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Get up close and personal with the cute African Penguins at Boulders Beach. Take your swimming trunks if you'd like to brave the cold and experience them in their more agile context.

Remember that they are wild animals, and likely won't appreciate a cuddle, despite their cuteness .


Visit the most southern tip of the peninsula; the historic Cape of Storms! Here you will experience some of the more dramatic aspects of the South African scenery. There is a option for a short walk to the point, or for those more inclined a funicular to take you to the top.


Hout Bay is a popular tourist attraction that also happens to be a residential suburb, a mere 20 kilometres from Cape Town. It boasts a beautiful white-sand beach where locals surf and walk their dogs, a bustling marina, art galleries, restaurants, and a working harbour that serves its thriving tuna, snoek and crayfish industry.

There is tons to do here, most notably walking around the harbour market, taking a boat trip around "the Sentinel" to see the seal colony on Duiker Island or a drive along (and through) the cliffs above the town on Chapmans Peak Drive.


A gem on the False Bay coastline, Kalk Bay is known for its raw beauty, interesting shops, vast selection of restaurants and stunning views. You could easily spend a full day in this little neighbourhood and still not be able to experience it all! We recommend the The Brass Bell Restaurant where you can eat right next to the sea. Keep your eyes open, if you lucky you may even see some dolphins and/or whales.


Visits the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where Philip "popped the question" for some sun, food and wine in the shadow of the Table Mountain National Park.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur. Whether you are just chilling in the natural beauty of the indigenous plant and birds, or exploring the exciting features walking through the forest canopy on the "Boomslang" (Afrikaans for Tree Snake), you will not find a more relaxing location.

Bring your own picnic and see how many local food items you can try. We recommend:

Chennin blanc or Pinotage wines, Biltong, Melk Tart,



These days, a trip to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-do on the itinerary of any tourist to Cape Town. For centuries, however, the trip was one to be feared.

Forget palm trees and sun-kissed beaches; Robben Island’s allure lies in its rich and wretched history. South Africa’s first democratically elected president – Nelson Mandela – spent 18 years of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island. Easily the most famous of the island’s political prisoners, Mandela was by no means the island’s only notable inmate.

Ferry's leave from the V&A Waterfront throughout the day, with an approx 30 min trip either way.

Make sure you book in advance; tickets get booked out quickly!


Voted one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, the iconic Table Mountain is impossible to miss as it rises above the city and Table Bay.

Head to the top via Cable Car, or- for the more adventurous- by hiking to experience unparalleled views of the city from above and take a walk around the top in the Table Mountain National Park where you can meet the local "dassies."


The Cape is famous for the wines it produces, and the wine farms themselves are absolutely beautiful (not that we are biased).

If you haven't had your full at the wedding, check out the areas surrounding Stellenbosch and Franschhoek where the most establish and famous wine farms are found!

There is also a Wine Tram, similar to a Red Bus route but with wine, which visits many of the wine farms in Franschhoek including our wedding venue, Vrede en Lust.


Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the city’s most visited destination.

Take a walk around and experience some of the best South African restaurants and shopping opportunities.

There are a ton of attractions to see too, with the Ziets Museum of Contemporary Art Africa- of the worlds largest collections of African Art, have a drink at the Willaston Bar at the Silo Hotel, catch the boat to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and the huge Two Oceans Aquarium is a great family day out (Matthew also may have spent his weekends volunteering here).

Definitely worth a visit!

SAFARI - near Cape Town

Cape Town and the Western Cape in general are not known as a pime area for going onSafari. However if your trip will mainly be based in the Western Cape and you do really want to see some animals while in Africa there are some reserves relatively close by. These include:

- Aquila Private Game Reserve:

- Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

- Kagga Kamma

- Inverdoorn Game Reserve

- Garden Route Game Lodge

- Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve


There are some game parks that are close to OR Tambo,Johannesburg airport:

- Pilansberg National Park

- Dinokeng Game Reserve

The Kruger National Park is in the northeastern region of South Africa and is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. The typical way of experiencing Kruger is by driving through the park yourself and staying/camping at fenced off accommodation areas. The park has well maintained roads, lodge accommodation, service stops and even it's own police department. It's advisable to book accommodation within the park well ahead of time and plan your days. There are numerous lodges to pick from several of which offer open top game drives at sunrise/sunset. The lodges also vary in price and exclusivity so do research these beforehand. A favourite is Berg-en-dal, self catering houses in an enclosed camp. Request a unit against the fence by the dam/river bed for a chance of viewing animals from your lodge at nigh time.

There are also private game reserves within Kruger that are all inclusive and offer airport transfer's from OR Tambo and other nearby domestic airports. One such reserve is Shindzela.


As im sure you are aware, the Johnsons have a history in Zimbabawe. There is talk of a pilgrimage to Victoria Falls!

For those wanting to go, there are direct flights from Cape and Johannesburg.

We recommend 2-4 days at in the small town of V.ictoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The town of Livingstobe is just across the gorge, however we found Victoria Falls town much better place to accomodate tourists.

Things to do include:

- View Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World

- Day trip Safari in Victoria Falls National Park, or to Chobe National Park across the border in Botswana (Chobe we highly recommend).

- White Water Raft through Victori Falls Gorge (highly recommend!)

-Sunset Criuise on the Zambezi

- Devils Pool