Welkom in Kaapstad! Or should you don’t converse Afrikaans, Welcome to Cape City! Whereas it’s unlikely to see the whole lot this vibrant metropolis has to supply in a mere 24 hours, we’ve highlighted some must-sees and must-dos should you’ve acquired one full day to run round Cape City.
Rise and shine! Tie up your laces and get an early begin as you head to Lion’s Head proper smack dab in the course of the town. Peaking at 669m (2,195 ft) above sea degree, this mountain is a part of the beautiful backdrop of Cape City and also you don’t need to miss the views from the highest. Climbing boots aren’t a should, however ensure to put on closed toe sneakers with an excellent grip, and don’t overlook the necessities: water, sunscreen, hat, and most significantly, your digicam. Pack all of it right into a daypack as a result of there are two ladders you’ll have to climb.
When you’ve conquered Lion’s Head, get able to refuel and reward your self. Head on over to Kleinsky’s Delicatessen in Sea Level for the very best bagels discovered on this foodie metropolis. They’ve acquired everybody lined with meat, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices. Smooshed Avo the whole lot bagel, anybody?
Subsequent up on the checklist: Boulders Penguin Colony, and sure, there are penguins! At Boulders Seashore in Simons City your coronary heart will soften as you observe a colony of African penguins waddling on the sand. Stroll across the boardwalks and the viewing space to get a detailed up have a look at this endangered species. Since 1956, breeding pairs have decreased by greater than 80% resulting from quite a lot of causes. Don’t fear although, visiting the penguins right here is completed responsibly. Benefit from the alternative to be taught extra about how one can assist them get well.
Who’s up for a snack? It’s not a visit to South Africa with no correct indulgence in biltong. When you’ve by no means heard of, or tried, biltong, you’re in for a deal with. This dried cured meat is made with none sugar, preservatives, or components. Numerous forms of meats are used from beef to ostrich. Wash it down with a rooibos purple cappuccino and prepare in your subsequent cease.
It’s a busy afternoon for you — time to go to Kirstenbosch Nationwide Botanical Backyard nestled on the foot of Desk Mountain. Take a free guided tour (roughly 90 minutes) or wander the gardens by yourself. Look out for birds, lizards, snakes, frogs, and butterflies as you discover the 528 hectares of pure forest and fynbos (distinct vegetation discovered solely on the southern tip of Africa).
Subsequent, hop within the automobile to Chapman’s Peak, a mountain on the western aspect of the Cape Peninsula, for what is taken into account to be one of the spectacular ocean drives on the earth. With a pace restrict of 25m/h (40 km/h), you’ll snake by way of a complete of 114 curves with views overlooking Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Preserve your eyes on the street however take time to drag over on the designated viewpoints to soak up the scenic surprise.
It’s dinner time! Fortunately, your drive ends in Camps Bay. With a plethora of bars and eating places, you’ll don’t have any bother discovering good meals, good drinks, and good music. Finish your day with a stroll alongside Camps Bay seaside earlier than heading again to your room for a well-deserved relaxation. And that’s only one option to get pleasure from a jam-packed 24 hours in Cape City. You’ll be able to simply alter this itinerary to what fits YOUR wants and trip timeline.
However wait, there’s extra! In case you have time, you possibly can stroll within the blue waters of Clifton seaside however put together your self for frigid temperatures, even throughout the peak of summer season. And don’t fear, we didn’t overlook about wine nation. Go tasting in Stellenbosch with the very handy hop-on, hop-off wine excursions. You’ll be able to even e-book a regular tasting, 6 wines and 6 cheeses, at Fairview for less than R50/particular person. That’s $2.75 USD. And don’t overlook an extended go to to Robben Island Museum. You’ll be able to take a 3.5 hour guided tour and be taught in regards to the island’s 500-year-old historical past.
Cape City is simply one of many scenic South African cities you can begin or finish an journey with us. Listed below are just some of the excursions we’d advocate to get you there:
Highlights of Southern Africa
Cape and Namibia Journey
Cape & Dunes Discoverer
Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer
Basic Cape City Mini Journey
Cape City Day Tour: South African Wine (full day)