Rugby 7s Cape Town

It’s Saturday afternoon, the streets are quiet but the smell of sizzling meat lingers. If you’re visiting Cape Town and wondering what happened to everyone, just drop by your nearest bar and you’ll find South Africans glued to the TV screen. Saturdays have long been reserved for rugby matches and supporters know all too well that that means everything else pauses for 40 minutes. So, if you’re in Cape Town and want to get in on the rugby culture, here’s the rugby supporter starter kit to get you there

Cape Town is home to avid rugby supporters who don’t take the game lightly. South African families are united by the team they support. With the upcoming Cape Town Rugby Sevens on everyone’s calendar this year, you’ll need to get yourself in the spirit to truly enjoy the experience.

Boerewors On The Braai

For the rest of the world, a braai (barbeque) is an age old tradition on a weekend. For most, families get together and enjoy hamburgers outdoors. But for South Africans, to braai means a lot more than just sizzling meat on an open fire. It’s become an institution. Whether or not the weather outside is accommodating- South Africans will find any excuse to start a fire and cook up some steaks, especially on rugby day. To truly get into the rugby spirit; go to your nearest Checkers and grab some boerewors. Don’t forget the coals and firelighters. You’ll need to get the fire started before the national anthem is sung. Now you have the first part of your starter kit ready.

Quench Your Thirst

This part of the starter kit is considered of utmost importance. You’ll need to equip yourself with the popular drinks to enjoy during the game. Beer is acceptable but not just any beer. Grab a six pack of cold Castle Lager (never Castle Lite). The South African beer of choice. Secondly, if you’re not much of a beer drinker, the an alternative is the Klipdrift Brandy and coke combination, known as the branners. These two drinks are sure to give everyone a buzz and brace yourself as supporters begin cursing the referee.

Pick Your Team Wisely!

You might think that supporting any team currently on the field is a good idea. Think again. Who you support is key. If you’re not well versed in the ins and outs of the rugby arena, when in South Africa, do as South Africans do and support the Bokke! You simply can’t go wrong. Wear a Springbok jersey regardless of whether they’re playing or not. This will save you from having to enter into debate with the drunk die hard supporters of other teams.

Stock Up On Snacks

Whether you’re watching the game at a friend’s house or sitting at the stadium, you’ll need to stock up on some delicious South African snacks for the rugby game. Your cooler box should include:

  • Biltong
  • Nuts
  • Droerwors
  • Salt and vinegar chips

Rugby brings together communities and friends. It unites people from all walks of life. Remember that when you’re invited to a Saturday with friends for a rugby game, those are friends you’ll keep forever. Now you can get your starter kit together and join the Rugby family! Vineyard Car Hire offers affordable and reliable car hire service that is sure to get you to and from any rugby game in the Mother City. Don’t miss out on the action!

whale watching cape town

The tail fin of a Southern Right Whale off the coast of South Africa

Whale watching has taken over many fishing communities in Cape Town. It’s one of the biggest tourist attractions on the outskirts of Cape Town. For locals and tourists alike, witnessing these majestic creatures swim by is truly a magnificent sight. Here are a few spots to visit during whale season.

Cape Agulhus

Cape Agulhus is home to hiking trails that can take you along the dunes, beaches and cliffs that offer the best views of mammals and their offspring. About 50 pairs of Southern Right cows and calves are known to swim in these waters near the southernmost tip of Africa.

False Bay

One of the most popular spots for whale watching, False Bay, is not too far from the city of Cape Town. For a better chance at spotting them, choose a high vantage point along the False Bay coastline which includes Boyes Drive that runs between St James and Kalk Bay.


Hermanus offers some of the best land-based viewing opportunities because the whales often come within metres of the shoreline. World Wildlife Fund rated Hermanus as one of the top 12 whale-watching locations in the world. Whale crier alerts watchers to the presence of whale by blowing on a kelp horn. During the first week in October, the town hosts an annual whale festival which is considered a celebration of all things cetacean.

Misty Cliffs – Kommetjie

The road above  Slangkoppunt Lighthouse has awesome views and excellent whale watching spots. The high vantage point offers great views of the whales.

Chapman’s Peak Drive

One of the most spectacular coastal roads on the plannet running between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Amazing views of Hout Bay and all the way to kommetjie. This is also excellent spot for Mountainside vantage viewing.

Here some tips on what you’ll need as you venture to whale-watching spots across the Cape:

  • A warm jacket
  • A good camera
  • Binoculars.
  • Learn how to identify the different type of whales
  • Learn about whale behaviour

Vineyard Car Hire can help take you to these amazing spots for a rare whale-watching experience that is second to none. Find the spot that works for you and enjoy. Vineyard Car Hire offers a reliable car hire service, perfect for your venture to the mountain side vantage points.

"Men drinking beer, cooking and hanging out at an african Braai"

“Men drinking beer, cooking and hanging out at an african Braai”

In the 24th September, South Africans gather to pay homage to the diverse cultures that have come together and culminated into the rainbow nation we so enjoy today. Now if all National Heritage Day means to you is a public holiday then keep reading.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the 24th of September was known as Shaka Day, in commemoration of the legendary King Shaka Zulu. However, a South African political party with a large Zulu membership, known as the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), objected the Public Holidays Bill before Parliament as it omitted Shaka Day.

A compromise was reached when it was decided to create a day where all South Africans could observe and celebrate their diverse cultural heritage.

In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, former President Nelson Mandela stated:

“When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.”

To celebrate this day, South Africans host a number of events across the country. Here’s how you can spend your day off and celebrate National Heritage day as a proud South African.

Visit Heritage Museums in Cape Town

To truly celebrate your heritage and rich history in this country, you need to take the time out to learn about how South Africa has become what it is today. By museum hopping through the city, you’ll find a deeper understanding as to how the rainbow nation came into existence. Learn about the painful history of slavery and how the Cape Malay community established its roots in the Mother City. You’ll find that somehow we are all not too different from each other. Visit the Castle of Good Hope and learn about Jan Van Riebeek’s life and how it influenced an entire way of life for citizens of this beautiful city.


If taking a step back in time is not the way you want to spend your public holiday then celebrate the present and host a braai. “Braai” is an Afrikaans word for Barbeque and it is definitely an age old proudly South African past time. Simply throwing slabs of meat and delicious local boerewors on an open air fire grill, is enough to get anyone in the mood for a celebration. Sitting around the fire as the meat sizzles and enjoying a cold beer as you catch up with close friends and family has to be one of the best ways to enjoy a day off from work. If you’ve never hosted a braai before and no nothing about starting a fire. Check out this step-by-step instructional video that will have you grilling the best meat in no time.

Discover your ancestral heritage

So you know about your great grandmother who came over to South Africa from Scotland in 1850 but how informed are you really when it comes to your ancestral heritage. Since South Africa is known as a melting pot of diversity, you might be surprised to find out that there is a lot more you didn’t know about your lineage. There are ways and means to go about this and it might take longer than you think but let this Heritage Day inspire you to go back into your family tree and learn about what your ancestors went through in the past. You might find that your great-great-great grandfather held a high position in the community and contributed largely to the development of something great. You might find that you’re an heir to a dynasty after your great-great-great-great-grandfather that came to the Cape in exile. Either way, knowing where you come from is a good start to knowing where you’re going.

Attend historic re-enactments in Hout Bay

The re-enactment of the Battle of Hout Bay is held around Heritage Month each year. The battle took place in 1795 between the British frigate in the bay and the coastal cannons of the Dutch and French defenders. While the British failed to take the fort at this time, they later took it along with the entire Cape Colony. Watch as locals re-enact this battle and take you through history. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some good ol’ family entertainment while learning about some great events in history.

Let Vineyard Car Hire take you where you need to be with their reliable car rental service. With a simple click of a button you can find the car that is most suitable for you. Make the most out of this National Heritage Day and discover the rich history of the Cape.

Diverse group of young people running along a seaside promenade. Fit young runners training outdoors by the seaside.

Diverse group of young people running along a seaside promenade. Fit young runners training outdoors by the seaside.

So you’ve been training for months and finally worked up the courage to enter the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. As time nears for the gruelling race, you suddenly realise that you might have bitten off more than you can chew. Don’t panic. Get outside your head and let us show you what to expect during your 42.2km journey. This journey is one aimed to put even the most seasoned athlete to the test. The classic Olympic distance of 42.2km is definitely an achievement to be proud of.

Pace yourself- Walk/run

Expect to reach a point where your body will feel like it has no more left to give. At this time, know that you still have about 30% left and you’ll need to push through the pain. This is where your training and mind-set will play a huge role in you finishing. Walk when you need to conserve energy and pace yourself. This is not only a gruelling physical activity but also a mental one. Spectator zones will be allocated along the route, take a breather, grab something to drink and draw some motivation from the amazing supporters who came out to cheer you on.

