Cape Town has it all; beaches, ocean, mountains, gourmet food, city life, and beautiful landscapes, all mixed into a melting pot of cultures and traditions.

Cape Town’s Main Attractions

Table Mountain

No trip to Cape Town is complete without seeing Table Mountain. Whether from sea level, cruising up and down in the cable car or hiking one of the several routes to the top, it’s a definite must see. Not only is it listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, but it is also the only terrestrial structure in the world to have a constellation named after it! Hiking to the top then getting the cable car down is an ideal way to explore the mountain but, be wary as the hike up to the summit is deceptively long and tough on some routes! Having spent a good few hours climbing your way up from Kirstenbosch Gardens, you then also have to get all the way along the 3km plateau! As long as you’re prepared with the right footwear and plenty of water, it is definitely worth the sweat (and tears!)
Making my way up Table Mountain

Making my way up Table Mountain

Views from Table Mountain

Views from Table Mountain

Pringle Bay

This beautiful village an hour’s drive east of Cape Town is home to the most beautiful beaches in the Western Cape. With secluded beaches stretch for miles with white sand meeting deep blue water, it is easy to think you’re somewhere exotic! The village itself is nestled between the Hangklip mountain, nature reserves, and the ocean. This area is home to Harold Porter Botanical Gardens which give Cape Town city’s famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens a run for their money! Pringle Bay is a perfect day trip or short break getaway from the bright lights of Cape Town with delis, cafes, and restaurants all within easy walking distance of each other in the small village center. If strolling along the sandy beaches isn’t active enough for you, Blesberg sand dune is just around the corner, perfect for speedy sandboarding adventures!

Blesberg Sand Dune

Blesberg Sand Dune

Pringle Bay's beautiful beaches

Pringle Bay’s beautiful beaches

Clarens Drive

Voted Most Scenic Coastal Route, this stunning road winds its way along the coast from Cape Town towards Hermanus. With the mountains on one side and False Bay stretching across to the Cape of Good Hope, on the other, the contrast of colors is breathtaking! Depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of dolphins in the distance, or even a shark – be sure to check out the shark spotting noticeboard on your way past!

Shark Spotting!

Shark Spotting!

Woodstock

This suburb of the city is located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak. With a fascinating history that has taken the area through battles between many nationalities, Woodstock is now a vibrant suburb with farmer’s markets, breweries, arts and crafts, independent designers and historical sites, there’s plenty to while away several hours. Affectionately known as Windsock, make sure to bring a layer to protect you from the howling wind that blows through the suburb!

District Six Museum

The area known as District Six, was home to a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, laborers and immigrants until it was declared a white area in 1950. The museum shares memories of the ‘District Six Experience’ in which 60,000 people were forcibly removed from the area and moved to the Cape Flats.

Cape Town’s best food and drink options

Waterfront Food Market

This delightful food market is located at the slightly less commercial side of the V&A Waterfront. The market showcases all sorts of delicacies from traditional biltong to locally made chocolates – there’s something for everyone and plenty to fill ravenous tummies or just to provide a quick snack stop.

Signal Gun

This vineyard is located in the Durbanville Hills wine region on the outskirts of the city. It’s an area that is often overlooked by tourists heading to Stellenbosch or Franschhoek but Durbanville has plenty of vineyards and fantastic restaurants, away from the tourist crowds. Signal Gun offers tastings for their wines and beers as well as cheese platters and chocolate pairings! The restaurant next to the Tasting Rooms does a wide range of dishes with various specials throughout the week.

Wine Tasting at Signal Gun

Wine Tasting at Signal Gun

The Kitchen

You never know what you’re going to get at The Kitchen. As a catering company, their salad bar is filled with whatever they feel the need to make (and you can check it out on their Salad Cam before you go)! It is small and only open during the day so if you’re heading there for lunch, noon is the perfect time.

