Most people equate the Mother City with its glorious summer months; however, the savvier travellers are tapping into the delights of Cape Town’s more wintery shades.
Lush greens, moss greens, emerald greens… when the winter rains awaken the city’s natural splendour and transform mountains, fields, forests and gardens into mesmerising carpets of colour, the locals call it the ‘green season’. Despite all this natural beauty, Cape Town is quieter in the winter. Which means not only can you take advantage of the out-of-season prices, but there are also fewer tourists, there’s less traffic, and there are shorter queues. You can get around much faster, and you have easier access to more places.
And when you’re staying at The PortsWood Hotel or The Commodore at the V&A Waterfront, all that shopping, entertainment, wining and dining is just a five-minute walk away. Of course, The PortsWood Hotel is also renowned for its own restaurant, the Quarterdeck, that serves authentically rich and deeply aromatic Cape Malay dishes.
Cape Town’s winter temperatures average between a mild 7 and 20 degrees Centigrade, laying a host of activities at your feet. Try the indoor markets like the City Bowl Market or the Bay Harbour Market for hearty food, or Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery for brandy, coffee and chocolate pairing. There’s the spectacular new tree canopy walkway at the Kirstenbosch Gardens, and all the cycle trails and magical hikes you can handle. Even shark cage diving gets better in winter. With warmer waters and increased visibility, your chance of seeing these haunting creatures in their natural habitat is increased.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Joanna Sourvas.