Cape Town, also known as “The Mother city” was the first city to be developed in South Africa, making it the oldest city in South Africa. Statistics have continuously proven that Cape Town is the most visited city in Africa, it is no surprise it keeps winning awards like “best city in the world” and “best destination in Africa”
Booking Flights To Cape Town
It’s advisable to fly with low-cost airlines when travelling domestically. South Africa has three(3) low-cost airlines for which all have a great safety record. The low-cost airlines are Mango Airlines, FlySaFair and Kulula Airways, but of course there is nothing stopping you from using other airlines such as South African Airways and British Airways for along as you don’t mind digging a little bit deeper into your wallet. To compare and book the cheapest flights visit https://tourismguideafrica.com/book-flights/
Getting to the airport
Assuming that you are departing from O.R Tambo international airport, which is the busiest airport in Africa, the best way to get to the airport is by using Gautrain, the only high speed train in South Africa. Alternatively you can use either uber or taxify to get to the airport. Gautrain to the airport from Johannesburg,Park Station and Pretoria,Bosman Station will cost you R170.00 and R183.00 respectively.
Accommodation in Cape Town
It is important that you secure accommodation which is closer to all tourist attraction areas you will want to visit during your stay at the mother city. Cape Town is big and beautiful and each place within the city has something to offer which therefore give you a variety of accommodation options to choose from. For the best location which won’t harm your wallet i recommend you either stay in the city (CBD) , Milnerton or Sea Point. All these locations are a short distance to Cape Town’s main tourist attractions. Personally i find Sea Point to be the most exciting location to stay because if gives you a feel of both the city and and the beach simultaneously.
**You can use any search engine to search and book accommodation,personally i prefer Airbnb for booking my accommodation.
Use the link below to book accommodation with Airbnb for your next trip and you will get R800.00 discount.
Getting around the city
Cape Town is a world class city so transport is readily available. The most convenient way to get around in the city is by using either uber or taxify. The city however does have city buses which travel to all major tourist attraction areas in Cape Town including the airport.
Below is the list of Top Places to visit in Cape Town
1. V&A Water Front
With over 23 million visitors a year, this place is surely very high on the list of places to visit in Cape Town. I remember having some prawns for lunch at one the restaurants while facing table mountain and listening to marimba songs being played by African artists next to the Cape wheel which rotates endlessly. The exciting thing about V&A water front is that it lies on the shores of Atlantic ocean which therefore means there are lots of activities to do beside just fine dinning and shopping. Be on the lookout for some of the best ocean cruises for as low as R50.00 or perhaps cruise a bit further to Robben Island and learn about the history of South Africa.
2. Table Mountain
Table mountain is one of the most iconic landmarks in South Africa, making it one of the most exciting places to visit in Cape Town. Have you been to the plateau of a flat mountain? If not, then this is a must visit for you. The cable car to the plateau of the mountain cost approximately R200.00. I recommend you use a cable car up to the plateau then hike down, but if you have the energy and all day to spend at this amazing place then surely you can hike up and down the mountain, The view of the city from the top makes it all worth it.
3. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
This is the most beautiful botanical garden in the world. I remember walking around the garden feeling like i’m in paradise. I hear some people say there can be a heaven on earth, if that is anything to go by, surely they are talking about Kirstenbosch. So yes, with just R40.00 entrance fee you can buy your way to heaven.
4. Boulders Beach
Boulders beach is known as the home to the African penguins. People travel from all over the world to go see the African penguins at Boulders beach. Entrance free to boulders beach is below R100.
5. Sea Point
Sea point is one of the most calm places in Cape Town, moreover it has the highest collection of seashells i have ever seen in any beach, you don’t search for sea shells at sea point, you just pick. Sea Point has multiple activities to offer from ocean facing swimming pools to dinning to cycling. Sea point has some of the longest and safest cycling path in Capetown, you can hire a bike from a bike shop nearby or perhaps just take a walk and indulge in mother nature.
6. Camps Bay
Camps bay is home to some of the richest people in Africa. I Remember driving from Sea Point to Camps bay which are just a few minutes apart from each other. Trust me i have seen a lot of scenic roads in South Africa, but not as beautiful as that connecting Sea Point and Camps Bay, no wonder the place is home to some of the richest people in Africa. The restaurants at camps bay offer you some of the best views of the ocean, so you surely should dine there at least once when in Capetown.
7. Lagoon beach
Every place has a unique thing to offer in Cape Town. Head to lagoon beach at Milnerton to spot some of the largest cargo ships transporting what looks like a whole village. It’s so amazing looking at the cargo ships with massive containers which you can only see the start but not the end. Lagoon beach also has a beautiful view of table mountain from a distant.
8. West Coast National Park
This National park is located at Langebaan, near Saldanha Bay which is about one hour, thirty minutes away from Cape Town. So you will need to hire a car for this one, is it worth it?definitely yes, i mean who would not want to have some time at a beach which has white sand and dark blue waters. South African has very limited beaches which has white sand and blue water which make West Coast National Park unique for this. The place also have a Braai area , so you can also have a picnic and dance to good music while sipping cocktails and being one with nature.
Words and Images By Ria Makhale
Ria is a Certified South Africa travel expert and travel writer who has traveled all over South Africa. You can contact him on Makhaleria@gmail.com
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