Now that there is talk of safe international travel in the near (?) future, I wanted to start back with travel guides! Lemme tell ya I have MISSED traveling.
Cape Town is by far one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. If you love the beach and being adventurous, this should definitely be added to your list!
Cape Town has an array of fun activities to do – from going on a safari, to a day of wine tasting, to cage diving with sharks, to relaxing on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world; there is something for everyone.
A few tips for Cape Town before we get started: beware of pickpockets (as with many major cities when traveling abroad), I always carry a crossbody bag that fully zips across the top, wearing it where I can see it (usually on the front of my hip), and I never set my belongings down when out in public. Another thing to note – taxicabs are known for “making up their own price” – especially when they can tell you are from out of town. When calling a taxi, let them know where you are going and ask about price before you take off, otherwise you may pay whatever arbitrary amount is decided upon your arrival.
As we all know, I’m a sucker for a sightseeing tour bus. I would try to sound cool and say I don’t take them, but I’m not here to lie to you. Honestly I think they’re the easiest way to get to all the well-known spots when you are in a completely new city and are trying to make the best use of your time. These tours can also save you a good deal of money depending on what you want to do in the city. Just make sure you do plenty of research on the terms of the tour and speak to someone who works there so you understand exactly what you are and are not signing up/paying for. For us, it made sense to get a multiple day pass with specialty add-ons (these include things like cage diving with sharks, a helicopter tour of the city, etc.).
Here are my favorite activities from the trip:
1. Boulders Beach (Penguin Beach)
Boulders Beach is gorgeous and seeing little penguins running around everywhere is something dreams are made of.
2. Table Mountain
I’ll keep it real and admit that we took the aerial cableway up the mountain instead of hiking (love that for us). If you only have time to do 2 or 3 things in Cape Town, going to the top of Table Mountain should be one of those things. The view from the top is AMAZING and nothing like I’ve ever seen before.
3. Clifton beaches
4. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
The tree canopy walkway is a must if you visit the botanical garden.
5. Winery Hopping
In addition to a city tour pass, we also bought a winery tour pass (ummm, duh), which included a full day of winery hopping to some of the most beautiful wineries I’ve ever been to.
6. Champagne Sunset Cruise
Honestly, do I need to say more??
7. Helicopter Ride
Seeing Cape Town from the sky is an amazing experience.
8. V & A Waterfront
We spent a lot of time in this area because of all the shopping and restaurants here! There are a lot of artisan shops all over that we got lost in for hours.
We were in Cape Town for about 5 days and there were still things that we wanted to do that we didn’t have time for. The time of year you go dictates what activities are available as well. I wanted to go cage diving to see some sharks (where better to do this!?) but unfortunately when we went it wasn’t the best season for it. I hope this travel guide helps!