Day 1 - 2 Jan 2021
Content: If you are traveling to Cape Town, chances are that you’ll be traveling from Johannesburg to Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight. We’ve arrived in Cape Town at around 10am and went straight to the car hiring company. The signs at the airport are easy to follow to get to the car rentals. I suggest booking a car in advanced via their website. We’ve used Europcar. I would highly recommend hiring a car, instead of using other transport measures (like Uber or the Citybus) as all the activities are so widespread, it is better to have your own transport so you can go around at your own pace.
Content: After landing and receiving our car rental, we made our way to Eden on Bay, which is located in Bloubergstrand. Here we had lunch at Saints, which is known for their delicious gourmet burgers. We then took a walk along the short promenade in Blouberg before heading back to our car and back to our accommodation.
Content: We then made our way to our accommodation - The Dolphin Beach Hotel which is also located in Bloubergstrand. We mainly chose this accommodation for its stunning view of Table Mountain and its direct access to the beach. And this accommodation did not disappoint. Yes, it is a bit further from the city, but the view definitely makes up for it and the beach does not get too busy. We got settled in before spending the remainder of the day on the beach in front of the hotel. There are various accommodation options available, from cabanas to apartments and all of these have access to the two pools on the property.
Content: Kite beach is situated right in front of the hotel, which is also what you’ll have direct access to. Here you’ll see the perfect sunset and also how the kite surfers dance in the waves.
Content: The hotel has a restaurant on the premises which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is amazing and the view is even better.
Day 2 - 3 Jan 2021
Content: After we had breakfast at the hotel, we made our way to the V&A Waterfront which is about a half an hours drive from the hotel. This was where we spent most of the day. We started with a boat ride with Waterfront Charters. We had the best experience and the crew made it worth while. They even played photographer. There are various cruises you can book and I recommend that you book this in advanced through their website, although you can buy tickets at the V&A as well.
Content: We then explored the V&A Food market and Watershed. This is the perfect place to support local South Africans. The food market has some of the best smoothies and coffees to choose from. We also walked to the Silo hotel and explored the area.
Content: We made our way back to the V&A Waterfront where we had lunch at Gibson’s. The food was great and you must try their milkshakes (which is what they are famous for). The service was also spectacular.
Content: We explored more of the V&A Waterfront and did a bit of shopping to make sure we had everything for our holiday.
Content: We had dinner at Quay Four restaurant and their fish was so delicious and fresh. You can choose to sit inside or outside (I’ll suggest you sit outside, so you can watch over the harbor with the seagulls walking between the customers). The service was also excellent and if I have to choose my top restaurant on the trip - this will be it! It was not just the food that was great, but also the whole atmosphere.
Content: To end off our day, we headed to the Cape Wheel which is also located at the V&A and close to the restaurant we had dinner at. There is no need to buy tickets in advanced.
Day 3 - 4 Jan 2021
Content: On day three we planned a day trip to the picturesque Paarl. This is located about an hours drive from Bloubergstrand and is situated in the wine region. We started with breakfast at the famous Greenhouse restaurant at Babylonstoren. Since this is a famous restaurant, I would suggest to go as early as possible as they do tend to get very busy. Probably one of my favourite places to visit in the Paarl with the most unique and delicious food.
Day 3 - 4 Jan 2021
Content: Once you are done with breakfast, you can walk through the gardens and do some exploring. This farm is massive, so don’t think it will take just a few minutes. You can also arrange a garden tour through their website if you are interested in learning more about the farm and all their produce. There is also a bakery if you want to buy some freshly baked bread or other delicious treats.
Content: We thereafter made our way to the Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving studio. You can buy a feeding bag to feed the furry animals or you can go on an educational tour if you want to learn more about these beautiful creatures. There is also a weaving shop which you can support and a coffee shop. After we fed the animals we decided to lunch at the coffee shop and we had a delicious lamb pie.
Day 3 - 4 Jan 2021
Content: We then continued our journey to the Afrikaans Language Monument to learn more about the Afrikaanse Language.
Content: We made our way to the Spice Route. What is nice about this place is that there are multiple shops/ restaurants you can visit. We did some Chocolate tasting at DeVilliers and there are also some excellent wine tasting options.
Content: We’ve ended our day in the beautiful Paarl with dinner at the Blacksmith’s Kitchen. And I must say that it was one of the best lasagna’s I’ve ever eaten. There are seating areas inside and outside; if you do sit outside you’ll have a stunning view overlooking the Paarl.
Day 4 - 5 Jan 2021
Content: We started our morning very early to make it up the famous Lion’s Head. Situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, you’ll get a spectacular 360 view of Cape Town and the vast ocean. I suggest to take a headlight with for the start of the hike, as it will still be dark. It’s a free activity and will take about 2-3 hours.
