Cape Town 2 Day Itinerary!
Cape Town, one of the capitals of South Africa. Oh yeah, did you know that South Africa has 2 more capitals in addition to Johannesburg? Cape Town is one of them and this city leaves all its visitors impressed about many things including nature, ocean, local food, and opportunities. Also, to be honest, Cape is the safest region of South Africa for tourists. I did a great weekend trip to Cape Town and now I’m ready to share my 2-day itinerary for Cape Town.
Table Mountain Hike / Cable Car
Table Mountain is one of the symbols of Cape Town and its one of the old 7 wonders of the world. One of the facts about Table Mountain is that it’s pretty much visible from anywhere in Cape Town. To reach the summit there are 2 different ways. You can whether do the challenging hike which may take up to 4-5 hours to complete or you can hop on the cable car and reach there easily. View up there is incredible!
To be honest, the hike was extremely difficult on the way up because there is no such flat point, it feels like you are taking the stairs for 2 hours non-stop. After some time you will feel real pain if you are not a serious hiker. If you are up for a challenge go for it, otherwise definitely take the cable car, which may be closed during winter months like June and July (yes, South Africa is on the southern hemisphere). This hike and seeing Table Mountain are totally free, so combined with the other facts this will be the first attraction on my list.
Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope
This is the most southwestern point of the African continent, so it’s a place you may want to make a touchdown at least. Just keep in your mind that it’s extremely windy and can be really cold during winter. I know that most people from the northern hemisphere are used to travel during summer months which means during winter for South Africa. Driving to the Cape Point usually takes half an hour from the central part of the city. Cape Point is a part of Table Mountain National Park, so it requires a small entry fee (135 Rand for = 9.5 $ US).
Once you reach the southwestern point there will be a photo spot sign for you to take your picture and you will see the stairs which lead you to the scenic viewpoint. The ocean view is stunning regardless of where you watch it. If you are lucky you may see lots of baboons or some ostriches which we saw on our way back to exit. Close to the Cape Point, there is also a small lighthouse, which you can do an easy 10-minute hike to the top of it. The lighthouse is great for landscape photos next to the ocean or scenic photos from the top.
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
As the name says, this place is the best to see those famous penguins in Cape Town. It’s quite interesting to find a penguin colony in the middle of a city in South Africa. Boulders Beach is the place where these cute animals live and hang out under the protection of South African National Parks. You can see them very closely, however, be aware that they bite, so be careful if they come very close to you. Still, for me, they look totally harmless unless you don’t poke them. Once again since this place is also a part of Table Mountain National Park, there is a small entry fee, but worth seeing the penguins. (70 Rand = 5$ US)
The drive to Boulders Beach from the center takes only 10-15 minutes. Once you reached there is an initial walk to the entrance where you still can see some penguins walking around outside.
Here’s a sad fact, there was more than a million penguin in this area during 1990, however currently there are only 55.000 penguins left, and this place tries to preserve African penguins as a species. If you want to learn more about the cute penguins go check this out!
This is one of the central locations of Cape Town where you get to find all great shopping centers, street performers, greatest restaurants and also the harbor with a lot of fisherman boats. Basically, this is one of the most touristy spots of the city and prices in here are incredibly expensive compared to any other place in South Africa. However, since all the interesting shops, souvenir stores and good bars are located here, I’d say spend some money here if you are going to.
There is a food center inside V&A where you’ll find amazing food joints with so many different options. Also, I need to mention those milkshake and yogurt sections in which they have more than 30 flavors! Close to this area, there is a big aquarium with a good selection of fish and sea life. I’m not a big fan of zoos or aquariums since they limit the living area of animals to “protect them”. Still, I wanted to mention for those who are interested. I’d say you can spend at least 2-3 hours in this area and even spend the night after sunset with a great dinner and chilling in a bar with some drinks!
I don’t think you will find this place in many other travel blogs. This was the neighborhood that we stayed in. This area is the place for surfers where you can find all good surf shops and good waves to ride. We stayed in Stoked Backpackers Hostel which was pretty cool. It was a little bit cold, but I can imagine it must be popping any other time than winter. From the hostel, you can book all your adventure tours for Cape Town just like snorkeling with seals, horse ride on the beach, scuba diving, shark cage dives, surfing lessons or even skydiving.
Only 5 minutes of driving, and you can find yourself in Kalk Bay, an area with some hippie vibes, but also an area that hosts one of the best restaurants in Cape Town with Cuban vibes. Cape To Cuba was fantastic with all the food, dessert and especially with cocktails. I don’t remember how many mojitos I ordered, but they know how to make legendary cocktails for cheap!
Wine Tasting @ La Parada Constanta Nek
Well, I’m still a fan of French wines, however, this will be one of my recommendations if you wanna taste South African wines. Actually, I got this recommendation from one of my friends who’s a South African local. Indeed once I made a search about it, I found out how good it is to spend some time. Definitely check them out if you have some extra time after your Cape Town attractions are completed!
That will be a short summary of Cape Town, if you have more time in Cape and don’t know what to do just shoot me an email and I’ll send you a more customized itinerary. Don’t forget to subscribe to get monthly tips on sustainable traveling and traveler lifestyle 😉
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