Spectator Zones can be found at these locations along the route:

  • 13km:     Observatory Main Road (Outside Pick ‘n Pay Observatory)
  • 15km:     Rondebosch Main Road (Outside Nations Café)
  • 17.5km:  Newlands cricket ground & Kelvin Grove
  • 19km:     Michaels Restaurant
  • 20.5km: Rondebosch Common (Opposite Red Cross Children’s Hospital)
  • 22km:     Rustenberg Girls High School (Rondebosch Common)
  • 26km:    Liesbeek Parkway – Black River Office Park
  • 26.5km: Salt River Circle, Woodstock
  • 38.5km: FW de Klerk – battle of the bands – City Centre
  • 39.5km: Loop Street outside Cullinan Hotel
  • 40km:    Bree Street & Waterkant Bridge (Prestwich Museum Area)
  • 41.5km: Somerset Road – Fanwalk, Green Point (opposite Mano’s Restaurant)
  • 42.2km: Finish (Green Point A-Track)

Arm yourself against chafing

Chafing is caused when exposed body parts rub together and create friction, leaving you red and painfully blistered. If you’re a first time marathoner, you can expect a lot of chafing. However, you don’t need to put your body through all that. Before the race, apply tons of Vaseline on areas prone to chafing. Apply a generous protective layer of Vaseline on your skin and focus on more important things during your run.

Keep yourself hydrated and well fueled

As you’ve been training, you should know by now what foods can carry your body through as you train. Eat up and get enough fuel needed before the race. It is easy to forget and get dehydrated during the race so keep in mind that grabbing a quick drink as you pass a check point is important. You might want to consider taking some hydration tablets before your run to ensure you don’t get dehydrated.

Don’t overthink it

As you prepare for the journey of finally completing your first marathon, try not to overthink things. It is easy to fall into a mind-set where you set certain standards and begin obsessing. Remember to enjoy the long run. Take in the beautiful scenery and remember to control your breathing. Let everything else go. As you prepare, track your runs and observe your progress but don’t begin to obsess over everything you do. Even during your race, be sure to let go and let your legs take one step at time.

Find a suitable running buddy

It helps to have someone with you running the same pace. Find a running buddy who enjoys the same pace as you and motivate each other throughout the race. Start conversations and help each other over the crossing line. It will help not focussing on the running as much and simply enjoying a light conversation with your buddy. Time will move faster and you can trick you mind to focus on something other than running. Do research on the route before the race so you’ll know where the most arduous turns and hills can be expected.

  • The race starts at the V&A Waterfront. It follows Mouille-Point Beach-front into Cape Town’s City Centre, and past some historical landmarks of Long Street, Mount Nelson Hotel, South African National Gallery, South African Holocaust Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, City Gardens, City Hall, and the Castle of Good Hope to mention a few.
  • You’ll then head towards the Southern Suburbs. Turning back to the City alongside the Liesbeek River, before heading out along the National freeway towards Paarden Eiland.
  • Now you’ve reached the last stretch as you make your way past the World Cup 2010 Fanwalk towards the Cape Town Stadium. Your 42,2 km journey ends at Green Point A track. Here along with thousands of spectators and runners, everything will come together and culminate into a celebration.

Don’t panic

Before the race you’ll worry about everything from sleeping well the night before and cramming all your preparation to the night before. Use the entire week before the race to get some good rest. Your body will need the rest and your mind will too. Focus on positive thoughts. Listen to motivational music or podcasts and get your game face ready.

Remember to have fun. If you not having fun then what’s the point. Don’t focus too much on finishing the race within a set time. This is your first time. Be kind to your body and take it one step at a time. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon takes place from the 16th – 17th September and is one of the biggest sporting events on the Cape Town calendar. Simply just participating and making a concerted effort to change your lifestyle for the better is already half the battle won. Have your loved ones and friends come support you. Knowing they’ll be there waiting for you at the finish line might give you that extra bit of motivation to fight through some cramps. Let Vineyard Car Hire take you where you need to be, don’t miss out on what Cape Town has to offer. Order a reliable car to get you and your family to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.


restaurants in cape town with sea views


I think you will agree:

Cape Town has truly beautiful sea views.

Cape Town also has a wealth of quality restaurants to choose from.


