6 Things to do in Cape Town

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Camps Bay

I recently returned from my Africa trip in late January, but I wish I was back already. New York City winter is not as kind as Cape Town’s summer. Here are some things to do in South Africa’s number one vacation destination:

Take an Ocean Drive Around Cape Town

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We hired a guide to drive us around the beautiful parts of Cape Town. We went to Clifton, Camps Bay, Cape Point, Boulders Beach (where the penguins are), and then back to our hotel. It helps to have a guide to make parking easier and to have someone to explain the historical importance of each stop. For lunch we went to Harbour House and had the best prawns with chips (fries).

Stay at the Cape Grace Hotel

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The view from my room.

It was one of the best hotels I’ve ever been to. The service was impeccable and extremely friendly. The decor is tasteful and elegant, the food is tasty, and the beds were to-die-for.

Visit Table Mountain

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Views from Table Mountain.

Be sure to go in the morning to avoid long lines, and make sure the mountain isn’t closed due to strong winds. Wear sneakers, as the pathways sometimes resemble hiking trails, and bring a camera, because the views are spectacular.

Go to a Beach

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Me, enjoying my time at Camps Bay.

Visit Clifton or Camps Bay. The water is cold as ice, so don’t think you’ll actually be swimming. It’s more for tanning and lounging than for actually frolicking in the water. Eat before bronzing, at a restaurant with an ocean view, across from the beach.

Get a Reservation at Test Kitchen

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It’s world renowned for it’s cuisine and it’s impossibility to get a table, but do try. Don’t eat before and pace yourself when you’re presented with your over 10 courses. Prepare to be there for at least two-three hours, and be open about the different concoctions.

Go Cage Diving with Great Whites

It’s a 2.5 hour drive away from Cape Town, but it is 100% worth it. I went with Marine Dynamics, because they study and promote the conservation of these sharks. The visibility wasn’t the best underwater, but above water was thrilling. The waters are very choppy, so if you’re seasick do weigh-in that factor. This activity will take up your whole day. I left at 9am and returned at 6pm.


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