Cape Town


The "Mother city"
Posted on Dec 8, 2016 In South Africa

We stayed in Cape town for 8 days in total, in the area Table view. Table view is a nice calm area with a great view over the big bay with Table Mountain in the background. Cape town is a great city for nice restaurants, a wild nightlife, long walks at the beach and of course their famous tourist attractions. The city is very windy and is therefore great for surfers. We enjoyed watching the surfers when we walked along the beach.

Must see’s

There is so much to see in Cape town and the areas around. Here is some of the place we went.

Table mountain

South Africa’s biggest tourist attraction!

It’s such a beautiful scenery to look at and when you get to the top it’s also as flat as a table as it looks like down below. When the clouds covers the top of the mountain, they call it the tablecloth.

Go for at ride up the mountain side with the cable car and experience the flat top and an amazing view over Cape town. You can also take a climb up the mountain but have your hiking shoes on, this is a steep trail! Allways check how windy it is before you go here. If it’s too windy the cable car is closed. We were lucky to have one day out of our 8 days in Cape town where it wasnt closed. – so we made it to the top!

You can check the status for weather conditions and how long the line is (The line can be ridicously long!) here.

Buy your tickets there too and cut your waiting time in half when you get there. 

V&A Waterfront

The Victoria & Alfred waterfront is the famous old harbour of Cape town with scenic buildings and great views. From here you can order boat trips and helicopter tours around the area, or order your trip for Robben island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoned. This is now a VERY visited place, we will almost call it a tourist scam. Prices are quite high, and the harbour almost dissappears in tourist traps. But if you like to shop and go to fancy restaurants, then this is the place.

City center

An old charming city center with lots of colours, that set you thoughts back to a western town. Cozy and chill atmosphere and a lot of different shops, café’s and bars. We went to a place called Beerhouse, where we loved to relax at their porch and look at pedestrians and the citylife. They have many different local craft beers on tap and a great lunch. If you want a wild night out then go for the city center, especially at Long street. Here you’ll meet people from all over the world who want’s to party.

Cape town is generally more safe than Johannesburg, but don’t be mislead. You’ll still have to keep your belongings close. Areas in Cape town is very different from each other, so be aware of where you’re going, you are an easy target as a tourist outside tourist areas.

Chapmans peak

Chapmans peak is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. You drive on a nice road at the hillside with the ocean just next to you. This is also the road you should take to drive around in the southern areas to visit the cities Kalk bay, Hout bay, Simon’s town and Cape Point, along with other beautiful destinations.

Westcoast

If you have some extra time, then we’ll recommend a trip for a couple of days up the westcoast. There is a lot of beautiful bays, old fishermen towns and a very relaxed atmosphere.

We went on a 3 day roadtrip along the westcoast. We bought a foam matress and turned the back of our Bakkie (pickup truck) into a sleeping room and covered the windows with black plastic bags. This way we could have a nice and safe sleep at their camp sites along the coast.

 The places we visited/stayed was:

  • Langebaan (Leentjiesklip Caravan park)
  • Paternoster (Tietiesbaai rest camp, Beautiful nature reserve)
  • Yzerfontein (!Khua ttu - tent camp)

 

If you're interested check out our Points Of Interest along the coastline. Don’t forget to see the galleries from Cape town and the Westcoast too!

Written by Mikkel & Cecilie