Top 10 Activities in Constantia

Constantia is loved for its wines, Cape history and stunning scenery – but this beautiful part of Cape Town is full of great fun and adventure too, if only you know where to look and what to do!

Constantia, a stunning part of Cape Town, offers rich history, outdoor experiences, culinary highlights and so much more.

And, without further ado, these are the best things to do in and around Constantia:

#1 Dine at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia offers not only one of the most beautiful wine farms and restaurants in one – but it is, in every sense, one of the finest gastronomic experiences a foodie can enjoy in the Mother City.

Critics and food fans alike agree, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia is a winner… Things are kept fun and fresh and positively stunning – and the result is mesmerising.

The setting, food and service are all world-class… So be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 8632

Website: www.beauconstantia.com/eat

Address: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Glen Alpine, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#2 Hop on the Constantia Valley Wine Bus

Few things in Cape Town are as much fun as the City Sightseeing Bus Tours – and the Constantia Valley Wine Bus is one of the best at that!

Visit South Africa’s rich wine valley, Constantia, and enjoy these three awesome wine farm stops: Groot Constantia, Eagles Nest and Beau Constantia.

And, since you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy some of the area’s finest restaurants – including Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Jonkershuis Restaurant, Foxcroft and Harbour House Constantia Nek – book ahead to enjoy a great meal on the trip too!

Note: To hop on the Constantia Wine Bus, simply join a Mini Peninsula Tour.

Contact: +27 (021) 511 6000, info@citysightseeing.co.za

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

Address: (City Sightseeing Tour Offices) V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Long Street

#3 Wine tasting at Buitenverwachting

Beautiful Buitenverwachting has plenty to offer visitors, with its classy restaurant, amazing wines and incredible Constantia Wine Valley views, it is an experience from the moment you set foot on its grounds.

The wine tasting at this prestigious estate is held in the historic wine cellar, where the interiors are casual, calming and comfortable.

Sit inside and sip, or enjoy a glass out on the lawns with your friends and loved ones – the choice is yours and either option is ideal.

Note: All wines are offered for tasting at a set fee of R50 and tastings work on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5190/1

Website: www.buitenverwachting.com

Address: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Family outing at Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate, is a special place for young and old to enjoy… Not all wine farms feel family-friendly but this one most certainly does!

Explore the gorgeous Cape Dutch Manor House, delve down into the Cloete Cellar, head wine tasting or simply dine at Jonkershuis Restaurant or Simon’s Restaurant after a stroll about this estate… Whatever you do, great fun (and good food and wine) lie in waiting!

Note: Groot Constantia is one of the stops of the City Sightseeing Constantia Wine Bus.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5128, enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za

Website: www.grootconstantia.co.za

Address: Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Climbing fun at Acrobranch Constantia

Those craving some adventure for the whole family need look no further than the thrilling Acrobranch Constantia.

Here, co-workers, friends and families can enjoy taking to the tree tops. And for kids, there’s an Acro-twigs adventure course, a 1.4-metre Swinging Tarzan and so much more to enjoy.

Each of Acrobranch’s three courses are carefully supervised by experienced guides and the safe harnesses keep your bodies secure – so everyone can enjoy a great time climbing through the tree tops, with quality peace of mind in tact.

Contact: 086 999 0369

Website: acrobranch.co.za

Address: Acrobranch Constantia, 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Ziplining with SA Forest Adventures

Few things are as exhilarating as ziplining – after all, its good, secure outdoor fun at its best.

Situated in Constantia Nek, on the lovely Silvermist Estate, this great experience is perfect for outdoor lovers, nature seekers and adrenaline junkies alike.

The outing starts off with a 4×4 drive that takes you up into the Constantia mountains, where, surrounded by incredible natural flora and fauna, you will embark on your zipline adventure…

The platforms and lines offer gorgeous views so it’s an even more memorable experience out in the fresh air.  And with SA Forest Adventures – one of South Africa’s leading adventure companies –  you know you’re in good hands because their guides are all hands-on and great.

