A trip to Cape Town would be sad without a visit to the iconic Bo-Kaap. Hanging down the lower slopes of Signal Hill, on the edge of the CBD, the Bo-Kaap sits with colourful enthusiasm. Famous for its brightly-painted Cape Dutch houses that stand in line like individual soldiers along cobbled streets. This place is definitely a must-see for any new travellers in the city of Cape Town. This area with a 260-year old history has welcomed many Instagram photos in the past, thanks to its ultimately unique streets. 1. Visit the Bo-Kaap museum Begin your sight-seeing in the Bo-Kaap museum which is located in the oldest building in the Bo-Kaap. This beautiful home was built by the developer of the Bo-Kaap, Jan De Waal, in the 1760’s. Now a national  monument, this home/museum welcomes all visitors to browse the history of the Bo-Kaap for only R20. 2. Meander through the streets After soaking in

Welcome to the highway that is the equivalent to the iconic Route 66 in America. Our Route 62 boasts incredible places to stop and majestic Karoo scenery. A definite must when driving inland is to drive along this route because of all of the unique experiences waiting for you. In this blog post we will be highlighting some of the most iconic stops on this road, ranging from ostrich riding to tasting some of the best food. 1. Meerkat Magic This is a conservation and research project that delves into how these wonderful meerkats live, by using techniques to gain their trust without taming them. Visitors can learn the language of these meerkats, play with them and even join in a grooming session. Or if you prefer, just watch and snap pictures of them. 2. Cango caves Take your pick. You can try the heritage tour or the adventure tour. They both have the same

The scenery around you while driving on Route 62 in the Klein Karoo will slowly start transform from lush green grass that stampedes the hills to arid, semi-desert colours like beautiful browns and vibrant yellows. When most people travel to South Africa, they visit Kruger Park, Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Western Cape Winelands and the Garden Route. However, the Klein Karoo doesn’t get as much attention from visitors. One of the best kept secrets in South Africa lies at the heart of the Klein Karoo. This stretch of land is situated within Western Cape and consists of a string of little, magical towns and villages that lay invitingly along Route 62 in the Klein Karoo. 1. Fauna and flora in the Klein Karoo The Klein Karoo contributes to the Succulent Karoo Biome, which is ranked among the top 26 areas in the world for biological diversity. The fauna and flora is absolutely mind-blowing when you

It’s time to look out for more than the Big 5 on your Cape  Town Safari. People from all over the world often flock to South Africa in order to see the “Big 5” in action, but little do they know that there is a “Small 5” waiting for them on their Cape Town Safari as well. This should be just as celebrated and perhaps even more since they are part of the ecosystem which keeps the Big 5 alive. It’s time to make an addition to your to-do list and find out what exactly constitutes the Small 5. Elephant Shrew – Cape Town Safari The Elephant Shrew or the Elephantulus Myurus, truly is a magnificent creature. it gets its name from  from its long snout which resembles an elephant’s trunk and can reach a size of 25cm and weigh 60 grams. They feed on nuts, fruit, seeds and insects and are the food of larger

Know why giraffes are threatened before going on your Cape Town Safari It won’t do damage to learn about a specific subject before you encounter that specific thing. So learning about how giraffe numbers are plummeting before going on your Cape Town Safari is probably a wise thing to do. The decline of giraffes is a complex and multifaceted problem that threatens the future of an iconic and beautiful species. The combined impacts of civil unrest, habitat degradation, poaching and disease are what threaten the remaining giraffe numbers. Threats arise because of competition for resources with humans and their livestock. There are many conflicts between humans and giraffes, including crop loss, damage, disease transmission from cohabitating with domestic livestock, and being struck by vehicles and trains. Limiting Factors Since giraffes have a wide-ranging, diverse diet, they don’t need to compete for food with other wild animals, or the livestock of local farmers. Although they can be

The Cape Peninsula is the most beautiful place on earth (the locals will vouch for that) and has such a wide variety of activities that no matter your type of holiday you’ll be able to enjoy yourself. From highly adrenalin-fuelled activities to things that will just make you stop and marvel at the beauty of God’s creation, The Cape is the destination for you. Snorkel with seals on the Cape Peninsula Seal snorkelling in the Cape Peninsula is a once in a lifetime wildlife experience that you can’t afford to miss. This activity will expose you to the playful aquatic life up close and give you the chance of an intimate encounter with nature. You’re constantly surrounded by majestic Cape Fur Seals that want to play with you. They are attracted to your shiny snorkel equipment and like to jump, body splash and chase after you. The colony of seals that you’ll be snorkelling with

