Started our 5-day Cape Town itinerary with a visit to District Six Museum, which tells the story of the forcible ejection of local multi-racial communities from the Sixth District in inner Cape Town. It has both permanent and temporary exhibitions and excellent guides offering personal insights into the museum.
After the museum, i grabbed a coffee at the excellent Uncle Bear Coffee Company before exploring the tourist market at Greenmarket Square and the old colonial buildings surrounding Company Gardens. Next, i grabbed lunch at Yours Truly perched on a stool watching the world go by.
In the afternoon i wandered over to Bo Kaap. Bo Kaap has a rich multi-cultural heritage, thanks mostly to the descendants of slaves who were brought over in the 16th and 17th century. Today it’s an interesting place to stroll around and admire the colourful houses.
No Cape Town itinerary is complete without a Township tour. I Headed to Langa and joined the morning Siviwe Township Tour. Langa is a small tight-knit township, just east of Table Mountain. Touring this township opened my eyes to how many of Cape Town’s citizens live and the ongoing legacy of apartheid. It was one of my best experiences in Cape Town which i highly recommend.
Next headed over to Constantia and joined the Constantia Wine Route where i stopped at numerous vineyards and tried their food and wine. Groot Constantia and Fairview are a must for tastings, and Buitenverwachting is a real treat for lunch, with a café and restaurant serving excellent food. But be there before 2 pm otherwise you might have to do some fast talking to convince them to stay open for you!
Before the afternoon completely disappeared in a haze, made my way to Kirstenbosch for a leisurely stroll around the botanic gardens.PRO TIP :-If you are here in summer try to tie it up with one of their outdoor summer concerts, which are truly excellent.
Day 3 of my 5-day Cape Town itinerary took me up the Table Mountain Cableway for stunning views over Cape Town. I Booked ahead as its essential as it’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. There was a long queue to get there. But my precious time was not wasted as the views across Cape Town, Lion’s Head and the endless expanse of ocean is well worth the wait.
After descending in the cable car, headed the short distance to Kloof Street and grabbed lunch at one of the many options in the area. Kloof Street House was my pick.
Time for a bit of R&R, so headed over to the beach for some sun, sand and remarkably cold sea. Camps Bay is a curving wide stretch of beautiful white sand. The four Clifton beaches under lion’s head each have their own vibe. Bloubergstrand, about 20-minute drive from town.
Ended the day with dinner and drinks at one of the many establishments overlooking Camps Bay. It’s sloppy tourist-driven fare, but the view, energy and sunset make up for it.
This morning i took the Robben Island Museum Tour and learnt a bit more about the era of apartheid. Robben Island was used by the South African government as a prison for political prisoners and convicted criminals. Today the island is home to a number of former inmates who work as tour guides, providing very personal – and at times – harrowing accounts of their experience in the prison. There are ferries to robben island. The whole trip takes around 4 – 5 hours. Upon my return i explored the V&A Waterfront and grabbed lunch at the Waterfront Food Market.
In the afternoon hiked up Lion’s Head. The well-trodden path winds its way up the mountain and offers spectacular views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay beach. The views from the top are stunning. Made my way to the top by late afternoon as the sun dropped and the surrounds were lit up in all their golden glory.PRO TIP:- If you take a couple of beers with you to the top, you will have a truly memorable moment.
Today, enjoyed a driving tour of the spectacular Cape Peninsula. Took the M6 down to Harbour Road in Hout Bay, home to a traditional fishing harbour and market, which offers some excellent seafood and a cool seaside vibe. After a walk around Hout Bay Harbour, headed to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak. This is a toll road, but you will not resent the small payment one bit; the drive is nothing short of spectacular.
Once the M6 hits the M65, turn right and go via Kommetjie, taking the circular route around the peninsula. About 1h 20m after leaving Hout Bay you will arrive at Table Mountain National Park. Pay the entry fee, then and follow the signs to The Cape of Good Hope. Walk up the hill nearby and keep your eyes peeled for whales. After you’ve soaked up the views, drive up to Cape Point, walk up to the new lighthouse and out to the point that looks down over the old lighthouse.
Back in the car, head up the east side of the peninsula to Boulder’s Beach (35min) and have a quick visit with the penguins. Continued to St James (25 min) and waledk to the much-photographed brightly coloured beach huts framing a tidal rock pool.
Next headed back south to Kalk Bay, to check out its coffee shops and bohemian vibe before having dinner at Livebait, a great, reasonably priced seafood restaurant so close to the front the waves are lapping at the deck. Got there while it is still light to watch the sun go down