But what if you could be eating at a restaurant that offers quality dining AND impressive views?

That would turn a simple lunch or dinner into a memorable experience.


Today, we will be showing you exactly which places in Cape Town offer the perfect combination of great food and great views.




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Blowfish has become an institution among Capetonians because of its selection of freshly prepared sushi and serene views over the Atlantic Ocean in Blouberg. Blowfish is a stone’s throw away from the popular kitesurfing hotspot, Dolphin Beach. Not only can you catch glimpses of the shimmering ocean from any seat in the restaurant, you can watch water sportsmen showing off their keen skills.

The portions are hearty, and if you don’t fancy sushi on the day, you can order a delicious bistro meal. Blowfish is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sushi for breakfast anyone?

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 6:30am – 10pm.
Address: 1 Marine Drive, Blouberg, Cape Town.
Tel: (021) 556 5464

See their menu.


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Sevruga at the V&A Waterfront is known for its delicious sushi and steaming dumplings, which you can enjoy while watching the back and forth of interesting people, as they go about their business at the harbour. Perhaps you would prefer to order tasty favourites, such as beef ribs and braised lamb shoulder from their varied menu. To quench your thirst, remember to try their house cocktail, the Sevruga. Popular among Capetonians and tourists alike, Sevruga certainly won’t disappoint.

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 11:00pm
Address: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 421 5134

See their menu here.

food at sevruga restaurant




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When you dine at Sotano by Caveau, the ocean is literally across the street, so sweeping ocean vistas and crisp sea breezes are guaranteed. This outdoor restaurant with beautiful sea views is the ideal location to relax with friends over a wholesome meal and a glass of wine after a stroll along the promenade. For a little romance, book a table outside to watch the sun setting over the blue horizon.

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10:30pm
Address: 121 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 433 1757

See Sotano’s menu here.



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If you’re craving a seafood platter of buttery crayfish, garlicky prawns and linefish, you would be wise to pay the Two Oceans Restaurant in Cape Point a visit. Although it is a bit of a drive from Cape Town city centre the scenery en route and the destination is totally worth it. The journey to Cape Point, the spot where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans are believed to meet, is incredibly picturesque and once there you’ll be rewarded with flavoursome food and 360 degree ocean views.

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Address: 1 Radio Road, Cape Point, Cape Town.
Tel: (021) 780 9200

Two Oceans Restaurant menu.


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Capetonians enjoy drives out of the city on weekends, with many of them travelling to sunny Blouberg and Melkbosstrand. These vibrant suburbs welcome crowds of visitors to their numerous popular sea-facing restaurants and bars. One such restaurant is Café Orca, a popular meeting place for a Saturday or Sunday lunch, owing to its unsurpassed view of Melkbosstrand.

At Orca, you’ll be spoiled for choice. It is truly difficult to choose only one dish from the menu because they’re all incredibly appetising.

Opening Times: Monday ­ closed. Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm, and 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Wednesday to Saturday 11:30am – 3:30pm, and 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Sunday 11:00am – 3:30pm.
Address: 88 Beach road, Melkbosstrand, Cape Town.
Tel: (021) 553 4120

Look at Café Orca’s menu.


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NB: Due to Orca Café’s popularity, you would be wise to call them and to reserve a table before driving all the way there.



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Positioned on a private beach in Granger Bay, Grand Cafe & Beach is an outdoor restaurant with an amazing sea view. With a focus on fresh produce, this cafe offers a variety of dishes simply prepared by their experienced chefs. Fit for both the discerning diner and the worldly traveller, if you’re looking for a quality restaurant on the beach, Grand Cafe is certainly worth a visit.

Opening Times: Monday ­- Sunday: 12:00pm til late.
Address: Haul road, Granger Bay, Cape Town.
Tel: (021) 425 0551

See Grand Cafe’s menu.

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The Vue Restaurant – Cape Town

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With 360-degree views of the city and beyond, The Vue offers picturesque views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and the expansive Atlantic Ocean. The Vue is wonderful for delicious meals and Tapas and perfect the perfect venue for some cocktails or sundowners.

The Tapas menu offers an array of wonderful treats for the discerning palate. These include a stuffed lamb burger, peanut and chilli beef wontons, tempura vegetables with soya and wasabi, Dukkah lamb koftas with minted yoghurt and beetroot hummus and much more.

