With its breathtaking scenery, golden beaches and multicultural populace, it’s no wonder that Cape Town is one of the most popular international locations for second home investments. At peak season, when the city teems with tourists, exploring the areas around Cape Town can provide a welcome break from the crowds. It also provides an opportunity for the adventurous visitor or newly arrived local to experience some of the Cape’s hidden gems.
Wine Country by bike
The Cape’s vineyard-blanketed valleys are woven with paved bike paths and quiet roads – perfect for cycling. All-inclusive tours providing transport from Cape Town, bike hire and organised wine tasting are available, making enjoying the mountainous scenery and all its charms effortless. One must-visit destination is the 300-year-old Spier winery, which produces the Cape’s signature smoky varietal, pinotage. Nearby Paarl is home to the Cape Brewing Company, producing some of the best craft beer in the country, while Franschhoek’s Café des Arts almost single-handedly explains why this is the Cape’s culinary capital.
Simon’s Town by train
Home to museums curating everything from submarines to toys, the scenic walks that can be enjoyed in this lovely town on False Bay also take in the grave of Just Nuisance – a dog enlisted into the Royal Navy to save him from being put down when he kept boarding trains without paying a fare. The rich stories to be discovered in Simon’s Town can be reached by regular Metrorail, but also by Atlantic Rail – a 1920s steam powered train which carries visitors through the Cape Peninsula with stunning oceanic views throughout. Atlantic Rail departs every two weeks and only carries 170 passengers, so make sure you plan ahead.
Lambert’s Bay by car
Between August and October, this ‘Diamond of the West Coast’ becomes truly magical. The fields are covered in flowers and southern right whales throng the bay. Located 250km north of Cape Town, it is worth making the journey here at any time of year for the unparalleled seafood cuisine at Muisbosskerm. Named as one of National Geographic’s top ten sea views to dine by, this restaurant provides panoramic vistas over the ocean, taking in the boats scouring the seabed for the precious stones that give Lambert’s Bay its bejewelled nickname.
Okavango Delta by air
To escape to a world far away from the cosmopolitan centre of Cape Town, seek out the village of Sixaxa in Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. 2.5 hours on a plane will bring you to this Bayei village full of skilled hunters and basket weavers, close to the famous Okavango Delta. This oasis supports over 550 unique species of animals and birds that can be viewed from a traditional mokoro boat – a dug-out canoe steered with a pole. Visitors can even camp overnight in the midst of this unrivalled natural habitat.
With so much life both in and around Cape Town, it’s no wonder that properties in the area are so sought after. Those looking to invest in a South African addition to their portfolio should look no further than Engel & Völkers Cape Town – with a wealth of local knowledge and a commitment to providing impeccable service, we can guide clients through every stage of the international buying process.