There are not too many test cricket grounds in the world that people will happily return time and again, year after year, other than Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town.
There is arguably no more beautiful backdrop to a test cricket ground than Table Mountain and Devil's Peak, though Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, in Dharamsala, India, comes close!
When sitting on the north, south, and eastern sides of the ground, you will miss a lot of cricket as you can can't help but be mesermised by the view, made possible as there no towering grandstands* at Newlands.
*Disappointingly, there is new office block that now obscures some of the pristine view from our embankment (below), from the light-tower to the scoreboard.
There's never a guarantee that we will play at Newlands, though we have played test cricket in Cape Town on every Australian Cricket Tour to South Africa since 2002 so trust we will again in 2026.
And that will be amazing!
The 'World's Most Beautiful City' is arguably Cape Town, though beauty is subjective. Capetonians are however not too far wrong. Their city is stunning.
You can't help but admire the style of Long Street, the breath-taking views of and from Table Mountain, hiking trails up, across, and down the mountain, Kirstenbosch National Bontanical Garden, the history of Robben Island, and distant Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.
All are incredible ways to invest a day that can be best ended at the beautiful Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Much time on every Australian Cricket Tour to South Africa is spent in the nightlife, foods, and Stellenbosch wines on the Waterfront, if not at the very cool Camps Bay!
The ‘Mother City’ cannot be missed.
Newlands Cricket Ground too is idyllic for five glorious days of cricket. In 2026 we will be lounging (below) in the cool African Spring.
The Australian Cricket Tour To Sri Lanka 2022 saw two test played at Galle Cricket Ground. Like then, we'd happily spend 17 nights in Cape Town. We won't cover it all, as our 31 years touring experience will tell us, but we'll give it crack!
Having toured Cape Town since 1997, we know many arrive and dart off on their own schedules.
Because many like to do their own things, we won't include day trips. It is impossible to include something that everyone wants to do, or perhaps they've done before.
This 'freedom' is why many people tour with us; you are not expected to walk about following a flag, or doing anything we simply 'suggest'.
If the game ends early however, we will go to a winery (above) for what is always a smashing day out, to marry with great events in the premier 'nocturnal' destination of South Africa. You have to get here first mind you!
Our hotel in 2014 and 2018 were opposite Cape Town Railway Station (below), which offered convenient travel Newlands Cricket Ground on Metrorail, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, using the MyCiti Bus 'tram'.
At we write (Nov 2023), we'll have 8 nights in each city, but will depend on the schedule. As you must make your own way to Cape Town, your tour includes 2 nights before the test.
With 5 days 'holiday' after test match in Port Elizabeth in 2018, many drove the famous Garden Route to Cape Town playing golf, via Cape Agulhas (Below) the southern-most point in Africa, arriving 2 days before the Test. Some even arrived the night before the test, once again confirming this is your tour (though your two nights before the test are still included and paid for!)
When we last played in many stayed in Cape Town for 3 days to cover even more signature Western Cape attractions before heading to Johannesburg for the 4th Test.
We are often disappointed when the game ends in 3-days, but Cape Town is one city where you hope for an early finish. With so much to do, spending 5 days at the cricket may be deemed a waste of 'some' time, but you're never too disappointed going to Newlands.
Admittedly, many often miss at least one day's play, if not just a session, to not miss what really should be seen!