A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a drive around the beautiful Cape Peninsula. And this drive must include a stop to Boulders Beach, especially if you like seeing penguins. Boulders Beach, which is located south of Simon's Town, is home to a large colony of African penguins. The colony started with just two pairs in 1982 but now over 2000 penguins call this place home.
If you could visit only one sight in Cape Town than this would be it. Table Mountain is by far the city's number one attraction, a must see for all those visiting. The quick ride will give you a bird’s eye view of the City Bowl. The summit can also be reached on foot through a multitude of beautiful albeit exhausting, trails.
Just an hour's drive from the bustle and buzz of downtown Cape Town lies a large and peaceful reserve: Cape Point - one of the most scenically spectacular parks in the whole of South Africa A daytrip to Cape Point is filled with dramatic scenery, fantastic hiking trails, deserted beaches and reach-for-your-camera views. There's a sprinkling of big game in the reserve too, some great bird watching, and in spring you might catch a glimpse of a whale close to shore.
The V&A (Victoria and Alfred) Waterfront is one of Cape Town's biggest attractions, if one is to judge by the crowds of people that come here looking for a place to eat, shop and be entertained. Alive and busy, vibrant and touristy, with lots of things to see and do, it's worth visiting even if you don't plan to eat or shop there because you can still enjoy the charming setting of the old harbor, the mishmash of old and new buildings, the views of the Table Mountain as a backdrop.
The Winelands stretch far and wide from Cape Town, but for us the main routes are around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Although Stellenbosch is a traditional Cape Dutch town, it has a large university so feels very youthful and fun. It's great for al fresco dining at street side bars and cafés.
A bit further on Franschhoek has a traditional, upmarket French village feel, and our own Sir Richard Branson even has a hotel here - Mont Rochelle. It's the 'foodie' capital of South Africa, and people come from far and wide to try the local wines and restaurants on offer.
The land-based Whale Watching capital of the world, Hermanus is great for watching whales in the bay from April-October. You many be lucky out of season too, as a few whales often calf late and stay here all year. A few miles down the road is Gansbaai, the departure point for the Great White Shark cage dive.