This is Day 26 of 31 Days of Life in South Africa.  The following list was compiled in five minutes as part of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.  Hope it’s helpful, and if you don’t already live there, I hope you get to visit Cape Town one day!



 The Table Mountain cablecar is a necessity (or hike it if you’re able .. About a two-hour climb, give or take depending on ability).







If you’re fit and looking for an easy climb, Lion’s Head is gorgeous and will give you 360 degree views.



Hiking Lion’s Head

View from Lion's Head

View from Lion’s Head

Signal Hill, as seen from Lion's Head

Signal Hill, as seen from Lion’s Head


Have a picnic on Signal Hill, where you’ll be able to see Robben Island and the Cape Town Stadium, which was constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.



Cape Town Stadium


Signal Hill



A tour of Robben Island is definitely worth the time and money.


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Limestone quarry at Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela toiled for 13 years

Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island

Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island


Camps Bay is one of the more popular beaches, with stunning views of The Twelve Apostles behind.


Camps Bay beach, with the Twelve Apostles behind

Camps Bay beach, with the Twelve Apostles behind



Llandudno beach is my personal favorite, tucked away, but popular.

Chapman’s Peak is a drive that rivals no other.

The V & A Waterfront is a happening tourist hub with upmarket shops and hotels, and a wide variety of restaurants.




Definitely stop by Boulders Beach to see the penguins on your way to Cape Point, where you’ll likely see baboons and ostriches.


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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Cape Point

Cape Point

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens needs no convincing .. Just go there and see for yourself.


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The City Sightseeing Bus is a fabulous tour with multiple route options, which will take  you to a number of the places mentioned in this list, including Sinnfull Ice Cream at Camps Bay and Mariner’s Wharf Restaurant in Hout Bay.

Mama Africa Restaurant offers a very diverse tasting experience, with dishes from all over the continent.

District Six Museum is a real eye-opener to the history and atrocities of apartheid.

Greenmarket Square is an open market where you can bargain for handmade curios from a number of African countries.

If you’re a wine enthusiast, seek out the Franschoek, Stellenbosch and Constantianek Winelands.


That’s all I could squeeze into five minutes of writing!  Hope this taste of Cape Town was enough to whet your appetite and make you want to visit for yourself!