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An insider’s guide to Cape Town South Africa

An insider’s guide to Cape Town South Africa

An insider guide Cape Town in South Africa


A huge thank-you to my friend Marie for completing this “insider guide Cape Town” for me! Marie and I have been friends for nearly 37 years and were best friends in the last few years of secondary school!

  • Where do you live?

Cape Town, South Africa

  • How long have you lived there?

3 years

  • What do you do?

I am self-employed and I design, make and sell funky handmade fabric bags!  (see facebook.com/hotpinkfrogdesigns) Cape Town is a very creative city and is often referred to as a design capital. (Photographs courtesy of Marie)

  • What is the best thing about where you live?

For me, the best thing about Cape Town is the striking natural beauty of the sea and the mountains.  It has some of the most dramatic scenery in the world and some beautiful beaches and walking trails.  It is also a bustling cosmopolitan city and many people from the UK and Germany have settled here which gives it an international flavour. The shops and restaurants in Cape Town are world class.



Could you recommend activities/attractions/things to do where you live? 



My top 5 recommendations for my insider’s guide Cape Town are

  • Kirstenbosch Gardens 

Beautiful gardens with striking mountain views and stunning plants and flowers all year round. A must see is the Treetop Canopy Walkway or “boomslang” which was built to commemorate Kirstenbosch’s centenary. It is a wooden and steel structure that is over 100 metres long and there are fabulous views of the gardens and surrounding areas.

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Make a day of it and wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot to see.  There are 2 restaurants in Kirstenbosch – the Tea Room for light meals and Moyo, an African themed restaurant. You can also take your own picnic basket. Entrance is R55 for adults and R15 for children.  Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00 in summer and 08:00 – 18:00 in winter. From November – March, there is a concert in Kirstenbosch every Sunday evening at 17h30.

  • Table Mountain

The most recognisable landmark is of course Table Mountain with its spectacular panoramic views of Cape Town. The cable car operates from 08:30 to 20:30 in summer and 08:30 to 17:30 in winter.  Tickets are available online at tablemountain.net.  Return tickets cost R255 for adults and R125 for children. There are long queues in summer and so it is advisable to get there early and make sure you choose a clear sunny day or you won’t see much!

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  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

A tourist destination with beautiful views of the sea and Table Mountain, the Cape Wheel, boat trips, shops & restaurants.  The shops are open from 09:00 – 21:00 7 days a week. For more info, have a look at waterfront.co.za.

  • Constantia Wine Route 

Cape Town produces some of the best wines in the world. At beautiful wine farms such as Groot Constantia, Constantia Glen, Eagle’s Nest, Constantia Mist, Beau Constantia, Constantia Uitsig, Buitenverwachting, and Silvermist you can have lunch and do some wine tasting with amazing views.

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  • Robben Island 

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site  – Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.  Boat tours daily from V&A Waterfront robben-island.org.za.


Craft Markets


Craft Markets are an excellent place to buy quality handmade goods to take home for gifts. The best Craft markets are:

Made in the Cape: Held in Cavendish Square on the first weekend of each month

Kirstenbosch Craft Market: Held on the last Sunday of each month (9am – 3pm) at the stone cottages opposite Kirstenbosch Gardens

Route 44 Market – Held every Saturday and Sunday in Stellenbosch.


Beaches


Clifton Beach – trendy

Camps Bay Beach – family oriented

Long Beach in Noordhoek – great for walking

Boulders Beach near Simonstown – view penguins

Muizenberg Beach – surfing

Blouberg Strand – kiting and iconic views of table mountain.


Walking trails


Cape Town has some magnificent walking/hiking trails and entry is free to many of them. Have a look at everytrail.com for a comprehensive list. Remember to take plenty of water and sunscreen with you!

Seapoint promenade: Fabulous and safe paved walkway alongside the sea in Seapoint where people of all ages can walk, run, cycle, and skateboard.  

Ratanga Junction – theme park. Consult web site for different ticket options and opening hours ratanga.co.za

Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are wineland’s towns an hour from Cape Town and are worthy of a day trip.  Each town is rich in history and has lovely shops, award winning restaurants, and excellent wine farms.

