Recently my human and I took a mini trip to Cape Town. We managed to score R1 flights thanks to Fly SAfair. I’ve gone down to Cape Town for work but never to explore. We planned to be total tourist and I think we succeeded. Cape Town is such a beautiful place. Sadly, we managed to catch some kind of Bug that was going around but we tried to not let that ruin our trip. I do plan on putting up a mini Vlog for you guys, so you can get an idea of just how beautiful the place is. Pictures just don’t do it justice. If you have never been to Cape Town, do yourself a favour and go! The public transport is great – I was a little sceptical about taking the My Citi bus everywhere but my boyfriend assured me that it would be fine and it would be a great experience and it really was. Hate to say that he was right. The only two things we didn’t manage to do were the Wine Tastings as well as Lion’s Head because we were man down both times we planned to go. This obviously totally sucked but we have a great reason to go back!
We took a trip up to Table Mountain. This is a must when visiting Cape Town. Table Mountain has been given the title of one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. You can take a Cable Car up to the top and for the active peeps, you can take a hike up to the top. I was feeling way too lazy to even consider the hike so naturally, we took the Cable Car. Just a heads up the cable car does a 360 degree turn, I had no idea it did this and almost wet my pants when it started. The view from the top is incredible. There were no words to describe the beauty. There is also a small café, where you can grab a bite to eat and something to drink. Major tip… BRING SUNBLOCK!! You will roast like a Nando’s chicken up there.
Our next Stop was Bo Kaap, previously known as Malay Quarters. The area is know for there super cute bright houses. There is so much history in Bo Kaap, filled with Cape Malay culture. The Bo Kaap museum is the oldest building in the area. The museum gives you a background on the early Muslim settlers. So for the history buffs this is definitely a place you want to visit.
The Sunset Cruise with Cruise IQ was definitely one of the highlights of my holiday. Watching the sunset over the ocean on the one side and the beauty of Table Mountain on the other while sipping on a glass (or a few) of champers. The cherry on top… we saw WHALES! I was like a kid at a toy store. I was so excited to see them so up close. We also saw a lot of jelly fish, seals and dolphins. The guys from Cruise IQ made the experience that much more fun.
For those of you that are not aware, Cape Town’s ocean water is painfully cold! Those who are brave go swimming, and I don’t say this only because of the water temperature but because Cape Town is known for it sharks. You could offer me millions of dollars and I still would not get into that water. I take my fear of sharks to a whole new level – I feel like they are out to get me. Trust me you don’t want to get me started. None the less, surfing is quite a big thing in Cape Town. We visited Muizenberg beach, it is located at the curve of the Cape Peninsula. Surfing is huge in this town (and so are the sharks). I kid you not TWO sirens went off while we were on the beach, warning swimmers to get the eff out the water! The water is much warmer to swim in, however the wind just never stops, my hair and Cape Town were definitely not buddies. You will also find the cutest Victorian styled colourful houses on the beaches.
Another beach I was dying to go to was Boulder’s Beach, the beach is pretty small with super soft white sand and the best part, it’s covered in PENGUINS. You’ll casually go for a bit of a dip and BOOM there pops up a little swimming buddy. They are the cutest little creatures, cheeky but cute. Boulder’s beach is known for it’s colony of African Penguins. In 1982, two penguins popped up on the beach and from the two of them an army was started. There was something so relaxing and therapeutic about being around them. Boulders Beach is approximately an hours drive from Cape Town, it’s totally worth the trip.
On our way back to Cape Town from Muizenberg we decided to take the scenic route and I am so glad we did. Chapman’s Peak is absolutely breath taking. The photos that were taken don’t do it justice. For those of you that aren’t aware Chapman’s Peak drive is a marine drive along the Cape Peninsula. With winding roads and views to die for. If you don’t mind paying a small toll fee to get back to Cape Town and are looking to get totally WOWED by the beauty that it has to offer, then do yourself a favour and take this route. I was in total awe of what I had seen. The weather was perfect and we got to watch the sunset over the ocean during our drive. Can’t think of any better way to end a perfect day at the beach.
I could go on for days about our trip but this pretty much sums up all the great places we saw. Other awesome places to visit are 2 Oceans Aquarium, V & A Waterfront and The WaterShed Market. For those that have a sweet tooth Charyl’s Bakery and The Creamery are real delicious. And for those wanting to let loose a little there is Long Street in the city packed with bars. One of the cooler places we did go to was Cactus Jack – shout of for all the tequila lovers.
I’d love to hear from you guys of any places really worth visiting in South Africa?
Have a fab day lovelies!
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