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My Cape Town Experience ~ South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa is a dynamic and modern metropolis attracting people from all walks of life from all over the world.  From backpacking students to celebrities, it’s a cool and very diverse place.

It attracts most of its visitors during it’s summer season which spans from November to March.  During this period visitors enjoy the eleven hours of daily sunshine with an average temperature of 25-30 degrees Centigrade.  In between seasons are Spring: September/October and Autumn: April and May.  Winter months are June – August with temperatures between 7 and 20 Centigrade.

Cape Town is 11 hours away from UK.  Although with the time difference being just 2 hours ahead of GMT, it makes the long journey relatively easy in terms of jet lag.  If you catch a night flight, you will arrive early afternoon next day which is pretty cool as you can sleep on the plane and arrive in South Africa ready for the day ahead.

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Camps Bay ~ Cool and Chilled

The infamous Camps Bay is a long street housing various restaurants, hotels and little market stalls.  The people here are cool, trendy, casual/boho with a hint of glam.  If South Beach Miami and Newport Beach California had a love child, it would be this place!

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Cape Town and it’s Breathtaking Landscape

The landscape in Cape Town is absolutely breathtaking.  I have travelled extensively having worked for three years on a cruise ship, however the scenery in Cape Town is like something I’ve never experienced before.  Magnificent.

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Sunset Horseriding on The Beach

I didn’t spend much time at the beach on this trip but I couldn’t visit Cape Town without passing by a beach or two!  My last trip to Cape Town was over new years eve / new year so it was a very busy time as it’s peak summer so the beaches were crowded.  However there were a few little coves that were quieter and more relaxing.  I did however do some sunset horseriding on the beach which was very special.

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Franschhoek Winelands

Cape Town is so amazingly diverse.  You can be in the busy bustling, trendy Camps Bay opposite the beach one minute then take an hour or two drive up the motorway and end up in the stunning winelands!  Franschhoek and surrounding winelands just outside of Cape Town do hold a special place in my heart!  Picturesque, peaceful, earthy and beautiful; I could quite easily take a vacation in and around these parts to “find myself!”

The wine tasting here is a fun and very popular activity.  I indulged plenty!  Due to the Pound being so much stronger than the Rand at the moment, you can purchase a few good bottles of wine for less than one decent bottle of wine in UK!  Spending an afternoon tasting delectable wines, looking at some beautiful scenery and taking home a case for a fraction of what it would cost in UK will always get the thumbs up from this lady!

My favourite place in the winelands has to be Delaire Graff Wine Estate.  This place has the most magnificent landscape I’ve ever seen.  Our hotel suite was amazing with a plunge pool at the foot of the bed which overlooked the breathtaking winelands!  Delaire Graff is also a fabulous lunch spot.  Request a table on the terrace and admire the most incredible views over some incredible food and great wine.

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Delaire Graff ~ Plunge Pool in The Suite Overlooking the Winelands All From the The Foot of The Bed!

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Hotel Recommendations

I’ve stayed at a number of hotels in Cape Town and the Winelands over my three visits and would recommend them all:

  • Delaire Graff Wine Estate ~ Views to die for (my absolute favourite).  Lunch on the terrace is an absolute must here.  (You do not have to be a guest to dine).
  • 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa ~ Great location near Camps Bay.  Recommend getting a sea view suite.
  • One & Only ~ On the Waterside near the marina (beautiful with a lake running all through and around the hotel).  Nobu Restaurant is also situated here.
  • Cape Grace ~ On the Waterside – great for shopping as they have a shopping mall nearby and a small local market which sells some niche items sold by locals.  Some fabulous jewellery!
  • Babylonstoren ~ Has luxury cottages that accommodates couples and larger families.  Situated on a working historical farm and produces it’s own organic food served in the very popular Babel onsite restaurant.  Atmospheric hotel all year round with open log fireplaces and plenty of red wine during winter months.   For the most exquisite, healthy organic freshly selected food, I highly recommend lunch or dinner at Babel.  (You do not have to be a guest of the hotel to dine).
  • Akademie Street Boutique Hotel ~ Rated No.1 hotel in Franschhoek and fifth best small hotel in the world.  This historical Cape Dutch hotel building houses only six guesthouses with a staff to guest ratio of around 2:1 making Akademie Street hotel the epitome of intimate!  The hotel offers a free bar for guests which alone I consider quite the pull factor!  Akademie Street Hotel is situated in the very peaceful village of Franschhoek with much to do within walking distance of the hotel. Perfect for those who prefer boutique intimacy and attention over bustling and commercial hotel chains.
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel - Reception

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel – Reception

Akademie Street - One of the Pools

Akademie Street – Quiet Intimacy at One of the Pools

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One & Only Hotel Cape Town

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12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

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12 Apostles Hotel & Spa – Lunch For One On The Terrace

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12 Apostles Hotel and Spa – Drinks on the Terrace

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Babylonstoren Farm Life!

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Babylonstoren In-Cottage Snacks

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Babylonstoren – Babel Restaurant.  Ingredients picked daily

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12 Apostles & Spa – Breakfast on The Balcony

Highlights

  • Horseriding on the beach
  • My hotel stay and lunch on the terrace at Delaire Graff
  • Safari (post to follow!)
  • Shimmy Beach Club ~ Restaurant and beach club open day through to late night

In my opinion I really don’t know why Cape Town isn’t more popular amongst UK tourists.  Its wonderfully diverse with so much to see and do within 200 miles of driving, the climate is perfect, people are friendly and extremely hospitable and the currency is weak against the Pound / Euro at the moment so the overall cost of things while out there such as dining out, shopping, snacks etc are very inexpensive.  I’ll be heading back again this year and I can’t wait!

Stay tuned for my next post coming soon all about my incredible safari(s)!  Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin and Instagram to keep updated!


Have you been to Cape Town or anywhere else in South Africa?  What was your favourite experience?!  Comment Below