“When I think about my favourite places and experiences to enjoy responsibly, what first comes to mind is my favourite mountain to hike: Lion’s Head. What a pleasure to enjoy this in the early morning. The mountain gives you 360 degrees views of Camps Bay, The Atlantic, Clifton, Sea Point, Robben Island, Signal Hill, the Harbour, the CBD and of course Table Mountain. Lots of people climb Lion’s Head in the morning and it’s such an easy walk (once you’ve managed to walk the first bit which is for some people a bit steep). Take a picnic and enjoy nature in the middle of the city. Being from Europe this is still a concept that is difficult to grasp. Capetonians are so spoiled with the beauty of nature. I hope they all appreciate that every single day.
What else? Hiking in general. Only Table mountain has about 350 different paths to hike. You can hike here forever and never get bored. I have hiked parts of the Hoerikwaggo Trail which is a great way to experience nature again. They have done a wonderful job with the accommodation that is completely blending in with nature and build in a sustainable way. For me the Hoerikwaggo Trail is the ultimate in Responsible Tourism. The Working for Water project providing jobs and at the same time taking out all the alien trees which is then used for building accommodation. I still hope this trail is going to be a huge success because it definitely has the potential to become world renowned.
And then? Walking through the beautiful city centre. Cape Town becomes more and more pedestrian friendly with street side café’s and terraces. Last Saturday we strolled around Loop Street, Long Street and Church Street to visit different art galleries. No need to go on bus tour when in the city centre. Walking is the way to do and every time I walk, there are new spots to be discovered. Capetonians should embrace their city centre and really come and visit. It is such a pleasure and can compete with many European cities. St. Georges Mall and Green Market Square are all ideal to walk, shop, have coffees, breakfast, lunches and dinners. A great way to discover the city is to go on a cycle tour which is now possible as well. They leave everyday from the Cape Grace Hotel in the Waterfront. Who would have thought to CYCLE in Cape Town? I think many locals might never have figured that that is possible but it is a great way to take in the city and enjoy the many stunning views from every single corner.
Some other favorite places: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Noordhoek Beach, picnic on the Sea Point promenade.
And, almost forgot: HOW STUNNING IS THE NEW GREENPOINT PARK. WOW!!!! The place is amazing for the whole family. I just love the biodiversity garden and the exercise machines. They really have done an incredible job!”