A 60-minute drive from the Hotel takes you to the Cape Winelands and 150 historic wine estates near Stellenbosch – Africa’s Wine ‘capital’, university town and its second-oldest settlement. A day excursion is a chance to sample top vintages (perhaps at one of the Vineyard’s iconic wine partners), view unique Cape Dutch architecture and to enjoy the many authentic joys of the Cape countryside.
cape town city
The city centre (10 minutes away) offers some 50 top sights and cultural experiences including the Cape of Good Hope Castle, Slave Lodge, and the Natural History, District 6, Jewish, Bo-Kaap and Gold of Africa museums, as well as the SA National Gallery, and the Dutch Company Gardens. Shopping at Greenmarket Square or on vibrant Long Street, are some must-sees of Cape Town’s life and times – then and now.
The Peninsula coastline boasts breathtaking scenic beauty. A circular route (just off the Hotel) takes one past the False Bay seaside hamlets of Muizenberg, Fishoek and Simon’s Town to fabled Cape Point. It returns, past the wide Atlantic beaches of Noordhoek and over precipitous Chapman’s Peak Drive to the fishing village of Hout Bay, returning to the Hotel through the famous winelands of the Constantia Valley.
waterfront & robben island
Table Bay once lapped a shoreline below the Company Gardens. Much reclaimed and with a modern harbour, an older portside is now the V&A Waterfront. Its many attractions include the Two Oceans Aquarium, a huge shopping complex, and a ferry to infamous Robben Island, to which, over the centuries, figures like the late Nelson Mandela and others were banished. Booking is advised for this sought-after experience.
A bus ride from the city, with a dizzying 1085m ascent via cable car, transports you to the summit of fabled Table Mountain and 360-degree views of the Peninsula. Named one of the World’s “7 Natural Wonders”, and ‘Hoerikwaggo’ by earlier inhabitants, Vineyard founder Lady Anne is said to be the first European woman to scale its heights, which also overlook Lion’s Head/Signal Hill (also worth a drive, to view the bay).