A brief trip in the rotating Swiss-designed cable car takes guests to the summit of Table Mountain, which offers a spectacular view over the City Bowl, Table Bay and Robben Island, across the sprawl of suburbs and townships all the way to the mountains of the Cape Winelands. Guests can easily explore the mountain-top along the designated trails, and we will add that extra flair by laying out champagne and canapés!
Modern and luxurious, the Table Bay Hotel is perfectly situated at the V&A Waterfront against the stunning backdrop of the working harbor, Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Guests will enjoy outstanding services, fine dining and convenient access to all the world-class shopping and entertainment available at the V&A Waterfront.
Let us know if it will enhance your group’s experience if they are involved in a development project in Cape Town. We will guide you towards genuine opportunities that make a difference in improving people’s lives, while offering the enjoyment of making a difference to your guests. We arrange visits to worthwhile charities, facilitate meaningful donations and organise outstanding volunteer experiences that build team spirit and contribute to individual fulfilment.
South Africa’s Mother City – Cape Town is situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa at the southern tip of Africa. It is the second largest city in South Africa, its seat of the National Parliament and the legislative capital. The city centre includes the site of the first European settlement in South Africa in 1652. Rich in history and culture, abundant in its natural beauty, Cape Town is an all-round stunner offering a unique multi-culturalism and high standards of modern quality of life.
Getting there – Cape Town’s multi-award-winning International Airport services most major airlines from around the world directly or through connections from Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport. The Airport is just 20 kilometres from the City Centre, and road transfers to hotels are easily arranged.
When to Visit – Like the rest of South Africa, Cape Town is fantastic all-year round destination. However, unlike the rest of the country it has a distinctly Mediterranean climate and landscape, and it differs in having cool, rainy winters and dry, hot summers. The Winter rainy season peaks over July to August. Cape Town experiences long daylight hours, a minimum of 8 hours in the cooler months from April to August and up to 11 hours in the warmer months from October to March. Sunglasses, sun hats and sunscreen are recommended all year round. The average temperatures are 24 °C in summer and 18.5°C in winter. While this moderation is usual, temperatures can well exceed 30 °C on certain summer days and drop below 10 °C on winter nights.
The Cape Peninsula – Cape Town is set on a spectacular mountainous peninsula that is washed by both the cold Atlantic and warmer Indian oceans. The City centre is located on the shores of Table Bay in a natural amphitheatre at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain, a New7Wonder of the World. The Atlantic seaboard includes prime white sand beaches such as Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno. Hout Bay is a beautiful enclave at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, which boats one of the most scenic, sheer roadways in the world. Cape Point is the evocative southernmost tip of the Peninsula and its wildness has been preserved as the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Quaint villages and historic towns line the False Bay coast with its attractive beaches and stunning scenery. There are several historic wine estates and newer boutique wineries dotted along the Peninsula.
Activities – It is hard to think of something that you can’t do in Cape Town; it seems to offer it all! The City is vibrant and bustling with restaurants, coffee shops, cafés and bars. There are fantastic night clubs and live music venues that range from African Jazz to contemporary rock and hip-hop. You’ll find world-class shopping opportunities from top global brands to funky local crafts. There is a wide array of attractive city markets offering Pan-African artefacts and contemporary décor items to neighbourhood goods and artisanal foods. There is an abundance of museums, galleries, theatres and monuments that are well worth a visit. And then, there is the astonishing natural bounty that includes iconic mountains, incredible beaches and a unique Floral Kingdom of the World. Cape Town offers some of the world’s best hiking and mountain biking, surfing and paddle-skiing, shark cave-diving, fishing and abseiling. For the more laid-back, there are sunset cruises and concerts, beach picnics and parties, whale-watching, fine dining and wine-tasting.
