NATURE IN CAPE TOWN
BOULDERS AFRICAN PENGUIN COLONY A meander along the winding boardwalk running through the African penguin colony’s breeding ground is a real delight. Watch as they waddle about, wade in the choppy water and play peekaboo from their twiggy burrows. Open Oct & Nov 8am - 6.30pm daily. Dec & Jan 7am - 7.30pm daily. Feb & Mar 8am - 5.30pm daily. Apr - Sept 8am - 5pm daily.
Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Parking area in Seaforth Road
Tel: 021 786 2329 | VISIT WEBSITE
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE NATURE RESERVE At the tip of the Southern Peninsula you will find Cape Point. The vast Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve was declared part of the Cape World Heritage Site in 2004. Trails within the park lead to shipwrecks, tidal pools and lighthouses. If you don’t feel like walking, climb aboard the Flying Dutchman funicular that will take you all the way from Cape Point to the upper lighthouse.
Open Oct-Mar 6am-6pm daily. Apr-Sept 7am-5pm daily.
Cape Point | Tel: 021 465 8515 | VISIT WEBSITE
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS This is one of the country’s most popular visitor attractions. Neatly tended lawns tumble down the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, punctuated by flowering gardens, ponds and indigenous trees all knitted together by paved pathways. There are many walking trails leading visitors and a lane of gigantic yellowwoods housing a few shy owls.
Open Summer 8am-7pm daily. Winter 8am-6pm daily.
Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
Tel: 021 799 8783 | SEND EMAIL | VISIT WEBSITE
CHAPMAN’S PEAK & NOORDHOEK Chapman’s Peak Drive is 9km long, and winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay and is touted as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. There are viewpoints en route which are ideal for picnics and sundowners. Keen walkers will enjoy hiking up Chapman’s Peak and through Silvermine Nature Reserve and the Table Mountain National Park. The plant life is spectacular and includes Cape fynbos, including wild proteas, and indigenous trees.
Tel: 021 791 8222 | VISIT WEBSITE
CONSTANTIA VINEYARDS The elegant suburb of Constantia is situated in the Cape’s oldest winelands and is home to renowned wine estates and numerous award-winning restaurants.
Lined with oak trees and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads, Constantia is a pretty suburb situated on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
Tel: 021 762 0687
CAPE GARDEN CENTRE Bugz Playpark at the Centre, offers an ideal venue for the whole family to spend a day of fun while the young ones enjoy physical activities such as climbing, sliding, running around and playing in the open air. Open from Mondays to Sundays, 09h00 to 17h00, the 200-seater Bamboo Garden Restaurant offers wholesome meals in a quiet haven away from the noisy city.
56 Tarentaal Street, Joostenbergvlakte, Kraaifontein, Cape Town
Tel: 021 988 8836