Cape Town Information

Cape Town Information

Things to do in Cape Town……

WHAT’S ON IN CAPE TOWN WHILE YOU ARE HERE: find out what is currently happening in Cape Town – visit www.whatsonincapetown.co.za for the most comprehensive guide on what is on during the time you are here.

ANNUAL GOURMET & WINE EVENTS:

  1. WINEX represents the launch of all of the seasons new wine releases under one roof.  It is a not to be missed event for all wine enthusiasts.  www.winex.co.za It is usually held in September, so check out the website for the dates for 2011.  NB plan to catch a taxi home if you attend!
  2. CAPE TOWN GOURMET FESTIVAL – www.gourmetsa.com

TOP OF THE HITLIST:

1. Table Mountain and Cable Way You must go up the mountain!  The views from the top are phenomenal and there are some excellent walks on the flat summit.  The mountain is home to over 1500 species of flowering plant which are spectacular in spring.  It’s also home to rock dassies those rodent like creatures  whose closest living relative is the elephant.  There is a small restaurant and shop at the top.  The cable car doesn’t operate when it’s dangerously windy and there’s not much point going up if you are going to be wrapped in cloud.  Phone:  +27-21-424-8181 to see if they are operating.  Operating hours Dec/Jan: 1st car up 8.00am.  Last car up 9pm. Mountain closes:10pm.  It closes earlier for the rest of the year – check on times when you are here.  Best conditions are likely to be first thing in the morning or early evening.  An early start is also recommended in order to avoid long delays that develop from queues during season.  It is possible to walk up or down the mountain to/from the city Bowl side or the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens side.  (There are 350 routes up the mountain! It is however recommended that you purchase a book on the walking trails from Cape Town Tourism prior to walking up the mountain.  In addition please advise someone that you are walking on the mountain – we do many mountain rescues of people who have gotten lost.) Note that it is now possible to PRE-BOOK your TICKETS for Table Mountain.  During summer the queues can take you 2 – 3 hours to get onto the cable car – as such it is recommended to book in advance.  To book and to find out more about operating times visit: http://tablemountain.net/

About the mountain:
Table Mountain towers 1086m above the city of Cape Town.  It forms the northern front of a mountain series that stretches from Cape Town to Cape Point.  It is the most renowned shipping landmark on earth.  Visible for up to 200km out to sea- the mountain made the anchorage of Table Bay easy to find for easy seafarers on their route to the East.

In 1993 the new cable way of Swiss design was introduced.  Each car can carry 65 passengers.  The cars rotate offering a 360 degree view. 900 passengers can move up and down per hour

2. Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope
Cape Point is a beautiful Peninsula that juts out into the sea.  The peninsula has been declared a nature reserve and as such is being rehabilitated to restore the natural fynbos vegetation that is indigenous to the area.   Explore the numerous walks, beaches and the Capes unique flora. Look out for the baboons (unique as they are the only baboons in the world to eat seafood), antelope (well spread out so not often seen!), ostriches and abundant birdlife.  There are picnic places,  a kiosk and restaurant. The telephone number for Cape Point Information is +27-21-780-9204.  Note that the baboons are dangerous and have developed a taste for human food.  They will attack you to get at a sandwich in your handbag!

Catch the funicular up or walk up the peninsula to see the highest sea cliffs in the world, the old and the new lighthouse.  There are spectacular viewpoints from on top of the cliffs and the comorants nest inside them.  There is also an amazing short walk on an eco-friendly boardwalk from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope (the most South-Westerly point in Africa).  Note that this walk is 1.5 hours return.
Once you have seen the main sites, veer off the main roads onto the side roads.  From the frenetic activity caused by a huge number of coach tours, you will find that you have the rest of the park virtually to yourselves.  Cost of entry approx R85 per person. Note that there are only two ways of getting here – self drive or do a tour.

3. The Penguins at Boulders:
En route to Cape Point you will pass through the historical area of Simons Town.  Once you have passed through, look for a sign on your left hand that says Boulders.  Park your car and go and visit one of only three land based Penguin colonies in South Africa.  The natural habitat of penguins is to live on islands where they burrow out their nests from guano deposits (ie bird poo!).  The mining of guano in the last century has resulted in the unsettlement of the penguins from their natural habitat.  In the 1980’s a pair of penguins made their nest on Boulders beach for the first time.  The colony has now expanded to around 3000 birds. (Cost of entry: R40 per person).  Note that if you are visiting in summer, bring your costume.  The second part of Boulders Beach is a beach that is still open to the public.  Keep your ticket from entering the main area as this can be used to enter the second area.  Here you can often swim with the penguins or else at least sit and watch them on the rocks.  This is great fun for kids and adults alike.  Also note that this beach is protected from the South Easter wind.

4. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (known locally as “The V&A”) is atmospheric, interesting and packed with restaurants, bars, music venues and interesting shops.   Waterfront activities include:

  • The Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island: Catch the ferry from in front of the Clock Tower to do a tour of Robben Island which has been declared a World Heritage Site. The island has been a place of banishment and imprisonment for more than 350 years.  It became infamous as the place of imprisonment of Nelson Mandela for 20 years during the aprartheid era.  It is advisable to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.  The visit to the island takes 3.5 hours long.  This involves a ferry across, a bus ride around the island and a tour of the prison by a former prisoner.  Cost R180pps.  Call +27-21-413-4210/11/09 to book.  During the Nov – March period it is recommended that you book one month in advance to avoid disappointment as tickets sell out weeks in advance.  It is now possible to book online before arrival.  To book go to www.webtickets.co.za
  • A cruise into Table Bay should not be missed.  This is simple to organize as there are many operators selling boat trips that leave approximately every half an hour.  Simply walk around the waterfront – you cannot miss them
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium is on par with the World’s best – here you can experience the diverse species of Indian and Atlantic Ocean marine life.  The kelp forest tank is astounding. For those who wish to have a bit of an adventure in Cape Town, you can book to dive with the sharks in the aquarium. Tel 021-418-3823

Tip for first time visitors – pick up a map of the waterfront at the information kiosk.  The Waterfront is quite spread out – so it is nice to know the layout!

5. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to conserve and promote the indigenous flora of southern Africa. Kirstenbosch is internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens in the world. Situated on the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s magnificent Table Mountain, the estate, coverning 528 hectares, includes a cultivated garden and a nature reserve. The botanical gardens showcase the splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Several trails lead through the natural forest and fynbos surrounding the cultivated gardens.  They range from 1.5km to 7.8km.  Access to Table Mountain is possible via well-marked routes up Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine (very steep climb – you need to be fit to take this on!).  A separate trails map is available at the kiosk.  I would strongly recommend that you take your own picnic to the Gardens, as it is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Cape Town. Alternatively there is a self-service restaurant and an a la Carte restaurant.  In addition there are Summer Concerts that are held in the park on Sunday evenings (17h30 -18h30) from December to March.  There are guided walks which are free and leave from the visitors centre.

WALKS:

Garden Walk
Tuesday at 09h00 and 10h00 and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10h00
Take a leisurely walk to see the garden highlights. (90 mins).

Remarkable Trees
Wednesdays at 10h00
Explore the forest paths of Kirstenbosch. (90mins)

Duration: approx 1.5 hrs. Tel: 021-799-8783

MORE THINGS TO DO IF YOU HAVE THE TIME:
CAPE TOWN IS SOUTH AFRICA’S LEADING CULTURAL CENTRE AND BOASTS A NUMBER MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES:

District Six Museum- if you only get to one museum in Cape Town, make it the District Six Museum.  This museum provides an intimate look at multicultural life in this suburb prior to the forced removals.  The houses in District 6 were abolished and all that remains today is the churches, mosques and empty ground in this area as you enter the city.  It is a living museum where the people of District Six are invited to contribute to the exhibits by writing down there feelings, marking where their homes were on a map and contributing pictures and items that reflect what life was like. 25a Buitenkant Street, City. Tel 021-461-8745

Government Avenue:

