10 hidden gems in Cape Town

2016-07-05 07:00
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Everyone knows the usual tourist activities in Cape Town, from taking the cable car up Table Mountain, to visiting Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island - there is a list of must do activities that is part of most travellers’ itineraries.

But, like every city, Cape Town has hidden gems, well-kept secrets that are unique and worth discovering and exploring.

1. Learn more about a girl’s best friend at the Cape Town Diamond Museum

Everyone loves the cut and shimmer of a beautiful diamond and the Cape Town Diamond Museum allows you to learn more about the industry, the history in South Africa, see replicas of famous diamonds and just indulge in the classy and elegant atmosphere of the museum.

2. Be blown away by the humble tea bag  

Original T-Bag Designs, housed at Klein Kronendal in Hout Bay tells a story of how a tea bag can become the catalyst for inspiration, empowerment and creativity.  You will find the most beautiful functional art in the shop and if you opt for a tour you can see just how a dried tea bag is processed and incorporated into amazing products. A visit to Hout Bay should include a stop here.

3. Pet an alpaca

Alpacas are beautiful animals that are covered by luxurious fleece, which The Alpaca Loom in Paarl weaves into products such as scarves, shawls and rugs. Visit the petting zoo and see these quirky South American native animals up close.

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4. Take a city tour with an electric bike

There are many ways to see the city - from numerous walking tours to the red bus tours that take you all across the peninsula - but Cape Town by Electric Bike offers you an unique opportunity. Take an electric bike to all the iconic points in Cape Town from Signal Hill to Lion’s Head while drinking in the magnificent views and landmarks of the city.

5. Eating unique African cuisine 

There are many restaurants offering a variety of cuisines from countries throughout the world, so why not try a distinctly South African dish like mopane worms or warthog ribs. You can find these at restaurants like Mama Africa, Gold Restaurant and Africa Cafe.

6. Ride an ostrich at Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

Visiting the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch is a must do activity. The farm offers you the opportunity to see the hatchlings, feed some adults and even ride an ostrich. You can also visit the restaurant on the property and try delicacies such as ostrich steak or ostrich eggs.  A play area makes it fun for the kiddies too.

7. Take in a movie at the Labia Theatre 

It’s probably no secret to the local, but visitors can often miss this hidden gem which is not so much about the movie you watch but about the history of the Labia and the locals who frequent it.  Once a ballroom and then offering live theatre from 1949, in 1974 it ran its first film festival and slowly morphed into the last of its kind in South Africa – an independent art-repetory cinema where the ticket stubs and boxes of popcorn are just a few of the special touches that keep  the old cinema traditions going. It is one of Cape Town’s rare treasures.

8. Take an underground tour of Cape Town

The underground is not just for the Ninja Turtles! Explore the cultural and environmental history of Cape Town as you take a tour through the underground tunnels of what used to be an open river that flowed from Table Mountain to the ocean. Listen as the informed guides teach you about the first inhabitants of the Cape and discuss the natural and cultural history of this city from another angle.

? DOWN BELOW Tunnel Tours, below the city of Cape Town Discover the secret tunnels below the city of Cape town. Parts of the underground rivers and canals date back as far as 1652. They used to supply the Company Gardens and the passing ships with fresh water. Later these rivers flowing through the city became pleasant walk ways, shaded by Oak trees with bridges going over them. Cape Town had its own gentleman's walk and was known as little Amsterdam. As the years passed the city expanded, the canals were used to transport waste water until 1895 by when they were all arched over and forgotten. Today these historic canals with their impressive architecture convey the sweet waters of Table Mountain and some spring water into the ocean. Follow the river of out culture and heritage that runs off of Table Mountain, past the Castle Of Good Hope and into the ocean. This educational and historic tour will inspire your imagination. A thrilling experience and adventure! Thanks to (@fenix.sa | @fenixlight??) for illuminating my adventure! More images to follow Stay tuned as there's an awesome underground (@instagram??) instawalk coming up very soon! It's sure not to be missed! #capetunneltours #brendonwainwright #capetown #castleofgoodhope #adventure #thisissouthafrica #followtheadventure #seektheadventure

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9. Solve puzzles at HintHunt

Fancy yourself a bit of a Sherlock? A CSI and Law and order fan? HintHunt might be the place for you. You and a group of up to five people have 60 minutes to escape a room by solving an array of puzzles and mysteries. Fun for a family, a group on vacation, or a great way to meet new people.

10. Take a sidecar trip around the peninsula

Kick off your morning at the Sidecar Caffè with a steaming hot coffee – beans by Truth - before you head out with your chauffeured rental .  Half or full day, winelands or customised you can decide where you want to go. It’s great fun with a group of friends and it’s a day out in Cape Town that will be unforgettable.

Experience all these and more hidden gems in Cape Town! Book your weekend today so that you too can discover unique and beautiful off the beaten track places and activities. Find the best package deals including return economy class flights to CPT from JHB or DBN (incl airline levy), 2-3 nights’ accommodation and 2 days Avis car rental with kulula on Helloweekend.capetown