If you keep your eye on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list that comes out at the end of every year you might have noticed Cape Town sitting (very) pretty at number 2 on the top cities to visit in 2017 and as it so happened I began the year there myself… where I soon discovered exactly how it had earned the position. Now because a picture says a thousand words I’ll leave the beauty of Cape Town and the surrounds to speak for itself through a selection of photos I took over the course of our trip.
Still a working fishing village, Hout Bay is a draw for visitors looking to experience some history and the best in local seafood. There are a ton of great restaurants and the Bay Harbour market, located in an old fish factory, to explore on a weekend.
It’s unusual for a drive to be on any list of top things to do in a destination but the route up to Chapman’s Peak appears on recommendation lists again and again. Once you’ve done it you’ll see why as the winding coastal road offers some of the most amazing views across to Hout Bay and the surrounding area. A picnic with a view like this is hard to beat.
CAPE TOWN CITY
Attractions in the city include the cathedral, fort, V&A waterfront, a variety of museums and markets and so much more than you could really do in a day. Hop on the City Sightseeing Tours yellow bus route for a convenient way to cram as much in as possible.
South Africa’s most famous attraction and now on the list of new 7 Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is worth braving the people and the queues for (unless you’re brave enough to hike it – then no queues!)
Now a mention to a couple of spots a little further away from the city… Hermanus is where we were picked up to go cage diving with great white sharks.
Also known as the Cape of Good Hope this is the most south-westerly point in Africa (it is sometimes referred to as the most southern tip but it’s not technically true). Stunning views and wild baboons await in this touristy spot… but as we’ve discovered all of the popular spots near Cape Town are worth it.
While we were in Cape Town we also took time out to go on a safari adventure at Aquila Game Reserve, which you can read about here.
Where have you visited where the scenery has blown you away? Have you been to Cape Town and did I miss your favourite hidden gem? Let me know in the comments!