Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
It’s hard to articulate the spirit, energy and beauty Cape Town holds, which is why we’re delighted you’re coming to experience it first hand. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, unrivalled scenic beauty, world-class cuisine, the tastiest beer or wine, fine-dining, art or culture – you’ve come to the right place.
Restaurants & Bars
Just A Few Recommended Restaurants:
Restaurants in the City Bowl
95 Keerom Street, Gardens, 021 422 0765 95 Keerom serves up authentic and delicious Italian cuisine (including gelato) in a building that originally housed the stables and slave quarters of the Company’s Garden.
Addis In Cape
41 Church Street, CBD, 021 424 5722 This restaurant brings the flavours of Ethiopia to the Mother City. Savor the aromatic cuisine the old-fashioned way; with either the use of your hands or an ‘Injera’– the pancake style sourdough bread.
108 Shortmarket Street, CBD, 021 422 0221 Enjoy a wide range of food from across the continent and enjoy the lively music while you take your place in the buffet line. There is also an adjoining arts-and-craft shop, which will add to an all round sensory feast.
Bacon on Bree
217 Bree Street, CBD, 021 422 2798 This bacon bar has inventive bacon sandwiches and other bacon-centric light meals – enjoy!
The Bombay Bicycle Club
158 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof, 021 423 6805 This bohemian den has a wonderfully varied menu, from ‘drunken’Camembert to Bombay ribs and truffle risotto.
110 Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 423 8653 You can do some serious eating (and drinking) here, as this restaurant combines the feel of a neighborhood eatery with gourmet food, breads and even freshly churned butter.
Burger & Lobster
105 Bree Street, Heritage Square, CBD, 021 422 4297 This super vibey eatery is a hit with the locals and satisfies both the burger lovers and seafood lovers.
Cnr Prestwich and Cobern Streets, Green Point, 021 421 0071 Warm hospitality and Old Italian favorites, such as bruschetta and al-dente pasta with robust sauces create a welcoming and feel-good dining experience.
Cnr Upper Union and Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 422 5422 This eatery pays tribute to local cuisine such as peri-peri chicken livers, bobotie and home-made fish cakes. Enjoy the food and a good view with a drink on their large wooden deck.
68 Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 422 0909 Enjoy the high energy of rhythmic music, tasty food and cocktails under the night sky. As they say, go for dinner and stay for drinks.
Restaurants in the Atlantic Seaboard
Shop 104, The Promenade, Camps Bay, 021 437 0333 This Mexican eatery is top-notch. Start off with traditional street food dishes and then move on to the mains. Don’t forget to try the churros for dessert.
221 Beach Road, Sea Point, 021 434 2351 Enjoy sundowners and Atlantic Ocean views whilst sipping on a glass of bubbly before heading inside to the courtyard to try out their beautiful lunch or dinner menu.
The Grand Café & Beach
1 Haul Road (off Beach Road), Granger Bay, 021 425 0551 Tables on the beach are the star attraction over the Summer but even in cooler weather, the warehouse feels cozy and welcoming with Indian rugs and candle lit tables. On the menu, you have huge pizzas and all sorts of pastas and salads.
V& A Waterfront Victoria Wharf
The Waterfront offers a wide range of different restaurants to try, such as Belthazar, Willoughby & Co, Karibu, The Greek Fisherman and many more!
Alcohol & Food
Useful shops nearby:
We do not serve alcohol at Bergzicht as we do not have a liquor license. You are welcome to bring and buy your own alcohol and keep it in the white fridge in our Honesty Bar, please remember to put your name on your bottle/tin can if you do decide to leave it in the fridge.
Enjoy your bottle of delicious South African wine while watching how the Mother City shows off in her golden hour during one of Cape Towns fabulous.
The closest liquor store is just down Burnside Road, opposite Beleza restaurant. You can also buy wine in any grocery store.
While Cape Town is home to some of the most mouth watering gourmet food and very trendy restaurants, we also have a variety of great quality and value for money grocery stores, in case you don’t feel like going to a restaurant.
The Lifestyle Centre
Kloof Street; 3 minute drive from Bergzicht WOOLWORTHS- Top quality food products with a great variety of ready made meals and salads. They have some, if not, the best meat out of any grocery store.
Health store with beauty products, vitamins/minerals and healthy food.
You will also find restaurants, shops, hairdressers and banks in the Lifestyle centre as well as up and down the very popular Kloof Street.
