal Wine Estate – with its vibrant colors, sprawling territory, and situation on a vineyard, you’ll have much wine to drink, food to enjoy, and views to take in. The Meerendal Summer Art Gallery began in September, or you can take a sommelier course at their Wine Academy.
*Visiting January 25th-28th? You MUST visit the Up The Creek festival river camp – with music on the onsite stages and too many water floaties to count! Imagine you and all your new friends floating down the river on your floats.
Spend your first evening in one of the many luxurious Leeu Collection hotels – There’s the Leeu Estates, the Leeu House, or the Le Quartier Francais. Choose based on your preferred location – and you’ll be sure to have a serene sanctuary for your first night of zzz’s before Day 2 adventures. Recommended: the famous Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines.
You deserve some spa time on your vacation – and the Arabella Hotel and Spa knows how to provide. It is continuously voted as one of the best spa destinations in all of South Africa. Want a relaxing morning before a busy day? Choose the steam room, jacuzzi, a full body massage…or all three.
Revel in the Cape Town countryside with a visit to award-winning Cavalli Estate. Meet the horses and take a tour of the stables, eat sophisticated estate to table fare at their on-site restaurant created by renowned Exec Chef Michael Deg, visit their gallery and boutique, and sample their fine selection of wines – including their newly released bubbly, Capriole – in their sophisticated subterranean tasting room.
*Happen to be visiting Cape Town Feb. 16-18? You must make a point to visit the two day only exhibit: The Cape Town Art Fair. Located at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the exhibit features the best emerging artists in South Africa with an inside look at their portfolios.
We recommend dinner at the Beau Constantia Wine Farm – situated atop a hillside, the farm invites you to enjoy sprawling views of the finest Capetown countrysides while enjoying farm-to-table fresh seasonal dishes at their Chef’s Warehouse restaurant. Begin with the chef’s tapas.
Looking for something fun to do tonight? Get your laugh on at the Capetown Comedy Club, which always gets raving reviews for hilarious jokes and delicious drinks. Get a table for your friends or make new ones – nothing bonds people like a good joke.
Spend your next night like the royalty you are in the Winchester Mansions – these grand seafront estates are along the Sea Point Promenade: a prime location. Have dinner on the terrace at Harvey’s restaurant as you watch the sun melt and disappear over the Atlantic. It’s just out of a dream.
Feeling dehydrated from all that wine drinking this trip? Head over to Root Bar to try one of their famous detox smoothies – or just fill your veins with nutrients thanks to their juice bar. It has the perfect menu to ensure your health is intact for the rest of your travels.
It’s history time. Visit the Chavonnes Battery Museum on the waterfront which commemorates the “original watchdog of Cape Town’s bay” – back when cannons were poised for defense and dangerous ships threatened invasion. The cannons are still there – and so is the wealth of history.
For your final dinner, make a reservation at the Hussar Grill for one of their famous steaks. It’s a longstanding Cape Town favorite. Even better – you can bring your own wine bottle – so don’t forget to buy one from one of your earlier vineyard galavants.
Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves at the Ocean Eleven Guest House. Situated upon the great cliffs of Hermanus, you won’t find a better view of the ocean. Kick off your shoes and plop onto plush rugs and heavenly mattresses to dream about your return to Cape Town.