Cape Town is an absolutely stunning destination well worth the trip. It's a modern, urban destination which feels very different from the rest of the African cities and countries I experienced. The different neighborhoods and areas remind me quite a lot of Sydney, another one of my favorite places.
- We hit up the more popular touristy places, here's a rundown of the key spots:
- Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. A great place in the middle of the city to go shopping for decent local handicrafts, food, or just to take in the great city and water views.
- Table Mountain. It's tough to miss. Cape Town is built around the mountain and making your way up to the top provides unforgettable views of the surrounding area. There's a unique revolving cable car which makes a complete 360 degree turn as you head up or down so everyone gets a good view.
- Robben Island. Nelson Mandela's prison home for decades. It's advisable to book at least one to two days in advance to get the right ferry timing.
- Cape of Good Hope. Rent a car and drive down to the southwestern most point of Africa. There's great scenery along the way and it's a nice ride to the top of the mountain where the views are.
- Boulders Beach. On the way to the Cape of Good Hope, stop by to see the Boulders Penguin Colony.
- Stellenbosch Wine Route. A short drive from Cape Town are countless wineries you can visit, have lunch at, or even stay overnight. The Delaire Graff Estate seemed to be one of the nicest we stayed at, although had horrible service at the restaurant and ended up leaving hungry.
There's really no shortage of things to see and do in this gorgeous destination.