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One of the best Cape City 3-day itinerary written by locals

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If you happen to’re planning a visit to Cape City and wish to get probably the most out of staying right here this metropolis information is what you want, it’s written by locals for vacationers. It accommodates the perfect suggestions, itineraries appropriate for each traveler, insider suggestions like locations to eat and the place to park your automotive, security suggestions and extra. Allow us to make it easier to to make the perfect out of your Cape City go to!

If you happen to ask what makes Cape City particular, we’ll say the mountain and the ocean – the mixture of those two will convert any metropolis in an superior place for residing and visiting. We’re not saying it as a result of we stay right here however as a result of it’s 100% fact! If you happen to nonetheless have some doubts they are going to be gone by the point you end studying this submit.

Finest time to go to Cape City

For sightseeing – any time is nice, although winter months; June – August will be fairly chilly and wet.

For seaside vacation – January – April, scorching and sunny. November – December are fairly scorching months as nicely, however it could possibly get extraordinarily windy. If you happen to’re coming in December ensure to guide your lodging and a few actions (that require becoming a member of a tour) nicely upfront. December is a summer season vacation time in South Africa it will get very busy in and round Cape City.

For diving – the water round Cape City is at all times chilly, however will be dived all yr spherical, inside False Bay in winter and The Atlantic facet in summer season.

For browsing – winter months Could-August are the perfect for browsing round Cape City, summer season will be okay e.g. although the wind is a matter. For kitesurfing and windsurfing, it’s proper the alternative, November – February are the perfect months.

For mountaineering – September – November, and March-Could, winter is wet and chilly, summer season is just too scorching.

One of the best areas to remain for the advised itinerary

I’d positively counsel staying within the metropolis, not in a suburbial space in any other case you’ll spend half of a day driving to and again. 

Metropolis Bowl (Downtown)

One of the best space to remain for backpackers, solo vacationers, occasion lovers and people who come to town for enterprise. Bree and Lengthy streets are the principle locations to exit in Cape City with many bars and golf equipment, should you’re up for pub crawl or occasion it’s the place to be. 

Inexperienced Level/V&A Waterfront

One of the best space to remain for households with kids, older vacationers, and {couples}. For me, it’s the perfect space to remain within the metropolis, the principle reason it simply feels safer right here than in Metropolis Bowl, you may stroll within the night alongside the promenade, there are various individuals, it at all times has the festive vibe. For vacationers with kids. Proximity to the mall, Oceanarium and a few playgrounds/parks (the Blue Practice Park, Inexperienced Park Labyrinth) might be an additional bonus of staying at Sea Level. 

V&A Waterfront a perfect area to stay for a 3-day itinerary
V&A Waterfront among the finest and most secure areas to remain in Cape City

Camps Bay

The fanciest space of Cape City and an ideal place for a luxurious keep or a honeymoon couple. The world is secure with many eating places and bars, stunning white-sand seashores and a few browsing spots, simply bear in mind the water right here is ice-cold, it’s good to stroll round in bikini however to do something within the water you’ll want a wetsuit. 

There isn’t any price range lodging in Camps Bay the costs begin at 80US$.

Camps Bay beach, Cape Town
Camp Bay the fanciest neighborhood of Cape City

What automotive to hire to drive round Cape City

To drive in and across the metropolis you don’t want a giant 4×Four automotive, a standard sedan automotive might be greater than sufficient except you’re greater than 5 individuals than a minivan is a greater choice. The smaller your automotive the simpler it’ll be to park in on the streets of Cape City. One of the best and the simplest is to hire a automotive on the airport on arrival and drop it off there on the best way again.

Renting a automotive at Cape City airport for Three days

*it’s costlier to hire a automotive with automated gear.

The usual Cape City 3-day itinerary

That is the usual itinerary for individuals who’re planning to hire a automotive (should you’re not, under we’ve got a separate 3-day itinerary for exploring town by bus/becoming a member of excursions). This itinerary means that you can go to the principle sights and points of interest in Cape City. You possibly can change days round relying on climate situations, days of the week, your personal priorities, and many others. Beneath each attraction, you will discover a desk with the opening and shutting occasions that may make it easier to to regulate the itinerary to your wants. 

Stormy sky, turquoise blue water, white sand beach and Table Mountain on the background

Day 1. Inexperienced Cape City

  • Morning. Kirstenbosch Botanical Backyard.
  • Afternoon. Constantia Wine Route. Bo Kaap Neighborhood.
  • Night. Desk Mountain (cable automotive). Sundown.

Day 2. Historic Cape City

  • Morning. V&A Waterfront. Robben Island.
  • Afternoon. Woodstock Neighborhood. The Castel of Good Hope.
  • Night. Lion’s Head, sundown.

Day 3. The scenic drive

  • Morning. Sea Level, Clifton, Camps Bay, Hout Bay. Chapman’s Peak Drive.
  • Afternoon. Cape Level Nationwide Park. Boulders Seashore, Muizenberg.
  • Night. V&A Waterfront. Sundown cruise.

Day 1. Inexperienced Cape City

Morning

Kirstenbosch Botanical Backyard is an ideal place to begin the morning. There are a few locations contained in the backyard the place you may have breakfast. One can spend the entire day or simply a few hours right here. There are a number of strolling routes together with the Smuts Monitor, a difficult route that goes from the Backyard all the best way as much as Desk Mountain following Skeleton Gorge. If you wish to stroll this route moderately do it over the weekend when there are extra individuals it could be harmful to stroll it alone. 

The Sky Bridge is a to not miss attraction in Kirstenbosch, from right here you will get a pleasant view of the Backyard and the encircling space.

In the summertime season from November to April each Sunday night, there’s an open-air live performance within the Backyard. If you wish to attend it, it’s higher to purchase tickets upfront on-line. On this case, you may change actions and within the morning take a cable automotive or mountaineering up Desk Mountain and within the night come to Kirstenbosch.

Kirstenbosch Nationwide Botanical Backyard

Week days Time Entrance payment (all yr)
September – March, on daily basis 8.00am – 7.00pm Adults – ZAR75/US$5
Youngsters (6+yo) – ZAR20/US$1,4
April – August, on daily basis 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • Drive time from Metropolis Bowl to Kirstenbosch – 15-25 min. relying on visitors. 
  • Parking – there’s a car parking zone on the territory, in case of a live performance or an occasion it will get full fairly shortly, you’ll must park your automotive exterior the Backyard. 
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden one of the highlights of Cape Town
One of many strolling trails in Kirstenbosch Botanical Backyard. Day 1 of the 3-day itinerary

Afternoon

Visiting a few wine estates in Constantia is a pleasant approach to proceed your day. Constantia is a pleasant various to the extra well-known wine areas like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek should you don’t have time to go to any of those two (although we, personally, choose Stellenbosch and Franschhoek over Constantia). Constantia is positioned simply exterior Cape City, it’s only a brief drive from Downtown when to go to Stellenbosch you’ll want a minimum of a half of a day.

Probably the most well-known wine property in Constantia is Groot Constantia, it has a tasting room, a museum and two eating places on its territory. The world is gorgeous however on weekends and holidays, it will get very busy tasting really feel extra of a rush. Tasting is ZAR 100/US$7 for five wines together with a wine glass which you can take with as a memento. We normally pay for one particular person they pour sufficient wine to style and somebody at all times has to drive. Wine tasting and lunch can take between 2 and three hours relying on what number of estates you wish to go to.

Groot Constantia Wine Property

Week days Time Tasting value
Every single day (besides Good Friday and Christmas) 9.00am – 4.00pm
Tickets offered 9.00am – 2.30pm
Wine tasting – ZAR100/US$7
Wine+chocolate – ZAR165/US$11
  • Drive time from Kirstenbosch to Groot Constantia – 12-20 min. 
  • Parking there are a few parking tons on the territory.

To proceed the day head to the colourful Bo Kaap neighborhood – one in every of Cape City’s postcard photographs and possibly one of the photographed areas of town. It’s enjoyable to stroll across the homes painted in inexperienced, purple, blue, yellow, and many others. and to take pictures, you received’t want greater than 1h-1.30min. for that.

  • Drive time from Groot Constantia to Bo Kaap – 30 min. 
Colorful Bo Kaap neighborhood, Cape Town
Brilliant and colourful Bo Kaap neighborhood – a should embrace in your 3-day itinerary

Afternoon, various choice for vacationers with kids

If you happen to resolve to not do the Cape Peninsula drive on the third day and go to a recreation reserve as an alternative I’d suggest skipping Constantia and going to Boulders Seashore (Simons City) to see cute African penguins (I’m positive youngsters will adore it). From Boulders drive to Muizenberg to take a few pictures with colourful seaside homes.

