Let’s Go Outside
The Western Cape offers the ultimate escape for lovers of the outdoors: its diverse natural beauty encompasses fynbos-covered mountains, dramatic seascapes, tangled forests, spectacular reserves and botanic gardens – all within easy reach.
Discovering the outdoors begins in the nine-acre garden at The Cellars-Hohenort, which features the second-oldest camphor trees in South Africa, an enchanted forest, a vineyard, secret doorways, a rose garden and so much more. Regular garden tours are conducted for guests, uncovering the magic of one of the world’s most beautiful privately owned gardens.
There are a variety of trails in Constantia’s Green Belt, snaking through the area’s green heart. Hikers can soak up mountain views and jungle-like scenery while discovering hidden paths.
A short drive from The Cellars-Hohenort is the acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the beauty of the garden is renowned the world over for its indigenous plants, it’s just the place to picnic and dream. Additionally, soar above the trees for sightings of birds, flora and mesmerising mountain views with the new Kirstenbosch treetop canopy walkway, affectionately named The Boomslang, or tree snake.
With its iconic, table-like silhouette, Table Mountain and its surrounding national park also offer a range of trails, going beyond the famous summit (which visitors can access via the cable car, or for the intrepid, on a variety of hikes). Think full-moon hikes up Lion’s Head, fynbos-scented walks to Elephant’s Eye and sunset sojourns on Signal Hill.
Traveller’s tip: trail running has become wildly popular in Cape Town, if you’re fan be certain to ask our travel desk for your best trail running options nearby.
The national park stretches all the way to Cape Point, on the edge of the peninsula. Journey here for staggering seaside cliffs, pristine mountain walks and white-sand beaches. Not to be missed is Boulders beach, where beach-goers share the sand with endangered African penguins; they can also be viewed in the protected areas via a boardwalk.
While the Cape Floral Kingdom displays an unparalleled diversity of flora throughout the year, in springtime the wild flowers bloom in beautiful, colourful displays. Travellers don’t have to go far to witness this annual event. Located just an hour from the city centre, Posberg in the West Coast National Park is filled with spring flowers from mid-August to the end of September.
A wonderful way to enjoy Cape Town’s natural beauty is to spend a day teeing off on one of the many beautiful golf courses.
With its spectacular scenery the Western Cape is a paradise for cyclists, and as such hosts a number of cycling events throughout the year. There are also incredible routes for mountain bikers. Long-distance runners are spoilt for choice, too, with beautiful trails and official marathons, including the Two Oceans, which has been dubbed the “most beautiful marathon in the world”.
Traveller’s tip: our travel desk can make arrangements for any event, be it transport, packed meals or bicycle storage, just ask!
Adventure-seekers can take to the sky, with paragliding off Signal Hill, abseiling from the top of Table Mountain, skydiving on the West Coast, and so much more – plunging into the ocean depths for shark-cage diving, or skim above while kite-surfing.