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Top 5 Things to do in Cape Town

South Africa
Posted: December 14, 2011

1) Drive around Cape Peninsula

The first day I arrived in Cape Town, we drove around the Cape Peninsula. This way you get to see all the beaches, Camps Bay, Llundundo, Haut Bay, Clifton, Misty Cliffs, Kommetjie.  There are lots of windy roads so be warned if you are not a fan.

We had dinner in Kalk Bay at the Brass Bell.  I had a delicious steak and strawberry daiquiri. A meal for two and drinks was about 300 Rand – It was 12.48 pounds to the Rand so 24 pounds.

2) Visit Robben Island

This is a must see, the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life.  The boat leaves the V&A waterfront at different times during the day. We took the 1:00pm ferry to the island which took about 30 minutes. Get to the front of the queue if you want to sit on the top deck.

Once you get off the boat, you are taken on a bus which gives you a full tour of the island, shows you where the other political prisoners lived, the quarry they worked in and some of the shops that are currently in use today. The bus takes around 45 minutes.  The rest of the tour is on foot where you are greeted at the prison entrance by a former prisoner.  He takes you round the cells, the canteen, the outside courtyard and the larger dorms.

It was a very interesting tour, but also was quite sad to think that so many people were in that prison and for such a long time.

3) Go on a wine tour

Cape Town is surrounded by vineyards.  I went to Babylong Stoor for lunch which was 1 hour drive away.  It was a fantastic setting and the food was delicious also very healthy so you didn’t feel guilty eating lots of it.  A short drive away was Tokara where you are able to taste 6 wines on the house. It has beautiful views of Franschhoek and the surrounding area

4) Eat Steak

For those of you that live in London and having steak is a treat, eat lots of it in South Africa.  It is very cheap.  I went to the Hussar Grill in Cape Town and a meal for two (including 2 steaks) with drinks and dessert came to 440 Rands which was 35 pounds.  You could never get that in London for the cheap.

5) Visit the Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront in South Africa has an abundant number of restaurant and shops to cater for everyone.  There are the luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci but then you also have the normal every day shops such as Zara and Gap.  The setting is really beautiful and on a clear day you can see Robben Island on one side and Table Mountain on the other.

Those are my top 5 things to do in Cape Town.  I will be writing more about my trip to South Africa in the following posts.



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