Exceptional Experiences: Cape Town

Soaring over Cape Town.
Bo-Kaap architecture.
Masala, anyone?

Majestic Cape Town

Mandela’s Footsteps, Malay Cooking, Master Jeweler


Mandela’s Life on Robben Island
Former prison guard Christo Brandt takes you on a life-transforming tour around the Robben Island Museum, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Located just off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island has become an important symbol of the political struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Brandt, who was responsible for guarding Mandela, shares fascinating stories of how he became friends with the former South African president, eventually assisting him with drafting the South African Constitution in 1994.

Chili Bites in Bo-Kaap
Food consultant Zainie Misbach leads you on a tasting tour through her beloved Bo-Kaap community. Misbach has been instrumental in preserving the area’s vibrant fusion of cultures, and helped establish South Africa’s first Cape Malay restaurant. Next you’ll visit the Bo-Kaap Museum and a spice shop before you’re welcomed into her home for a hands-on cooking lesson; here you’ll make masala and other favorite dishes for your mouth-watering lunch.

The Jewelry of Jenna Clifford
Gain privileged entry to the Sandton studio of Jenna Clifford, world famous for her fine gold and platinum jewelry. A charismatic and transformative leader, Clifford has successfully grown Jenna Clifford Designs into a sought-after brand synonymous with luxury and passion. In keeping with that mission, she has made an overwhelmingly positive contribution to facilitating change for working women in South Africa. After your visit, you’ll select a unique Jenna Clifford piece as a special keepsake.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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