Beach, mountains, sun, great wine and good food are all top reasons why Cape Town makes for a great holiday destination. 


But considering the past year and the pandemic impacting our daily lives, there are few things to keep in mind. Everyone wants information or advice on safe travels. 


When planning your upcoming African Safari which could include spending a few days in Cape Town, or if you travel locally with family or friends on a micro-trip – there are a few things to consider when travelling post corona.

Safety Precautions

All cautiously, we realise that keeping your loved ones safe takes priority. 


Already well-thought safety precautions and travel protocols have been implemented at accommodation establishments and all public spaces from the airport to transport facilities. Ensure you pick accommodations that keep to these regulations.


Keep in mind that wearing your mask in public places is compulsory and try to wash your hands regularly. Social distancing is key to protecting yourself and other travellers alike from curbing the spread of Covid19.


If you are arriving by air be ready to for screening procedures and be sure to have your PCR COVID test certificate if travelling internationally—no older than 72 hours. 

Where to go

Cape Town has many top attractions, and you have to visit Table Mountain, officially one of the wonders of the world, the scene is worth a trip up in the cable car, alternatively, if you prefer a hike up the Mountain, this makes for a safe activity with family or friends.  


Southern suburbs have so much to offer. Closely situated to the airport and city centre, the south provides many unique small towns with uniquely European style accommodations – offering views and activities. 


With quaint little towns like  Simonstown, a visit to Boulders Beach where you can view the African Penguin makes for a great day trip with the family. Another great stop if you stay for a weekend is to explore the towns naval museums and harbours. 


If you love wine and are looking for privacy, exclusivity then we highly suggest a visit to the Winelands. Visiting famous wineries in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington and other Boland wineries town makes for one of the best Cape Town experiences. 


Up the West Coast. With many towns on the Atlantic coast such as Paternoster, Veldrift, Langebaan to Saldanha and Cederberg Regions. These small towns and fishing villages offer great micro trips. They are also secluded and making for an incredible self-drive


The best yet is that these small towns are safe and uniquely situated to take day trips by staying in one location.

Getting around

Proudly safe and an ideal road trip destination – It will be safer as you will be limiting interactions with other travellers. 


Whether travelling by car, motorhome or other means of transport, allowing for more flexibility, especially with stringent restrictions.


For those who enjoy the leisure and pre-arranged tailor-made packages – scheduled domestic flights and fly-in safaris are popular. Day tours, including private transfers, are also safe, easy and reliable. 


Being able to combine a holiday with beach, Winelands and a variety of accommodation types that suite your budget and needs is pretty great. Even better is when you know you and your loved ones are going to be safe when coming for your next visit to Cape Town. 


Wide-open spaces, nature, affordability, variety of things to do and places to see! Cape Town looks forward to having you!  You can rest assured that travelling to Cape Town post corona is worth the getaway. Book your accommodation by contacting your local trusted agent for great deals and professional advice.  


This article is kindly Provided By The Simon’s Town Historical Society

The part which Simon’s Town has played in maritime strategy is inseparable from that of the Cape of Good Hope and South Africa as a whole.

The meeting point of the two great oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, is a key point in world naval strategy: it is a focal point of maritime trade between East and West.

Inevitably if followed that the two good anchorages, Table Bay and Simon’s Bay, became important havens for shipping. The dangers of the Table Bay anchorage during the winter months were quickly and forcibly brought to the notice of seafarers, but were tolerated when the callers were few. As ships began to frequent Table Bay in increasing numbers at all seasons of the year the incidence of ship-wrecks during the winter became greater than could be borne with equanimity.

Simon van der Stel Names The Bay

The False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula, sheltered from the violent northwest gales, was the obvious alternative, and Simon’s Bay was selected by Simon van der Stel himself as the safest anchorage. For many years to come there were no facilities for visiting ships and communications with Cape Town were exceedingly difficult. In spite of the greater safety in winter, captains of ships tended to avoid caling there whenever possible, preferring to risk the greater danger of Table Bay in order to enjoy the superior amenities of Cape Town.

