Luxury adventure Cape Town, South Africa - private package

Aerial view of Cape Town with the magnificent Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula as backdrop - photo courtesy Ellerman House

AERIAL VIEW OF CAPE TOWN CITY CENTRE WITH THE MAGNIFICENT TABLE MOUNTAIN AND CAPE PENINSULA AS BACKDROP

Top reasons to choose a luxury adventure in Cape Town

One of the world's most beautiful cities

Situated at the foot of majestic Table Mountain and on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, and facing the deep blue Atlantic ocean fringed by white sandy beaches, Cape Town presents great natural beauty. A scenic helicopter flight is the ideal way of taking in the spectacular scenery.

One of the world's most desirable travel destinations

Cape Town is highly acclaimed for its rich heritage, innovation, diversity and creative talent. It regularly receives accolades as a luxury travel destination: No.1 City in Africa, World Design Capital, No.1 Holiday Hot Spot, No.1 Place to Go... The city scores high for culture and atmosphere, is exciting and inspiring, and has been called 'a place to meditate on freedom'.  

Mother City

The European history of South Africa has its roots in Cape Town. It is here that the Dutch East India Company established a refreshment post for its trade boats in the mid 17th century. The Castle of Good Hope is one of the remnants that survive from this early colonial period. Today the inner city is a vibrant business and residential district with many historic buildings where quality restaurants, boutiques and art galleries can be found.

Iconic Table Mountain

This majestic mountain that towers over the central city has been named as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and has national park status. Marvel at the aerial views of Table Mountain from a helicopter, or take a cable car ride to the top where walks of various lengths lead to breathtaking view points overlooking the city, ocean and Cape peninsula mountain range.

Spectacular Cape Point 

For superb coastal vistas, take a helicopter scenic flight around the southern tip of the Cape of Good Hope peninsula - the most south western point of the African continent. Outdoor lovers could make a day of it and visit this spectacular section of the Table Mountain national park by road. On the way, drive through quaint seaside villages and possibly stop off at a penguin colony. At Cape Point, take the funicular up to the old historic lighthouse on the hill and explore the various lookout points on the cliffs. Walk down afterwards for a bit of exercise. For the fit and energetic, a longer trail could take you down to sea level, where a wooden plaque marks the geographical coordinates of the Cape of Good Hope.

Close up encounters with penguins and seals

In the Boulders section of the Table Mountain national park one can observe a colony of the rare and endangered African penguins on a small pristine beach. This is one of only three sites in South Africa where they nest on the mainland. Cape Fur Seals can be viewed in their natural habitat on a rocky outcrop close to shore during a short boat trip in Hout Bay. Spoil your family group by booking this excursion on a private basis for the best seats on the boat and full, unobstructed views.

Cape Floral Region - a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cape Town lies at the heart of the Cape Floral Region - recognized by UNESCO as one of the most special places for plants in the world, in terms of diversity, density and number of endemic species. Covering less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, the Cape Floral Region is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora. Unique to this region is the beautiful and distinctive Cape Fynbos vegetation, in which the proteas, pincushions and ericas are the most prominent flowering bushes. Splendid examples can be seen in winter and early spring in the Table Mountain national park and in Kirstenbosch botanical garden.

Vibrant art scene

Cape Town presents an interesting mix of historic art institutions, and trendy art and design studios at the cutting edge of contemporary African art. Many South African artists have already firmly established themselves internationally, while a younger generation is steadily gaining recognition. Local contemporary art portrays complex ideas, often provides a fresh perspective, and is still competitively priced. Leading art galleries in Cape Town can facilitate international purchases. Certain upmarket luxury boutique hotels house unique private art collections not open for general public viewing. At the other side of the spectrum street art has become popular, especially in the Woodstock neighbourhood where the buildings serve as canvases for Cape Town's renowned street artists. On 'First Thursdays', the art scene spills on to the sidewalks of the inner city when art galleries and other cultural attractions stay open late. This event is one of Cape Town's foremost cultural experiences, attracting thousands of people who come to explore the galleries on foot. 

Zeitz MOCAA

The historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront is set to become home to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). It will be the biggest museum of contemporary African art on the continent. Zeitz MOCAA will focus on collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. Jochen Zeitz will commit his collection in perpetuity, underwrite the running costs of the Museum and provide a substantial acquisition budget. Until the extensive renovations to the Silo complex are complete, selections from the Zeitz Collection are presented at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion, a museum-quality temporary exhibition space also at the V&A Waterfront.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 

The magificent landscapes at Kirstenbosch - acclaimed as one of the great and most beautiful botanic gardens of the world - are also the perfect setting for art. Life-sized, anatomically correct dinosaur and pterosaur sculptures in tin by David Huni can be found among the cycads, and animal bronzes by Dylan Lewis are a feature point in the Centre for Home Gardening. Large African stone sculptures in the Shona tradition also grace the gardens and these are available for purchase. The artists depict spiritual, traditional and contemporary themes and each sculpture is a unique original. Every season at Kirstenbosch botanical garden has its own charm and there are always flowers and interesting plants to be seen. The Cape Fynbos is at its best in winter while spring brings spectacular bursts of colour.

Mandela connection

Cape Town has a close association with much beloved former president Nelson Mandela. Just off the coast in Table Bay lies Robben Island, where he was incarcerated for 18 years. And from the Town Hall balcony on the Grand Parade in central Cape Town, he first addressed the South African nation as a free man. In Kirstenbosch national botanical garden the pepper-bark tree can be seen that he planted during a visit in 1996. Next to it is a sculpted bust that portrays Nelson Mandela during the pivotal years of his presidency and masterfully captures his radiance and generosity of spirit.

Historic wine farms of Constantia

Surrounded by the city of Cape town, the historic wine farms of Constantia situated against the slopes of the Table Mountain range are not only known as producers of excellent wines, but also preserve some beautiful manor houses that are fine examples of early Cape Dutch architecture.

Superb culinary experiences

Cape Town's renowned world-class chefs creatively use flavorful fresh local ingredients to produce a variety of superb culinary experiences. Do remember to book your table many weeks if not months in advance.

Cape Town shopping

Shoppers will delight in the bespoke stores of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Quarter and the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock among others.

Diversify your holiday experience by starting or ending your luxury African safari in Cape Town

With many international airlines flying into and out of Cape Town, and easy connections into the interior, this is a great location to start or end your luxury African safari. Diversify your holiday experience before you venture into the African bush, or relax for a couple of days before you start the long journey back home.

Our preferred luxury accommodation in Cape Town

On request your personal itinerary could include alternative luxury hotels in Cape Town.

Best time of year for a luxury adventure in Cape Town

Cape Town can be enjoyed year round. It has a Mediterranean climate, with a hot and dry summer (Nov-March) and a cool, rainy winter (June-Aug). Usually the hottest month is February and the coolest month is July. At times the wind can be fairly strong, in any season, which can lead to the closure of the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. The Cape Fynbos vegetation on the peninsula mountains is at its best in late winter and spectacular floral displays can be seen in Kirstenbosch gardens in spring. The penguins and seals can be viewed any time of year, weather permitting. The Cape Town Art Fair is usually held in late February.

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