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The Terrace is central to a multiplicity of beautiful and fascinating places to visit. Here is a selection of the most popular:

5 - 15 minutes drive

Join the enthusiastic crowds supporting our teams at Newlands Cricket and Rugby grounds.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) with its dominant position on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.

The world-renown Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens offers gentle walks through the magnificent gardens planted with (largely) indigenous flora, and more challenging hikes up Table Mountain. There are restaurants and gift shops on site.

Constantia Valley Wine Route with its historic wine estates, dating back to the early settlers, offers a selection of first class restaurants in delightful settings.

Cavendish Square shopping mall, Claremont for shopping or cinema trips (2km)

20 - 30 minutes drive

The “City Bowl”, is Cape Town’s historic city centre, nestled in the amphitheatre of Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill. The center is a bustling, cross-cultural hub with good shopping, sidewalk cafes and welcome respite of the City Gardens, during the day and the famed clubs and nightlife of Long Street, after dark.

The V&A Waterfront is a popular water-front development on the harbor with up-market clothing and jewellery stores, restaurants, cinemas, an excellent aquarium and stalls showcasing local arts and crafts in the Red and Blue Sheds.

Table Mountain Cable, the aerial cableway to the top of this iconic mountain, with its spectacular panoramic views, departs from the upper slopes of the City Bowl.

The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest colonial building in South Africa. This substantial fort was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company to protect those responsible for provisioning the trading ships sailing to and from the East. A tour of the fort offers an insight into the past, that is both fascinating and sobering.

The Malay District: small tour groups are led around the old Malay district with its charming buildings and its rich and poignant history of the so-called “Coloured” community of the Cape. The ferry to Robben Island, notorious site of Nelson Mandela’s 27 year imprisonment.

Enjoy a selection of beaches: Camps Bay, just over the road from some excellent restaurants and coffee shops, Muizenberg where you can rent boards and wet suits and hire a surf instructor by the hour, and Boulders with its colony of African Penguins.

40 - 60 mins drive

The beautiful wine producing areas of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Somerset West are not to be missed. Take a day trip to enjoy these historic towns and their magnificent surrounds. Stop at some of the many estates to taste their excellent wines and choose from the many world-class restaurants to dine. (We recommend booking in advance)

Drive (carefully!) around Chapman’s Peak, a spectacular, if vertiginous, marine drive along the cliffs between Hout Bay and the vast beach of Noordhoek.

Take a leisurely drive down the scenic peninsular to take in the dramatic view from Cape Point, the most South Westerly point in Africa and home to troops of brazen baboons. (keep your car doors and windows closed!)