France Controls The Cape

In 1650 the Dutch East India company decreed that a permanent settlement should be established at the Cape solely as a post for the replenishment of the Company’s vessels on the passage to and from the East Indies. At no time was it ever intended to gain any milirary advantage for which there was no necessity at that period.

The Cape of Good Hope only began to assume importance as a strategic point in the military sense with the increasing rivalry between France and Great Britain in the latter half of the eighteenth century.

In 1780 when Holland entered the War of America Independence in alliance with France and Spain against Great Britain, the British Government had become aware what a menace the Cape of Good Hope in the hands of an enemy could be to its trade with India. It was soon decided that an attempt must be made to capture the Cape to deny its use to the enemy.

The first attempt under Commodore Johnstone suffered so many delays that the French were able to forestall him and reinforce the defences too strongly to admit of successful attack.

During the next decade these dilatory methods cost Great Britain dear. With the Cape under their control the French were enabled greatly to increase their depredations on the British ships trading between India and Europe.

Relief only came with the termination of hostilities when the French troops returned to Europe. With the outbreak of the Revolutionary War in 1793 the Directors of the East India Company were not unnaturally nervous about the consequences of the Cape once again falling into the hands of the French. The occupation of Holland by the Revolutionary armies in the winter of 1794/5 brought matters to a head and called for action.

Two British Occupations

The British Admiralty lost no time in preparing an expedition for the occupation of the Cape, which object was successfully accomplished in 1795. The Netherlands government (in its new republican form) at last realised that an occupation of the Cape by a hostile power posed a very real threat to communications with Batavia.

With a well-situated base to work from the ships of the Royal Navy were able to establish an effective blockade of Mauritius which drastically restricted the depredations of the French commerce-raiding frigates.

During negotiations for peace in this year, the possession of the Cape became one of the most forceful bargaining points. Preliminary Articles of peace were not signed until 1801, and as one of the conditions, the short-sighted government of Addington agreed to restore the Cape to the Dutch. When the Treaty of Peace was signed in 1802, restoration of the Cape to its former owners was no longer possible as the Dutch East India Company had gone bankrupt in 1799. Its successor, the Batavian Republic, became the new owner of the Cape instead.

News of the terms of the Treaty did not reach the Cape until August 1802 and for various reasons the British evacuation was not completed until March 1803. The evacuating squadron had not reached England before war broke out again, but preparations for the re-occupation of the Cape were not put in hand until a new government under William Pitt came to power. In January 1806 a force too strong for the weak Batavian forces to withstand took possession of the Cape once more for Britain.

Within two or three months of the capture of the Cape all effective threats to the supremacy of the Royal Navy in southern waters were ended and their ships were again able to establish a blockade of the French islands, although it was not always possible to make the blockade entirely effective. The only complete solution of the problem was the capture of the islands, and measures to this end were put in hand. In 1810 Mauritius and Bourbon were captured and the fall of Tamatave in Madagascar in 1811 left the French without a single colonial possession. As a consequence there was little left for the ships of the Royal Navy to do in Cape waters and their number was soon reduced.

The Royal Navy Base Moves To Simon’s Town

The naval authorities now had leisure to give some time and attention to the consolidation of the base facilities. The removal of the whole naval establishment from Table Bay to Simon’s Bayand vice versa at six-monthly intervals was manifestly inconvenient and costly. It had furthermore become clear to the experienced seamen of the Royal Navy that Simon’s Bay provided a safe anchorage at all seasons, which Table Bay did not. The Commander-in-Chief of the Cape Station was emphatically in favour of removal of the principal base of the Royal Navy to Simon’s Bay and this was immediately accepted. The necessary buildings were completed in 1814.