Wild flowers – if you are visiting Cape Town in August/September, you must go and see the beautiful wild spring flowers on the West Coast.  Good viewing places are the West Coast National Park (sanparks.org) near Langebaan as well as a number of smaller reserves around the town of Darling.

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Museums


Museums – Top 5 museums in Cape Town are:

Robben Island Museum

Iziko South African Museum

District 6 Museum

Irma Stern Museum

Bo-Kaap Museum

Some of the museums are free on the first Thursday evening of each month. See first-thursdays.co.za for more information.

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Nearest transport links


Cape Town International airport is 15 minutes from the city centre. If you are not hiring a car, I recommend that you organise an Uber to collect you from the drop-off zone at the airport to take you to your accommodation as standard taxis are generally very expensive.

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An excellent way to see the main attractions of Cape Town is the hop-on hop-off red bus (citysightseeing.co.za).  A one-day ticket costs R170 for adults and R95 for children and can be purchased online. There are 4 different routes – Red City Tour, Yellow Downtown Tour, Blue Mini Peninsula Tour and Purple Wine Tour.

During the day, visitors can use the My Citi buses to get around but it is important to purchase a myconnect card first as no cash is taken on the buses. Load your myconnect card at selected station kiosks.  For information regarding the My Citi routes and costs, visit their web site myciti.org.za

Uber taxis are an easy and cost-effective way of getting around, especially at night.

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Tips for driving in South Africa


It is recommended to hire a car if you wish to travel outside of Cape Town to towns such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek which are an hour’s drive. Driving is on the left side of the road.  There are parkades at shopping malls and the V&A Waterfront which charge a reasonable hourly rate.  Parking on the street is allowed in most areas and informal parking attendants are tipped R5 – R10.

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Be careful when driving – there may be more on the roads than just traffic!!


Accommodation when staying in Cape Town


Top hotels in Cape Town are:

Mount Nelson – central Cape Town. 5-star colonial style hotel.

Twelve Apostles – on the coastal route between Cape Town and Hout Bay with beautiful sea and mountain views

The One and Only – V&A Waterfront. Views of the Harbour and Table Mountain

For the more budget conscious:

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safarinow.com is an excellent site for B&B and self-catering accommodation to suit all budgets.

Airbnb is becoming increasingly popular.


Places to eat in Cape Town


Food markets are upmarket, trendy, hip, and extremely popular in Cape Town.  They are great places to stock up on quality organic fruit, vegetables, cheese, free-range meat, honey, artisan breads etc and also to enjoy a tasty breakfast/lunch with barista coffee or a glass of wine or craft beer. 

The best Saturday morning food markets are:

The Oranjezicht Farm Market (V&A Waterfront)

The Neighbourgoods Market at the biscuit mill (Woodstock)

The Earth Fair Food Market (Tokai)

The Stellenbosch Slow Food Market (Ou Libertas Wine Estate in Stellenbosch)

Lourensford Market is held every Sunday at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

The Hout Bay Harbour Market is open on Friday evenings, and all day on Saturdays and Sunday’s for quality food and crafts.

One of the best restaurants in Cape Town is the Test Kitchen in Woodstock which has won many awards.  It is essential to book a couple of months in advance for an evening meal and at least a month in advance for lunchtime (thetestkitchen.co.za)

Best fish and chips – Mariner’s Wharf Hout Bay Harbour.

Formal restaurants – La Colombe (Constantia Nek), Kitma (Hout Bay), Catharina’s (Steenberg Wine Estate)

Seafood – Willoughby & Co at the V&A Waterfront (Willoughbyandco.co.za)


For the BEST


Sea view – the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay 

High tea – Mount Nelson 

Tea and Scones – Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia Wine Estate

Cheese and charcuterie platter – Constantia Glen Wine Estate

Cakes – Charly’s Bakery in central Cape Town

Long Street in central Cape Town is a hip and trendy place to go for a night out.  It is packed with restaurants and night clubs.  If you would like to try something different, I highly recommend Addis restaurant in Long Street which sells traditional Ethiopian cuisine.  The food is delicious! 

Tips – restaurant and bar staff are generally tipped 10 – 15% of the total bill.


When is the ideal time to visit? 


Spring – September-November

Summer – December- February

Autumn – March-May

Winter – June-August

The summer is hot and dry with temperatures reaching as high as 37 degrees and the winters are cold and wet.

Cape Town gets extremely busy in December as many South Africans from other cities visit at this time.  

The best time to visit Cape Town is in Spring or Autumn.  The climate is warm and sunny during these seasons with occasional rainfall.


Where to avoid?


As with all major cities, it is best to avoid walking along quiet streets at night.  It is safer to go on walking trails in small groups and do not take any valuables.  Do not flash cash and keep electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets hidden in your bag in public places and when using public transport.

An insider’s guide Cape Town by Marie


Isn’t Cape Town fantastic? A big thanks to Marie for producing this insider guide Cape Town for me. Have you been to Cape Town? If so what was your favourite things about it? And if you haven’t been – when are you booking your flights??

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You may also be interested in the post CAPE TOWN TO CAIRO which focuses on the rest of this beautiful continent!

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150 Comments

  1. Linda Tallett
    January 15, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Great post Tracy I think this is helping to persuade Mark to put South Africa on the bucket list ?

    • January 15, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Excellent Linda – it is an amazing country!

  2. January 15, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I still cannot believe I have never been to South Africa, it simply looks amazing! Loved all the tips
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  3. January 15, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    I’m so happy for stumbling over your interview with Marie, Tracy. Cape Town has been on my list for such a long time and I hope to see it soon. Getting first hand information about it is priceless. Thank you for it.

    • January 16, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Fantastic Anda – I hope you visit soon as it is an absolutely amazing place.

  4. January 16, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Gorgeous handbags! Those food markets sound great 🙂

    • January 16, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      They are beautiful bags – I have quite a few!!

  5. January 16, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more about the “must-sees” of Cape Town. I have to admit, though, my favorite is Kirstenbosch Gardens — so commanding and awesome. You’re fortunate to be able to live there for a while — we tourists only get glimpses of life as it is in Cape Town. #MondayEscapes

    • January 18, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      I love them too – I included them in my 2 posts about botanical gardens around the world. I have visited a few times – Marie is lucky enough to live there (though it is on a potential long-term stay in the future for us)

  6. January 17, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Loads of fabulous tips here – you can’t beat insider knowledge! I am loving the sound of the wine trail and tasting #citytripping

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      The wine trail and tasting is top of my list for my next visit (and a trip to Robben Island as have yet to do that!)

  7. January 17, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    This is a very comprehensive list – thank you to you and your friend! The walking trails and beaches look fab.
    My husband travels to Cape Town a few times year for work and we plan for me and the kids to join him on one of his trips.
    #MondayEscapes

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      Oh enjoy it when you go! Cape Town is an amazing place to visit and I am sure you and your family will love it!

  8. January 17, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Thank you for this great guide! I love CapeTown and its great to get some insider tips – am following you on pinterest now!
    #citytripping

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks Jo! Marie’s guide is a must for anyone planning a trip to Cape Town!

  9. January 17, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    I would love to visit Cape Town!! And see all the penguins!!! 🙂

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      It (and the penguins) are worth a visit!

  10. January 17, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    What a fantastic guide – I do love Cape Town: I’ve stayed on the waterfront which is fabulous and in the winelands, visiting for a day, and I never get tired of the city. I do keep forgetting to book Robben Island far enough on advance although I did a great township tour and visit to Bo Kaap last time as well which I’d definitely recommend. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
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    • January 18, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Me too! I have yet to visit Robben Island and am going to make it top of my list next time.

  11. January 18, 2017 / 2:45 am

    I love this guide! So concise and useful! I’ve pinned it up and I’ll be back when I finally get those air tickets to Cape Town. I absolutely love the mountain scenery!! #CityTripping
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    • January 18, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      It’s a really good post – Cape Town is lovely and I am sure you will love it.

  12. January 18, 2017 / 4:41 am

    I love Cape Town. My favourite day was combining Kirstenbosch and Constantia but also loved doing the Wine Tour in Stellenbosch. I would love to return with my lo #citytripping
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    • January 18, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      I love it – I could visit it every year (perhaps live there for a while one day – house sitting perhaps!) The wines are lovely aren’t they!

  13. January 18, 2017 / 5:14 am

    I was just reading about Cape Town today as it really does seem to have it all with its mountain meets sea landscape, as well as the culture of the city. I am hoping we can plan a trip there in the next couple of years, so def saving this, thanks. #citytripping

  14. January 18, 2017 / 7:04 am

    Hi Tracy, thanks for sharing this post – great tips and recommendations for Cape Town, excellent! I’m going to bookmark this post for future reference 🙂 Cheers! #citytripping

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks Kat so glad you found it helpful – its a really excellent guide.

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Definitely plan to go as it is really fab!

  15. January 18, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Cape Town is so high on my bucket list. It looks fantastic and with mountains and the ocean nearby has everything you need. Now that I know it’s also a creative city I gotta jump over asap! Great article thank you 🙂

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      It’s a wonderful destination. I hope you get there soon and experience it at first-hand. Enjoy!

  16. January 18, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    What a lot of really useful tips from a local! I loved everything about Cape Town, except when I got robbed at gunpoint… but I’d still go back!

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Oh no Natasha how awful?? Glad it hasn’t put you off and that you would go back.

  17. January 18, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I love love love Cape Town! I wish I had an “in” like this when I went, though. I didn’t have much time and didn’t prepare enough, so there is definitely a lot I missed. Saving this for when I plan my next trip there!

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      I love Cape Town too its such an amazing place. I am lucky to have great friends all over the world who have agreed to be interviewed by me! Marie’s guide to CT is invaluable I think!

  18. January 18, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Cape Town seems like the perfect mixture of everything from sandy beaches to gorgeous mountains! I would love to spend a vacation there one day 😉
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    • January 18, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      It really is a fabulous destination Van – with good all year round weather too.

  19. January 18, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    What a great idea to post interviews with insiders. Love how concise and transparent it is. And your friend’s bags too, of course 🙂

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you Marta – its a great post! Her bags are really gorgeous.

  20. January 18, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    It is an amazing country Kat – so much to offer visitors.

    • January 18, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Thank-you. There are a number of posts on my blog now from my friends – Australia and Canada included so far.

  21. January 18, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    What an amazing guide! I always love a local guide and South Africa is super high on my list. Bookmarked. The Kirstenbosch gardens as well as Table mountain look amazing–and I definitely plan on doing both when I visit! I can’t wait to see it for myself.

    • January 18, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      I am sure you will love it! It is fantastic

  22. January 19, 2017 / 5:25 am

    Amazing views (and photos by the way), South Africa is definitely on my list of places to visit – my South African colleague kept asking to go! Love those gorgeous mountains in Kirstenboch Gardens.
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    • January 19, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      It is definitely a wonderful place to visit – I think you should take up your colleagues invite!

  23. January 19, 2017 / 7:20 am

    A really great guide, some invaluable insider tips wth little things like getting around, when to visit and how much to tip being very helpful. I’ve not been to Cape Town although I have visited other parts of SA. I’ve wanted to go there and do the Garden route for a while. This has inspired me. Off to pin. #citytripping
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    • January 19, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth – you definitely need to visit Cape Town I am sure you will love it!

  24. January 19, 2017 / 9:04 am

    A great post with so much practical info. Definitely saving it for our next trip. We saw and done a lot from this list, but tips from a local are always very welcome. This post made me miss South Africa so much. Favourite place in the whole world!
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    • January 19, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Thanks Phoebe – enjoy it when you get there it is a great destination!

  25. January 19, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed Cape Town when I was there even if it was only for a few days. The views on top of Table Mountain are splendid! Love reading this as it brings me back to my travel experience there.

    • January 19, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      It is a lovely city isn’t it. Thanks for commenting.

  26. January 19, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Cape Town seems really great !
    As I really like hikes, museums, and beautiful landscapes, I think it’s the perfect spot for me 😀

    • January 19, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks Coralie – it really does have everything!

  27. January 20, 2017 / 1:16 am

    Wow so much great information!! Thanks for sharing this 🙂 will save for later for when I go!!