There are certainly a lot of things that experienced Safari-goers know about the place they’re going to and about safaris. But it doesn’t mean that you have to go on 20  safaris before you know what they know. Especially not if we can help it. If you are thinking about going on a safari while on holiday in Cape Town, you should definitely consider a Cape Town Safari. Whether it’s the flora and fauna, the various geographical formations or simply the vastness of it all that appeals to you, a Cape Town Safari is a must. This article is designed to assist you with helpful tips and equip you with all the knowledge you need before going on a Cape Town Safari, ensuring your experience is as memorable as possible. 1. No shouting When visiting animals on a safari, it is important to keep in mind that we are just guests in their homes. They

It is known as South Africa’s most popular coastal destination, the Cape Town Tour has a multitude of things to see and do. It also has a varied climate, which means that the trip can be enjoyed year round. Being the second largest city in South Africa, Cape Town is the leading tourist destination. However, unless you’ve visited Cape Town before, you might not know exactly what there is to do. For this, we’ve created this list of nine things you should know before you go there. This list will not only help you avoid missing out on anything cool when you visit, but it will also give some insight into local culture. 1. Wear comfortable walking shoes More and more people are visiting Cape Town with the dream of taking the 1000 steps to see this beautiful country. They’ve heard that walking is the best way to experience our city, and it’s true! There

The whales that you’ll see on the Cape Town Whale Tour are like the guardians of the oceans. It’s incredible how many creatures rely on them. In this article we’ll be exploring 9 fantastic facts about Southern Right Whales that will blow you away. 1. They are playful At first glance, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) is very unappealing; they are often covered in scars, due to their unexpanded skin, which is thick and wrinkled. But once you’ve engaged with one of these playful creatures, you can’t help but fall in love with them. These marvellous mammals don’t only appear to be curious and intelligent — they are too. 2. One of the largest whales Southern right whales have big heads and rounded foreheads and there is no dorsal fin on the backs of these beings. Additionally, their coloring makes them easier to spot in a crowd: they are gray or even blackish, although

Have you ever thought about going on a Safari in Cape Town before? Well, let us tell you the reasons why you should go. You’ll be amazed to know about the beautiful wildlife that hang around there, and how enjoyable your safari can be, if you just follow one or two rules. We’ve made it a point to help you out with some of the things that you should be aware of before going on a safari in Cape Town. Imagine sitting inside your car and going through a lot of animals around you while having fun with your friends and family. Just imagine how beautiful it could be! But there are some things that you should consider before going on your safari and that’s why we’ve put this blog together for you. 1. How many guests are in a vehicle The only way you can enjoy the safari is if you are there. However,

Now that you’ve decided to tick Cape Town Safari off your bucket list and go on a safari it’s important to know what to expect. This will ensure you have the best possible experience and get the best out of your trip while in Cape Town. 1. Late evenings and early wake-up calls Up with the birds and out on the road with your Cape Town safari guide. The early mornings are game viewing at its best because the days are clear. What makes this time of the day so wonderful is that there aren’t many people around. There’s a reason why you get up in the dark to set off on a Cape Town game drive. The first rays of the sun will illuminate your way and provide you with the best opportunity to spot the Big Five in all their glory. 2. Getting up close with animals on your Cape Town  Safari Be

Animals play a vital role in our lives. They are our company, our entertainment and most of all, they are our friends. No matter the age, everybody has heard a rumour or myth about different animals. Safari myths are a popular subject amongst safari goers and everyone has their own favourites. But, just the same as the tale of the tortoise and the hare, some myths will outlive others. These are perhaps tested over time until they pass through the ‘test of time’ and become widely accepted as fact. The point is not to be skeptical when you hear about them, but rather to do your research so you can separate myth from reality when going on a Cape Town Safari. 1. Giraffes normally perform romantic ‘necking’ displays This is actually a spectacle of young males mock fighting. They strike each other using their horns followed by little jump. It is not unusual for animals to

