A visit to Bo Kaap – one of the Mother City’s most famous inner-city locations – offers an exciting blend of food, art, scenery, culture and history.
Set on the slopes of Signal Hill, this vibrant area is best-known for its colourful cottages, rich Cape Malay heritage and its traditional mosques. Whether you are based nearby, or simply passing through the city, we recommend taking some time to explore this local gem.
As warmer weather slowly approaches, as does the temptation for a Spring-time vacation. Cape Town and its surrounds should be a serious contender when deciding where to escape to, as the area truly comes alive with activity during the Spring and Summer months.
From the majestic whales that visit the Cape coastal regions between August and November, to the blanket of flowers that parade the most spectacular landscapes in September and numerous festivals, Spring in the Western Cape offers one of the most rewarding holiday experiences:
South Africa is synonymous with the Big 5 – in fact, the Big 5 are likely some of the most famous icons representing our country. The Cape, however, has in recent years become home to its own set of famous icons, today favourably known as the Cape Town Big 7. It may surprise you to know that this list has very little to do with wildlife, and instead incorporates a list of the top 7 attractions that visitors to Cape Town should add to their trip’s itinerary:
Your Cape Town bucket-list includes:Cape Point. At the tip of the Cape Peninsula lies Cape Point – a scenic nature reserve which falls part of the Table Mountain National Park – famous for its wildlife, beaches, marine life, rocky shores, look-out points, birds and majestic views. This spot is often included in city tours, and for good reason.
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City Walk. If you are seeking a way to take in the city’s top sights, this route is a must-try. This pedestrian must-do runs from the Iziko South African Museum at the entrance of Company’s Gardens, all the way up the Fan Walk that leads into Green Point. Be sure to pop into one of the many art galleries and coffee shops that make this walk a truly unique experience.
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Groot Constantia. One of the oldest wine regions in the country, the Constantia Winelands boasts a small but exceptional selection of wine farms along the Constantia Valley Wine Route, including arguably one of the most famous, Groot Constantia. Here you can explore the gardens, visit the on-site museum, stop for lunch, conduct a wine tasting or join a cellar tour.
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Situated in Newlands, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is popular with visitors as well as locals. Day passes can be purchased at the ticket office and during Summer, the gardens also host weekly music concerts and open-air cinemas. In the gardens, you will find a gift shop, a few restaurants and tearooms, a tree-top canopy walkway and plenty of beautiful garden areas and paths to explore.
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Robben Island. A ferry boat leaves from the Gateway Museum at the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower and will transport you to the island where a guided tour will help you gain a deeper understanding of where former South African president, Nelson Mandela, spent many of his years of imprisonment during the Apartheid era. A guided tour of the prison, hosted by former political prisoners, includes a tour of the island and the prison, including Mandela’s exact prison cell.
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Table Mountain. Likely one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, Table Mountain is South Africa’s own New 7 Wonder of Nature. The flat-topped shape of the mountain is what gives it its name. Take a trip up the cable car to see the mountain in its full glory – and if you are in luck with good weather, you may be able to see as far as the Hottentots Holland mountain range in the Boland, just outside of Cape Town. Enjoy mesmerising the views from the top while having a bite to eat at the Table Mountain Café.
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V&A Waterfront. Home to a number of designer stores, restaurants, cafés, markets and a cinema, the V&A Waterfront is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. The Waterfront also boasts numerous activities, which include the Two Oceans Aquarium, Mineral World Scratch Patch, the Springbok Rugby Museum, the Wheel of Excellence and a few museums. Within the Clock Tower, you will find the Robben Island Gateway Museum along with the Shimansky Diamond Museum (free tours are offered here daily). Also on offer are various boat trips and sunset cruises.
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Ready to start planning your dream trip to the Cape Town? Contact the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa teamfor help with accommodation bookings, concierge and other exclusive services that are available to our guests. We look forward to showing you the Cape Town Big 7 and many other wonders during your stay!
For the fourth consecutive year, Pepperclub Hotel & Spa has been named Africa’s Leading City Hotel at the 23rd annual World Travel AwardsTM regional Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held in Zanzibar this past weekend.
A coveted title which is widely regarded as the “Oscars” of the international tourism industry, the World Travel AwardsTM recognises and rewards excellence in all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. All titles are awarded based on votes received from travellers and industry professionals.
With its prime position in the heart of Cape Town city centre, the hotel remains a favourite for many business and leisure travellers – both international and local – as they exploit its convenient, close proximity to the business district, and numerous tourism hot-spots.
Commenting on the achievement, Bruce Deneys, Director of Sales and Marketing at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa remarked: “We are delighted to have been recognised yet again, and our staff and management remain committed to delivering the highest quality experience to all guests. As we remain title holders of the title for another year, we hope we will be successful in being recognised as the World’s Leading City Hotel in the global awards ceremony that will be held later this year.
“Given the international reach of the awards, the exposure for the hotel, as well as Cape Town, is significant. Having competed against the likes of the Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel in Morocco and The Michaelangelo in Johannesburg, winning this award places the Cape Town tourism industry on the global map as a top, internationally acclaimed destination,” concludes Deneys.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, a five star hotel in the heart of Cape Town, has been nominated for four categories in the 2016 World Travel AwardsTM.
As the current title holder of Africa’s Leading City Hotel for three consecutive years and South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2015 award for the hotel’s opulent penthouse, Nick Seewer, CEO of Pepperclub Hotel & Spa says the hotel is thrilled to be recognised yet again by the prestigious awards platform.
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa has been nominated for the following African titles: Africa’s Leading City Hotel, Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences, South Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences and South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite: Penthouse Suite @ Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.
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