  • The South African Museum at the mountain end of the Company Gardens is the oldest museum in South Africa.  Discover African Arts, rock paintings, archaeology, the Whale well and planetarium.  Note that this is an old fashioned general interest museum.  Open daily 10am-5pm. Tel 481-3800 (Entry approx R10)
  • The South African National Gallery is a small gallery in the Company Gardens housing interesting exhibitions. (Recommended if you are passionate about art). Open 10 am – 5pm everyday.  Closed on Mondays.  Entrance approx R10
  • The Houses of Parliament were opened in 1885 and are located on the south side of Government Avenue.  Tours can be arranged of Parliament if booked in advance. During the parliamentary session (usually Jan-Jun) gallery tickets are available.  As intternational visitors you may need to present your passports.   During recess (Jul-Jan) there are free guided tours Mon-Fri at 11am & 2pm  (You need to book before and obtain clearance before going on a tour, it takes time to get the booking)+27 21 403-2911
  • The Company Gardens themselves are a living monument to the history of Cape Town.  The part of the Gardens that has been preserved is part of the original Company Gardens which were established in 1652.  See the Saffran Pear Tree, which is thought to be 350 years old.  Additionally there are a number of interesting trees that were brought to the Cape by ships passing by from all over the world.
  • The Jewish Museum and Holocaust Centre. The Jewish Museum is housed in the oldest synagogue in South Africa and contains interactive exhibits on the history of the Jews who settled in South Africa and their contribution to this country.  On the same campus is a separate museum – the Holocaust centre – it houses the only Holocaust Museum in Africa. Both museums are well worth a visit and are both world class. Jewish & Holocaust Museum Open Sun – Thurs 10 -5pm, Friday 10-1pm. Tel Jewish Museum +27 21462-5553.  Tel Holocaust Centre +27-21462-5553. (Entrance fee separate for each museum)

Bo-Kaap Museum- Exhibits portray the lifestyle of a Malay family in the 19th century.  Jan de Waal built the house in 1763, making it one of the oldest surviving buildings in Cape Town. Plan to spend an additional half an hour walking around this beautiful area that is characterised by its brightly coloured houses.  Notice the Mosques that have been converted from Churches that were built here in the early 1800’s.  It is a fantastic ramble.  If you are peckish, grab a lamb curry Salomi from Bismillah’s take-away section – they are delicious.  71 Whale Street. Tel 021-481-3938

Michaelis House (Old Townhouse) on Greenmarket Square is an old Cape Dutch building housing Dutch and Flemish art from the 16th & 17th centuries.  The view from the balcony overlooking the bustling square is worth the visit!   Open 10am-5pm daily.

The Castle of Good Hope– well worth a visit. The name is misleading.  The castle is on old fort that was built to protect Cape Town if it was ever attacked.  It is the oldest building in South Africa, built between 1666-1679.  Take a guided tour as it will bring the history alive.  Tours on the hour every hour from 10am to 3pm. Castle Street, City. Tel +27 21-4691249

Greenpoint “World Cup” 2011 Stadium Tours: Stadium tours take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and are hour-long sessions each which start at 10h00, 12h00 and 14h00. Tickets are R60 for adults and R30 for pensioners and children younger than 12. School tours are available at R10 per child. Booking is essential for Tuesdays and Thursdays, and you can contact Michelle Lyons on +27 (0)21 430 7346 or e-mail visitors@sailstadefrance.co.za to make enquiries.

OTHER INTERESTING PLACES TO EXPLORE:

Noon Day Gun and Signal Hill. Signal Hill separates Sea Point for the City Bowl.  At noon everyday, except Sunday, a cannon is fired and can be heard all over town.  You can walk up to the cannon through Bo-Kaap (when entering the suburb, stop and ask for directions).  Signal Hill: There are magnificent views from the 350m high summit of Signal Hill – especially at night.  Head up Kloof Nek road from the city & take turn off to the right at the top of the hill.  Capetonians meet here for picnic dinners and drinks and watch the sunset.  Note that you travel the same route to go to Lions Head.  Lions Head is a popular mountain walk as it is not too strenuous.  This walk is especially poplular when there is a full moon.  Once you have taken the turn off to signal hill, you will see a number of cars parked about half way there.  This is where the walk starts.  Simply park and ask the car watch attendant if you are in the right place!

Camps Bay
The suburb of Camps Bay is well worth visiting. The Twelve Apostles (side of Table Mountain)  running south from Table Mountain tumble into the sea above the broad stretch of white sand.  Reasons to visit Camps Bay: the beach and the promendade.  This is the only beach that has a stretch of shops, bars and restaurants right next to it.  It is wonderful to spend the day on the beach, roll off and then head for cocktails at the pavement cafes.  There are plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you busy day and night.

Hout Bay
Hout Bay has a stunning setting and still retains something of a village atmosphere.  The southern arm of the bay is an important fishing port.  The info centre (ph +27 (21) 21-7904053) is in the Trading Post store on the main road.

Chapman’s Peak Drive
This 10 kilometre drive is cut into the side of sheer mountain walls   There are great views over Chapman’s Bay and back to the Sentinel and Hout Bay.  It is one of the world’s great scenic drives.

