Over the years I’ve lost count of the times we’ve visited family in South Africa, but never in all my trips had we visited the Mother City of Cape Town. That was until our last visit when we flew down from Johannesburg to spend 72 hours in this magnificent place.
We arrived at Cape Town International airport and went to collect our little Hyundai i10 from Budget Cars. The cost for the 3 days was approximately £50 at the time and the small car was more than enough for the 2 of us. We typed the hotel address into the Sat Nav and off we headed, down the N2 to Camps Bay. It was a 30-minute drive and as we climbed up to the summit and headed down in to Camps Bay, what a view we had, it was breath-taking, our first glimpse of the golden sands hugging the bay.
Checking in to the quaint Primi Seacastle set back from the road, we had an amazing view right down the promenade and across the beach of Camps Bay. The room was spacious with a small courtyard outside. We were quick to dump our bags, freshen up and head back out for the day.
First stop on our agenda was Table Mountain of course. Up the long, steep winding road we travelled, cars lined the side of the road as we drove on looking for somewhere to park. We were lucky enough to get a spot just after the entrance to the cable car, we were backed in by a parking attendant and left the obligator tips of a few Rand. Stepping into the round bubble of the cable car, we started to ascend. The car began to rotate and we got an uninterrupted 360° view all the way up. At the top, we wandered around looking down at the tiny model like city of Cape Town, in the distance was Robin Island, Cape Town Stadium and Signal Hill. I can’t describe how magnificent the view is from on top of Table Mountain it is just something that must be seen.
Following our trip up Table Mountain we went to get a different perspective from the Victoria & Albert waterfront. We then wandered around the Mall and shopping centre, picking up some bargains along the way.
That evening we sat out at the hotel, having a few Savannahs (ciders) overlooking the beach and watching the sunset.
Following the sunset, we headed to Paranga for tea, and what a meal it was. Fresh sushi to start, moving on to freshly caught langoustines all washed down with a few glasses of wine. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you visit Camps Bay, a bit more expensive than some but well worth it if you are after a treat.
The next day we started early as we headed off down the coast to Cape Point. We caught the early morning mist as we drove through Hout Bay.
We carried on along the infamous Chapmans Peak Drive, and we could see why it is famed for its mountain, ocean and scenic views; what a lovely winding road it is hugging the cliff side. Next stop on the agenda was Simons Town, driving in we could see the naval base and the small town. We headed straight to Boulders Bay, and if you haven’t heard of Boulder’s Bay well you should definitely check it out, it is only where the penguins live of course. After paying the entrance fee for the national park we followed the decking through the trees, set into the sand banks to the main beach. The beach was a sight to be seen for it was littered with penguins coming and going and generally having a good time.
From one nature reserve to another, after a long morning of driving we arrived at The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where we headed straight for a small fast food restaurant and grabbed some pizza’s. We weren’t the only ones ‘grabbing’ pizza’s as the local baboons are swift at pinching food if you’re not looking. We found this slightly amusing as people lost their pizza’s left right and centre. We quickly finished ours and headed to the funicular. A short ride and small walk later we were at the new lighthouse, overlooking the 2 oceans, and down to the original light house that is no longer used. We walked as far down to it as we could on the path to admire the view. Rather than taking the funicular back, we took the footpath with all the baboon’s and lucky for us we didn’t have any food at the time and were left alone.
Driving back home we spotted a random ostrich strolling along, and of course stopped off for a photo opportunity before leaving it be. After a long day, we headed back to the V&A waterfront and had a drive around Cape Town.
That evening we had a Braai as the locals would call it or as most of you might know it, a barbeque. We booked a driver at the hotel reception and headed to Long Street for a few drinks, the bars were all nestled in the old Victorian-esk building, a few drinks later our driver picked us up.
The final morning came and we couldn’t come all the way to Cape Town without visiting a vineyard. So, we visited the original and oldest vineyard in South Africa, Groot Constantia; over 330 years of wine and brandy making history. Brunch at Jonkershuis Restaurant was the order of the day. Heading into this old farm yard brick barn, overlooking the vineyard we were greeted and shown to our seats, set in a picturesque courtyard. The food was divine and well worth the drive. Unfortunately, due to driving and a few drinks the night before we missed out on the wine tasting experience, but we still got to stroll around the grounds and take in some of the scenery.
Brunch was over and so being our trip to the Mother City of South Africa. We sadly headed back to the airport, dropped off the car, checked in and waved good bye to Cape Town. We loved this city so much we are planning another trip there as we speak but for longer this time.; there is still so much left undiscovered. We would definitely recommend if you’ve never been, it should certainly be on your list.
Our 72 hours in Cape Town just fuelled our desire to return; what a magnificent city full of character, charm and breath taking scenery. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did and hope our guide helps and inspires you to visit.