When I think of Cape Town, the colors turquoise, white-yellow and lush green come to mind. Turquoise for the beautiful Atlantic sea that surrounds the whole Cape Peninsula, white-yellow like the beaches that border the sea and the beautiful colonial buildings that line the old town, and green like the fascinating nature around the city and the towering Table Mountain.
Cape Town has so much to offer all year round and a visit to South Africa without seeing Cape Town is unimaginable. But, where should I begin, especially if you only have a few days? Surely you can spend your whole life here and do the same wonderful things again and again, and that is precisely why so many do so and emigrate.
But we understand, you probably only have a few days, as we do, so we want to use the blog here and present our highlights to you. This time, however, we won't tell you about our 5 top highlights, but will divide the Cape Town visit into areas: The city itself, around the city and day trips in the area.
Cape Town - The City
The first thing I remember is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The harbor area is filled with maritime flair, entertainment and good gastronomy. The harbor area is the most popular leisure area when it comes to shopping, entertainment and dining. There is something to see everywhere, among other things musicians play typical African songs and dances. The former vegetable garden is also an oasis of peace in the middle of Cape Town. Especially on a hot summer day, the stay in this park is a delight. There are also several museums here, and a visit to the Slave Lodge is recommended.
The Green Market Square is something like the market place of Cape Town. The buildings of the Hotel Inn on the Square, Protea Assurance Building and Market House 3 are excellent examples of Art Deco architecture.
If you like to take a nice walk at the Waterfront, you can walk from the Waterfront via Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay (approx. 2h). This is especially amazing in the evening at sunset. Along the promenade you can relax on benches and watch the hustle and bustle on the promenade Our tip: During a sightseeing tour with the Hop on Hop off bus almost all sights can be reached comfortably.
Just around the corner - take a bus or Uber
When you think of Cape Town, then you most likely immediately think of this unique mountain in the background. The Table Mountain rises almost vertically 1.000 m above Cape Town. From the top you have fantastic views of Table Bay with Robben Island, the Waterfront, the seaside districts like Sea Point, Green Point and of course Camps Bay. Furthermore, you have a view to the top of the neighboring Lion's Head, on which there are always visitors. There are numerous hiking trails on the Table Mountain Plateau. A full day trip up here with hiking, sightseeing and resting is possible without any problems. Watch out for the weather when planning your visit as too much wind and crap and they close the cable car. You can also walk up the mountain (2h). During the high season there are always long queues when you buy a cable car ticket. Advance purchase via internet is recommended.
This island will be forever associated with the name Nelson Mandela. From the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Waterfront the excursion boats to Robben Island start. The crossing to the island alone is worthwhile (a little more than 1h), as you have a fantastic view of Cape Town with Table Mountain in the background. During the tour across the island you will learn a lot about the history of a former prisoner of the prison who is doing the tour. Tickets can only be purchased at the Nelson Mandela Gateway or in advance via internet.
This is a rather chic district and is famous for its beautiful beach, the palm-lined Beach Road and the many cafés, bars and restaurants. You can wait for the sunset with a cocktail in your hand in one of the numerous bars.
Also perfect for sunset are the other two local mountains of Cape Town: Signal Hill and Lions Head. The former is accessible by car. The view of the sea, Table Bay & Robben Island is beautiful. In the late afternoon hundreds of people gather here to watch the sunset. Lions Head can be climbed (1h) but is also rewarded with a great view of Camps Bay, the Waterfront and Table Mountain.
Worth a day trip - rent a car
A trip along the Cape Peninsula to the most southwestern point of Africa is an unforgettable experience. The tour is part of every Cape Town visit. The first stop of the day trip is Muizenberg. Beautiful, colourful little houses on a beautiful long sandy beach and much warmer sea water than on the Atlantic side. It is worth putting your feet in or having a bath!
The next stop can be the absolute highlight of the whole Cape Town visit: the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. There you can walk down to the beach and swim with the penguins - if you are not afraid of the smell!
The further south you go, the more idyllic and natural the landscape becomes until you reach the Cape of Good Hope National Park (opening hours: 6am - 6pm during the summer season, otherwise 7am - 5pm). The highlight is of course the walk to the wind-blown Cape, about 100 m above sea level. South of this point only the sea and Antarctica extend. The Cape Point with the famous name sign is another popular visitor's market in the reserve. On the way back to Cape Town, however, the next highlight awaits you: one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, the famous Chapmans Peak Drive. Winding along the slope of Chapman Peak, this road winds in dozens of curves above Hout Bay. From several stops there are fantastic views and with a little luck you can see dolphins or even whales. This drive rounds off the
South Africa is famous for its wines. Around Cape Town there are several wine regions with a variety of wine farms. The most famous wine villages are the regions around Stellenbosch / Franschhoek (the Winelands) and Constantia at the foot of Table Mountain.
Many of the wineries are situated in beautiful scenic surroundings. If the buildings are then still built in Cape Dutch style, the impression is unforgettable. In addition to the obligatory wine tasting, many wineries have specialized in wine tasting. These can be special meals, local activities, overnight stays at the winery or other events. The wine regions in Cape Town can be visited as part of the Hop on Hop off city tour. For a tour to the Winelands, which are 50 km away, you should plan a day.
Shark Cage Diving
And last but not least, one of our absolute highlights: Shark Cage Diving. Somehow the Great White Sharks belong to a visit to Cape Town! In Gansbaai, only two hours by car from Cape Town, you have the unique opportunity to get very close to the King of the Seas on the "Great White Shark Cage Diving Tour". But don't worry, in the massive shark diving cages you are absolutely safe.
Once you arrive in the small coastal town, you will be rewarded with a delicious breakfast. But don't fill your stomach too much, because depending on wind and weather the trip can be a bit rough - own experience! We hope that with all these different activities there might even be something for you! A maybe you even want to follow our steps? Chris and Laura