Cape Town

Dora Bitsi

Dora Bitsi

Jun 02 2014

Cape Town: The Mother City

By Dora
South Africa is not called the rainbow nation for nothing. Walking in the streets, you will see white, black, coloured people, talking different languages, having different background, but living all together in harmony! South Africans are loud, they like their meat on the barbeque (braai) and they like the sun. Cape Town is the city that combines all the above in the best way!
Cape Town is the capital of the Western province of the country of South Africa, mainly known for the life and political struggle of Nelson “Tata” Mandela, who fought to end racial discrimination and apartheid.

No1 in your list when you visit Cape Town should be its landmark, the Table Mountain! It actually really is as flat as a table! Capetonians like to hike to its top but it is also accessible via the cable car (if the wind allows it!)The 360 degrees view from its top is absolutely rewarding! If you like panoramic views, then an easier and more popular hike is the scenic 45 minutes hike to the Lion’s Head hill.
Cape Town is sunny all year round and this is the best excuse for outdoor activities! From early morning to late afternoon, the Sea Point Promenade fills with people walking, running, taking their dogs for a stroll or even having yoga classes on the grass! Our best part of the day is to see the sun setting over the ocean and filling the sky with amazing hues of red and purple…
An another must-do is to have at least 1 surfing class in one of the many popular beaches around Cape Town: Muizenberg & Big Bay are our personal favourites. p.s shark sightings can be common but the shark spotters are there for your protection!

The city centre is small but combines modern architecture with Dutch colonial culture. Stroll up and down Long Street all the way up to Kloof Street for food and drinks on this famous road and then head to the European style area of Company’s Gardens. For the more artsy and the alternative types, Woodstock and Observatory are the places to be.

The city has to offer an amazing variety of cuisines in very good prices. Indian-Malayan curry, burgers, sushi, African delicacies & wild game like ostrich, antelope and crocodile are a few among the yummy foods that you can choose from! We recommend Ethiopian food in Madame Taitou, sushi in NURI Sushi Factory or Best of Asia, and Eastern Food Bazaar for Asian-Indian! If you want to pay a little bit more but have a nice African experience visit the MOYO restaurant in the Stellenbosch area, where you can eat on a treehouse J

Ethiopian Injera bread with spiced meat (Kitfo)
Our MOYO experience!

And our list is not finished yet! Cape Town is famous for its world class wine & cheese tasting! At a mere 40 minute drive to the east you will find the Wine Route of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek. Around these towns, French colonisers built amazing estates that are open to the public for tastings and various events! If you happen to be visiting in April you should definitely get a ticket for the Annual Cheese Festival and try all the varieties of cheese!

CT might be cosmopolitan, but there’s much more natural beauty about it than you can imagine and that is what makes it so unique! There are numerous national and private parks that you can visit to see wild animals in their natural habitat. Impalas, Kudus, Springboks, baboons and zebras can be spotted very easily. You can even compete racing with an ostrich!

If you are looking for more fierce encounters, then you can organise a shark cage dive and come face to face with the Great White Shark. A must see is also the endemic African Penguins and their colony in the Coast of Simon’s Town. You can also swim with them by paying a small fee in Boulder’s Beach.

Having spent 2 amazing years of our lives here, we could talk for hours about how beautiful this city is. Cape Town has a magical appeal to any visitor combining beach, mountain and amazing quality of life. The locals say that there is a strange magnetic force in the area that gives this feeling of completeness. When you come, be ready to be amazed!

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