Hit a six in Cape Town once the cricket wraps up

If you’ve spent an hour or two checking out the international series in South Africa, you’d know it’s been a pretty exciting tour – finely balanced after two Tests, with the Aussies hoping to finish the tour on a high with a win in Cape Town.  And if you’re looking to follow the team’s footsteps, and make sure you hit Cape Town for a six, we’ve lined up some of the top things for you to do while in the Mother City.

Newlands: Cricket with a view

You can be forgiven for taking your eye off the ball during a game at Newlands cricket stadium, officially known as Sahara Park Newlands, with its spectacular views of Table Mountain in the background. Full of sports history and atmosphere, the stadium is just a 20 minute drive from the city centre. The first cricket match in Africa was played at Newlands in 1808 between officers in the English army, and in 2012 it was named as the second-best cricket ground in the world, after the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Newlands was also the stage for Mitchell Johnson’s only Test century to date – an unbeaten 123 in 2009 – and given his recent feats with the ball, there’s no telling what the moustachioed wonder will do this time round.

Mitchell Johnson Australia

 Australian Test player, Mitchell Johnson

Getting around, and on top of town

It may well be because of Johnson’s recent form that, with the series wrapped up in Australia’s favour a day or two early, you find yourself with some spare time on your hands to see the sights. Hiring a car is a great way to get around the area, but even if you stay in the city, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

Table Mountain

One of South Africa’s most-visited landmarks, Table Mountain is a must-see for all visitors. You can climb to the top on your own two feet, but a cable car offers a slightly quicker way up. At the summit, you’re guaranteed fantastic views of the countryside and perhaps an up-close encounter with a dassie, a local rock rabbit. You can even take an unconventional way down, by abseiling.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Robben Island

Located off the coast of Cape Town is Robben Island, known around the world as the prison housing Nelson Mandela for 18 years. Every day, a number of tours enable you to see inside the prison and hear a talk from a former political prisoner. You may also spot penguins while you’re here. Tours take three to four hours, including the boat journeys which depart from V&A Waterfront regularly each day.

Robben Island

Robben Island

The Old Biscuit Mill

Looking for creative inspiration and some awesome local food? Treat yourself to something just like it right in the heart of Cape Town. The Old Biscuit Mill is a vibrant little village in the heart of Woodstock, where talented people come and go. Also offering day and night markets, tasty farm stalls, fine dining, festivals, workshops and designer boutiques, The Mill is a must see for anyone who appreciates fashion, creativity, architecture, art and food.

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Delicious cuisine at The Old Biscuit Mill

Camps Bay

If you’re dreaming of white sandy beaches, shadowed by palm trees, a cocktail or two and a buzzing nightlife, look no further than Camps Bay. In summer it’s off the radar and that’s not just the weather with visitors from all over the world. Wrapping around the strip of beach is the boulevard where one can find an abundance of bars, restaurants and cafes – it’s the cosmopolitan hot spot of Camps Bay!

Cape Town - Camps Bay

Camps Bay

Wine tasting

South Africa produces some of the best wines in the world, so if you’re looking for a celebratory tipple, then visit one of the nearby vineyards. Franschhoek, Paarl, Constantina Valley and Stellenbosch all offer different wine varietals, and it’s easy to arrange wine-tasting tours from hotels or the local tourism office.


Fancy a wine?

Of course, just because the Test series is over doesn’t mean there’s no other cricket to watch. The international rivalry continues with T20s in Port Elizabeth, Durban and Centurion, so taking a trip to any, or all, of these wonderful cities to cheer on your team is certainly something to tick off your bucket list.