Cape town is fondly referred to as the Mother city of South Africa, the second biggest city after Johannesburg and the Legislative capital of South Africa. Cape Town is every travelers dream destination.It is one of the most multicultural city that you will probably ever visit, as it plays a huge role as a major destination for expatriates, immigrants, tourists etc. This is evident in the everyday life and in one day you can meet up to 20 people from different nationalities or more!. There is deep cultural heritage which can be felt and seen everywhere in this city .
The coastal city is located on the shore of Table bay where lies its famous natural harbor and the beautiful backdrop of the impressive Table Mountain, Lions Head and Signal hill on the western cape.
We got into Cape town through the Cape Town international airport after a 6 hr flight from Addis Ababa . The aerial view of Cape is breathtaking and you just cant help it but gasp at all that wonderful Landscape. From the airport we got an Uber to 73 Roeland street where we would be staying at Kimbo Lodge backpackers hostel.
Hostels are the way to go if you are on a budget as we all know accommodation can be a huge expense when you are travelling. For us spending a lot of money on accommodation is something we try to avoid. Hostels provide you with an opportunity to also meet other travelers and hear the amazing places they have been to. We met a couple who had been travelling for 8 months now and had even taken a passenger ship from Singapore to Cape town and were planning to take another one to Europe from Cape.Like wow!!how awesome is that!. Don`t you also think that is the craziest coolest new thing on your #bucketlist!. We loved the location of this hostel as its centrally located in terms of the things we had planned to do.
First activity we got up to was hiking Lions head early the next morning. Lion`s head is smack in the middle of Table mountain and Signal Hill and is about 669 m above sea level. Being a Saturday a lot of people seemed to have the same idea which was awesome, the more the merrier. Let me tell you a thing I have learnt about hiking, things are never as easy as they look and its okay to take breaks.
One important think you should bring is water and SUNSCREEN!! Pfft getting sunburns sucks. On getting at the top, the view is nothing like you have ever seen!!. Cape town shinning in all its glory below you and the Ocean spreading all around it. Truly, Amazing Africa. I will remember that view for a very long time. Take your sweet time up there to soak it all in. do not feel stupid about taking weird pictures, everyone up there is probably doing it too :-).
Long beautiful beaches, the sweet sun asking for a dip in the cold ocean. How can you resist that? I mean hooow?.From there you can head off to Table mountain that is just close by, take a cable car up. However if you would like to hike up, its very possible and lots of people do it. Just come properly prepared, physically fit and be sure you want to do it as its quite steep and sometimes people have to be rescued:(. An early start is recommended and dress warmly as it tends to be super windy and you need not catch a chill while on on the road!.The view!!. No words can perfectly describe it. Treat yourself to a sunset or a sunrise by one of this two amazing places.
Next activity up if you still have some energy left, hike up signal hill which of the other two is the easiest .Signal hill is used as a paragliding launch site. I have always thought about paragliding, and I think I will attempt it in the near future. .Depending on the winds they also sometimes use lions head as a launch site and you are bound to spot some takeoffs there.
Being in the south most part of Africa you get to choose whether to swim at the Atlantic Ocean or the Indian ocean at the Cape point. Or better yet you can do it the awesome way and Swim at both oceans in one day!. With this two Oceans comes beautiful white sandy beaches, though I might warn you that on the Atlantic side the water tends to be colder a contrast to the Indian Ocean shores.
Both coasts are very popular and we went to Camps Bay beach which is one of the popular beaches on the Atlantic shore. One word , Breathtaking!. Sigh.
A series of stylish, expensive restaurants line up opposite the beach and offering an amazing view as you dine and wine or nurse a sundowner. Head down to the beach and allow yourself to imprint that moment in your brain. If its a tan you are after ,put some sunscreen on and enjoy the sun. Then head straight into the cold water that will surely cool you!. As you swim take your time to observe the beautiful backdrop Table mountain provides, on one side you also have the Lions head and the beautiful blue ocean!. In that moment everything in the universe perfectly aligns itself to give you a wonderful personal moment.
On that particular day we also saw an ongoing yoga class on the beach at around 6:30 pm. How perfect was that!. Happiness had a face!!. Anyway every good thing must come to an end and every good thing sometimes has a tiny bad thing. LOL, please tell me you got something out of that obviously made up quote?he he. The beach can sometimes get really windy and you and your beach clad body might not be prepared. It will take me a while before I forget that Sand slapping :(. It is not fun and we literally had to run so fast at some point. So please check in with the weather forecasts prior to your beach date :).
After all this activities it was about time to let loose. Nothing that a night kick started in a hostel common room, a couple of fun people from all over the world, some cheap bottles of wine and some draught beer cant take care of. Some shopping therapy!some laid back sight seeing!a jazz concert, a wild rock night……………
This and more Cape Town escapades will be on my next post and be sure to check in here again
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