10 GREAT THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN, SA
In this post I wanted to give you some tips of interesting things to do when visiting Cape Town, South Africa. I just spent 2 months out there and had lots of time to explore this beautiful city and its surroundings.
1. VIEW FROM THE TABLE MOUNTAIN
Lots of people hike up the Table mountain which takes an average person 1.5 -2 hours. Except if you you get lost, then it might take you much longer hehe. I heard quite often that people don't find the right path to hike up, so I would suggest to go with someone who knows the ways up. If you don't feel like hiking up (like me..) then you can take the cable car with 360 degrees views which is actually pretty cool and the views on the way up are breathtaking.
"The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour."(Wikipedia)
Clifton 2nd beach was one of my favourite beaches to go to. There are actually 4 Clifton beaches, Clifton 1 for example allows dogs, which can be great fun if you are a dog lover like me. Keep in mind that you have to climb lots of stairs to access the beaches. The 4 beaches are connected so you can walk up and down from 1-4 and find your best spot at one of them.
CLIFTON 2ND BEACH
This tiny beach is my favourite, its super secluded and away from everyone. Doesn't get crowded and you get the most epic view. What else do you want? Oh wait, warmer water would help ;)..
2. Chapmans peak drive
The toll road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Noordhoek and Hout Bay and with every turn around the cliff’s edge comes another picture-perfect moment. There is a toll fee to pay in order to cross Chappies. These fees are used to maintain the road and prevent rock falls
3. KLOOF STREET HOUSE
Once I had arrived in Cape Town and met some people, a lot were recommending that I should go to Kloof Street House. So on one evening I had booked dinner with my friend. I really liked their interior design, with its chandeliers, lots of candle holders everywhere and mirrors etc. The food and drinks were very delicious and Its a lovely restaurant with a great vibe. Definitely book a table at Kloof street house for a dinner or lunch in their pretty garden.
A bit about it: "Beneath the pressed ceilings of this twentieth century Victorian house is a reservoir of design passion. From beautiful chandeliers to a suitcase-stacked bar, the restaurant is a visual feast for the diner with a curious mind and a wandering eye. Every inch of the house is archival, a memoir of a time or place that escapes the modern city around us."
4. BOULDERS BEACH
Picture post card beaches you can find everywhere around Cape Town, but Boulders beach offers something the other's don't - African Penguins! They are adorable! It's the only place in the world where you can get super close to African Penguins. Therefor its one of Cape Town's most visited beaches. I could not miss this and had to drive down there to get close to them, I have to say its quite smelly there so be prepared for that! Boulders Beach isn’t just a great place for penguins, it’s also a popular family-friendly swimming beach so my friend and I enjoyed some down time laying at the beach watching the penguins waddling along.
Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. It has a beautiful fruit and vegetable garden which you can walk through. A lovely Farm shop & Bakery right at the entrance, where you can buy fresh cheese and meat, as well as oils, candle holders, soap and glassware etc. It also has unique accommodation, fine food and wine, and a sense of wellbeing.
ABOUT Babylonstoren: "Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best preserved farmyards in the Cape. Beloved for its magnificent garden that is laid out over 3,5 hectares (8 acres), the garden is divided into 15 sections that comprise fruit, vegetables, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks and chickens, and more. A secluded path runs along the stream where thousands of clivias flower in spring. The garden also boasts a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import."
6. BO KAAP
Bo Kaap is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre. Famous for its brightly coloured homes and cobble stoned streets. It may look super pretty on the pictures but the area is actually not very safe. Bo kaap is a former township formerly known as the Malay Quarter. Its an extremely dodgy area with lots of drug dealers. You really have to know which streets you can walk along, as if you take the wrong turn and end up in a street which is not crowded with tourists then you should turn around straight away. But in general you'll see lots of tourists strolling down those streets its also a favourite location for photoshoots.
7. LIONS HEAD HIKE
Another great hike in Cape Town thats not to be missed is Lions head. Lion's Head peaks at 669 metres (2,195 ft) above sea level. The peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town and is part of the Table Mountain National Park. Best time to hike up is for sunrise or sunset, I sadly never made it up for those magical hours.. but at least I went up once and absolutely enjoyed the stunning views. It takes for an average person about 45 min- 1 hrs to get to the top. Along the path you will find a series of chains and ladders to assist you as you scramble up a particularly steep section of rocky faces. It's a pretty tough walk/climb but all the scrambling is totally worth it.
8. GIRAFFE HOUSE
If you can't go on Safari then drive up to the Giraffe house to meet Gerry the Giraffe (and 3 other rescued Giraffes). The Giraffe house is a Sanctuary for Africa's rescued wildlife and bird species. It's really worth going, as you can feed the Giraffes, zebras, goats and even ostrich as well as many other animals.
9. Granger bay farmers market
This great farmers market Held every Saturday (9am -2pm) at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the Oranjezicht Farmers Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. You can do your weekly food shopping (vegetebale, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, etc), try out some delicious cooked and raw foods like yummy brownies. They alsso have some clothes stalls and antique furniture stalls etc. Its a great place to meet friends and try out all the yummy food.
10. KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN OPEN AIR CINEMA
If you. want to do something romantic, then I got just the thing - Book some outdoor cinema tickets for one of the many movies at Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens. You can also book chairs and blankets for a bit extra money. Its just magical to sit in the nature watching a good movie and have the bats flying above your heads hehe.