After dreaming about Africa for months on end, I finally ended my 10 day vacation in the capital of South Africa - Capetown! Since I had to get back to work next week, I only had 1.5 days in Capetown, which is not nearly enough time to fully explore this beautiful city. However, I tried my very best to cover as much ground as I could in the limited time I had. The first stop on my itinerary was the top of Table Mountain to soak in the birds' eye view of the city. It is actually winter in New York, so I have been slacking off on my workouts and definitely was not in any shape to hike to the top of Table Mountain. Luckily for people like me, there is a trusty cable car option as well. Our first day in Capetown began with a sunny and bright morning, and I was able to get a crystal clear view of Capetown.
Make sure you visit Table Mountain in the morning to get the best views, since the clouds tend to roll in during the afternoon! I initially allotted 1 hour at this location, but time somehow managed to escape from me during my time on the mountain and I ended up staying for 2 hours (totally worth it).
The town of Hout Bay is reminiscent of of my time spent at Nea Kameni (Volcano Island) in Santorini, mainly because of the sailboats that line the edge of the ocean. Because I was pressed for time, I only spent about 15-20 minutes here admiring the port and picking up a few souvenirs at the local market.
Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope is the tip of the cape peninsula and the best view of the peninsula is either via hiking or taking a cable car up to the lighthouse. By the time we got to the Cape of Good Hope, it was already early in the afternoon and the wind was definitely starting to pick up. So make sure to bring a light jacket with you since parts of Capetown can definitely get chilly especially the areas of high elevation!
I first stumbled on a picture of this beach on Instagram and immediately saved it under my bucket list of places to visit in Capetown! What makes this beach so unique are the African penguins that reside on this beach. Though you cannot actually swim in the ocean or lay on the sand at this beach (there are guard rails), it is still so much fun to just watch the penguins in their natural habitat.
Thank you so much for checking out my South Africa Diaries everyone! Jess and I are so excited to shoot some new content for you guys back in the Big Apple, and we promise our next travel post will be with the both of us ;) Stay tuned!