It was perhaps fortunate that this was accomplished before peace was declared in 1814, as it is doubtful whether the considerable expenditure would have been authorised in peace-time!

A Period Of Peace

Valuable as Simon’s Town had been in wartime, in the years of peace which followed it proved to be quite invaluable. The first important task laid on the ships of the Cape of Good Hope Station was the guardianship of Napoleon Bonaparte during the years of his detention on St Helena. With his death in 1821 the Simon’s Town Dockyard establishment was drastically reduced. A nucleus of trained staff remained to cater for the ships which continued to call on their voyages to and from the East. There were still a few ships on the Cape Station, including those commanded by the illustrious surveyors who in the 1820’s carried out the survey of the coast of Southern Africa.

Simon’s Town was their secure base to which they returned for refitting and recuperation. Much the same consideration applied to the small vessels employed in the suppression of the slave trade. In addition the cargoes of slaves in the captured slave ships, which could number up to seven hundred or more, were landed and housed in any accommodation available pending their allocation as indentured apprentices.

Coastal Skirmishes

Nearer at home, the ships of the Royal Navy were in constant demand for the transport of troops and their equipment to the frontier during the many Kaffir Wars of the nineteenth century. Algoa Bay, the Kowie and the Buffalo Rivers and Waterloo Bay provided convenient disembarkation points and each was provided with a resident harbour master and boats crew. All had to be supplied from the main base at Simon’s Town. It was on short coastal journeys such as these that steam driven vessels proved most suitable. For all ocean voyages sail remained the normal means of propulsion until the end of the century.

Steamships And The Dockyard
It was in the middle of the nineteenth century that improvement in steam propulsion began to make a real impact on the Cape Station and purely sailing vessels unaided by auxilliary steam power were becoming the exception rather than the rule. The installations in the Dockyard, which had not been altered in any way since 1814, proved quite inadequate to deal with the complexities of steam engines. The increasing use of iron in the construction of ships as well as their very size posed new problems in maintenance. Considerable extensions and reconstruction took place during the 1850’s and 60’s.

With the advent of reliable steam engines the smaller vessels were able to approach close in to the shallow bars of the east coast rivers in comparative safety. These little ships found themselves much in demand by missionaries and explorers. Such occasions also offered convenient opportunities for “showing the flag” in places not usually visited by ships of any kind and to act as a warning to any potential slave trader that the Navy’s arm was longer than ever.

The Anglo-Boer War
Throughout the Anglo-Boer War, Simon’s Town and Cape Town were the principal ports through which passed the reinforcements of men, supplies and equipment for the British Army. Without these the few British troops would have been overwhelmed by the superior numbers of the Boer forces in the first few months of the war. As it was the British were able to maintain an uninterrupted flow of men and ammunition from the United Kingdom and other parts of the British Empire, while the Royal Navy’s command of the oceans virtually prohibited all similar supplies reaching the Transvaal and Free State Republics. There can be little doubt also that it was only the healthy respect for the Royal Navy which prevented Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany from intervening on behalf of the Republics.

East Dockyard Opened
In the closing stages of the nineteenth century the resources of the Simon’s Town Dockyard were once again proving inadequate for the needs of the larger steamships, but with the opening of the East Dockyard and Dry Dock in 1910 Simon’s Town once again became equipped to meet every requirement of any ship of the Royal Navy. It was not long before these facilities were urgently needed: In 1914 Great Britain and Germany were at war.

Simon’s Town During World War I
The part which Simon’s Town and the ships of the Africa Station were called upon to play in this war differed in no respect from the part it had played in earlier wars. These tasks were the elimination of all enemy ships, especially commerce raiders, from the waters around the southern end of Africa and the elimination of all the enemy bases within its sphere.At the outbreak of war there was a number of German warships at large in all the oceans of the world; these included the Emden, the Koningsberg and Admiral von Spee’s powerful squadron believed to be in the South Pacific. Until these ships were accounted for no protracted expedition by sea against the German colonies could be contemplated without a powerful escort of warships. The Emden was destroyed at Keeling Island, the Koningsberg in the Rufji River and von Spee’s squadron at the Falkland Islands. With all hostile warships satisfactorily disposed of, operations against the two German colonies of South West Africa and Tanganyika could now go ahead.