Opening Times: Monday ­- Sunday: 07:00am – 22:00pm.
Address: 40 Chiappini St, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 418 3065

See The Vue’s menu.


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Thorfynn’s Restaurant – Noordhoek


view of Thorfynn's restaurant in noordhoek


Situated in a lovely natural setting, Thorfynn’s restaurant in Noordhoek offers fantastic sea views while you enjoy your hearty farmhouse breakfast, delicious lunch on the deck or a special dinner by candlelight. The lovely milkwood forest is ideal to wander through and you can make your way to a spectacular 8km stretch of unspoiled beach.

Thorfynn’s offers a variety of culinary styles on their menu, including wood-baked pizzas, sushi, seafood and a South African potjie. All of Thorfynn’s menu items are prepared using fresh, locally sourced, free range and organic produce, where possible.

Opening Times: Monday ­- Sunday: 07:00am – 23:00pm.
Address: Monkey Valley Resort, Mountain Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 789 1391


Food at thorfynn's restaurant


Harbour House Restaurant – Kalk Bay


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Perched above the rocks in the working Kalk Bay harbour, Harbour House restaurant offers exquisite views of the False Bay and the Hottentots Mountain Range.

The food at Harbour House is a fusion of elegant cuisine, offering beautifully presented dishes with a slight Mediterranean flavour. Because the restaurant owns their own boat, you can expect fish to go straight from sea to plate.

Opening Times: Monday ­- Sunday: 12:00pm – 22:00pm.
Address: Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay
Tel: (021) 788 4133

See Harbour House’s menu.


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Christmas for South Africans usually entails a warm summer’s day frolicking in the sun or splashing about in pools. The entire family comes round for a braai or roast accompanied by fresh summer salads and cool drinks.
Rarely do we get to experience a cold, snowy Christmas like Europeans, where locals are wrapped snuggly in fur jackets, nibble on gingerbread and clasp steaming cups of gluhwein or hot chocolate.  That’s why the small town of Tulbagh has decided to put together a Christmas in Winter festival each year, so that we too may experience our very own white Christmas – the South African way.
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What can you expect?

Tulbagh is a lovely quiet town about a two hour’s drive from Cape Town, depending on traffic. During the festival, you can expect plenty of Christmas cheer accompanied by the delicious aromas of home-cooked food and sugary delights drifting from food stalls. Along Church Street, trees are decorated with twinkling fairy lights and shop windows are dressed with Christmas ornaments and tinsel. Locals join in on the cheer by playfully wearing Father Christmas hats.
People at Christmas in Winter festival in Tulbagh
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What can you see and do?

Walk along Church Street where you’ll come across the largest concentration of national monuments in a single street. Admire these from a distance or step inside away from the cold to take a closer look. For children, jumping castles, pony rides and face painting awaits.  It won’t be Christmas without the jolly ‘ho ho ho’ of Father Christmas, who will be making an appearance too! Evenings will bring song and dance with live music at the ‘Rock with Santa’ party.
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Where to eat

Many restaurants will be cooking and serving delectable winter warmer dishes and full-on traditional Christmas fare.  Stalls will also be selling hearty soup with crusty bread and gluhwein (hot wine).
Here are some restaurants in Tulbagh where you can tuck into a delicious winter lunch:
  • De Kreeft Restaurant
  • Olive Terrace Bistro
  • Rijk’s Country House
  • Paddagang Restaurant
  • Forties Pub & Restaurant
If you have your lunch planned beforehand, go wine, cheese and olive tasting instead, which will be held at some of Tulbagh’s wine estates.

How much does a ticket cost?

Tickets for the Christmas in Winter festival are available at the Tulbagh tourism office and cost R60 per person. If you want a wine tasting glass, a ticket will cost R80 per person.  The tickets are valid for both days of the festival* (Saturday and Sunday).
  • Children under the age of 12 years enter free of charge.
  • *Do note that the price of the ticket does not include dinner at the restaurants.

When is the Christmas in Winter festival?

The festival takes place over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of June.

How to get to Tulbagh from Cape Town

Distance is approximately 121km.
1. Drive on the N1 highway from Cape Town towards Paarl.
2. Take the Klapmuts/Wellington turnoff (R44).
3. Just before Wellington turn left again as if you’re driving to Hermon/Ceres (Still the R44).
4. Continue on this road through the Nuwekloof Pass where it becomes the R46.
5. Follow the signs into Tulbagh.
GPS coordinates: -33.28624,19.13851
Map with directions to Tulbagh
If you need accommodation for the weekend of the Christmas in Winter festival, consider booking into the famous Tulbagh Hotel.

