You have only two days in Cape Town, but want to make it count. Problem is that there is SO much to see and do… check out this awesome two day itinerary for the Mother City!
- One of the best ways to experience as much of Cape Town in the shortest time is to spend the day hopping on and off City Sightseeing’s distinctive red topless buses. With several routes from which to choose, simply riding along and taking in the scenery is one option and takes about an hour and a half, but stops at many popular indoor and outdoor attractions mean you can visit, among others, the top of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, the World Of Birds, the historic wine farms of Constantia, or the District Six Museum where you can immerse yourself in the memories of what was one of Cape Town’s most colourful communities before its residents were subjected to forced removals during the Apartheid era. The circular Red City Tour includes Camps Bay and the Sea Point promenade, both excellent destinations for catching some sun and sea breezes, along with an ice cream cone or a sundowner cocktail. City Sightseeing has a ticket kiosk at the V&A Waterfront, which can easily take up a few hours of your time on its own. Do some shopping, take a spin on the Cape Wheel, or marvel at the diversity of our marine life at the Two Oceans Aquarium. In the evening, sundowners with a view are a must, followed by dinner at one of our top restaurants, whether it’s fine dining or casual in-your-face burgers. Finish the night with some live local music on Long Street in the city centre, or making new friends at a friendly bar.
- It’s day two in Cape Town and you’ve already done quite a lot but still only scratched the surface. Today, hire a car – or join a tour operator, many of which will tailor a day trip to suit you – and head south along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive and then on to Cape Point, part of the Table Mountain National Park and home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Make your next stop at Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world. Continue your journey along the False Bay coastline to Kalk Bay harbour, enjoy fresh-off-the-boat seafood, followed by a stroll along the quaint cobbled streets and some antique hunting. Not to be missed is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the first botanical garden in the world to be established (in 1913) to protect local flora. Its lawns are ideal for picnics and there are several walking trails. These will ideas will all fill most of the day, but if you want to visit more than one or two destinations, we suggest you plan according to area. The closer to where you are staying the better, as it cuts down on travel times. The city centre, for example, has many attractions that can be explored on foot. Head to Long Street and work your way up – or down. It’s full of interesting shops and inexpensive restaurants. Sit at a pavement table to people watch, but remember to hold onto your valuables, or keep them out of sight. This adventure can continue into the night at one of the bars or nightclubs. Branch off into Church Street, which is a tiny tree-lined pedestrian mall. Café Mozart is a charming café, traders set up tables with antiques and books, and street entertainment by buskers picks up during the lunch-time rush.