Cape Town

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Cape Town, or as we like to call it ‘Bucket List Central.’

How many cities in the world can you climb a mountain, swim with penguins, watch whales, chill out on golden beaches, go on safari, dine in exquisite restaurants and drink in the edgiest bars, all on the same trip?

Not many, if any at all. Cape Town on the other hand will let you do all these and plenty more. So whether it’s addictive adventure, abundant wildlife, exciting culture, captivating history, or the lot. There’s plenty to go around in this magnificent city. So, what’re you waiting for?

Highlights

Hello! My name’s Michele and I’m the Cape Town Ambassador for NITGB and I’m a Capetonian through and through, having lived in this wonderful city all of my life. Now I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to the far corners of the world with my work, but I still haven’t come across a city as profoundly fascinating as Cape Town.

The city really does offer an experience like no other, it’s a metropolis of adventure, a hub of vibrancy and a melting pot of different cultures. With 13 different languages spoken, from Zulu, to Afrikaans, to English, Cape Town is one of the most diverse cities in the world. It’s diversity doesn’t just stop at it’s culture, the vast range of exciting things to do and see mean you’ll never be sat around scratching your head wondering what to do next. Here’s a few of my top Cape Town Highlights:

Table Mountain

Sure you’ve probably heard of it. One of Cape Town’s iconic sights, making your way to the summit of Table Mountain is a must. But there’s more than just one way to get there, you can hop on the cable car, or hike. (And there’s even a few secret routes to explore, but shh).

Lion’s Head

Another spectacular viewpoint and one of the best sunset spots in the city. If you’re going to head up, I recommend heading up at dusk, enjoying the sunset and walking back down in the glistening moonlight.

Road Trips

One of the best things about Cape Town is the range of marvellous activities you have at your fingertips. A short distance from the centre, you can go whale watching, see the penguins, head out to the famous wine lands (for a taste or two), or go on safari to see the big 5 in one of the national parks.

Water Sports

Cape Town is one of the world’s leading surfing destinations. Wether you’re a beginner or a dab hand up on the board , it really doesn’t matter. If hitting the waves isn’t your thing then the sea also serves up tons of other activities, from scuba diving to deep sea fishing to swimming with seals.

When is the best time to go?

Like most places, the best time to visit Cape Town is dependent on weather and climate. We are blessed with a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers with limited humidity and relatively mild wet winters so essentially you can visit Cape Town and South Africa all year round. However, Capetonians live for the summer and everyone comes out for beach volleyball, street parties and sundowners.

Nov-March is summer season, and is usually hot and sunny most days. There is a welcome breeze known locally as the ‘Cape Doctor’ with some days bringing stronger winds to defeat unbearable temperatures. Summer is a great time to visit if you want to enjoy the beach and see a buzzing Cape Town which doesn’t sleep.

March-May is Cape Town’s short autumn, which offers the perfect weather for exploring. The summer wind has died down but days are still warm, and the local vegetation turns to stunning burnt oranges and reds.
May-Aug brings cooler, wetter weather however we do enjoy the odd day of warm sunshine. Winter is also the best time to spot whales, and the sunsets are really rewarding.

Aug – Nov is an unpredictable time in Cape Town, with beautiful sunny days and some heavy rainstorms. However spring is a lovely time to visit the wildlife parks and open spaces surrounding the city when they are in full bloom.

Top 10 Must See Cape Town Sites

  1. Table Mountain
  2. Lion’s Head
  3. Muizenberg beach
  4. Stellenbosch Winelands
  5. Chapman’s Peak
  6. Woodstock
  7. Camps Bay beaches
  8. V&A Waterfront
  9. Robben Island
  10. Cape Point and the Penguin colony

NotintheGuideBooks Tips

  • Prepare for a variety of weather – although we do have a mediterranean style climate, with an average temperature of 17 degrees, we’re no strangers to the wind and the rain. So make sure you come prepared.
  • Plan your visit – sounds obvious, but with the vast range of things to do in Cape Town, you want to make sure you get the most out of your trip – so do plan ahead
  • Tour the diversity – we do have loads of breathtaking sites here in Cape Town which are phenomenal. But make sure you spend time exploring the local culture as well. Diving into the local areas and spending time with the people that live there.