Doodles

This iconic beachside bar is famed by the locals for it’s wild Saturday nights and boozy Sunday afternoon sessions. With live music, plenty of locals, views across the bay of Table Mountain and great food, what’s not to love?

Getting around Cape Town

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most navigable cities. The bus system is comprehensive in the downtown core and there are plenty of reputable taxi companies. The best way to find a taxi is to ask your accommodation or restaurant for recommendations. If you’re planning to explore further afield, renting a car is very affordable and self-driving is a great way to get out of the city and travel on your own schedule.

Places to stay in Cape Town

There are so many B&Bs, hostels, and hotels in and around Cape Town – something for every budget!

Once in Cape Town

This fabulous hostel is located just off iconic Long Street – home to backpackers and travelers from around the world. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from in this area, all an easy stroll from the city center’s markets and cafes. Once stands out from the rest as being clean, trendy, bustling and socially conscious. The managers here work with people from local communities to get tourists out and involved in projects and seeing a different side to the city than many do. They have a social hour where you get a free drink if you spend an hour socializing and not on a mobile device 🙂  Their room choices range from hostel beds (where you ‘pay a little less for your bed’) or classic budget hotel rooms. With an onsite cafe and great wifi, it’s also a perfect choice for Digital Nomads.

Anna Beulah Farm

 This beautiful farm located in Durbanville (surrounded by vineyards!) is a great escape from the bustle of city life. The farm started as a veggie garden for local people to get organic, affordable fresh vegetables and has, over the last few years, expanded into a one-stop shop for accommodation, a Deli, function venue and community project base, all set within luscious gardens overlooking Table Mountain.
The view of Table Mountain from Anna Beulah

The view of Table Mountain from Anna Beulah

Camping

Many people don’t think of camping when they plan a trip to Cape Town but it’s a great, affordable option, especially if you’re heading further afield in the Western Cape. If you’re planning a longer South Africa trip, camping is available all over the country and the equipment can be bought easily at any of the big outdoor stores.

Don’t miss out on Cape Town’s

Kirstenbosch’s Summer Concerts

Every summer these stunning gardens host an array of local and international artists. The concerts are a perfect way to spend sunny Sunday afternoons, listening to live music and overlooking the city but surrounded by nature (with a glass or two of wine!)

Kirstenbosch's Summer Concerts

Kirstenbosch’s Summer Concerts

Surrounding areas

Cape Town is ideally located with an array of landscapes and cultures within a few hours drive from the city center. To the north-west, Clanwilliam region is arid, hot and dry – a complete contrast to the beachside living in Cape Town! To the south, the luscious Table Mountain Reserve stretches all the way to the tip of the pinnacle and to the east, rolling hills and mountains steal the limelight.

Taking in the view

Taking in the view

Underlying culture

It is easy to get caught up in the tourist attractions in the city and to spend your time crossing bucket list items off, however, Cape Town has plenty more to offer. Explore the lesser known neighborhoods by foot, get out of the city center, try the restaurants filled with local people rather than the 5 Star, Trip Advisor recommendations.

Wine Festivals

Over the summer months (January – March) the many vineyards around Cape Town, collaborate to host several wine festivals showcasing local wines – and beers sometimes too. Depending on the location, tickets are around R200 ($10) for anywhere from 10 – 15 wine tastings.

Survival Guide

South Africa has a colorful history and, despite being the most cosmopolitan city in the country, Cape Town still shows signs of its checkered past. Spending time researching the history and cultures that make up this fabulous city, and country, will make your trip more meaningful and give you insight into some of the behaviors and traditions you can expect to come across.

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Lottie Reeves

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Originally from the UK, Lottie has traveled extensively across 6 continents & lived in Australia, Canada & South Africa.

She ditched the bright lights of primary classrooms to embark on an adventure exploring South Africa in a caravan as a location independent freelancer. Her next adventure is taking her, temporarily, back to the UK where she will be living in a narrowboat and bobbing around on the waterways.

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