Welcome to Cape Town! I consider this to be one of the most beautiful cities in Africa. For the next couple of days, I am going to be exploring the city, it’s surroundings and showing you the must dos! Here are the top 10 things to do in Cape Town.
First stop is Downtown Cape Town. This is Greenmarket square the biggest and first market in Cape Town. Here you can find all types of souvenirs. What I am looking for today are elephant hair bracelets.
Greenmarket square is an authentic African market where artist and traders come to sell their arts, fabrics, sculptures and bead work. I was looking for an elephant hair bracelet and I finally found them. After some negotiation I bought some as souvenirs.
Next we head to the artsy district of Woodstock. Throughout the district you can see street art everywhere!
Now for the most iconic site in Cape Town. We made it to the top of Table Mountain the iconic landmark of Cape Town. It’s a flat top mountain and there are two ways to get to the top. Either by hiking or by taking the cable car. The cable car is very unique it does a 360 degree turn while you’re in it.
Table Mountain has been proclaimed one of the new seven natural wonders of the world! And they say from up here you get one of the most epic views in Africa.
Table Mountain is considered to be of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. It is also South Africa’s most photographed attraction. From the top of Table Mountain you’ll get views of Downtown Cape Town, Camps Bay and all the way down to Cape Point. If you’re feeling adventurous, it’s even possible to rappel down the mountain.
Over 800,000 people visit the mountain each year! If you’re planning a visit, remember that the mountain is sometimes overcast, so if you arrive on a clear day, take the opportunity! An interesting fact about Table Mountain is that it dates back 600,000,000 years making it one of the oldest mountains in the world! Now lets go down to the next mountain.
Lions Head is a 2,200 foot mountain in between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. There is only one way up and that is by hiking. It takes around 90 minutes and they say the views from up there are incredible, now lets start our hike!
Like I said, there is only one way up and its by hiking so remember to wear sneakers and bring lots of water! From the top of Lions Head you will get some of the best views in Cape Town. Remember to take pictures of people sitting on the edges of the rock!
We are here with Cape Town Helicopters and we are about to take a 15 minute ride at 2500 ft! Now lets hit the sky for an even better view. Cape Town is known for its dramatic coastline and there’s is no better way to see it than from the sky!
If you’re looking for an epic sunset, then I recommend you head to Bakoven beach. This was once a small fishing village and from here you can get an incredible sunset from the rocks.
One of the best hotels on the water is Tintswalo Atlantic. This is one of the most unique properties I have ever stayed at. They have 10 rooms and a presidential suite, you cant get closer to the water I guarantee it!
Here are a few day trip options from Cape Town, just a 45-minute drive south. We have arrived at Boulders Beach home to the youngest African penguin colony. The first penguins arrived here in 1984 and since then their numbers have increased into the thousands.
This is one of few places in the world where you can see penguins up close. They have been wandering freely here since 1982, and the colony currently has more then 3,000 members. The boulders after which the beach is names date back over 540 million years!
Now let’s head down to Cape Point! Welcome to Cape Point, the southwestern most point of Africa. It’s located only a one hour drive south from Cape Town and you have to see it.
Cape Point is located within Table Mountain National Park in a section referred to as ‘Cape of Good Hope.’ This area of the park is wild and unspoiled – a very important haven for seabirds. Remember to lock your cars, as the local baboons have learned to open door in search of food!
I left the best for last! Most people shudder at the thought of great white sharks that live in the waters off Cape Town, but we decided to be more adventurous and dive in and take a swim with their favorite prey, sea lions!
Animal Ocean offers adventure seekers the rare chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals. We departed from Houts Bay, to a nearby island that’s a bit shallow for the sharks.
After the Wetsuit is on, we dive in! The water was freezing and a bit murky, but the seals aren’t shy at all. They’re playful and graceful. Truly an unforgettable experience!
Have you been to Cape Town? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!