THINGS TO DO IN STRAND & CAPETOWN

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STRAND BEACH

A resort town on the eastern shore of False Bay with a beautiful, white 5km long beach, Strand (“beach” in Afrikaans) is an ideal family stop for swimming, sunbathing and beach activities. A promenade featuring a mix of restaurants, cafés and shops follows the shoreline. The main beach, Melkbaai (“Milk Bay”), is reputedly one of the safest bathing areas in the country. Nearby Dune Park has a super tube and mini-golf, and the adjacent Harmony Park features a huge tidal pool. A wide variety of organised sport is available, including an internationally rated golf course, tennis courts, rugby fields, squash clubs and fun water sports such as board sailing, surfing, powerboating and paddle skiing. Surfing and the many surfers who frequent Strand have imbued the seaside region with a laidback culture. “The Pipe” is a specially designated surfing area, famous for its good waves. The waves are safe for beginners. Many of the surfing spots are quite far from shore, yet they remain popular. If you get particularly lucky, you may even share the waves with dolphins. Strand Beach is an ideal beach set at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains on the Eastern Edge of False Bay. The Strands beautiful white sand stretches along 5 kilometres and makes this a fantastic place for that romantic stroll or that jog on the beach you have been meaning to go on! Many rock pools make this a fun place for children to play around in and a great spot for anglers. Surfing is very popular here, especially amongst beginners as the waves breaks are quite safe. Along the promenade you will find an array of bars, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops to enjoy . There is an entertainment area with a put-put course, tidal pools, swimming pool and waterslide for those who do not want to venture into the sea. Long White Sandy swimming beach. Clean and perfect for longs walks. Beach, sand and picturesque mountain views. What more can you ask for?

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ROOI ELS BEACH

Rooi Els Beach is located in the Western Cape province, approximately 80 kilometres southeast of Cape Town. It is easily accessible by car via the scenic coastal road, Clarence Drive, which is renowned for its breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged cliffs. The drive to Rooi Els Beach is a visual feast, with the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains on one side and the azure waters of False Bay on the other. Upon arriving at Rooi Els, visitors can park their vehicles in the designated parking areas and walk down to the beach, which is just a short stroll away. The beach is open to the public and there is no entrance fee, making it a budget-friendly destination for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts alike. 5km from Pringle Bay next to Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Rooi Els Beach is a popular beach with holiday makers, it is relatively secluded and sheltered which makes it a popular swimming spot. Swimming is even made easy for your little ones down at the south end of the beach thanks to the Rooi Els river that flows into the bay. This creates very shallow water that is great for kids to splash around in

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GORDON'S BAY MAIN BEACH

Beautiful Gordon’s Bay; a harbour town surrounded by the Helderberg Mountains and a neighbour to Strand, is charming, pretty, and home to some excellent beaches. While it is best known for Bikini Beach, which enjoys a coveted Blue Flag status, it also boasts the Gordon’s Bay Main Beach, which has plenty going for it. The Main Beach has a number of shallow swimming spots, which are fantastic for families with little ones that aren’t quite ready to brave the waves. And, even then, the waves are relatively small, thanks to the reefs and the surrounding mountains, which protect the bay. The white sands are warm and inviting for sun-tanning or beach games, and there is also a brick walkway that is perfect for lazy strolls, energetic runs, or exploring the area. The walkway leads all the way to Bikini Beach, so visitors can get the best of both. The reef here means that the Main Beach in Gordon’s Bay is a great spot from which to go snorkelling or, for those that are qualified, SCUBA diving.

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PRINGLE BAY BEACH

Pringle Bay’s stunningly beautiful main swimming beach is approximately 2 kilometers long. The beautiful white sandy beach is surrounded by sand dunes on the one side and the ocean on the other. It is set against a backdrop of mountains covered by the unique and beautiful fynbos of the area. The water temperature in the sea is usually cool but in the river mouth of Buffel’s River the water keeps a much more pleasant temperature. The shallow water here is the ideal place for younger and older children to play and splash. Surfers and body-borders come to the bay when conditions suit. Snorkeling is possible around the many rock pools and crevices at the far sides of the beach, as is fishing. Relax and recharge to the sound of the sea, whilest strolling along the beautiful beach in the soft sand. Build sandcastles with your children and decorate them with collected shells. Let your kids run, splash, swim and paddle themselves to a good nights sleep ... With the beach’s North West location the sun sets over the sea and offers spectacular sunset scenes. Towards the north one can a clear day see the Cape Peninsular on the far side of False Bay. The quiet village of Pringle Bay and its stunning beach is situated within the Kogelberg Biosphere less than one hours drive from Cape Town International Airport.

