Here at dk villas, we love living like tourists in our own town and so we always recommend that our guests get out and do the same. So, whether you’re visiting Cape Town from another city in South Africa or from abroad – or are even just a local interested in exploring your own backyard – here are six exciting ways to experience the stunning, historic city of Cape Town and her surrounds!
Hop on the City Sightseeing bus
Okay, so it might sound a bit cliché but the “Hop-On, Hop-Off” bus truly is one of the best ways to gain a sweeping appreciation for all the best sites and spots the city has to offer. Who doesn’t love a ride in a London-style open top double-decker bus? Also, we’ve found it perfect for those days when you’re a little tired of walking around and would rather just admire Cape Town’s scenery and learn about its past without having to get up from your seat! There are a few ticket options to choose from, which take in 30 stops and over 50 of Cape Town’s top attractions. For more information, go to www.citysightseeing.co.za.
Rent an (electric) bicycle
Cycling through a town or city is a multi-sensory experience that leaves one with a lasting impression of its personality. In a car, you don’t get to smell the sun-baked kelp or roasting coffee; hear the crashing waves or street vendors yelling to each other; or feel the ocean air and sunshine on your face. A bicycle ride, whether you’re on a guided tour or just exploring the suburb in which you’re staying, is an enchanting way to get the full experience. Add to the equation a quality EU-certified electric Pedelec bicycle and you’ve got a thrilling day experience! To learn more about electric bicycle tours in Hout Bay, contact Cape Lion E-Rides at www.capelion.co.za.
Discover the Cape on the back of a Harley Davidson Motorbike
What do you get when you pair the multi-sensory enchantment of exploring a destination on two-wheeler transport with a Twin Cam 88B™ engine? Well, for one, a sure-fire way to turn the family and friends back home green with envy! With Harley Davidson Rental and Tours, you can rent a Harley Davidson motorcycle and cruise up and down the Cape’s most scenic routes. From full day tours of the Peninsula or Winelands to a week-long drive down Route 62, there is a great diversity of packages and motorcycles to choose from and you can learn more about those here: www.cuincapetown.co.za/pages/tour-information/.
Go hot air ballooning over the winelands
The experience offered by GoBallooning (www.goballooning.co.za) begins with a cup of hot coffee in at Klein Joostenberg Farm in Stellenbosch, while the team inflates the balloon. Then, climb aboard for a truly magical ride over the Cape farmlands with views that stretch for tens of kilometres in every direction. Sail silently through the air and listen as the early morning melody of the Cape farmlands reaches your ears. After landing in a local farmer’s field, you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine and hot breakfast at Klein Joostenberg Bistro. Does it get any better than this?
Explore by foot with a walking tour
Few other modes of transport really allow explorers to tap into the heartbeat of a city quite like walking through its streets and interacting with its people. Nielsen Tours (www.nielsentours.co.za/capetown) offer walking tours of the Cape’s historic and cultural hearts, which take place every day and are completely free of charge. They depart twice daily from Greenmarket Square in the Cape Town city centre – look out for the green umbrella – taking you on two-hour walks through the town’s oldest streets or up into Bo-Kaap. Just show up a few minutes before and let the fun begin!
Take to the seas with Drumbeat Charters
Visitors to our Hout Bay properties are greatly encouraged to climb aboard a Drumbeat Charters boat (www.drumbeatcharters.co.za) to explore some of the oceanic gems this historic harbour has to offer. Take a short boat ride around the Sentinel Mountain and you’ll find a small outcrop of Peninsula rocks carpeted and cramped with Cape fur seals. These seal island cruises to Duiker Island depart daily from the harbour and take approximately 40 minutes.
Add a little world famous scenery to your boat trip with Drumbeat Charters’ hour-long harbour cruise of Duiker Island and Chapman’s Peak, a dramatic mountain range that’s home to one of the world’s most scenic (and, at times, hair-raising) drives. Alternatively, you can take a one-hour trip to Duiker Island, followed by the Atlantic border of Karbonkelberg, where you’ll find Maori Bay - a notorious graveyard for unlucky ships!
Berg River cruises
And if you’re staying at our Dwarskersbos property and are up for a boating adventure, check out Tollie’s Boat & River Cruises (https://www.facebook.com/TolliesRiverAndBoatCruises/), which depart morning and late afternoon from the Port Owen Slipway at the Riviera Hotel in Velddrif for a leisurely 1.5 hour cruise up the Berg River. The boat, captained by the amusing and informative Captain Tollie, accommodates 32 guests, is child friendly, and affords wonderful birdwatching opportunities, as well as spectacular sunset views!