If you are thinking about going on a safari while on holiday in Cape Town, you should definitely consider a Cape Town Safari. Whether its the flora and fauna, the various geographical formations or simply the vastness of it all that appeals to you, a Cape Town Safari is a must. This article is designed to assist you with helpful tips, making sure your experience is as memorable as possible. 1. No shouting When visiting animals on a safari, it is important to keep in mind that we are just guests in their home. They are not domesticated but rather free. Wildlife is inquisitive by nature and will naturally approach when curious. Being loud, waving your arms, or yelling is upsetting the animal and could throw him off his natural behaviour. 2. Dress the part Safari clothes aren’t just for fun; they actually serve a real purpose in the African bush. Safari clothing should be

Let’s say you’re heading to Cape Town for an exciting safari in one of the most diverse cities in the world. You’ve packed your swimsuits, camera gear and sunscreen, but how should you dress? What is appropriate clothing for a Cape Town Safari? How does a first-time safari goer dress? It’s only natural to want your first experience at a safari destination to be perfect. New travellers often worry about what to wear on their Cape Town Safari, and what equipment to bring. While researching the “right stuff,” it’s easy to become intimidated by insider terms (does anyone know what a “buffalo bar” is?) and cryptic misinformation (don’t believe everything you read about camouflage). To keep you from looking foolish in front of those who know better, here are some quick pointers for dressing for a safari. So, while it’s true that there are four seasons in Cape Town, you should dress up for a

Cape Town is called the “Mother City” due to its many magnificent natural attractions. It’s also a great place for tourists and offers a wide range of fun things to do. This makes it prime territory for anyone interested in going on a Cape Town safari. Cape Town Safaris allow you to see great wildlife shows The best experience to have while in Cape Town is a safari (though a wine tour is a close second). You will be able to see rhinos just laying around, hippos playing in the water, and lions eating their dinner. These animals are used to seeing vehicles driving around with people around and therefore don’t run away. There’s a reason people are still posting photos of lions eating their dinner. It’s one of the most iconic African experiences. But don’t just take my word for it: Experience it for yourself! A Cape Town Safari is an affordable experience A

At a glance, you can see the Cape Peninsula is a beautiful place. The rugged coastline is full of beautiful beaches and the mountains belly out into the sea. It’s an up-and-coming region of South Africa for tourism, but what about the food? If you were holidaying in one of these towns on the peninsula, what would be your destination restaurant? Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point The two oceans restaurant is the premier venue to dine with a view. There is no better place to enjoy a sundowner and admire the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Then to have that followed by a hearty meal served in the dining room which offers a 180-degree view of the setting sun on False Bay. Being open for business since 1995, new renovations have come, vastly improving the spectacle that is Two Oceans Restaurant. With new management and a renewed dedication to excellence, the restaurant will be

The Cape Peninsula is the most beautiful place on earth (the locals will vouch for that) and has such a wide variety of activities that no matter your type of holiday you’ll be able to enjoy yourself. From highly adrenalin-fuelled activities to things that will just make you stop and marvel at the beauty of God’s creation, The Cape is the destination for you. Snorkel with seals on the Cape Peninsula Seal snorkelling in the Cape Peninsula is a once in a lifetime wildlife experience that you can’t afford to miss. This activity will expose you to the playful aquatic life up close and give you the chance of an intimate encounter with nature. You’re constantly surrounded by majestic Cape Fur Seals that want to play with you. They are attracted to your shiny snorkel equipment and like to jump, body splash and chase after you. The colony of seals that you’ll be snorkelling with

Chasing sunsets is definitely a romantic hobby and something you can do on weekends. Cape Town is luckily one of the best places to go chasing sunsets. You’ll come across lot’s of different spots and places to go for sundowners after reading this article. 1. Lion’s Head – Cape  Town One of the most popular places to watch the sunset in the city is Lion’s Head. The Lion’s Head hike is an easy to medium difficulty hike and can get quite tricky near the top where you’ll have to climb a few ladders. You’ll be pleased with yourself once you get to the top in order to see the sun illuminate the ocean with its striking pink colour.   2. Signal Hill Another amazing spot to watch the sunset in Cape Town is at Signal Hill, a beautiful hill that cuddles Lion’s Head. Here you have views of Table Mountain, the entire CBD as well

Is there any better way to enjoy South Africa than by going on a safari? One thing is that the Cape Town climate will be very different form the African bush, but some prefer it this way. You’ll still be able to see the big 5 up close: the lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino which roam around in their wonderfully large and  respective game reserves, just a few hours from the city. 1. Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve – Safari If you’re looking for a game reserve which boasts the big 5 within an hour from the city, then Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve is the place to visit. It isn’t as big as most reserves but will definitely give you the full experience. With a great lodge for those who wish to stay over and a restaurant for those who get hungry during the day, this game reserve certainly doesn’t lack anything. 2.