Night

It’s time to go to Desk Mountain – probably the most iconic sight in Cape City. You possibly can see it just about from wherever within the metropolis however going up Desk Mountain is a must-do. If you happen to’re planning to take a cable automotive, the night is a greater time, the mountain is usually in thick mist within the morning you might need no views in any respect, it normally clears up by noon. 

As I discussed earlier than if you wish to hike up Desk Mountain following Platteklip gorge route it’s higher to do it within the morning when there are extra individuals, the night just isn’t the perfect time for it. You possibly can be a part of a morning tour and do the hike with a information, the entire exercise takes about Four hours.

Desk Mountain Aerial Cableway, season 2019/2020

Day by day Time Ticket (all yr)
16th December – 15th January 8.00am first automotive up
8.30pm final automotive up
9.30pm final automotive down
Adults – ZAR300-360/US$20-25 return (relying on time)
16th January – 31st January 8.00am first automotive up
7.30pm final automotive up
8.30pm final automotive down
Youngsters – ZAR150-180/US$10-12 return (relying on time)
1st February – 31st March 8.00am first automotive up
7.00pm final automotive up
8.00pm final automotive down
1st April – 30th April 8.00am first automotive up
6.30pm final automotive up
7.30pm final automotive down
1st Could – 31st August 8.30am first automotive up
5.00pm final automotive up
6.00pm final automotive down
  • Drive time from Bo Kaap to Desk Mountain cable automotive station – 10-15 min.
  • Parking – there’s a car parking zone on the backside however it’s fairly a stroll up from there, most individuals park their automobiles alongside the street earlier than or after the station. 

You possibly can keep on the prime a bit longer and watch the sundown from the highest, it’s gorgeous.

Day 2. Historic Cape City

Morning

Head to V&A Waterfront there are many eating places and occasional retailers to go for breakfast with the view. 

9.00 am – visiting Robben Island is a must-do in Cape City. The Island is legendary for the jail the place Nelson Mandella spent the final years of his -year sentence. To get to the Island you’ll must take a ferry that departs from the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island in V&A Waterfront. It takes 30-45min. to get to the Island. The complete tour (together with the return boat experience) takes Four hours.

In summer season (December – February) it’s extremely really useful to guide your ticket upfront, 9am excursions are sometimes offered out. If for some reason you couldn’t get on a morning tour there are 4 each day departures at 9.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm and three.00pm you may swap the actions and go to the Island within the afternoon as an alternative.

You probably have a while earlier than or after visiting Robben Island you are able to do a 30-minute boat cruise to search out out extra concerning the historical past of the Waterfront and to identify some seals. 

One other choice to proceed the day (in case your price range permits) is to do a helicopter flight over Cape City, the perfect views of town and the peninsula and nice recollections are assured. The helicopter leaves from V&A Waterfront Helipad.

Drive time from Metropolis Bowl to V&A Waterfront – 10-15 min.

Parking – there is no such thing as a free car parking zone at Waterfront, you’ll must park your automotive at one of many paid parking, it’s fairly costly to park right here, for 4-hour parking count on to pay between ZAR40-50/US$2,5-3,5. In case your resort just isn’t far-off it could be simpler and positively cheaper simply to stroll right here.

Afternoon

Woodstock was once a dodgy neighborhood of Cape City however within the final couple of years, it turned to a hipsters’ hub with many small younger companies opening within the space it turned one of the in style locations within the metropolis the place you will discover small artwork galleries, conceptual espresso retailers, natural meals markets, and breweries.

Probably the most well-known and busiest place in Woodstock is The Outdated Biscuit Mill market. There are lots of completely different meals stalls, natural farm merchandise, and hand-made souvenirs and crafts, and many others. The Mill is among the favourite Capetonians’ locations to satisfy up with family and friends. It’s a very fashionable place to come back on Saturday morning, each Saturday there’s a huge Neighborhood Market right here ensure to come back hungry it’s tough to withstand the temptation to attempt to style every little thing.