Looking for exciting new ways to spend your weekends? Just outside of Cape Town, lies a seaside suburb that is home to the oldest building in South Africa, a special corner for avid surfers and a variety of beach spots, restaurants and hiking trails.

You can rent a reliable car and drive up to Muizenberg for a fun-filled day of eating good food, soaking up the South African sun and partaking in some rather exciting outdoor activities.

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Surfers’ Corner

In any seaside suburb you’ll find a selection of activities that include swimming. Muizenberg boasts an ever-growing community of surfers. Surf Shack offers everything you’ll need to get started. Local surfers claim surfing is one of the most exhilarating experiences. Learning to surf should be on your bucket list!

Muizenberg Flea-Market

The Muizenberg Flea Market is considered the cornerstone of the suburb. Every Sunday it draws crowds from all over the Cape. Stalls offer the best bargains all year round.

Come hungry as the smell of freshly made street food will tantalise your taste buds as you pass by. You’ll find a variety of sizzling meats, buttery corn, fish and chips and even a few surprises too. Dress comfortably and have cash on hand because having to make a quick dash to the nearest ATM may be the reason you miss out on great deals.

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Muizenberg History:

Muizenberg is home to South Africa’s oldest building. Now open to the public as a museum of history, the Het Posthuys Museum has been perfectly preserved since 1742.

A quick visit to the Muizenberg Museum and you’ll learn about the battle that took place in the town on the 7th August 1795 between the Dutch and the English. The battlement site boasts an open-air museum which was opened to the public in 2006. The Dutch retreated which led to the first British occupation of the Cape. Brace yourself for an action packed visit back into time.

Het Posthuys Museum by Muizenberg Tourism

For activities in the rest of the Mother City, visit our selection of attractions in Cape Town.

If you are looking for things to do in Cape Town, you’ll be glad to learn that the Mother City has something for everyone. We have provided our selection of Cape Town attractions for tourists and locals alike.

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Everyone loves a good road trip, and South Africa provides the perfect place for one – whether it’s a quick two hour day trip from Cape Town to Hermanus or a cross-country haul, listening to music and admiring the beautiful scenery whizzing past us.
To make sure you get the best out of your next South African jaunt, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to road tripping from Cape Town.
We’ll cover everything from your pre-trip planning, to staying safe on the roads and being as eco-friendly as possible. We’ll have a look at how to go about putting together a playlist and snack pack for your trip. And finally, we’ll give you some suggestions for your road trip destination – because sometimes the destination is just as important as the journey.


Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip


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A good road trip depends on having a car that’s reliable. Whether you’re driving your own car or are planning on hiring one, you want to make sure you don’t have to deal with breakdowns – they tend to ruin the experience a bit.
You’ll want to make sure that your car is prepped well in advance. Going through our list at least two to four weeks before you leave makes sure you have enough time to fix any problems that crop up.
First, if your car needs any major repairs, now is the time to do them. A road trip can put strain on your vehicle, and you don’t want any existing issues to become exacerbated. In fact, it’s worth booking your car in for a full check-up. When you do, ask the mechanics to:

  • Check your coolant. Even in the areas surrounding Cape Town, you can find a great variation in temperature. Making sure your coolant is functioning properly will go a long way to protecting your engine in these conditions.
  • Get the tires checked. The condition of your tread makes a big difference to your cars grip, which is vital on national highways, where you’ll be driving at high speeds. It’s also worth double checking the pressure of your tires against your cars manual – this can be done at any petrol station
  • Make sure your battery is in good condition. No one wants to be stranded in the middle of nowhere because their car won’t start.
  • Have a look at your brakes. Again, this is something that has a direct bearing on your safety on the road.


