South Africa is incredibly diverse and multicultural and Cape Town is the cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures and influences. You can find hundreds of experiences, all in one city. Our if i could… team are here to help provide you with the perfect itinerary to combine both culture and social immersion with fun travel.
Cape Town has been nominated many times as the world’s most beautiful city to visit. With Table Mountain on one side and gorgeous beaches on the other it’s not hard to see why it’s many travellers favourite destination. It makes it onto almost everyone’s Bucket List!
If you are looking for crystal clear waters and sandy white beaches look no further than the pristine blue-flag shores of Clifton, Llandudno and Cape Town’s own Millionaire’s Row, found in Camps Bay and Clifton with mansions overhanging the winding coast road, providing the backdrop for sands fringed with palm trees and turquoise waters. Beach clean-up initiatives are a regular site in these areas and are the sole reason they retain their blue-flag status.
Perhaps it’s more of a Greek coastline you are after? If so, you can get a taste of the Greek life in the quaint coastal village of Langebaan, especially at Club Mykonos situated on the West Coast. If you love the charm of fishing villages, you’ll love the colourful boats lining the beaches of Lyson Island in Vietnam, as well as Paternoster on the Cape West Coast.
Cape Town is also a top choice for all adventure travellers and we have surf to challenge that of Hawaii’s most sought-after waves. Putting South Africa on the big wave surfing map, Dungeons in Hout Bay is a right-hand break known for its power and ability to scare visitors away. There are more friendly surf spots dotted along the coastline – Muizenberg is a particularly friendly and popular spot for family surfing and bodyboarding. We partner with some fantastic nonprofit programs that teach underprivileged children to swim, surf and learn about interpersonal relationships, ocean awareness and respect for others and the environment.
Are you more of a genteel body who enjoys sipping wine in the French region of Champagne? Well, the famous Cape Winelands are world-class with rolling vineyards, towering mountains, historic wine estates and more than enough wine to keep everyone satisfied. The good news is that nearly every farm and estate in the area offers wine-tasting.
Nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden can easily rival a fine English country garden. Kirstenbosch boasts over 22 000 indigenous plant species and was the first botanical garden to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sunday open-air concerts in the summer months are extremely popular. Bring friends, a picnic, blanket and chilled wine and experience everything from classical music, to comedians, to international DJ’s like Goldfish. Featured bands include Freshly Ground, the Parlotones, Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove, Prime Circle, The Rudimentals, Jimmy Nevis and others. Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy these magnificent rich, indigenous bio-diverse gardens.
Cape Town has a solid reputation as the go-to festival space in South Africa. Why head to the Netherlands or Belgium for your party when festivals and trance parties are part and parcel of living in the Mother City. You can be sure there’s at least one such party happening somewhere every other weekend. From Rocking the Daisies and Up the Creek, to Earthdance, Vortex and many others. This is your chance to pull a few friends together, grab a tent and enjoy the amazing energy.
If you are more of a night owl and crave the entertainment that only Las Vegas offers, then head for Long Street and Bree Street. Visit one of the numerous gin bars, or enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop of the many ritzy hotels while watching the sunset behind Table Mountain. Bars like Julep (one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets) and the Waiting Room draw the art crowd, while Neighbourhood has a laid-back feel and a vast balcony from which to watch the goings-on below.
With luxury yachts, apartments worth millions and boutique stores with hefty price-tags, the V&A Waterfront is as much a hub for the rich and famous as the streets of Monaco. Cape Town has an incredible art and museum heritage and make sure you visit the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. This world-class new art mecca is making serious inroads for developing and supporting educational and enrichment programmes around the African art diaspora and encourages intercultural understanding.
Woodstock has fast become Cape Town’s new creative hub and has a gritty, urban charm. Walk the streets and see worn Victorian buildings with new paint, juxtaposed against urban graffiti, local culture and derelict warehouses transformed into swish art galleries. The award-winning community museums for District Six and Robben Island lay bare the time when the previous apartheid government imposed its racist and derogatory laws and neighbourhoods were destroyed, with many locals were forced to move from their family homes onto the cape flats. The improvement of Woodstock is believed to be a catalyst for growth, development and job creation, ultimately leading to the upliftment of the local community, and it is no wonder that this socially responsible development area is where our own if i could… offices are located.
If you are looking for something slightly slower and a little more voyeuristic and like the idea of a Serengeti type safari, then look no further than 1 hour outside of Cape Town. Visit Aquila Private Game Reserve and see the big 5 on a game drive. Just a few hours further you reach the vast openness of the Karoo. We might not have the towering desert dunes of the Sahara, but the Karoo bears a striking resemblance to the scrubby terrain of the Sub-Sahara. Sustainable livelihood and feeding programs are an ongoing need in this community and there is much opportunity to volunteer, intern or give back to local communities.
And so we see that there really is no good excuse not to visit Cape Town when we have the world at our doorstep. We’d loved to have you come and stay.