Outdated Biscuit Mill Market

Week days Time Entrance
Mon – Fri 10.00am – 4.00pm Free
Sat 9.00am – 2.00pm
Solar Closed
  • Drive time from V&A Waterfront to Woodstock – 10-15min.
  • Parking – from Mon to Fri you may park throughout the Mill. On Saturdays, there’s paid parking (ZAR10/US$1) on the School of Cape City (in entrance of the market).

To proceed with the historical past of Cape City do a fast go to to the Fortress of Good Hope the birthplace of Cape City. It was constructed within the 17th century by the Dutch East India Firm as a bastion fort. The go to will take between 1-1.5 hours. The Fortress is on the best way from Woodstock to Lion’s Head no have to do any further driving to get there.  You should purchase entrance tickets on-line.

The Fortress of Good Hope

Week days Time Entrance
Every single day 9.00am – 5.00pm Adults – ZAR50/US$3,5
Youngsters – ZAR25/US$1,7
  • Drive time from the Outdated Biscuit Mill to the Fortress – 5-10 min.

Afternoon, various choice for vacationers with kids

If you happen to journey with kids as an alternative of visiting the Fortress and Woodstock I’d counsel going to the Two Oceans Aquarium youngsters will certainly take pleasure in it. You possibly can spend just about the entire afternoon right here, adults will discover it very attention-grabbing as nicely. Right here you may see marine life endemic to each the nice and cozy Indian Ocean and the chilly Atlantic; corals, tropical fish, predators together with sharks, tiny seahorses, penguins, octopuses and much more.

One of many highlights within the Aquarium is feeding (sea turtles, rays and penguins) each youngsters and adults adore it, ensure to not miss it. There’s a kids’s play middle with jungle health club, puppet present, sandpit, and craft courses should you youngsters get a bit uninterested in strolling round they’ll play and run round whilst you having a cup of espresso or lunch.

If you happen to’re planning to go to the Aquarium throughout weekends, December vacation or every other public vacation I’d suggest shopping for skip the road tickets on-line.

The Two Oceans Aquarium

Week days Time Entrance
Mon – Fri 9.30am – 6.00pm Adults – ZAR185/US$13
Youngsters (14-17) – ZAR140/US$10
Sat, Solar 9.00am – 6.00pm Youngsters (4-13) – ZAR90/US$7
Penguin feeding Day by day, 11.30am, 2.30pm
Turtles/rays feeding Day by day, 12.00pm, 2.00pm
Sharks feeding Solar, 3.00pm

Parking – no free parking close by, you may park in Portwood Sq. or at one of many coated parking contained in the mall.

Night

Time to go to one other well-known Cape City’s mountain – Lion’s Head. It’s a very fashionable spot for watching the sundown, it’s higher to reach earlier to discover a parking spot. To get to the highest you’ll must hike up the mountain together with some rope and ladder climbing on the finish, if it’s an excessive amount of for you you don’t must go all the best way to the highest simply discover a great place at a decrease stage. You are able to do a guided sundown hike up Lion’s Head should you don’t really feel assured sufficient or simply don’t wish to stroll alone.

Another choice is to go to Sign Hill (the neighboring mountain) as an alternative of Lion’s Head. It could be a greater choice should you journey with kids as nicely. You possibly can drive just about all the best way to the highest. Parking once more could be an issue, ensure to reach early sufficient. If you happen to’re up for an journey you are able to do paragliding from Sign Hill or Lion’s Head, the final night session is at 6.00pm.

Paragliding from Signal Hill, Cape Town day 2
Paragliding from Sign Hill with touchdown at Sea Level an excellent finish of the day in Cape City
  • Drive time to Lion’s Head/Sign Hill from the Fortress of Good Hope – 15-20 min., from the Aquarium – 17-25 min.
  • Parking – on the slopes (alongside the street) of Lion’s Head or Sign Hill, it could be tough to discover a spot should you arrive too late.

Day 3 (choice 1). Scenic drive 

Morning

Personally, it’s my favourite day. The drive round the Cape Peninsula is really spectacular, the street waving alongside the rugged coast providing a number of the finest views in the entire nation; unspoiled white sand seashores, dramatic cliffs, cozy cities, and various marine life. Renting a automotive is certainly one of the best ways of exploring the realm. It’s doable to hitch a small group 8-hour tour that follows the advised route (in case you don’t really feel like driving).

