Thinking of Travelling? | Cape Town

Thinking of Travelling… Visit Cape Town

Cape Town is a city close to my heart and after spending time there year after year, there are certain things to do that we’ve either discovered and love, or are old favourites that you just can’t miss if you ever get the chance to travel to the beautiful cape.

1. Walking up Lions Head

Stunning panoramic views over Cape Town.

Although taking the cable car up table mountain is an experience in itself, the short hour walk to the top of Lion’s head is filled with 360 degree views over the whole city, along with exciting step ladders and ropes to help with the climb and once at the top, an absolutely stunning view over the whole city, including the beautiful table mountain, standing strong. If you are visiting over a ‘full moon’ then climbing Lions Head on this night is an absolutely must. Hundreds if not thousands of people scramble their way to the top to catch a glimpse of Cape Town under the light of a the full moon. An adventure you have to experience.

Or better still walk up Lions head and paraglide down!

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2. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Beautiful walks and picnics.

This world-renowned botanical garden is nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain. It lives up to it’s reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and not many others around the world can match the sheer grandeur of the national reserve against the slopes of the mountain.

Take a picnic and relax to Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset concert surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Cape Town Mountains.

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3. Boulders Beach

Swim with penguins.

This really is a place for all the family, with wooden board-walks built up across the penguins home, you can watch them living their lives, building nests, integrating with mates, you can even see the eggs hatch if you’re there in the right season. Then at Boulder’s Beach, where you can sunbath, rock climb and swim in the sea, the penguins are free to roam around so you might even get the luck chance to swim with the penguins.

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4. The Old Biscuit Mill

Food, shops, restaurants and market.

Located in Woodstock in buzzy downtown Cape Town, The Old Biscuit Mill really is the place to be on any evening of the week as it is filled with both local and Michelin star restaurants, ready to tickle your fancy. Along with this, is the Saturday morning buzz of all the local produce and restaurants arriving to set up their stands and fill the area with mini cafes, hot and cold food stalls, along with biltong making, chocolate tasting, soap trying, vegetable markets, you name it, it’s there on a Saturday morning.

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5. Long Street

For the Nightlife – clubs and bars.

Long Street is the backpacker central of Cape Town, it is buzzy and loud and full of exciting atmosphere. With famous hostels all along the street and crazy pubs and bars on every corner, it is the young soul of Cape Town and the place to be when travelling.

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6. Noordhoek Beach

Windy walks and kite flying.

As you probably know, sometimes in Cape Town the weather can be hit and miss and when the winds come, they come in strong, and when this happens there is no where better to be that Noordhoek beach. The vast stretch of white sand is perfect for long walks but even better for kite

flying. We have huge 3 meter trick kites that lift you off the ground and fill up a whole day with fun-filled activity.

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7. Camps Bay

Evening drinks at sunset.

Camps Bay, along with being an the ideal beach location, with the sun staying shining on the sand until late, is also a great evening destination. Camps Bay high street runs along side the beach with bars and restaurants looking over the vast ocean, absolutely perfect for watching the sunset in the evening with a glass of wine. All the restaurants are always full so the atmosphere is always on point and the seafood couldn’t be fresher.

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8. Food

So many places. So many choices.

Over the many years of visiting Cape Town we have been able to experience a wide range of restaurants.
We would like to share below our all time favourites, Cape Town wouldn’t be the same without them!

Pot Luck Club

The Pot Luck Club, situated on the top floor of the Silo of the Old Biscuit Mill on Albert Road, Woodstock opened February 14th 2013.  It has been dubbed the coolest place to be in Cape Town and its success is based on innovative cuisine, served in a relaxed yet edgy environment in a part of Cape Town that has never attracted an evening dining crowd.
Luke collaborated with renowned Cape Town based architect Greg Scot along with some of the city’s foremost art and design personalities.
Luke Dale-Roberts is a name synonymous with the finest, most creative and innovative food in South Africa. Since coming to Cape Town, Luke has consistently proven his mettle with a string of awards and accolades.

Delaire Graff

A luxury Winelands experience at Delaire Graff Estate, a world-leading destination for wine, art and hospitality in an unrivalled setting. Designed with the discerning global traveller in mind, savour breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the Stellenbosch Valley.

Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, the incredible views provide the perfect backdrop to our outstanding restaurants, state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges, exuberant landscaping, destination Spa and luxury boutiques.

La Colombe

Scot Kirton, executive chef of La Colombe in Constantia, Cape Town, has earned the title S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year.

There’s a playfulness to the menu, especially in terms of presentation. Take their signature dish, the tuna tataki served in a can, which also made an appearance on the menu at the Sunday lunch awards ceremony. It’s clear that a lot of thought, hard work, and more than a touch of fun goes into designing the menu.

Scot explains, “We start by looking at what the season holds, and then we try to think outside the box. Every dish has to be unique and original; this sometimes means that it takes weeks to master.”

Greenhouse

Greenhouse is the flagship restaurant of The Collection by Liz McGrath, and a celebration of local flavours fashioned into an exquisite experience by the genius of the culinary team working here.
Greenhouse is a place where local ingredients and great African fables come together in a tasting menu that takes guests on a unique culinary experience. It’s why we were ranked number four in the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards’ list of South Africa’s top 10 restaurants, along with the Bsochendal Style Award.
Menus change with every season, and guests are guaranteed fresh, seasonal, local ingredients wherever possible, and often from the Cellars garden. Let the expert sommelier assist you with pairing your meal with the perfect wine for the ultimate dining experience.

9. Robben Island

To get a sense of the real culture.

In order to get a true representation of the history of such a country, you have to explore back to its roots and for South Africa, this Island located in Table Bay, is hugely significant both to the nation and it’s people. Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, and visiting this tiny cell and the rest of the prison island will allow you a true insight into South Africa’s struggles.

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10.  Table Mountain

Everyone has to be a tourist at some point

Its on everyone’s list of ‘things to do in Cape Town’ but it really is an opportunity that you can not miss out on. Take the 360 degree cable car up the side of the mountain to reach the table top. Leisurely walk around and explore the wildlife and take in the views of the surrounding Cape. The best time to go is just before sunset. Take a picnic and watch the sun go from the top of the mountain and Cape Town transform from day to night.

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Thinking of Travelling: Ski Season


Thinking Of Travelling? | Ski Season

Thinking of Doing a Ski Season?

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If you love the snow like me and can’t get enough of the thrill of arriving at the top of a mountain, overlooking the vast valleys and forests covered in snow, only to whizz down on two skis, the wind in your hair, shredding up the powder… then why wouldn’t you go to a ski resort for a whole season (over three months) and get to do something you love, everyday? All while earning money. Sounds like a no brainer to me…

Reasons you should…

* The snow and the mountains aren’t going anywhere over the winter season so you can ski literally everyday, the only way it’s not too expensive is on a season.

* You get the opportunity of meeting new and exciting people who are there for exactly the same reason as you… you’re bound to get along.

* Experience a different world. The lands of ski resorts are truly magical places and as well as experiencing a different country, you also get to experience a new lifestyle.

* Explore a different career path. Whether it’s in instructing, chalet hosting, bar work or mountain help, the career opportunities at ski resorts are vast and there’s something for everyone.

Reasons you shouldn’t…

* Although while on a season you will be working, this isn’t the place to go if you’re planning on saving up money. Inevitably you will be spending what you earn on accommodation, food and the ever so famous après-ski.

* The hours are long. If you’re looking to escape from busy work life and relax in the mountains, that could be possible with a few of the jobs, however most involve long hours and as soon as you’ve got a minute off you’ll be busy skiing or drinking.

* Staff accommodation isn’t any four star hotel. If you’re looking for a homely home of luxury during your season then think again, staff accommodation is cheap and crowded, but loads and loads of fun.

Whistler

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For my ski season, I went to Whistler, Canada – the home of the winter Olympics last year and renowned for big downfalls of snow, and huge amounts of powder. Being from the UK, and growing up learning to ski in Europe, I wanted to try something different and experience a whole new world of skiing – and in Canada everything is so much bigger! The slopes are hugely wide and long, which makes time spent on lifts during the day so much shorter. The terrain suits anyone’s style, with huge pisted tracks, tricky tree runs, mogule race fields, terrain parks with jumps and boxes, there’s literally everything and more in the whistler ski resort and that’s not including the thousands and thousands of acres of back country and off piste to be explored.  Although there’s a no drinking on the slopes law, it doesn’t stop the après being wild, with hundreds of famous hang out bars at the bottom of the slopes, waiting for you to finish your day with a giant plate of nachos and a bar-side ski shot race. Whistler really was a whole new fantasy world to me, with the resort village coming to life at night, full of not only restaurants, bars and shops, but ice rinks, bungee jumps and fire shows on the slopes at night.

My time in Whistler was one of the best times of my life and I really don’t think the experience that I had would have been the same in any other resort.

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