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What to Do Around Cape Town, South Africa

What to Do Around Cape Town, South Africa
November 27
08:00 2015

The South African city of Cape Town has become one of the nation’s most visited cities, and it’s easy to see why. With a breathtaking coastline, dramatic mountains and enough penguins to fill Antarctica, Cape Town is a destination that should be on everybody’s travel radar this year. 

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Cape Town and the surrounding coastline is a perfect place to begin your exploration of South Africa – so take a look at our top things to do in and around South Africa’s most amazing city:

What To Do Around Cape Town, South Africa (2)1 – Climb Table Mountain

No visit to Cape Town would be complete without visiting one of Africa’s most famous mountains.

A hike can take roughly 4-5 hours so leave early in the morning to escape the midday heat.

Best of all, if you’re tired of walking back down, consider abseiling and have a truly mind blowing experience – just don’t forget to pack plenty of fluids especially in the middle of summer.

2 – Visit some penguins

Around a 30 minute drive from Cape Town is Boulders Beach, where some very special penguins have made themselves at home. Get up close and personal with these cuties; watch them swim, waddle along the sand and even care for their new born chicks in the special ‘pods’ that the government has set up to encourage breeding.

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3 – Eat some piri piri chicken

There are so many places to eat and drink in Cape Town that you will be spoilt for choice – making it almost impossible to choose. If decisions aren’t your forte, why not try for one of South Africa’s most popular dishes from the last five years, piri piri chicken. A spicy glazed meal that will leave your mouth watering and your taste buds zinging.

4 – Party on Long Street

Imagine Long Street as Cape Town’s version of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, crammed full of live music venues, local eateries, pumping music and drinks to suit every taste, Long Street has become one of the best places to party in South Africa. A pefect stop off after Boulders Beach!

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5 – Whale watch in Hermanus

The whale population around the southern cape are rarely shy. Take a one-hour drive to the seaside town of Hermanus where you can sit back, relax and keep your eyes widely peeled for a whale or two. If you want to get up close and personal, consider taking one of the whale watching ferries that ensure you see some whales. Perfect.

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6 – Visit a winery

No visit to Africa’s most prestigious wine lands would be complete without a visit to a local vineyard. If you want to visit a more intimate vineyard, head to Creations. Here, you can not only enjoy some of the delicious wines made on this picturesque estate, but you can explore the beauty of the rolling hills and a dramatic sunset that basks this region in a golden glow.

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We are Lloyd & Yaya from Hand Luggage Only - We set up our site to connect with fellow explorers so that we can all get the most out of our travel experiences! We want to make inspirational travel posts that are accessible for everyone, whether; you are on an action-packed gap year, planning your log cabin ski-trip, taking a blissful honeymoon, or even daring to climbing Mt Fuji! We want to help you find the very best travel that is right for YOU! We hope to bring out your travel lust with experiences, food and places that we share with our friends! No place is too far, no chocolate cake too big, no dream too unreachable... our aim is to get out there and experience the very best the world has to offer... now, where is that spoon! :-)


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