Updated: Aug 19, 2019
Commonly mistaken for South Africa's capital city, Cape Town is a soft version of Africa and a nice place to start if it is your first time travelling the continent.
Rich in history, food, wine people and scenery, it is the idea landing point for a few days or a long weekend.
Certainly the most touristic area in South Africa, you wont have any problem finding your way around. If you have any uncertainties, I always recommend booking a ticket on the Citysightseeing bus (hop on hop off). It has several lines covering pretty much everything you may want to do in CPT. From the Cape Pinguins to the vineyards through the city centre.
Exclusively inhabited by the Koïkoï or Koïsan people, Dutch sailors started settling in this beautiful region as earl as the 16th century. Thus, the city streets are rich with old buildings and beautiful parks.
Of course, the city's highlight is the dramatic Table Mountain overlooking it. But several other places may catch on your interest:
BoKaap: Malay district, famous for its colorful houses and amazing malay curry.
Company Gardens: created in 1650 by the first settlers, this beautiful piece of land is the green heart of Cape Town. Do not miss the quircky squirrels.
V&A Waterfront: Stroll down the arbor and check out the craftshops. This renewed area is great to enjoy the ocean.
Khayelitsha: second biggest township in South Africa, this 3 mio inhabitants district of cape town is bursting with life. I will dedicate a post to tourism in townships. For now, here a link to a friend of ours giving bike tours.
Some more infos on the main attractions here below.
The must-see of your trip. Home to the legendary dassy, and many other andemic flora and fauna, the mountain is accessible either by foot or by cable car.
- Cableway: Book ahead! The line is absolutely ridiculous. Also, even with a ticket, you will still have to queue long enough to enter the cablecar.
You can pre-book here.
- On Foot: Leave early! This hike ain't for beginners. Good shoes and enthusiasm are mandatory here. Plus, you wont find any shops on your way to the top, so do not forget to bring enough water for each person.
Did you know Mr Mandela spent two decades of his life emprisonned on Robben Island. If you havent watched the movie Invictus, now is the time to ;)
This breath-taking peninsula is rich in stops. You will find the biggest highlight here below. Also, I attach you a ready road trip itinerary on google maps below.
Simon's Town and the famous "Just Nuisance" statue
Boulder's beach and the cape pinguins
Hout Bay: sail with the Drumbeat charters to go visit the seals on their island
Cape Point, the most South-western point of the continent (beware of the baboons, no food in sight!)
The best way to do this tour is by car. Rent one from the airport or a car rental in the city centre.
A lazy alternative is to book a day trip with CitySightseeing, which brings you directly to the main attractions.
I will not take long on this point. Take a driver-guide. Do not drive. Just book a daily tour and let yourself guided. All wine estates are gorgeous, wine quantities are more than generous and landscapes are everywhere breath-taking.
Our tip, book your day tour with our dear friend Aidan (here his website, say you've been sent by me), who already organised several outings for us. Son of grape farmers, former student at the Stellenbosch University and experiences south african guide. He will tell you everything about the area, it's history and where to find the best lunch spots ;)