Things To Do in Nairobi’s Sister City, Cape Town

This month saw Nairobi County Governor Johnson Sakaja and Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis sign a ‘Sister City Agreement’ with a shared mission to make both cities the undisputed economic hubs of their respective regions.

And yes, I am sure you’re wondering what a sister city is. According to google, a sister city or a twin town relationship is a form of legal or social agreement between two geographically and politically distinct localities for the purpose of promoting cultural and commercial ties.

Now that Kenyan passport holders can visit South Africa with no visa restrictions, here are a few attractions that sister city Cape Town has to offer.

Exhilarating Outdoor Adventures

Water biking in the sea is equivalent to walking on water, right… All you have to do is sit on the bike and peddle away. You can also try stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing)around the Waterfront. Try a zip lining adventure across Mount Elgin or paraglide over sea point. The views from the summit of Cape Town’s iconic landmark are spectacular enough; just imagine what you’ll see as you rope your way down the side of Table Mountain.

Delicious Wine Experiences

A 45-minute drive from the city, Spice Route’s delightful village setup is the perfect Winelands Day Trip destination for the whole family. A tasting passport introduces you to the delights of Neil Jewell’s charcuterie paired with Spice Route wine, CBC craft beers, Wilderer gin and De Villiers chocolate. Instead of merely gazing at the vineyards, you can glide through the rows of vines and around the farm and gardens at Spier Estate on a two-wheeled PT [personal transporter].

Culture and Creativity

Visit The Bo-Kaap, which is a beautiful, colourful neighbourhood near the city centre. It is one of the few neighbourhoods that successfully resisted forced removals during the apartheid era and has retained a lot of its original character. Robben Island is a World Heritage Site and Museum, offering daily tours. The tour begins at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront with a multimedia exhibition, museum shop and restaurant, after which, guests hop onto the ferry for a scenic trip to the island. The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life in the Cape since 1666. In its current state, the Castle is considered to be one of the best examples of preserved 17th century architecture in the world.

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