Tourist Guide at Claim Victory Tours
Written by: Sorita Musgrave
A is for the Atlantic Ocean – cold, beautiful and unpredictable!
B is for Beaches – we have so many of them, you can pick and choose! Blouberg, Noordhoek, Boulders Beach… too many to name. You can surf, kite surf, SUP, kayak, horse ride or just lie in the sun and soak up some rays.
C is for one of the most beautiful natural spots in Cape Town – Cape Point. There you will see fynbos, fantastic rock formations, beaches, rolling hills and if you are not careful, your lunch will be grabbed by a chacma baboon!
D is for Dassies! The rock hyrax can be found, not only on top of Table Mountain, but anywhere you see a rocky outcrop. Known as urban wildlife, they form family groups of up to 80, loves lying in the sun (because they cannot regulate their body temperature) and the closest relative to the elephant!
E is for eating. Something South Africans and especially Capetonians love to do! You will find all kinds of food in and around Cape Town. You will be in heaven if you are a foodie – foodie heaven! Pop-up restaurants to settled, firm favourites all over town. You can even do a Bo-Kaap cooking tour!
F is for fynbos. The 6th and smallest floristic region in the world with approximately 8 200 species, where 70% of the flora doesn’t grow anywhere else in the world. Keep your eyes peeled – you will see fynbos everywhere in Cape Town.
G is for Gardens – we boast two beautiful gardens in Cape Town: Companies Garden and Kirstenbosch with several public parks ensuring that Capetonians and their visitors get active.
H is for helicopter rides: Take a helicopter ride and see the city, peninsula, winelands, as far as the eye can see! Exhilirating! And you take the most amazing pictures.
I is for Iziko. There are several museums under the same name: Iziko and is fondly know as the “museum mile”. These include: Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia, Slave Lodge, Maritime Centre, Social History Centre, Rust en Vreugd, Koopmans-De Wet House, Bertram House and the Bo-Kaap Museum. If you like history, you will love the Iziko Museums.
J is for jelly fish! The Two Ocean’s Aquarium in the V & A Waterfront boasts one of the most beautiful jelly fish exhibitions. But, they don’t only have jelly fish, this we can assure you! They also have sharks, penguins, frogs, sea turtles, fish and all kinds of sea life. Wwll worth the visit!
K is for kayaking. Rent a kayak and discover the beautiful coastline of Cape Town. Start at the Waterfront, Sea Point, Blouberg or even further afield. An adventurous way to discover Cape Town.
L is for laugh, love, live and Lion’s Head! Live music is something to experience in Cape Town! Local pubs, clubs and restaurants offer some of the finest musicians whilst you dine. Head to Kirstenbosch for the Summer Sunset Concerts – the best way to spend a leasurely Sunday afternoon. Or, visit the city for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Music for all tastes abound in the Cape! Lion’s Head stands proudly next to Table Mountain – hike up the slopes, see a beautiful sunset and views you will never forget.
M is for markets. Food markets. Flea markets. Antique markets. Clothing, old, new, 2nd hand, recycled, organic, speciality, Christmas – there are markets for everyone! Visit the Old Biscuit Mill or Milnerton market, Camp Hill in Atlantis, search for a market, and you will find it!
N is for nightlife. You can decide how you spend your nights in Cape Town. Nightlife in Cape Town is fantastic. You can choose your poison! Cigar bars, Irish pubs, indie tunes, trance parties, music festivals.
O is for ostriches, outdoors and OH MY GOSH! Visit the ostrich farm close to Cape Point or on the N7 towards the West Coast. Cape Town is the place to be if you want to be outdoors and while you are seeing the sights we have to offer, you will keep on saying: OH MY GOSH! We have Table Mountain, the sea and beaches, forests, rivers and more mountains… Get in your car and you will have the most beautiful scenery at your fingertips.
P is for penguins. Visit Boulder’s Beach and the penguin colony. Approximately 3 500 penguins will put the smile back on your face. The waddling seabirds will make everyone weak in the knees. They are amazingly agile in the water, ducking and diving in the waves.
Q is for queue. Prepare yourself for the long wait during the high seasons. Not only tourists from other countries visit Cape Town, but also local tourists which means that there are longer lines to enter places. The only negative living in such a beautiful city!
R is for Robben Island. The infamous Robben Island offers you more than just a jail. It offers you a glimpse into the past. Not only was it used as a secure jail facility, but it housed a hospital, military base as well as a leper colony. Visit the jail cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years as a prisoner. A fascinating glimpse in South African history.
S is for shark cage diving and a day at the spa. About 2 hours outside of Cape Town, you will be able to dive with the sharks. You will be picked up at your door and driven to Gansbaai where you will get up close and personal with a great white shark. Take a detour after your cage dive and visit one of several beautiful spas in and around Cape Town. Get a hot stone massage, facials, whatever your heart desires. Relax!
T is for…. Table Mountain, of course!! Wherever you go, you will have some kind of view of Cape Town’s most well-known site. Hike up Table Mountain via several walking trails or take the easy way out and take the Aerial Cableway.
U is for UNBELEIVABLE! Unbelievable sights, sounds, food and people! Capetonians are warm and welcoming!
V is for vintage. Visit a vintage car museum or shop for some vintage clothes in Long Street.
W is for Winelands and wildlife. The winelands in the Cape Town district is known world wide for their excellent wines. Visit one of the oldest vineyards: Groot Constantia or venture a little bit further into the Boland and visit the Winelands: Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, to name only a few places you can visit. And don’t forget the wildlife! You don’t have to go all the way to the north of South Africa to see wildlife. There are several game reserves to visit within 2 hours of Cape Town.
X is for Xhosa. One of the 11 official languages in South Africa and one of the 3 most spoken languages in Western Cape and Cape Town, besides Afrikaans and English. Do you want to learn Xhosa? We have several language schools for you to attend!
Y is for yacht. Take a sunset cruise on a yacht, sip some champagne and enjoy the sun setting with Table Mountain in the background. You can’t make a mistake on this one!
Z is for Zzzzz’s. That is what you will be doing at the end of every action-packed thrilling day in Cape Town!