It’s been quite a while since you first heard you’re going on a Cape Town safari, now the time is here, and you’ll have to pack. Other than your phone which is an obvious thing to take with, what else will you pack? Below is a list of 10 things to pack for your special Cape Town Safari experience: 1. If you take prescription medication  Not everyone takes prescription medication, but for those who do, remember to pack it in your hand luggage instead of in your check-in bag because if your check-in bag gets lost you’re going to be in a lot of trouble. 2. Ticket, passport, itinerary, travel insurance as well as any other essential documents It would be an absolute disaster if you were to forget one of the above items. 3. Sunglasses, hat and sunblock  Always be sure to pack in two pairs of sunglasses in case the one pair happens

Cape Point is a place of many names; Cape of Good Hope, Gateway to the West, Cape of Storms. The Cape is known for its natural beauty; with a soft coastline, the scenic Cape Peninsula, indigenous fynbos and spectacular views. What most people don’t know however is that beneath the captivating scenery lie countless other reasons why one should visit this place. Some history of Cape Point From historical WWII lookouts to eerie ghost stories, Cape Point has a rich history that cannot be missed. A very cool way to learn about the history of Cape Point is to make use of the VoiceMap audio tour. One option leads you meandering up the path to the summit while the second takes you on the amazing Flying Dutchman Funicular experience. The VoiceMap app will make use of your location in order to tell you the historical stories of what you see in front of you. The

Shark Cage diving shouldn’t just be avoided, it should be banned altogether. Below are a few reasons why we shouldn’t go shark cage diving: It is not authentic  Sharks are extremely shy animals. The last thing that they would want to do is go and swim next to a cage of divers who are exploiting them for their own entertainment. We know that the only way we will be able to get White sharks as close as possible is with blood, so we attract these sharks with the use of chum, creating a very inauthentic experience for ourselves and the sharks. These inauthentic experiences should be very unfulfilling to us as we recreate something completely unnatural.   It is not sustainable  There are many different shark cage diving operations in South Africa, and in one town in particular about 5000 visitors per week. This means that there is a very unnatural amount of blood and

Conversations about spotting the Big 5 in South Africa have always been massive, but did you know that the oceans surrounding South Africa are home to a different kind of Big 5? South Africa’s Marine Big 5 consists of the whale, shark, seal, penguin and dolphin. These extraordinary animals have to be ticked-off your bucket list as you travel around the southern tip of Africa. 1. African Penguin / Marine Big 5 These cute creatures with black and white plumage were almost extinct at one point. But now you can spot them in the thousands at places like Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town, Dassen Island, Dyer Island, Bird Island, Robben Island and St Croix Island. 2. Cape Fur Seal / Marine Big 5 One of the biggest marine tourist attractions in Cape Town, the Cape Fur Seal will put on a show for you in places like Hout Bay and Kalk Bay harbour. You can even go snorkelling with these seals

When it comes to spotting birds of prey, you don’t have to go further than Cape Town. Birds of prey ranging from the Verreaux’s Eagle, the Jackal Buzzard, the Black Harrier, the African Goshawk, the Kite and the Rock Kestrel all inhabit Cape Town. All of these beautiful predatory birds can be found when taking your own safari drive around places like the Winelands and Cape Point. Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle / Cape Town Safari This black beauty can be found in the more mountainous regions of Cape Town with rocky cliffs. They breed between April and July and feed primarily on Rock Hyraxes. The scientific name for this raptor is ‘Aquila verrauxii’. With a wingspan of 2.3 metres, these birds of prey can be seen from below with a white Y underneath their wings. Jackal Buzzard / Cape Town Safari The Buteo rufofuscus has ominous dark red and brown eyes which can be seen if

