When you arrive into Cape Town the landscape is dominated by one thing, Table Mountain! It’s ever present when you are staying there and the views from it are beautiful. Situated on the coast of the Western Cape, the ‘Mother City’ as it is known due to its historical role in the development of modern South Africa, has golden beaches, a national park at the heart of the city and is multicultural with many stories to tell.
There is so much to see and do on the Cape Peninsula, you are surrounded by history, a beautiful national park, wildlife and of course the winelands. I had just over four days in the Cape and it was not enough. This is a destination where you could quite happily spend a week or two exploring the beaches, walking through the various parts of the national park and of course head to the winelands. Instead of rambling on about it, here are some of my favourite photos, hopefully they will give you an idea of just have stunning it is. I have fallen for Cape Town and will most definitely be returning to carry on exploring and getting more of its fantastic food and wine!
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a fabulous development of shops, restaurants and entertainment
For something a little more challenging why not walk up Table Mountain rather than get the cable car – not for the faint hearted as its steep and hot but the views are well worth it – Cape Town at dawn!
Cape Town and the ever domineering Table Mountain from the ferry to Robben Island
Cape Town is full of architectural diversity thanks to its colonial history and more recently becoming the world design capital for 2015
While in Cape Town we went on a walk around one of the townships, it was incredibly eye-opening to meet the people who lived there, see how things are and how they are changing.
One of the ingenious ways that people are making life better for themselves in the townships is by using old shipping containers and turning them into shops and business, such as hairdressers, clothes shops and street food venders.
night-time at the V&A Waterfront
One of the best things about Cape Town is that you are only short taxi rides from the next town. Just around the corner from Cape Town is Camps Bay, a fantastic spot to go and watch the sun set. There are sea front restaurants and bars a plenty to enjoy it from.
Around the Cape Peninsula
The scenery around the Cape is just beautiful, so hard to capture on camera but I tried, this is up the road from Houts Bay.
One of the highlights of the Cape Peninsula are the terribly cute Cape Penguins at Boulders
so many penguins, so little time!
The Cape of Good Hope!
The beautiful beach at the Cape of Good Hope
The rugged coastline of Cape Point, just beautiful
The Cape Peninsula where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic
Beautiful Colonial Stellenbosch
One of the best things about Stellenbosch, other than the wine were the sculptures that were dotted around the streets, an interesting way of exhibiting art and a great insight into the minds of young south african art students
The beautiful landscape of the Winelands of the Western Cape
wine tasting in Franschhoek
Blue skies, stunning landscape and wine tasting, this is the place for it!
I very much recommend a trip to Cape Town!
This was the end of my South African journey, and I can say I fell in love with the country and its people who are all so welcoming. I will most definitely be going back!!