Our Top Ten Tourist Tips

Whale watching

The Western Cape offers some of the best shore-based whale watching in the world. The Southern Right Whale is a winter visitor (July to December) arriving from Antarctic feeding grounds in late autumn to mate and give birth. Other whales can also be spotted year round. For precise sightings call the Whale Watch Hotline (083 910 1028) for a 24 hour update.

For a more adventurous whale watching experience we recommend whale watching from the air. African Wings offers the ultimate whale viewing experience. During whale season African Wings guarantee sightings with a full refund if whales are not spotted. The record sighting on a 15 minute flight is 135 whales. Flights depart from Hermanus.

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

Enjoy a summer sunset concert against the backdrop of Cape Towns most majestic settings. Few gardens match the sheer grandeur and setting of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The open air amphitheatre caters for all music tastes, rock, classical, jazz, folk and big band swing. Every Sunday evening from November to April. Gates open from 16:00 and concerts are held between 17:30 and 19:00. Bring along some wine and a picnic basket.

Surfing

The Cape Peninsular offers some of the most varied surfing, stand up and kiting in South Africa. The jagged western seaboard from Noordhoek to Cape Point has some excellent surf breaks. The Hoek, Long Beach, Outer Kom, Misty Cliffs, Washing Machine, Dunes and Scarborough are all on our doorstep. The irregular shoreline means regardless of wind direction there is nearly always a surf break to be found. If David's in town he'll happily show you around. A wetsuit is a must.

Equipment can be hired from various outlets in and around Cape Town. Why not get your very own board shaped to suit your ability or style. David will happily introduce you to friend and former top surfer Dave Stubbs, one of South Africa's leading shapers of surfboards, kiteboards and longboards. An avid contest surfer, Dave's focus has always been developing cutting edge surfing products: www.33surf.com.

Robben island

Not the most original tip as hundred of thousands of tourists visit Robben Island every year, but for a good reason: the tour is very interesting. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Alongside many other political prisoners South Africa's first democratic President Nelson Mandela spent decades imprisoned during the apartheid era.

Ferries depart at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. For more information and ticket booking: www.robben-island.org.za.

Horse riding on Longbeach

Noordhoek has a large horse population and riding along the 7km sandy beach is a great attraction. Nicolette would happily arrange an out ride and where possible accompany you. Sleepy Hollow Riding School, The Dunes and Imhoff Equestrian Centre all offer rides on the beautiful Noordhoek Beach.

Museums of Cape Town and the Slave Lodge

Cape Town offers a variety of Museums, Libraries, Historic Buildings and Art Galleries. To name just a few interesting museums: District Six Museum, Castle of Good Hope and the South African Museum.

The Slave Lodge (Corner Adderley and Wale Streets) is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town (1679). A former slave lodge of the Dutch East India Company, the museum now exhibitions the long history of slavery in South Africa. The exhibition is very well made and uses lots of images, objects and sounds.

Cape Town Cycle Tour

Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of Cape Town's top attractions, an annual 110 km cycle race which starts in Cape Town city centre, travels around the Cape Peninsula, passes our doorstep and finishes in Greenpoint. Traditionally staged on the second Sunday of March the race attracts as many as 31 000 cyclists and is the largest individual timed cycle race in the world, a must for fanatics to hobbyist cyclists.

With prior arrangement we will happily ferry up to eight guests and their bikes to the start and collect you at the finish. The next race is 11th of March 2018.

De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve situated near the southern tip of Africa is one of the jewels of the Western Cape. Three hours drive (260 km) from Cape Town on the southern Cape coast, De Hoop is renowned for its floral fynbos, bird life, natural vlei, wild antelope and whales. The 34,000 hectare reserve which includes De Hoop Marine Area, is the largest marine protected areas in Africa and breeding ground for 40% of the worlds Southern Right Whales. It offers some of the most accessible whale-watching opportunities.

Activities include beach and dune walking, whale trails and mountain biking. Families can paddle and snorkel in the rock pools, cycle the gravel roads, take a game drive and even horse ride. Dolphins, seals and other sea creatures are common in the waters at Koppie Alleen.

Two Oceans Marathon

The Two Oceans Marathon (56 km) is one of world most beautiful marathons. The race is run against the backdrop of spectacular scenery through the Cape Peninsular. Don't be fooled this is one tough race, the climb up Chapmans Peak is challenging but nothing compared to the climb up Constantia Nek after you pass the 42km mark.

David is an avid runner, with three Comrades Ultra Marathons (89km) and many marathons under his belt. Join us for the Easter Weekend. With prior arrangement we will pick up guests from the airport, get you to the start, pick you up at the finish and drop you back at the airport. Before and after the race you can relax in our tranquil gardens. The next race is 31 March 2018.

Township Tour in Masiphumelele

Masiphumelele is an informal Xhosa settlement between Noordhoek and Kommetjie and home to more then 20 000 residents. Your host Charlotte (Nomthunzie) will take you on a tour through the township and show you spaza shops, schools, development programs and local artists. On Sundays you can also do a Gospel Tour. We can arrange a tour for you, or you can call Charlotte to make a booking: 083- 982 5692.