A Cultural Passage
Discover Cape Town through its culture, history, art and design. Behold a landscape of juxtapositions where art deco and heritage buildings meet mirrored contemporary skyscrapers.
Imagine a place with world-class urban infrastructure, encircled by and threaded with natural beauty – there is no other city in the world positioned on the slopes of a national reserve, as Cape Town is in the Table Mountain National Park. Table Mountain is also the only one of the New7Wonders of the World in an urban area.
Traveller’s tip: Catch sunset on Table Mountain for one of the most spectacular views of the city bowl at dusk.
There are many tours available to experience the city’s inspirational architecture, iconic sites and vibrant populace; from Nelson Mandela tours and walking tours through the historic and photogenic Bo-Kaap to the City Sightseeing Red Bus, a hop-on hop-off bus service that takes passengers to all the attractions, historic areas and most scenic views.
There’s a mode of transport to suit any traveller or occasion, such as renting a vintage car, sidecar tours with Harley-Davidson, and personalised tours of the Cape’s wine regions. A must-try is The Franschhoek Wine Tram, which takes you through the beautiful Franschhoek Valley.
Traveller’s tip: Hire a car and make your way along Cape Town’s spectacular archipelago, this way you can stop at every viewpoint, and you really will want to!
Cape Town boasts a treasure trove of art galleries, natural history institutions and the like. Listen to the whale calls in the special booth at the Iziko South African Museum, set in the historic Company’s Garden. Another highlight is the Planetarium at the museum, where the whole family can explore the world of astronomy.
There’s an incredible variety of family activities to discover, such as boating in the V&A Waterfront harbour, a trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium, visiting the historic naval base at Simon’s Town, or watching the fishermen of Kalk Bay steam into the harbour at day’s end with their catch.
Traveller’s tip: A fresh fish ‘n chips takeaway is available near Kalk Bay harbour from a few cafes, and is a very Capetonian experience, not to miss.
Cape Town is alive with festivals, concerts and theatre. Our guests can make The Cellars-Hohenort their base to enjoy the plethora of events happening throughout the calendar year. One of the highlights is the annual Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts; these outdoor live music concerts feature renowned South African acts in one of the world’s most spectacular botanic gardens.