There is no sunset quite like an African sunset and one seen from one of the seven wonders of the world is an indescribable sight.
Cape Town! The most beautiful city in the world, in my opinion.
A little while ago, my family and I went on holiday to Cape Town South Africa, and man was it an amazing one.
It was not my first time in Cape Town. In fact, I went to college there. I lived there for 3 years so I knew exactly what it looked like. My experience when I lived there and when I vacationed there are definitely two separate worlds.
First off, when I lived there I was on a student budget. I don’t know where y’all come from but where I come from, student budgets are slim to none. The parents pay for everything in advance and give you a small allowance at the beginning of each month in which you have to fit all your monthly expenses. This was definitely not a time to enjoy the wonderful luxuries that Cape Town had to offer.
Don’t get me wrong, we had our fun- loads of it. However, the fun was always limited by our broke student budget and we definitely didn’t get any luxuries.
Fast forward 5 years and I ended up planning a trip to Cape Town for a friend’s wedding. Fortunately, my friend told me her wedding date early on in the year so time was on my side when it came to saving and budgeting.
We started booking as early as June for a trip we would take in December.
We found a great price for flights on jet cost.ie and once we booked the flights, everything else fell in and around our arrival and departure dates.
In July, we booked our accommodation on Airbnb which cost us about €50 per night for the first five nights as my husband and I were to move to a bigger house when my family joined us. We then hired a rental car on Budget Cars which we paid for in August. Now that our biggest expenses were taken care of, all we had to do was save our spending money, and save we did.
It was a glorious Thursday afternoon. Not glorious as in it was a lovely day as it was the start of a really icy winter and that particular day was cold, dark and gloomy. It was glorious because I was leaving on a sun holiday for a month and it felt like we were never coming home.
We flew with Turkish Airways. The flight was not too bad save for the fact that we were confined in it for 13 whole hours on end. I thought I was going to die of old age before I ever stepped foot in Cape Town.
We finally reached CPT International Airport and this is when the story got interesting.
I must warn you that immigration in Cape Town is pretty slow so be prepared to stay in line for at least an hour especially in peak times like December.
Another thing you should be aware of if you are renting a car from the airport is that the lines are also really long and extremely slow moving so prepare to be frustrated a little.
We checked into our Airbnb which was in an extremely lovely suburb called the Marina Da Gama in Muizenburg which is on the southern peninsula of Cape Town.
Our accommodation was a small but very cozy bedsit which opened up onto the vlei (river). It was the most glorious sight to wake up to in the mornings. Definitely a welcome change from my daily European city suburban views.
The first place we visited was the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. If you have only one Saturday in Cape Town and are wondering where to spend it, this is the place, guys. The food here is to DIE for! Not to mention the beautiful live music playing and the rich vibrant culture oozing all around you.
One thing to keep in mind at the Old Biscuit Mill is that the neighborhood is a little rough so be careful when walking approaching from your car. Parking is a bit of a tight squeeze and you will need to pay someone to attend your car and keep it safe.
*TinyTip- take a taxi cab and you will avoid all the parking drama.
Other than this, you will not regret spending your Saturday at the Old Biscuit Mill.
The Monday after we arrived, we spent the morning in Camps Bay. First on the agenda was breakfast in La Belle Bistro and Bakery. We had a full English breakfast which was quite decent. The cocktails here are some of the best I have ever had and would definitely recommend them. The view of the beach was incredible and for that reason, we were happy to part with a little more cash than we would have in another restaurant.
After a heavy breakfast, we strolled down to the beach and had a lazy lie on the beach sunbeds that were rented to us for R70 each and 1 umbrella for R50.
**TinyTip- take your own umbrella.
The next day, we went to Boulders beach to see the famous penguins. Oh, what a lovely sight! To be honest, it was lovely to see the family of penguins showing off as they were clearly aware that they had a whole beach of tourists watching them. I was honestly bored within fifteen minutes so we left for the Chapman’s Peak Drive which was yet another marvelous view.
***A TinyTip about visiting Boulders beach is to arrive early and get the nice shady spots of a sunny day or bring an umbrella.
In the evening, we met a few friends for sundowners on Clifton beach. It was unusually windy for December so we got a nice spot behind a huge rock. I must say, guys, the sunset here was the gorgeous sunset I have ever seen- unspoiled and uninterrupted.
On Wednesday, We went to the V&A waterfront. Now if you love shopping as much as I do, this will be heaven for you. Oh, what an experience!
We also went to the Sevruga restaurant which was really lovely. If you are a seafood kind of person, This is probably one of the best seafood restaurants in Cape Town.
On Thursday we didn’t do much as we were exhausted from the week of traveling and tourist activity. We also needed a little rest as the rest of the family was arriving on Friday and we needed to regain our energy for that situation.
As this post is already long enough, I shall only list the rest of the places we visited while we were in Cape Town.
1. Ratanga Junction– Definitely recommend you go as a group. It is great fun and such an adrenaline rush. Sadly, they are closing in 2018.
2. Beau Constantia– wine farm- Lovely experience tasting different wines and dining out on a lovely summer’s day.
3. Cubaña Restaurant Claremont– has only the BEST chicken wings in the whole wide world.
4. Mugg & Bean – Best breakfast menu in my opinion and great prices. Save for a restaurant in Camps Bay and one in Hout Bay, we had breakfast in Mug & Bean every morning.
5. Jakes on the Common in Noordhoek was a fantastic family restaurant with a great outdoor space and amazing food. It was so good, we went for lunch three times.
6. The Cape Wheel– an experience that gives you a 360-degree glimpse of the marvel that is Cape Town.
That’s all for today folks. We had a great time in the mother city and hope to be back very soon.
Signal Hill views
Outside our little bedsit home
Fun at Ratanga Junction