With so much to see and do in Cape Town from climbing Table Mountain, experiencing Robben Island, Shark Cage diving in Gansbaai, exploring the Winelands, tasting all the city’s gastronomical cuisine to discovering the local flora and fauna, it can get a bit overwhelming for visitors to figure out what to do. Yusuf Jinoo of Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront loves sharing his hidden gems close to the hotel. He suggest the following:
Explore the seas
Enjoy a kayaking experience that takes you directly past the front of the hotel and along the Atlantic Seaboard. Atlantic Outlook Kayaking is a local business to look into. This adventure makes for picture-perfect photographs.
Explore Cape Town from a different perspective
“Guests don’t often realise how bicycle-friendly the surrounding area is,” says Jinoo. Bike and Saddle offers an Atlantic Beach Cycle that starts at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront and takes riders all along the coast out towards Blouberg – all with Table Mountain as the backdrop.
Take in some art
For those interested in art, Jinoo recommends Everard Read Gallery. Situated in Portswood Road, the gallery is easily overlooked by out-of-towners who don’t know the area. Visitors to the gallery can expect to see a mix of contemporary paintings and sculptures by a variety of artists.
Get out and about
“It’s easy to only want to stick to the Sea Point Promenade when you’re in this neighbourhood,” says Jinoo. “But the Green Point Urban Park should definitely be explored as well”. The park includes a fitness park for cycling, outdoor training and a play park for the kids. With a clear focus on biodiversity the heritage park offers additional facilities including a tea garden, a biodiversity nursery and short walks dedicated to the local flora and fauna. Park opens at 07h00 and closes at 19h00 daily.
Enjoy a round of golf
Cape Town is home to some amazing golf courses, including the Metropolitan Golf Course in Green Point. It is one of South Africa’s premiere golf courses and offers 18 holes, each with separate tees, together with 14 world class greens that share nine beautiful fairways.
Bang on 12 ‘clock
Visitors can learn the story behind Cape Town’s 12h00 boom. Experience the history for yourself arrive from 11h30 so that you have the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful surrounding scenery and other incredible armoury located at the Battery. There’s a brief SA Navy’s history presentation that usually commences at 11h45.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
“One of the best weekend things to do in the area,” says Jinoo, “is the farm market every from 09h00 to 14h00 on Saturdays and 09h00 to 15h00 on Sundays”. Here, visitors can experience community farmers-style market with independent local farmers and artisanal food producers.
For the adrenalin junkies
Experience the majestic city and ocean views from a bird’s perspective. Tandem paragliding is available off Lions Head or Signal Hill (weather dependant). It’s a truly breathtaking way to take in some views.
Families can enjoy a coastal game of putt-putt at The Three Anchor Bay putt-putt course. This is an outdoor miniature golf course, located along the beachfront promenade in Sea Point. It is open seven-days-a-week, weather permitting, and has two courses of 18 holes each.
Ocean-side drinks Of course one of the things we recommend the most is ocean-side drinks at Tobago’s Restaurant at the hotel. We have an amazing bar team who are able to whip up the most delicious and refreshing drinks. There’s also a delectable food menu to choose from. And all of this can be enjoyed right next to the ocean. Sometimes, we even spot some dolphins from the restaurant!