I have travelled this world, been to so many beautiful places- even some places where I was convinced I wanted to move to, until I arrived to Cape Town. It is beyond any place I have ever been. My “Mal d’Africa” is officially in full force. Wow, Cape Town South Africa, you do not disappoint♥
So, what can you do in Cape Town?
I honestly don’t even know where to start on this post! I loved Cape Town so much that everything is all scrambled in my mind. Every thing I did, I saw or I ate, left me speechless! Cape Town honestly has EVERYTHING. They have it all- the mountains, the beach, the wharf, the wineries, the safaris and so much more. It is incredible to me that I haven’t been there before now, I would have moved here years ago!!! Which by the way- I HAVE DECIIIDED- this is where I am taking Val on her 30th Bday!!
Keep going down to explore what to do in this amazing town♥
I know it sounds like you have to stay in the “City Center” and a lot of people like to do so, but I would HIGHLY recommend staying in or around the V&A Waterfront (Victoria & Alfred) or the Breakwater area (which is around it). That is where everything is! Downtown is also really cool and there is a street called Long Street where all the bars and restaurants are- it looks a lot like Bourbon St. in New Orleans. Things there kind of die down at around 7pm and honestly isn’t the safest of places so for that, the Waterfront is the way to go! And trust me, once you see it you’re going to want to sit and relax with a nice drink to take in all the beauty.
It is honestly amazing- full of tourists and locals alike, full of restaurants and things to do and it is all surrounded by this big mall (Victoria Wharf) with the most incredible views. The cool thing too is that all day and night, different African tribes will sing and dance and all kinds of different artists will display their talents around. It’s so full of life over there and you see the gorgeous Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the water everywhere you turn. There are even little stands if you want to rent a boat/yacht, go on a safari, go on a helicopter tour- just everything. Anything and everything you could want, is right in the V&A Waterfront. You thought Newport or Laguna Beach was nice? Take a look for yourself 🙂
- From the waterfront, you can go anywhere! I would recommend hiring a private car, (very affordable especially if you’re in a group) wake up early and head over to Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope and the Penguin Colony. This is the most beautiful scenic drive; it has actually won best scenic drive for the last 7 years on travel magazines!! It is just full of gorgeous mountains, homes and the most crystalized beaches in the world. Absolutely breathtaking. Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope is first- it is a national park and you head up first to Cape Point. This has the most incredible view of the city and the mountains, it is full of baboons that steal your food hahaha and you can hike all the way up to this old lighthouse. It is seriously breathtaking. The great thing too is that this is all open for all the animals to live freely as well. Animals everywhere! After Cape Point, you go down to Cape of Good Hope which is pretty much the tip of Africa- how crazy is that?! The TIP of freaking Africa- across the world!!!
- Nowww comes the most amazing part of this town- for meeeee at least haha- the PENGUIN COLONY!!! Can you imagine?! Living on a beach full of penguins?! omg that is my dream haha those cute little guys. I could totally wake up, go to the little “Cafe Penguino” and have some coffee with my favorite little tuxedo friends.. omg I just can’t, I am in penguin love overload haha- can you tell??
- Next thing on the list of things to doooo is: Table Mountain! This is absolutely amazing- this huge mountain that the whole city is pretty much built around. This huge rock formation that you can either hike up to (2hrs up and down) or you can take a cable car to!! You will probably poop your pants if you’re afraid of heights but it is sooo worth it!! Check out my Instagram Story on Table Mountain to see the amazing video of my cable car on its way up- insane! Buy your ticket online as the lines are suuuper long- and here too, you want to get there early because the line to get the next cable car down is about 3hrs!! Nooo way Joseee!! Check out this beauty.
- Okkkk moving on… to the coooolest part of Cape Town.. THE SAFARI ♥
There are a ton of Safaris and places to go for them like “Kruger” which I hope to do in October, but for now, Aquila Game Reserve was good enough for me considering the time we had here!! I loved every single second of it. We went with a tour from TripAdvisor- Aquila or you can book directly on the Aquila Game Reserve site. The TripAdvisor site though has to and from transportation so I recommend that tour a bit more. Once we got there, we were greeted with champagne.. champagne toast before a safari?? Count me in!!! After the champagne, we went over to where the pool area was (btw Aquila is a hotel and spa too so you can stay there for a few days since it is about 2 hours away from Cape Town) for us to enjoy a traditional South African buffet before heading out. Seriously, one of the best buffets I have ever had. With all traditional dishes, fish and meats, it was honestly superb.
We finished our amazing food so it was time to go on Safariiii- ohhh I was so excited. We got to see all the animals, up close too and it was such an experience. All the animals were so curious about us and our van that they kept coming over to see what we were all about. The only time I got scared was when one of the big ass elephants started flapping their ears and when a rhino started huffing and puffing for us to leave. I don’t know who was scarier haha a freaking Rhino or a big ass Elephant. Thankfully we got out of there scotch free and on to our next champagne stop! Hahaha seriously, my kind of Safari man!!!
- Now Ladies and Gentleman we have… The Wine lands!!
I have been to France, Italy, Napa, Valle de Guadalupe and many more wineries/wine lands in my day but nothing and no one comes close to the beauty and the wines that South Africa has to offer. I am blown away. We went on a tour to see and taste wines from Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Groot. We got to explore 3 different wineries (Fairview Wine Estate, Remhoogte Wine Estate & Le Pommier) in these areas as well as a lot of sightseeing in these picturesque towns. These places were the cutest places I have honestly ever been too. They were all Dutch style, white with dark green shutters and absolutely gorgeous. Also, if you don’t get the chance to go on Safari while here in Cape Town- don’t worry!! Remhoogte has animals at the winery 🙂 I’m telling you- Cape Town has it all!!
My all time favorite winery though?? GROOT COSTANTIA– I had to put this in caps because if you ever get the chance to go to South Africa, this is the winery to go to immediately. Groot has been open since 1685 which makes it the oldest winery in South Africa and seriously the best. In my next post, you will read all about the food in Cape Town, including the amazing restaurant at Groot! In the meantime though, enjoy this beautiful scenery- photos really don’t compare, but hey! it’s better than nothing 🙂
Now to recap on things to do in Cape Town:
- Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point (Cape Point, hike up to the lighthouse and beware of the baboons haha).
- Boulders Penguin Colony
- Clifton Beach and/or Camps Bay for a nice beach day
- Table Mountain; either take cable car up and down or hike!
- Explore the Winelands; I would recommend Groot, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Boschendal for a nice picnic.
- Safari (where ever it is that you can make it to)
- V&A Waterfront for all dining, drinks and shopping
- Cage Shark Diving & Zip Lining and so much more….
THANK YOU SOUTH AFRICAN DAYS FOR THE BEST VACATION OF MY LIFE♥
Coming up is Cape Town Eats; and click below to read any posts you may have missed!