Cape Town in 4 days
Second largest city in South Africa, Cape Town is among the most popular tourist places in the world. Check out our 4-day itinerary in this city and pack your bags to enjoy beautiful beaches, great mountains, wonderful scenery and a very rich cultural life in this unique destination!
Start the route of the first day by visiting Cape Town’s main attraction: Table Mountain, an imposing mountain with a flat top resembling a table. If the weather is clear, you can see everything up from there! There are two options for climbing Table Mountain – by foot, following the trail, or by cable car, which is called the Cableway. If you prefer the trail, we recommend choosing the path called Platteklip Gorge, considered the quickest and the easiest one. If you prefer to save your strength, go via the spinning cable car so you would have 360º view. We recommend that you buy your cable car ticket online to wait less time in the queue. Arriving at the top, enjoy the wonderful panoramic view: the Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, the Waterfront, the World Cup stadium and a large part of the city. Unforgettable! Once you get to Table Mountain, head for Camps Bay Beach, this beach is considered to be the most beautiful in Cape Town, with an extensive stretch of clear sand and very blue sea. There are many nice restaurants with a view of the sea, really great options for enjoying lunch. To complete, the beach is framed by the Twelve Apostles, an impressive rock formation that makes part of Table Mountain. In the afternoon, enjoy the nature at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, dedicated to the native species of South Africa. Considered one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, it guarantees a pleasant stroll, offering guided walks, ecological trails, restaurants and also a Tea House.
The highlight of the second day is the trip to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope with stop at Boulders Beach, which is home to the colony of African penguins. To get there, take a breathtaking panoramic road, called Chapman’s Peak Drive. After seeing the penguins at Boulders Beach, drive about 17km to the entrance of the Cape of Good Hope, the most southerly place in Africa. Once inside the park, follow the signs and go to Cape of Good Hope to enjoy the sensational view and see with your own eyes what the old navigators saw when they arrived here! Another must-see attraction in Cape Point National Park is the lighthouse, which can be reached by foot or using funicular (you can buy the ticket on time). Nearby you will also find a beautiful restaurant called Two Oceans with a sensational view and a large store of souvenirs. To end the day with a golden key, how about tasting of the best South African wines in the oldest winery in South Africa? To do this, head straight for the Groot Constantia, which fortunately stays on the way back from Cape Point National Park to Cape Town. The Groot Constantia is a beautiful winery with plenty of green area where you can take the guided tour through the production and then enjoy several types of local wines during the tasting accompanied by an experienced guide.
The morning of the third day, we suggest starting with the ride to Robben Island, also known as the prison island where the former President Nelson Mandela spent many years in jail. The tours are made by the ex-prisoners themselves. To get there, take the ferry from the Waterfront and try to buy tickets in advance via the internet. After taking the tour to the island, it’s really cool to see V&A Waterfront, a seafront complex that gathers jetty for boats, shopping, restaurants, souvenir shops, art galleries, a wonderful Food Market, several tour companies, that offer tours by boat or by helicopter. In short, it is the perfect destination for lunch or spending the whole afternoon making shopping and enjoying the unique atmosphere of the place. One of the must see attractions of the V&A Waterfront is the Two Oceans Aquarium, where you will find more than five thousand species of animals, among them many fish, penguins, mollusks and even sharks. Kids will love the visit! Book late afternoon to watch the sunset at the Signal Hill. It is good to check up sunset time in advance, do not forget to take a jacket (it is quite windy there), and just enjoy the amazing view that the place provides.
On the last day in the city, visit the District Six Museum, it is small but very beautiful and impressive museum. The museum’s collection tells the sad story of the sixth district during the Apartheid period when countless non-white families were evicted from their homes. After that, in the place where they lived the new buildings were built for the white people. For those who like history, it is worth knowing. Right near the museum stands The Company s Garden, a beautiful park in the center of the city, very wooded, full of squirrels approaching without fear. Make this very pleasant stroll before finalizing the trip.
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