Cape Town

We set off on Christmas Eve and landed in Cape Town on Christmas Day! This is a brilliant time to visit Cape Town, the city is buzzing and the weather is perfect.

We travelled from London Gatwick with Turkish Airlines, with a short stop off in Istanbul, this is a great way of cutting down the cost as direct flights can be very expensive.

During peak time accommodation can be pricey,  so we opted for Airbnb, and we got a great apartment on Beach Road, which was an ideal location as it was close to all the popular beaches: Clifton, Camps Bay, tourist sites and the V&A Waterfront.

My Top Ten Things to do in Cape Town

  1. Robben Island: buy your tickets in advance as they sell out quickly, this trip takes about half a day so give yourself plenty of time
  2. Slave Lodge: I feel its so important for everyone to visit this museum so they can understand the painful and unique history of Africa.
  3. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: we spent New Years day in the park, and enjoyed a lovely lunch at the tear rooms, they also have a traditional african restaurant and there’s an even option to have a picnic made.
  4. Clifton 4th / Camps Bay: Both fantastic beaches, but if you’re looking for a quieter beach day pick Clifton.
  5. Lion’s Head: DO THIS HIKE! It’s challenging, but so rewarding, it’s a 3 hour hike up and down, and it’s not for the faint hearted. I’m terrified of heights, and I didn’t realise how scary it would be the higher we climbed, after the first 30 mins of walking you start having to climb over the boulders and climb up ladder. I wouldn’t recommend doing this hike without a guide as the trail isn’t clear. We used a great guide called Nathan, and it was around £50 per person.
  6. Table Mountain: We decided not to hike this as it was around 3 hours up and 3 hours down, and seemed a tad ambitious for us! Instead we got the cable car, again book this in advance so as to avoid waiting around for hours, we pre-booked online and had breakfast at the restaurant at the top. Go on the fist car of the day if you can as it will be nice and quiet, and you can enjoy the scenery in peace.
  7. Zeitz MOCAA  a beautiful collection of african art.
  8. Boulders Beach is around an hour drive from the city and is a lovely way to spend an afternoon, you get to see the African Penguins, and enjoy Simons Town, which is a small coastal town full of lots of little coffee shops and restaurants, and make sure you go for lunch at Harbour House, this was one of my favourite meals of the whole trip.
  9. Stellenbosch, this is a nearby wine region, it’s around an hour drive from the centre, we stayed here for 5 nights at Spier, but if you don’t have time to stay overnight, go for the day.
  10. Bo Kaap this is the former Cape Malay district, it’s full of beautiful colourful houses and great places to eat.
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View from Robben Island
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Clifton 4th
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Bo Kaap
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Kloof Street
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Kirstenbosch national botanical garden
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Boulders Beach

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Zeitz MOCAA
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Clifton 4th
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Camps Bay

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Table Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas & NYE: Cape Town

Cape Town is the perfect holiday destination. Sunshine, cosmopolitan cafés, trendy neighbourhoods and culture, what’s not to love?

We set off from London on Christmas Eve and landed on Christmas Day.  December is a brilliant time to visit Cape Town, the city is buzzing and the weather is perfect.

We spent 9 night in Cape Town and 4 nights in Stellenbosch, but there are lots of ways to split your trip if you want to see more of the Western Cape.  You can drive the popular Garden Route or depending on what time of year you visit, you can go to Hermanus and go whale watching.

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My Top Ten Things to do in Cape Town

  1. Robben Island: buy your tickets in advance as they sell out quickly, this trip takes about half a day, so give yourself plenty of time
  2. Slave Lodge: I feel its so important for everyone to visit this museum so they can understand the painful and unique history of South Africa.
  3. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: we spent New Years day in the park, and enjoyed a lovely lunch at the tear rooms. There is also a  traditional african restaurant and an option to have a picnic made.
  4. Clifton 4th / Camps Bay: Both fantastic beaches, but if you’re looking for a quieter beach day pick Clifton.
  5. Lion’s Head: DO THIS HIKE! It’s challenging, but so rewarding.  It’s a 3 hour hike up and down, and it’s not for the faint hearted. I’m terrified of heights, and I didn’t realise how scary it would be! I wouldn’t recommend doing this hike without a guide as the trail isn’t clear. We used a great guide called Nathan, and it was around £50 per person bookings@hikelionshead.co.za
  6. Table Mountain: We decided not to hike this as it was around 3 hours up and 3 hours down, and seemed a tad ambitious for us! Instead we got the cable car, again book this in advance so as to avoid waiting around for hours, we pre-booked online and had breakfast at the restaurant at the top. Go on the fist car of the day if you can as it will be nice and quiet, and you can enjoy the scenery in peace.
  7. Zeitz MOCAA  a beautiful collection of african art.
  8. Boulders Beach is around an hour drive from the city, you get to see the African Penguins, and enjoy Simons Town. A small coastal town full of lots of little coffee shops and restaurants. Make sure you go for lunch at Harbour House.
  9. Stellenbosch, this is a nearby wine region, it’s around an hour drive from the centre. We stayed for 4 nights at Spier, but if you don’t have time to stay overnight, go for the day.
  10. Bo Kaap this is the former Cape Malay district, it’s full of beautiful colourful houses and great places to eat.

For more ideas of what to do in Cape Town check out www.capetown.travel 

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The Costs..

Flights: We travelled from London Gatwick with Turkish Airlines, with a short stop off in Istanbul. This is a great way of cutting down the flight cost as direct flights can be very expensive. We paid £680 per person for economy flights

Airbnb: During peak time hotels can be pricey, so we opted for Airbnb. We booked a great apartment on Beach Road, an ideal location as it was close to all the popular beaches and the V&A Waterfront.

We were a group of 4 adults staying in a 2 bedroom apartment on Beach Road, Mouille Point and paid a total £2,114.78 for 9 nights.

Transfers / Taxis: Uber is an excellent way to travel around the city as they’re really cheap and safe. Go on the Uber website to get an idea of fare estimates.

If you’re looking for a car service for the day I recommend Siskone Tours. They were extremely friendly and efficient, their rates are higher than uber, but the cars are large people carriers, so ideal for groups. The drivers are extremely knowledgeable of the the city and can even give you a tour. Email the team for rates and advice tourism@sisonketours.co.za

We found eating out to be extremely cheap which was amazing, as the exchange rate from pound to rand was preferable, but it all depends on where you’re visiting from.

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Clifton 4th
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Kloof Street
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Kirstenbosch national botanical garden
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Boulders Beach

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Zeitz MOCAA
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Clifton 4th
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Camps Bay

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