Two weeks ago, I shared three things you must do your first time visiting Johannesburg. Now I share deets on three you must do in Cape Town as a newbie.
Where Johannesburg’s culture and lively energy is addictive, Cape Town’s serene and beautiful views are intoxicating. From the beach to the mountains and the vast wine estates, when visiting here your goal should be to take in as much of this natural beauty as possible.
The following activities below should give you plenty IG-worthy photos but more importantly, memories that will change your life!
Here we go:
Sip All Day at a Wine Tour
One of my birthday gifts was a wine tour (shout out to my big cuz). Some people hire a cab driver to take them around to different wine estates located in Stellenbosch. But we specifically took the Wine Flies Day Wine Tour. Our tour guide took care of everything so all we had to do was follow along.
The cost was $54 dollars per person (750R). This is super cheap compared to wine tours in New York, where I’m from, and you’re getting way more for your money.
The tour lasts all day, so eat a good/hefty breakfast (whatever that means for you). By the 15th glass, you will wish you had. Those crackers were cute, but not enough until lunch.
Our driver picked us up in a van from our accommodations at 8AM and then we were off to Stellenbosch, a college town also home to several vineyards and the most gorgeous lands you will ever see. We visited five estates and midday we ate lunch, which included sandwiches and salad (was very good). This was followed by more wine, more wine and more wine.
On the evening drive back home, you will either be tipsy or if you’re like me all that wine will knock you out. The people on the tour were also friendly. At the last estate, they found out it was my birthday and sang to me.
If you have Cape Town on your travel bucket list, you may already know about the high peaks of Table Mountain. From up top you can see a breathtaking view of the city. Because it is a popular attraction, the lines can be crazy at times.
Buying tickets online cuts down the wait, according to the site. With that said, go as early as you can. I think I waited for about 45 minutes to get in.
You can hike the mountain if you’re about that life. Depending on the route, it can take anywhere from two to six hours. I would actually love to do that one day.
But if that’s not your thing or if you are pressed for time, the cable car will take you up in about 15 minutes.
Once on top, you can walk around or chill and meditate on the wonders before you. There is a restaurant and plenty of restrooms on the mountain.
To get to the entrance of the mountain, you can go by cab or Uber. It is also a stop on the Red City Bus tour. By taking this option, my best friend and we were able to see other parts of the city the same day after visiting.
Cape of Good Hope
I also took a day tour of the Cape of Good Hope with Daytrippers. This tour is $54. But once again, it is worth MORE than that in my eyes. Our guide picked each of us up from our accommodations and took us around to notable points around the Cape Peninsula for a tour that begins about 9AM and ends around 5PM.
Another heads up, your legs and thighs will be worked so wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.
Our first stop was at Camps Bay where we stopped to get pictures of some views of the Atlantic Ocean. On that day it was super windy and truly, honestly, we were a bit shook. But we had no clue that the rest of the day would be a fight. I look back now and laugh because I definitely felt the might of God and if I wasn’t a believer before then I would have to be now.
The second stop was at Houts Bay, where you take an optional boat ride to see Cape Fur seagulls. Then we went up into the Cape of Good Hope reserve. At this point, we got out the tour van, mounted a bike and put on helmets to ride up to another area to have lunch. The views were great, but the wind was so bad that we could barely ride our bikes without wobbling on the road. Some of us end up walking our bikes. Had it been maybe spring/summer, it would have been a more enjoyable experience. The lunch was also OK.
We made a few more stops near a beach, where I was slapped by so much sand that my ankles were stinging (I had on capri leggings.) And thank God I had my glasses, otherwise it would have gotten in my eye. I was still able to get some beautiful photos like the one you see above. Finally, we made it to the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwestern point of the African continent.
The second to last stop was at Cape Point, where we climbed to a historic lighthouse. Now this is where it gets real. By this point in the day, you’re starting to get a bit overwhelmed by all the stops but nope there is so much more to see. There were many, many steps to climb. But this wasn’t the hard part. By the time we made it to the top, the wind was blowing so hard I thought I was going to be blown off. So I captured the photos I could get and left quickly. Last but not least we went to Boulder Beach to see the African penguins an endangered species. This was the highlight of the day for me.
I’m not one to complain just to complain, but I really wanted you to get a feel of the experience. Our tour guide was freaking amazing though and he kept his energy all the way up that day. I do not regret going. I’d go again but never will I go in the month of May. (May is like autumn going into winter so yeah but not as cold)
You NEED to check out Robben Island when you’re there because the culture requires it. Just don’t miss the ferry though like my best friend and I almost did. We were running to the port, but luckily the boat stayed for a few more minutes longer. Don’t be like us though.
Please look out for a deep dive into my travels in South Africa coming soon.
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I hope you make the most out of your Cape Town trip. Next week, I will be sharing more about where I stayed in South Africa and why I did.
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