is a large secluded forest area next to Table Mountain for
relaxed walks and mountain biking. To get there take the M3
freeway and drive past the University of Cape Town (from city
centre side) and watch out for a small sign on your right
indicating directions to the forest. read
more about Newlands Forest
Also popular is the Tokia
Forest reserve, off Spaanschemat Drive. These are quite
safe areas and a lot of locals and their families frequent
them. For other secret hiking areas link onto http://www.uncoverthecape.co.za/hiking-guide.htm
which you find on a map of Cape Town.
The Noon Gun
on Signal Hill notifies the city every day that it is 12h00.
It is an old canon that is fired off every day since 1864.
It is quite a thrilling sound, especially if you drive up
close on Signal Hill and count the seconds down before the
Noon Gun fires.
Rugby is a national
sport in South Africa. The local team is the Stormers (for
the Super 14 competition) and Western Province (for the local
Curry Cup). For a great experience with electrifying atmosphere
visit a rugby match at the Newlands
stadium when the locals are playing. Tickets are
not very expensive and having a few beers at the stadium and
enjoying a game is a great way to start off an evening.
is a small secluded beach next to Boulders Beach. Many people,
including locals, don’t know about this little beach.
It has very clear waters and is perfect for snorkeling. Just
take the small residential side street passing Boulders Beach
entrance and you’ll discover this little piece of paradise.
Off Kommetjie lighthouse
is a nice safe and secluded beach for those romantics. Ask
the local at Kommetjie for directions to this beach.
Or go for a nice picnic
on a beautiful wine farm at Bien Donne, near Franschoek.
Usually on the opening day of this picnic festival, live music
by good South African bands is performed. Unfortunately no
food or drinks are admitted as snacks and drinks must be bought
at the stalls inside. But the atmosphere is great.
At Getwine (http://www.getwine.co.za)
you can stock up on labled and unlabled South African wine
by ordering on-line and having it delivered to your door.
These wines are very affordable and come onto the market
when the exchange rate doesn’t favour wine exports.
As a result there is an over supply of wines and therefore
become available domestically at very good prices.
Finally, the winter
months (June – August) in Cape Town are referred to
as the Secret Season. During this time prices for accommodation
are low and the town and attractions are not overcrowded with
visitors. The weather is not too bad, a bit rainy and overcast,
but often a few beautiful days make an appearance. Things
to do during this time is just plain relaxing, red wine tasting,
enjoying the flower season (starting in August) and watching
the whales arrive in July.