Although winter brings with it the rain and the cold and results in iconic landmarks such as Table Mountain and Robben Island being closed, winter is the perfect time to explore the cultural and historical sites and areas of Cape Town.
Stuck for a few ideas on what to do in and around Cape Town in winter? Here are a few of our winter suggestions:
- Partake in a Cape Malay cooking course
- Explore the museums throughout Cape Town such as:
– SA Museum which includes much of South African history, indigenous people, dinosaurs, whales and much more
– Bentram House which has wonderful displays of jewellery, silver and equipment used in pastimes practiced by the ladies
– Bo-Kaap Museum located in the Malay area and gives a wonderful history of the families that lived there
– Slave Lodge that highlights the history of Cape Town
– District Six Museum tells the stories of people who were forcibly removed from the area
There are so many wonderful museums to explore and learn more about Cape Town and South African history.
If you’re a red wine drinker, winter is the perfect time to visit the winelands region. Explore the various wine routes and taste some of the finest red wines on offer in front of a roaring fire before enjoying a delicious lunch at some world-class restaurants. When you have excellent wine and food, what does it matter what the weather is doing outside, right?
With it raining outside why not book yourself into a spa for a full day worth of treatments? This is a great idea for honeymooners and couples looking to spend the day being pampered. From body wraps, to couple’s massages, pedicures, manicures and facials, you’ll leave feeling warm, cosy and completely taken care of. I’m sure they will even serve you some delicious red wine whilst you relax in the jacuzzi! The coastal town of Hermanus has its annual Whale Festival in October (3 – 6 October 2014) which is great for the whole family. The whales all are close in to shore as they are calving and often put on a spectacular show for everyone watching from land.
Hotels also offer great rates in winter making Cape Town a more affordable destination.
Written by Jenni Moss (Southey Travel)