Cape Town / South Africa

Here is MY list that you should not miss when you arrive in Cape Town;

Day Activities;

1- Visit Table Mountain for the spectacular views of Cape Town.

2- Relax and enjoy the beach in Camps Bay. Visit also Clifton Beach.

3- Visit Penguins @ Boulders beach and swim with them at the beach just ahead of Boulders.

4- Cape of Good Hope. 

5- Visit Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Famous with its vineyards. 

6- Breakfast in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a good idea to start the day. Lovely place.

7- Bloubergstrand Beach. Enjoy the beach and spectacular views of Table Mountain. 

8- V&A Waterfront is ideal for shopping and resturants.

9- Visit Hout Bay. This is one of the most beautiful harbour cities in the world. Houtbay has several great restaurants (especially for seafood).

10- Try Great White Shark Diving.

11- Sundowners go to the “Bungalow” in Clifton. Old name is La Med. The venue offers the most stunning panoramic sea and mountain views with amazing sunsets.

12- If not closed, ride on the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive. It is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

13- Taste Amarula.

14- If it is the season, don’t miss whale watching.

Night Activities;

1- Visit Mama Africa for amazing african music at night. 

2- Long street is the place where you can hang out at night.

Additional Activities;

1- Bungee from Bloukrans Bridge. 216 meter height. 556 km (7 hours driving) from Cape Town.

2- Visit Cape Agulhas. Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point in the continent of Africa. 222 km (3 hours driving) from Cape Town.

3- Garden Route. The Garden Route is one of the most scenic coastal areas of South Africa.


A view of Camps Bay
A view of Camps Bay

Best time to visit Cape Town is in December and January. You will probably tell that South Africa has a very high rate of crime. I lived there for 1 year. Totally exaggerated. I had no issue. It depends on where you are hanging out. Cape Town is relatively safe to the other cities in South Africa. Don’t be scared and get ready to plan your trip.



Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope

Most of the people think that Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa. Also they know this place as the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Actually not. Too commercial place but it should be visited. You may have your dinner at the Cape of Good Hope restaurant as it has a stunning view. By the way, the southernmost point of Africa is Cape Agulhas, about 222 kilometres to the east-southeast. Unlike its better-known relative, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Agulhas is relatively unspectacular.



On our way to Cape of Good Hope
On our way to Cape of Good Hope


If you are lucky, these lovely baboons appear on the way to Cape of Good Hope. Spare extra hours for these guys, as they lie down to do cleaning and block whole road. You will have amazing moments with them and and chance to take a selfie. Don’t forget that they are expert at stealing the food. Pay attention for your doors :)

 


Camps Bay
Camps Bay

If you have plans for swimming in Cape Town, keep in mind that Cape Town is not an ideal place to swim. Yes there are spectacular beaches but South Africa’s coastline carries the risk of shark attack. Also water temperatures range between 10 °C on the Atlantic Seaboard, to 22 °C in False Bay which means it is COLD. But don’t miss beach activities. Lie down and enjoy. More popular beaches are Clifton, Camps Bay, Sunset Beach, Three Anchor Bay, Fish Hoek, Long Beach and Hout Bay. 



Boulders Beach in Simon\'s Town
Boulders Beach in Simon's Town

Foxy Beach in Simon\'s Town
Foxy Beach in Simon's Town

There is no other place like Cape Town in the world that you can be so close to these lovely penguins. There are two places that you can see them. Boulders beach is located in Simonstown and 40 minutes drive from the V&A waterfront on the way to Cape of Good Hope. This is the place where they are gathered. In here, you can not be so close as fences are surrounding them. Limited issues. Penguins are best viewed from Foxy Beach. Visit and shoot amazing photos. Be careful penguins may bite and peck if they become irritated or frightened



View from Table Mountaion
View from Table Mountaion

Whenever you find sunny weather, go up for Table Mountain. Cloudy, windy or rainy days may postpone your visit to Table Mountain. This may occur frequently.

Rental car is essential in Cape Town as public transportation is not developed. You need to drive on left.

 


Bloukrans Bridge (216m)
Bloukrans Bridge (216m)

Here comes Bloukrans Bridge. World’s highest commercial bridge bungy at 216 metres above the Bloukrans River. Below photos are the proof of my jump. Kind of a suicide attempt. This place is 555 km away from Cape Town. Requires 5-6 hours driving. This should be in your bucket list if are crazy like me. More details @ www.faceadrenalin.com

 

My recommendation is to put this jumping activity in Garden Route plan. One of the world’s most remarkable coastal drives. You will enjoy a lot.


Jumping from Bloukrans Bridge (216m)
Jumping from Bloukrans Bridge (216m)


The Bungalow Restaurant
The Bungalow Restaurant

Sundowners go to “The Bungalow” restaurant in Clifton. Old name is La Med. The venue offers the most stunning panoramic sea and mountain views with amazing sunsets.


Camps Bay
Camps Bay

Camps Bay is an ideal location to arrange your hotel. Either you can spend your time in the main beach or you may move to other lovely beaches around. Hotel prices are higher comparing to other parts of Cape Town. There are also villa rooms that are rented. Most of them are facing to the ocean. Reasonable prices. 



If the rode is not closed, ride on the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive. It is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Time to time there might be road maintenances and might be closed.


Cape Agulhas
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas is the most southern tip of Africa. It is located in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It is not known as Cape of Good Hope. The official dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.