For the remainder of the war Simon’s Town spent a humdrum but busy and essential existence as a refuelling and refitting base for the escorts of the numerous troop convoys passing between Europe and Australasia, India and the Far East. The most destruction in South African waters was done by the mine fields laid by commerce raiders off Dassen Island and Cape Agulhas.

Simon’s Town During World War II

Simon’s Town activity followed much the same pattern in the Second World War as it did in the First. In the early stages of the war it was the assembly base for the ships engaged in the rounding up of the few German ships in the southern oceans, the most important of which was the Graf Spee. There followed other heavily armed raiders disguised as merchant ships, including the Atlantis which laid mines off Cape Agulhas and elsewhere. They operated with considerable success but were eventually intercepted and sunk by ships based at Simon’s Town.

With the closing of the Mediterranean all traffic between Europe and the East had to be routed around the Cape as in former days. Although the merchant ships put into Cape Town for replenishment only Simon’s Town was capable of dealing with the special requirements of the warships. The entry of Japan into the war and their swift conquest of Malaysia and the East Indies intensified the vital role which Simon’s Town had to play.

In the latter stages of the war, with the reopening of the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal, Simon’s Town lost much of its importance as a staging post. By this time, however, the war in the southern oceans was virtually over and Simon’s Town’s task was finished for the time being. It had done its task and done it well.

Postwar Simon’s Town

After the cessation of hostilities the tempo of naval activities slackened off. Following negotiations between the South African Minister of Defence and the British Government the Dockyard was handed over to the South African Navy in 1957. (The Union Jack that was lowered at the formal hand-over is now in the Historical Society’s rooms).

Ten years later, in 1967, Simon’s Town was proclaimed a White Group Area and over the next few years the coloured people, whose family ties sometimes went back to the very early days of the Town’s growth, were obliged to move away. Their houses in and behind the Town fell into disrepair and a lot of them were eventually bullozed flat: thus was part of Simon’s Town’s quaint attraction lost. The Historical Society’s efforts in preventing such destruction were to no avail, yet at the same time “Studland”, Admiralty House, St Francis Church, “Ibeka”, Palace Barracks and the Martello Tower were all proclaimed National Monuments.

In 1975 the face of the Town again started to undergo change when extensions to the Dockyard were started: a large area of land was reclaimed at Jaffa’s Beach and the harbour walls were extended further to sea to form a new and larger Tidal Basin.

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Cape Town winters are known to be wet and grey. What locals like to keep quiet is the fact that in between the miserable days are beautiful, blue-skied, crisp ones. That’s why it’s called ‘The Secret Season’. Fewer tourists are about, there are no crowds to deal with, and even on wet days, there’s plenty to do and see.

Here we list just a few of the things to do when the foul winds from the north-east blow in the clouds and rain. There’s no need to be suffering from Cabin Fever in Cape Town!

1. Take The Train To Kalk Bay And Lunch At The Brass Bell

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Take the train from central Cape Town to Kalk Bay. The station in Cape Town is under cover and getting off at Kalk Bay, it’s two steps into the Brass Bell, which balances on the sea’s edge – the perfect, cosy, place to watch the moody sea.

The train trip takes just under an hour and the last bit – from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay – runs along the sea, offering spectacular sights.

The Brass Bell has numerous different sections, all right on the sea with beautiful views. Savour a steaming bowl of seafood soup while you watch the rain fall on the wild grey seas.

2. HintHunt


Feeling a little bit of Cabin Fever stuck at home in the rain? Head on down to The Old Biscuit Mill and play HintHunt, the latest game on the block, that’ll see you solving riddles in a little room in order to get out and free yourself from true Cabin Fever.

You play in groups of three to five people and you get an hour to work out puzzles and mysteries and release yourselves from the room. It’s fun, it’s interactive, it gets the old cogs in the brain working, and it’s all indoors!

3. The Heart Of Cape Town Museum

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In recognition of one of Cape Town’s most famous sons, Chris Barnard, and his performing the first heart transplant in the world in 1967, the museum is at Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory. This is where he performed the groundbreaking surgery and the museum chronicles the whole story.

Guided tours are run every two hours, so phone The Heart of Cape Town Museum before going, to book a tour.

4. Drink Red Wine Next To A Roaring Fire

What better way to chase away the rainy day blues, than to sit next to a roaring fire and drink some of the world’s finest red wine, made on our doorstep? The list of places in and around Cape Town that have fires in winter and serve red wine (and great food) is blissfully endless. These are four of our favourites.

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Societi Bistro & The Snug

With its bare brick walls, numerous fireplaces and a menu that’ll warm the cockels of your heart, Societi Bistro is a rainy day winner.

If you’re not looking for a meal to accompany your red wine, pop in next door at The Snug. Let’s just say its name is perfect.



Situated on the Sir Lowry’s Pass Road outside Somerset West, Waterkloof is the place to go if you feel like a little drive and some cheese and wine tasting next to the designer open fireplace in the tasting room. In fact, everything here is designer, and beautiful, with a sweeping view across to False Bay.

If a platter is not enough to stave off wet weather-induced hunger, head to the restaurant to sample some of chef Gregory Czarnecki’s incredible cuisine, with a French twist.

Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen

Less than half an hour’s drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Constantia Glen is perched on top of a hill with breath-taking views across the valley to the mountains. The glass-walled restaurant is warm and cosy, with stoves to ensure that the grey cold stays outside where it belongs.

Do a wine tasting and enjoy one of their charcuterie or cheese platters. In winter they usually offer steaming bowls of three different kinds of soup with fresh, crispy, bread. You can get a big bowl of one, or a trio of small bowls of all three – for those of us who want to taste everything!

5. Indoor Bowling

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Want a fun-filled day out of the rain? Head into the suburbs to Let’s Go Bowling indoor bowling in the Stadium-On-Main Centre in Claremont.

As long as you don’t mind renting bowling shoes, all you need is a couple of mates and some team spirit and you’re A for away! Striiiiike!

6. The Labia

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Down past the Mount Nelson tucked in the bend of Orange Street lies another grand old Cape Town dame: The Labia Cinema. Stop sniggering, it’s named after Princess Labia of Italy, and was initially the Italian Embassy ballroom.

It’s the oldest independent cinema in Africa and shows independent, art films. Various film festivals are also run here and they have great 2-for-1 specials (including a meal at restaurants in the neighbourhood) on different nights of the week.

Best of all, they have a fully-stocked bar at the cinema, so grab your popcorn and a warming glass of red and forget about the grey day outside.

See their website for what’s showing on their four screens.

7. Get Cultural: Museums

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Cape Town, and South Africa, have a rich and chequered past. There are a number of museums scattered about the city – that are warm and dry on a drizzle-filled afternoon – that tell the stories of the people of our land.

In Adderley Street, learn about the slave trade at the Slave Lodge, then open up your umbrella and put on your galoshes for a short walk through the Company’s Garden – past Parliament and Tuynhuis – up to the South African Museum. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in their cosy coffee shop before learning about the animals, the geological and archaeological origins and the people of South Africa.

From there, its a hop-skip-and-a-jump across to the Jewish Museum, where the history of the Jewish people of South Africa is beautifully laid out. Make an effort to pop in to see the Netsuke exhibition on the bottom floor – tiny, intricate Japanese carvings.

In Buitenkant Street, the District 6 Museum colourfully chronicles the history of this vibrant area, torn apart by the forced removals during Apartheid.

