If you planning a trip to Cape Town, South Africa I hope this list will help you customize your itinerary. Adapted from two articles posted on my blog which you can read here and here which were written to encourage locals to be a tourist in their own city. 

 

Where to stay
First things first, where to stay. Whether you would like to stay in the lap of luxury or want to rough it we have world class accommodation , suited to any budget and taste. Most of the time I find myself gravitating towards boutique hotels,maybe because I love the personalized experience.These are my personal recommendations.

 

One&Only Cape Town *5 Star *Address: Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 431 5888

 

The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa *4 & half Star*Address: NO 3 The Glen Road, Sea Point,Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
Phone:+27 21 439 0086

 

Daddy Long Legs Apartments *3 Star Self Catering*Address: 263 Long St, Cape Town City Center, Cape Town, 8010, South Africa
Phone:+27 21 422 3074

 

The Back Pack *Back Packers*Address: 74 New Church Street | Cape Town
Phone: +27 21 - 423 4530

 

Where to Eat

Gourmet
A great holiday and a great meal always go hand in hand.The Test Kitchen was voted number 28 in the Worlds 50 Best restaurants, there is no denying that chef Luke Dale- Roberts more than deserves this accolade. From smoked trout to springbok and traditional South African cheeses you can either pair wine or tea with these mouth-watering works of art.

Cape Malay
If you are looking for local Cape Malay cuisine, The Bo-Kaap Kombuis is a must visit. With great views of Table Mountain and The Mother City as Cape Town is also known , you might just be able to squeeze in a visit to the infamous , picturesque colourful houses that line Bo-Kaap.

Braai
For more typically South African cuisine a visit to aMadoda Braai in Woodstock is another must visit. 

braai -ˈbrʌɪ/-SOUTH AFRICAN-grill (meat) over an open fire.

 

Mediterranean/ Seafood
If I'm craving some sun, sand and seafood The Grand Cafe & Beach is my go to. Reservations are essential as this popular eatery gets pretty full in summer time.

Steakhouse
The HQ situated in Heritage Square in Cape Town success comes from keeping their menu 'straightforward'. Also a great way to experience some of Cape Town's finest musicians.

What to do


1.Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing Bus
If you did too much walking  the day before, a great way to see the city without that much physical exertion is the Hop on Hop off bus. The red double-decker is a great way to discover the city and surrounds. It’s a safe cost-effective way to explore the city and it runs 365 days a year.

2. Steenberg Golf Estate
Why not visit a Golf club?! Of all the golf clubs I have been too in my city, Steenberg Golf Estate is undoubtedly the most visually spectacular I have ever laid eyes on . If playing a round of golf is not your cup of tee then a visit to Steenberg Spa is a must. Because no holiday is complete without some indulgence.

3.Township Tours
Another great way to explore the city is to take a Township tour.From interacting with residents, to cycling tours, cooking classes, authentic  coffee shops and history lessons. There is no greater or safer way to experience Cape Town townships than by hiring an accredited local guide.

4.First Thursdays
If your vacation happens to fall over the first Thursday of the month you have to participate in First Thursdays. This initiative invites you to explore art galleries and cultural attractions in the City on foot. Better than that its free.This event has grown into one of the city’s foremost cultural experiences, attracting thousands of people every month.

5.Safari
And what is a trip to Africa without seeing the big five.I visited Inverdoorn in the heat of summer and on arrival we were greeted with refreshing towels to wipe away the two-hour drive. Situated in Ceres, Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge is the largest private wildlife reserve in the area, providing sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife. After our 3 or four-hour safari we eventually sat down to a private lunch. This is bucket list worthy.

6.Visit a Heritage Site
A trip to Cape Town would not be complete without a visit to Table Mountain, the New 7th Wonder of Nature. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Cape by visiting the Iziko Slave Lodge  or take a boat trip to Robben Island.What about  a hike at  Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.For a more comprehensive list of heritage sites click here.

7.Wine and Bike Tour
If you missing out on some routine exercise why not explore our beautiful winelands on a bike. You can do a starter 9km tour and if you want more the tours caters up for to 30 km of trails , with packages to suit every budget. 

8.Tea and cake
Fancy a bit of traditional desserts, then a trip to the Mount Nelson for High Tea is your answer. Finger sandwiches , milk tart, delicious  scones, empanadas paired with Mount Nelson’s signature tea are only some of the treats you will be indulging in.

9.Comedy Club 

What better way to see what our humor is like than visiting the Comedy Club situated in the V&A waterfront. First created as 'a tongue in cheek “Pop up Comedy Club” way back in 2005. This is the best way to see a showcase of our local talent. 

10.Cape Camino

Want to do something different to hiking. Then a personal pilgrimage is for you. The word Camino loosely translates into i walk/ journey / path. ‘The Cape Camino route creates a platform to showcase South Africa's sacred diversity, unite  combined wealth and build a peaceful, sustainable nation.’ Walk your way to self discovery.

 

Published by Fadwa Walker