Last year I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Cape Town, South Africa. To be completely honest, this was my favorite travel destination to date. I have been all over the world. It is a beautiful place with so much to see and do. Everyone reading this should put Cape Town on their travel bucket list. There is a ton to do, so here are the 5 ‘touristy’ things you must do in Cape Town before you depart.
On our first full day in Cape Town we tackled Table Mountain. Table Mountain is Cape Town’s magnificent landmark that has a flat table top surface. It is literally a perfect place to get fabulous pictures and just walk around looking at amazing views. The problem or fun part (depending on who you talk to) is you have to get to the top. There are 2 ways to get to the top of Table Mountan; cable car or hike. Ya’ll know I am not hiking over 2300 feet or 7o4 meters. I wanted to be able to walk for the rest of the trip. So we ventured the cableway. Now, while the cable car was a faster and more efficient way to climb a mountain it can be pretty nerve wrecking. Someone in our party cried. Once, you are at the top of the mountain, IT IS MAGNIFICENT. the views are ridiculous and crazy and the best. I am so glad we began our trip with this because it set the tone for the rest of the trip. Table Mountain will not disappoint.
Cape of Good Hope
Next up, is the Cape of Good Hope. This was the destination that Eric (my husband) was most excited about. The Cape of Good Hope is apart of the Table Mountain National and is a rocky land on the Atlantic coast just outside of Cape Town. We actually had to hike for little while y’all. Well, we climbed a lot of stairs. It was fine, we are fairly young and I made sure I stretched. Then, we took the Flying Dutchman, the rest of the way up. Again, once you arrive at the top you are greeted with magnificent views of the ocean and landscape. They also have this cool direction pole that tells you how far away you are from different destinations in the world, I think I was officially as far from home as I have ever been. It was wonderful. Oh, and we got to see Baboons when we left the Cape. It was the coolest.
Robben Island is the historic site of a South African prison. It is the prison where Nelson Mandela and many other African political prisoners were held. Here you will visit Mandela’s prison cell and learn a lot of history of other inmates thanks to the tour guides (actual former prisoners). It is a educational and informative tour that I don’t think you should skip.
I was in the water with a shark, y’all. No, did you read that? I was in the water with sharks! A great white shark at that. Crazy! Insane! Ridiculous! I am afraid of most things. Like I am the type of person who can be scared of their own shadow. But for some reason being in the ocean and diving with sharks did not scare me. It was mostly exhilarating. To be honest, you are protected by a cage and the water is so murky you have a better chance of seeing the sharks on the boat outside of the water. But, I was in the water with sharks y’all!!
There are penguins in Africa! Who knew? Well, the people of Cape Town knew I’m sure. Go to Boulder Beach. It is literally a beach where penguins live. We were within an arm’s reach of penguins. We became friends with them. One of them asked to come home with me. I had to turn him down, I don’t know Emirate’s policy on penguin air travel. It’s a beautiful beach full of boulders )duh) and these flightless birds.
Cape Town is a great tourist destination. We felt completely safe the entire time we were there. We ate and drank delicious food and drink. We saw and experienced so many magnificent sights, historical places and just a beautiful land. I would definitely go ahead, I just need to mentally prepare for being in the air 24 hours. Let me know i you have any travel questions or posts you would like to see from me. And tell me where you were when you the furtherest you have ever been from home?