Somerset Road; 5 minute drive from Bergzicht.
Spar (voted the best one in South Africa)
It has everything you need as well as delicious healthy food for ‘on the go’. You will also find a salad bar, where you can select your own ingredients, a bakery and cooked and beautifully seasoned meat and pies.
There are also many restaurants, shops and hairdressers in and around the Cape Quarter.
Gardens Shopping Centre
Myrtle Road; 5 minute drive from Bergzicht Here you will find a Woolworths, Pick’nPay (another South African favourite grocery store), cell phone shops, hardware store and book stores etc.
Corner of Brownlow-Burnside; 3 minute walk from Bergzicht.
Blue Café sells lovely, homemade bread, pies, cakes etc. On a sunny day, a lot of our neighbours like to meet here and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and a light lunch. Opening hours are 8am – 10pm.
The Cape Winelands:
(±30 min drive from the guesthouse)
Beau Constantia: Tastings are Tuesday to Sunday 11am-6pm
Buitenverwachting: Tastings are Weekdays 9am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm
Constantia Uitsig: Tastings are Wednesday to Sunday 10am –6pm
Eagle’s Nest: Tastings are daily from 10am – 4:30pm
Silvermist Organic Vineyards: Tastings are Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 4pm
(±45 min drive from the guesthouse)
Anura: Tastings are daily from 9:30am – 5pm
Avontuur: Tastings are weekdays from 8:30am – 5pm and Weekends 9am – 4pm
Backsberg: Tastings are weekdays from 8am – 5pm, Saturdays 9:30am – 4:30pm, Sundays 10:30am – 4:30pm
Beyerskloof: Tastings are Weekdays 9am – 4pm, Saturdays 10am – 4pm, Sundays 11:00am –3:30pm
Blaauwklippen: Tastings are daily from 10am – 5pm
(±60 min drive from the guesthouse)
Alee Bleue: Tastings are weekdays from 9am – 5pm, Weekends from 10am – 5pm
Bellingham: Tastings are Monday to Thursdays 10am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sundays 10am – 5pm
Boschendal: Tastings are daily from 9am – 4:30pm
Chamonix: Tastings are Daily from 9:30am – 4pm
The Franschhoek Cellar: Tastings are Monday to Saturday 10am – 5:30pm, Sundays 10am – 4:30pm
(±60 min from the guesthouse)
KWV Wine Emporium: Tastings are Monday to Saturday 9am –4:30pm, Sundays 11am – 4pm
Meerendal: Tastings are Monday to Saturday from 10am – 6pm, Sundays 10am – 5pm
Nederburg: Tastings are Weekdays from 9am – 5pm, Weekends 10am –4pm
Perdeberg Winery: Tastings are Weekdays from 9am – 5pm, Saturdays 9:30am – 3pm
Ridgeback: Tastings are daily from 10am – 4pm
Cape Peninsula Wineries
(±1 hour and 15 minutes from the guesthouse)
Cape Point Vineyards: Tastings are Friday to Wednesday 11am – 6pm, Thursdays 11am – 2pm
Dorrance Wines: Tastings are Weekdays from 12 noon to 4:30pm
Tim Martin Wines: Tastings are by appointment only
Robertson Wine Valley
(±2 hours away from the guesthouse)
Bonnievale Wines: Tastings are Weekdays from 9am –5pm, Saturdays 10am – 1pm
Cloverfield: Tastings are Weekdays 9am – 2pm
De Wetshof Estate: Tastings are Weekdays 8:30am – 5pm, Saturdays 9:30am – 1pm
Graham Beck: Tastings are Weekdays 9am – 5pm, Weekends 10am – 4pm
Robertson Winery: Tastings are Weekdays from 9am – 5:30pm, Saturdays 9am – 3pm, Sundays 9am – 1pm
Beaches & Markets
Beautiful residential beach with white sand, gorgeous granite rock formations and fantastic surf. Llandudno is also a quiet beach where you can enjoy the beautiful views and get lost on lots of different footpaths amongst the granite rocks that separate Llandudno and Logies Bay. You also have the option of going to Sandy bay once entering Llandudno which is a nudest beach and a great option to surf when the swell is big around the west coast.
Beautiful, secluded and protected beach, calm sea state, very popular for tanning and is usually quite busy. It is also easily accessible from town being a 10 minute drive away, at most.
