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Getaway (South Africa) - - INSIDER’S GUIDE - *Prices cor­rect at time of go­ing to print

GET­TING THERE

Cape Town is a quick flight from Joburg and other SA cities. Tick­ets from R1 500 re­turn. trav­el­start.co.za

NEED TO KNOW

‘Cape Town weather’. Sum­mer is balmy (the sun goes down late, too) but it can be very windy. The best time to visit is in March and April – it’s still warm but less gusty.

STAY HERE

Protea Ho­tel by Marriott Cape Town Vic­to­ria Junc­tion is a great lo­ca­tion if you want to be able to walk to and from the CBD, or catch an in­ex­pen­sive Uber ride (about R30) home af­ter a night out. From R885 pp shar­ing. 021-418-1234, protea-vic­to­ria-junc­tion. h-rez.com At­lantic Af­fair Bou­tique Ho­tel in Sea Point is a favourite among my vis­it­ing friends. It merges ho­tel el­e­gance with a selfcatering price tag. From R445 pp shar­ing. at­lanti­caf­fair.co.za Some­one’s home on Airbnb is a good way to get to know the neigh­bour­hood, find lo­cal dive bars and self­cater. Choose a place with a gor­geous view or near the city’s hottest spots. airbnb.com

DO THIS

Ex­pe­ri­ence African cui­sine at Pitso’s Kitchen, in the Neigh­bour­goods Mar­ket. The mar­ket runs ev­ery Satur­day from 10am to 2.30pm. It’s a re­laxed morn­ing of peo­ple eat­ing and sit­ting in the sun with friends and fam­ily. You can also buy clothes from lo­cal de­sign­ers. Meals from R65. neigh­bour­goods mar­ket.co.za Taste gin at Hope on Hop­kins Dis­tillery in Salt River. It’s DIY tast­ing where four pre-se­lected gins are de­scribed, you are en­cour­aged to taste them be­fore you mix each one with the sug­gested tonic wa­ter, fruits and/or olives. It sounds bizarre un­til you ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­ence it. R110 pp – book in ad­vance. 021-447-1950, hope­on­hop­kins.co.za Watch a movie un­der the stars. The Galileo Open Air Cin­ema has var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the city – Kirsten­bosch is my favourite. It’s open in sum­mer only and you can en­joy some of your favourite clas­sics in this spec­tac­u­lar botan­i­cal gar­den. Go with friends or take some­one you want to get close to. Tick­ets from R100 pp. the­galileo.co.za Hike up The Moun­tain. Then take the ca­ble car down. Start walk­ing as early as pos­si­ble to avoid get­ting stuck in weird ‘hu­man traf­fic’ try­ing to get to the top. The ca­ble car is from R135 for a one-way ticket. table­moun­tain.net Walk the Boom­slang at Kirsten­bosch Na­tional Botan­i­cal Gar­den. For a few mo­ments I felt like I was liv­ing my Tarzan fan­tasies ... if Tarzan was from Soweto and afraid of heights. Take a pic­nic bas­ket too – there are ar­eas where you can eat and re­lax. En­try from R15 pp. sanbi.org Go to the beach! There are so many – Clifton is not the only one. Llan­dudno is close to Hout Bay (where I live). It is small but you’ll never have to worry about over­crowd­ing.

EAT HERE

Chefs Ware­house & Can­teen is fa­mous for its Ta­pas for 2, con­sist­ing of eight flavour­ful dishes (from cured salmon with fen­nel and grape­fruit to con­fit chicken wings with pick­led pine rings), which are con­stantly chang­ing. The food is in­cred­i­ble and the at­mos­phere laid-back. R650 for two – no book­ings. 92 Bree Street, 021-422-0128 Ash Restau­rant started out as a hole-in-the-wall wine bar (Pub­lik) and a meat mer­chant (Frankie Fen­ner) in the same space. With chef Ash Heeger join­ing the ven­ture, and an edgy facelift, it’s now a char­coal-cook­ing-themed eatery. Meals from R65. 81 Church Street, 021-424-7204 Marco’s African Place has been around for 20 years, and is still go­ing strong. Spe­cial­ties such as croc­o­dile and im­pala, and the ‘Pan African Plat­ter’ of kudu, spring­bok and ostrich, are big hits with in­ter­na­tional tourists. The food’s au­then­tic and de­li­cious plus there’s al­ways live mu­sic. Meals from R50. 15 Rose Lane, Bo-Kaap. 021-423-5412 The Cousins pasta is made fresh ev­ery morn­ing. Or­der ‘The Cousins Tagli­olini’ with cream, mush­rooms and thyme (R130) – the pasta is tossed in front of you in grana padano cheese – thank me later. 3b Bar­rack Street, 083-273-9604 Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is tiny – it only serves eight peo­ple around a bar. It’s Asian street food with a twist, ded­i­cated to bao (steamed buns with a fill­ing) and yak­i­tori (chicken skew­ers). Meals from R65. Pam Ar­lene Place, Main Road, 079-067-4919

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