Contact: 021 7950 225, 079 495 3987, bookings@saforestadventures.co.za

Website: www.saforestadventures.co.za

Address: SA Forest Adventures, Silvermist Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Rose picking at Chart Farm

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Chart Farm is loved far and wide across Cape Town for its amazing, affordable and altogether romantic rose picking experience. So be sure to visit this gorgeous farm – which covers some 12 hectares and lies near Wynberg – to either pick your own – or buy some pre-picked ones.

The roses are a glorious sight to see (whether you visit to pick or not) and there’s a lovely little restaurant, where you can enjoy a light snack or good coffee.

Wow your partner, share special memories with the ones you love or simply take the family for a day out in the sunshine.

Note: Chart Farm is only open to rose picking at certain times of the year, so please check ahead before visiting. Also, secateurs and buckets are supplied at the farm stall.

Contact: +27 (021) 761 0434

Website: www.chartfarm.co.za

Address: Chart Farm, Klaassens Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Shop up a storm at Constantia Village

This lovely shopping village offers a wide assortment of things to buy, browse and eat. What’s more, The Constantia Village’s delightful surroundings match the shopping experience and product offerings perfectly, meaning customers are always in for a treat.

It’s also a secure complex, with ample parking (something of a rarity in Cape Town, it must be said…), so you can shop till you drop and then safely head home content, with all your day-to-day errands run and the groceries sorted.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5065, info@constantiavillage.co.za

Website: www.constantiavillage.co.za

Address: The Constantia Village, Corner of Constantia Main and Spaanschemat River Roads, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Tea time at Foxcroft Restaurant

Foxcroft is a place of culinary magic, where everything available for eating looks too good not to try! Be wowed by amazing pastries, awesome meals and a lovely dining atmosphere in one.

If you’re in the Constantia Winelands, you really can’t leave without trying something from this incredible restaurant offering.

Contact: +27 (021) 202 3304

Website: www.foxcroft.co.za

Address: Foxcroft, High Constantia Centre, Shop 8/9, Corner of Constantia Main Road and Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Head to Earth Fair Food Market

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Earth Fair Market via Facebook

Found within the South Palms Centre, the Earth Fair  Food Market Tokai is one of the Southern Suburbs most memorable and fun experiences.

This family-friendly market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, offers plenty of amazing goodies and products to browse through and buy.

What’s more, the market has a fun vibe so it’s perfect for winding a Wednesday down or enjoying a Saturday out with friends and family.

Contact: jacqui@earthfairmarket.co.za

Website: www.earthfairmarket.co.za

Address: Earth Fair Market, South Palms Centre, 333 Main Road, Tokai, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the fun activities and places you can enjoy in Constantia – don’t miss out!

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Top 12 Activities in Alexandria in 2017

Founded by Alexander the Great and ruled over by Queen Cleopatra, the Mediterranean port city of Egypt, Alexandria, is home to many historical wonders and exciting places for visitors to see and explore. Here you will find, among other things, an amazing library, a delightful palace and some historical marvels to boot.

These are the top 12 Alexandria activities to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Immerse yourself in Bibliotheca Alexandrina

This library is one of the most special places you can explore in the city, and is a dedication to the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Not only is it found within a truly beautiful building but it’s also home to a vast store of history, arts, philosophy and much more, contained inside its museums and books.

Aside from being able to hold up to 2000 bookworms at a time, it offers an educational experience for all visitors to Alexandria – regardless of their age or interests.

Contact: (20) 03  4839999

Website: www.bibalex.org

Address: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Corniche Alexandria, Egypt

#2 Be dazzled by Montazah Palace

Built high up on a hill, overlooking Alexandria’s most beautiful beach, this palace is a visual feast. Not only is it an architectural masterpiece but its lovely gardens are really something to behold.

Walk amid tall palms and fragrant flowers, as you soak up a little of Alexandria’s more glamourous history.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Montazah Palace, Al Mandarah Bahri, Qism El-Montaza, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

#3 Explore Alexandria National Museum (ANM)

The ANM spans across three floors and provides wonderful insight into former times. It covers everything from the Pharaonic era to the Byzantine and Islamic periods.

Within you will find excellent displays, maps, drawings and more, all of which will help you to re-imagine days long gone. It’s also a great place for the whole family to explore.