Of course, if you choose to hire a car, the above will be done for you, before you receive the car. In which case we can move right on to the next item on our list:


Stay Safe on Your Road Trip


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There are a number of different routes out of Cape Town, each offering its own unique scenery and a different path to your destination. Whichever one you choose, it’s important to make sure you’re driving safely. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Never, ever tailgate – tailgating is the frankly dangerous practice of driving close to the car in front of you. Aside from the fact that it’s just plain rude, there are several problems with tailgating: It can make the driver in front of you nervous and break their concentration, leading to dangerous mistakes, and it reduces your ability to take evasive action if the car in front of you does something dangerous. Keep a good following distance by staying at least two seconds behind the car in front of you.
  • Always use your turn signals – too many times drivers neglect to use their turn signals, not realising just how important they are. Your fellow drivers aren’t psychic, let people know what your intentions are on the road by using your turn signals.
  • Never speed, but don’t drive too slowly either – we know speeding kills, so it’s important to stay under the speed limit. But it’s important not to drive too slowly as well, as it gives cars behind us more time to react and avoid accidents.
  • Never (and this can’t be said enough) drive under the influence – don’t drive under the influence of any alcohol or any type of drug. This is for the safety of you and everyone else on the road; if we’re not fully aware of our environment and the road we can cause unnecessary and fatal accidents.

Basically, driving safely means making others aware of your intentions, and giving yourself and others the time that’s needed to react to problem situations.

So that’s the pre-trip and driving safety out of the way – let’s talk about being eco-friendly next.


Eco-Friendly Road Trips

In a world where global warming is a major issue, the majority of us have started paying much more attention to the ‘carbon footprint’ we leave behind.
Regardless of whether you’re travelling with your own car or are making use of a Cape Town car hire company, there are many eco-friendly steps you take make while on your road trip.
Always take along a plastic bag or two while driving, as this is an easy and quick way of disposing your rubbish while travelling long distances. These plastic bags can easily be discarded in a bin when at your next stop, such as a petrol station for re-fuelling or buying food.
When packing your car for the road trip avoid overloading the vehicle, as an unnecessarily, heavily loaded car can add to your fuel consumption, which ultimately adds to your carbon footprint.
Always be aware of how you can help the environment and try to prevent any damage to it. For instance, if your exhaust is fuming then this is certainly not good for the environment and definitely not a good sign of the condition of your vehicle. Hiring a car is a responsible option, if you feel your car might be unreliable and unsafe for the environment and those around you.
Consider making use of environmentally conscious restaurants and accommodations in Cape Town.
OK, we’ve got all the important stuff out the way – now on to the fun stuff.
Cape Town Road trip destination


The Best Food and Music for a Road Trip


So much of a road trip depends on the atmosphere in the car. The best way to get this right is with a combination of excellent music and great snack options.
The obvious problem is that you and your fellow adventurers will almost certainly have different tastes, both in music and food. So what to do? Well, the easiest thing is probably just to sit down and have a chat about your playlist.
The key to a good road trip playlist is variety. There are some easy genre touchstones that any road trip will usually include:

  • Classic rock
  • Sing-a-long classics (a road trip tradition)
  • The latest chart toppers

There are also a host of artists who are traditionally considered essential to road tripping. Guns ‘n Roses, AC/DC, Journey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen – this is just the tip of the iceberg, music wise.
Food brings its own complications when it comes to choice, but a there are a few options that generally make it onto everyone’s list:

  • Biltong
  • Chips
  • Water
  • Soft drinks
  • Chocolate

It’s also a good idea to stop at farm stalls and small towns to supplement your snack reserve. Not only does this give you an opportunity to stretch your legs, you’ll often find little treats that you’ve never seen before, from homemade pies to traditional root beer and everything in between.
At this point, we’ve covered your car, staying safe on the road, being conscious of the environment, and what to do for snacks and music. Last off, we’d like to give you a bit of inspiration for possible road trip destinations.


Great Road Trips from Cape Town


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The best thing about using Cape Town as the starting point of your road trip is that it gives you the opportunity to drive through some truly mind blowing scenery. Not only that, but there are a host of interesting and unique destinations at distances that will suit everyone from the casual day tripper to long haul road trip enthusiasts.
For day trips and weekends away, there are few great options:

  • Hermanus, on the Southern Coast of the Western Cape, lies a few hours from Cape Town and is a great weekend getaway. This lovely seaside town is best known for whale watching, but it’s also home to some great restaurants, and the nearby Hemel en Aarde Valley wine region produces some great white wines.
  • The historic town of Franschhoek lies inland from Cape Town, and is a wine enthusiasts dream. Settled by the French Huguenots in the 17th Century, it is home to many outstanding wine farms, as well as some of the best restaurants in the country. A great way to explore the area is with a trip on the wine tram, stopping at notable farms in the area.
  • For a shorter trip, visit Kalk Bay on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula. This fishing village is the perfect place to grab some fish and chips, find a spot at the harbour, and watch the fishing boats bring in the catch.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are some great drives that will take you a bit further afield:

