I kinda went into my trip to Cape Town with no expectations and ended up shocked by how beautiful it is. The land, the people, the music and the FOOD!
Here are my 3 MUST DOs while in Cape Town:
1. Lions Head Hike
2. Table Mountain Hike
3. Boulder Beach & Simon’s Town
Lions Head Hike
When looking towards Table Mountain from the ocean you will see a smaller peak just to the right called Lions Head. I am assuming that at one point it must have resembled a lion but I cannot seem to see it. If there is anything that I learned while on this trip it is that I am an extremely slow hiker.. this being said it took me about 2 hours to reach the top and will probably only take you an hour. Also be warned that there are a few areas throughout the hike where you must use ladders to climb up above the rocks. But, once at the top you will have the most beautiful 360 degree views of Cape Town! Not to mention a perfect view of Table Mountain. Bring a lunch for a picnic and do not forget to stop by the cave on your way down!
Table Mountain Hike
So you thought Lions Head was high up huh? Just wait until you reach the top of Table Mountain. The top is a staggering 3,365 feet above sea level. It also happens to be one of the oldest mountains in the world (600 million years old) and is home to 2,200 plant species. To reach the top I would suggest hiking the Platteklip Gorge trail up and then take the cable car down (about $10). Make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen as there is hardly any part of the hike that is shaded. The hike up should take anywhere from 2.5 hours to 3.5 hours depending on how many breaks you take! Once at the top you can casually walk around the flat part to see all angles of Cape Town.
Boulders Beach & Simon’s Town
Ready for the cutest beach you have ever seen? When arriving in Cape Town I almost did not believe there could possibly be a white sand beach complete with crystal blue water and oh yeah… PENGUINS. Make sure that you explore the area more than just the deck where every tourist gathers to take pictures. If you continue down the path that brings you into the park you will arrive at an area of the beach where you can get on the sand. Yes, there are less penguins here but you can get right up next to them! After you have witnessed enough cuteness for a lifetime walk on over to Simon’s Town for the good food, pretty boats and little shops.
TIPS & TRICKS
Ubers are by far the easiest and safest way to get around Cape Town so make sure to take advantage! If you are looking for a place to stay than look no further than Atlantic Point Backpackers. The cleanest, friendliest, most active hostel I have ever stayed in!
Happy travels 🙂