8. Coffee (& Cake)

Cape Town is Hipster Central. Hipsters like coffee. In fact, so do the rest of us. Result: coffee shops (and really good ones at that) are around every corner. It’s hard to pick only four, but for the purpose of not making this blog 16 000-words long, we have chosen four of our favourites.


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Situated in the heart of Cape Town, Truth. Coffee is a hive of activity. The decor is Steam-Punk – think industrial, richly-patterned trimmings. The staff, too, are decked out in Steam-Punk-style, giving the whole place a rather romantic, movie-type feel. Well, romantic in a loud, busy, trendy way.

The coffee is roasted on the premises (thus the noisiness) and rumour has it that the Eggs Benedict may just be one of the best Cape Town has to offer. Truth. also has free wi-fi and plug-in points for laptops, so you can easily spend a rainy morning drinking coffee and catching up with e-mails in this vibey spot!


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Down the road from Greenmarket Square, around the corner and into Church Street, you’ll find Deluxe Coffee, a little hole-in-the-wall place that just sells coffee. Good coffee.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat with your Deluxe coffee, head a little further up toward the mountain to another side street – Roodehek. There you’ll find Yard – a seriously hole-in-the-wall spot that incorporates The Dog’s Bollocks – known for it’s incredible burgers in the evenings – and, tucked in right at the back, The Bitch’s Tits. It’s there you’ll find Deluxe coffee. They serve a killer breakfast too.

Hard Pressed Cafe

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A relative newcomer to the Cape Town coffee scene, Hard Pressed Cafe in Buitengracht Street opened its doors in 2014.

It’s a funky little place with a great selection of vinyl records to buy while drinking your coffee and munching on any of their freshly-made sandwiches and snacks.

Empire Cafe

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If you’re looking for a view of the wild wintery sea while you drink your coffee, head out to the Empire Cafe in Muizenberg. Don’t feel like driving in the rain? Catch the train and take an umbrella – it’s a short walk from the Muizenberg Station.

The view from the second floor window is over Surfer’s Corner, and the bakery on the premises make croissants, cakes and other delicacies that fill the air with deliciousness.

9. See Some Art

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What better way to spend a rainy day than soaking up a bit of culture in one of Cape Town’s many art galleries? See the permanent exhibition of art through the ages at the South African National Gallery in the Company’s Garden, and then amble through their changing exhibitions.

South Africa has a diverse and fascinating art world. See what and who are being exhibited in the various Cape Town galleries, such as the Michael Stevenson in Woodstock, the AVA Gallery in Church Street, and the Brundyn+ in Buitengracht Street.

10. Go Rock Climbing

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No, no, you didn’t read that wrong. Here in Cape Town a bit of rain doesn’t put us off getting down (up?) to some good bouldering and clinging onto rock-faces. Enter CityROCK indoor climbing gym in Observatory.

From total beginners to experts training to climb a 30 (that’s a hard climb, for those not in the know), CityROCK has a wall to suit you. And they’re not wet and slippery… because it’s all inside!

11. Go A Little Einstein @ The Cape Town Science Centre

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Just up the road from CityROCK, on Main Road in Observatory, is the Cape Town Science Centre. Aimed mainly at encouraging the learning of science, technology, mathematics and engineering in kids, it’s an incredibly fun place for adults too.

They have over 250 interactive exhibitions showing off the marvels of all things science. Need I say more? Perfect rainy day activity.

12. Visit The ‘Ariums

Cape Town has two of the best ‘ariums in the country – the star-filled Planetarium and the fish-filled Aquarium.

The Aquarium

Two Oceans Aquarium

Too cold and wet for the beach? Don’t let that deter you from marine activities.

Pop down to the V&A Waterfront and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium – a delight for kids and adults alike.

With an enormous, central, shark- and ray-filled tank at its centre, penguins upstairs and a whole range of seaside creepy-crawlies to see up-close, it’s easy to spend a full day here.