As I already talked about earlier than you may simply swap the times within the itinerary for the drive you positively wish to have good climate and never an excessive amount of wind. 

Relying on the place in Cape City you staying I’d suggest beginning the coastal drive at Inexperienced Level, drive previous Cliffton, Camps Bay (the place you may cease for breakfast) to Hout Bay. Cease at Haut Bay harbor there you’ve a great probability of seeing Cape Fur seals scavenging on fishermen’s leftovers. If you would like a better encounter you can go snorkeling with the seals from the Hout Bay Harbor. These guys are very curious and playful snorkeling or diving with them is loads of enjoyable, we actually loved it.

  • Drive time from Metropolis Bowl to Hout Bay (by way of Clifton) – 40-50 min.
  • Parking – you may park on the harbor totally free.

The well-known Chapman’s Peak drive begins at Hout Bay, it’s not a really lengthy however completely gorgeous drive with a number of lookouts and viewpoints. There are a few mountaineering trails that go up the mountain however I’d strongly suggest to not enterprise up there, the realm just isn’t secure, within the final couple of years there have been a number of assaults on hikers there. If you wish to do some mountaineering/strolling do it in Cape Level Nationwide Park that it the following cease on the best way. I’d counsel driving to Cape Level by way of Kommetjie (there are some good seashores there), not by way of Simons City, you’ll drive by way of Simons City on the best way again anyway.

Afternoon 

Cape Level Nationwide park with its breathtaking surroundings and the well-known Cape of Good Hope. Some individuals assume it’s the southernmost level of the African continent however it’s not proper, it’s only a very stunning cape. The southernmost level of the continent and the assembly level of two ocean is Cape Agulhas it’s 250km up the east coast in a small city Struissbai. We’ve got an in depth street journey information on driving from Cape Level to Cape Agulhas alongside the coast. You’ll want two days to do it however it’s nicely definitely worth the time, there are various spectacular locations on the route. As an choice, you are able to do a day tour from Cape City to Cape Agulhas. 

To not miss in Cape Level Nationwide park

  • Dias Seashore – a incredible white sand seaside surrounded by rugged cliffs it’s only a pity that the water may be very chilly. 
  • Cape of Good Hope – the well-known level the place you’ll most likely must line as much as take a photograph with. By the best way, at Cape Agulhas (the precise southernmost level of Africa) there are normally only a few individuals.
  • The Outdated Lighthouse – it’s a brief hike from the parking spot as an choice you may take a funicular virtually all the best way to the lighthouse. The lighthouse itself is sort of good however the views from there are breathtaking. 

There are a number of brief mountaineering routes within the park and it’s secure to stroll there, I’d say it’s the perfect space in Cape City for mountaineering. 

Cape Level Nationa Park

Day by day Time Entrance payment (all yr)
October – March 6.00am – 6.00pm (entrance)
9.00am – 5.30pm (funicular)
Adults – ZAR320/US$22
Youngsters – ZAR160/US$11
April – September 7.00am – 5.00pm (entrance)
9.00am – 5.00pm (funicular)
SA residents – ZAR80/US$5,5
Youngsters (SA) – ZAR40/US$2,8
  • Drive time from Haut Bay to the Cape Level entrance gate (by way of Kommetjie) – 1h-1h10min.
  • Parking – there are a number of parking areas contained in the park, the principle one is at Decrease Funicular Station.

After spending a while at Cape Level head to Boulders Seashore in Simons City, a small and exquisite white sand seaside with enormous boulders and lots of African penguins strolling round. These guys are very small and cute, watching them is loads of enjoyable. I’d suggest stopping right here for lunch there’s a place with a balcony from the place you may see the penguins and the seaside whereas having fun with your meal. 

Boulders Seashore Penguin Colony

Day by day Time Entrance payment (all yr)
December – January 7.00am – 7.30pm Adults – ZAR160/US$11
Youngsters – ZAR80/US$5,5
February – March 8.00am – 6.30pm SA residents – ZAR40/US$2,8
Youngsters (SA) – ZAR20/US$1,4
April – September 8.00am – 5.00pm
October – November 8.00am – 6.30pm
  • Drive time from the Cape Level entrance gate to Boulders Seashore – 15-20 min.

