This South African capital is one of the most loved cities in the world. Glamorous and invigorating, Cape Town’s appeal lies in the emblematical Table Mountain that is visible from every part of the city. This city has many things to offer to every type of a traveller. To make sure you get the best out of your Cape Town experience, here are five things to consider while you plan a perfect trip this South African port city.
Plan ahead, book early:
Try this vacation planner to make sure you do not miss out on any fun. Whether planning a foodie vacation, or an adrenalin adventure, or a relaxing family holiday; make a list of all the places you wish to visit and book your tickets in advance.
Tip: Hop on the City Sightseeing red bus
The weather here is quite unpredictable, so be prepared. A warm day can suddenly turn into a cold evening as the South Easter picks up. Study the weather conditions and pack accordingly.
Tip: Always keep a jacket or raincoat handy.
Check out the little-known places:
Want to experience Cape Town like a local. Here is how: Get a haircut at Yogi’s on Buitengracht Street; Dine at Fish on the Rocks in Hout Bay; surf with the Muizenberg locals; read a book at The Book Lounge; gorge on some fish & chip at Kalky’s; walk through the Tokai Forest; watch a rugby match at Newlands Stadium; and spend a relaxing night at Rafikis Restaurant & Bar.
Make friends with the locals:
Indulge in some street shopping:
Browse through local markets and take home small gifts and mementoes, souvenirs, handmade garments, high-end African art, and locally produced jewellery, textiles, toys and more.
Tip: Shop at the City centre. Start on the Long Street and make your way through the Bree street.
Here are a few touristy things to do in Cape Town:
- Visit the Table Mountain National Park and the Cape of Good Hope
- Walk through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
- Relax on the Boulders Beach
- Explore the Robben Island
- Shop and dine at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town fact file:
- Getting in is easy. Fly to the Cape Town International Airport, or take The Blue Train, drive in through major highways, or take a cruise to reach Cape Town.
- The local currency is South African Rand.
- People drive on the left-hand side of the road.
- The calling code is +27
When in Cape Town, do not forget to take the cable car ride up the Table Mountain. The views from the top are marvellous.