Contact: (20) 3 4835519

Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: Alexandria National Museum, Tariq al-Horreya Street, Alexandria, Egypt

#4 Step back in time at Citadel of Qaitbay 

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This 15th century fortress is not only iconic thanks to its own history but perhaps more especially for its unique location: on the foundation of what was once the legendary Pharos Lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

It’s worth exploring the fortress from within, allowing your mind’s eye to recreate the vast structure, which once stood here. Afterwards, indulge in the peninsula’s shops, restaurants and views.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Citadel of Qaitbay, As Sayalah Sharq, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

#5 Unearth the wonders of Kom el-Dikka

Not many discoveries come as a result of housing apartments being planned but such was the case with Kom el-Dikka. Translated as “Mound of Rubble”, this amazing area revealed a number of ruins, including a small Roman theatre. Today, after some excavation, this park area offers a Ptolemaic temple and the mosaic flooring from a wealthy Roman villa…

Kom el-Dikka is definitely one for the culture vultures and history buffs among us.

Contact: none

Website: www.lonelyplanet.com

Address: Kom el-Dikka, Yousri Street, Alexandria, Egypt

#6 Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa

The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa are believed to date back to the 2nd century and were probably used for the dead over 200 years. Disappear underground and experience a blend of Egyptian and Greco-Roman styles, as you explore burial chambers, particularly the Sepulchral Chapel.

It’s a different experience, there’s no doubting it – but it’s a truly authentic Egyptian one nonetheless!

Contact: (20) 3 3936825

Website: www.unmuseum.org

Address: Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria

#7 Pompey’s Pillar

This Roman column is the largest in Egypt and was erected in honour of Roman Emperor, Diocletian. It marks the site of what used to be a huge, polished marble temple, once decorated with precious metals.

Visitors can explore a few of the surrounding tunnels and see some of the recovered artefacts on display.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria, Egypt

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#8 Dive down to Cleopatra’s Palace 

For the ocean lovers and history fans, you’re going to relish the chance to dive down to Queen Cleopatra’s palace.

Sunken as a result of a great earthquake, this palace is a real-life historical treasure… It’s sure to provide a superb adventure too!

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Website: n/a

Address: Cleopatra’s Palace, Alexandria, Egypt

#9 Visit the lovely Ras El Tin Palace

This spectacular palace – which still serves as an official residence for Egypt’s president – was once a summer retreat for Egypt’s sultans when Cairo’s sultry heat became too much for them to bear.

It’s also now used by the Egyptian navy, so, while visitors cannot explore its sumptuous interiors – the pure white facade is certainly worth admiring, especially from the harbour.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.expedia.com

Address: Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Egypt

#10 Head within the beautiful Abu Abbas al-Mursi Mosque 

This beautiful mosque is one of Alexandria’s key landmarks. Built in 1796, it lies above the tomb of 13th-century Sufi holy man, Abu Abbas al-Mursi. It’s also a major pilgrimage site, but, for the non-religious visitors, it’s a delight to see the swirly Islamic calligraphy designs and motifs.

Note: If they wish to go inside, visitors must dress modestly and leave their shoes at the entrance.

Contact: (20) 3 4801251

Website: www.sacred-destinations.com

Address: Abu Abbas al-Mursi Mosque, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria, Egypt

#11 Draw inspiration from Cavafy Museum

Created in memory of Alexandrian-Greek poet Constantine Cavafy – a poet who spent his final twenty-five years on earth in a flat above a brothel – this museum will reveal copies of his manuscripts, correspondence and notebooks, as well as a collection of paintings and portraits in the final room. It’s certainly a place of interest worth paying a small visit to.

Contact: (20) 3 4821598

Website: hfc-worldwide.org/museums/cavafy-museum

Address: Cavafy Museum, Alexandria, Egypt

#12 Shop the town at Main Souq

Head to Alexandria’s main market and immerse yourself in the city’s culture and of course, all kinds of sale goods. You will find everything from silver trinkets to fresh food produce here.

It’s a wonderful way to experience Alexandria’s atmosphere and city life, and allows you to find some good treasures in the process.

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Address: Alexandria, Egypt

These are just some wonderful activities you can experience for yourself in fairest Alexandria during 2017.