From Simons City proceed driving alongside the coast to Muizenberg, this city is legendary as a great place to be taught browsing in addition to for its colourful picket seaside cabins. It’s only a brief cease to take pictures after which you can begin heading again to Cape City. 

  • Drive time from Boulders Seashore to Muizenberg – 35-45 min., there’s at all times a visitors jam at Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay.

Night 

Exit for dinner or drinks at V&A Waterfront or Camp Bay you could be in time for one more stunning sundown in Cape City. For a extremely particular finish of your Cape City journey, as an alternative of getting drinks or dinner on land you may be a part of a sundown Champagne cruise.

  • Drive time from Muizenberg to V&A Waterfront – 45min.-1h.
  • Parking – one of many paid exterior or inside parking tons.

Day 3 (choice 2). Safari drive

It could be a greater choice for individuals with kids and for many who are usually not planning to go to any Nature Reserves or Sport parks earlier than or after exploring Cape City. You are able to do a day go to to one of many close by safari parks to see the well-known Huge 5; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard. The closest to Cape City recreation lodge the place you may see all of them is Aquila Non-public Sport Reserve, about 2 hours drive from town.

You probably have an additional day you may keep on the recreation reserve for the night time and drive again to town the following day this fashion you’ll have time to do a day and an evening safari drive and see extra animals. You possibly can drive there your self and be a part of a safari tour there or guide a tour from Cape City that features driving to and again and safari drives contained in the park.

If you happen to drive that manner you may go to a few wine estates on the Breedekloof wine route it’s not as well-known as Konstantia or Stellenbosch which suggests it’s much less touristy and wine tasting at most estates is free. 

Cape City is an ideal place to begin for the Backyard Route street journey you are able to do it by yourself with a rental automotive which you can hire in Cape City and drop off in Port Elisabeth. It’s doable to hitch a bunch tour alongside the Backyard Route.

The choice Cape City 3-day itinerary (with no automotive)

If you wish to discover Cape City with out renting a automotive one of the best ways in our opinion is to mix the hop-on-hop-off bus and a Cape Peninsula mini-bus tour.

Days 1 & 2. The highlights of Cape City

Purchase a 2-day Cape City Metropolis Cross with it you get limitless entry to the hop-on-hop-off buses for 2 days, a free single entrance to over 70 metropolis points of interest together with the aerial cablecar up Desk Mountain, wine tasting at Groot Constantia, Two Oceans Aquarium, Seal colony cruise, Sundown cruise, Kirstenbosch Botanical Backyard, free cocktails and snacks at a number of locations alongside the bus routes and extra. The Metropolis Cross will preserve you busy for the complete 2 days within the metropolis. The passes can be found for two, Three and 5 consecutive days.

If you happen to don’t wish to commit to purchasing the Metropolis Cross for 2 days you should purchase a less expensive 1 or 2 days hop-on-hop-off bus ticket (that doesn’t embrace free entrances and actions).

Relying on the climate and days of the week you may change across the points of interest and days ensuring you get a pleasant day if you go up Desk Mountain or do the scenic drive.

Day 3. The scenic drive or the safari

If earlier than or after visiting Cape City you’re going to journey extra round South Africa and to go to huge Nationwide Parks like Kroeger or Addo then I’d suggest selecting the scenic drive. In any other case doing a recreation drive or two within the recreation reserve is a superb choice to finish your Three days in Cape City.

The scenic drive across the Cape Peninsula

If for no matter causes you don’t wish to hire a automotive it’s not an issue you may be a part of a small group tour that may take you thru the principle highlights of the Cape Peninsula together with Camps Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Seashore penguin colony and extra.

Extra excursions to discover the Cape Peninsula

The safari drive in a recreation reserve

If you wish to see African animals together with the well-known Huge 5 (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, and buffalo) you may go to one of many close by recreation reserves. The closest one to Cape City is Aquila Non-public Sport Reserve, about 180km, 2-hour drive. There are day excursions from Cape City that embrace a spherical journey to the reserve, entrance payment, 2-3-hour recreation drive, and lunch. The exercise will take the entire day, count on to be again in Cape City after 6pm. You probably have an additional day you are able to do a 2-day tour that features one night time keep on the reserve, 2 safari drives, transportation from and to Cape City, lunch, dinner and breakfast.

