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Cape Town - South Africa's Mother City

Tuesday, 17 August 2021 |


Cape Town - South Africa

Cape Town is not only arguably South Africa's most beautiful city, it would rank amongst the most beautiful cities in the world on most lists. The combination of coastline, mountains and friendly people makes it an incredible travel destination.

Coming from Melbourne, Australia, I find so much about Cape Town very familiar. From the sports & cafe culture, the nearby wineries, city-side beaches, stretches of rugged coast and even the beaches with coloured bathing boxes and fairy penguins!

If you are planning a visit to Africa, Cape Town simply must be on the itinerary.

Before You Travel

Many people who consider a trip to South Africa have concerns or questions about safety. Here are my personal thoughts, but I suggest everyone to do their own research and make their own decisions. I find Cape Town to be similar to many large cities in the world - there are without doubt safety issues, especially in certain areas. Unfortunately unemployment is high generally in South Africa and there is a high percentage of the population that live in poverty. This does create situations where crime increases. Having said that, Cape Town is much safer than some other areas and if you are avoiding certain areas (like the informal settlements) and paying attention to personal safety (avoiding areas after dark and not flashing expensive items), then in general it is safe. 

The demographic in South Africa is extremely diverse - they are known as the Rainbow Nation for a reason! The people in general are extremely friendly and the African population are some of the warmest people you will ever meet! The preconceived notion that everyone in South Africa wants to steal or harm you is simply so far from the truth it doesn't warrant discussing. Practice good safety and you will most likely have a safe trip.

Travel To Cape Town

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Where To Stay In Cape Town

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Places To Eat In Cape Town

Cape Town has an amazing food & cafe culture. 

 

Cafes:

Truth Coffee:

Swan:

Bootlegger:

Harvest

 

Restaurants:

V&A Waterfront:

Test Kitchen:

Pig??

Chapman's Peak Hotel:

 

 

Things To Do In Cape Town

Table Mountain: 

Chapman's Peak Drive:

Boulder's Beach:

Bo Kaap: 

Lions Head & Signal Hill:

V&A Waterfront:

Aquarium:

Robben Island:

Sport:

 

 

Close to Cape Town

Stellenbosch:

Hermanus:

Shark Cage Diving:

 

Local Knowledge

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