The Cape Peninsula is a place that offers some superb year-round attractions, from its stupendous beaches and dramatic scenery to some of the best hiking in the world. Pack your bag for adventure because exploring this majestic region offers plenty of fun and excitement. Take a drive around Chapman’s Peak  Chapman’s Peak is definitely one of the most scenic drives in the world. It’s an oceanic drive that links Hout Bay with Noordhoek and is sure to amaze you with its stunning views. The road is definitely an adventure as it was gently cut out of the cliff. The stretch is also a beautiful place to go on a long-distance cycle because of the sea breeze and the winding turns. The rugged beauty of Chapman’s Peak Drive has been attracting travellers for years; a breathtaking part of the Atlantic Seaboard that is also home to many hidden gems and scenic vistas that you will not

People from all over the world often flock to South Africa in order to see the “Big 5” in action, but little do they know that there is a “Small 5” waiting for them on their Cape Town Safari as well, which should be just as celebrated and perhaps even more since they are part of the ecosystem which keeps the Big 5 alive. It’s time to make an addition to your to-do list and find out what exactly constitutes the Small 5. Elephant Shrew – Cape Town Safari The Elephant Shrew or the Elephantulus Myurus, truly is a magnificent creature. it gets its name from  from its long snout which resembles an elephant’s trunk and can reach a size of 25cm and weigh 60 grams. They feed on nuts, fruit, seeds and insects and are the food of larger snakes. You can be sure that if you spot one of these little ones, you game

With our special list of lesser known activities and things to do in Cape Town,  you’ll be able to live your only life to the fullest, by seizing the day with quite unusual things to do around Cape Town. This is not only for tourists but for those locals who have done all of the mainstream activities, looking for something new and exciting to do. You don’t have to fly overseas to be captured by creativity, adventure and excitement. The Mother City still offers it all. 1. Japanese “ChitChat” evenings / Cape Town The Japanese word for “ChitChat” is PechaKucha. This is a platform similar to that of ‘Ted Talks’ where people have 20 slides to share with an audience where they talk about and exchange ideas, what keeps this fun and entertaining is the fact that each speaker only gets about 20 seconds for each slide. This is an idea that was developed in

If you think you’ve turned every stone in Cape Town, you’re in for a surprise. With locals and tourists hogging the main beaches around Cape Town, you’re probably wondering where you could have your own private beach? You’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you exactly where you can find these hidden gems in and around the Cape.   1. Diaz Beach – Cape Point Nature Reserve The Cape Point Nature Reserve is a beautiful part of the Table Mountain National Park, and is the place where you will find Diaz beach. It can be accessed by taking a hike from the parking bay of Cape Point Nature Reserve, and requires a steep walk down a wooden staircase to the beach. It is a pleasant gem which can be enjoyed by you and your family as well.   2. Water’s Edge Simon’s Town / Cape Town Beaches  This beach is so secret that we

Formerly known as the Cape of Storms, Cape Town’s first settlers came in 1652 with the arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck and other employees from the Dutch East India Company in order to establish a halfway station for ships travelling to and fro from the Dutch East Indies to Cape Town. The influence of the Dutch is certainly evident in the culture and the architecture of the Cape.  Cape Town is definitely a place for discovery and history, so if you’re keen on being enriched by  the Cape and what its history has to offer then this is the article for you!    1. Castle of Good Hope  The Castle of Good Hope is by far the oldest structure in the whole country and is a perfect example of a ‘bastion fort’. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, The Castle of Good Hope is an amazing piece of architecture filled

If you thought you were stuck in the city with nowhere to hike, look again. The Cape has much to offer with regards to beaten tracks and the wild. Below we’ll be talking about the 9 best hiking trails around Cape Town. So, before you put your boots on, read what we’ve got to say about the trails in and around the beautiful Mother City.    1. Lion’s Head  If you’re ready to spend a few hours hiking clockwise around and up a mountain to the top with different views on each side, then Lion’s head is for you. This moderate trail has a total distance of 5km and can be hiked within 3 hours max. Hikers have gone up Lion’s head at midnight with a full moon, in the morning, and just before sunset in order to watch the sun go down from the top. The summit offers breathtaking views of Robben Island and