Sunday, 4 December 2016

20 amazing things to do in Cape Town

It’s been named as The Telegraph’s City of the Year for 2016, listed in hundreds of ‘places to visit’ articles and offers literally everything a destination could possibly give. Those who have walked along the bustling streets of the city, who have relaxed on the stunning beaches, who have sampled their internationally renowned wine, know why. They know why it’s increasing in popularity with every year, captivating tourists to want to return again and again. They know there’s something utterly mesmerising about the place, that you can’t point to one single thing that makes it so incredible, but that you can think of many which make you want to talk about it constantly to those who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing it yet.

 I’m talking about the home to Table Mountain - Cape Town. And here’s 20 amazing things to do in the Mother City…

1. Hike Table Mountain 
Perhaps the most popular, but definitely the most rewarding activity, hiking Table Mountain is one of the best things you could spend your time doing whilst in Cape Town. You can either take the Plattekip Gorge route which takes between 2-3 hours (from experience let me tell you, it’s steep) or the scenic Skeleton Route which takes between 4-5 hours and is much easier on the old thighs. 

2. Visit the penguins on Boulders Beach 
There aren't many times you’ll see over 100 penguins waddling around on a white sanded beach with the warm sun shining down. Some sit back and relax, some go for a dip in the sea and some pose for a photograph or three - it’s a sight not to be missed!

3. Take a walk along the canopy walkway above freetops of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Named as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world, the canopy walkway is an absolute must, with stunning views over the city of Cape Town and beyond.

4. Eat a whole lot at Neighbourgoods Market
The only place to be on a Saturday lunchtime is the Neighbourgood’s Market in the suburb of Woodstock. From luscious pork ribs and and tasty tacos, to fresh fruit smoothies and a whole lot of alcohol, you can be sure you’ll be very full on the return home.

5. Mini golf at Seapoint

After a relaxing stroll along Seapoint, have a little fun with a super cheap game of mini golf as you look out onto the seafront. 

6. Go wine and brandy tasting in Stellenbosch

If you’re a fellow wine lover like myself, it would practically be a crime to not get yourself on a day long wine tour. Starting at 10am, you are taken to four different wine estates, one brandy cellar and one brewery…it’s quite the day - you can be sure that hitting your pillow by 8pm is a certainty.

7. Paraglide over the city

If the thrill seeker in you is bursting to be let free, why not take a leap into the unknown, quite literally, and paraglide over the city centre of Cape Town.

8. Spend a Sunday afternoon at Mzoli’s 
It’s where people in the know spend their Sundays - partying in township Mzoli’s, is the place to be if you’re up for an afternoon of meat, music and a whole lot of alcohol.

9. Visit World of Birds and Monkey Jungle
Any animal lovers out there? It’s not just a trip to Kruger National Park where you are able to experience the wildlife in South Africa - head to World of Birds and Monkey Jungle for an exciting few hours!

10. Go on a (responsible) township tour

It would be wrong to go to Cape Town and not organise to go on a responsible township tour to really get a feel for the city and, perhaps, more generally, the country. From experience, I headed to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town, and with a fantastic tour guide who lived there himself, would really recommend it.

11. Visit Robben Island

No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip to Robben Island, the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. First, you are taken on a bus tour round the island itself, and then an ex-prisoner greets you at the gates of the prison and takes you around the buildings, giving fascinating insights into what it was like whilst also showing you the cell Nelson Mandela spent his time in prison in. 

12. Sing karaoke at Mitchell’s Brewery on Tuesdays 
If you’re up for a bit of fun and a few drinks, Mitchell’s Brewery at The Waterfront is the place to be. On a Tuesday evening, the microphone is set up, the song bible is released and the doors are opened to the budding Beyonces out there…and the not so budding too. Really fun, no one cares what anyone sounds like and almost no one is any good!

13. Go on a walking tour of Bo-Kaap 
You have perhaps seen people take photos with a brightly coloured house as the background in Cape Town and that house, most probably belongs to the district of Bo-Kaap. Bo-Kaap is a multi-cultural district, which became home to many muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery. It is a diverse, multi-cultural and fascinating area in Cape Town and is definitely worth a visit.There is a free walking tour of Bo-Kaap available starting from the Green Market Square with Cape Town Free City Walking Tours and all they ask for at the end, is to tip the amount you believe the trip was worth.

14. Go to Museum Mile

Take a trip along Museum Mile and you will have a day filled with culture, history and diversity. Perhaps start at the Iziko South Africa Museum, then learn a little more about space at the Iziko Planetarium and don't fret, any art lovers out there, there is also the fantastic South African National Gallery, showcasing the very best of the country’s creative talents.

15. Visit Kalk Bay 

If sun, sea and a cocktail or three in a quiet fishing village just outside Cape Town sounds up your street, Kalk Bay is the place to be. With stunning views, a collection of interesting shops and a vast choice of eateries, a day at Kalk Bay is a day well spent.

16. Take a trip to Observatory 
 Known as Cape Town’s bohemian suburb, in the art district locally known as ‘Obs’, you will find quirky restaurants, relaxed bars with live music, book shops and thrift shops to find the perfect fashion bargain. It’s shabby chic, it’s chilled out and it’s definitely worth a trip!

17. Go on the Cape Point tour 
One of the best day trips to do in Cape Town, the Cape Point tour will take you to see the sights of Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Scarborough Beach, and then a small hike (don’t worry, you can also take in the sights from the comfort of the tour bus too) from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point, the most southern tip of the continent of Africa. The sights are incredible and personally, it was my favourite day of the six weeks I spent in Cape Town. 

18. Surf at Muizenburg beach

If surfing is your thing, there’s only one place you need to be, and that’s Muizenburg, a beach-side suburb of Cape Town. 

19. Have a laugh at Cape Town Comedy Club
Up for a laugh? Cape Town Comedy Club, which sits in the top 10 comedy clubs in the world, has live acts from Wednesday to Sunday every week of the year and you can be assured of a really great night out.

20. Watch the sunrise or sunset from Lions Head 
If you aren't fancying taking on Table Mountain, you might want to think about seeing the sights from the (smaller) mountain top of Lion’s Head. Named as one of the ‘must do’ hikes in Cape Town, particularly for full moon, from the top you will see the spectacular views of Table Mountain from one side, and the Atlantic Ocean from the other. Get your walking boots on!

 Cape Town is ready and waiting for you…so what are you waiting for?

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1 comment:

  1. The pictures look so vivid! I would love to do all of the points you´re mentioning, everything sounds so intriguing :)


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