The Mother City is magnificent irrespective of what time of the year it is. However, many people don’t enjoy the heat of Summer and thus opt to visit the Cape in Winter.
Unquestionably, the most stylish and luxurious Guesthouse that offers value for money as well as supreme service, is EVERTSDAL.
Many activities are best experienced between May to August each year.
Herewith a list of the top 10 reasons to visit Cape Town, specifically during winter, to make your holiday an unforgettable experience:
Iconic attractions are less crowded
Cape Town is renowned for its prominent attractions like the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Rhodes Memorial, to name but a few. Because this specific time of year is regarded as low season, it means fewer tourists, less traffic and shorter queues to gain entry to places of interest.
Low season deals and special offers
Many hotels, restaurants, tour operators and attractions discount their rates heavily during the off-season. For South Africans and Namibians, Cape Town Tourism has also partnered with both Kulula and Flight Centre to offer some highly affordable package deals.
Temperate pleasant weather
Cape Town enjoys a mild Mediterranean-type climate with daytime temperatures averaging at a maximum of 18 – 20 degrees Celsius during Winter and Spring, compared to 27+ degrees in Summer. Do not forget to pack in a raincoat and umbrella as well as some Winter Woolies as the nights can be pretty chilly.
The absence of the scorching Africa sun allows for outdoor activities like hiking, trail running and mountain biking and when it does rain, it is nice to visit some of the City’s restaurants boasting spectacular views of Table Mountain. For those who enjoy the cultural side of life, there are several Museums to visit as well as theatres and shows to enjoy.
The Barnyard Theatre at Willowbridge is very close to Evertsdal Guesthouse and has a varied menu of entertainment.
The green green grass of home
It is magical to see the mountains, grass and fields transform to bright green during winter seasons. This is of course dependent upon Cape Town getting good rain. World-renowned for its splendour, Cape Town’s nature scene truly comes alive after the first rainfall, with Table Mountain and surrounding Cape mountain ranges at their best. Spring is the ideal time to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and parks in and around the city. This provides magnificent photograph opportunities which your friends can be the envy of when visiting your Facebook page!
Riding the crest of the wave
Ask any surfer and they will tell you that the bigger waves, wind conditions and warmer sea temperatures are the perfect combination of conditions for surfing along the coast in Winter. May to August is the best time to take up Kite Surfing.
The airstreams can also be more favourable for paragliding and you might just get to buoyant for longer.
Shark cage diving
The best time to do shark cage diving is in winter, with a 99% success rate of seeing sharks as they are particularly active in their feeding behaviour. The visibility in the ocean is also at its best, helping you to see these spectacular creatures up close and personal without any interferences.
One is spoilt for choice when deciding which restaurants to visit. The experience of supreme dining can be enjoyed especially that many offer cosy fireplaces, spectacular views and special winter deals.
A perfect way to spend a cooler winter’s day is to explore the variety of bustling indoor markets in and around the City, such as the City Bowl Market or the Bay Harbour Market. One may also choose to do a food and wine pairing at one of the world-class wine estates in the area. This is on the doorstep of Evertsdal Guesthouse.
Have a whale of a time
July to September is the peak calving season for whales, which means you are guaranteed of many opportunities to spot the worlds’ biggest mammal, either from up close in a boat or from the coastline. Take a drive along the False Bay Coast with Simon’s Town being a whale watching hub, or visit Hermanus, the “whale capital” of the world for your best chance of spotting them.
Rest & relax
One of Cape Town’s luxury experiences is visiting one of the first-class Spa’s. Take a day to refresh and renew your body and mind in an indulgent environment. Spoil yourself to some proper pampering to ensure you feel rejuvenated before returning home.
Travellers from around the world come to the Cape in August and September to witness the natural beauty as millions of beautiful wildflowers start blooming for Spring. A mere hour’s drive from the City will allow one to experience the West Coast National Park, boasting a colourful carpet of white, orange and yellow.
No matter what one’s preferences, Cape Town proudly offers a host of things to see and do. From simply ogling the Majestic Table Mountain to the Motion of the ocean, to strolls along the world -famous stretches of beaches at sunset, or visiting the many shopping malls, one is never at a loss of what to do in the magical Mother City.
Evertsdal Guesthouse offers the convenience of centrality along with bespoke accommodation.