Cape Town is more than Table Mountain. It’s the little secrets that reveal themselves through the flowers of spring, street art, a random bar or even the African penguins (yes, we have them). You never know where or when the next surprise is gonna show up. Sometimes, you have to journey further from the city, into the small fishing villages to find it. I did that a couple of times and here is what I found;
- Meeting the African penguins
You can meet them at Simonstown which they call home. Depending on which route you take, it’s a few towns after Muizenberg and a few miles before Cape Point. There are also a couple of nice little restaurants along the harbour to dine from.
- Whale watching in Hermanus
Anytime between July to November is a great time to catch the show. And yes, it’s worth the hype.
- Wine tasting in the Cape Winelands
The cascading mountains, the fine wine, perfect company, what more could a girl need.
- Chase the flowers of spring
Our chase took us to the West Coast National Park, and although we found hardly any flowers in bloom, the clear beach and cool breeze made up for the disappointment.
Sometimes, the surprise is right outside your door, so if you choose to keep it within the city, I recommend the following;
- Take a walking tour
You will walk in the steps of history and possibly greatest. One tour is through the colourful Bo-kaap neighbour and another through the down-town area that’s got some cool street art.
- Explore the company gardens
Although it’s now much smaller than what it was back then, it still retains that lush and romantic feel to it. Its quite common to see wedding parties getting their pictures taken here.
- Visit a museum
I planned to visit more museums than I did, but well, time flew to wherever it flies. For art enthusiasts the Zeitz MOCAA museum of contemporary art is a must stop center for a dose of “cutting edge art” from the African continent. For history lovers, District six museum documents one of the many injustices from South Africa’s troubled past. Maybe the future will be better, just maybe!
- Attend a random art exhibition
- Go for a run/walk in the park
Do this as often as you can, you will realise that the colours of spring are much closer than West Coast National Park!
- Rent a bike and ride out
Together with my friend, we rode out from Sea point to Camps bay. And if you are lucky (like we were), you’ll spot some vintage cars. Pretty cool!
By now you’ve realised that in Cape Town, the list goes on and on. It only stops when you do. Stay curious, keep wandering, keep discovering!