Cape Town is a city that consistently tops the list of best holiday destinations by well-respected publications and influencers across the world. The combination of extraordinary natural beauty, stunning white-sand beaches, a vibrant food scene, adrenaline-packed adventure and a hub for contemporary African art, the “Mother City” has something to offer everyone; from the intrepid backpacker to the six-star traveller. And it’s now even easier to get to from a number of international airports offering non-stop flights, including the following:
If you’re planning a visit to “South Africa’s new capital of culture“, the “Golf Destination of the Year” and one of the Top 20 Cities in the World according to the Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards, here is our pick of five new and exciting additions to the Cape Town tourist trail for 2017:
The much-anticipated opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in the redeveloped Silo District at the V&A Waterfront is undeniably the highlight of the local and international art calendar this year. The museum is home to the continent’s largest collection of contemporary African art and is named after Jochen Zeitz, the former CEO of Puma whose collection will form the basis of a permanent exhibition. Read more here.
The Silo Hotel
With 28 ultra-luxurious suites occupying six floors above Zeitz MOCAA, the new Silo Hotel from the family-run Royal Portfolio group is a very glamorous addition to the Cape Town skyline. Thomas Heatherwick’s dazzling, 5.5-metre high, pillowed glazing panels gently balloon out and provide expansive views of Table Mountain and the bustling harbour below. In the few short months that the hotel has been opened, it has already amassed an impressive number of travel awards, including making it onto the Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot List for 2017.
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines
One of the most exciting partnerships to come out of Indian businessman, Analjit Singh’s considerable investments in the Franschhoek area is his collaboration with winemakers Chris & Andrea Mullineux. Famed for their award-winning Swartland wines, the Mullineuxs now make and mature all their wines at the cutting-edge facility at Singh’s beautiful Leeu Estate, which is also home to an immaculately restored Manor House with six classically styled guest rooms. The wines remain a true expression of the Swartland and the range has been expanded to include an ultra-premium range of single terroir wines.
Cape Town’s food culture is colourful, diverse and always evolving. One the most interesting recent additions to buzzing Bree Street is La Tête, a nose-to-tail French-style bistro from St John alum, chef Giles Edwards. The daily blackboard menu is a celebration of fresh, seasonal produce and unusual cuts of meat, as well as plenty of seafood and delicious vegetarian options. Dessert is no less exciting, with a number of timeless classics like floating islands (poached meringue in vanilla custard) and feather-light homemade madeleines.
The Cross Cape Cycle Route
Launched in May this year, this 742km mountain bike route between Stellenbosch and Plettenberg Bay travels through some of the most scenic small towns across the Western Cape. A R4 million investment into the initiative is aimed at establishing the province as the “Cycling Capital of Africa”, will encourage increased tourist flow to towns off the beaten track and create employment and business opportunities for people in these communities. The region already plays host to such premier cycling events as the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the Cape Epic and the Cape Rouleur, which are estimated to generate in excess of R700 million for the local economy. The Cross Cape Route is the first in a network of cycle journeys planned to launch in the Western Cape over the next two years.