Cape Town and Constantia Holiday Guide

Description

Situated on the southwestern tip of Africa, Cape Town and the Western Cape is recognised as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Offering a range of attractions, breathtaking sights and endless activities, it is a year-round holiday destination with friendly people, a mild climate and rich cultural heritage.

Cape Town is the Mother City of South Africa and the Capital City of the Western Cape. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.

The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold

With a host of activities on offer, you’re spoilt for choice. From nature reserves, scenic drives and hiking trails to adrenaline rushes in the form of the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at Bloukrans Bridge, world-class shark cage diving or white water canoeing on the Breede River. In addition, Cape Town is a golf lovers paradise sporting some of the best golf courses in the world.

If Culture and Heritage is what you’re after, then there’s no shortage either. Walk past loud blubbery seals sunning themselves on the pier and take the ferry to Robben Island to visit liberation icon and former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela’s prison cell. Marvel at the ancient rock art in the Karoo and explore the completely preserved historic mission stations at Elim and Genadendal. Then join the boisterous, mad-cap minstrels dancing in the Cape Minstrel Carnival and don’t even think of missing out on a township tour and the opportunity to experience traditional Cape Flats life and African culture and cuisine, for yourself.

If it’s business as usual for you then Cape Town and the Western Cape, winner of the 2008 Travel Awards for Africa’s leading destination, answers all your business needs. A convention, conference and investment hub, the destination consistently wins 90% of all conferences it bids for.

Constantia is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, situated about 15 kilometres south of the centre of Cape Town. The Constantia Valley lies to the east of and at the foot of the Constantiaberg mountain. Constantia Nek is a low pass linking to Hout Bay in the west. Constantia is one of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town and is famed for its wine.

The Location of Cape Town CBD & Constantia

This port city is situated at the base of Table Mountain which is on the coastal area of Table Bay. Cape Town includes the region close to the north of Table Mountain and adjacent to Signal Hill. The latitude of Cape Town is 33º 57′ S while the longitude is 18º 28′ W.

Constantia is located at the centre of the Cape Peninsula, only minutes from the centre of town, Constantia Valley is Cape Town’s secret rural retreat and the perfect place to escape, away from the hustle and bustle of city-life.

The Cape Town CBD & Constantia Vibe

Cape Town is a melting pot of different people, exemplified by the fact that the majority of its people are from mixed race-groups. The Mother City’s children are an eclectic mix of people from all over the world who represent cultures as diverse and bright as the colours of the rainbow.

Within earshot of the city’s business district, kids still play in the street while their parents swap stories over the low walls dividing their brightly painted homes.

De Waterkant village is Cape Town’s pink capital and has helped cement the city as an destination of choice for gays from around the world.

Afrikaners, English, Germans and Africans have all found their space in this bustling metropolis, where opera and ballet are often interchangeable with kwaito (a popular South African music genre) and hip-hop.

Cape Town’s rich culture can be experienced through its live music venues, superb restaurants, varied art galleries and excellent museums.

Get out there, meet people, listen to the music, taste the food, experience life in Cape Town and don’t be scared to explore. You will be well rewarded.

Constantia is a great place for people who want to escape from the rat race of the city life. It is situated close to the vineyards and is one of the most beautiful and tranquil suburbs.

Cape Town CBD & Constantia – Amenities

Every stranger who arrives at the Cape, makes a point of visiting the Village of Constantia and those famous wine plantations; for these with the Table Mountain are looked upon as the great and first objects of curiosity at the Cape.

Places to see in Cape Town CBD and Constantia

 

  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Grand Parade
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • District Six Museum
  • South African National Art Gallery
  • Company’s Gardens
  • South African Museum
  • Cape Town Planetarium
  • Greenmarket Square
  • St Georges Mall
  • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • Table Mountain Cableway
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Chapman’s Peak Scenic Drive
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Rondevlei Bird Sactuary
  • Robben Island

 

Cape Town CBD & Constantia Activities

 

  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Golf
  • Wine tasting
  • Hiking and walking

 

Eating out in Cape Town CBD & Constantia

Like any big city, Cape Town has plenty of choice if you want to eat out. You can buy a quick snack, like mieliepap at a street corner, or go for something more substantial in one of the many restaurants. You can choose from restaurants of many nationalities, but it’s certainly worthwhile to try the Cape cuisine. There are many delicious seafood dishes, like crayfish, snook, or the huge perlemoen (abalone). The Malays (in the past often the cooks for the white people) have had a great impact on the food in South Africa in general and the Cape is special. Try the waterblommetjiesbredie (a stew with water lillies) or the bobotie (spicy mince meat). Wash it all down with a good glass of South African wine.

Cape Town CBD & Constantia restaurants :

 

  • Cape Manna
  • Biesmiellah
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Panama Jacks
  • Africa Cafe
  • Mamma Africa
  • Kaapse Tafel
  • Spur
  • The Charles
  • Bhandaris
  • Boer ‘n Brit
  • Buitenverwachting
  • Cape town Fish Market
  • Constantia Uitsig
  • Jonkershuis Eatery

 

Guesthouses in Cape Town CBD & Constantia

Cape Town

2 inn 1 Guesthouse

202 Faulconier Guesthouse

3 Flower Street Villa Guesthouse

51 On Kloofnek Guesthouse

Amazing Vouchers Guesthouse

Bay Views Guesthouse

Cape Adventures Villa Guesthouse

Cape Paradise Lodge Guesthouse

Carradale 204 Guesthouse

Dean House Guesthouse

House of Ephraim Guesthouse

Ilse’s Self Catering Guesthouse

Ivans SC Guesthouse

Juliette 606 Guesthouse

Kylemore G002 & G003 Guesthouse

La Ferme Grenade Guesthouse

M U O’Donovan Guesthouse

Navona Guesthouse

Palgrave 402 Guesthouse

Pelgrave 302 and Pembroke 402 Guesthouse

Signal Hill Guesthouse

Tafelberg Inn Guesthouse

The Costa Rose Guesthouse

Villa Zeezicht Guesthouse

Constantia

Please use the links below to access more details on the featured guest houses, where indicated read the owners/ manager page for the inside story!!

Bay Flower Guesthouse

Constantia Lazy River Guesthouse

Constantia Valley Lodge Guesthouse

The Sutherland BNB Guesthouse

Alternatively access our comprehensive guest house directory here