False Bay
False Bay lies to the south east of the city.  Although the beaches are on the east side of the peninsula are not quite as scenically spectacular as those on the Atlantic side, the water is warmer for swimming.  During Oct & Nov False Bay is a favoured haunt of whales and their calves -southern right, humpback and bryde whales are the most commonly sighted.  There is plenty to explore on a day out in this area.  Muizenberg is the breeding ground of surfers and boasts the oldest surf shop in the country.  If you are keen to hone in on your surfing skills – head out here and take a few lessons.  Following the coast around the bay you come to the very quaint suburb of Kalk Bay.  Here you are spoilt for choice with the wonderful restaurants – try the Olympia caf? for excellent Fresh cuisine or head into the harbour for seafood.  If you are staying somewhere you can cook – stop at Kalk Bay Harbour and stock up on fresh fish (best to be there around 11h30).  Kalk Bay is wonderful to walk around as it is filled with antique shops and art galleries.  Heading further along you come to Simons Town.  Simons Town was turned into a Naval Town shortly after the British occupation.  The naval atmosphere is everywhere and it is still a navy base.  Here you will find a maritime museum and lots of wonderful small stores.  Just past Simons Town, you will find Boulders beach and the penguins.  Stop to say hello to all 3000 of them!  Penguins are only found in the Southern Hemisphere.  Keep going on the beach road and you will come to Cape Point.  After your visit to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, continue through to the town of Kommetjie and Scarborough.  Both are quaint seaside towns that have nice beaches.  Kommetjie tends to attract the surfers.  From here head onto Noordhoek.  This is a wonderful beach and is great for long walks.  You can also organise to go horse riding on this beach.  The Red Herring Bar is famous or infamous in Noordhoek.  Stop for a drink and enjoy a spectacular sunset if you are there at the right time.  They also offer very reasonably priced food upstairs in the bar.  From here, head over Chapmans Peak and you will end up in Hout Bay.

BEACHES……..
Ask any Capetonian which beach is best, and you will get a different answer!  Note that it is a custom in Cape Town to take picnic dinners down to the beach.  A nice touch is take some candles with you as well and place them in the sand.

Clifton – Both Clifton and Camps Bay are viewed as trendy beaches.  Here you will find the topless models and the muscle boys playing beach bats!  Do not let this distract you, Clifton is extremely beautiful.  It comprises of 4 different beaches.  At low tide, you can walk between them, at high tide you need walk up about 100 stairs and then down another 100 to get to the next beach.  4th beach is the largest and tends to attract families.  3rd beach is informally known as the gay beach. 1st and 2nd attract a mixed crowd of mainly young people.  The sunsets from Clifton are fantastic and it would be very sad if you left the city without seeing one from Clifton.  Note that Clifton is the best choice if the South Easter wind is blowing as it is usually protected.
Camps Bay – wonderfully located next to the promendade in Camps Bay.  One can enjoy the beach and then head to the sidewalk cafes for cocktails and dinner. Note that Camps Bay is one of the favourite spots for watching the sun set – either on the beach or in one of the bars/restaurants.
Llundudno – This is a gorgeous beach with ancient giant boulders on one side.  These boulders are lovely to sit on and watch the sun set.
Sandy Bay – nudist beach in Llundudno.  Simply follow the Sandy Bay signs when you come into Llududno.  Be prepared for a 15 minute walk from the carpark to the beach.  The area behind the beach is a nature reserve and as such you are ensured of privacy!
Blaauberg Beaches – these are located on the other side of table bay from the city.  These beaches are excellent for taking photographs of Table Mountain and are gorgeous.  This side is prown to more wind and as such offer great opportunities for kite surfing.
Muizenberg – Warmer water for swimming and extremely popular as a nursery for want-to-be surfers.  The oldest surf shops are found here and they will sort out all your equipment rental requirements for your holiday.  Be sure to hire a wet suit – our water is never warm!
Noordhoek Beach – one of the biggest and most beautiful beaches in the Cape Town area – well worth a visit (Note quite a long drive if you are heading there from the city).  They also offer horse riding on the beach

WHERE TO GO OUT………..
Camps Bay – there are numerous nighspots along the promenade on Victoria Road.  Some suggestions:

