Cape Town in South Africa is such an interesting city; A big city is something I never thought about when planning our visit to Africa but many people recommended it. The city is beautiful, it’s very clean, people are extremely pleasant and the impressive Table Mountain can be seen from everywhere, it serves as a beautiful backdrop! On our trip to Africa with us are our friends Josh and Stefani. We splurged on a fancy apartment that we found on VRBO which was within walking distance of the heart of the city (I’m not really sure that’s a fact, but it felt like the heart of the city haha). We did rent an SUV while we were there, this was beyond interesting, sounds easy, but driving on the opposite side of the road AND on the opposite side of the car is something that is not easily accomplished! Us girls let Brandon and Josh take care of the driving! I hope you enjoy our list of the favorite things that we did during our time in Cape Town!
Check out the Penguins at Boulder Beach
The instant I started researching things to do in Cape Town I knew that visiting Boulder Beach to see the penguins was at the top of my list! First of all penguins in Africa….WHAAAT Who’da thunk?! The nickname for these penguins and what you will normally hear them referred to as is jackass penguins. I think this is mainly because of the sounds that they make when they call, but they are also rude and will bite the heck out of you (no I do not know this from experience) so obviously the name is fitting in more than one way! The number of penguins at the beach is insane! Thousands of penguins call this beach home and who could blame them? The place is beautiful! You pay about $5 USD per person to get onto the beach boardwalk. From the boardwalk you can view the penguins, get some amazing pictures and get up close and personal because the penguins are not skittish of people at all, some of them seemed to enjoy the shade of the boardwalk more than the nests in the sand. You can also pay an additional fee to access the beach and even have the opportunity to swim with the penguins. We chose not to do this, sounds great on paper, but once you are there the idea doesn’t seem so fascinating and fun. The smell is not the greatest and I’m sure you could imagine the amount of poop produced by thousands of penguins in one location, plus I didn’t want to give them the opportunity to take a chunk out of me! 🙂
Visit the Vineyards, Wineries and Distilleries
I now love, love, love wine (probably a little too much) and before visiting Africa I thought I hated it! It wasn’t that I hated wine, it was that I had tried the wrong kinds of wine! We spent an entire day traveling to multiple places for wine sampling, wine and food pairing, champagne tasting and even a brandy tasting! We (by we I mean Brandon) drove us out to the countryside, which was one of the most beautiful drives of the trip, in a little less than an hour we were at our first vineyard. Every place that we visited was gorgeous! The landscape, the atmosphere, the people, everything was wonderful, we loved it!
Brandon and Josh wanted nothing to do with this, it was a girls only afternoon date! They did walk us to the hotel and I think quickly went to go find a spot to have a cold drink! We went to afternoon tea time, this is an age-old tradition that I have never gotten to experience before. The ambience, the service, the spread of tasty treats it was absolutely amazing!! From the moment you check in you are treated as special as royalty. The tea menu was bursting with exotic tea blends that I had never even heard of. We chose our teas we wanted to start with and a tiered platter of finger sandwiches and savory pairings arrived at our table. The tea parties you have as a child couldn’t prepare you for the experience of a legitimate tea time!
Take a Tour or Charter
The options are limitless for tour and charter options out of cape town. You can go on a helicopter tour, a hiking tour, a bicycle tour, a shopping tour, you name it and you can find someone offering a package that involves it! We wanted to go on a fishing charter, I don’t think we have been on a vacation that we don’t go fishing at least once and Africa wasn’t going to be any different. As with anywhere taking a charter or tour is one of the more expensive things to do, but for us it was worth the money. I believe we spent about $150 USD per person to go on the charter that we chose, but we had the boat all to ourselves and it included lunch, beer and bottled water and all the fishing gear and bait needed. The boat that we went on was a small yacht, it was beautiful. I don’t think I ever even heard the captain talk, but the crew was awesome! They made the trip a blast, they were hilarious and made sure we were taken care of! Stefani was the only person who caught a fish during our trip, she caught multiple fish (BRAT)! But it didn’t matter we had fun anyways, the boat was so relaxing and the scenery from the boat has views of Cape Town that we would have never been able to see. Fish or no fish we would do it again!
Walk the City
Seems so simple, but you really should take the time to walk around. When you walk you experience things that you can’t from inside a vehicle. In my mind to truly embrace a place you have to feel it, see it, smell it and hear it. We walked around and found the most amazing little cafes and cute boutiques.
I hope our guide of our favorite things to do while visiting Cape Town helps you along your journey. Thanks for visiting!