Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, situated along the coastline and is affectionately known as the “Mother City’ because of the sense of home it brings to both locals and international visitors. It has become a world renown travel destination for all it has to offer. Let us take a look at some of these.
Top Reasons to Visit Cape Town
Cape Town has stunningly warm summer months with temperatures sometimes reaching over 30 degrees Celsius. The perfect time to hit the beach. Best time being between December and February.
Tip: Just beware, this is the peak season and guaranteed to be busy!
There is the best of both worlds with the cooler Atlantic water located at the Camps Bay and Clifton beaches or the warmer water located on the other side of the mountain in the False Bay area.
Cultures & People
South Africa is known for its rich diversity of people, cultures and languages. Cape Town consists of people from all walks of life ranging from the Khoi-San, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Muslims and Indians to name a few.
One is spoilt for choice in this city. There is a meal for every taste bud, whether it is seafood, sushi, burgers or even Mexican you crave, Cape Town has it! From fining dining restaurants to local food markets, there is something for everyone.
When touring the Mother City, there is no shortage of views and more than one terrain. Situated on the coastline, there is no shortage of sea views, especially at Cape Point. Going further inland you will find many nature reserves with wildlife to marvel at as well the fynbos region, consisting of many diverse plant species.
Must Do Activities
Visit Table Mountain
This is one activity every traveller has to do. Cape Town is home to its own treasure and world wonder. Take a day out of your trip and catch a ride up the mountain on the cable car. Not only is this an adventure in itself but the views are spectacular. For the really daring you can even ditch the cable car and take a hike up. The mountaintop features its own restaurant, gift shop and endless views.
There are three major wine regions, namely Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Not only are these regions absolutely beautiful to take a drive through, but there are so many farms and vineyards to stop at to sample local wines. There are also specific wine trams you may book. These take you to multiple farms during the day, saving you the hassle of a designated driver, so all may enjoy the fun.
Museums & Tours
As mentioned before, Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, and is therefore full of rich history. You can learn about this past and the start of the town from the South African National Museum situated next to the Company Gardens, the Bo-Kaap Museum as well as take a tour to Robben Island to learn about the legendary icon Nelson Mandela and his freedom fighting days. Cape Town has their own Hop On – Hop Off city sightseeing tours famously know around the world by the red buses to take in a full round trip of the city.
The city has no shortage of places to shop until you drop. From high-end luxury brands at the popular V & A Waterfront situated in the city centre to local markets at the Hout Bay Harbour offering handmade crafts.
During the summer months, any beach along the coastline is the place to be. The perfect place to relax, suntan and have a picnic. If you prefer, the promenades along beaches such as Camp Bay and Big Bay offer a place to recover from the sun with a delicious cocktail and tapas.
Tip: Make sure to bring high SPF sunblock as temperatures do soar.
What is a holiday destination without a night out? Along with many daily activities, the nightclub scene in Cape Town is amazing. Whether you want to go out for a fine dining experience, bar hopping or dance the night away to the music of your choice, there is a place for you. Long Street in the city centre is a hub of activity every day of the week.
Tip: Check local websites for lineups and events.
Recommended Places to Stay
Depending on your budget, of course as well as whether you are travelling for leisure or business purposes, and if you’re family, friends or couples, Cape Town does cater for all. It is sometimes best to check hotel websites such as TripAdvisor or Trivago to get the best deals and advice, as there is such a huge variety of locations and options.
Hotels such as the Mount Nelson, One & Only cater for the higher end of the scale. Their facilities are immaculate and central to the city.
Tip: Bookings are essential to most boutique hotels especially during the summer peak periods.
A more popular option as this can cater for every budget and group. It is easier to find an option using Airbnb or local travel agencies. Self-Catering homes and apartments are situated all over the Cape in areas like Blouberg, closer to the beach.Backpackers
If you are really keen to save money on accommodation – to make more out of the activities, no problem. The city centre offers various backpacker options with room sharing available for very affordable prices.
As a local living in Cape Town, I find there is always something to do or a place to see, a lot of which I am still discovering myself. It is difficult to relay to a person just how great a city Cape Town is, and it sure is tough to put into words. You need to experience it yourself to truly value the location. I have only mentioned a few activities to do, however, there are so many more that you should check out for yourself.