It is really easy to #lovecapetown

This is my submission for the ’3 Things in the City’ I Love contest by Velvet EscapeTraveldudes and Wimdu.co.uk

  1. Table Mountain overnight trails and camps
  2. Greenpoint Urban Park
  3. Top gourmet experiences

1. Table Mountain is an icon, a 7th World Wonder and Capetonians speak lovingly about ‘their’ mountain. Going up with the cable car is one of the highlights of a visit to Cape Town and is included in any itinerary. What many guests don’t know or simply don’t have the time for, is to hike one of the many trails and stay overnight in one of the camps in the Table Mountain National Park. It is the most awesome thing to do over a weekend with a bunch of friends. You’re spending a full day admiring nature within the boundaries of a world class city. I don’t know any other city where this is possible.

Orangekloof Overnight huts, Table Mountain National Park

We started our overnight hike at the Silvermine dam which is an attraction on it’s on in Summer time for picnics and swimming. From Silvermine we hiked all the way to Orangekloof on the first day. The views overlooking Hout Bay and the Sentinel, I can hardly describe. When you sit at a viewpoint, everyone is just in awe and quietly takes it all in. All you can think of gratitude for living in such a magnificent place.

Upon arrival at our overnight camp we were blown away by the beautiful sustainable structures, all of alien wood that had been taken out. The best thing was, there’s no cell phone reception! Not even 5 km from my home, feeling as if I was in the middle of the bush. Perfect! For more info click here.

2. The Greenpoint Urban Park is a fantastic green space created smack bam in the middle of a residential area. The park attracts Capetonians from all walks of life and is a true reflection of South African society. In a city where racial division still causes many challenges the park is literally a breath of fresh air. The park features a biodiversity garden, an outdoor gym and an incredible jungle gym. All gates have guards, there are recycle bins and of course a whole lot of soft grass to lay down your picnic blanket and relax in the sun. I love this place and it’s only a 5 minute walk down the road.

Greenpoint Urban Park, Cape Town

For me Cape Town is a gourmet capital which oozes with creativity. There are always new culinary experiences on the horizon. To name a few, last month I attended the Chef’s Table at the Mount Nelson Hotel. We were literally seated in the kitchen of this iconic hotel. Capable and passionate kitchen staff introduced a 6 course culinary affair to us. It was an evening of not only fantastic food but great conversations as well.

Chef’s Table at the Mount Nelson Hotel

Taste of Cape Town is usually held in March or April. Top class restaurants showcase their signature dishes in canapé style portions. This allows you to taste a LOT of different fabulous dishes and creates an appetite for more. After the show you will have a new collection of favourite restaurants! And this are only 2 of the many culinary treats of Cape Town

Choosing 3 favourite things to do in Cape Town was really challenging. It’s a city in motion, in progress, one where you will never be bored, sometimes be shocked and always will be inspired.

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