November 06, 2012
My Table Mountain National Park quickie
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
A quickie by definition, is a brief, passionate interlude that leaves you wanting more, but there is nothing brief, or unfulfilling, about a 36-hour weekend getaway in the gorgeous Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
As an adventurous sequel to the fantastic West Coast National Park and Bontebok National Park media trips, arranged and hosted by South African National Parks, TMNP, a natural World Heritage site, had a lot to live up to and, boy, did she deliver!
Exhilarating park activities
With only 18 000 breeding pairs of African Penguins left, these cuties are in critical danger so remember to tread carefully when visiting.
Sergeant Marissa introduced us to the Cape Platanna, a species of frog, which believe it or not, were used as pregnancy tests in the 1960s!
Next up on our quickie itinerary was a seaside meander along the Cape Point coastline. Though these beaches are open to the public for swimming, abalone poachers are a severe threat to the local marine life, which is why we need to be mindful when enjoying its natural splendour.
Lunch with a view
The recently renovated eatery boasts an appetising new sushi bar and a sexier design. While we all agreed that nothing could possibly top their salmon roses, paella and fish and chips, we were proved wrong by the ridiculously delicious chocolate brownie and ice cream dessert…
A Flying Dutchman funicular ride to the top of the lighthouse for an amazing view of False Bay, followed by a walk down to admire the iconic Cape Point is highly recommended.
Sleeping under the stars
Properly sated and ready for some R&R, we headed out to our accommodation for the evening, the Slangkop Tented Camp in Kommetjie.
Rustic, spacious and practically on the beachfront, this 12-sleeper camp boasts a spectacular view of the Slangkop lighthouse, fully functional toilets, hot water, showers and a communal boma, equipped with electricity and all of the necessary kitchen appliances, as well as an enclosed braai area. It's ideal for that friends getaway you’ve been dying to have.
Sipping on sundowners while admiring the gorgeous sunset and enjoying stimulating conversation with my tour mates was simply magical, as was being able to look up at the stars while in my tent later that evening.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again… no Sunday in Cape Town is complete without a sightseeing expedition.
For our viewing pleasure, we were treated to a leisurely drive along the impressive Chapman’s Peak before stopping by for a visit to the beautiful Oudekraal beach and site.
With summer fast approaching, the Mother City, Oudekraal, with its braai areas and tables, is a great spot for a picnic and beach day with your loved ones.
Brunch on a hill
Our 36-hour quickie getaway culminated in a champagne brunch at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Room.
From its vantage point, the restaurant provides an unforgettable view of Cape Town. Its easy-on- the-wallet menu, including delicious home-made raisin muffins and a full English breakfast, and children’s play park make the restaurant a perfect family friendly establishment.
In the video below, my media trip tour mates Guy McDonald (Good Hope FM), Nadia Krige (GoTravel.24.com) and Nicole Biondi (SANParks' regional marketing manager) share their hidden gems and why they #LoveCapeTown: