The bird’s-eye view of the Mother City’s natural beauty deserves the chorus of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ it elicits from arriving visitors. Accessible and easy to enjoy, the city’s mountains and beaches are its primary natural attractions, but there are hidden gems on the wilder side of this peninsula. Underwater forests, rugged hiking trails and great white shark enounters all lie within sight of Cape Town.
Once the secret domain of locals, these gems have recently become available to those willing to pull on a pair of hiking shoes or a wetsuit to explore beyond the obvious. Guides and naturalists lead adventurers into the mountains to see rare orchids, or observe seals and penguins as they hunt underwater. Always a destination of great beauty, Cape Town now shows off her untamed side with equal gusto. Make sure you know when to go!