Words by Roderick Eime
Widely recognised as one of the most spectacular cities in the world, Cape Town enjoys a fascinating history, a moderate climate, a colourful multicultural community and a location few cities can even hope to rival.
Head to the chic V&A Waterfront for an al fresco breakfast at one of the many outdoor eateries and bolster yourself for a big day in the Mother City. Keep an eye on the weather for an opportunity to ride the gondola to the peak of Table Mountain.
Jump on the first of three daily ferries to Robben Island for a tour of the historic gaol once occupied by Nelson Mandela. Allow four hours for a round trip to visit this World Heritage.
Walk the vivid streets of Bo-Kaap and De Waterkant for a signature photo opportunity. If the weather is bleak, head indoors to the world famous Two Oceans Aquarium, which houses 3000-plus sea creatures.
Head to quaint Simon's Town, with its maritime history and many Victorian-era buildings. Enjoy lunch in one of the seaside cafes or restaurants dripping in old colonial charm.
Stop by the Boulders Penguin Colony, one of the very few places outside Antarctica where you can get close to the breeding colonies of these magnificent creatures. Boulders is one of the warmer beaches on the Cape, so take a dip and enjoy!.
Indulge in a pre-dinner spa at the sumptuous 12 Apostles Hotel. Set amid the famous mountains, choose from the wide range of treatments, including those inspired by Indigenous practices.
Enjoy a cocktail before settling in for dinner at one of Cape Town's finest restaurants like Luke Dale-Roberts 'The Test Kitchen' in the Old Biscuit Factory.
Kick on until the wee hours and complete your Cape Town circuit at any of the hip nightspots around the V&A Waterfront.