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100 m from the Hyde - Sea Point offers visitors a variety of pubs, music clubs, coffee shops, restaurants and a lovely promenade along which to walk. Characterized by high-rise, luxury apartments, Sea Point offers urban entertainment in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Big Apple. The Sea Point Promenade runs the length of the Sea Point beach front, from Bantry Bay to Mouille Point, and is a great spot for a quiet stroll or an energetic jog.
Early morning and evening are particularly nice times. There are also a number of children’s playgrounds running the length of the promenade as well as a chlorinated, sea-water swimming pool complex open to the public at the Sea Point Pavilion. While the beaches are not ideal for swimming, they provide nice spots for relaxing on the white sand in the sun, or for a paddle or photo opportunity.
200 m bus stop from the Hyde - The open-top double-decker buses of City Sightseeing are one of the best ways to take in the highlights of Cape Town. With the sun on your shoulders, and an elevated view of your surroundings, you’ll see why the CitySightseeing Bus is the popular official tour of Cape Town. There are two routes covering more than 20 of Cape Town’s iconic attractions and destinations, including Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, Sea Point and the Constantia Wine Route. The buses depart from the Sea Point Promenade every 15 minutes, seven days a week, starting from 09h00.
2 km from the Hyde - Cape Town Stadium hosted eight matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This included the quarter-final between Germany and Argentina, as well as the semi-final between the Netherlands and Uruguay. The stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000, now hosts a variety of soccer and rugby events, as well as international music concerts. When U2 played at Cape Town Stadium in February 2011, some 72,000 people were accommodated on the field and in the stands. Cape Town Stadium is now open for public tours. You can also visit the Green Point Urban Park just outside the stadium, a must for families with young children with plenty for them to do.
2 km from the Hyde - Metropolitan Golf Course, Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Mouille Point, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town. At Metropolitan Golf Club you enjoy your game in the most centrally situated green belt of Cape Town. Adjacent to the V&A Waterfront (5-minute walk) and the Cape Town Stadium with magnificent views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The Metropolitan course offers a variety of greens and tee options resulting in a rare challenge on each nine. The view playing the 12th hole with the ocean and Mouille Point Light House as a backdrop will leave you with a lasting impression. The terrain forms part and blends naturally into the greater ecosystem of the Green Point Urban Park. The dams are filled from the Table Mountain spring water system and abound with natural bird life.
Cape Town is South Africa's mecca for shopping. There are hundreds of shop to browse through, ranging from large department stores selling exclusive and designer labels to boutique jewellery and curio shops. If you are more into the arts and crafts, you will find these shops as well as stall dotted around this world-class shopping complex. 3 km from the Hyde - The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year. Further away from The Hyde, you can find Cavendish mall in Claremont, Blue Route Mall in Tokai, Kenilworth Center and Access Park in Kenilworth. Canal Walk in Century City is another one not to forget.
3.5 km from the Hyde to Dock Station - Once “home” to some of South Africa’s most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions, and rightly so. Do not leave Cape Town without visiting the island – it is likely to be one of the highlights of your trip. Robben Island is situated some 9km (5.5mi) offshore from Cape Town.
A tour of the Robben Island Museum begins at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront (+27 (0)21 408 7600), where you can look through multimedia exhibitions, visit the museum shop and enjoy a meal at the restaurant while you wait for your ferry. Ferries depart regularly from the gateway, and each tour takes approximately 3.5 hours. You will be guided around the island by a former political prisoner who will relay the history of the island, together with first-hand accounts of prison life, ensuring a personal and poignant tour. The tour takes you to the maximum security prison, and to Mandela’s cell in particular, which has been left in its original state. A bus takes you to the lime quarry where Mandela and his fellow prisoners did hard labour.
9.3 km from the Hyde Hotel - Table Mountain is one of the official New7Wonders of Nature. You can get to the top of Cape Town’s most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car up or spend the better part of your day hiking it. Table Mountain Cableway, established in 1929, takes visitors to the top in one of two cable cars, each with rotating floors and huge windows to ensure your views while travelling are almost as spectacular as those on the summit. Cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes. From the top of Table Mountain, there are magnificent views of the Cape Town city centre, surrounding suburbs and the Atlantic Ocean. Landmarks in view include Cape Town Stadium, Robben Island and Camps Bay beach.
There are a number of short walks on the top, as well as longer ones that can take you down to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or even further along, to the Silvermine Nature Reserve. Table Mountain is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to over 1500 species of plants (more than the number found throughout the entire British Isles), most of them fynbos, which forms one of the world’s six plant kingdoms all on its own.
17.4 km from the Hyde - Kirstenbosch is South Africa’s world-famous national botanical garden, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, and home to more than 22 000 indigenous plants. Kirstenbosch is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. There is a free daily walking tour at 10h00, and visitors can enjoy golf cart tours every hour for R50 (additional to Garden entry fee). The glass-topped conservatory is home to numerous plants – including an enormous baobab tree – from different South African habitats.
