This is the Complete Travel Guide To Cape Town, shared by my travel addict friend Vijay Ram. He has written previously for this travel blog about a wholesome and A Trip To South Africa Beyond Wildlife and Adventure. Hope this guest post help you in planning your trip to cape Town.
Planning a Trip to Cape Town: An Introduction:
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Capetown being rated as second best city in the world as per Lonely planet (2017) is located on South Africa’s south west coast. It is surrounded by some of best beaches in the world, mountainous wonders and pretty landscapes which will take your breath away. In short, South Africa trip gets completed only after visiting Capetown. Nature gets its icing upon cake with spectacular sights which will give lifetime memories to cherish. Just rent a car and breeze along the coastal shores of Capetown. The best part of driving is the view you get along, with each turn giving better sight and more you explore, post card views keep increasing. [ Here’s my incredible adventure trip to Israel for you! ] So pack your bags, hit the flight and explore Capetown to your minds fill.
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What Are The Must Visit Places in Cape Town?
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- Table Mountain– Most visited place in Capetown with over 25 million people having gone here, justifying why it has been named one of the modern wonders of the world. A cable car carries you to the top of the mountain to give some of spectacular views which cannot be described in words. One must go and experience in real. You can also trek all the way to the top soaking along the beauty. It might take few hours, but worth the walk. There are numerous view points at the top, giving you top notch photographs. For prices, opening time and other details, you can check: http://www.tablemountain.net/
- Boulders beach– A sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. Would you ever imagine penguins walking along in a beach. Yes, that’s Boulders beach for you. Its got plenty of penguins walking along the shore and you can pose along with them for candid pics. Visiting Boulders beach penguin colony is a must in Capetown.
- Muizenberg beach– One of most colourful beach with its Victorian bathing boxes adding bold hues to the dramatic landscape that has been etched into the minds of beach-going South Africans for decades. It’s also got international blue flag status which makes it more favourite. South Africa has got most of blue flag beaches for maintaining international standards.
- Cape of Good Hope/Cape point– As one of the great capes of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope has long been of special significance to sailors. Yes, you are on the last few meters of the continent. It almost feels like looking over the end of the world. The view is incredible! breath-taking and worth visiting. Cape point is a mountainous and scenic landform that runs north-south at the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent. For opening time, price and all other details refer the below link.
- Cape Agulhas– It is geographic southern tip of the African continent and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Explore the landmark adding more history to your South African trip. The waters here are gorgeous. There are nice boards walks for you to take a stroll.
- Alfred Waterfront– Most happening place in Capetown, with the hustle and bustle of shops, restaurants, Cape wheel, keeping you occupied with open music, amazing food, African handicrafts to buy and lot other street events happening around the harbor. Spend an evening and soak up with African culture. It also has sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and Table Mountain.
- Stellenbosch Wine Tour– South Africa is famous for its wines. Explore the Cape Winelands and try out 5 varieties of wine. It’s a guided half day/full day tour explaining in detail how wines are made. Also purchase wine bottles for friends and family back home. For online bookings, prices and timings refer the below link
- Robben Island– Another historical and famous, or rather infamous holding place for Nelson Mandela. He served 18 of his 27 years in prison in this island. Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” with a rich 500 year old multi-layered history, is visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honour the important aspects of South Africa’s history that the Island represents. You need to book a ferry to the island which drops back. For more details refer the below link to book online.
- Bloukrans bridge bungee jump– For all the adventure freaks, a bungee jump is not far away while in Capetown. Bloukrans Bridge Bungy is the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy at 216 metres (709 ft) above the Bloukrans River. It is situated at the border between the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape in South Africa’s Garden Route. It needs to be booked online, please refer the below link for more details.
- Seal Island– Visit the famous tiny island surrounded by thousands of seals. A small ferry takes you around the island for 40mins and drops you back. Seal Island is home to well over 60 000 bawling, squalling, squabbling Cape fur seals. They’re top of the menu for the great white sharks that patrol this area, and there’s always a chance to see a spectacular (and bruising) encounter between the two species. Online bookings can be made from the link below:
Other Places/Activities of Interest:
- Knysna& Port Elizabeth garden route – Experience more nature along scenic routes and beaches
- Ostrich farm – Take a ride on ostrich and stand on the strong ostrich eggs
- Kirstenbosch botanical garden – Relax by some flora and fauna garden
- Strawberry picking – Try some fresh strawberries from the farms around.
The below links can be used to book cheap flights from Johannesburg/Durban to Capetown
What is the Best Time to Visit Cape Town?
Ideal time to visit Capetown would be from late November till March end when the weather is quite pleasant, sunny and peak season. If you would prefer less crowd then the best time would be around March to May or from September to November. These shoulder seasons boast enviable weather and fewer crowds. Weather gets unpredictable at times with quite windy/rainy days.
Accommodation & Ideal stay in Cape Town: A Few Suggestions:
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An ideal trip to Capetown would need 5 days to cover all the major places around and can add another 2 days to make it a relaxed trip and see other things.Staying close by V and A waterfront would be ideal as its centralized location accessible to many restaurants and connecting other parts of city. Cheap and good hotels, B&B’s, cottages available across most places in Capetown which can be booked well in advance through sites such as Airbnb, booking.com sites.
Hope you enjoyed this exhaustive Guide To Cape Town and hope your trip will be an awesome one.
About The Author:
Vijay Ram is a techie and globetrotter with an endless bucket list. More of a bookworm and later turned to wanderlust, exploring as much of the world one can. A pursuit which began on a small venture to Asia with friends and later expanded with work travelling across Africa, Middle East, United Kingdom and a lot in Europe (35 countries, 65+ cities and counting). He says “Choosing to travel places is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’m glad I’ve come along for the ride till date. To me travel isn’t just about being on a holiday or relaxing in a spa, but all about meeting new people, trying out yummy food, venturing into the unknown, daring out with adventures, experiencing other cultures and doing silly things, at times.” #Travelnbetterblog