Discover Cape Town
Cape Town is seen as one of the main cities that attract tourists to South Africa. With so much to offer and so much to do you really can have a fantastic trip there. I visited in Cape Town back in April and here are some of my favourite experiences.
We booked a villa to stay in rather than a Hotel. There were 7 of us so this seemed like the best option and made it a lot cheaper than booking separate hotel rooms. Definitely something worth considering if you travelling in a larger group. It meant we could cook meals and bbq for ourselves, and we had a private pool.
We were staying about 5 minutes away from the V&A Waterfront. A vibrant marina with restaurants and shops. It was such a lovely place to spend time, to just sit and have a drink and watch the boats coming in, or for an evening meal. There are some really interesting restaurants serving every type of food, but obviously being next to the sea they have some fantastic seafood. My favourite meal of the whole trip was at the Harbour House, situated right on the waterfront. The seafood there is just amazing. Order the rock lobster, a cape town speciality if it’s on the menu, I loved it. It can get really busy though, so it’s best to try and get reservations in advance if you want to eat there.
From the waterfront, you can also book boats trips around the harbour, which offers some amazing views of Cape Town. Also from here, you can book the boats over to Robben Island the former Prison. The Ferries to the Island depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront several times a day and normally include a tour of the island when you arrive.
One of the must do things thing when visiting Cape Town is to take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. This can get really busy during peak season. If you are driving up to the entrance of the cable car it can be quite difficult to park, but there will be people directing you to the empty spaces, so keep a look out for them. You can pre book tickets online for the cable car, which if you are visiting in the busy season might be a good idea, other wise you need to queue for the tickets then queue for the cable car. It wasn’t too busy the day we visited and probably took about half an hour to actually get through the queue and to the top. Once you are at the top, there is a small cafe up there. You can have food or drink. Other than that, there are different walks you can take depending on how long you want to stay up there. Or just enjoy the views, which really are amazing until you are ready to take the cable car back down the mountain.
If you are staying in Cape Town, then you will also have access to places slightly further a field. If you love wine then you can take a trip to Stellenbosch. We went and stayed for a couple of night at Speir, a vineyard set in acres of land, with a hotel and several restaurants. It was really nice to get out of the city and into the country side for a few days and it was about an hour away from Cape Town, so really easy to get back to the city again.
If you want to spend the day out then consider going to Boulder Beach, you can drive there and back in a day or book a trip there. This is where you can go and the penguins that live on the beach. We had such a brilliant day, and you can spend as much time as you want just watching the penguins and if the weather is ok you can even take a dip in the sea if it’s not too cold.
One trip I would definitely recommend if you have the time is a Safari. There are quite a few different ones around 2 and a half hours from Cape Town. You can book in and drive yourself or book trips where a driver will take you there and back. We went to Inverdoorn Game Reserve. We arrived and went out on Safari for around 3 hours which was brilliant, then went back to the restaurant for lunch and then we were able to sit around the pool and enjoy the weather before returning back to Cape Town in the evening. You can stay over night at the Reserve as they have a hotel there. This gives you a chance to see more animals as you can go out on an early morning Safari or an evening trip. Read more about Safaring on a cruise here.
We spent 10 days in Cape Town and the surrounding area and we honestly had the most amazing time. It’s such a vibrant city with so much to do. There are still so many more things I wanted to do but we simply just ran out of time. But that just means that we will have to go back, and I can’t wait!
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Have you visited Cape Town? What are your favourite things to do? Let me know in the comments below.