Cape Town TOP 10.
Cape Town. South Africa. Place where part of my heart will always belong to.
Cliche? Maybe. A lot of people if asked about their favorite place on Earth might say the same. Reasons will be different for each asked person. And it’s all right. Perhaps you are here because you are looking for that place to fall in love with? Let me tell you this, you are in the right spot.
No matter if you arrived here by accident, or purposefully -> I will do my best to showcase you 10 reasons, and things to see and do to make you confident, that visiting Cape Town in South Africa – is the excellent choice and move to make.
I think if that would be my first time in Cape Town, I’d start with climbing Lion’s Head. The views are absolutely stunning, and you get to see the City, Waterfront and Table Mountains all during your hike. In my opinion though the hike / climb isn’t as easy, as there are some moments you need to use the ladder or chains to help yourself climb higher. I realize it is a popular spot especially to see sunrise and sunset, but please be careful, if you don’t know the way, don’t climb when it’s dark! It’s so easy to find a tour guide that will help you and show you the way. So please use it and don’t risk your safety and life too!
Similarly to my Lion’s Head tips – if you would choose hike over cable cars – please hike with somebody experience who knows the route and best path! Plus don’t forget to pack all the essentials like water and good hiking shoes 🙂
I have mentioned cable cars. That would be the best and easiest way to get to the top of the Table Mountains. Prices differ during the day (before 1pm they are more expensive, and then after 1 pm they are cheaper). Return trip costs £19 (morning) or £15 (afternoon). Trip takes roughly 5 minutes.
Make sure to also read this official guide to the mountains – you can access it HERE.
Boulders Beach is located 1 hour car drive south from Cape Town. The drive is worth it though! We hired a driver for 3 hours, so he waited for us at the car parking, otherwise you would have to use public transport (aka train in this case), and we just didn’t feel safe to do it on our own. You might! But always be sensible and do your own research how safe is the part of the town or country that you are going into. I always do it, perhaps it’s one of my cabin crew traits for whenever I am travelling alone. Long intro! Onto Boulders Beach now.
As you can see it is Beach where penguins roam and swim freely. To see them up close you need to purchase the ticket (£7.50 for adults and £3.80 for children – those are prices for tourists, not locals). Anyway, I have heard that back in the days you were allowed to swim with penguins and just walk among them. That recently changed, and local authorities created wooden bridge and sort of viewing point, that you can’t go beyond from.
We went into town without a clear goal what to see, we decided to just enjoy the walk around beautiful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap. There is a lot to see there, plus if you are hungry there are many places to choose from to eat (both in or takeaway). To learn more about Bo-Kaap I recommend to visit its Museum first, as those colourful houses back in the past belonged to slaves. So it’s not all ‘rainbow-y’!
Click HERE to read more about guide around Bo-Kaap.
Camps Bay is the region (suburb) of the Cape Town. As the name suggest, it is a Bay, with beautiful beach and view of the Lion’s Head and Table Mountains. It’s absolutely stunning during sunrise and sunset. We drove there for sunset and dinner, and it was so worth it! There are couple of restaurants and places where you can eat and/or drink.
Choose clear day and you will be well rewarded with view of Table Mountains! Unfortunately we didn’t pick the best one, as all of the mountains were totally hidden from us beside the big cloud or fog. Nevertheless, seeing sunset on that stunning beach and admiring its beauty was more than enough. Day was relatively warm, but it was very windy, therefore it comes as no surprise there was a great deal of surfers who used the weather well.
I will set this thing straight – I haven’t done it (yet), but so many of my friends did it when in Cape Town, and they praise it so much, saying it was the best experience of their life. So I thought, why not include it here on the list? Maybe you are one of those adventurous people who would be into it? Can’t know it!
This (one might say dangerous) activity is very popular in Cape Town. There are multiple tour operators that can organise such an experience for you (Click HERE for the list of them).
If you are skeptic like me, don’t be too scared, as this diving happens in a cage mounted to the boat, so you are safe during all times, sharks can’t breach it.
Kayaking with dolphins
Similar to the previous point, I haven’t experienced it first hand (mostly because of lack of time, our layovers are incredibly short). It’s on my list whenever we renew flying back to Cape Town, because this experience sounds just wonderful, and tell me, who doesn’t like dolphins?! They are like water puppies almost 😀
No, but seriously. What is there not to like? Kayaking with beautiful views of Cape Town, PLUS doing it in the company of those beautiful creations? Sign me in! If you don’t feel YET convinced, read first hand story about this experience and see pictures HERE
Visit local vineyard
I am not going to tell you which one is the best, as I have seen and experienced just one. There are plenty of vineyards to choose from. My choice was Constantia Glen Winery. Place is absolutely ravishing, view of mountains and wine estate are so serene, you just want to take a blanket and have picnic with a glass of wine. We opted out for wine tasting, which was the best choice! To be honest I don’t remember exactly how many glasses of wines they presented to us (maybe 5 or 6 – of course not full, just to taste). I have good excuse though, as we went there straight after the 12 hours flight from London 😀
I would say the place is very glamorous, perfect for taking your date as well! And since stepping into the property you know you are in good hands, as you are being assigned ‘a guide’ a person who explains you the origins of each wine. Very valuable and interesting lesson for me and my group!
Cape of Good Hope
It takes around 1h 20min – 1h 30min to get here from Cape Town. Again similarly like to Boulders Beach experience, we hired a driver, who was amazing. He took us through more scenic route there. And waited for us. That is what I would recommend you to do as well. It is so much safer and reliable to go with tour operator/guide rather than alone. I am not sure if you can actually get there with public transport, probably you can but not so often. Prepare yourself, as it is very windy at that most South – Western Point of Africa!!!
Thank you so much for spending your time reading this post! I hope it somehow was helpful for you, and that now, planning your trip to South Africa (and Cape Town especially) will be much easier. I am looking forward to be able to go to Cape Town soon as this is all over, to get some sunshine and maybe climb Table Mountains for the sunrise on sunset..that would be my dream!
Which of those Top 10 things would be the first you’d decide to see or do when travelling there?
Until next time!