Being a tourist in my own city – Cape Town
Last weekend I got the chance to be a tourist in my own city with a good friend Nicole Biondi, the chance to explore Cape Town without the usual responsibilities of making sure I had enough milk for breakfast, remembering to switch the geyser back on and having to hang out washing. Yes, it’s not having to worry about these everyday things that makes one feel like they are on holiday. What better way to start the adventure then a city sightseeing bus tour. Starting in Seapoint we wound our way along the coast to the Waterfront on what could only be described as a beaut of a winter’s day.
The Cape Town Red Bus makes several stops along its route but it was Kirstenbosch where we planned our first hop-off. Not only was it a perfect day to wonder through the botanical gardens but I hadn’t yet seen the latest addition, the tree-top walkway otherwise known as the Boomslang. Rising up several metres of the ground you walk out above the tree tops with fantastic views over the gardens and greater Cape Town. True to its name the Boomslang does wind back and forth between the trees and even sways like a snake does as it moves from branch to branch. So much so that if you’re prone to motion sickness you may want to take a tablet before venturing out on the walkway.
Hopping back on the Red Bus it was a short ride to our next stop at Constantia Nek where you transfer to another bus that takes you along a wine route visiting three different farms starting with Groot Constantia. Here you can do a cellar tour, wine tasting or what we did which was the wine and chocolate pairing which was simply delicious. I am not usually a Sauvignon Blanc fan but paired with tropical guava flavoured white chocolate it was so good that I even bought a few bottles.
Sipping wine outside in the warm sun we lost track of time a little and we had to hurry if we were going to make the last bus but had to stop and take a photo of this duck on the way out.
Having just made the last bus we couldn’t get off at any of the other stops but just sat back and enjoyed the ride back to Seapoint along the coast as the sun kissed the cold Atlantic Ocean. The Cape Town Red Bus conveniently has a stop directly opposite the Winchester Mansions which was where we were spending the night. There was a bit of time to kill before our six course food and wine paired dinner so after checking in and showering I got to catch up on a little reading in my very own lounge. The rooms were fantastic, a blend of classic architecture with modern furnishings, check it out.
The weather couldn’t have been better and so I got up early to next morning for a walk along the Sea Point promenade which is on the doorstep of the Winchester Mansions and one of my favourite places in Cape Town. At the moment there is an art installation highlighting the plight of our rhinos which you should definitely check out if you’re in town.
I just love being next to the ocean and particularly in the early morning.
After my fill of fresh salt air I made my way back to the Winchester Mansions for the famous Jazz Brunch which is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday. Starting at 11:00am and carrying on until pretty much whenever you decide to leave it’s a really great spread of food that you can help yourself to and enjoy in the courtyard while being entertained by talented musicians at just the right volume so as not to interfere with conversation. Loved it.
So whether you’ve come from abroad, upcountry or the other side of the mountain do yourself a favour; go out and enjoy this beautiful city that is Cape Town.