  • Caprice – where the young trendy set hang out.
  • Baraza – I think this has changed names – but it is next door to Blues in Camps Bay and offers a wonderful view of the sunset
  • The new Club above the Pepper Club in Camps Bay – name to be added when I find out!
  • The Grand Cafe for drinks and for dinner

City:

  • Long Street boasts numerous bars and clubs – most are quite seedy/bohemian.  The exception to this would be the M-Bar at the Grand Daddy Hotel.  This is a wonderfully decorated upmarket bar. Other nice spots along Long Street: Julep (side rd next to Cafe Royale), Che bar, Cape to Cuba, Neighbourhood, Joburg, Fiction, The Waiting Room (above Cafe Royale) Note Cafe Royale make amazing gourmet burgers and the decor is great.  On a friday night head to the roof of the Grand Daddy Hotel on lower Long Street – here they have live music and you sit among the roof top trailers until around 8pm – then you can move down to the bar in the hotel
  • Kloof Street – boasts numerous bars and restaurants.  Try and find Kink bar – just off Kloof Street.

* NEW 2010 The Grand Cafe and Beach Granger Bay (near the V&A Waterfront) – this is a fabulous new addition – book to sit on the couches on the beach for drinks followed by dinner.  This is our current summer favourite!  (End of 2011 – and it is still a favourite!)

The Planet Bar at the Mount Nelson Hotel is great on a Friday night for after work drinks – upmarket and slightly older clientele.

Greenpoint – a trendy area where you can visit a number of places in close proximity:

  • De Waterkant: Mainly the gay bars – Manhattens, Bronx, Crew – it seems the straight community have taken this one over, Cape Quarter is fun for drinks and dinner.
  • Buena Vista Social Cafe – very relaxed venue. Enjoy traditional Cuban and Latin cocktails accompanied by Cuban flavoured tapas and complete the evening with a fine cigar.  Food mediocre – vibe fantastic to just relax and enjoy.  Just near the Greenpoint entrance to the V&A Waterfront. Open daily.
  • Jade – Main Road Greenpoint – trendy relaxed bar with contemporary decor.  A definite place to be seen.  (location – above Mannos restaurant) Tel no: 021 439 4108 Address 39 Main Rd Greenpoint
  • Wafu (on the greenpoint beach road) – this is an open rooftop bar with couches – wonderful on a calm beautiful evening to watch the sun setting.

GAY BARS AND CLUBS: All the gay bars are located within close proximity of each other in De Waterkant.  Find Bronx  in Somerset Rd and explore the rest of the bars from there. Note Manhattens is the oldest gay bar, has a chilled out restaurant with good prices and tends to attract the older gay crowd.  The barmen are amazing and after one visit you will feel like part of the family!  Don’t forget to try the new Gay Burger spot – Beefcakes in Somerset Rd – it is gorgeous, pink and filled with flamingo decor – a real plus is that the burgers are great!  NB Beefcakes is now so popular that you need to book.  Note that they also have a bar downstairs.

CLUBS 2010:

  • Chevelle – dance music
  • Assembly – Mostly live music + Djs
  • Deco Dance – Biscuit Mill – 80’s  (Note older crowd!)
  • Mercury – live music
  • Bang Bang – dance music/young crowd
  • The Fez – bar/club – Upstairs from Vaudeville (NOTE MOST TRENDY AND POULAR RIGHT NOW DECEMBER 2010) (note very young!)
  • Club 91 – dance music – Southern Suburbs
  • Fiction – Dance music
  • Hemisphere – Bar/Club
  • Trinity (newly opened end of 2010) – combines dining and club. 

DE WATERKANT

  • Cape Quarter: fabulous square with restaurants –  Andiamo on this square is also a fun spot to just hang out and have a light dinner.  Note that there is the old and the new Cape Quarter now – both have a variety of restaurants

THEATRE….

Cape Town has a large variety of theatre on at any one time.  Buy the Argus or Cape Times newspaper to see what is on when you visit.  Bookings can usually be made directly via the theatre or via Computicket (kiosks found in most major shopping malls).  Not to be missed are the open air theatre productions in summer at Spier (Stellenbosch), Shakespeare in the Park in Wynberg and taking a picnic dinner along to watch theatre at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch.  For Gay theatre check out what is on at On Broadway in Somerset Rd Greenpoint. For Comedy lovers check out what is on at the Comedy Warehouse in Somerset Rd.

