Flying into Cape Town, you’ll start this classic South African vacation by staying three nights in the fashionable city suburb of Oranjezicht, pressed up against the foothills of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. After your long flight, you’ll be thankful for the 10m swimming pool and Jacuzzi at your guesthouse, the boutique 2inn1 Kensington
, where you wallow away a few hours gazing up at the flat-topped mountain from your room or sunbathe in the tranquil gardens.
However, with the pivotal Kloof Street within walking distance, make the most of your central location and put on some comfortable yet stylish shoes in order to explore Cape Town’s sophisticated centre. Head to the oak-lined pedestrian strip of Government Avenue, to walk through the historic Company’s Garden, see the exhibitions in the South African National Gallery and to spot some of Cape Town’s defining architecture, such as the Houses of Parliament.
From the historic hub, hop over to Bo Kaap to really experience the flavours and colours of Cape Town’s Malay Quarter. Stock up on the typical Cape Malay treats, such as a koeksister, melktert or samosa, before catching the iconic views along the V&A Waterfront. As this is the classic tour, make sure to set some time aside in order to take the cable car up Table Mountain, dive into the shark-infested waters in a cage and go on a tour to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.