I don’t even have the words to describe Cape Town. It was never on the trip itinerary, but yet there was no way to justify not going when I was so close. The flight was booked two days before I flew out, and I am confident in saying that is one of the best decisions I have made to date on this trip. With Preeya’s birthday approaching, we both thought what better place would there be to celebrate than Cape Town. Add in to this that my University friend Fatty (she would burn me if I used her real name, which she inexplicably hates) has been living in Cape Town (she would also burn me if I was this close and didn’t visit) so the decision was made!
I stayed at the Long Street Hostel, which it turns out is the biggest hostel in the city. I’ll be following this post up with a full review on the hostel, but the short version is I’d recommend it. We arrived on a Friday afternoon and spent the weekend doing nothing but hanging out. Indulging in great food, drinking with people from all around the world, and really just being lazy. It sounds so simple but as you approach the 3-month mark of a trip, you really need these down days to centre and rejuvenate yourself again. Traveling is certainly a luxury, but it is also very demanding of you both physically and emotionally, so it is important to balance the constant go-go-go days with zen days.
As soon as Monday came along though, I went full force taking in all Cape Town has to offer. I’ll give you the short version with a little picture book below, as no words I can type will do justice to just how beautiful all the things I did were.
Day 1-3: Down Days, birthday celebrations
Day 4: Slave Lodge, National Gallery, Company’s Garden, High Tea at Mount Nelson Hotel
Day 5: Business Day (dealing with coordinating house renovations at my rental property)
Day 6: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Day 7: Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Penguins
Day 8: Table Mountain
Day 9: Cape Town Walking Tours
Day 10: Robben Island
With all that I did, I left feeling there was so much more I had yet to do here. When I come back, which I need to do soon, I want to see Desmond Tutu preach, which he does on Friday mornings. I want to do a Stellenbosch wine tour. I want to shark dive. I want to hangglide. There’s just SO much that Cape Town has to offer, it was impossible to do it all. Given I was bored in Paris, France after 4 days, it says a lot that after ten days in Cape Town, I left wanting to see more. True to my entire experience of South Africa, I left feeling inspired and motivated, which is what travel is all about.