Capetown

After an amazing experience of the Greater Kruger and having spent a relaxed time in Johannesburg, our next pitstop was Cape Town.

We had booked our stay in Capetown through AirBnB and though we landed in Cape town around midnight, Our host – Danna, was super sweet and she was up and awake to welcome us and show us our room and walk us through the facilities.

Day 1 – The next morning, we drove through camps bay and explored the route by continuing along the beautiful coastline via the fishing village of HOUT Bay and the world famous Chapman’s peak drive.

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 On our way to Chapman’s peak !

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View While Driving !

En-Route to Cape Point ! I just loved this view !

We were off to the most scenic marine drives in the world – this was the route with sheer drops of sea below and towering mountains rising above you with curves of endless twists and turns.

Our next pitstop was the peninsula’s coastline and rocky pinnacle – any guesses?

We first drove to the Cape of Good Hope and then walked up a little to get some wonderful views.  You can walk up to the Cape Point from here but we chose to drive until the Cape Point and then walked up to the Light House.

 

Cape of Good Hope !
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And then on our way back was a visit to Simon’s town and boulders beach. We strolled the boardwalk viewing platforms to see the penguin colony but you can also swim with the penguins if you visit the public beach ( Boulders Penguin Colony ) which is right next to the entrance to the boulders beach.

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Boulders Beach

Day 2 : We visited the Hout Bay Market to have some lovely breakfast. And then was a 45 minute drive to the beautiful Babylonstoren – a stunning wineyard farm which is a converted 1692 Cape Dutch farmhouse and row of whitewashed old workers’ cottages that have been transformed very tastefully.

There is a lovely farm shop at the entrance which has some extensive selection of wines (available for tasting), the cheese room, bakery and a selection of things they’ve made from their produce, like jams, cordials, preserves and so on.

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The Farm Shop at the BabylonStoren

We had to walk past the beautifully landscaped 8-hectare garden with vegetable areas, stone and pome fruits, nuts, citrus, berries and herb beds to have a meal at the Green House Restaurant. The fruit and vegetables from the garden itself are served and trust me, the freshness is hard to beat.

Day 3 : We went to Bree street for breakfast and then walked up to see Bo-Kaap which has streets filled with colourful houses. The World-Famous Table – Our Next visit, is Cape Town’s most precious asset – Table Mountain. The quickest way to explore this natural wonder is to heap up via the aerial cableway which has been running over 85 years. We took the cable car and each car whisks atleast 60-65 people to the top. The view from the top is amazing especially as it creates a striking backdrop to the city.

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Aerial Cableway to the Top !

On Top Of Table Mountain

View of Cape Town city from the top !

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You can easily spend a day or two ( depending on your interests ) at V&A waterfront exploring all that this historic and world class retail and entertainment precinct has to offer.

The V&A waterfront and the 150 year old working harbour that it forms part of, is a very beautiful setting in the city. Don’t miss a peak into the belly of the Robinson Dry Dock – it remains one of the oldest operating dry docks in the world and the Chavonnes battery Museum ! You are sure to be spoilt for choice with a lot of eateries and also for some retail therapy in V&A waterfront.

V&A Waterfront

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Pretty much, all our evenings were on the beaches. Many of the Cape town’s beaches enjoy Blue flag status. Clifton beach was beautiful –  one of the world’s top ten beaches which is sheltered from wind and ideal for sunsets.

Camps bay has a palm-lined beach and tidal pool, with a row of restaurants and shops on the Riviera-like strip.  While one day, we had dinner in one of the restaurants watching the sunset and the other day just relaxed on the beach.

One evening, was just a walk through the Sea Point promenade; you will find so many dog lovers and health freaks here. Cape town is one of South Africa’s fittest cities !

Cape Town’s Landscapes are as varied as its people. You can go on safari, hike, bike, dive and ride the seas.

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