Deep south's top spots

2019-12-17 06:00
Touring groups often visit Cape of Good Hope during their holidays in South Africa.

Touring groups often visit Cape of Good Hope during their holidays in South Africa. (Racine Edwardes)

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With so much to see and do in Cape Town it comes as no surprise that a 30% increase in the number of tourists is expected this festive season. 

Daniel Blaauw, the director of Get South, an online marketing platform for the deep south, shares some favourite attractions to keep Capetonians – and all the tourists – busy.

According to a City of Cape Town statement, it is predicted that Cape Town could have 50 000 travellers arrive from the United Kingdom (UK) between December and March next year.

This 30% increase in tourists is 10% more than expected in Germany and 19% more than the United States of America (USA) over the same period.

The prediction comes after Cape Town was voted the world’s best city for tourism for the seventh time in a row by readers of the UK’s The Telegraph online newspaper.

Here’s Daniel’s top suggestions on what to do this holiday:

  • Boulders Beach is always popular. According to Daniel, visitors are not only able to see the penguins but also take out a kayak and spend time with them in the water.
  • Swim in the tidal pools. “We have such a variety of tidal pools in the south, which is amazing.” These ocean water pools can be found at Seaforth Beach, Miller’s Point, The Bay at Kalk Bay, Brass Bell Beach, Wooley’s and the Fish Hoek Steps tidal pool, to name a few. All it takes is a bit of time and the spirit of adventure to find the perfect spot along the deep south coast.
  • “Surfing is the key tourist attraction of Muizenberg,” says Daniel. But swimming, relaxing and taking some Instagrammable pictures of the iconic coloured cabins are also a fun activity at Surfer’s Corner.
  • Hiking and exploring in the Kalk Bay caves, otherwise known as spelunking, is a popular activity for tourists in the south.
  • Horse riding on Noordhoek Beach is another one of Daniel’s top picks. Rides can be booked through Imhoff’s Equestrian Centre..
  • “The town of Kalk Bay is a lunch time and tea time attraction,” says Daniel. He encourages visitors to the area to explore the quaint town.
  • He adds the Cape Point Vineyard market as a popular attraction. “The sunset from Cape Point is magnificent.”.
  • Two more attractions are Chapman’s Peak and the Hoerikwaggo hiking trail.

Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy noted concerns around safety during the season, in a City statement. 

“While Cape Town Tourism plays a supportive role in tourist safety, we recognise that safety and security is primarily a South African Police Service function. 

“Local law enforcement agencies also collaborate where possible to enhance and amplify the efforts being made. We have, however, deployed TravelWise Ambassadors as visible ambassadors welcoming tourists to our city while providing safety and visitor information to enhance their time here,” said Duminy.

  • To find more things to do, visit the Get South website: https://getsouth.co.za/.
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