    • January 20, 2017 / 7:13 pm

      I have yet to get to Robben Island – next time!

  28. January 20, 2017 / 5:21 am

    Very comprehensive post! I love all these insider tips. I’m saving it just in case I make it to South Africa at some point 🙂 Thanks for sharing! #FarawayFiles

  29. January 20, 2017 / 5:21 am

    Wow Cape Town looks beautiful! There are mountains in literally every photo. I love that there is mountain & water, which is a rare find. I’d love to visit one day.

  30. January 20, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Insider tips are always the best. Love this guide to beautiful Cape Town. The natural beauty of the area is incredible. Pinning and sharing. Thanks for joining us on #FarawayFiles
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    • January 20, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      It’s a really comprehensive guide. Hope you get to Cape Town it is amazing!

  31. January 20, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Very useful and detailed guide! I might go to South africa and follow your suggestions! thanks for sharing

  32. January 20, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Great to read these insider tips! Always good to hear from a local. I loved my very short trip to Cape Town and would to return one day;) Thanks for linking to #MondayEscapes
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    • January 22, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks Lisa – yes it is a city worth quite a few visits!

  33. January 20, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    This is brilliant, love all these comprehensive tips, and great timing as we’re thinking of visiting South Africa in September, Do you think we would see the penguins you mention on Boulders Beach in September?
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    • January 20, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      The penguins are there all year round so yes you will be able to! They are very cute!

  34. January 20, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    You’ve made me want to jump on a plane to Cape Town right now! Great guide from a local. I’m so tempted by the food markets, the wine, the cable car to Table Mountain and Robben Island. Thanks so much for sharing on #FarawayFiles
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    • January 20, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      That’s great news – if we can inspire more people to visit this amazing country both myself and Marie would be very pleased!

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      It really is wonderful Mary – hope you get to visit soon!

  35. January 21, 2017 / 2:27 am

    The garden sounds absolutely wonderful. And those ocean views are stunning! I’ve wanted to go to South Africa for awhile but now I want to go even more! Thanks for piquing my interest! #weekendwanderlust
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  36. January 21, 2017 / 2:46 am

    I really want to go to Capetown! I really like the natural beauty too and I want to go visit some of the vineyards. So nice to have tips from a local! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.
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    • January 22, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      It is an amazing destination Anisa – well worth visiting

  37. January 21, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Absolutely dying to visit Cape Town! Well – South Africa in general 🙂 Love that your friend took the time to share all these incredible insider tips.

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Yes it was really great of her – and it is a super post 🙂

  38. January 21, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Such a comprehensive and useful guide! Bookmarked for my future travel plans 🙂

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      It is great! Definitely will help when planning!

  39. January 21, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Wow this is a fantastic guide, Cape Town is on my travel list but not sure if we will make it this year 🙁 It looks amazing and how fantastic would it be to come across some monkeys having lunch in the middle of the road! I also didn’t realise how may penguins there are, cuteeee!
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    • January 22, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      You have quite a busy year already Katie but i hope you will get there soon!

  40. January 21, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Great information. I made sure to Pin it as well so I can refer back to it when really start our trip planning. Hoping to go there this November.

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Enjoy! Cape Town will be lovely in November!

  41. January 21, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    To be honest I haven’t previously given Cape Town a thought as a travel destination, but after reading this I am very keen to visit. I love mountains so find that very appealing and I also really enjoy hiking trails. Thank you to Marie for her great insider knowledge.

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      It is an amazing destination Sam – so glad we have inspired you to visit!

  42. January 21, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Great local tips in this post. I cannot believe I haven’t crossed South Africa of my list yet. I would love to see the penguins ? on the beach, they are such cuties. Gosh, I need more holidays in one year -21 days are not enough!
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    • January 22, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Oana – I know what you mean!So much to see and do!

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Definitely Rhonda Marie has covered everything!

  43. January 22, 2017 / 5:59 am

    What a great guide! It has all I need to plan a trip to South Africa. Thanks for all the nice recommendations. #WeekendWanderlust

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks Ruth – Marie wrote a great post

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      A definite must Carole! I am sure you will love it!

