BOUTIQUE LUXURY IN THE HEART OF CAPE TOWN
Cape Cadogan is one of Cape Town's favourite boutique hotels. The original structure of Cape Cadogan dates back to the beginning of the 19th Century and you will feel the charm and character as soon as you arrive.
Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storeyed Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was originally a single story Georgian farmhouse which was ‘Victorianised’ in the later part of the century. A second floor was added by the owner, Mr Heinrich Becker, in 1912 using Ernst Seelinger – a renowned architect and builder of this era.
The granite garden wall still contains the original iron work from the old quarry at the top of Kloof Street, and was a wedding gift to Mr Becker. Suite 3 used to be the old wagonshed and stable, the entrance of which opened into King Street. The building was awarded national monument status in late 1984.
After experiencing everything from Table Mountain to Camps Bay, and nights out at your newfound favourite spot, you can go back to your private room, kick off your shoes and get really comfortable.
Each of the fifteen bedrooms has been individually decorated, striking a beautiful balance between classic-chic and bold-elegant.
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One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, with some of the most spectacular views in South Africa – a trip to the top of Table Mountain is a must. You’ll ride a rotating cable car to 1,067 metres, offering you a view of the mountain and the city from all directions. Once you reach the top, take a stroll on one or more of the many paths leading to a number of look-outs. Enjoy the sights through one of the available telescopes, or enjoy a light meal and a relaxing drink at the restaurant. The summer offers some of the most beautiful sunsets from this vantage point, but be sure to bring a light jacket as the mountain altitude can bring quite chilly temperatures at these heights. Tickets can be purchased directly with the hotel.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. It paints a very pretty picture indeed, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
The Kirstenbosch Visitors’ Centre includes an information desk and various retail outlets and a coffee shop. There is also the treetop canopy walkway known as the “boomslang” for a bird’s eye view of the gardens. Free walking tours are offered daily (starting at 10:00), or a golf cart tour which is at an extra charge.
On Sundays during the summer months (from December to March), musical sunset concerts are held on the lawns at Kirstenbosch. Craft markets are also held at the Stone Cottages (opposite Kirstenbosch) on the last Sunday of every month (except during the mid-winter months of June, July and August).
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Cape Town. The concert venue is within the botanical gardens with concerts every Sunday, running from November to April. Tickets can be purchased directly with our MORE Private Travel Concierge Executive. The Kirstenbosch Concerts have a special feel to them due to the breathtaking setting. Part of the charm also lies in the warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with concert goers picnicking on the soft grass banks that slope downwards towards the stage.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Winding its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak (593m), which is the southerly extension of Constantia Mountain and is a great hike for the energetically inclined.
Boulders Penguin Colony
Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat. Children will love the penguins and their antics, and Boulders Beach is also worth a stop for safe and enjoyable swimming.
Combine a trip to see the penguins with a few hours on Boulders Beach in the quaint and historical town of Simon’s Town. The penguins can also be visited before or after a visit to Cape Point.
Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is ideal for kids, as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves – but please always take care. Also, don’t touch or feed the penguins. They might look cute and cuddly, but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.
People lived on Robben Island many thousands of years ago, when the sea channel between the Island and the Cape mainland was not covered with water. Since the Dutch settled at the Cape in the mid-1600s, Robben Island was used primarily as a prison. African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British soldiers and civilians, women, and antiapartheid activists (including South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela) and the founding leader of the Pan Africanist Congress (Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe) were all imprisoned on the Island.
Robben Island was a training and defence station in World War II (1939- 1945) and a hospital for people with leprosy, and the mentally and chronically ill (1846-1931). In the 1840s, Robben Island was chosen for a hospital because it was regarded as both secure (isolating dangerous cases) and healthy (providing a good environment for cure).
Since 1997 it has been a museum and a heritage site. The museum is a dynamic institution, which acts as a focal point of South African heritage. It runs educational programs for schools, youth and adults, facilitates tourism development, conducts ongoing research related to the Island and fulfils an archiving function.
Tickets are very limited and there is only one ferry that goes out every two hours 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00. The tour takes around 4 hours, with a 45 minute ferry ride there, and 45 minutes back followed by an 1 hour tour on an air-conditioned bus. Tours are conducted by ex-prisoners or fellow guards of the prison cells. A highlight of the tour is to visit Nelson Mandela’s cell. You’ll also find a café and a gift shop.
Tickets can be purchased directly via the hotel. For the adventurous at heart, enquire about spending the night.
The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town previously known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is a historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area.
Bo-Kaap is traditionally a multicultural area. The area is known for its brightly coloured homes and cobble stoned streets. The museum, which dates back to the 1760s, is the oldest house in the area still in its original form, and well worth a visit. It highlights the cultural contribution made by early Muslim settlers, many of whom were skilled tailors, carpenters, shoemakers and builders. It contains 19th century furnishings which include a fine Cape drop-leaf dining table, Cape Regency-style chairs and a bridal chamber decorated to match the bride’s dress. The museum is distinguishable by its voorstoep—a type of front terrace with a bench at each end emphasising the polarising aspect of Cape Muslim culture. Bo-Kaap can be seen on one of our private city tours.
Greenmarket Square, in the heart of the Central Business District of Cape Town, has seen a vast mix of cultures pass over its ancient cobbles. This area has served as a slave market, a fruit and vegetable market (hence the name Greenmarket Square) and in the late 50’s as a popular parking lot. It wasn’t until the early 80’s that Bob Hayward had the vision to transform the Square into a viable trading venue for the informal sector. These humble beginnings saw only a handful of traders brave the elements twice a week on a small section of the Square, but it was not long before it grew to become an extremely popular flea market for crafters to reap the rewards of their personal efforts. Within a few years, it became necessary to expand the market to its present state, as more and more people realised that Greenmarket Square offered the perfect opportunity to earn a living within the friendly, vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere (enhanced by buskers, drummers, jugglers and mime artists). Due to the success of the flea market, other forms of business began to prosper, and today there is still an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants and hotels bordering the Square, convenient for customers who need to relax after the rigours of shopping.
The Greenmarket Square is open daily from 09:00-17:00.
The Company’s Garden is a park and heritage site located in central Cape Town. The garden was originally created in the 1650s by the region’s first European settlers and provided fertile ground to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. It is watered from the Molteno Dam, which uses water from the springs on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. There is a fresh herb and vegetable garden and also a beautiful rose garden. Take a stroll through the gardens and visit some of the art galleries and museums. Enjoy a bite to eat, or grab a cup of coffee at the Company Gardens Restaurant.