Coming up with a "Top 10 list of things to see and do in Cape Town" is remarkably simple. The main problem is everyone else has a similar list. So if you've been to Cape Town a few times and feel you've covered the big sights like: Table Mountain, Robben Island, and have taken a Township Tour -- then check out some of these alternatives.
Cape Town off the Beaten Track...
- Organic Food Markets in the Winelands - Most visitors to Cape Town will delight in a visit to one or two wine estates and a top notch restaurant. But you can get your fill of the most delicious organic produce, biltong, olives and fresh baked bread at several local organic markets in this area. You can then bring it with you to enjoy on the fabulous lawns that adorn the wine estates. Stellenbosch and Hout Bay are both excellent markets, see more details.
- Ride a vintage steam train to Simon's Town - Once or twice a month (check schedule) Atlantic Rail Heritage runs a lovely old steam train along the spectacular coast from Cape Town to Simon's Town and back. The vintage carriages all date from before the second world war, and there's a cash bar on board. If you miss the vintage train, a regular commuter train plies the same route. Once you get to Simon's town and have explored the "historic mile", don't miss the penguins on Boulders Beach. You can also stop in Kalk Bay to browse the art galleries, and enjoy a light lunch at C'est La Vie ...More info...
- Visit Langebaan and eat at the Strandloper - The seafood is fantastic in Cape Town and it doesn't get fresher and more down to earth than at the Strandloper Restaurant in Langebaan, about an hour drive up the west coast from the city center. The meal lasts 3-4 hours, so do check the web site for up to date opening times to avoid disappointment. Langebaan is a great family destination with every manner of watersports on offer in the Langebaan Lagoon. The town also nestles up against the West Coast National Park, home to lots of wildlife, perfect for hiking and mountain bike enthusiasts. In spring the wild flowers are spectacular, and the bird life is second to none year round... Read more
- View Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand - The views are spectacular from this beach, but watch you don't get blown away! Kite surfers love this area, and are always fun to watch. Once you've marveled at the view, head to On The Rocks for a sundowner and dinner.
For a great resource about what's happening every week in Cape Town, check out the Cape Town magazine.
Image is View of Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand