10 Reasons to visit Cape Town
While I’ve already been to many places, Cape Town is still one of my favourite destinations in the world and I’ve made a list of top 10 reasons why you should visit Cape Town asap and added some things to do!
I visited the “Mother City” and its surroundings in January & February 2014 and again in January 2016 and I simply #LoveCapeTown.
To enjoy a trip to the fullest, I really recommend renting a car which will cost you only €15/day. Just don’t use Woodford Car Hire.
In 2016 I’ll also be exploring some new & exciting destinations and I hope to add a few of them to my favorites list but for now it’s definitely Cape Town, Melbourne and Tokyo that have really won me over.
Top 10 reasons to visit Cape Town:
1. Food scene in South Africa
Who knew that Cape Town, or South Africa for that matter, has such an incredible food scene? The best restaurants are fully booked months in advance, but if you’re lucky you can always try and ask if they have a table available for lunch during the week.
I can really recommend the Degustation Menu at Waterkloof restaurant, but also worth checking out are Potluck Club, Test Kitchen and Burrata.
2. Beaches in & near Cape Town are amazing
Stop by Boulders Beach on your way to Cape Of Good Hope to visit the Penguin colony. There’s also a beach a bit further down the road if you fancy swimming with them…
Go surfing or horse riding at Noordhoek Beach!
Sunbathe or watch the sunset at Camps Bay…
3. Chapman’s Peak Drive
Again, rent a car when you visit Cape Town…
Chapman’s Peak Drive is a marine selfdrive that takes you from Hout Bay to Noordhoek beach and offers a spectacular scenery for only 40 ZAR (+-€2). You will be making several stops along the way, thinking that spot offers an even better view, but the absolute highlight is when you go around the corner and see Noordhoek beach, one of the most stunning beaches in the world!
4. South African wines
From Cape Town you can drive to Paarl (45min), Stellenbosch (40min) & Franschhoek (70min) to visit some amazing wine estates, the latter even has a Wine Tram to transport you safely from one winery to another so that you can go all in during the tasting. Definitely worth checking out: Delaire Graff & Simonsig (and many others).
If you have the opportunity to do so, I would recommend planning your trip to Cape Town when the Stellenbosch Wine Festival takes places (early February) which gives you an opportunity to really live the good life and sample some fantastic wines. Entrance to the festival is only 180 ZAR (€10!!) and you get an empty glass and off you go to taste any of the wines from the +100 wineries (included IN the ticket price). Or try some Braai food.
5. Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
As mentioned above, if you’re visiting Cape Town, you should absolutely add Stellenbosch & Franschhoek to your itinerary. Don’t do it in a rush, take some time to indulge and appreciate the incredibly scenery or even the wildlife. It’s phe-no-me-nal
6. South African Rand
Claiming that South African Rand (ZAR) isn’t doing well, would be quite an understatement… Since May 2011 it has lost 60% of its value to the US Dollar. Economic growth isn’t as expected and the Rand may continue to fall even further in 2016.
While that isn’t great news for South Africans, it does give tourists a lot of spending power. Something which may help the economy a bit, tourism spend accounts for >10% of GDP.
Wining & dining, attractions, musea, shopping (except for designer brands), etc. It’s REALLY CHEAP. Value for money is amazing. Maybe that’s why flights were so cheap recently?
So why not ‘splurge’ and go shopping at V&A Waterfront! Check the Cape Town Food Blog for specials, Gourmet Burgers for €4,4? All You Can Eat RIBS for €7,8? Lunch for €2,7?
7. Adventurous & Active
Cape Town is also a destination that has a lot to offer if you’re a nature person, like to live on the wild side of life or just enjoy sports or being active in general.
My favourite activity is hiking up Lion’s Head for a spectacular view over Cape Town, Table Mountain and Camps Bay, it takes about 40 minutes and is well worth the effort. I love seeing the clouds rolling down from Table Mountain!
But if you don’t like going up there you can just drive to Signal Hill for a similar, albeit less spectacular view. Lion’s Head is on the right in the picture.
Or what about activities such as Shark Cage Diving, Abseiling from Table Mountain, Skydiving, Quad Biking, Cycling, Mountain biking …
8. Hotel, lodge, suite, B&B, hostel
Doesn’t matter which type of accomodation you prefer or what budget you have, there are some really great options to stay at! Try a nice B&B in Stellenbosch, get pampered at the Westin Cape Town, be frugal at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Woodstock, wake up in a lodge in Franschhoek, …
9. Explore and make your own list of top ten things to do in Cape Town
Look for something that others haven’t done or what you didn’t find on the internet… I really enjoyed driving around and stopping wherever I saw a spot to take a picture of a nice place for a cup of coffee.
To get from Stellenbosch (where I had spent the night) to Waterkloof restaurant in Somerset West, I drove via Franschhoek, Vyeboom, Grabouw & Sir Lowry’s Pass. If you have a look at the map, you’ll see why that’s pretty crazy in the coconut. Dare to do something different.
10. Just Because.
Whatever you decide to do when you visit Cape Town, you simply can’t go wrong. Relax in the sauna with a view, go for a drive on Beach Road at Sea Point, chill at Clifton beach, walk from the V&A Waterfront to Castle of Good Hope, watch the Springboks play, …
And when you depart from Cape Town International Airport, you just know you’ll want to visit Cape Town again, soon!