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Africa Travel Blog (9/15/22): Touring Cape Town

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There are a ton of incredible things to see and do in the city of Cape Town and the surrounding area, and on our first full day in the city, we tried to do as many of those things as possible. The city really does have it all. If you love beautiful coastlines, it has some of the prettiest coastlines in the world. If you want to stare at amazing mountain vistas, Table Mountain and the surrounding peaks are gorgeous and a blast to explore. And for the wildlife lovers out there, the city has Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins to adore. In this Africa travel blog update, I share some of my favorite pictures from our sightseeing that we did today and talk about all of the things that have made me fall in love with Cape Town.

We had a full day to explore Cape Town today and we really made the most of our time. Today, we decided to explore all of the incredible coastline and things to do on the breathtaking Cape Peninsula. There really is a lot to see on the peninsula, so I would plan spending a full day there if you plan on visiting.

The first stop we made was to the beautiful St. James Beach. In addition to being a beautiful sand beach with a wonderful tidal pool, it is also home to the colorful wood changing rooms, which give the beach a lot of charm. If I had more time, I would have loved to have spent an afternoon here just sitting in the sun in the sand, soaking up the views.

However, we had a lot to see so we headed further down the coastline of False Bay (of Shark Week Great Whites jumping out of the water to get seals notoriety) to visit the famous Boulder Beach. The beach isn’t famous for its swimming areas for humans, but for Africa’s adorable Chinstrap Penguins. There is a whole colony that lives on the rocky beach and they are absolutely adorable. We spent a few hours watching and photographing them, but I could have spent the whole day watching them waddle down the beach and hop into the water.

After admiring the penguins, we headed even further down the coastline to one of Africa’s most famous coastal points, the Cape of Good Hope. This rocky headland on the Atlantic Coast of South Africa isn’t the most Southern tip of Africa (as many mistakenly believe), but it is the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward when traveling around the horn of Africa. This did make it a very significant point on the coast for sailors who sailed around Africa. Regardless of its significance, it is a stunning spot that every visitor to Cape Town should check out.

Our final stop on the Peninsula was the amazing Cape Point. This mountainous and scenic landform is home to the beautiful Cape Point Lighthouse, many Cape Fur Seals, Chinstrap Penguins, a group of mischievous baboons, and even ostrich. Most of all, it is famous for its high mountain cliffs and for being such a Southernly point on the continent of Africa (though the distinction of the most Southern point belongs to Cape Agulhas).

You can either hike to the top of the Cape Point (it isn’t very long, but it is a steep hike), or take the famous Flying Dutchman Funicular. Like with the Table Mountain cable car, you need to pay to get a ride both up and down (or round trip), so most people ride up and then walk back down.

It has been incredible visiting Cape Town! We plan to do some exploring and shopping at the Cape Town Wharf and then head to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe next. Until my next update, safe travels!

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