Dolphin Beach Hotel is ideally located to function as a base for many exciting day trips! We recommend the following 5 trips within 50 kilometres of our hotel:
Spending the day at the beach is the quintessential summer experience at Blowfish. We offer direct access to the golden, sandy beaches of Blouberg. The beach is perfect for the adventurous, such as the surfers, windsurfers, and kite surfers, or the relaxed-at-heart, who would prefer lying in the sun for a whole day. We are also located between some other amazing beaches, like Clifton beach in Cape Town (24,2 km) and Melkbosstrand (14,1 km).
2. Hout Bay (31,9 km)
The Cape Peninsula is only a stone’s throw away from Dolphin Beach and offers many interesting coastal towns to explore. We definitely recommend a visit to Hout Bay, which is renowned for its fish and chips at the Mariner’s Wharf. The restaurant has been active since 1984 and is a lively location, on the harbour’s doorstep. Seals can often be seen lounging in the sun along the harbour and the Hout Bay market is a fantastic amalgamation of local talent, arts, and cuisine.
3. Robben Island (16,7 km)
Robben Island is off the coast of Bloubergstrand and holds particular historical significance for South Africa. The island was fortified and used as a prison from the late seventeenth century, until 1996, with it mainly holding political prisoners. The most famous of these, is of course Nelson Mandela. Madiba was kept prisoner here for 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned for fighting against the Apartheid system. Visitors can hop on a ferry at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. The ferry takes half an hour. After disembarking at the Murray’s Bay Harbour on the island, buses will transport visitors to all the historical sites on the island. The ferry will take visitors back to the Waterfront upon completion of the tour.
4. Stellenbosch (50 km)
Stellenbosch is best known as a university town, but it is truly so much more than that. The town is littered with quaint, independent cafes, restaurants, and stores. There are a number or galleries and art centres, and the town is surrounded by vineyards and winelands – the town’s other claim to fame. Stellenbosch is as picturesque as it comes, with its ancient buildings, the university’s botanical gardens, and the tree-lined roads. We recommend visiting during the autumn months, when the famous Victoria Street is transformed into an autumnal dreamscape, with the trees boasting orange, yellow, and brown leaves.
5. Constantia (32,4 km)
Constantia is a great place to try the Cape Town wine scene without travelling too far. Head to Groot Constantia or try the Constantia wine tour which visits 3 wine farms to experience some of South Africa’s world-famous wines. Constantia also boasts one of the longest ziplines in the country, so there is something for everyone. But perhaps leave the zipline for another day if you have done wine tasting, and vice versa!
Dolphin Beach is the perfect launch point for all the fun experiences Cape Town has to offer. Finish the day off with dinner and cocktails at Blowfish Restaurant and the warm embrace of our comfy beds. Do not hesitate to ask our helpful staff for recommendations and remember to share and tag us in your memories made!