Category Archives: South Africa

I’ll meet you at the Cape

Anyone who has been to Cape Town will tell you that the drive on the coast is absolutely beautiful: they are right! Rent a car, and drive the coast, stop and enjoy the beaches, and beware of the baboons!

It takes about 2 hours to reach the southernmost point of the African continent. Once you arrive at the main parking lot, you will find a restaurant, small shops, and a cable car that takes you to the lighthouse.

I highly recommend hiking, since it is not difficult, you get to enjoy the air and nature, and it will not take you that much time either. There are several routes and paths you can take. The main ones are:

  • Cape Point (cable car+walking)
  • Cape of Good Hope (the second time we went to the National park, we noticed there is another road and parking that is closer to this point. We took a 1.5h hike to reach it from the main parking lot).

The shops are the classic, tourist shops that are not necessarily worth it. However the restaurant has a magnificent view, good seafood, and a long balcony where you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of South African wine. Also, if you go on a Sunday, everything closes early! The first time we went, everything was closed by the time we finished our hike, and you must be out of the park at a certain hour.

What you should bring:

  • Hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes, or hiking boots
  • Snacks and Water

Cape of Gd Hope Cape Point1 Southernmost Africa

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Two must-do activities in Cape Town

Hiking Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

You can take a cable car up Table Mountain, but it is really not worth the price. The hike takes about 90mins to do and is a nice moment to connect with nature. The view you get of Cape Town is beautiful. Pick a nice sunny day, but make sure to bring water, snacks, and sunblock.

Lion’s Head is not too far from Table Mountain. If you are in shape and really want to, you can hike both mountains in the same day. (We did this). Lion’s Head is less busy than Table Mountain, probably because the only way up is by foot. There are a few parts where you must actually use your hands and climb up using either chains or metal bars they put into the rock. I was really proud of myself for doing that, I thought it was a little scary.

View of Cape Town

Old Biscuit Mill

This was one of our favourite activities to do on a Saturday (between 10am-2pm): Old Biscuit Mill Market. The little shops, antique stores, and food that you can find here are all really great. South African artisans sell their clothes, jewelry, choose, leather books, etc. and local restaurants have food stands where you can enjoy anything from falafel to fresh oysters. Also, you can taste different types of local beers and wines, and our personal favourite: ginger beer! This is an absolute must if you are in Cape Town on a saturday!

Old Biscuit Mill Market