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7+ Cape Town Travel Ideas | South Africa Travel Itinerary [GUIDE]

It may be winter in New York, but in Cape Town South Africa there’s endless summer. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or you’re an Africa pro, there’s always something exciting to do in Cape Province. Friendly people, a Mediterranean climate, and a luxurious food scene are all great reason to go right now.

Despite its reputation for being dangerous, with a bit of big city common sense I found no reason to feel unsafe.  Uber works very well but to really explore I recommend renting a car (a good reason to learn to drive stick). English speaking South Africa is one of the most hassle free destinations I have visited.

In this South Africa Travel Guide are my 7 must see attractions for the Mother City and the area around it.


South Africa Travel Itinerary | Cape Town City Guide

Table Mountain:

When you hit town head straight to Table Mountain Park for a breathtaking view of the city. This flat topped mountain forms an almost perfect amphitheater for Cape Town. There’s a cable car that will get you to the top in minutes, but for a workout I recommend hiking. If you plan to take the cable car check that it’s not closed for wind.

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Stellenbosch Wineries:

Stellenbosch is the heart of South Africa’s world renowned wine country. This is a daytrip, so renting a car is the best way to go.  If you can only visit one vineyard, check out 320 year old Rust en Vrede which specializes in red wine. Go to the rustic farmhouse for an elegant al fresco lunch and the chance to sample South Africa’s signature pinotage grapes. The wine is incredible, so make sure to to have a designated driver for the ride back.


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Camps Bay Beach:

Next head to Camps Bay for the perfect beach destination. Camps Bay (think the South Beach of South Africa) is set against the dark blue of the Southern Atlantic and outlined by thriving bars and green hills. For true luxury stay at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa and enjoy a breathtaking sunset at their Leopard Bar.




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Victoria and Alfred Waterfront:

No South Africa travel itinerary is complete without a trip to the V&A Waterfront. It’s a central part of the history of Cape Town. In 1654 Jan van Riebeeck built a small jetty for mariners. This historic waterfront is now and open air mall and gathering place. Tourist opportunities abound, with everything from museums to helicopter rides. Also, come here to find a harbour tour to see the city from the water. For family friendly fun the Two Oceans aquarium is a must. For adults, the Seelan Restaurant and Bar is a culinary treat.


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The Penguins at Boulders Beach:

Journey a bit outside Cape Town to Simon’s Town to see these famous African penguins. In 1982 two breeding pairs of penguins showed up on Boulders Beach and now they number in the thousands. Boulders Beach itself is a pretty spot, so make sure to get there early to avoid the tour bus crowds.


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Shark Diving:

If you’re in Simon’s Town and feeling brave, take a half day boat trip to dive with sharks. We went with Apex Shark diving tours, which did an excellent job. Because no Scuba diving experience is necessary, anyone who is moderately physically fit can take part. You’ll put on a wetsuit and get into cage dangling from the side of the boat. Once you’re in the water, take a deep breath and look down, the crew will be chumming for sharks. We saw several and definitely lived to tell about it.


Robben Island:

South Africa has come a long way, but to understand this country you need to learn about Apartheid. A great place to start is the Museum on Robben Island, the former prison that housed nobel laureate Nelson Mandela as a political prisoner for 18 years. Catch a boat from the V&A Waterfront and discover an important part of South African history.



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Bo-Kaap Cape Town:

This historic Cape Town neighborhood has rows of brightly colored homes! I had to stop by for a photo and they were so cute! Go early before the other tourists get there!


What to know about traveling to Cape Town | Is South Africa Safe?

Overall South Africa is an easy place to travel, but there are few things to keep in mind. First of all, don’t show off flashy valuables and generally use common sense because petty crime does happen. If you have the chance, book a night or two at game lodge to get a taste of the Safari experience. Driving, while easy, is on the other side of the road. If you plan on driving get a gps or local SIM card for your phone. Finally, don’t forget to take lots of pics!


Cape Town South Africa is the perfect destination for many types of travelers. Adventures travelers can find bungee jumping, shark diving, and paragliding.  Surfs up for beach bums looking for that winter tan. Luxury travelers have a multitude of resort and spa options available. I didn’t know what to expect, but South Africa surpassed my expectations at every turn. This is the perfect entry point to check another continent off your travel bucket list. I hope you enjoyed this South Africa Travel Itinerary!

If Winter is more of your flavor, check out this article about the best ski resort for beginners. 


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