Five Reasons Cape Town is our ‘Spirit City’

You’ve likely heard the term “spirit animal”, but have you heard of a “spirit city”?  Allow us to coin the term and give you a few reasons why CAPE TOWN is ours!  It’s no secret we loved South Africa, but if you need a little convincing to add it to your bucket list, here is our top 5 reasons to visit Cape Town STAT!

 

1. Take in the View from atop TABLE MOUNTAIN

While it may be a huge tourist attraction, it is totally worth waiting in the ridiculous line & stuffing into an over packed cable car with 70 other sweaty tourists to peep these views. I know, I know, that makes it sound really terrible, but once you get past your claustrophobia & acrophobia, you will be awestruck by the view from atop.

The best plan of attack is to arrive a little before sunset, take in the views & then TAKE THE CABLE CAR BACK DOWN BEFORE THE SUN ACTUALLY SETS! You will beat the hoards of people all trying to descend at the same time!  We tried to time it so the sun would swoop below the horizon just as we were descending, but we were about 3 minutes away from pure perfection!

2. Sip wine in the CAPE WINELANDS

Before we left for South Africa, a friend recommended we visit the wineries outside of Cape Town. This should come as no surprise if you’ve read any other posts, but for any new readers, you don’t have to twist our arms into having a glass (read: bottle) of wine!

We planned a day trip to visit Franschhoek & the lovely wineries it houses. Franschhoek is a wonderfully quaint little town about 90 minutes from Cape Town. The downtown area looks as if it was a movie set; cute shops & little cafes line the main street. You’d be remiss if you didn’t begin or end the day enjoying a cappuccino al fresco while appreciating the laid back vibe in Franschhoek.

We decided to take the Franschhoek Wine Tram & can’t reccomend it enough!  It offers a hop on/hop off option for several wineries in the area. The route is travelled by trolleys & a tram, both of which are open air and perfect for experiencing and capturing the unreal scenery that surrounds you! We were strapped for time, so we only visited 3 wineries, but each one was great! We’ll detail the specifics in another post! Don’t miss the Cape Winelands and definitely consider taking the wine tram!

3. Visit the Southernmost Point of Africa, CAPE POINT

Located about 70 km south of Cape Town, Cape Point is the Southern most point of Africa. It is also where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. This windy look out point is one of the most beautiful views we’ve ever set our eyes upon.

A word of advice if you plan to walk to the lookout points/ light house, dress in active wear & sneakers, not as if you are going to visit wineries. More on that in another post! No matter what, DO NOT MISS CAPE POINT!

4. Watch the Penguins Waddle at BOULDER’S BEACH

Penguins on a white sand beach, waddling around freely, not in a ZOO… Need we say anymore to convince you to head straight to Boulder’s Beach!?

A few quick tips.  Go towards the end of the day to avoid crowds & once you’re in the parking lot take a left and go down to the quiet,  rocky beach. No other tourists, 100s of penguins & the sun will be setting shortly; it’s a practically perfect half hour!

We made a last minute decision to visit the afternoon before we were departing, so we took an Uber & thought it would cost $$$$, but it was much less than we expected! Worth every single penny!

 

5. MEET NEW FRIENDS!

Relationships formed while traveling can be so fleeting, but we will always be thankful for the friends we met in Cape Town who managed to make our stay so much more memorable!  From the Uber driver who shared our excitement over visiting Boulder’s Beach to the fast friends we made in our hotel elevator, each interaction just seemed meant to be.  Our new friends afforded us the opportunity to experience Cape Town from a local’s perspective.  We explored, we drank, we laughed & we experienced the joy that comes with finding like minded souls half a world away.

Cape Town’s friendly vibe is only slightly overshadowed by its natural beauty!  Don’t ever hesitate to take the opportunity to meet new friends, no matter where you are!

Not sure why you would need any more reasons to SEE CAPE TOWN IN 2017, but if you aren’t convinced yet, stay tuned for more posts about our “spirit city”!

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25 Comments

  1. Brittany

    January 27, 2017 at 4:29 am

    This post gets my heart all fluttery! I wanted to visit South Africa to swim with Great White sharks… but now I’m pumped for the penguins! I’ve pinned your post for when I start planning my trip!

  2. Ticker Eats The World

    January 27, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Lovely little list there. Table Mountain is already a famous landmark and waiting for the sun to set to get some amazing views is a nice tip. Since I love wine and have had South African wine a few times, going to the vineyards would be awesome. I know the southern most points across the world are a little cheesy tourist attractions, but I love cheese so that’s pretty cool too.

  3. Bhushavali

    January 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Wow. The place looks spectacular! The beach looks gorgeous! The cable way to climb down as the sun sets looks just spectacular! I’d love to do that! Wine tasting is most definitely something I’d love to do.

  4. Abigail

    January 28, 2017 at 12:37 am

    This place looks gorgeous – I’ve read about it a lot. It seems that the hype is warranted. Based on your photos, Cape Town is gorgeous. I would love to go atop Table Mountain. And those wines look amazing too!