Very popular place/beach to be seen. It offers vibey bars, fancy restaurants and shops along the beach front strip. If you are looking for a bit of activity, Glen beach (located in the corner) is a good spot for surfing.
Cape Towns’‘learn how to surf ‘ mecca! Very fun, and friendly place to go for an action packed outing. If getting wet is not for you, you can enjoy the many options of cafes, restaurants and shops while your family or friends enjoy the fun waves. Oh, and they have the best soft serve ice cream in town!! If you do decide you would like to surf but you have no gear, that’s not a problem. The locals are friendly and all the surf shops offer board & gear rental.
Kalk Bay & Simons Town
Onwards from Muizenberg, you will get to the quirky little town of Kalk Bay. Kalk Bay has many quaint and artsy home décor, book and souvenir shops. It is also home to some great seafood restaurants and bars (definitely ask about the fresh catch of the day).
From Kalk Bay you can continue your drive through Fish Hoek and onto the popular weekend getaway and tourist destination, Simons Town. Simons Town is home to the famous penguin beach, Boulders. It is also well known for the famous Great White Shark and shark cage diving. Simons Town is filled with picturesque scenery and lots of history and culture.
Markets – remember ‘local is lekker’:
Hout Bay Market
±25 minutes From Bergzicht Guesthouse
Wanting to satisfy those taste buds or have a festive drink as well as discover South Africa’s local tradesman, incredible arts and crafts, souvenirs and other cool local goodies? … Then this is the place to go.
Hidden in an old factory in the harbour of Hout Bay is where you will find the fun and popular Hout Bay Market. It is open on a Friday from 17:00pm-21:00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 09:30am- 16:00pm. There are about one hundred stores at the Hout Bay Market that offer all sorts of healthy, vegetarian and meaty gourmet foods, desserts, pressed juices, craft beer and of course, a selection of biltong (a South African dried meat snack that you absolutely must try). There are also many local arts and crafts stores, fashion stores and live music.
The Hout Bay market is all about being environmentally friendly and strives to reduce, reuse and recycle its waste.
The Old Biscuit Mill
Every Saturday between 09:00 and 15:00 local food connoisseurs, talented fashion designers and creative craftsman and traders set the festive, bustling ambience of the Neighbourgoods market.
You can feast on anything from sweet to savoury or even try a healthy pressed juice or vegan meal. It is a lovely outing to enjoy the local food cuisine and skills of the local and proud South Africans and has something to cater for everyone’s desires.
Oranjezicht City Farm
Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers.
At the OZCF Market customers can do weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc), try out some delicious cooked and raw foods and be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system.
Additionally, customers can buy edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment.
V&A Waterfront and Watershed
±5-10 minutes from Bergzicht Guesthouse
Both of these energising places are a main attraction when you visit the V&A. With more than a 100 local stores and traders, you can find anything from clothing, home décor, recyclable arts and crafts and lots of creativity to open up the mind and leave you feeling positive, inspired and motivated.
Once you have finished your walk about, you have the food market, aquarium and the V&A shopping centre in the same premises.
Mojo Market in Sea Point is open 7 days a week.
Pan African Market on Long Street is open Monday to Saturday
Green Market Square on Long Street is open Monday to Saturday
First Thursday is an event that takes place in Cape Town CBD every first Thursday of the month. It promotes art on all different platforms. Shops, bars and restaurants are open till late and have many offers and specials.
Outdoor & Adventure
Adrenaline in the City
A little bit nerve wrecking, a lot of fun. You will jump off Signal Hill and glide over the Moullie Point, Sea Point and Green Point area with a soft landing on the green fields on the seashore. In my opinion this is the best way to see Cape Town. You can also jump off Lions Head and experience a slightly different view.
Experience a 100% adrenaline rush as you free-fall over the Southern Peninsula.
Shark Cage Diving
If your dream is to star in your own Jaws movie, then this is your chance! At the crack of dawn you will be picked up and driven to Gaansbaai where a boat will take you out to the worlds highest concentration of great white sharks. This is definitely the sea-safari experience of a lifetime.
Abseil down Table Mountain
If walking on top of one of the 7 natural wonders of the world is not enough for you, then dangling off the mountain’s edge might be more your speed. With your harness fastened and Camps Bay as your backdrop, you will jump down the back of Table Mountain.
