Sunday, 24 May 2015

Africa: South Africa - Cape Town (Part 2)

Heyyyy Everyone, 

Cheeky sunday blog for you but first read Part 1 HERE

After our camping we decided to live it up in Cape Town for a week, a bit of luxury for a very small price (Cape Town is cheap!) I absolutely fell in love. I want to go back for sure, I want to take all my family because I know they will love it (there's something for everyone), but I would 100% consider looking into living there, that's how much I loved it! 

I'm not going to bore you with all my holiday facts but I will tell you my must do things in Cape Town, and show you some pictures! 

1. Hop on, Hop off bus - I don't normally like getting these tour buses because I don't think they are worth the money. However, this one was so cheap and there were so many extras that were included in the price of the 2 day ticket. 

2. Wine Tasting - There are LOADS of vineyards in and around Cape Town so it's hard to decide which ones to visit. We visited the ones that were on the 'purple line' of the Hop on Hop off bus which meant we didn't have to pay extra to get taxis and things. 

3. Watch the sun set on Signal Hill - This is another thing that is included in the price of your Hop on Hop off bus ticket. It is a night tour that takes you up to Signal Hill to watch the sun set. I would recommend doing this on more than one occasion during you trip because it is simply beautiful. Get yourself a pic-nic and a cheeky bottle of bubbly and just soak up the views! 

4. Go up Table Mountain - If you have the time during your trip and you like to walk I hear it is a very nice hike up the mountain. It could take up to 6 hours and may depend on the weather during your stay, but it is worth considering. If you're not a hiker then there is the cable car that takes you right to the top. However, be aware that the cable cars stop running a lot due to weather, it may seem absolutely fine on the ground but it could be windy up at the top of the mountain and they can't risk running the cable car if that's the case. Your Hop on Hop off bus driver will be able to advice you whether the cars are running or not. 

5. Go to Boulders Beach in Simon's Town to see the Penguins!! - Aren't penguins just one of the cutest animals, when they waddle around, agh adorable!! And imagine penguins, but on the beach, not something I ever thought I would see. There are private tours that will take you to Simon's Town but they are expensive, it is very easy to just get a train there and then you are able to freely walk around Simon's Town without the pressure and time constraints of a tour guide. 

Other Things to consider: V&A Waterfront, it is absolutely beautiful, there are loads of restaurants on the waterfront and a big shopping mall, there is also a ferris wheel with spectacular views. Robben Island, this is a long tour so will take up at least half a day but is interesting if you are interested in the history of Nelson Mandela.

Places to eat: The Bungalow, this is a restaurant connected to a country club and is located on the sea front with an incredible view. It does require bookings but is totally worth it, the food is delicious and still cheap even though it's luxury. Shimmy Beach Club, you should visit this place not just for the amazing food, but also for cocktails around their pool, and for a night out. Check out their website for events, they hold some pretty big club nights. Market on the Wharf, essentially the food market at the V&A Waterfront. Oh Em Gee, I could of eaten there every day, there was so much choice and it was all 100% fresh and amazingly tasty. You can get your hands on Indian, thai, burgers, mexican, sushi, wraps, and so much more, and all at a very reasonable price. 
(Left: My steak, salad, peppercorn sauce, chips and a glass of bubbly at The Bungalow. Right: Sushi at the food market, all that came to about £2)

I think that's about everything I wanted to tell you about Cape Town, although I could go on because as I said, and I'll say it again, I tricking LOVE the place! If you're considering a visit, consider no more and just book! 

Have you ever been? Leave your comments on places I need to see in Cape Town on my next visit! 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

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