Visit Cape Town
Liberty Lodge is so well positioned in the café culture suburb of Tamboerskloof, adjacent to the central city, that just about any Cape Town tourist attraction and CBD business location is within 5-minutes by car, or a downhill walk. Taxis are plentiful and cheap. Uber operates extremely well in Cape Town
Feel free to ask advice from owner and host, Ruth Parsons. Her local knowledge will help you plan your Cape Town excursions and she will happily book restaurants, theatres, tours, hire cars and airport transfers, with companies that she has personally selected and vetted.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Table Mountain & Cableway, Cape Town
Opened in 1929, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has transported over 18 million visitors to the iconic flat summit. It only takes 4 minutes to reach the top by revolving cablecar, which gives you a 360º view on the way. The top of Table Mountain is 1067 metres above sea level and offers spectacular views in all directions The quickest hike up takes about 2½ hours. Liberty Lodge is within walking distance of the Cableway, but it's so steeply uphill that we suggest you take your car or a 5-minute taxi ride to get there. It is best to book tickets in advance so you do not need to queue to buy them.
V & A Waterfront
For shopping, dining, indoor and outdoor entertainment, the V&A Waterfront is a favourite hotspot for tourists and locals. The combination of creative architecture and restoration, fun and festivity all in a working harbour, creates such a buzz that you can easily spend all day here. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Watershed, an exciting revamped retail market which gathers together over hundreds of top Capetonian and South African brands in fashion, arts, crafts and design. Or why not take a boat trip around the harbour or a yacht into the bay for an alternative way of seeing Cape Town.
Robben Island was a place of exile for society's unwanted for hundreds of years. The prison's most famous inmate was Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years jailed here, along with many other political freedom fighters. The 3½ hour tour to Robben Island acts as a poignant reminder of this sad period. The exceptional view of Table Mountain across the bay was significant to Mandela, who said, "Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return." Robben Island Tours get snapped up quickly, so book your tickets well in advance.
The Company's Garden
The Company’s Garden takes its name from the Dutch East India Company who first started the garden in 1652 for the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables for their ships that plied the spice trade route between Europe and the East Indies, via The Cape of Good Hope. The Gardens are abutted by numerous important landmarks, including the lodge house for the slaves who built large parts of the historic city, the present day Houses of Parliament, the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, St George's Cathedral (which is the seat of the Anglican church in South Africa), the National Library of South Africa, the South African National Gallery, the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Centre as well as Tuynhuys, which is used by the President on state occasions.
Just 5-minutes drive from Liberty Lodge, the sweeping white sands and palm trees of Camps Bay beach come into view. It is a vista so profoundly beautiful that you cannot fail to be impressed. Camps Bay is a magnet for people who want to see and be seen on the long white beach or at the many restaurants and cafés lining the boulevard and spilling onto the pavements. Adjacent are the four secluded coves of Clifton's beaches, each one accessed by steps that descend to a fine white powdery beach. One word of warning; the water may look inviting but it's usually very chilly!
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
At the tip of the Southern Peninsula lies verdant Cape Point. The vast, beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve was declared part of the Cape World Heritage Site in 2004. Trails within the park lead to shipwrecks, tidal pools and lighthouses. You'll be hiking in the company of wildlife including curvy-beaked sugarbirds and cape mountain zebra. If you don't feel like walking, climb aboard the Flying Dutchman funicular that will take you all the way from Cape Point to the upper lighthouse, with its vantage point said to resemble the end of the world.
Boulders Beach Penguins
There are few places in the world where you can see penguins waddling around on a sunny beach, then go and swim with them. At Boulders Beach you can do both. These African Penguins were once called Jackass Penguins as their call really does sound like a donkey in distress. Take the boardwalk to their nesting beach to see the main breeding colony, then find your way to the far cove and have a swim. Don't be surprised if a penguin darts past.
Drive for about an hour and you will find yourself in a world where valleys and mountain slopes are covered with vines and grand wine estates invite you in for tastings. Stellenbosch is the historic heart of the Winelands and Paarl has many fine estates, but you will adore the hidden valley of Franschhoek, with multiple award-winning restaurants and breathtaking scenery. Much closer to Cape Town is the Constantia Wine Valley, known for fine wines and historic estates.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens live up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. It was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country's indigenous flora.
Every year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates. In Cape Town itself, you can see them from the road along the False Bay coast, and they're distinctly visible on the western seaboard if you get high enough on the scenic coastal Victoria Road. Further south, the town of Hermanus in Walker Bay on the Cape south coast offers possibly the best land-based whale-watching in the world. The best time to view whales is August to November
Cape Town is buzzing with amazing restaurants. In fact, there are so many fantastic places to try, it can sometimes be impossible to choose. If you are looking for fine dining, then The Test Kitchen, the Pot Luck Club, Aubergine, La Colombe or La Mouette are just a selection. Go to the Codfather, famous for fish. Or Villa 47, The Black Sheep, Kloof Street House, the Bungalow or La Parada to experience the Cape Town vibe. Fancy a bistro? Try Manna Epicure, Bouchon or La Boheme. A word of warning – you need to book well in advance for the most popular establishments. For a comprehensive list, check out www.eatout.co.za
If you have not yet organised your trip beyond Cape Town, perhaps to the Kruger Park, KwaZulu Natal or the Garden Route and would like assistance, then we can highly recommend Phil Rendel of Where It All Began (www.whereitallbegan.co.za). Based on Cape Town, he provides a highly personalised travel planning service for the whole of Southern Africa. Not only is he able to obtain better rates for accommodation, internal flights etc than you would get on your own, he takes the stress out of planning your trip