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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