By Carissa Hickok
Cape Town, South Africa, is a picturesque town where you can enjoy the beach, watch boats, see beautiful gardens, shop for souvenirs in local shops, or enjoy the views of surrounding points of interest such as Table Mountain. To reach Table Mountain, you can take a cable car from Cape Town. In the five minute ride, you will climb more than 3,500 feet above sea level. Check out the view as you ascend and take as many pictures and videos as you’d like. At the top of Table Mountain, there are more than one mile of trails and lookout points that allow you to see the Cape Peninsula from different angles. No matter where you look, the view is sure to be postcard worthy.
Cape Town boasts approximately 191 miles of coastline with 72 beaches. There is something for everyone. Strandfontein Beach is popular with the locals and also has the largest tidal swimming pool in the southern hemisphere. Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Long Beach, Kommetjie, Llandudno, Milnerton Beach, and Big Bay are some of the best places for water sport enthusiasts. You will find kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, and of course regular surfing. Some beaches also allow you to fish.
Located in the southern hemisphere, Cape Town enjoys a long summer from November to March – the most popular time for tourists. The average temperature during those months is about 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Even during the winter months of June to August, it is highly unlikely you will see temperatures dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
You have a few options to get around and see Cape Town. You can take the red open-top double-decker busses that allow you to hop on and off as you wish. You can also take the train, an affordable choice to travel around Cape Town and see surrounding towns. You can also take a taxi or a private car hire. If you decide to drive yourself, remember that cars in South Africa drive on the left side, not the right side.
Robben Island is another popular tourist location. Robben Island was home to Nelson Mandela for 18 years of his imprisonment. The island is a short boat ride from Cape Town but be sure to reserve your tickets weeks in advance as they sell out quickly. At Robben Island, you will get the chance to walk in the footsteps of Mandela and see his tiny prison cell, and learn about the prison culture that Mandela endured.
A short drive from Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope, located at the intersection of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. As you drive from Cape Town, stop in Boulders Beach for the penguins sunbathing on the beach! It’s a sight you won’t want to miss.
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.