Movies – V& A Waterfront and Cavendish Square in Claremont. Beware if the weather is fowl, the whole of Cape Town heads for the movies and the queues are actually unbelievable. Tip – buy the newspaper and book the movie with your credit card ……..this way you do not need to queue!

NEED HELP?
Contact Cape Town Tourism with all of your questions. Tel +27-21-487-6800 or visit them at the corner of Castle and Berg Streets in the City or at the Clocktower Shopping Centre in the V&A Waterfront.

Things to buy……
There are so many craft shops and markets all over town you will not have to look hard to find them!  Indigenous crafts are on sale everywhere from expensive galleries to street corners.  Most shops stock not only traditional crafts from around South Africa but also other parts of the continent.
Long Street – It is well worth using this street as a starting point to look at the shops in the City – explore from here through to Kloof Street.  Note that Long street has the younger fun clothing stores, some African artifact stores and wonderful coffee bars all the way along.  Don’t miss the store Tribal Trends if you are into upmarket beautiful African artifacts that can be used in home decor.
V&A Waterfront – so many shops, so little time!  Beware though that these stores do cater to tourists and as such the prices are often higher here than elsewhere
Canal Walk Shopping Centre – this is a one stop huge shopping mall that is located about 15 minutes away from the city
The Pan African Market – 76 Long Street.  African art, artefacts, textiles, ceramics, contemporary South African art, township art.  Traditional cafe, music, leathersmith, West African tailors, hairbraiding and a Djembe drum instructor. Open 930-1700 m-f & 930-1530 S&S
Greenmarket Square – daily flea market that is well worth visiting
Green Point  (between the Waterfront and Seapoint) Sunday market at the Greenpoint pavillion

Cape Town is also home to a number of antique and junk shops where you can spend hours browsing. For a fun antique and art ramble, spend a day in Kalk Bay.

ADVENTURE ACTIVITY:

  1. Kite surfing and surf shop on the Blouberg side of Table Bay – check out their website to hire kit or have lessons: http://www.atlanticsurfco.co.za/

WINELANDS……..

No trip to Capetown is complete without a visit to the wine estates nestled among the mountains in the fertile valleys of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.

The wine producing area around Stellenbosch is not only one of the most important wine growing regions in South Africa, but it is also the oldest and the most beautiful.

Although Jan van Rieeck had planted vines and made wine,  it was not until the arrival of Simon van der Stel in 1679 that wine making seriously began.  From 1688 to 1690, 270 French Huguenots arrived in the country and established Franschhoek (French Corner) and gave the infant industry fresh impetus.

Stellenbosch
It’s the second oldest town (after Cape Town) in South Africa and one of the best preserved.  A historic university town is full of character and charm and altogether is a step into another world about 40 minutes drive from Capetown..  The town is full of architectural and historical gems and is shaded by oak trees.  Stellenbosch is home to over 70 restaurants

Franschhoek
Franschhoek is nothing more than a village, but it’s tucked into arguable the most beautiful valley in the Cape.  There is an interesting museum commemorating the French Huguenots who settled in the region.   Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of South Africa boasting some of our TOP restaurants in the country: Don’t miss: Reubens, Cabriere, Le Quartier Franscais and La Petite Ferme.
– so check out the EATING OUT IN THE CAPE SECTION on my website and do not miss out on a delicious meal while in the area.  The info centre (phone 021-876-3603) is in a small building on the main street next to Dominic’s Pub.   Pick up a map of the areas scenic walks, street map and wine route.

Paarl
Paarl is a large commercial centre on the banks of the Berg River surrounded by mountains and vineyards.  There are actually vineyards and wineries within the sprawling town limits including the huge Kooperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging (better known as the KWV) a co-operative that regulates and dominates the Sth African Wine industry. Pick up a wine route map from the tourism information office in the town which can be found by following the information signs once you have entered the town.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS:
National holidays include:
New Year’s Day (1 January);
Human Rights Day (21 March);
Easter (Good Friday to Easter Monday);
Freedom Day (27 April)
Workers’ Day (1 May)
Youth Day (16 June)
National Women’s Day (9 August)
Heritage Day (24 August)
Day of Reconciliation (16 December)
Christmas (25 December)
The Day of Goodwill (26 December).
A Zulu festival, featuring dancing and colourful costumes, lasts for most of the month of July
NOTE: Most shops/wine estates are open on public holidays except for Xmas and New Years Day.

If you have read this far, well done! It means that you plan to take full advantage of everything we have on offer.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday here!