Helpful information when staying at Casa Mia Guesthouse.
1. Favorite Attractions on our Doorstep
2. Top 10 popular attractions in and around Cape Town
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1. Big Bay Beach - beach walks, sunset views, surf and swim
Big Bay Beach and Little Bay are the two beaches of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town. These beaches are divided by a rocky point. This area is popular for its awesome surfing, kite-surfing and wind-surfing. Big Bay is the perfect family beach as it boasts long sandy stretches and uninterrupted views of the ocean and Table Mountain. Swimming, sun-tanning and simply enjoying the day with friends and family make this the hotspot of memories. This beachfront is equipped with dining options and is known for its spectacular sunset displays to enjoy a meal or sundowners.
Kite-surfing in Cape Town is extremely popular. Should you be a novice kite-surfer, there are a variety of schools to get you up on your board in no time? Season starts from 1 October every year. Our proximity to the beach means it’s only a short drive to reach this world famous location.
Book your first lesson with Coastline Kite-surfing school at 074 092 6526.
3. On the Rocks - fine dining
On the Rocks is the jewel of all seafood restaurants in Bloubergstrand. Tourists from all around the world find their way to On the Rocks to enjoy the most magnificent view of Table Mountain and Robben Island as the sunset over Robben Island is world renowned. Booking in advance is essential due to the popularity of the restaurant. - To book call 021 554 1988.
4. Visit SANCCOB
SANCCOB is the first stop on the Cape West Coast Way Route, Table View before you get to Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. SANCCOB is a registered non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue and rehabilitation of seabirds, especially endangered species like the African penguin. They welcome visitors and you are able to sponsor a penguin should you wish. SANCCOB is just a short drive from us which makes it an exciting activity close-by.
To volunteer please call 021 557 6155.
5. Milnerton Golf Club
Milnerton Golf Course is an 18-hole, challenging coastal course situated just 10 minutes from us. With beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, as well as an on-site restaurant . Alternatively Atlantic Beach Golf course in neighboring Melkbosstrand is close enough to us. Booking in advance is essential for both clubs. To book your next round of golf at Milnerton Golf Club. Contact them at 021 552 1047.
6. Eden on the Bay - shop, surf, picnic and lunch/dinner, family & pet friendly
This pet-friendly family shopping center is predominantly open-air and perfectly matches your lifestyle. The mall is a firm favorite for holiday-goers and locals alike. With the widest range of restaurants to choose from, right on the beachfront, plus retail stores, this mall also offers great outdoor and family fun. Perfect for a full day of fun at the beach, a walk on the beach whilst enjoying an ice-cream or a delicious dinner with spectacular views.
7. Ons Huisie - family restaurant on the beach
Ons Huisie, which directly translates to “Our Small Home”, popular and well loved by locals go-to restaurant. The ever popular Ons Huisie boasts spectacular views, delicious, traditional West Coast cuisine, dog friendly facilities and picture perfect views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. Ons Huisie has a large children’s playground making it perfect for families looking for a great spot to dine.
Call 021 554 1553 for information and reservations.
8. Homespun By Matt - fine dining
A local gem that has quickly become celebrated for not just delicious food, but for an overall unbelievable food experience. An unbeatable food experience that nobody should miss out on. Open Tuesday through to Saturday: booking is essential. Call 021 556 2824 to book.
9. The Blue Peter - sundowners and easy eating
A sunny day in Blouberg and The Blue Peter go hand in hand. A popular spot for your favorite cocktail, watching the sun go down, listening to live music and enjoying a freshly made pizza.
Call 021 554 1956 to book a table.
10. Bird Watching - Rietvlei Bird Sanctuary
We are on the doorstep of the Rietvlei Nature Reserve making us the perfect location for all bird watching enthusiasts-Over 100 species of birds have been sighted here. It’s also a hotspot for a number of water sports and boasts a beautiful blossom of flowers during the springtime.