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CHEETAH OUTREACH TOUR Somerset West, Gordon's Bay and Strand Beaches

An ideal way to tick off multiple nature spots and a wildlife attraction in a day—this tour includes stops at Gordon’s Bay, the Cheetah Outreach preservation center, and Strand Beach. To save you the hassle of finding a parking spot, the tour includes round-trip transport in an air-conditioned vehicle, making it the ultimate stress-free day.

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WATERWORLD, STRAND

Waterworld Strand is all about sunny fun for the whole family. Waterworld is situated right on the beaches of Strand (just outside Cape Town), inviting visitors and locals to indulge in both the beach and the water park at their leisure. It is idyllically nestled at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range, about 50 kilometres from the Mother City and all that is has to offer (including an international airport). While the focus at Waterworld is certainly on the slides and rides, there is also plenty more to enjoy. The slides include a speed slide, super tube and kiddies’ double speed slide. In addition, there are a number of swimming pools in which to cool down and play. The pools are solar heated so that, even on a slightly cooler day, they are comfortable and refreshing. Thanks to the layout, the whole water park enjoys relative protection from the wind. There are a number of grassy areas that are great for picnics, relaxing with friends and sun tanning. Jungle gyms, a climbing wall and an adventure play area are all par for the course at this exciting water park. The Waterside Café is on site to provide swimmers, their friends, and parents with snacks and refreshments. Italian coffees and cappuccinos, as well as toasted sandwiches, hot chips, and a range of delicious sweets all make Waterside Café a popular spot. Pizzas are also available here on weekends and during the school holidays.

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WHALE WATCHING HERMANUS

The experience of boat-based whale watching in Hermanus, Heart of the South African Whale Coast. We also offer Eco-Tours, a sight-seeing experience where you can interact with dolphins, seals, clawless otters and a variety of sea bird life, as well as Cultural Tours where you meet the local people and learn more of their history, culture and environment. Fishing villages like Hawston, Kleinmond, Gansbaai, Arniston and Struisbaai are visited, as well as the Moravian Mission Stations of Elim, Genadendal and Zuurbraak. Township tours to Mount Pleasant, Zwelihle and Stanford

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STRAND GOLF CLUB

Striving to be the Friendliest Club in the Country Situated between the breathtaking Hottentots-Holland Mountain Range and the sandy shores of False Bay, Strand Golf Club enjoys incredibly dynamic views of all that nature has to offer. Strand Golf Club was opened in 1994 and has proven to be a favourite course amongst golfers who visit the Helderberg region.

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STELLENBOSCH GOLF CLUB

Stellenbosch Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2004. This, the 4th oldest Golf Club in South Africa, changed from a 9 hole golf course to the current 18 hole championship lay-out in 1953. This magnificent golf course has hosted some of South Africa’s most prestigious golf tournaments, including the 1999 South African Open and 5 South African Masters tournaments. Situated at the foot of the majestic Helderberg mountains on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, a town that is also home to one of South Africa’s most revered universities. Stellenbosch Golf Club offers golfers an immaculate golf course, complemented by a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Although in the midst of Stellenbosch town some of the holes are bordered by the characteristic vineyards of the winelands area whilst others surprise the golfer with breath taking vistas of the surrounding mountains and town. A parklands golf course that meanders through the large trees that frame most holes and where every hole seems distinct and memorable.

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FERNKLOOF NATURE RESERVE

Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 18 square kilometres in the Kleinrivier Mountains in Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 824m. The name of the principal vegetation type of this region, fynbos, is derived from the Dutch word 'fijn bosch' which is the collective name for a myriad of evergreen shrub-like plants with small firm leaves, often rolled - but also includes woody plants with hard leathery leaves, usually broad, often rolled. The prevailing climate is Mediterranean with cold wet winters and hot dry summers with strong south easterly winds. The Fernkloof Nature Reserve comprises 0.002% of the Cape Floral Kingdom but contains 18% of its plants in just 18 square kilometres. There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity. More than 1250 species of plant have thus far been collected and identified in the Reserve. The Reserve lies across almost the entire northern side of the town with a 60 km network of trails. These provide the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to enjoy some exercise and fresh air. A display of some of the flowers that can be found in the veld at any specific time is permanently maintained at the Fernkloof Visitors’ Centre. Grey rhebok, Cape grysbok, klipspringer, baboon, mongoose and dassie are present in small numbers. Others such as porcupine, genet and hare and the occasional Cape Mountain leopard are nocturnal and these mammals are seldom seen.

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CAPE CANOPY TOUR

The beauty of the Cape Overberg is rivalled only by the many adventures and extreme sports on offer in this quiet, unspoilt part of the world. The Cape Canopy Tour is conducted in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, which is less than 100 kilometres away from the vibrant Mother City of Cape Town, where the shopping hubs and nightlife never die. The Cape Canopy Tour invites visitors to experience the natural bounty of the area with liberal lashings of adrenalin and adventure. Each tour is conducted by an experienced guide that will provide a full safety briefing as well as interesting information and insight along the way, with plenty of fun. A 4 x 4 drive will take visitors into the mountains for their ziplining adventure to begin. There, they will find a series of 13 elevated platforms, slides (some of which are more than 300 metres in length), as well as a swing bridge that is guaranteed to get the heart racing.

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Root44 MARKET AND WINE EMPORIUM

A meeting place for young and old, a state of the art building where traders can have a more permanent stand. A place where vibrance, style and quality meets the avid market goer. The building blends well with the surroundings, and then opens to a spectacular view of Stellenbosch’s best – mountains and vineyards! Choose from a lovely array of foods from around the world. The Root44 Wine emporium, located on the first-floor, hosts offerings for the cultured person with a keen interest in wine, art, and good food. Surrounded by a well-designed structure and stylish interior, it boasts an art gallery, sport’s bar, oyster bar, coffee shop, restaurant and a wine shop and tasting room that showcases local wines and gives guests a tasting experience of an array of Stellenbosch wines. The wine shop is inspired by a journey of discovery through the wine route of Stellenbosch. Visit us and lets take you on a journey of discovery!

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HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE

Situated in Somerset West on the slopes of the beautiful Helderberg Mountain overlooking False Bay. The Helderberg Nature Reserve is located in Somerset West. It is owned and managed by the City of Cape Town with the support of the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve. The Reserve reaches up as far as the cliff faces and the peaks above the Reserve are managed by CapeNature. The Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve is a community-based organisation which helps in many ways to promote education, supply information, raise funds, maintain the area and embark on promotional projects aimed at helping the public to enjoy and benefit from the Helderberg Nature Reserve. Volunteers and work groups have developed the boardwalks through the gardens, organised events such as the always popular sunset concerts, and run the gift shop and visitor centre.

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HELDERBERG WINE ROUTE

The Helderberg Wine Route is set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains, overlooking the eastern edge of False Bay. The sharply rising mountains and chilly sea breeze give the region a unique character, with a cooler climate than the surrounding Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine routes.

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GORDON'S BAY YACHT CLUB

Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club has been the home of water sports in the Helderberg since 1966. Sitting on the edge of the blue waters of False Bay, with a beautiful mountain backdrop, GBYC is the perfect place for anyone that loves the ocean.

If you are not sailing around the bay, join us for a drink in the bar, put a chop on the braai (this one is for members only) or try our signature beer-battered hake and feel like part of the family!

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CAPE SKY ADVENTURES

Attention all adrenaline enthusiasts - discover the magnificent vistas of Cape Town and surrounding areas on this thrilling microlight introduction flight! Welcoming ages 15 and up! At Cape Sky Adventures, they believe in a safe, adventurous, and fun approach to flying! You can choose between 30 and 60-minute flights and it is possible for 2 people to fly at the same time.

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KITE SURFING STRAND

Excellent wave and free-ride location, but also shared by many surfers and bathers. A good alternative for when the Cape Doctor (South Easter) blows more North West, West or South. South is actually the best direction, and even if Windfinder shows only 10 knots, conditions will be good here for freestyle! It hardly gets very strong in Strand, so bring your 12m-8m kites. Most Kitesurfers kite in front of the Clubhouse on the Main Beach. This is right next to the Lifesaving club.Caters for beginner to advanced rider levels.

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STRAND KAYAKING

Rent kayaks and gear for your adventure and explore the beautiful coast of Strand, Gordons Bay and other spectacular areas in the Cape. Great for team building and fun filled outings. Each hire includes the use of a PFD (protective floatation device) / Lifejacket and a paddle.

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BLAAUWKLIPPEN WINE FARM STELLENBOSH

Founded in 1682, Blaauwklippen is one of the oldest wine farms in Stellenbosch. Down to earth with a rich history and winemaking tradition, we produce wines of distinction in harmony with the simplicity of country living.

