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Fun at your Fingertips

Cape Town has a lot going for it, but one of the best things about this city is how uniquely accessible everything is. No matter what you want to do, you are almost guaranteed it will be a walk or a short drive away. Here are a few fun things we have right here at our fingertips. (And P.S. unlike most of the world at present, South Africa is open for business!).
Mountain Walks
If you have a hankering for being outdoors or you want to burn some Easter Weekend calories, you don’t have to drive to Table Mountain or Lion’s Head. A short walk uphill to Springbok Road from Fresnaye, Sea Point or Green Point connects you to a path which will take you, via a back route, all the way to up to beautiful Lion’s Head. This easy, meandering hiking track has stunning views of the city below, Table Mountain ahead and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean with its myriad seafaring vessels. Right now, autumn, is breeding season for the various species of whales that visit our shores. Last week the sea off Mouille Point was churning with activity as humpback whales, southern rights and dolphins put on a show for passers-by. A few days ago, humpback whales herded an enormous amount of fish into the Victoria and Alfred basin, creating an all-you-can-eat buffet for the resident seals. There are not many places in the world where world-class luxury and amenities exist side-by-side with wild nature, but this is one of them.
Wine-tasting
As all Capetonians know, it’s not necessary to go all the way to Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschoek to enjoy a day out in the vineyards. The oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia, is situated a short 20-minute drive away from the Atlantic Seaboard, and sampling some of South Africa’s finest wines under the shade of an ancient Oak tree is a wonderful way to spend a sunny Sunday. For R100 you can taste 5 wines of your choice, or for R150 you can choose the hand-made chocolate and wine-pairing option. Jonkershuis’ menu offers authentic Cape Malay dishes to honour the city’s cultural heritage. If you can’t decide, the Estate Tasting Plate lets you sample chicken and lamb curry, bobotie, beef samoosas and savoury rice. For this, you will need a bottle of their delicious Chardonnay (which recently won gold at the Chardonnay du Mond competition, making it one of the best in the world). If you feel like a longer excursion, Cape Point winery in Noordhoek has a spectacular setting for wine-tasting, picnics and long, lazy lunches. Its vineyards situated on the slopes above the sea absorb minerals from the ocean breeze, making its Sauvignon Blanc a beautiful accompaniment to seafood. Try the freshly shucked West Coast oysters followed by linefish or panko prawns.
Paragliding
Virtually any time you look up in the direction of Signal Hill you’ll see the bright flash of a paraglider drifting lazily on the breeze. Paragliding is very popular in Cape Town, and Lion’s Head provides the perfect launching pad while Sea Point’s Green Belt is the ideal landing spot. Tandem paragliding means you can relax and enjoy the stunning views of city, mountain and ocean while someone else does the work. Since we don’t have many tourists, there are currently great deals to be had. It’s a fantastic way of seeing the beauty of the city, whale-spotting and pushing your own boundaries by doing something that scares you.
Diving
Cape Town’s award-winning documentary, My Octopus Teacher, has spiked new interest in aquatic life, and our coastline is dotted with the kind of rock formations that make for interesting snorkeling and scuba diving. A short drive along Victoria Road will take you to several great dive spots. There is a wreck very close to the Twelve Apostles Hotel, and the area is resplendent with nudibranchs, kelp forests, small sharks, inquisitive seals and schools of jellyfish. For snorkelers, the rocks along Clifton (where the documentary was filmed) house many interesting finds — crayfish, starfish, anemones, brightly-coloured seaweed, schools of fish and — of course — the odd adorable octopus.
Lance Real Estate is based in Fresnaye, Cape Town and covers the Atlantic Seaboard from the Waterfront to Camps Bay. With over 23 years’ experience in the most sought-after residential areas in Africa, Lance Real Estate has sold over R 1 billion worth of properties in the last 3 years.
It is this hands-on knowledge that sets Lance Real Estate apart from our competition. We have built an extensive database of buyers and sellers over the last 2 decades who have grown to trust our market knowledge and depend on us to negotiate the best possible deal in any property negotiation.
We are now extending our reach and taking on houses and apartments for sale from the Waterfront through to Llandudno.
If you are looking for a remarkable agency to buy, rent or sell your property on the Atlantic Seaboard, our friendly customer care team is a phone call away.
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Contact
Email: info@lancerealestate.co
Tel: +27 82 416 6103
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Jonkershuis Constantia
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