Natural Splendour – Within its city limits, Cape Town protects its unique natural heritage through the extensive Table Mountain National Park and the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Cape Town is part of the fynbos biome, one of the six Floral Kingdoms of the World. It is the only Floral Kingdom that falls within the borders of one continent and one region. Though the smallest, it is the most diverse in terms of botanical species per hectare in the world. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens protects hectares of the last remaining indigenous montane forest and showcases the native flora against the spectacular backdrop of the Table Mountain massif. It is rare to have such easy access to Nature’s beauty and bounty in a 21st Century city. Various species of dolphins and sharks are residents of the surrounding oceans, and Southern Right Whales visit the protected bays to calve and breed along the course of their annual migration from July to November. Travellers can visit the breeding colony of the rare African Penguin at Boulder’s Beach and enjoy sea cruises to sight Cape Fur Seals and pelagic birds.
The Dutch brought the first vines to the Cape, and in so doing, set off a chain of events that would eventually see the Cape become one of foremost wine regions of the world. Cape Town is one of the few cities in the world that has vineyards and wineries within its city limits. It is also in close proximity to the outstanding Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, Robertson and West Coast wine regions. Wine tourism is well-developed, and many visitors to the Cape enjoy world-class excursions along the picturesque wine routes which include wine-tastings and fine dining.
Cape Town has a fascinating history with the mingling of an array of cultures and the clashing of destinies over hundreds of years. There is scant knowledge of the area in pre- and Stone Age times, and no substantial evidence of early human ancestors. Early European visitors and settlers came upon the KhoiKhoi people, a south-western African division of the Khoisan race. It is reported that these traditional hunter-gatherers were in fact living a pastoral existence herding Nguni cattle. The area was first mentioned by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1486, who was the first known European to sail around the southern tip of Africa. By the late 16th Century, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Danish and British ships regularly berthed in Table Bay and traded for fresh meat and produce with the KhoiKhoi inhabitants. In 1652, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) sent Commander Jan van Riebeeck and his crew to establish a fresh produce way-station for their passing ships at the site of the present-day city of Cape Town. The Dutch brought vines, fruit, vegetables and cereals that dramatically changed the natural environment and shaped the endeavours of future generations. This was the first European settlement in South Africa. The Dutch settlers soon experienced a shortage of labour to tend their expanding agricultural gardens, and so imported slaves from Indonesia and Madagascar, many of whom became the ancestors of the current, dominant, mixed race population, often referred to as Coloured or ‘so-called Coloured’.
In 1679, Simon van der Stel was appointed by the VOC as Governor of the Cape signifying that it was no longer just a company asset, but a Dutch colony. He was an intrepid explorer with wine-making experience who soon established his extensive vineyards in Constantia and founded the town of Stellenbosch, some 100 kilometres from Cape Town, and now a major wine-producing region of the world. During the upheavals of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, the British Empire set its sights on the Dutch colonies including Cape Town. After a number of skirmishes, the Cape colony was ceded to Britain in 1814, and it served as the staging point for Britain’s imperialism into Southern African.
In her spectacular setting on a jagged peninsula at the very south-eastern tip of the Africa, Cape Town – South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ is world-renowned as one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The enticing blend of extraordinary natural beauty and world-class infrastructure, of fascinating history and contemporary multi-culturalism offers our incentive travelers a dazzling array of inspired adventures, activities and events that they will never forget.
The central city, with its notable historic and contemporary features, nestles between the iconic Table Mountain, a New7Wonder of the World and Table Bay with its popular Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. Cape Town is hip and happening with an eclectic mix of café culture and castles, trendy art galleries and traditional street-markets, sophisticated wining and dining alongside artisan-crafted food stalls, laid-back creative rendezvous and stylish nightclubs. The city surrounds are spectacular mountains that harbor a unique floral kingdom, breath-taking white beaches washed by both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, charming fishing bays and seaside villages, sprawling townships and colorful Malay Quarters, and just further afield, one of the most picturesque and celebrated winelands of the world. Cape Town has recently won the coveted global award, World Design Capital 2014.
There’s more than enough to see and do in Cape Town to arrange and execute one the finest, most memorable incentive programmes in the world. However, many of our clients would like their guests to also experience the many delights that other Southern African destinations offer.