Top 10 Attractions in and around Cape Town
1. Table Mountain - Hike or Cable Car
Table Mountain: a landmark synonymous with South Africa, not only Cape Town. A once in a lifetime experience for not only tourists, but all South Africans. Most enjoy a trip up in the cable car, but for the adventurists out there, a hiking trail is also an option. You can book online for the cable car, but we do suggest checking the weather as this can influence the operations of the cable car.
Tip: it’s free on your birthday (bring along your ID or driver's license)
2. Cape Point Nature Reserve
Typically, the ‘Cape Of Good Hope’ gate opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. There are few sights as spectacular as the sun rising over False Bay, and we highly recommend making the extra effort to get there at opening time to witness this event. This spectacular reserve boasts out of these world views of both sea and fynbos. It is paid entrance, but worth every penny. The Flying Dutchman Funicular available at the reserve, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point. It’s the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa, and takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship. Please contact the visiting center in advance should you have any question or to book.
Visitor center (operating Thursdays to Sundays) - 021 780 9010.
3. Boulders Beach
Meet and swim with penguins at the world famous Boulders Beach. The beautiful Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and the only place in the world where you get close to African Penguins. Boulders Beach isn’t just a great place for penguins, it’s also a popular family-friendly swimming beach where kids can climb over the boulders, explore the rock pools, or swim in the cool, clear False Bay water. It’s also a great place for a leisurely picnic. Due to the R65 conservation fee, the beach is rarely packed. Tip: Arrive early because only a limited number of people are allowed on the beach.
4. Wine Tram in Franschhoek - tour of various wine farms
The best way to tour the cape wine lands: The Hop-on Hop-off Experience, allows you to do just that – hop on and off as you like, experiencing the different activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or just a stroll through the vineyards. And when you’re ready, simply hop-on to continue your journey! South Africa has worldwide recognition for the simply the best wines, so why not experience it in this fun and enjoyable way? Booking is essential - 021 300 0338.
5. Sunset Champagne Cruise to Camps Bay
Cape Town has one of the best locations to see the Sunset from the Sea. With the Atlantic Ocean stretching away from the majestic Table Mountain range, this is certainly a ‘must do’ cruise for locals and tourists alike. Toast the setting sun from the deck of one of Waterfront Charters amazing range of vessels. We suggest booking in advance to skip the waiting.
Call 021 418 3168 - for Waterfront Charters.
6. Helicopter Flight around Cape Town
Explore Cape Town from the skies. See the best that Cape Town has to offer: sea, mountains, Robben Island and lush greenery. Flights must booked in advance - 021 419 5907 for Sport the Helicopters.
7. Paragliding from Signal Hill
Paragliding in Cape Town is mostly done from Signal Hill and on occasion when the wind direction allows from Lions Head inside the beautiful Table Mountain National park. You can take a chance and drive up to Signal Hill and they do accommodate those who had not booked prior. On beautiful Cape Town day this is an absolute must with views of Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Cape Town Stadium and the ocean.
For more information please call 082 851 7119 at Fly Cape Town Paragliding.
8. V & A Waterfront
There are a wide variety of attractions and activities to enjoy on the property. From cultural landmarks such as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa to more relaxing activities such as a sunset cruise on one of the chartered boats berthed here. The V&A is abuzz with constant music, cultural performances and the widest variety of restaurants that would cater to any palate. The first stop for all visiting Cape Town for the first time. Tip: best to Uber/use a taxi service when traveling here as it saves you parking and you could quite literally spend the entire day here.
9. Two Oceans Aquarium
The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and abundant oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront, is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. A great experience for the entire family. There are also opportunities to swim in the tanks which must be booked in advance. Children under 3 get in for free.
Call 021 418 3823 - for more information.
Tip: it’s free on your birthday (bring along your ID or driver's license)
10. Aquila Private Game Reserve
When in Africa for the first time, seeing the BIG 5 is a MUST! Aquila is more than just an unforgettable wildlife experience; it is an experience in luxurious African hospitality, traditional culinary delights, service excellence and the pride of the indigenous people and the land. There are both half-day and full-day safari options available, as well as quad biking and horse riding. Booking is essential and transportation to and from the reserve can be arranged at additional cost.
Call 0861 7373 783 to book.