Escape from Cape Town

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Surrounded by the rocky edges, soaring mountains and the ocean, the N2 highway carves and meanders few hundred miles – making it undoubtedly the best self-driving experience that should be on anyone’s bucket list.

Here is everything you need to know to set off along with two amaaaazing places to stay.

Start your journey at the foot of Table Mountain..

Kensington Place

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Set against the rugged mountain Kensington Place is an urban hotel with 8 suites in a quaint residential street, little ways away from the bustling Kloof Street with a view onto the charming garden of the governor’s house (more like our White House) from the balconies.

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Style so minimalist, urbane decor, soft whites and beige, a solar heated pool and round-the-clock bar makes your time at Kp, a stylish abode with all the comfort you need.

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“The coolest bolthole in the Cape… this place is a real find not because the setting is so great, in front of Table Mountain with views over town towards the Atlantic- but because of the techno injection… The bar is sexy as hell, and the hand picked furniture is fabulous. This is the perfect small city hotel.” – TATLER

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Lobby and the cozy fireplace to share your day trip stories with other guests. Free Champagne starts flowing right here..

As the sun sets, sit out on the terrace with a cocktail and watch the sky smolder, turning from burnished gold to a deep velvet purple, until finally the stars begin to wink at you. – Kiwi Collection

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Looking down to the ground heated pool and the lush streets

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The breakfast thats included in your stay, is fresh, and home cooked, one of the most divine amenities of the hotel.

Kp is a good base stay for all the Cape Town adventures, exclusive and luxurious, you never once feel like staying in a hotel with their friendly staff and an unique residential location in the hip and wealthy part of CT.

Get on the Table

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s Eiffel Tower and offers the 360 degree view of the city. The circular rotating cable car rises 1067m above sea level.

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At the top, the misty landscape and the views of the whole city with a trendy Mountain Cafe at the top give you ample reasons to spend an afternoon just mesmerized by the landscape. Top of my list was to order a Picnic lunch and enjoy the mountain at my own pace.

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On the other hand, the biggest draw of the Table mountain was actually looking at it from inland, especially during sunset, when it glows with golden hues and trees that look like they are on flames, its quiet the setting.

Beautiful roads of Cape Town..

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Twelve Apostles 

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The Wine Route to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

Cape Winelands is about an hour from the city and the mountain is a quiet a sight with beautiful valleys, undulating roads and fertile grounds that produce some of the best wines in the world.

The two towns that you can explore are Stellenbosch a Dutch town also known as the ‘City of Oaks’ due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel, to grace the streets and homesteads and Franschhoek (French Quarter in Dutch), an area where French refugees settled in 1600s, many farms are named after where they come from in France.

La Petite Ferme

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La Petite Ferme is set high on the northern slopes of the magnificent Franschhoek Mountains in a beautiful garden that extends upwards into the Cape’s unique Fynbos.

Overlooking a trout-filled lake and Franschhoek’s charming village below, it is the ideal setting for a relaxing weekend of leisure. Perfect place to take a break from the city life and experience simple life in a charming country retreat.

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Lunch at Petite Ferme is legendary with a view of the entire valley, and the food reflects the creative energy and raw talent of the chefs, which doesn’t come as a surprise when there is an abundance of fresh local ingredients.

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Creamy and nutty Pate

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Traditional Cape Malay – Malva pudding

Grand Provence

Our second choice was also in Franschchoek; the grand entrance paved with rows of vineyards with premium stellar wine that’s yet to be produced.

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Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate wears her 300-year history with style. Nestled within the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape, surrounded by 47-acres of lush vines, this is heartland South African wine country at its finest.

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Tasting Room

Simons Town & Boulders Beach

Simon’s Town, one of the four seaside towns that has stunning views in the most beautiful environment of the Cape Peninsula, where Whales and Penguins are the biggest attractions.

You wake up in the morning and look across the beautiful bay just as the sun peeks over the mountains. Walking down the road to the coast you encounter penguins waddling towards the clear, cool sea. Out of the corner of your eye you see three otters running along the beach and launching into the waves. Raising your eyes as you walk along, you see a Southern Right whale breeching for the pure joy of it. You must be in Simon’s Town…

Boulders beach is made up of inlets between granite boulders that is also home to the South African Penguins.

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Starting with just a couple of breeding pairs in 1982, there are about 3000 of them in Boulders Beach in False Bay. You can rent a wetsuit and get a great close up look at the entire colony eating, breeding, preening, swimming and chatting away.

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DYK: their white and back appearance is to hide from the ocean predators when they are swimming in the water; as the white stomach makes it difficult to see them from under the ocean and the black backs are hard to spot from the top.

Chapman’s Peak 

Chapman’s Peak Drive winds it way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

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cc Chapmans Peak

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Views like this are revealed at every bend

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If driving here was a pleasure, imagine being on your feet feeling the air on your chin. I lived vicariously through these cyclists who accompanied us almost along the whole route.

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The 9 km stretch of Chappies (Chapman’s) has 114 curves and magnificent views of the winding roads and ocean peeking at every curve.

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The twists in the road seem endless and it is a photographers dream. This will probably be the second best natural wonder next to our roadtrip in Ladakh.

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Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point is a spectacular, narrow finger of land, covered in endemic fynbos and the meeting point of the two seas; Atlantic and the Indian Ocean.

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This is the southern most tip of the African continent. Hike up or take the funicular (ofcourse I did the latter) to the Old Lighthouse thats on top of the Cape Point to see the majesty of the two peaks.

Cape of Good Hope is the peak that is lower than Cape Point, a significant cape for yesteryear ships, that helped Portugese in the 1400s as a way to mark their milestone for trading with the East.

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Coastal Route from Muizenberg to Hout Bay to Llanduno to Camps Bay

Continuing along the N2 route is the coastal driveaway that passes many small seaside towns starting from the farthest Muizenberg to Camps Bay that is in Cape Town.

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Each suburb has something different to offer, also the water here is warmer than the beaches in Cape Town during winter, so take a dip, kite surf or go sea kayaking.

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And take pictures like this that are uniquely South Africa..

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But end your evening in the beautiful Clifton Beach in Cape Town. Clifton is supposed to be the most beautiful with its granite boulders and houses that’s perched literally on top of the ocean. Getting into Clifton felt like going to a private backyard.

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The bay’s white sand and the four different beaches divided popularly for adventure, gay men, students and the last one for glamorous folk –  lists among the Top 10 beaches in the world and in mine too!

 

 

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