Guided sea kayak tours take you out from Simons Town and to the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach. This is a perfect start to the day for active individuals. This trip can be combined with a trip to Cape Point.
SUP and surf
The rolling foamies on the long shores of Muizenberg is the perfect place for rookie surfer to learn. There are rental shops that offer wetsuits and boards in various shapes and sizes. Surf instructors can also be hired, however it is possible to play around in the waves and learn the ropes on your own.
Hang ten in the sunshine and grab a hot chocolate from one of the cafes at the Surfers Corner as an ‘après surf’.
Enquire in reception if you would like to book any trips!
Table Mountain (1062 m above sea level)
I always suggest, when doing Table Mountain, to hike up and catch the cable car down. The hike up takes around an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
We recommend that you use the route from Platteklip Gorge. Bring enough water, some snacks/food incase you get hungry, sun cream, hat/cap, a jersey (as it can be windy and cold up there) and as they always say ‘The better the shoe, the happier the hiker!’
There is also a small shop by the lower cable car station where you can buy your water and snacks for your hike, if you forget to do that before. There is a restaurant at the top of the mountain where you can buy lunch, snacks and drinks.
The cable car operates according to the weather. Ask in the reception if you are planning to visit the mountain.
*Always try to hike in a group of 4 or more people.
Lions Head (669 m above sea level)
Lions Head is a really fun and quick hike with beautiful views of Cape Town. It starts off as a dirt road, narrowing down to a trail path. Near the top you use chains and climb ladders to get to the top of Lions Head.
It is popular to do this hike during full moon. Bring head torches. Always make sure you are in a group and that you follow the trail.
You can also walk around the base of Lions Head which is 5.5km (it’s an awesome trail run) and is a beautiful and easy walk where you will overlook Camps Bay, Clifton, Sea Point, Fresnay and Town.
Once again, please remember to bring enough water, some snacks/food incase you get hungry, sun cream, hat/cap , a jersey (as it can be windy and cold up there) and , of course, a good pair of shoes.
*Car guards are paid on return, R5 -10
Cape Peninsular/Cape of Good Hope
Visit Cape Town and Africa’s exquisite southern tip peninsula. Drive the two oceans of Cape Town, the Atlantic and/or the Indian Ocean coastline to the Peninsula.
You can make a great days outing going to the Cape Point with loads of fun activities catering for everyone’s taste.
From Bergzicht you have two options:
1) From Bergzicht to Cape Point via East coast/Indian Ocean side.
We recommend that you drive M3/De Waal drive towards Muizenberg. Stop and enjoy the surfing culture and community in Muizenberg. You can rent surfing gear, look at the shops, grab a coffee and get a lekker soft serve ice cream. Then continue your journey towards Kalk Bay. If you would like to avoid traffic and bypass Muizenberg, use Boyes Drive, otherwise enjoy the beautiful costal road. You will then get to Kalk Bay, which is a very nice little village with great seafood restaurants and many boutique, quirky shops. We recommend having lunch at the Brass Bell. Continue your trip past Fish Hoek and onto Simons Town. A must do in Simons Town is to visit Boulders Beach. You will share the beautiful beach and ocean with wild penguins. After Simons Town you will head to your final destination, The Cape Point. Enjoy the reserve and all it has to offer.
2) From Bergzicht to The Cape Point, via the West Coast (Atlantic side).
Drive past Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay and head up to Chapmans Peak. Chapmans Peak is one of the most beautiful and breath taking roads to drive along, offering panoramic views and has many picnic spots to stop at if you want to watch a colourful sunset. Once you’re past Chapmans Peak you will enter Noordhoek and then continue on to Kommetjie. Continue driving to Witsands, Misty Cliffs and Scarbarough. These places are a lot more quiet and remote, but very beautiful and peaceful. There is a lot of hiking, surfing and other sport activities you can do, as well as pop by and treat yourself for a bite to eat at a quaint restaurant or coffee shop. You will then arrive at The Cape Peninsular
*You can do it however you like, but we would suggest going to the Cape Point from the East Coast (Indian Ocean side) and then back to Bergzicht on the Atlantic Ocean side. This way you can get all the activity done during the day and enjoy, if not, one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world (Chappies/Chapmans Peak) during golden hour/sunset time.
*JUST REMEMBER whichever way you decide to drive on the way back, you must use itinerary the other way around.
Visit the historical, World Heritage site, Robben Island. This is where Nelson Mandela (former President of South Africa) was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years.