If you’re a keen hiker, you’ll enjoy two popular paths, the Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine, which wind their way up Table Mountain. You’ll need to be fairly fit and to set aside the better part of a day for either of these hikes. In summer there are open-air concerts on Sundays, and it’s best to bring a loaded picnic basket and enjoy the gardens at your leisure, as you sip Cape wines. Get there early, as the concerts are particularly popular.
36 km from the Hyde - Take a township tour to Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats. See the view from Look-Out Hill, buy crafts and eat at an African restaurant. Khayelitsha (meaning “new home”) is one of Cape Town’s largest townships and is situated some 30 km from the Mother City. It consists of both formal accommodation (houses of bricks and mortar) and informal settlements (makeshift shacks). This is a township with its eyes on the future. Tourism is a major drawcard to the township and gives visitors some insight into the lives of those who live here. One of the first places you’ll experience on a visit to Khayelitsha is the Look-Out Hill tourist facility on the corner of Mew and Spine Road.
The centre consists of a restaurant, gift shop and information kiosk. The facility has a look-out point on the highest dune with a 360-degree view that incorporates False Bay, the Hottentots Holland Mountain range, Helderberg and Groot Drakenstein.
Another popular stop is the Khayelitsha Craft Market, +27 (0)21 361 5246, at the St Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church. Here, you can buy all sorts of hand-made curios, pottery, beadwork, baskets and fabric paintings. The market is aimed at alleviating poverty in the area and all goods are made by the local community.
Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – 60 km from the Hyde - Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa, is a spectacular, narrow finger of land, covered in endemic fynbos and home to picturesque bays, beaches, rolling green hills and valleys. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site, and is the most southerly point within the Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world – it is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora. Chacma baboons are common here, especially at the point itself. Don’t be tempted to feed the baboons and rather stay well away, as they can be aggressive.
A good way to see the 3 000 African penguins (Sphenisus demersus) is from the wheelchair-friendly wooden boardwalk at Foxy Beach, accessible via the information centre on Kleintuin Road. These flightless birds roam freely around the area, so you can get close to them.
56 km from the Hyde - One of the top six tourist destinations in the Western Cape, the Wine Route has been divided into five sub-routes, according to wine styles, climate and location. The sub-routes include the Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Valley and Bottelary Hills. There are 148 wine farms along the route, many of them historical farms with beautiful Cape Dutch manors houses, gardens, hotels and fine-dining restaurants. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest one in South Africa, and the world-class wines produced here have contributed to creating an international profile for this Boland university town. Museums along the route offer a glimpse into the rich history of the area. With views of the mountains and surrounded by vineyards, many of the wine farms host functions, conferences and opulent weddings. Franschhoek and Paarl are also beautiful and well-visited areas of the wine lands.
126 km from the Hyde - Spotting whales is an exhilarating reward for getting out of the room on Cape Town’s chilly days. Blowing, breaching, “sailing” and smacking the surface of the water are some of the things you can expect to see these ocean giants do. Hermanus is the most visit area and the best place to view whales from land or by sea.
168 km from the Hyde - Great White Shark cage diving in Cape Town and Gansbaai, South Africa is the number 1 for most on their bucket list! This is one of the greatest experiences that you will ever experience being only inches away from a Great White Shark protected by a steel cage. The best place in the world for the shark cage diving is Gansbaai at Shark Alley which is a channel of water between two Islands Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, 4 miles offshore from Kleinbaai. Geyser Rock has a huge population of 60,000 Cape Fur seals and Dyer Island hosts many bird species as well as a colony of Penguins.
The boats work on both Islands and in the channel where the Great White Sharks roam. Fish heads, Pilchards, Anchovy oil and other fish products are used to entice the sharks to the boat. The Sharks already in the area and the crew on the boat work hard to attract the sharks and keep them interested in the boat and the divers in the cage rather than looking for prey. Should you wish to see a Great White Shark launch (breach) out the water which is famously known in False Bay as 'Air Jaws' then Seal Island near Cape Town is the prime place in the world for this.
526 km from the Hyde Hotel - The Garden Route is a popular stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Heidelberg in the Western Cape to the Storms River It has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world. The Route is sandwiched between the aforementioned mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.
835 km from The Hyde Hotel - Just a short drive from the popular beaches and seaside towns of the Garden Route lies South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, a place of traditional villages, abundant wildlife, big smiles and no crowds. The Eastern Cape’s biggest draw is its reserves. Moreover, being a malaria-free region, the Eastern Cape is certainly one of the best places for a hassle-free family safari: any visitor on an Eastern Cape safari is sure to enjoy expertly-led game drives in search of big game, the diverse and beautiful scenery, and the agreeable temperate climate.
Just a walking distance from the Hyde Hotel, in Mouille Point, is a mini golf course overlooking the sea and the Sea Point Promenade. The is a perfect and affordable spot to enjoy a lazy afternoon or simply and family outing. At the putt put course, you can choose between playing two different courses. Each course consists of 18 holes of varying difficulty.
World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary
If it's a perfect opportunity for birding you are looking for look no further than the World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the World. It is home to over 3000 birds and over 400 species. The sanctuary is uniquely located along the Atlantic Seaboard, in Hout Bay so you can enjoy the drive as you make your way to get in touch with nature at the sanctuary.