Friday, 23 December 2016

12 BEST THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISING IN CAPE TOWN

So over summer I worked in Cape Town for two months and whilst I was there I made sure that I got to experience as much of the City as possible, after work or over the weekends and here are my recommendations! 

1. Surfing at Muizenberg beach
To this day I still dream of this beach. It is amazing. The coloured huts are so unique especially as you can see the beach go on for miles with nothing but them on the sand. It is a bit further outside of Cape Town and takes about 20 minutes on the train but it is so worth visiting. Not far from the shore there are restaurants and cafes and also a surf shop where you can rent a wetsuit and surfboard and go surfing. The view from the water is amazing as all you can hear are the waves and you look up to see the most vivid view of a mountain right at the side of the beach. Although the water is supposed to have sharks, which I was not aware of when I surfed but it does not seem to bother the locals! 



 2. Wine tasting
So I went wine tasting at Groot Constantia which is a winery which was founded in 1685. It had the most unusual and amazing tasting wines I have ever had. There are so many wineries and it is such a fun experience, there are even wine tour busses which take you around some of the different wineries.

3. Visit Camps Bay beach 
This beach is a lot closer to Cape Town itself and is in one of the most expensive areas of the city, which is home to the most expensive mansion in the whole of Cape Town, which is worth around £50 million, yes pounds! This beach is amazing to watch the sunset on as the sun sets right over the horizon. 



4. Hike Lion's Head mountain 
Not going to lie, I found this hike really difficult, especially considering I got up at 4am the morning after surfing all day in order to be able to make it to the top of the mountain but the view and experience was so worth it. I think the pictures speak for themselves. Be prepared to scale rocks with chains nearer the top though, as it gets pretty steep! 


5. Visit Cape Point 
This is the most south western point of the entire continent and it it beautiful. Its quite a long walk around so it is definitely a day trip. Also be sure not to take any food out whilst you are there are there are baboons walking around everywhere! If you are lucky you might see an ostrich too.



 6. Visit Boulders Beach in Simons Town 
Okay, I promise this is the last beach that I will be recommending but this one is so unique in particular. The water literally looks as clear as tap water and the sand is so white. Simons Town is quite far outside of Cape Town so is definitely a day trip too. You can also see penguins walking around freely on this beach so if you try to go and see penguins, don't make the mistake that many others make by being told you need to pay around R60 to see them as a certified place, just keep walking further past that 'official' place for around another 30 minute and you'll come to the beach and see them for free, even closer up, there! 



7. Visit Kristenbosch botanical gardens 
The scenery at these gardens is amazing and you can walk around for ages just taking in all of the nature, it is so relaxing and its also the perfect place to go for a picnic or to sunbathe. There are also a lot of Guineafowl birds running around, which I find hilarious considering they can't fly and just run around all day.

8. Chapman's Peak Drive 
The drive up Chapman's Peak is supposed to be one of the nicest drives in the world and I'm not surprised. If you don't have access to a car whilst you are in Cape Town then you can always get an Uber or walk as it is not that far up. Each part you stop at has an amazing view and if you go down the side of the rocks there are caves in the mountain too.

9. Visit the Waterfront 
The Waterfront is probably one of the most typical tourist areas in the City. This also means it is one of the more expensive areas. It is normally pretty busy and has a rather expensive mall but is perfect for buying souvenirs as it is full of little gift shops. There are restaurants and live music and also sail boats if you want to go sailing. This area is perfect if you have more money and want to experience a more luxurious day out. 

10. Go to Mzoli's 
Mzoli's is definitely a place to go if you have a group of people who all love music and meat. This place is like a large scale BBQ party where you basically go in, order for example, 3 steaks, sausages, 4 pieces of lamb, 8 pieces of chicken etc and then you pay for it and take your raw meat through to the braaier, who cooks it for you and return in around 30 minutes to collect it. In the room that everyone eats in there are large speakers playing beats and people dancing and drinking and eating meat, it is a lot of fun. However, be prepared for 0 health and safety regulations. You get your meat on a tray, no knives, forks, plates or napkins, you literally just eat it as it is and it is amazing. Also you must be careful when visiting this place as, although it is famous in Cape Town, it is in a township and therefore can be dangerous. Be sure not to take any valuables with you or at least do not have them on show and you will be fine! (Hence why I don't have a lot of photos to show of the place) 

11. Hout Bay Market and the Old Biscuit Mill Market
So I am listing these two together as they are quite similar. Hout Bay is another really expensive area and the market there is incredible. It is an indoor market and I know for certain that it takes place on a Sunday. There is all the food you can imagine freshly made at all of the stalls and most of it is miniature so you can try many things. There are also many handmade gifts and stalls of clothes and jewellery and gifts, although this is once again quite a tourist area so things are more pricey!
Old Biscuit Mill is the perfect little indoor food market which is always on every Saturday morning for breakfast, once again with all of the food you can imagine. It is a bit smaller and a bit cheaper than Hout Bay but is only on in the morning. All the food is again fresh and across from the food market there are also little shops and stalls to look at too.

12. Visit Robben Island 
This is the Island where Nelson Mandela was kept in prison for 18 years. You are given a tour of the island and it is beautiful. So much of it is untouched and you can see Cape Town in the horizon as you stand on the edge of the island looking out. The first part of the tour is by bus and the second part is of the prison itself and the cells. I found it amazing that previous prisoners of the island were the ones giving the tours and they were able to share their stories of what really went on in the prisons. Tickets can be bought online or from the Waterfront area and the boats depart from the Waterfront. 

Of course there are still many many more things to do such visit all of the mall's, go up Table Mountain, skydive, go to Access Park, go clubbing on Long Street, try coconut beer, play beer pong at Forex in Observatory and also importantly, visit all of the family run, unique coffee shops. 

Let me know if you have been or where you would like to go! These were all of my personal favourites that I really enjoyed but I am sure if you are a local then you will know far more than me! 

Merry Christmas! x

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9 comments

  1. I never wanted to go to South Africa until I saw those ocean photos, absolutely beautiful!

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  2. Wine tasting? Yes please! My favorite thing to do and spending time at the beach too!! Love your photos, so many nice things to do :)

    Yiota
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  3. Oh that looks absolutely amazing! I always wanted to visit Cape Town.

    Love, Kerstin
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  4. wow it looks like such a wonderful place! Cape Town is definitely going on my list of places to visit.
    Great pictures!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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  5. I'll definitely safe this post and I'll get to Cape Town hopefully soon!!

    I'll read through the rest of your posts now!

    have a wonderful evening & maybe you'd like to stop by my blog too!
    ❥ Vicky | The Golden Bun - Instagram TGB-

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  6. I'd love to visit Cape Town one day, it looks amazing!

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