  • The Cape Route 62 meanders from Cape Town, through the Klein Karoo region and all the way to Port Elizabeth. This road goes through some incredible countryside, with some quirky stops along the way, including the locally famous Ronnie’s Sex Shop. Another spot on the Route that’s worth a look is Oudtshoorn, where you’ll find the ancient and remarkable Cango Caves.
  • The popular path through the Garden Route will take you to Knysna, situated on a lagoon and home to lush rainforest. This scenic area is known for the yearly Oyster Festival. Make sure you take the time to visit the Knysna Heads while you’re there – these enormous formations form the entrance to the lagoon from the sea.
  • North of Cape Town, the West Coast route will take you all the way into Namibia if you so wish. Nearer to home though, you’ll find fishing villages like Paternoster, where you can relax against the backdrop of the wild Atlantic Ocean.

These are really just a hint of the options available to you. From forbidding mountains to vast oceans, a road trip from Cape Town gives you access to an entire world of diversity and adventure.

Go for a drive. Explore.

Discovering and exploring the most popular locations in Cape Town is sure to make your trip interesting but take a moment to really get a sense of Cape Town by unravelling what’s beneath the surface. Underground, or rather secret restaurants have become a growing sensation amongst locals as the Cape Town social scene and booming tourism industry reach new heights.
The basic concept of course is nothing original, but a couple of new underground restaurants in Cape Town have graced us with their wonderfully laid-back presence and we certainly can’t imagine life without them. Not only do they offer a calm and relaxed atmosphere but they also offer modest prices while still presenting mouth-watering food. If you think you can only enjoy some of these places if you’re a local then think again. Simply follow our list and get exploring.

The Dog’s Bollocks

This quaint restaurant offers something for all types. Set in a backyard, The Dog’s Bollocks presents a unique backdrop to your lunch dates. From delicious burgers to scrumptious vegan and vegetarian options that will leave you speechless, you can find this gem of a spot in Yard 6, Roodehoek Street in Gardens, and slap bang in the city centre. It doesn’t get much better than that. Only recently has Dog’s Bollocks created a social media account so be sure to follow them before your trip.

the dog's bollocks menu

• The Dog’s Bollocks specialises in making amazing, mouth-watering burgers. Scrumptiously juicy and ever so inventive and handcrafted by the owner, Nigel Wood. At first glance the Dogs Bollocks looks like nothing more than an average garage with a blackboard outside offering burgers but step inside and prepare to be surprised. Oh and remember to bring your own alcohol along.

Ferdinando’s Pizza

Considered Observatory’s hidden gem, Ferdinando’s Pizza offers wood-fired, Italian pizza made with proper, fresh ingredients that is sure to get you hooked. Just outside of the city centre, Ferdinando’s Pizza is perfectly situated in the up and coming, trendy suburb of Observatory. Here you’ll find a unique selection of restaurants, bars, clubs and a diverse pool of people. Be prepared to fall in love with the charm and ambience of Ferdinando’s Pizza.

fake pizzas at ferdinando's pizza

• Interesting fact about this Pizzeria: Ferdinando’s Pizza began in the apartment of a handsome Italian guy named Diego who happily made one delicious pizza after the other in the pizza oven he built into the space himself. He named his underground restaurant after his dog Ferdinando who is known to be quite friendly with the ladies.

The Gin Bar

The Gin Bar is perfectly nestled in a Mediterranean-style court yard that can only be accessed through a Chocolate Café, Honest Chocolate. This beautifully hidden gem offers the remedy for your heart, soul and head by harnessing the age old medicinal practices with gin.

the gin bar drinks


• The Gin Bar can be found on Wale Street. In the midst of the city hustle and bustle, you can find this quaint bar which offers gin based drinks with international and local influences. Open Tuesday to Thursday: 5pm-1am and Friday and Saturday: 4pm-2am. The beautiful Upstairs bar (above the Gin Bar) is also open Thursday to Saturday night, and the space is available to hire for events and functions.

If you’re visiting Cape Town for the first time, be sure to make the proper arrangements for travelling before you embark on your trip. Renting a reliable car has to be the safest and most reliable way to travel in and around this majestic city. If you’re looking for a romantic dining experience, have a look at our list of the best restaurants in cape town with sea views.