About place to see, Cape Town – South Africa is a city that has always had a lot to offer – clinging to the slopes of a mountainous peninsula that curves like a crooked finger into the bracing Atlantic, nature is ever present. Take road trips into the vineyard-carpeted valleys, stopping for a gourmand lunch in Franschhoek.
Then tool along the cliff-hugging coastal route to Hermanus and experience the best bed-based whale watching in the world. Or head north-west to eat plated art with a forager chef in Paternoster. Everywhere you go, the food is good, the service friendly and the bill always cheap.
The rand depreciated by around 30 per cent in 2015, which means regular visitors to Cape Town have seen their holiday costs slashed by a third. You can eat Michelin-star standard meals for the price of your average gastropub grub (make your selection of tables to book from the country’s annual award winners on eatout.co.za).
Similarly so, handcrafted beers, Afro-chic designer homeware, fabulous fine art, luxury hotels. 2016 also finally sees the unveiling of The Silo (theroyalportfolio.com). Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, The Silo is being carved out of the historic grain silo towers on the V&A Waterfront. It will be the cherry on top of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – due to open in 2017 – an architectural marvel with a gallery experience to rival the Tate Modern.