Got only 24 or 48 hours? Here is the list of Top Places to visit in Cape Town.
A City on the western part of South Africa and on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. I visited Cape Town just after 4 days of my official trip to Durban.
Cape Town Aerial View; Image by Sharon Ang from Pixabay
When I came to know that, I am going to Cape Town in September 2014, I was filled with joy. I wasted no time in Cape Town to explore the city, squeezing maximum travel into the minimum available time.
The very first thing that surprised me was the weather. If it was hot and humid in Durban, Cape Town was much windy and cold, maybe because of the Atlantic ocean.
I found Cape Town also better maintained, compared to Durban and Richard's Bay. After two days of exploring Cape Town, I realized it has so much more to offer for a tourist.
Now I won't Beat around the bush and list down the Top places to visit in Cape Town...
Table Mountain - New Seven Wonder of Nature
When I was 14 years old, the first time I came to know about a city named Cape Town during the ICC Cricket World, as it was being hosted by South Africa and I would wonder looking at a huge mountain imposing itself behind the Cricket Stadium.
Little I knew, 11 years later I will be standing right on top of that flat-topped 3558 feet high Table Mountain overlooking the entire Cape Town city, remembering the day when I first came to hear about this city and will live my childhood dream. Life leaves you speechless at times.
As I was short of time, I took a Private Taxi to the Cableway Lower Station of Table Mountain.
Note: You may have to wait at the Cableway stations depending on the Weather and crowd. Also, it gets very windy at the top.
Other modes to reach the Lower Station are HOP-ON-HOP-OFF bus, MyCiTi Shuttle Bus Service, or Uber Taxis.
It is a spectacular experience to sit inside a Cable Ride that rotates 360 degrees and takes around 5 minutes to reach the top of Table Mountain at the tip of Africa.
Note: Be prepared to witness a blanket of clouds from nowhere, covering your view like a sheet of cotton.
Depending upon your choice, you can do Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, or trekking. From the top, you will witness an iconic National and Biodiversity Park along with the Cape Town City.
Table Mountain is, without doubt, South Africa's most Photographed location and "A childhood dream comes true" experience for me.
V&A Waterfront (Victoria & Alfred Waterfront)
Cape Town is a modern city with a rich history, these two elements fuse beautifully together in and around this touristic showpiece. Well connected by public transport. There are tons of activities to do at this historic harbour, ranging from the Helicopter ride to fancy restaurants.
Activities that you can indulge in at V&A Waterfront...
- Art & Craft shops
- Take the Helicopter Tour for an Aerial view of Cape Town; Cost: R2000 per person
- Walking Tour of the Waterfront; Cost: R150 per person
- Visiting Two Oceans Aquarium.
- Sailing on a Cruise.
- Enjoying Global Cuisine in the food market.
- Visiting the Art and Diamond Museum.
- Ferry yourself to Robben Island for R550 per adult. Where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years.
If that is not enough, stay over for the night when V&A Waterfront changes to a playground of Live Music, Street Entertainers along with a sea of glowing lights with Table Mountain in its backdrop.
It is the most Instagram friendly neighbourhood of Cape Town. Houses are painted in candy-colours and stand out from the rest of the city.
The area has a history dating back to more than 200 years and one of the oldest residence of Cape Town. My Taxi driver drove around the area and I was stunned looking at the beauty of every single house.
Note: You will find food joints at every 10 steps. Maybe because of the high attendance of tourists in this area.
I Stopped over for lunch at the famous Biesmiellah Restaurant as recommended by the Taxi Driver. Be ready to have an authentic 'Cape Malay' experience with great service and excellent food.
Mojo Market - Another Flea Market
If you have read my previous post on 'Tourist Attraction in Durban', by now you should have known that I don't skip a chance to visit a Flea Market.
I asked my driven, who by now had become my companion for the day, about the place where he takes his children for a day out, and he turned the Taxi towards the Mojo Market.
The moment I entered, I saw an ocean of people.
You can shop, stroll, eat, listen to music, drink, chat, laugh. You name it and you will find something to do inside. This market is somewhat similar to 'Sarojni Nagar Market' of New Delhi, India.
If by any means, I did not include your favourite places to visit in Cape Town, do write in the comments below. I would love to know your choice and visit it on my next trip to Cape Town ⛱
Whenever someone asks me, about a place that surprised me the most, I always name its South Africa.
After meeting, interacting, and getting to know people from Durban and Cape Town, I recommend South Africa as a travel destination to everyone looking for a completely different type of experience.
You just have to be open at heart and ready to accept the differences when travelling to this 'African Switzerland' and you will make the memories to cherish for the rest of your life as I did.