play a round of golf
at Westlake Golf Club
which is next door to Greenkeeper Lodge. Clovelly and Steenberg courses are 10min away for golfers keen for a new challenge, click here for more info
learn to surf
Cape Town's most popular swimming beach with 40km of wide sands and regular rollers which are a great drawcard for families and surfers. An added attraction is the warmer current of False Bay. It sports a variety of surf & adventure operators, restaurants and coffee shops - try Knead for the best freshly-baked breads and pastries.
sample the catch of the day
at KALK BAY,
Cape Town's most famous fishing village. It has a lively working harbour and the catch of the day can be bought fresh off the boats or sampled nearby. Browse through the many antique stores, galleries and bookshops and soak up the quirky, relaxed atmosphere in a coffee shop or in a restaurant perched above the waves.
at FISH HOEK,
renowned for its 2,5km beach which fringes a bay protected from the currents and stronger surf in the rest of False Bay. For this reason it is one of the safest swimming beaches in Cape Town. Keep an eye on the sharkspotter's flags which inform you of the conditions.
catch the train
to SIMON'S TOWN
, an important naval base and harbour, which lies at the end of the line and in places hugs the steep shore of False Bay quite spectacularly. Stroll around the picturesque village and enjoy its historical buildings, museums, galleries, unusual shops and restaurants. Don't miss the statue of Just Nuisance, the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy: a Great Dane who served from 1939-44 and was buried with full military honours.
visit the penguins
at BOULDERS BEACH
near Simon's Town, one of several small sheltered bays partially enclosed by 540 million year old granite boulders. A colony of African Penguins
which settled there in 1982 has grown to about 3000 in recent years and you can view these quaint flightless birds at close range from boardwalks or even enjoy a swim with them in the sea!
watch the oceans meet
at CAPE POINT
Lighthouse which sits 238 metres above the sea at the end of the peninsula in the Cape of Good Hope Reserve, part of the Table Mountain National Park, a natural World Heritage Site. It marks the meeting point at the most south-westerly tip of Africa of the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic and the warm Agulhas current of the Indian ocean. Take some time to experience the unique fauna and flora (over 1,200 indigenous species), the grandeur of the scenery and the history of the many shipwrecks. Book a table at the Two Oceans Restaurant and marvel at the breathtaking view across False Bay to the Helderberg Mountains.
hike with the baboons
are fascinating to us humans and Baboon Matters
offer a 2-3 hour walking tour through mountain fynbos to spend time with them. Baboons can also be encountered in the Cape Point Reserve but do remember they are wild animals and must never
go wine tasting
CONSTANTIA VALLEY WINE ROUTE
dating back to 1685, is the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere and is on the doorstep of Greenkeeper Lodge. It comprises 8 wine farms, each with its own tradition and premium wines. Venture further afield and choose one of the legendary wine routes of Stellenbosch, Franschoek
and spend an unforgettable day enjoying some of the Cape's finest wines in breathtaking surroundings. Take your own, or treat yourself to a meal or a gourmet picnic lunch available from vineyard restaurants.
at ZANDVLEI ESTUARY
and RONDEVLEI NATURE RESERVES
near Muizenberg. The wetland and lake of Rondevlei
is home to almost 230 types of bird, as well as many reptiles & mammals, including a small hippopotamus population! Take your binoculars along to enjoy an attractive walk along the water’s edge and visit the six bird hides. Zandvlei
is an important Wetland, River system and Estuary and the large body of water attracts bird watchers, walkers, picnickers, canoeists and windsurfers (an excellent spot for beginners); there is also a caravan park.
drive Chapman's Peak
is worth drving to from Noordhoek via the scenic 9km Chapman's Peak Drive
which offers breathtaking views. Encircled by mountains, Hout Bay boasts an active fishing harbour complete with numerous restaurants and a lovely swimming beach. Buy the best fish and chips in Cape Town to enjoy as a picnic on Chapman's Peak Drive or watch a spectacular sunset from Chapman's Peak Hotel over a platter of calamari.
take a boat ride
to see CAPE FUR SEALS
which inhabit Duiker Island off Hout Bay and Seal Island off Simonstown. Clumsy on land but graceful in the water, they can be viewed in their natural habitat by taking a boat trip from either town.
watch sharks and whales
SEABIRDS, SHARKS AND WHALES
can be viewed from close-up on wildlife boat trips that depart from Simon's Town jetty. Southern Right whales come into the protected waters of False Bay to calve from June -Nov and sighting them is a special experience.
go for a walk
in KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it diplays in 36 hectares of cultivated garden on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The estate, originally belonging to Cecil Rhodes, covers 528 hectares and incorporates natural forest and fynbos. A place of peace and beauty in which to walk or picnic, or to sample a tasty meal at one of the two restuarants.
catch the cablecar
with TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLEWAY
The best views of Cape Town are from the top of Table Mountain! The rotating cablecar takes you to the summit in 10 minutes and once on top there are 2km of pathways and magnificent views from 12 viewing sites and decks. A 1.5 hr walk from the top cable station will take you on a circular route to Maclear's Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain (1085m).
shop till you drop
THE VICTORIA & ALBERT WATERFRONT (the V&A)
, located in a stunning setting of a working harbour with Table Mountain as backdrop, offers top quality stores and restaurants, world-class hotels, the Two Oceans Aquarium as well as a variety of historical and leisure attractions. It's a fun place to spend a day enjoying drinks and a meal al fresco.
visit Nelson Mandela's prison cell
on ROBBEN ISLAND
, a World Heritage Site, made famous by Nelson Mandela's 18 year imprisonment. It lies 11km offshore and ferries depart from the V&A Waterfront several times a day, weather permitting. The Robben Island Museum, symbol of the triumph of freedom over oppression, is a highlight of any visit to Cape Town.
take a township tour
incorporate the Malay Quarter of the Bo-Kaap, a visit to the District Six Museum, then on to the Cape Flats: Langa, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Crossroads. Included is a visit to a local shebeen for a taste of sorghum beer, the meat market, the men's hostels, a local creche, a herbalist and a craft centre. Learn about the true face of South Africa's "Rainbow Nation".
watch the full moon
A short, moderately challenging climb to the top of LION'S HEAD
will reward you with an exciting view of the city at any time of the day and with a unique vantage point from which to watch the moon “rise” from the ocean below. (Never tackle a mountain without water and protective clothing)
spot a movie star
while sipping a cocktail at CAMPS BAY
. Many five-star hotels, restaurants and pubs line this most beautiful beach and it is the place to go if you want to be seen.
see the big five
The Big Five
can now be seen in several Western Cape reserves, an experience not to be missed on a visit to South Africa. See www.westerncape.lodgesafaries.com for more information