  5. Michaela Harrison

    January 28, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Wow. The place looks spectacular! The beach looks gorgeous! The cable way to climb down as the sun sets looks just spectacular! I’d love to do that! Wine tasting is most definitely something I’d love to do. I’ve thought about going one day, thank your sharing what a amazing place Cape Town is.

  6. Janine Good

    January 28, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I would love to visit South Africa someday. I have heard so much about Table Top Mountain and its incredible views. I also have had many a drink of South African wine and understand the wineries are spectacular! I would get so giddy watching the penguins waddling along freely! Wow what a dream destination!

  7. Aleks F.

    January 28, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Spirit city! Ahh, I love it!! That’s an awesome term, I have a few “maybe’s” in mind, but I think waiting for the REAL one in our upcoming adventure. Your post is so great and did such a wonderful job of highlighting all the magical elements of Cape Town. Also, so great that you met some friends, you’re right it truly is special meeting like-minded souls half way around the world! Fantastic photos!!

  8. Jean

    January 28, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Wine. Penguins. Beautiful mountain views. Vale Town you are a winner! I can see why you feel that this city Is your spirit city!

  9. Ticking the Bucketlist

    January 28, 2017 at 4:09 am

    We went for our honeymoon to Cape Town and I have such lovely memories of the city. I would love to add the Chapmans peak drive too … it was awesome! There is so much to do near CT as well.. whale watching, cherry picking … I want to go back!

  10. ispyprettyplaces

    January 28, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Sold! I want to see penguins and drink South African wine! haha. I actually have this dream that I will visit the worlds best wine regions. My own 7 wonders of the world type list! (I’m not a lush I promise!). I like the coined term ‘spirit city’. I have a few of those. Places where my soul just felt at rest. I call them my soulmate cities. But I have never been able to explain why. To answer your question – it’s not really cities but places so south of France, Ireland and Thailand are my soulmate places at the minute.

    Great post!

  11. neha

    January 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Those beautiful penguins and that view atop the mountain are reason enough for me to want to visit cape town. Thanks for sharing

  12. Cali

    January 30, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Spirit city is an awesome term!! I feel like I may have spirit cities all over the place. I loved your Cape Town list and wholeheartedly agree. Views, wine, penguins…the ultimate trifecta!

  13. Josie

    January 30, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I love it! Cape Town looks absolutely spectacular. I think my arm has been twisted!

  14. muller perrine

    January 30, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Hello Sarah,

    It’s a really good article and the pictures are cool.
    I would like so much to see Penguins too in my life ! One day, I’m sure…

    Thanks, Cheers, Perrine <3

  15. Meg

    January 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    South Africa has been on my list since forever! One of my close friends is an expat from SA living in the US (we met in Malaysia – talk about a travel friend!). She RAVES about Cape Town. I can’t wait to visit with her one day!

  16. Erica - The Manini Experience

    January 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Cape Town is basically the best place in the world. I dream of it everyday and can’t wait to go back! Your post brought back such good memories, so thank you!

  17. Claire Summers

    January 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I loved Capetown when I visited. It was 11 years ago and I still remember it so fondly. Table Mountain is incredible, I hated the cable car up…terrifying! I would love to go back as there was so much I didn’t see/do. A wine tour sounds amazing!

  18. Lisa

    January 31, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Love your pictures! I have heard lots of great things about Cape Town and after reading your post I really need to rethink visiting. Who doesn’t love penguins? Looks like a fun trip!

  19. danielle hambuckers

    February 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    The most southern point is one of the places that is on my bucket list! Also being in a cage to see sharks is something I would definitely want to do in Cape Town and maybe skydiving have you had any experiences like this also?

  20. Sandy N Vyjay

    February 4, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Such spectacular views and mind-blowing pictures of Cape Town! I totally envy you guys! Plus, your tips on how to dodge the crowd and the perfect time to visit the place is worth appreciating!

  21. Travel ETA Australia

    February 7, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I’ve heard a lot of beautiful reviews from South Africa and one of that includes Cape Town. Thanks for the glimpse. I’ve never been this place and this is quite fascinating. The views are really good for the eyes.

  22. Kellyn

    April 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit South Africa. Thanks for the inspiration. Forget Penguins of Madagascar how about Penguins of Cape Town. They were so cute. My kids would love spending time here.

  23. Therie

    May 4, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Ahh, Cape Town. The views are spectacular and the sunset…is just to die for!

  24. Bee

    June 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I;m so glad you loved my hometown! You pretty much covered all the cool things to do!

  25. Dee GoGo

    November 14, 2017 at 3:16 am

    This post is just in time! I have been looking to travel here and I had no idea there were penguins! You just made my day! Boulder’s Beach is my first stop! Im sure a little wine would be in order as well! 🙂 I’m always willing to try new things!
    Thank you for the tips and places to go!
    GoGo Dee

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