To Do in Cape Town

September in the Western Cape

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Whale watching in Hermanus

Annually, between roughly June and November, Southern Right whales migrate from the North to the coastal waters of South Africa to calve and nurse their young. The months of September and October are of the best months for whale watching and Hermanus is recognised as one of the best whale watching locations in the world!  

www.hermanus.co.za

 www.hermanuswhalewatchers.co.za

www.whalewatchsa.com

West Coast flower route

Between Langebaan (120km from Cape Town) and the Richtersveld (720km from Cape Town)

The West Coast wild flowers begin flowering in July; first in the North, then southwards around August/September. The West Coast National Park, Yzerfontein and Darling are the best places to view these beautiful flowers in September.

Recommended reserve for hiking and viewing the flowers: The Postberg Flower Reserve (situated in the West-Coast National Park, but only open in Spring).

Postberg Reserve bookings open in June.

Contact numbers: +27 (0)22 707-9902 or +27 (0)22 707-9903.

www.sanparks.org

Events in September

Forth-annual Street Food Festival: 2 – 3 September

www.streetfoodfestival.co.za

Franshoek Uncorked Festival: 24 -25 September

www.franshoekuncorked.co.za

Montpellier, Tulbagh - Bach, Bubbles and Brunch: 9 September

www.montpellier.co.za

riette@montpellier.co.za

 Annual Darling Flower Show: 14 – 17 September (TBC)

www.darlingwildflowers.co.za

 Table Mountain Challenge: 3 September

A 43km or 22km trail-running challenge on Cape Town’s beautiful Table Mountain!

www.energyevents.co.za/event/table-mountain-challenge-2017/

Year-round recommendations

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: botanical gardens/picnics/restaurants

8am – 6pm / R55

Table Mountain ( & Cableway): hiking/view

Open daily

Rhodes Memorial: hiking/restaurant

9am-5pm – Free

Silvermine Nature Reserve: hiking/climbing/swimming/picnics

www.sanparks.org

Sea Point Promenade: swimming/running/picnics/outdoor gym

Open daily – free

Green Point Park: indigenous garden/picnics/guided tours/playparks

7am -7pm – free

Lion’s Head and Signal Hill: hiking/view

Open daily – free

Cape Point Nature Reserve

www.capepoint.co.za

Some of our beaches

Clifton, Cape Town

Boulders Beach, Simons Town

Muizenberg Beach

Camps Bay, Cape Town

Blougergstrand, Blouberg

Noordhoek Beach, Noordhoek

Boulders Beach, Simonstown

Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay

Diaz Beach, Cape Point nature reserve

Parks and reserves in the greater Western Cape

www.sanparks.org

Agulhas National Park - 210km from Cape Town

Bontebok National Park - 240km from Cape Town

Garden Route National Park - 615km from Cape Town

West Coast National Park - 100km from Cape Town

Activities in the Western Cape

For a list of Cape Town related activities, click on the link below:

http://www.whatsonincapetown.com/post/recommended-activities-in-cape-town-quick-reference/

Activities include: hot air ballooning, abseiling, shark cage diving, whale watching, kayaking, kite surfing, surfing, paragliding, boat trips, guided city running tours, penguin viewing and hiking to name a few!

Further attractions in Cape Town and the Western Cape

Wildlife sanctuaries

SANCOB (SA Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds)

https://sanccob.co.za/

Drakenstein Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven

http://lionrescue.org.za/

MonkeyLand

http://www.monkeyland.co.za/

Eagle Encounters

http://www.spier.co.za/visit/eagle-encounters

Cheetah Outreach

www.cheetah.co.za

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

http://www.capenature.co.za/reserves/jonkershoek-nature-reserve/

Botanical Garden University of Stellenbosch

http://www.sun.ac.za/english/entities/botanical-garden

Stellenbrau Brewery Tour

http://activitybridge.com/book?activityid=4224

Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum

http://www.stelmus.co.za/toy_miniature_museum.htm

Stellenbosch Village Museum

http://www.stelmus.co.za/village_museum.htm

Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

http://www.capenature.co.za/reserves/assegaaibosch-nature-reserve/

Coetzenburg Trail (running/hiking)

https://tracks4africa.co.za/listings/item/w199743/stellenboschberg-hiking-trail/

Stellenbosch Wine Route

The Stellenbosch Wine Route is one of the Western Cape’s top attractions!

www.vinehopper.co.za

www.wineroute.co.za

 

Safety in South Africa

When exploring any new destination, please be mindful of the fact that opportunistic crime is an unfortunate reality.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy one of South Arica’s many hikes, it is best to do so with a guide. Be sure to take enough water with you as well as warm clothing – the higher you go, the more unreliable the weather becomes!

 

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Travel doctor: 0861300911

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