Cape Town at a Glance
Famous for its mountainous landscape, mass wine production and ocean waves so high you might momentarily forget about the sharks, this South African city is an all round escape for friends and families alike. Affectionately known as the ‘Mother City,' Cape Town is a port city on the Southwest coast of South Africa. Once packed in by Table Mountain, Cape Point, and Lion’s Head, the city has sprawled further afield and now occupies the affluent areas of Camps Bay and Clifton Bay.
Whether you’re here on a romantic road trip up the Garden Route, a family holiday all about outdoor activities or you find yourself on an epic friend’s adventure; there’s something to do here for everyone. Culture vultures can take in the street art of District Six. History buffs can brush up on Robben Island's past. The outdoor types can hike Table Mountain, and the adrenaline fueled few can take surf lessons, cage dive with sharks or even propel themselves out of a plane on a scenic skydive; each to their own.
How Much Time Do You Need to See Cape Town?
When it comes to how many days to spend in Cape Town, you should adopt a ‘the more, the merrier’ stance. This vast city is spread out over a large area packed with beaches, burbs, and bars. To really cover said areas you’re going to need a minimum of three days here but our perfect number of days in the city would be five. This is enough time to explore the best of the beaches, mountains and historical sites, not to mention you get to dine on South African cuisine five nights in a row and trust us when we say you’re going to want to. If you’re lucky enough to have bagged an extra day or two, then you simply must head out of the city to the surrounding Winelands for a real gastronomy treat.
Cape Town is a mesmerizing place of natural beauty, and whether you’re inside dining on fresh seafood or halfway up a mountain in the sweltering heat, you’ll appreciate it. From soft sand beaches where the rich and famous hang out, to the run down artsy districts in the city’s downtown area; there’s a little bit of everything on offer. And, once you hit the open road and head to the Winelands, it quickly becomes apparent why the local’s faces are permanently set to smiling and why so many expats have upped their lives and settled in this beautiful city.