Ferries to the island operate according to weather conditions, so please ask in the reception. Should your trip be cancelled, you will be refunded the full amount at the Robben Island Office, Waterfront.
Tours depart three times a day and take about 3.5 hours, consisting of a ferry trip to and from the island, and a tour of the various historical sites on the island that form part of the Robben Island Museum.
Go to www.webtickets.co.za/events/tourism/robben-island-museum-tour for more information and to book tickets.
Summertime ferry departure schedule: 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Wintertime ferry departure schedule: 09:00, 11:00, 13:00
Safari Day Trips
Please enquire at the reception to find the best option for you and we will gladly help and assist you with the booking.
You have the option to do half day or full day safaris. There are 3 types of half day safaris.
The half day safaris range from R995 – R1450 depending on the time of year and what type of safari. Collection and return trips can be arranged at an extra cost.
Early Morning Safari – Includes a Continental Breakfast Pack, must be at the Game Reserve at 7am
Afternoon Safari – Starts at noon and includes a buffet lunch, followed by a 2-3 hour game drive.
Sunset Safari – Arrive at the Game Reserve at 3pm and also includes a selection of teas and coffees after the game drive.
The full day safaris range from R1 830 – R3 200 depending on the time of year and what type of safari. Collection and return trips can be arranged at an extra cost.
Morning Safari – Includes breakfast, a 2-3 hour game drive, buffet lunch, welcome drinks and time to get spa treatments, relax at the bar and look around the curio shop.
Quad Bike Safari – Includes a 1 – 2 hour safari on Quad Bikes, welcome drinks and a buffet breakfast and buffet lunch.
Combo Safari – Includes Breakfast and a buffet lunch, a 2-3 hour game drive as well as 1.5-hour quad bike ride or horse ride.
A day Safari at Inverdoorn starts at R1 400. This includes welcome drinks, a 2 – 3 hour game drive and a buffet lunch. You will also visit their cheetah sanctuary if the weather conditions are favorable (not winter season). Collection and return trips can be arranged at an extra cost if, please enquire at the reception.
Safaris start at R2750 and include collection and drop off from the guesthouse. Travel via the wine region & Klein Karoo and see the
Bergzicht Guesthouse fruit-growing region of Ceres. This also includes welcome drinks, a 2 hour game drive, lunch and a walk with Giraffes (time permitting & at game rangers’ discretion) and you can also visit the lion preservation project.
This is Cape Town’s closest Safari; it’s only about 1 hour’s drive away. Their morning or afternoon half-day safaris include welcome drinks, a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch and a game drive/horseback Safari. Self drive safaris cost R1450 per person but transport can be arranged at an extra cost.
What to do in Cape Town
Things to do in and around Cape Town
As locals from Cape Town, we can assure you that you will never get bored. This beautiful city has multiple activities on offer for any individual and weather condition. Below is a list of just a few things that the Mother City has on offer for you:
Hop On Hop Off Bus
Sea Kayaking in Simons Town – www.kayakcapetown.co.za
City Rock rock climbing
Hoerikwaggo Trail and a range of other outdoor activities, such as motor sports – www.sanparks.org
Various arts and crafts markets around town
High tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, which holds concerts in the Summer
Outdoor Festivals, such as Africa Burn and Rocking the Daisies
Bicycling in Cape Town or the wine lands – www.citycycletours.co.za
Artscape Events (musical, theatre, opera etc.)
Free Historical walks. Walk for 1½ hours. Meet at Green Market Square either at 11am 0r 14pm – www.nielsentours.co.za
Skateboard in Cape Town – www.citycycletours.co.za
Kite surfing – www.kitelab.co.za
Surfing at Llandudno, Kommetjie, Camps Bay, Muizenberg etc.
For The Kiddies
The Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront – www.aquarium.co.za
Jolly Roger Pirate Boat at the V&A Waterfront – www.pirateboat.co.za
World of Birds in Hout Bay – www.worldofbirds.org.za
Canopy Tour at Constantia Neck www.acrobranch.co.za
Rock climbing – www.cityrock.co.za
Boat trips from Hout Bay to Duiker Island – www.capepointroute.co.za
Boulders Beach –A beautiful beach with a penguin colony
Please ask for help at the reception and we will happily assist you with bookings and availabilities.
We Look Forward to Hosting You