Some ideas for speakers and attendees from out of town…
Cape Town Central
You don’t have to go far to have a great Cape Town experience.
Table Mountain Cable Car is a stunning trip to the top of our flat mountain, from where you can see forever and take vertigo-inducing photographs.
Sightseeing Bus – Hop on / hop off bus covering tourist attractions in and around the city – including the Cable Car, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Boulders Penguin Colony. Great way to spend a day.
The Waterfront is a premier shopping destination. There are some great restaurants, and probably the widest variety of good quality curios. Everything here might be cheaper somewhere else, but the convenience is usually worth it.
It’s also a good base for many tourist activities, like a boat trip (anything from sundowners on a luxury catamaran to an speed boat adventure) or a helicopter flight.
Camps Bay offers a variety of great restaurants with unbeatable views.
What’s On and Cape Town Magazine both have a great roundup of events and entertainment.
Theatrical Entertainment: Artscape, The Fugard Theatre, Stand Up Comedy and more
Live Music: Venue roundup, African Live Music and more
Cultural diversity: Township tour Recommended operator for a meaningful experience
There are many wine farms in and around Cape Town, most offering a great experience along with excellent wines.
Shorter activities: Helicopter or short flights, Jet boat
Half to full day activities: Snorkel with Seals, Sandboarding, Tandem skydive, Abseil down Table Mountain, Side car tours
Learn to surf (Roxy’s is highly recommended, and not just for women), and Whale watching (this boat goes to wherever the whales are – we’ve heard great reviews).
Stellenbosch and Franschoek are the largest and most well known wine routes in the region. Paarl and Somerset West also have a great variety to pick from.
These towns together are known as “The Winelands” and offer many tourism experiences beyond just wine. And there are plenty of kids activities in the area too.
Or for a eco-friendly experience, you can even do the winelands on a bicycle.
* These trips are great for their own sake, and also a good idea when the wind blows in Cape Town.
Other Day Trips
Kalk Bay: Craft, curio & antique shopping, and cosy restaurants.
Hout Bay: Sea-front restaurants, boat trips, Bay Harbour Market, Chapman’s Peak Drive (en route to Noordhoek / Kommetje)
Noordhoek / Kommetjie: Noordhoek Farm Village (restaurants & play area), Imhoff Farm (kid friendly animal encounters, horse rides), Kommetjie Light house
Simon’s Town: Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony, antique shops, restaurants
We’re more winelands and farming than Wild country, but we do have a few game lodges offering exceptional experiences.
Long range out of town
If you’re taking a longer trip out of town, the Garden Route and Klein Karoo are beautiful in different ways, and full of activities to suit all ages.
Or if you want a real safari experience and have a few days to travel (requires flights) try the Kruger Park, a safari lodge, or one of our National Parks.
Of course, when time is short and people insist on driving on the wrong side of the road… sometimes it’s easier to have someone else take care of everything.
Here are some options that have been put together by our travel agent: Pre & Post-Conference Tours
Traveling with kids
Cape Town has a host of activities* suitable for children and fun for adults too. Everything from animal encounters (birds, horses, camels, cheetahs, crocodiles and fish in the aquarium – to name but a few), boat trips, sandboarding, museums, or simply a day on the beach.
*if that’s not enough, try this list of 101 things to do with kids.
And for a first-hand perspective on traveling in the Cape, here’s a family’s trip report, including in town & out of town experiences.