Cape Town may be a 12-hour haul but it’s so worth it. Amongst other awards, Cape Town won Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2017 listing Cape Town in the top 10 cities to visit in the world.
We’ll be taking you through the key experiences and hidden gems (black diamond pun intended) that make this cultural epicentre a 2018 bucket list/ must visit.
One of the beautiful things about Cape Town is there is something for everyone! The youthful traveller can enjoy the sites, music culture and the amazing summer festivals. For a family vacation, it’s perfect! All the sites are child-friendly and if you’re all tired from exploring you can visit and relax at one of the cities bays or beaches or just go out for some quality grub.
Now let’s clear one thing up, South Africa and especially Cape Town is safe for tourists. The locals are friendly smiley and helpful. You can walk anywhere during the day and be perfectly safe. Like any major city, you need to keep your wits about you and don’t walk anywhere on your own at night. The city is an Uber haven and there will be one literally 30 seconds around each corner, they are incredibly cheap and the drivers are extremely helpful and friendly.
What to see and do…
Right so you’ve landed, you’re refreshed from a post-flight nap and it’s your first full day in the Western Cape, what to do first!
Get up that mountain! You know the one that looks like a table…
You can either take the cable car to the 8th natural wonder of the world or if you fancy a challenge take a hike! There are loads of different routes ready to be tackled, one of the more difficult yet visually rewarding would be Skeleton Gorge! Don’t let the name put you off, this awesome track starts from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the greener side of the mountain, so you can walk through their lovely gardens and top up on water before your big hike. Once up the gorge, you appear from the tree line to one of the most beautiful views you will ever see.
Don’t worry if you’re tired you can grab the cable car on the way down.
First stop check!
Keep it hip Y’all…
The hipster bug has but Cape Town hard!
The food is fantastic, the craft beer even better! If you like this vibe make sure to catch the street party every First Thursday of the month if you’re looking for a chilled, club-less social hub. There are loads of galleries open showcasing some amazing work from local artists! Have a wander around sipping wine in cultural bliss.
Make time for the little guys…
Penguins! If you’ve ever been on Instagram before you’ve probably seen some youthful travel nomad’s up close and personal with these cuties.
The water in Cape Town is so cold its perfect for these animals and they love a bit of attention.
We’d recommend hiring a car (they drive on the left so fear not) and making a big adventure out of this, cruise over to Simons Town to see the penguins and then further on to the unmissable Cape Point, the end of the inhabitable world!
It is honestly stunning; you can see two different seas meet in some sort of weird natural phenomenon! Catch the sunset from there and you’ve probably had one of the best days of your life.
Learn about the history…
South Africa has a sad political and economic past, unfortunately still visible today through townships and the level of homeless in the cities.
It’s a history that will humble you and make you think. If you want to learn, we recommend District 6 Museum a beautiful walkthrough that will make you smile and make you cry.
One you’ve probably heard off and defiantly worth a visit is the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandella was held during his time in prison. They have great tour guides and the boat ride out gives you a fantastic view of the city and table mountain!
Get sipping on the Cape’s finest…
Now, there are loads of great wine tours available. One of the most famous being Stellenbosch…
If you’re like us and want to make your own way, then rent a car and drive onward to Franschhoek you can visit loads of vineyards close by and the town itself is beyond pristine with some great eateries and shops.
Some more highlights…
We’ve covered the main ones, here are a few more great things to do off the beaten trail…
Get some of Mzoli’s grub down ya!
Mzoli’s is basically a butchery/ grill all in one grub-hub. They serve an array of fantastic local meats and they’re served up to you fresh off the Braii (SA for barbeque). The atmosphere is authentic, and so is the experience! Based in a Township it’s a way to really experience Cape Town out of the westernised city centre.
You want to see Lions and Zebras?
You want to go on a safari, don’t you! The SA wildlife is amazing from the ever-wise African Elephants to the proficient feline-hunting-machines, the Lion. With loads of tours available from a one day experience to a weekend expedition, take your pick! Check out this list of tours to see which one you’d be interested in, a top tip is to ask a local when you’re there as they’ll know which ones are the best!
Fancy a dance on a vineyard?
Now, music is a huge part of Cape Town and so are the summer festivals. There are too many to mention but one that we love is called ‘Sexy, Groovy Love‘. It takes place several times a year in different locations. Filled with young beautiful people enjoying life, we couldn’t recommend this enough to those youthful travellers among you looking for a day of escape from the hustle of the city. Meet some great people and dance well into the night!
Where to stay…
Ah, yes, accommodation. Cape Town has it all, from some of the wealthiest real estate and luxury hotels to some of the more modest hostels, family owned b&b’s, you name it, Cape Town’s got it. We’ll take you through some highlights from gomingo.com (of course).
Perfect for a family retreat! Carmichael Guesthouse is a superb Victorian mansion, offering luxurious four-star accommodation with 6 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms. This exquisite ancient home displays rare charming style. Their guests are always so enthusiastic about the warmth and ambience of our refined bed & breakfast. You will enjoy the peaceful lush garden, resting on a long chair by the sparkling swimming pool.
Compass House enjoys a warm and tranquil atmosphere. The 20 meters long swimming pool and patio lend themselves brilliantly for day-time relaxation and witnessing the beautifully blissful South African sunset. Perfect for a family or couples retreat, this beautiful luxury-boutique is just out of reach of the city lending you some silent perfection to really relax and enjoy the stunning weather.
Built at the turn of the century and nestling in a quiet cul-de-sac at the foot of Signal Hill in Green Point. This amazing Guest House is set in a sub-tropical walled garden in the heart of urban Cape Town. The styling in this guest house is comfortable, homely and full of tradition.
Guests can relax in the tranquil garden with the Koi Pond and luxuriate in the heated outdoor Jacuzzi Spa. Meet the other guests, enjoy drinks, conversation and good music in Barry`s Exclusive Bar! Perfect!
Lovely aren’t they! You can check out the rest of Gomingo’s Cape Town stays here.
So there you go, everything you’re going to want to do and experience as well as some lovely (or Leka as the locals would say) accommodation.
Let us know what you think in the comments?