Cape Town will always hold a special place in my heart, not only does it have some of the most breathtaking landscapes & beaches but it also happens to be my birthplace! So as you can imagine, I was thrilled to book a flight to the Mother City. After a spectacular holiday with my favourite person, I thought I would share 10 highlights from our trip.
1. The V & A Waterfront
If you’re looking for a place to eat with an amazing view & chilled atmosphere the V & A Waterfront should not be missed, one is spoilt for choice by the numerous selection of local restaurants overlooking the harbour. Our favourite was Bukhara, known for their mouthwatering Indian curries and buttered naan bread, drool. After our delicious dinner, we took a light stroll and explored, the mall has a ton of local, designer and retail stores to choose from. Outside, the night grew darker and the water began to shimmer from beams of surrounding lights, African dancers and drummers began performing and I absolutely loved the evening’s ambiance.
2. Ride the Cable Way up to the top of Table Mountain
It was quite a wait to get to the front of the line but so worth it! The Cable Car gives you a panoramic view of Cape Town and a close-up look of Table Mountain. Once at the top, we started with the Dassie & Agama walk which took a good hour. We then sat on the rocks at the edge of the mountain and admired the stunning scenery, what bliss. As we were leaving we spotted a pleasant little dassie enjoying the sunshine while munching on a plant.
Fun fact: Dassies are the closest related relative to elephants!
3. Hike Lion’s Head
This is one of the best hikes I’ve done and I would highly recommend this to anyone. The view is incredible and the hike itself is a mix of walking and actual rock climbing. It is so rewarding making it to the top, from here you see Cape Town showing off its impressive shoreline. Spending time outdoors is so good for your soul, nothing beats fresh air and a bit of exercise – even whilst on holiday!
4. Sightseeing from The Cape Wheel at the V & A Waterfront
The pictures below speak for themselves, the Ferris Wheel is another magical way to see a 360 view of the harbour and Table Mountain in all its glory, however, if you’re afraid of heights then this probably isn’t the ride for you!
5. Meet the penguins at Boulder’s beach
We took a long scenic drive along the coastline to Simon’s Town and ended up at Boulder’s Beach, home to a colony of African penguins. In the distance we could see a waddle of adorable penguins, some were standing on large boulders soaking up the sun, while others went for a swim in the sea. Shame, these poor little guys are currently on the verge of extinction 😦
6. Shark cage diving in Gansbaai
I don’t know how I was convinced to sign an indemnity form stating that “what we were about to partake in may result in injury or death”, but I did it and I have the certificate to prove it! The sharks didn’t make us wait too long before making an appearance right before our eyes. Once you get the hang of sharing the water with these majestic creatures, you no longer feel frightened but rather excited and the adrenaline leaves you wanting more. Cage diving is definitely worth doing, aside from the fact that the odd bit of chum enters your mouth unexpectedly, yuck. Unfortunately, there weren’t any Great White Sharks in the water but we did see 6 Copper sharks which were 3 meters in length!
7. Kirstenbosch Gardens & Moyo Restaurant
It was my turn to spoil Daniel, and I was really excited about the night I had planned. Firstly, we went for a walk around Kirstenbosch Gardens, an absolute paradise for all kinds of plant species and birds. This peaceful sanctuary had a view that looked like something from a postcard. For dinner, I decided on Moyo, a South African restaurant, situated in the botanical gardens. We had our faces painted and an African marimba band played while we ate our buffet dinner, it turned out to be a really enjoyable evening.
8. Drive along Chapman’s Peak
After Boulder’s Beach, we headed to Hout Bay and accidentally ended up on one of most charming routes in Cape Town, Chapman’s Peak. With lookout points along the way we could not help but pull over and admire the picturesque scenery – this drive is definitely a must-see! And if you do end up in Hout Bay be sure to stop off at Fish on the Rocks for some fresh fish and chips!
9. Dine at Bilboa in Camps Bay
Date night – delicious food, a stunning view and the perfect guy ♡ 10 out of 10 recommend!
10. Enjoy a harbour boat tour
Back at the V & A Waterfront, this time to enjoy a cruise around the harbour. We spotted seals, penguins and dolphins, and once again had a clear view of Table Mountain. It’s a perfect trip for a hot summers day, sitting up front with the breeze from the ocean and the sound of the waves below.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta