The Mother City Rush
December is rolling in fast, and this usually means tourist time in Cape Town. It’s no surprise travellers flock to the Cape, where else will you find beautiful beaches, sprawling mountains and lucious forests, all in one city? Here are five useful tips to use when exploring in and around Cape Town.
Spend your money wisely
If it’s your first time in The Mother City, you are going to want to see and do as much as you possibly can, which you should! However, one important thing to remember is that you do not need to spend all or most of your hard earned money at places like the V&A Waterfront and Camps Bay Beachfront. Now do not get me wrong, you should definitely go see these places, but when it comes to buying souvenirs for family and friends, clothes or even food, rather and support local vendors at the many street markets in the City Centre, namely Green Market Square. There are many different stalls to wander around, where you can find traditional African curios, clothes, crafts and jewellery. If you are feeling peckish, you can grab a quick bite from one of the food stalls which offer local flavours and cuisine.
Be street smart
Capetonians are extremely vibrant, welcoming and friendly people, however, safety will always be a top priority so remain alert at all times. If you are in a car, make sure there are no valuables in sight. If you are experiencing the city by foot, try not to flash any valuables and politely decline and remove yourself from any situation that makes you feel unsafe. If you are using the ATM, make sure it is well lit and that it is in a publicly visible place. As long as you keep your wits about you, you will be just fine.
Be open to new experiences
Anyone who has been to Cape Town, or even the locals, will tell you that this stunner of a city is the best place to get your bucket list ticked off! That’s one of the things that makes the Mother City so exciting, the fact that there are a range of different adventures to go on. You could go hiking up Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, or you could go shark cage diving in the gorgeous town of Gansbaai, about a two hour drive from Cape Town. If you are adventurous, but not shark cage diving adventurous, you could go snorkeling in the Kelp Forest, which is under the surface of the sea on Cape Town’s coastline. If you want to grab a bite to eat, consider going to Nomzamo Butchery in Langa Township. Here you will find the best meat, cooked to perfection, along with sides and even have vegetarian options. Cape Town is definitely the best playground for amazing adventures.
Go Vineyard hopping
Whether you’re a wine drinker or not, the vineyards in Cape Town are a must. There are many different wine routes to choose from, namely in Constantia, Stellenbosch and Durbanville. Not only will you be tasting some of the finest wine in the world, but you will also get to learn some interesting facts about how wine is made, stored and distributed. If you want an even more unique experience of the winelands, then make sure to hop onto the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which takes you around to some of the oldest and distinguished wine farms.
Have fun like a local
As mentioned before, Capetonians are very friendly people and when given the opportunity, love talking to new people and showing off their captivating city. Finding out from the locals where the best places to go to can definitely make you feel like you never want to leave! There are plenty of hidden treasures throughout this breathtaking city, and only a true local will be able to introduce you to these gems. Don’t be afraid of venturing away from the City Centre to the suburbs of the Cape, or the smaller towns outside of Cape Town.
If you remember these easy five tips, you’re bound to have the best time of your life in what is one of the most mesmerizing cities. To make sure you and your loved ones continue to stay safe, please remember to wear your mask, avoid crowded indoor venues, sanitize and wash your hands regularly.