Cape Town, one of my absolute favourite cities in the world. Beautiful mountains, beautiful beaches, and close to fantastic vineyards, and one of the few places outside of Antarctica you can see wild penguins.

Cape Town is also perfectly safe, certainly when compared to other South African cities like Johannesburg (Jo’burg) and Durban. It’s reputation for having violent crime stems from back when a lot of the cocaine trade went through Cape Town, but today this is largely non-existent.

Must do activities in Cape Town:

  • Visit Cape of Good Hope / The Cape Peninsula (Do not feed the baboons)
  • Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach to see Jackass Penguins
  • The Klein Constantia winery, sample the favourite wine of Napoleon himself. (All the tourists busses goes to Groot Constantia, so Klein Constantia is somewhat hidden from the mainstream trail)
  • Stellenbosch and surrounding wineries — Make sure to try the Pinotage, the signature grape of South Africa
  • Rock Lobster for lunch at Hout Bay.

Best Hotels in Cape Town

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Leeu House

★★★★★

-16%

635533

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Kensington Place

★★★★

-9%

321292

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Tarragona Lodge

★★★★

-12%

116102

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Hotel Verde Cape Town International Airport

★★★★

-29%

181129

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Visit Table Mountain

Hike the Table Mountain (~3 hours hike), Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, specially for some epic sunsets. If you’re not a hiker, take the cable car up. Enjoy a beer (or an ice cream) at the cable-car station, whilst enjoying the spectacular view of the Cape Peninsula.

The Kirstenbosch Garden — from where you can also hike the Table Mountain from the south-east, and then descent back down to Cape Town on the other side.

If you are interested in going to Table Mountain, since weather conditions (wind, fog, etc.) affect when it is open. It may appear like a totally fine day in the city, yet the mountain could be closed because of high winds on the cable car. If you are there for a short trip, visit Table Mountain at the first opportunity.

Where to eat in Cape Town

For high-end dining, Test Kitchen is a must. (It has regularly been ranked Top-50 in the world.) In lieu of that, their partner restaurant Pot Luck Club is an excellent choice. The view of Cape Town from Pot Luck Club is also quite nice.

Best Restaurants in Cape Town

 

What else to do in Cape Town

Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill on Saturdays is a delightful stop. You can find crafts, clothing and a variety of excellent food there.

Take things slow. South Africans move very slowly in all aspects of life but driving. Just be patient and relax. Don’t get upset when the bill takes a long time to come at dinner. Don’t be mad when the train is delayed for half an hour. TIA.

Barter. If there’s no price tag and no cash register, you should probably be bartering.

Be friendly. South Africans are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met, at first it threw me off when I lived there. Have fun!

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