After spending a few months in cold weather, Josh and I were thrilled to be able to fly to Cape Town for a close friends wedding in December. It blew us away! The mountains and natural beauty of this place was just stunning. I love being in nature and I felt really at home here. Read on for the must see’s or just scroll for beautiful pictures 🙈
Climb Table Mountain (or take the cable car)
Table mountain is considered one of the “new” seven natural wonders of the world- and I can see why! It is just stunning in all ways. You can take in the landscapes from all around you, see the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head from the top. If you’re brave enough, you can hike up which can take about 3-5 hours depending on your speed. You can also take the cable car for about 250 Rand ($25AUD) each and get to the top in 10 minutes! We did this as we were short on time. Breathtaking!
Drive along the coast via Chapmans Peak Drive
This coastal drive has it all. Mountain views, fresh coastal air and fun windy roads. Along the way, you can see Hout Bay and take in all the amazing scenery of the drive. It truly is stunning! We had to stop several times along the way to really admire the beauty. Head towards Simonstown and stop there for a bite to eat.
Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach
Once you’ve had your scenic drive, you can finish for sunset at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. There is a colony of penguins here that aren’t too shy either, so you can really see them up close! Such an amazing experience that we will never forget.
Go wine tasting in the Franschhoek wine region
A short hour and a half drive from Cape Town is the gorgeous town of Franschhoek. Surrounded by lush mountains and greenery, this wine region doesn’t disappoint. We booked the cutest Airbnb and made ourselves a picnic to enjoy the scenery.
Snap an Instagram photo near Bo-Kaap Museum
Brighten up your feed with some photos on the street with these colourful houses. Located near the Bo-Kaap Museum close to the city, this street is full of colour and makes for a fun visit.
Grab a bite to eat at the V&A Markets by the Waterfront
The waterfront is vibrant and has market stalls to wander through as well as a great selection of food to eat. Snap a photo with Table Mountain as your back drop, visit the sea lions or see the Nelson Mandela monument.
Visit The Old Biscuit Mill Markets
Located in Woodstock, these markets are a fun outing. Have a wander around, listen to the music, grab a bite to eat and cool off with a drink of kombucha. A great place to spend the afternoon! Open all week except Sundays.
Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
These gardens took our breath away! We felt like we had travelled back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Allow plenty of time as the gardens are quite big. Lakes, trees, Table Mountain views and board walks, these gardens have it all. If you’re up for a hike, you can take even take a hiking trail along skeleton gorge.
See the sunset from Signal Hill
A gorgeous spot to watch the sunset is Signal Hill next to Lions Head. I suggest getting there early or opting to walk halfway up as the traffic to get to the top seems to come to a stop around sunset.
One thing we didn’t do on this trip was an African Safari! We ran out of time with only a few days here and the wedding to attend. We most certainly will be back to dive into South Africa and see more. Have you been to Cape Town or done an African Safari? Let us know!