Content: You cannot go to Cape Town without going up Table Mountain. We made our way to the Aerial Cableway and have luckily made our bookings online. Just know that this will probably be the busiest tourist attraction you’ll go to in Cape Town and you’ll definitely wait in a line for a chance to ride the cablecar. Once at the top the crowds will fade away as they explore the top of Table Mountain (which is luckily massive). Head to the restaurant at the top for some great pizza option. They also have the best slushies in town!
Content: Then we made our way to Bossa Woodbridge Island restaurant for an early dinner, since we just had a busy day. After this we went to our hotel and watched the sun set over the ocean.
Day 5 - 6 Jan 2021
Content: After we had breakfast at the hotel, we made our way to Sea Point to stroll along the promenade.
Content: We had lunch at the Hussar Grill and their steak is perfection.
Content: After lunch we made our way to the Green Point Lighthouse.
Content: Since I am an ice-cream lover, we made our way to Crumbs & Cream. Here you can build your own ice-cream sandwich or just try out their delicious gelato. I’ll highly recommend this place for some nice dessert.
Content: We made our way to Llandudno Beach to enjoy the sunset. With big boulders and being a surfers paradise, this is the perfect day to say goodbye to the day. Also known as the most expensive residential area in Cape Town, this beach is also not as crowded as the other beaches.
Day 6 - 7 Jan 2021
Content: We made our way to Cape Point for another day trip. It is located an hour and a half from Cape Town and the scenery on your way there is also spectacular. Once you get there, you can make your way to the old lighthouse (this can either be done using the Flying Dutchman Funicular or you can walk up). Once at the top you can also make your way to the new lighthouse with the Lighthouse Keeper’s trail. It is about a half an hours walk. Once you get back you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant located at the start of the old lighthouse trail.
Content: Make your way to the Cape of Good Hope which is the most south western point in Africa. You can do this either by walking on the wooden pathway from the old lighthouse or you can drive to this spot.
Content: Then enjoy the white sandy beach at Diaz beach.
Content: On your way back home, make a stop at Kommetjie and walk along the wooden boardwalk which will lead you to the Slangkop lighthouse.
Content: Known as the best pizza place in Kommetjie, and they did not disappoint. Grab an early dinner here before heading to your next stop. Or you can even take the pizza as a takeaway to eat at the next stop.
Content: Known as the most scenic drive in Cape Town - Chapman’s Peak. Make sure to stop at one (or all) of the viewpoint and watch the sun set. Just take note that you’ll have to pay the toll tariffs to drive this road.
Day 7 - 8 Jan 2021
Content: Another early start to the day to hike up Chapman’s Peak. Since the view was so spectacular on the drive, we decided to head up the mountain. Here you get a stunning view of Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Of all the hikes we’ve done in Cape Town, this is probably my all time favorite one.
Content: Getting up close and personal with the penguins at Boulders beach. This is also the perfect beach to just sit and relax while listening to the waves crashing on the big boulders.
Content: Make your way to Brass Bell in Kalk Bay for some delicious sea food. Afterwards you can stroll along the streets of Kalk Bay and explore all the unique shops.
Content: Known for its colorful huts, this is also the perfect place for surfers. The water is also a bit warmer on this side of Cape Town, so it is the perfect beach for swimming.
Content: Make your way to Signal Hill to watch the sun set. This spot is known as the best spot to watch the sunset. So make sure you get there early enough to get a parking spot and also a great spot on the lawn.
Content: With a nice view of the ocean and Table Mountain in the distance and a great menu for food and drinks with so many options to choose from.
Day 8 - 9 Jan 2021
Content: A sweet start to the day with waffles for breakfast. They also have a variety of gelato to choose from!
Content: We made our way to the colorful Bo-Kaap. There’s so much history in this area of Cape Town. You can make your way to the Iziki Bo-Kaap Museum if you want to learn more about this history or you can walk through the streets, which is the perfect place for photos.
Content: We made our way to the famous Charly’s Bakery for some cupcakes.
Content: We ate lunch at the Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay. They are located in the harbor, so the fish is so fresh. Afterward we strolled along the harbour and walked on the beach.
Content: Then we’ve made our way to Camp’s Bay to bask in the sun and watch the sun turn the Twelve Apostles in the background to an orange shade.
Content: End of your day with some delicious dinner at Tiger’s Milk.
Day 9 - 10 Jan 2021
Content: We’ve decided to tackle Table Mountain and hiked it via the Kasteelspoort trail. Since the mountain is providing a shade early in the morning, we decided to start this hike a little bit later in the morning.
Content: In my opinion one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in South Africa. Make your way to the ‘Boomslang’ canopy walkway to see the grandeur of the gardens from above. Spend the rest if the afternoon exploring the gardens or just being lazy with a nice picnic for lunch.
Content: For some proper South African food - this is the place for you. Their menu is very interesting, but there is still some great food options for the less adventurous eater.
Day 10 - 11 Jan 2021
Content: We’ve spend our last hours just enjoying the beach.
Content: We walked along the promenade to Milky Lane to get our last ice-cream before we leave and we ate it on the beach.
Content: And that was the end of our wonderful trip to Cape Town!