Peak Time: The Mother City opens her arms to the world in summer and offers non-stop fun and entertainment. Picture: Matthew Jordaan

Cape Town - Congratulations! You are now officially on holiday in one of the best and most beautiful cities in the world.

Cape Town is consistently top of the pops when it comes to tourist destinations.

While our Mother City boasts several major attractions for visitors, we’ll also be test-driving a wide range of new activities and looking at some old favourites with fresh eyes.

Our most famous landmark, Table Mountain, was officially inaugurated one of the New 7 Wonders Of Nature last week. As the only “wonder” in a city it is the most accessible of the seven, and it can be seen from almost anywhere. Which is why we don’t really need a GPS.

Even before it was named, getting to the top of the mountain by cablecar for a spectacular view of the Peninsula was not the easiest of endeavours. On a perfect day, there are always long queues and there is only so much parking. Save yourself the stress and take the hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing topless bus.

Not only is it one of EsCape Times’s best recommendations, because it encapsulates all the must-see places in two trips, but the city tour takes you to the lower cable station.

The midday heat can also be a bit much so a good option is to take advantage of the Sunset Special which runs daily, weather permitting, from 6pm until December 21, and again from January 7 to February 28. The half-price return is R102.50 for adults and R50 for children, and available only from the ticket office, not online. Take a picnic and watch a sunset you will never forget.

For details, call 021 424 8181 or see

EAT... EAT... EAT...

Societi Brasserie (Shop 1, Forest Glade House, Main Road, Tokai) has introduced a light summer “lunch club” menu which is available from 12pm till 4pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

Each dish costs R68 and includes a glass of house wine (red or white) or a cup of organic Kamili coffee.

Options include watermelon and feta salad with mint, watercress and vodka-mint dressing; the Brass club sandwich with spiced chicken, mayo, bacon, onion, rocket, tomato and hand-cut frites; the all-day omelette with spinach, mushroom and gruyère, and toasted baguette.

The food style is simple, uncomplicated, tasty and affordable.

Oh, and delicious too.

Open Mondays to Saturdays 9am-10pm, Sundays 9am-3pm. Telephone 021 712 1363.


Taste Le Good Life at the newly revamped House of JC Le Roux at Summer in the Devon Valley in Stellenbosch Valley.

The Summer In Stellenbosch festival runs till December 17 with special tastings from 10am till 3pm daily, at R50 a person. - Cape Times