Cape town is the most diverse city within Africa for me. I say this because it meets western culture yet remains African. Cape town is to us what Las Vegas is to Americans. Cape Town has always been one of my favourite destinations for a family vacation, well any vacation actually. The vibes are just perfect for a holiday as soon as you see Cape Town from your airplane window, you know holiday has begun!
Being from southern parts of Africa I often travel to Cape Town. Be it for our winter holiday, new years or Christmas. This a popular time of year for tourist to visit South Africa.
Having traveled to Cape Town since I was a child it was a totally different experience when I visited in now. When I was younger the highlight of my trip was Ratanga Junction, now the gorgeous vineyards like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Cape Town offers so much variety and choice when it comes to attractions, food, wine, safaris and so much more. I have put together a handy 4 day plan on how to see the best of this beautiful destination. Let’s face it, the choices can be overwhelming.
So if you only have a short time in Cape Town this as I did in just 4 days this is the guide for you. It is a 9 hour flight from Dubai, How do you do it ? I managed to do it plus attend a wedding.
Here is how I did it :
Where to Stay?
The One and Only
in Cape Town is a destination within itself. Boasting a glorious view of table mountain and probably one of the most luxurious hotels to stay at.
Location is great as it’s right next to the V &A Waterfront which is only 15 minutes away by car to the up market side of town known as Camps Bay. (Camps Bay is like the downtown of Dubai except with beaches)
12 Apostles Camps Bay
This hotel is great for those looking for a scenic view of the oceans and mountains. This hotel is names 12 apostles because its surrounded by 12 like headed mountains in a line looking like 12 apostles. This was also where I attended the wedding. A quaint and unique hotel sitting on a slope. I might add was not so fun once the wedding celebrations begun as we were wobbling around the hotel lol!
The sunset view here was beyond breath taking. Though I personally wouldn’t stay here as its a bit isolated. I prefer to spend my time walking to shops that are near by as opposed to driving by car to get to the shops but each to their own. 12 Apostles is also a very luxurious stay.
Where to Eat ?
The Bungalow– great for views and after a nice stroll along camps bay. This is where the inner circle of cape town can be found, local celebrities enjoy this spot too.You have a great view of the ocean from here which is perfect for sunset. Great for lunch or even just a sundowner.
Food was lovely, do try the cray fish or the catch of the day. Service is average compared to Dubai they could do with some service lessons we had a minor issue with the manger but still had a great time.
Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar- supposed to be great for a lekker (yummy or epic) steak or game meats but didn’t really see what the fuss was about but do try just for the fun of trying ostrich steak and some game meat.
Shimmy Beach Club– this is also situated within the waterfront its supposed to be like Nikki beach Dubai kind of vibe with a restaurant and a club after the kitchen closes but I am pretty sure there are better places to attend for a night out maybe try cafe caprice rather we did not have enough time to visit but we heard that it has great food and lounge vibe going on!
Which activities ?
Helicopter tour to shark diving
A helicopter tour is an activity in itself and a great way to take in Cape Town. We planned to do shark diving way in advance only to find out, its 2 hour drive and as we only had a few days we hopped on a helicopter to get us there. Talk about glamourous… The ride to Gaansbai (the town where the sharks are found) and traveled over Hermanus. Whale season was in full swing and we spotted 12 whales, one even jumped out of the water. It’s a pity sometimes photos just dont do it justice so I will say this is an experience you have to capture with your eyes.
It was magical ! The highlight of my entire trip was seeing these whales.
The 3 Grape Estates I visited:
I have to say each estate in their own right was a sight for sore eyes. Honestly this was the most sophisticated activity I have ever done I am not a wine connoisseur nor do I plan to be but I do love me some wine. I’m not much of red wine drinker either but tasting the red wines in Rust En Vrede was something to get me on the red wine wagon. The estate at Rust en Vrede is gorgeous and well looked after. The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. I was expecting to run through the vineyards or at least pick a grape or two but that was not the type of tasting it seemed. We hired a car to get us around to the vineyards and cheetah encounters provided by the One and Only.
Delaire graff we just popped in for the views and boy were they boasting with beauty! The ultimate destination for views and a true vineyard experience unfortunately we did not have enough time to do a tasting but for sure will visit again and let you know how the wines are apparently they have a spa which is fabulous and a lodge I wouldn’t mind trying out a night here looks lovely and luxurious.
Other Activities to Try:
Top of table mountain
Bo Kaap for pretty pictures
Walk long street
Boulders Beach meet African penguins
What to pack ?
Cape Town is a little cooler than most cities in Southern Africa so do pack a jacket or two, pair of jeans ,3 or 4 tops that look great in photos, a dress or two for dinner, sneakers for the activities, a scarf and hat for accessorising your look. A bikini or two though the water is extremely cold but do pack one for tanning. The rand is a lot less than dirhams so you can also do a great load of shopping so do not pack too many they do have shops like Zara and River Island there too so shop for a bargain as compared to Dubai. Last and not least a dress of two for the day of the wedding for just incase anything goes wrong with one you have the other 🙂
How to get around?
Have you been to Cape Town? If so what did you do and what do you feel should be added to my list? Also I have made this cool pinterest collage for you so when you do travel you can easily use it as a tour guide you’re welcome 😉
As Always I hope this was useful to you and hope you visit again 😉 If you wish to wish to hear about my other travels you can find them here.