10 Things to do in Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the most fabulous places in the world. The city provides you with a limitless variety of activities, such that you can never even imagine getting bored. It has just the right mix of of city life, culture, and nature. To make sure you spend as much of your time enjoying the city rather than planning your trip, here is a list of the top ten things to do while you are out there. Of course, there is much more to see when in Cape Town. As I said, the amount of activities is endless. I was only in Cape Town for a short week to get in some quality time with my long time friend. Ever since I got home, I have been thinking about when I can go back.
1. Hiking Table Mountain
The view, the exercise, the feeling of being on top of the city, hiking Table Mountain gives you all that and more. Enjoying all of nature’s glory while getting some exercise in, it really doesn’t get much better than that. Well of course, watching the sunset from the top of the mountain is even more rewarding. For those of you that just want to get a glance of the mesmerising view, there is also a cable car going up and down. Leaving you the options to take the cable car alone, hike up, and/or hike down.
2. High Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel
The high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel is literally the best high tea I have ever had. The variety of tea options, the service, the range of both savoury and sweet treats, and unlimited refills, all of that in an amazing fancy setting. Think of scones, macaroons, pastries, sandwiches, and many different kinds of cakes. If you too crave your tea and delicacies, you are going to love this.
3. Boulder’s Beach
At Boulder’s Beach you will be able to observe endangered penguins in their natural habitat. The beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park, where the penguin colony is protected in their natural environment. Observing them pottering about their natural habit, is just mind-blowing.
Kirstenbosch is one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens, situated on the slopes of the Table Mountain. It displays numerous collections of South African plants, including rare and endangered species. Visiting Kirstenbosch, I absolutely fell in love with the view at the Tree Canopy Walkway and the serenity at the Nursery Stream. You can just spend hours and hours there, sniffing the fresh air and clearing your busy mind.
5. Surfing at Muizenberg
Muizenberg is one of the best places to learn how to surf. The setting is gorgeous and there are plenty of gentle waves. Even in the “winter”, you can easily go surfing. One minor detail, this does attract sharks. To keep you safe, there are shark watchers that will set of a siren and place a flag if there is any indication of sharks nearby.
6. Robben Island
Robben Island is located in the Table Bay and was used as a prison up to 1996. It is especially famous for its prisoners during the Apartheid-regime in South Africa. Nelson Mandela was one of those isolated political prisoners kept at the island. Now, you will be able to visit the island PRE-booking (very important, as it is always pretty busy) a guided tour by an ex-prisoner. As of 1999, Robben Island is a World Heritage Site. Therefore, it a must visit when going to Cape Town to learn from history and about those that fought for equality and democracy.
7. Camps Bay
Camps Bay offers pearl white beaches, fabulous restaurants, extravagant nightlife, breath-taking sunsets, and more. From Camps Bay, you will also have a wonderful view of the Table Mountain as well as Lion’s Head. My personal dinner recommendation in Camps Bay is Codfather, offering the most exquisite seafood and sushi. There you will able to create your own or shared platter of seafood. If you are ready to beat of your Sunday night blues, I suggest you go dancing at Caprice. This place is buzzing and you might even run into some celebrities while doing your favourite moves.
8. Hout Bay
From Hout Bay, you will be able to take a boat to see seals at the favourite hangout place. On Friday nights, Hout Bay Market is also a fantastic way to celebrate the start of the weekend. Here, you can enjoy numerous different dishes and drinks at the food court, while enjoying the live music. Also, you will be able to shop some Cape Town manufactured items. They sell gorgeous jewellery, souvenirs, and clothing. I, for one, scored myself a fantastic new poncho scarf and necklace there.
9. Lion’s Head
Lion’s Head is one of the most fabulous ways to get in some exercise and clear your head. The trail allows you to choose a more advanced or slightly easier trail. The advanced track will get you climbing up the mountain on ladders and other materials that have been provided. Getting to the top will absolutely be worth it. You will have trained your career lion body and will be rewarded with breath-taking view over the Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and the city centre of Cape Town.
10. Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope
Cape Point is located in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park. At Cape Point, you will find phenomenal viewpoints and deserted beaches. It also one of the smallest and richest floral kingdom’s worldwide. You will be able to have a lovely hike at the Cape Point, up to all of the gorgeous view points accompanied by baboons.