Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: July 14, 2017

Tick All The Boxes on the Whale, Wine and Wors Tour

An image of a tail of a whale at hermanus through taj hotel

When you think about Cape Town the first thing that usually comes to mind is Table Mountain, after which your mind probably wanders to things like wine and whales –Throw in a traditional South African dish called Wors (an Afrikaans word for a type of sausage) and you have the makings of a great day out on a Whale, Wine and Wors Tour.

A Full Day of Food, Fun and Wine

Twice a week, on a Tuesday and a Thursday, a minibus sets off on a day trip for the Whale, Wine and Wors Tour run by ‘Wine Flies’. Leaving at 7:00 am, returning at 6:00 pm, this tour is available from August to December and takes tourists and locals to three awesome spots just outside of Cape Town – Stellenbosch, Grabouw and Hermanus. For R820 per person, the tour includes all tastings, pairings, lunch and transport.

First Stop Stellenbosch

In one of South Africa’s oldest towns – Stellenbosch, tour goers get the opportunity to peruse old style trade shops and taste wine at the magnificent Middelvlei Wine Farm which overlooks the Bottelary Hills.

Boerewors Pairing in Grabouw

Grabouw is home to the famous Grabouw Butchery in Overberg, which is best known for its boerewors (‘boer’ is the Afrikaans word for farmer so in essence it is a farmer’s sausage). Here you can sample handmade ciders and wines paired with delicious biltong and mouth-watering boerewors.

Lunch in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

The next stop on the Whale Wine and Wors Tour is the magnificent Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the Hermanus wine route. Lunch is served followed by a port and chocolate pairing at vegan restaurant Eat, Love, Life on Spookfontein Farm.

Whale Watching in Hermanus

While lunch settles, the tour makes its next stop at one of the world’s best spots for land-based whale watching – Hermanus. Here you can marvel at the sight of whales breaching and blowing before heading off to the next wine tasting.

Last stop Wildekrans Wine Estate

The last stop on the tour is the wine and grappa tasting at the award-winning Wildekrans Wine Estate which overlooks the picturesque Walker Bay.

Door to Door

So take a day off and become a tourist in your own city or, invite an out-of-towner to join you on the Whale Wine and Wors Tour. With so much to do close-by as well as on a variety of day trips, there’s no excuse not to explore all the fun and unique things Cape Town has to offer. If you need more ideas of enjoyable excursions in and Cape Town, don’t think twice about chatting to the concierge team at Taj Cape Town. They can advise on walking tours, scenic flights, cycling trips and so much more. For more information and bookings contact: concierge.capetown@tajhotels.com, or call +27 21 819 2000.

 
 
 
Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Activities,Cape Town,History,Hotel | on: July 7, 2017

The Best of Cape Town, Just a Stone’s Throw Away

Cape Town is famous the world over, not only for its awe-inspiring scenery but for its cultural diversity and rich heritage. For all its drawcards, Cape Town has one very real flaw – there is simply too much to do. You need more than a weekend, more than a week, maybe even more than a month to fully absorb everything that makes Cape Town so unique and easy to love. This is exactly why we thought it best to compile a list of the top five sights around Cape Town, all of which happen to be just a stone’s throw from Taj Cape Town. Isn’t that convenient?

Red Bus City Sightseeing

As with London’s iconic sightseeing busses, Cape Town has its very own sightseeing bus and it just happens to be one of the best ways to see Cape Town. There are several tours to choose from, each with their own themes, routes and stops. There are 17 stops altogether and the buses run all day every day, with one of the first busses for the City Tour departing as early as 09h00 from the nearby Long Street tour office. Tour goers can choose from 12 tours which offer guided experiences through the Peninsula, Cape Point, Table Mountain, downtown, wine estates, the townships and more.

The Evening Show

Because you can watch a movie anywhere in the world, it’s always better to see a live show when you are visiting a new city. Live music and theatre are your best source of local culture and entertainment after a long day of sightseeing.

The Crypt

For those who have never managed to attend the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival, the Crypt is not only the best live jazz venue in Cape Town, it is also just across the road from the Taj Cape Town.

The Cape Town Magic Club

If you are in the mood for a more theatrical endeavour, the Cape Town Magic Club puts on incredible magic shows at the Cape Town Club every Monday evening at 7 pm and at 9 pm. The talented magicians are guaranteed to baffle audiences with their trickery and smooth moves.

The Fugard Theatre Cape Town

Get transported to another time and place at the Fugard Theatre. With shows on Tuesdays to Saturdays, we highly recommend that you catch a show during your stay in Cape Town. A brief 8-minute walk from the Taj will get you right to the front door of the Fugard Theatre.

The Artscape Theatre

This is a theatre complex which is large enough to house an arena, an opera house, a theatre and open-air theatre – leaving endless possibilities when it comes to epic live performances! At any one time, guests can treat themselves to a musical, a pantomime, an exhibition, a ballet, a play, an opera or even a talent competition.

Cape Town Markets

Markets are a great way to take a relaxing stroll and admire the creativity and ingenuity of our fellow humans. Depending on the type of market you prefer, which day of the week it is and where you are located, there is a market in Cape Town waiting for you to explore it. Find community markets, farmers markets, holistic and lifestyle markets, night markets and more to while away your time in Cape Town.

The Museum Mile

Cape Town’s rich history is nothing to be scoffed at. Mired in wars and slavery, ours is a history to be learnt from rather than repeated. The Museum Mile is the collective name for the network of museums within the Cape Town city bowl. Grouped together are galleries, historical houses, a maritime centre, a planetarium, a castle, the slave lodge and various other museums, each with something unique and interesting to offer. Together these pockets of preserved history map out a description of life in the Cape Town of old.

Table Mountain

Last but not least, of course, is Table Mountain. Not merely for the sake of a cliché, but because the mountain will pull you into its orbit whether you allow it to or not. This unavoidable and magnificent landmass is not only beautiful from the view in your hotel room but it also provides an utterly inspiring view of Cape Town from above. No trip to Cape Town is complete without a bit of time on the mountain and the cable car is one of the best ways to get up there.

With all that is to be seen and done, Cape Town visitors are spoilt for choice. One thing you don’t need to spend time thinking about though is where to stay. Taj Cape Town is dusted with a generous, wall-to-wall coating of luxury and it’s conveniently close to all of the above-mentioned sights and activities. To book accommodation contact: res.capetown@tajhotels.com, or call +27 21 819 2000.

 
 
 

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