Named Design Capital of the World in 2014 as well as the New York Times top holiday destination in 2014, the Western Cape and Cape Town are also considered the top outdoor adventure sport areas of South Africa.
Music, theatre, design, food, sunset hikes, surfing, swimming with penguins, museums and galleries, home-stays in informal settlements and voluntary work are all within thirty minutes of the city centre.
Day trips a few hours from the city centre are an easy drive and include towns such as Stellenbosch and Franschoek for their wineries, Hermanus, world renowned for its whale festival, the Cedarberg Mountains for the rock art paintings and wilderness and Gansbaai for its shark cage diving.
Students frequently do trips during the short breaks, long weekends, before they arrive and after exams. From short trips up the beautiful Garden Route that runs parallel to the Indian Ocean to longer trips further afield to the Eastern Cape, Kruger Park, Durban and some of the neighbouring countries of Mozambique and Botswana.