10 Reasons to Visit Cape Town
After a year of mainly staying home-bound, the lifting of restrictions means travel is an exciting reality again! Where better for your next trip than the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa? Bringing together the perfect balance of attractions, affordability, and vibrant wine culture, it’s easy to see why Cape Town is consistently voted a top travel destination. And for all you bubbly lovers, it’s also the home of Cap Classique – South Africa’s delicious version of Champagne. As the Cape Winelands is the home of Graham Beck, we’ve put together our top 10 reasons that will have you booking your next flight to the Mother City:
Hike a Natural Wonder of the World
Cape Town is best known for Table Mountain – an iconic flat mountain that cradles the city and is recognized as one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Take a cable car right to the top and enjoy the breathtaking views. If you’re a seasoned hiker, you might even want to hike up on foot. And if you can’t get enough of the mountains, Cape Town also boasts various other peaks to summit, including Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, and Chapman’s Peak. It’s a hiker’s paradise!
Sunsets on the White Sand Beaches
Cape Town offers some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches, such as Camps Bay, Clifton, and Llandudno. With enviable weather all year round, there’s always an opportunity to make the most of the crystal clear waters and salty sea air (although be warned: the water is icy thanks to the Atlantic Ocean!). A must-do activity is to grab a picnic blanket, bubbles, and snacks and watch the sunset with friends.
See the Big 5
Cape Town may be a thriving, cosmopolitan city, but it’s still Africa after all! That means African wildlife is never too far from reach. South Africa is home to the Big 5: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and African buffalo, all of which can be seen at one of Cape Town’s many game reserves located anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour outside of the city. Book an overnight stay or travel out for a game drive and marvel at the wilderness around you. Cape Town’s Cheetah Sanctuary offers you a chance to get a little bit more up close and personal with these gorgeous animals before they are reintroduced into the wild.
Appreciate the Arts
Whether you’re an art lover or a newbie to the art world, the recently built Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) is always worth a visit. As the largest showcase of art on the African continent, the remarkable building is made of giant grain silos that make this already impressive collection even more breathtaking. Located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (another must-see), it’s no surprise that the Zeitz MOCAA cracked TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Destinations in 2018! Insider tip: grab a cup of coffee at the top-floor coffee shop to enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
Indulge in Gourmet Dining
Whether it’s authentic local cuisine or classic French fine dining you’re after, Cape Town’s range of world-class restaurants has it all – and at unbeatable value-for-money too! The city has long been lauded as the country’s premier food destination. If you’re keen on a road trip, there are many restaurants located at the wine estates about 40 minutes outside the city limits. Make sure to book ahead and try Eike in Stellenbosch or Chefs Warehouse at Maison in Franschhoek. In contrast, the inner city is perfect for diverse dining that includes everything from traditional dishes such as bobotie and koeksisters to 7-course pairing menus! La Colombe in the wine region of Constantia has been crowned the #1 restaurant in South Africa for several years, including 2020.
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Learn About Nelson Mandela’s Legacy
There’s no place like Cape Town to learn all about South Africa’s layered heritage. Venture out for a half-day adventure to Robben Island to tour the infamous prison grounds that once held world-famous icon and political prisoner Nelson Mandela. This presents an invaluable opportunity to experience a part of history, and immerse yourself in the legacy of one of the country’s – and the world’s – heroes who fought for a democratic rainbow nation.
Live In Luxury
One of the best things about Cape Town is access to luxurious, 5-star accommodation where your dollars will take you far. Even if you’re not a guest, hotels such as The One and Only and Mount Nelson offer regular high-tea, which is a great place to recharge with yummy scones, coffee, or a glass of bubbly. Otherwise, if you’re after something more low-key, there are various budget-friendly hostels such as Ashanti, or you can kick back in a private Airbnb suited to your taste and preferences.
Marvel at Marine Life
As a peninsula, Cape Town is surrounded by cool Atlantic ocean waters making it an ideal place to dive into sea life. Cape Town promises thriving marine wildlife. From snorkeling with Cape Fur Seals and kayaking with African Penguins to whale watching and cage-diving to see Great White Sharks, there is an exciting experience for every adventurer or animal lover at heart.
Explore the Majestic Wine Estates
It’s no secret that Cape Town is home to some of the finest vineyards and wineries in the world. Situated no more than an hour’s drive outside of the city, the Cape wine estate region known as the ‘Winelands’ offers a world of beauty. Not to mention, some of the finest wines in the world are produced here. Graham Beck wines are made in the quaint town of Robertson, located 90 minutes from Cape Town. Robertson produces world-class Cap Classique and offers numerous other leading wineries to enjoy unpretentious, family-friendly wine tastings.
Be Captivated by Cap Classique
You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy a glass (or two!) of sparkling wine. Any time is the right time. And when you’re in Cape Town – the haven of Cap Classique – why not take every opportunity to enjoy this delicate, sparkling wine?
Cap Classique is made using the same techniques as Champagne, producing an almost identical drink at a much more friendly price. But, since only sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne, the moniker Cap (Cape) Classique (classic French Method) was born in 1992 and has been proudly used since then.
Located in the valley town of Robertson, Graham Beck has been a pioneering specialist in Cap Classique for over three generations. Visitors are invited to book (but walk-ins are welcome!) and enjoy one of several tasting experiences presented by the skilled staff in the Tasting Room based on the estate. Graham Beck Cap Classique focuses on meticulous attention to detail, authenticity, and a dedication to the finest quality from grape to glass. Grace House is an elegant, exclusive-use home offering you an elevated, farm-style experience located on the property for those wanting to extend their stay.
A coming-together of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes, there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town. Plan your visit, and soon you’ll be enjoying a chilled glass of Graham Beck Cap Classique to celebrate what matters.