  44. January 22, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    It is on my must-visit list for next time Bryna!

  45. January 22, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    I’ve heard such great things about Cape Town from people that have visited but its nice to read about it from someone who has actually lived there. It’s probably my most anticipated place in South Africa so this comprehensive guide will definitely come in handy when I eventually get a chance to go there. Thanks to you and Marie for sharing
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    • January 23, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Thanks for commenting David – it is a great city to visit. I am sure you will love to South Africa.

  46. January 23, 2017 / 6:57 am

    The Penguins are so cute! Can’t help go awww! Your guide is really detailed. Thanks for sharing.

  47. January 23, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Thanks for the info on the markets. I’m going to Cape Town in March, and I can’t WAIT to do some shopping. 🙂 #citytripping

  48. January 23, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    I love this idea of interviewing friends/locals about their view on the city! Great recommendations and information for Cape Town for people with all different types of travel styles. Pinned for future reference!
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    • January 23, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      Thanks Pam – I have a few interviews on my site and a few more to come (I seem to know people all over the place!) Marie’s is very detailed – makes me want to get on a plane and go right now!

    • January 24, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks Rob and Ann – hope you get there soon it is a beautiful place to visit

  49. January 24, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Really beautiful! I adore the mountains that loom over the beautiful beaches. I am definitely interested in visiting this part of the world. Design. AND PENGUINS!? Done. Thanks for sharing and thanks to your friend Marie! #FarawayFiles

  50. January 24, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Would love to visit South Africa. Beautiful landscapes and lots of wildlife, I’m in. Looks like there are some cool looking hiking places too.

    • January 25, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      There are Lisa – a great place to visit!

  51. January 27, 2017 / 12:16 am

    I have been reading and watching movies about Nelson Mandela recently and would love to go and see the country I have heard so much about. There are some great recommendations here and interestingly enough even some places have been named after him. I would like to visit Robben Island and see Table Mountain up close. The abundance of hiking trails is a huge bonus too!
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    • January 28, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Kreete you would absolutely love South Africa – so much to offer visitors and you could get some great hiking in! Hope you get to go soon!

  52. January 28, 2017 / 3:57 am

    Cape Town is one of my favourite places in the world! I loved the beauty and variety of the city so much. It’s a place I could live in for sure! #flyawayfriday
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    • January 28, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Me too – it is definitely on our list when we start our slow travel/housesitting around the world!

  53. January 28, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    An awesome guide to Cape Town! I’ve been reading quite a lot about it lately and I definitely want to explore South Africa sooner rather than later!

    • January 29, 2017 / 9:57 am

      It is a fantastic country – and one that has to be revisited again and again (there is so much to see and do!)

  54. February 8, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Wow, Cape Town looks amazing! Such a great guide too; detailed and tons of options! I’d love to visit someday! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, hope to see you again this week!
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  55. February 9, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    This is amazing! I’ve been hearing so many things about Cape Town and want to go so badly. I especially would love to see the penguins and do a safari!! Looks amazing!
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  56. Herma
    March 30, 2018 / 8:44 am

    I’ve been living in Cape Town for 23 years and this is an excellent post on our beautiful city.
    Something special to consider is the hike up Lion’s Head, during full moon (especially January) watch the sunset over the Atlantic and the moon rising over the mountains – spectacular!
    For visitors wanting to go on a Big 5 safari , there’s the Aquila Private Game Reserve aquilasafari.com (2 hours from CT) and Fairy Glen Game Reserve fairyglen.co.za (+- 1 hour’s drive).
    Herma xx

    • TracyJane
      Author
      March 31, 2018 / 7:46 am

      Thank you Herma! I will definitely make a point of visiting when I am next in the Cape!

  57. May 19, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Great Guide! We spent 3 months there a couple of years ago. After 4 years of travel still the most spectacular place we’ve been. And the wine is frigin fantastic.

    • TracyJane
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 7:26 am

      It sure is!!! Its an amazing place!

  58. June 2, 2018 / 12:36 am

    We lived in Cape Town for 6 years. Totally agree with all of these tips and hints. Miss it so much.

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 7:29 am

      Me too! It is a lovely city!

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

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