Home to golden beaches, bountiful vineyards and diverse wildlife, Cape Town is one of South Africa’s greatest treasures. Visitors to this lively city will be able to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking to surfing to strolls on the city’s gorgeous coastline. Here is but a small sampling of the opportunities awaiting travelers to South Africa’s capital city.
9:00am — Start your day off on the right foot with a trip to South Africa’s most iconic landmark: Table Mountain. The mountain is famous for its breath-taking views of the city and coast, as well as its “table” shape at the top. Visitors take a cable car to the top giving great vistas of the surrounding area.
10:30am — While you’re on Table Mountain be sure to check out the amazing Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The garden boasts 2,200 different species of plants and 1470 floral species—a number of these being endemic to the mountain. A very unique conservatory also houses plants from all over the world.
11:30am — After you’ve finished with the top of Table Mountain, make your way to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve in the southern section of the Table Mountain National Park. Filled with rugged rocks and plummeting cliffs, Cape of Good Hope is a perfect spot for nature enthusiasts. The incredibly scenic area is great for walking trails and bird watching. Don’t miss these awesome sights!
12:30pm — Per the recommendation of our very own World Endeavors Manager, Mallory, who spent a semester studying in Cape Town, visitors have to by stop by Café Ganesh. Mallory says this small café is the perfect place to enjoy delicious, authentic South African food. It has a nice neighborhood vibe, a chalkboard menu and occasionally some live music.
2:00pm— Continue your outdoor activities in the ocean on a tour with Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling. Spend 3 hours snorkeling with hundreds of furry seals and even interact with them! And not to worry, there are no sharks in these waters, although you might find some other marine life like dolphins and Sunfish. This trip is a must for ocean lovers.
6:00pm — Stroll around the Old Biscuit Mill and grab some of their delicious food. The Old Biscuit Mill used to be just that: a biscuit mill. Now, it is a vibrant community of tourists, locals and vendors with plenty to offer its visitors. The mill has day and night markets filled with vendors of all varieties including photographers, designers and food artists.
8:00pm — End the night with some chocolate—but not just any chocolate: raw, organic, Honest Chocolate. Free from preservatives and artificial colors, Honest Chocolate is chocolate you can feel good about eating. All of their chocolate is hand-crafted in small batches, using old-style chocolate making technique. Try their chocolate bonbons or their “bunny chow”—a small banana loaf with macadamia chocolate spread and ice cream.
Posted by World Endeavors on July 13, 2015
World Endeavors believes that international travel has the power to change lives, broaden horizons, and deepen intercultural understanding. The world is undergoing rapid changes, with societies becoming more interconnected and environmentally aware; at the same time a more challenging global economy inspires in many a need to reach out and make a positive difference while seeking personal growth opportunities. There has never been a better time than now to travel abroad.