Cape Town: a city that is stunning from the sky to the sea. This city is steeped in so much history from all around the world, and it’s this that makes Cape Town totally unique and rich in culture. It’s known as the ‘mother city’ due to its crucial role in South Africa’s history. I think it was called this for another reason, that is, that Mother Nature excelled herself when creating this landscape.
The thing that struck me the most about this city that rests on the southernmost tip of Africa was the friendliness of the people. All wanted to not only share their amazing stories, but to also listen to yours. In a place that is often associated with crime I never felt more welcomed or more a part of the family. There is no doubt that Cape Town is a multicultural city, and it’s something that it prides itself on. From Christian to Muslim, to Jewish to traditional African, culture and beliefs are all in harmony and are peacefully living side by side each other.
Not only is the culture fascinating but so is their art scene. There is striking upcoming street artists making their mark in the city. Traditional African hotels and B&BS with a modern boutique style twist. It’s undeniable that Cape Town and its inhabitants make for a stunning destination.
You can’t go to Cape Town without seeing how magnificent Table Mountain is. This mountain and its national park truly dominate the city. If you can get up early, take the 2 hour hike up the mountain in order to enjoy sunrise from the top. It’s well worth the early start. If you’re feeling lazy, or like a bit more of a lie in, then enjoy the cable car up to the top which provides you with once in a lifetime views of Cape Town and the landscape around it that just flows so gracefully into the South Atlantic Ocean.
Few cities can take great pride in such a fantastic national park, which has everything you could possibly imagine from vineyards to beaches and rare flowers. This National Park is at the core of Cape Town, and provides so many opportunities for adventure and activities. The beaches especially offer one of the world’s greatest surfing hotspots, beginners and pros can all be found here. Table Mountain also provides the perfect place to get extreme with mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing or abseiling. If you’d prefer to sit back and watch the action, or just enjoy the views, head to one of the local vineyards to sample some of the world’s finest wines where some of the world’s oldest and largest wine estates call their home.
Cape Town amazed me, talking to the locals, embracing their stories and seeing the incredible sights that this city and its surroundings have on offer was outstanding.