So a little birdy told me that the Travelstart Birthday Sale is starting on the 27th of this month and it made me realise that I really need a holiday. Earlier this year we decided as a family to go to Durban, which I love, but not during the December holidays. I loathe the hustle and bustle, crowded beaches and long queues. My hubby loves the vibe and atmosphere so now we’re in a bit of a dilemma. I was reading some of the popular flight routes and Cape Town came up as number 1. I think if it was up to us, we’d relocate to the Mother City for various reasons. And that’s why I decided to do a travel post today and share with you some of the main things I love about Cape Town. Now to convince my hubby why we need to change our holiday destination.
Because Cape Town has such a large Muslim community rich in tradition, you know that there will be halaal food on every corner. From street food in Bo Kaap, burgers and decadent milkshakes at Wembley Roadhouse to fresh seafood at Snoekies in Hout Bay, it is literally heavenly. La Rocca in Canal Walk is my breakfast hotspot and not forgetting chocolate pizza from Col’Cacchio is Camps Bay while overlooking the ocean.
Confession: When I was 5 months pregnant with my second baby, Liyah (4yo), my husband took me to Cape Town on an eating holiday lol. We spent our days’ sightseeing and was so awesome to be able to eat in so many different places.
Two words. Table Mountain. Regardless of how many times I’ve been to Cape Town, Table Mountain is a trip I have to make. There is nothing more romantic than being on Table Mountain with your loved ones, watching the sunset and overlooking the ocean. Just thinking about it is making me nostalgic.
Two Oceans Aquarium is by far one of the best aquariums I have ever been to. And I’ve been to a lot in different countries too. While it may not be the biggest like uShaka or compete with some first world countries, it’s probably the best one in the Southern Hemisphere in terms of layout, design and variety of animals.
Some places you only need to visit every once in a while such as Robben Island, Cape Point or Boulders Beach, but knowing it’s there if you want to take a ferry or a slow, relaxing drive, makes it that much more exciting. Here in Joburg, we have Hartebeespoort with stinky water. Go figure.
The Scenery and Atmosphere
I mentioned the view from Table Mountain and Camps Bay but there is so much more. Taking a drive to Chapman’s Peak, picnicking in Kirstenbosch Gardens, hiking up Lion’s Head and Signal Hill or just relaxing at the beach takes my breath away.
Time and time again I’ve said that Cape Town people are ‘vertraag’ (delayed). Don’t be upset cos that includes a lot of my family as well. They have no sense of urgency and for someone as impatient as me, it frustrates me endlessly. But nowhere else in the world have I travelled to always be greeted with a smile regardless of your gender, colour or sexuality. The Capetonians I know are sincere, loving and genuine. Somehow they always manage to make you feel like family. Another reason I want to move there is so I can also adopt their sense of ‘vertraagde’ lifestyle because I think in order to enjoy life fully, we need to slow down and appreciate everything around us.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments what your favourite thing to do in Cape Town is.
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