The Planetarium


Next to the South African Museum in the Company’s Garden is the magical Planetarium.

Forget about the rain outside, and the clouds covering the sky, tilt your seat back as the lights dim and you watch the stars and galaxies projected onto the enormous dome above. It’s breath-takingly beautiful!

13. Give A Little Of Your Time

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Oh, you thought it was all abut you? Nope, it’s not.

How about spending a rainy morning volunteering at one of the literally hundreds of places that are trying to make the world we live in a better place?

There are loads. Here is a list of a couple you could get hold of:

  • Scalabrini Centre: help refugees to draw up CV’s and restore their basic human rights
  • Friends of The Hospital: read/play with the kids at Red Cross Children’s Hospital
  • Ons Plek: a shelter for girl street children
  • Yiza Ekhaya: community project based in Khayelitsha which offers food, care and safe shelter for 250 children & adults on medication
  • SANCCOB: hang out and help out with the li’l penguins
  • Nazareth House: provide residential care to abandoned and neglected children, as well as the elderly

14. Cave Golf

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Down at the V&A Waterfront, next door to the Scratch Patch (if you have kids, this is another rainy day treat), lies an intricate little 18-hole Putt-Putt course. Best of all: it’s indoors and quirkily designed as if you’re playing golf in a cave.

Rumour has it that it’s not an easy course, either, with some tricky holes to test your golfing skills!

15. Butterfly World


Head out on the N1 toward Paarl, take Exit 47 and, just down the road to the right, you’ll find Butterfly World, with its 1000 m2 greenhouse. Inside, it’s warm and humid and filled with tropical plants, gorgeous free-flying butterflies and an array of creepy-crawlies and other creatures.

After you’ve marvelled at all the beauty, drive a little further into the winelands and enjoy lunch by the fireside at one of the many wine farms in the area .

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Marniner Guest House has been awarded the 2017 ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from TripAdvisor. Thank you to all of those who reviewed us – we are super proud!
This achievement celebrates businesses who have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.


Here is some interesting information about this special award:

About Certificate of Excellence

Travelers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book the perfect trip. Certificate of Excellence celebrates the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make these perfect trips possible.

Now in its 7th year, the Certificate of Excellence designation recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers. Winners include:

  • One-room B&Bs to 600-room hotels,
  • Hidden attractions to world-famous museums, and
  • Local cafés to Michelin-starred restaurants.

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions,” says Vice President of Industry Marketing, Heather Leisman.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Certificate of Excellence

What is the Certificate of Excellence?

Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service. This designation is given to establishments that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Establishments earning the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and have continually delivered superior customer experience.

Who is eligible to receive a Certificate of Excellence?

Accommodations, eateries, airlines, vacation rentals and attractions worldwide are eligible to receive a Certificate of Excellence.

How are Certificate of Excellence recipients determined?

To determine Certificate of Excellence recipients we use a variety of user-generated content. This includes review ratings, overall rating and quantity and recency of reviews. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, a hospitality business must:

  • Maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five
  • Have a minimum number of reviews
  • Have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months

Do commercial relationships with TripAdvisor influence Certificate of Excellence?

No, Certificate of Excellence recipients are determined by travelers through their ratings and reviews on TripAdvisor. Whether or not a business has a commercial relationship with TripAdvisor is not a factor when determining recipients.

What benefits do Certificate of Excellence properties receive?

Certificate of Excellence recipients will receive an email notification on June 21st. All recipients are encouraged to request a printed certificate and a window sticker announcing their designation (perfect for enticing the 75% of TripAdvisor travelers who are more likely to patronize a business displaying a TripAdvisor endorsement1).

Recipients will also automatically receive a Certificate of Excellence badge on their property page on, as well as access to an exclusive Certificate of Excellence widget and other promotional tools and tips in the TripAdvisor Management Center.


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