If you are lucky enough to be in Cape Town on business a little extra planning can turn a successful business trip into an amazing experience, for you and your partner.
Some airlines, especially on long haul flights offer a partner tariff when two business tickets are purchased, this can be an enormous saving for you and your company. Even if you are flying down from Johannesburg or over from Durban, check out the mid-week deals. Compare prices and book as early as you can.
Finding suitable accommodation can be a big deal at the best of times, there is so much to choose from. Cape Town is a big attraction for holidaymakers and conference-goers alike. Don’t forget to ask if a ‘business and pleasure’ special is available. Choose your hotel wisely, of course, the room should be comfortable and have all the conveniences you will need like free Wi-Fi, sufficient plug points and a desk to catch up on meeting notes or skype calls. Decide, do you want a busy hotel bar or a place to relax and prepare your schedule? Of course, if your partner is with you, keep their needs in mind too. Does the hotel offer tours, an in-house spa and a garden with great ocean views? If there is room available, book it!
Think about a family break. Many hotels offer family rooms and family rates especially midweek and if you are travelling in the school holidays there is so much to keep the rest of the family entertained if you are in meetings. Strolling around the Waterfront, checking out the boats and the seals is great fun. There is a children’s train, the Big Wheel, an amphitheatre with shows and there will always be some musicians or acrobats playing for visitors. At the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, to give it the full name, you have the widest selection of restaurants to satisfy even the fussiest little person’s eating preferences. The beauty of the Waterfront is also that it is an ideal place to meet up after work.
Ever walked on a Boomslang? That’s the swinging bridge at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, book a summer concert and take along a picnic basket. Or really take to the trees at Acrobranch in Constantia where courses are specially designed for all ages, and yes adults can join in.
Cape Town can be windy, very windy but the sun will still be powerful so do not forget that sunblock when out and about. If you have a clear day with low wind then head to Table Mountain, the cable car is actually out of action more often than you’d think, almost always due to low visibility or high wind. Many visitors to Cape Town still haven’t been able to enjoy the spectacular views or meet the resident dassies. We’d love more rain in Cape Town, but if you get caught out by it, head to the Aquarium at the Waterfront. High wind threatening to spoil the day, take a trip to Big Bay and marvel at the Kite Surfers.