Archi cred aside, this showstopping design hub amid the winelands is host to the Norval family's impressive stash of South African and African art, plus photogenic sculpture garden and amphitheatre for summer concerts. Skotnes is on hand for nouveau SA eats while the gift shop is worthy of a visit alone for its locally-made art-themed goodies. Tops for tots, too.
You can (and should) spend an entire day whizzing around the Peninsula to take in prime vistas from Chapman's Peak Drive, spot game in Cape Point Nature Reserve and splash around with African penguins on Boulders Beach (see The Winelands). Refuel at Noordhoek Farm Village, Scarborough or Kalk Bay (see Dining) along the way.
CT's pic-perfect natural landscape makes it a haven for budding Els', with most courses situated on well-maintained estates, catering to all levels of expertise and offering gear to-hire. Friendly, no-frills Royal Cape is SA's oldest, backdropped by viewtiful Table Mountain; pristine Steenberg is home to an 18-hole, Peter Matkovich-conceived course, plus two stellar eateries, and world-class Erinvale, at the foot of Helderberg Mountain, has well-sheltered grounds and plenty of leisure pleasures like an onsite clubhouse and spa.
Thomas Heatherwick's architectural beacon is ground zero for 21st-century African art and culture. 100 permie galleries showcase homegrown names, plus rotating multi-disciplinary exhibs repping talents from across the continent and its Diaspora.
Insider Tip: Book a personal curator-led tour, a steal at US$65.
Yes it's firmly on the tourist trail but this atmospheric, historic seal-dotted island is worth braving the ferry trip over with the coach loads for a unique snapshot into prison life experienced by Madiba and others.
A glute-busting 60-90-min climb up Platteklip Gorge to be rewarded with pant-dropping panoramas across Table Bay, Robben Island and beyond. Instagram updated, zip back down by cable car.
Insider Tip: Do this on the first clear, wind-free day of your trip in case the weather changes. If you’re taking the cable car up and down skip the ticket line by booking ahead on the website – they offer full refunds if you can't go for any reason.
Tafelberg Rd Gardens / +27 21 424 0015 / email@example.com / 8am-8.30pm Jan; 8am-8pm Feb-Mar; 8am-7.30pm Apr and 8.30am-6pm May-Aug. Operated daily, last car up is 1 hour before closing / www.tablemountain.net
Take a deep dive into the city and region with these leading lights: Kate Crane Briggs is the go-to for history, archi and design tours small group and bespoke; Juma's Tours explore townships via street-art, cycling trips and volunteering ops, while a private sess with Greatest Wine Africa Tours will help you to get stocked up and sauced at the region's famous vineyards.
Juma’s Tour: townshiparttours.co.za
Greatest Wine Africa Tours: greatestafrica.com