Cape Town is one amazing city. It sits on a peninsular under the shadows of Table Mountain. There are so many things to see and do in this city that this pocket guide to Cape Town barely scratches the surface. South Africa always provides incredible value for money and it needs to because you will be busy exploring from the moment you arrive.
1. Marvel At The Beauty Of Table Mountain
Table Mountain is the symbol of Cape Town a massive plateau overlooking the city below. It is best to take the cable car up and then go ahead and enjoy a sunset cocktail at the mountain top bar.
2. Hike Up Lions Head
If you are looking for an active option then you should think about a hike up Lion’s Head, Table Mountain’s little sister. This 45 minute hike is really popular with locals and it’s a healthy way to start your trip in Cape Town
3. Catch Some Sun Whilst In Llandudno.
You should think about spending the afternoon in Llandudno, a gorgeous beach town with beautiful people and great waves. But, keep your eyes peeled because the waters are known to be sharky.
4. Take To The Sea And Go Cage Diving.
Sharks have a bad reputation but now is your chance to dispel the myths and learn about Great Whites first-hand by hopping in the water with them. Dives take place three hours from Capetown in a place called Shark Alley which has the highest concentration of great white sharks in the world.
5. Go Wine Tasting
Capetown’s Mediterranean climate makes it perfect for cultivating wine, especially South Africa’s own Pinotage grape. Many wineries have been around for centuries and most offer tastings paired with incredible food.
6. Chapman’s Peak Road
Take the long way back to Cape Town with a drive down the scenic Chapman’s Peak Road. Home to some of the most gorgeous coastline in South Africa. For extra fun and style points rent a ride and do it in a motorcycle side car.
7. The Old Biscuit Mill
Grab lunch at the old biscuit mill, a renovated space where artisan food stalls serve top quality cuisine. There is also a good selection of artwork to admire. Most definitely one of the trendiest places to hang out whilst in town.
8. Catch The Fantastic Nightlife
When night falls it’s time to grab a drink in the downtown area. Now most of the bars are located on Long Street but a less touristy option is just two streets over on Bree Street. Alcohol is generally cheap in South Africa so you can enjoy a night on the town for quite a small amount compared to some European cities.
9. Party Like The Locals At Mzoli’s Place
Downtown Cape Town’s nice but to experience more of the city head to Mzoli’s Place in the township of Guguletu and enjoy Sunday Braai, it’s basically a backyard barbecue crossed with a street party and trust us if there’s one experience you must have it’s a Sunday braai at Mzoli’s Place
10. Step Back In History At Robben Island
For a more sobering experience pay a visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned from 1964 to 1990. It’s a good place to learn about the history of apartheid and South Africa’s continuing struggle for racial and social justice.
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