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ADVENTURE BIKE RENTALS CAPE TOWN

Adventure Bike Rentals - Cape Town We are a BMW Adventure-style motorcycle rental company that strives for customer satisfaction during your exploration of South Africa. We have a 5 STAR Google Review Rating. Our motorcycles are always clean, well maintained and in perfect condition upon collection or at the convenient “Drop-off” feature. From the viewing and booking process of your chosen motorcycle, additional support if needed on your journey around the Cape or further into South Africa – We aim to make your rental process as smooth and easy as possible and your adventure hassle-free and pleasurable!. If we do not have your “dream-bike” in stock for the rental period you’d like , we will endeavour to find a similar bike for you.

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CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

The Cape of Good Hope, originally called Cape Storm, is a very famous headland located at the southwestern tip of Africa. It is the landmark of Cape Town and the intersection of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The Cape of Good Hope is located in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. There are actually two capes in the reserve. In addition to the Cape of Good Hope, there is another cape called Cape Cape, which is also a popular attraction in the scenic area. Although the Cape of Good Hope is in a protected area, it is accessible by car. The gate of the scenic spot is very simple. After entering, there are flowers and shrubs on both sides, and the mountains are far and wide. On the way to the Cape of Good Hope, you can see a black and white monument on the hillside in the distance. This monument commemorates the pioneer of the navigation route from Europe around the Cape of Good Hope to India - the Portuguese navigator Da Gama. The monument is on the uphill, the mountain is overgrown with weeds, and it is basically impossible to reach the foot of the monument, and can only be seen from afar. On the other side of the monument across the road, there is a monument facing the Atlantic Ocean, which is the monument of another Portuguese navigator Dias, who originally named the cape as Cape Storm. Along the way, you can also see many baboons squatting on the side of the road to rest.

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CONSTANTIA WINE WALK

Looking for an immersive taste of South Africa’s famous winelands? A new walking tour takes guests on foot through the world-famous vineyards of Constantia, delving deep into the Cape’s winemaking history while offering a sip and a swirl of this scenic valley’s leading cellars. A new guided tour through the Constantia Wine Valley is an absolute favourite for a few reasons. It ticks a lot of boxes, something to consider before choosing an activity from the hundreds of options in the Mother City. 

In proud partnership with the Constantia Wine Route, this vine-walk is the brainchild of Matt Sterne, adventurer, explorer and all-round nice guy. An accredited tour guide, he now focuses his years of worldly travel knowledge and experience into a niche al-fresco experience that will leave you hungry (and thirsty!) for more.

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TABLE MOUNTAIN

Table Mountain is the symbol of Cape Town. It is 1,067 meters high. It is named after the top of the mountain is as flat as a table, as if it was flattened with a knife. The right side of Table Mountain is Lion's Head Mountain and Signal Mountain, and the left side is Devil's Peak. From October to March of the following year, a large amount of water vapor rises to the top of the mountain after encountering Table Mountain, and then under the action of cold air A spectacular cloud formation is formed, as if a whole tablecloth covers the entire Table Mountain, which is very magnificent. There are two ways to visit Table Mountain, take the 360 revolving cable car and hike up the mountain. Since there are so many hiking trails, it is easy for tourists to get lost. A better way is to buy a mountaineering guide. The more famous ones are Maclesr's Beacon and Cicilia. However, for tourists who are new to Table Mountain, it is more recommended to take the cable car. However, it is recommended to come in good weather. If it is windy, the cable car will stop running. Even if you reach the top of the mountain on foot, you will be shrouded in fog and you will not be able to see anything. When you come to the cable car station in the middle of the mountain, you can already see the whole city of Cape Town. The cable cars run in both directions, and each one can carry 65 people. When the cable car slowly travels to the top of the mountain, through the glass windows around the cable car, you can clearly see everything under your feet. When the cable car travels halfway, you can see the wall of Table Mountain, which is as steep as a knife and an axe. You can also see rock climbers climbing the cliffs of Table Mountain.

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QUAD BIKE ADVENTURE - ATLANTIS DUNES

Are you looking for an exciting and adventurous way to spend your weekend? Do you love the thrill of riding a quad bike on the sand dunes? If you answered yes, then you don't want to miss this amazing offer! You'll get to explore the stunning scenery of the dunes, feel the wind in your hair and have a blast with your friends and family! Don't miss this chance to experience the ultimate quad bike adventure in the Atlantis Dunes