A Travel Guide to Capetown, South Africa

Photography: CJ

At Groot constantia

If you follow me on instagram or snapchat, you would know I went to Capetown last december, and I can say I had the best time of my life. It was the most fun filled trip I’ve ever been on. Although Capetown is about 2 hours away from Johannesburg by flight, where I live, the cultures and environs are vastly different. While Capetown has old European-like architecture with a laid back feel, Johannesburg is very fast paced with modern structures.

As true to tourist behaviour, which I allowed myself be, I explored the most travel worthy destinations in Capetown.

On the way to Cape Point

Where to stay

Tourists typically stay in the City Bowl area but out of the need to deviate from the norm, I stayed at a place close to University of Capetown in Rosebank.  PS, Rosebank unlike your touristy areas, has great happy hour food, drinks and loads of discounted deals.

What to eat/ drink

-Have dinner at Bukhara restaurant at the V&A (their Indian cuisine is mouth watering).

-Have a Malay Dish at Bo-Kaap and at Jonkershuis Restaurant at the Groot constantia.

-Have drinks at Jamaica Me Crazy at Woodstock, reggae music is played, the ambience is relaxed with sea and mountain views.

What to wear (and weather)

In December, the weather in Capetown goes through constant PMS, lol. It can be sunny, windy, cold and raining all in one day, so pack for summer and throw in one of two jackets, a few long pants and an umbrella!

Airport style wearing JIDEKA jacket

What to see/ do

There are some must dos in Capetown; visit the V&A water front, the Table mountain and Robben Island.

-Do the Red Bus hop on hop off (The best way to experience lots of tourist destinations for cheap).

-Visit the wine estate at Groot constantia.

-Go to Cape Point (the most South-Western point of the African continent).

-Visit the beaches, and boulders beach to get to know the African penguins.

-Go hiking at Lion’s Head mountain.

– See the colourful buildings at Bo-Kaap.

-Watch the sunset from Signal hill.

-Go on a Yatch cruise at the V&A waterfront

-Live your best nightlife on Long street!

Hop on Hop off Red tour bus
Walking to Boulders beach
Boulders beach
Cape of Good Hope: the most South-Western point of the African continent!
Leaping for joy! Lol. Just at the Cape point entrance
Colourful buildings at Bo-Kaap
Bo-Kaap
Clifton beach

Good to know

Be sure to buy your ticket for Robben Island in advance as tickets sell out fast! Tickets were sold out all through my stay, so I missed this .

My entire Capetown trip wouldn’t be complete without emphasizing on my hiking experience at Lion’s Head. I have height-phobia which started from childhood, and would never have gotten to the very top of the mountain without my partner-in-crime’s support, thank you CJ. This picture of me on Lion’s Head is one of my proudest moments in life .

At the top of Lion’s Head!!!

Let me know if I missed any interesting places/events and what things you did there? If you haven’t been, what’s on your bucket list? Let me know .

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