…do one or more of these things! Cape Town, all right! You won’t find a Tube, a Bank Holiday Weekend or get to nosh on tripe and onions or jellied eels. Cape Town is rubbish at all that. But you will find a good lot of on-form pints, smashing beaches, 2993 hours of bright and brilliant sunshine per year and perfect sunset spots for a sundowner tipple.
Bring on Camps Bay!
Make your African dream come true and book an upmarket villa or apartment to complement your holiday. With a backdrop of enormous mountains, these Camps Bay villas offer wow views and spectacular sunsets over the Ocean. It’s possible you’ll want nothing more than to chill with a glass of South African wine next to the pool. But, there’s more…
…go down by the pub for a pint
Camps Bay has no shortage of bars serving great craft beer and cocktails, so you’ll will never be short of a bevvy. Call on The Bungalow (its the real top dog of bars in Camps Bay) or Caprice for some eye candy to go along with your cocktail.
For a far more Brit Pub experience, visit the Fireman’s Arms in the city centre, Forester’s Arms (Forries) in Newlands or Ferryman’s Tavern at the Waterfront. The Odyssey in Bree Street is a gastro-pub ready to please any (hungry) hipster and The Orphanage is the stylish bar of choice for creatives and ad-types (pictured above).
…must have an afternoon Cuppa
Lips pursed, pinkies out! Enjoy high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, one of Cape Town’s most prestigious colonial style hotels. Every late morning and afternoon, this pale pink palace bakes up delicious treats and offers you tables groaning in savoury and sweet treats. It truly is the ‘bees knees’ of high teas and many British visitors name it the best in the world. Sample a range of specialty teas that will show you just why High Tea is such an institution in Great Britain.
…need to order up a curry
Britain’s national dish is no longer a Sunday Roast or mushy peas, bangers and mash, its curry! You’ll feel right at home in Cape Town when you nosh on a pukka Indian rogan josh or korma. Find Majarajah at the bottom of Kloof Nek Road or visit Bukhara in the city centre for excellent North Indian cuisine (they also experiment with delicious game meat in their curries). Also visit Passage to India in Gardens and Chandani in Woodstock.
For excellent access to all the best restaurants in Cape Town, stay in the City Centre or Camps Bay. Camps Bay villas and apartments are luxurious, compact and often in walking distance of Camps Bays’ best eateries. The city is just a short five minute drive away with all its world class restaurants.
…have your fish and chips
Of course anything will taste good as long as it’s served with chips! This British takeaway favourite is done to perfection in Cape Town. Cape Town is full of harbours and crisp oceans teeming with fresh fish.
If you don’t end up going for calamari or a full seafood platter at seafood restaurants like Blues or The Codfather in Camps Bay, then savour Cape Town’s best fish and chips at Fish on the Rocks just past the harbour in Hout Bay and Lucky Fish in Cape Town city centre, Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.
…work up a mean sunburn
Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon-day sun…and there is plenty of that to go around in Camps Bay. Even autumnal May is turning balmy with plenty of beach days thrown in. No holiday in Cape Town is complete without taking home a golden tan – or even a blood red roasting.
That said, use a good sunscreen, Lite Kem Pharmacy in Camps Bay should have a plentiful supply of Factor 50 – just what sensitive skin on English roses should need. Visit Camps Bay Beach, nearby idyllic Clifton Beach, hideaway Bakoven Beach, upmarket yet restful Llandudno Beach, breathtaking Noordhoek for a long walk and charming Boulders (to swim with the penguins!).
…have a rollicking good time
Now we’re not suggesting you get legless. Instead the upmarket Roundhouse Restaurant (overlooking Camps Bay from Lion’s Head) suggests you stroll around the Rumbullion Lawns one sun-drenched afternoon, sipping on a good G&T or ale and tucking into a burger or pizza with some good mates.
Top Camps Bay villas are just five minutes drive from this great restaurant which is moments away from the start of the cable car up Table Mountain and the picturesque hike up Lion’s Head.
…see the Best of British
Get right up close to the best of British fast cars without it costing a bomb. The Franschoek Motor Museum sports the best of Anton Rupert’s fabulous car collection. Feast your eyes on Jaguars, a Mclaren Formula 1, Rolls Royce Phantom, and an Aston Martin DB4GT.
Its easy to catch a door-to-door tour from your Camps Bay villa to Franschoek. Once you’re there hop on the Franschoek Wine Tram, a great way to sip on top wine from a leading region in the Cape.
…take a turn around the grounds
Invite family and friends to the ultimate garden party at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town’s award-winning gardens. It scooped first place in the International Garden Tourism Awards and welcomes in over a million visitors each year. That said, the garden still has a peaceful feeling as you explore Lady Bird’s Bath, the Protea Garden and the newly opened Centenary Tree Canopy walk where you stroll over the trees on the ‘Boomslang’ walk way.
The Red Bus goes right past Kirstenbosch and takes a turn past Camps Bay, hop on and hop off all day for an excellent experience of the Mother City.
…catch the Footie
and to make sure a holiday in Camps Bay is a blinding success, make sure you and your mates can see your team win the match. Satellite television or DSTV coverage of international and British football is known to be even better than in Britain. Enjoy back-to-back matches so you won’t miss any of the Beautiful Game action.
Cape Town really ticks all the boxes for a Brit – no doubt it will prove the most excellent of holidays. Brilliant!