The charming and quiet suburb of Lakeside in Cape Town is situated in between the suburbs of Westlake and Muizenberg, with the jagged Steenberg Mountains as a prominent backdrop and the Zandvlei (sandy lake) in the foreground.
The Zandvlei Lake lies below the suburb of Lakeside and presents a range of exciting activities including canoeing, yachting, windsurfing and other water-sports. There are superb beaches within close proximity and these are easily accessible as the suburb has its own train station. The journey towards Simon’s Town by train follows a picturesque route along the coast. The beach at Muizenberg is a surfing hotspot and Boulders Beach, just past Simon’s Town, is home to one of Africa’s few land-based penguin colonies and also provides some fantastic swimming opportunities.
Lakeside is en route to some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the Cape Peninsula. From St. James to Simon’s Town you can relish a fun-filled day of exploring everything these little seaside villages have to offer, and if your timing is right, you can enjoy whale watching at the end of winter through to the end of spring.
The Rondevlei Nature Reserve in Grassy Park is a wetland conservation area surrounded by coastal dunes, just minutes away. There are brilliant birding watching opportunities and an assortment of tranquil walks to enjoy. You can even spot hippos and small wild animals that live in the reserve.
Only moments from Lakeside is the M3, a main freeway which leads to the City Bowl, offering a quick and convenient route into Cape Town. Here one can explore museums, the fascinating stores and restaurants of Long Street, the V&A Waterfront, fashionable Kloof Street and take a guided walk or an open-top bus trip through the city.
Lakeside boasts splendid panoramic views of the Constantia Winelands, Devils Peak, and False Bay.
The suburb is just a few minutes away from Constantia wine route, providing an opportunity to experience some of the Cape’s world-class, award-winning wines. This gorgeous valley is the origin of South Africa’s flourishing and world-renowned wine making industry.
There are also several first-class golf courses in the area which will delight any golf lover. For those visitors seeking slightly more active pursuits, activities such as hiking, mountain biking and water sports are always available.
If you’d like to experience Cape Town’s after-hours culture, participate in the nightlife’s bubbly and cool atmosphere. If you don’t fancy travelling into the city, there are a number of clubs, pubs, and restaurants in and around the Lakeside area.
There are a number of places to stay in the Lakeside area, but one that is recommended is Colona Castle Manor House. This guest house graces the mountainside above a serene Lake District on the warmer False Bay coastline. Built in a grand Mediterranean style, this is a five star retreat from which you can explore fascinating Cape Town and its environs. The guesthouse offers character, exclusivity and infinite charm.
In this refined haven, guests are assured of outstanding hospitality and exceptional personal service. Five luxurious and exquisitely decorated full suites, two superior bedrooms and a family suite cater for every comfort and convenience.
Here anybody can find a suitable place have fun or simply relax whilst on holiday in Cape Town and gaze at the marvellous coastal scenery, while sipping their choice of cocktail in South Africa’s favourite city.
Exclusive Getaways South Africa is a collection of celebrated South African country getaways, including the luxurious coastal escape Colona Castle Manor House in the Lakeside area of Cape Town, Western Cape.