The complete guide to Cape Town
Our first trip to South Africa blew us away and exceeded all expectations. Dominated by the iconic Table Mountain, which serves as a backdrop everywhere in the city, Cape Town is a mish-mash of cultures. We spent 4 days here exploring the area.
Cape Town is rather spread out with many things to do around the cape and beyond, we decided to rent a car for our trip from Avis and collected from the airport it cost us £10 a day.
Gas stations accept both cash and credit, but not all. There will be a sign outside telling you if they accept credit or not, but it’s a good idea to always have some cash on you just in case. You will also need small change for tolls on major roads.
Uber is one of the best ways to get around Cape Town. The distances between most of the top attractions are short, making it a cost-effective option for your trip. You can also request a ride from Cape Town International Airport by using the free WiFi.
Another affordable way to get around the city is with the My CitiBus service. You can buy a transport code from one of the stations and top it up as you go. There is a free app that you can download that lists the timetables for each stop, fares and a route planner.
One of my favorite experiences in Cape Town was spending the day at Kirstenbosch gardens. It’s the first indigenous botanical garden in the world. Kirstenbosch offers visitors a chance to explore the fynbos and various floral kingdoms found across the African continent. It was one of our best outings and provided a welcome escape from the city.
entry: 75 rand each which is about £4
The main attraction, Table Mountain was something I was looking forward too the most. unfortunately the clouds were not playing ball. The Table Mountain aerial cableway has been ferrying passengers to the top of Table Mountain for almost 90 years, and with its 360* rotating floor and epic views its definitely worth taking the ride. Tickets cost 360 rand return per adult which is £19.40 which is quite expensive when you travel to top and see nothing but clouds. We bought our tickets online when it was sunny not a cloud in sight. Unfortunately we stood in a huge line waiting for a cable car for over a hour and in that time the clouds rolled in. I personally felt like they should shut if clouds block views as a total waste of money.
Hike lions head
Lion’s Head is one of the most popular hikes in Cape town it takes around 45 minutes to reach the top, From the summit you’ll get beautiful views of the city bowl, the Twelve Apostles, Table Mountain and the ocean below.
V&A Waterfront, is South Africa’s most-visited destination. This is hardly surprising when you think about how much it has to offer!
While it is still technically a working harbour – you’ll no doubt catch a glimpse of fishing boats and container ships – the V&A Waterfront is more frequently thought of as a shopping destination, divided up into five shopping districts: Victoria Wharf, the Watershed, The Alfred Mall and Pierhead, The Clock Tower, and Breakwater Point. With more than 450 stores, you’ll find everything from local designers to big international brands. For crafts and local talent, make sure you pop into the Watershed. Take a ride on the giant observation wheel is a must when visiting Cape Town for the first time. From the safety of enclosed air-conditioned cabins, the 15-minute long ride provides fantastic 360-degree views of the city and harbor. V&A Waterfront has a great selection of fine dining restaurants, delis, cafes and casual dining eateries for all budgets.
Bo-Kaap colourful streets
The Bo-Kaap neighborhood dates back to the 1760s when numerous houses were built and leased to slaves. When slavery ended, the slaves were allowed to buy the properties, and they painted them bright colors in celebration of their freedom.
Muizenberg is a small town outside Cape Town and one of South Africa’s best kept secrets. Mostly known for its insta famous colourful beach huts. A largely untapped tourist spot, it’s hard to believe Muizenberg is best known for being one of the most popular beaches with one of the most active surfing communities in South Africa.
A magical place that was high on my bucket list, To see a waddling penguin in real life is such a treat! These beautiful and remarkable birds attract thousands of visitors to their famous home each year, Boulders Beach. There’s 2 entrances we took the walk way past the main ticket entrance along the top past the penguins nesting boxes. We entered the beach where we were not prepared for what met us. You had to squeeze between the giant boulders, climb up and over them which was no easy task especially in flip flops, too actually reach the beach where you can sit with the penguins. Once on the beach it was lovely and quiet.
Entry fee 152 rand which is £8.25