Instructed Cape City 3-day itinerary with the hop-on-hop-off metropolis bus

Open top red city bus in Cape Town

Day 1. Cape City highlights

  • Morning. Robben Island tour.
  • Afternoon. Lengthy Avenue. Bo Kaap. Desk Mountain. Camps Bay.
  • Night. Inexperienced Level. V&A Waterfront. Sundown cruise.

Day 2. Inexperienced Cape City

  • Morning. The Fortress of Good Hope. District 9 Museum.
  • Afternoon. Constantia wine tasting. Township tour.
  • Night. Lion’s Head sundown.

Day 3. The scenic drive

  • Morning. Clifton, Camps Bay, Hout Bay.
  • Afternoon. Cape Level Nationwide Park. Boulders Seashore. Kirstenbosch Botanical Backyard.
  • Night. Going out at Bree Avenue, Lengthy Avenue or Waterfront.

Cape City journey value

  • Backpacking (staying in a hostel, utilizing public buses, renting an affordable automotive, making personal meals) – ZAR500/US$35 per particular person/day.
  • Center price range (staying in a personal room in a resort or B&B, renting a automotive, consuming out 1 time a day) – from ZAR850/US$60 per particular person/day.
  • Luxurious (staying in a flowery resort, renting a automotive, consuming out 2 occasions a day) – from ZAR1700/US$120 per particular person/day.

Totally different budgets for Three days in Cape City, costs per particular person per day

Lodging costs

Probably the most price range choice is Couchsurfing there are various hosts in Cape City necessary to test the placement of your future sofa and the way simple it’s to get there by public transport, because you’re on a price range and possibly not planning to hire a automotive or uber round rather a lot.

Hostels (price range) – there are various, some are actually superior, some not that nice however cheaper. Avg worth for a mattress in a hostel from ZAR200/US$15.

Funds motels, B&Bs and Air B&B, there are some locations ranging from ZAR700/US$50 for a twin/double room.

Fancy motels – these are the simplest to search out normally thy positioned in prime spots like V&A Waterfront or Camps Bay. There are huge chain motels like Hilton or Radisson and small boutique motels if the worth just isn’t a problem you’ll be capable of discover the one which meets all of your necessities.

Cooking vs Eating out

The most affordable choice is to cook dinner for your self, however you want a kitchen, most hostels and B&B have it. Relying in your preferences you will get away with about ZAR100/US$7 per meal for 2. Tip! One of the best locations to do meals procuring are huge supermarkets, there are a few them within the metropolis middle; Choose and Pay, Checkers, Tremendous SPAR.

Avenue meals and quick meals – fish & chips form of meal will value you about ZAR40-50/US$3-4. Breakfast with espresso relying on a spot will value between ZAR60-100/US$4-7 per particular person.

Eating places – there are many eating places and meals locations within the metropolis; steak homes, bakeries, seafood, vegetarian and vegan eating places, Italian pizzerias, Thai and Indian delicacies, and many others. A mean worth for a meal with out drinks might be from ZAR100-150/US$7-10 and up.

Transferring across the metropolis

Strolling would be the most price range choice, however many points of interest are positioned fairly removed from one another, plus it’s not at all times secure to stroll within the metropolis.

Public buses – they work fairly nicely within the metropolis, you will get by MyCiti bus to many points of interest (to not all of them), buses are new and cozy. If you happen to’re planning to make use of MiCiti buses for a few days it’s higher and cheaper to purchase a vast move for 3 or seven days.

Hop-on-hop-off metropolis bus – most likely among the finest methods to discover Cape City with no automotive. There are 4 routes that go to 80% of the points of interest in and across the metropolis. You should purchase a easy 1 or 2-day sightseeing bus ticket or get the Metropolis Cross for two, Three or 5 days that features free entrance to over 70 metropolis points of interest and actions.

Renting a automotive – Having a automotive when journey in South Africa makes things rather a lot simpler! There are completely different choices from renting a small automotive like Kia Picanto or Nissan Micra to Audi and a minivan. Renting a automotive may work out costlier than utilizing public buses/excursions and Uber and paying for parking however should you’re a few individuals collectively it received’t value greater than buses and it’s positively extra handy particularly should you journey with kids.

Uber – it’s not as price range as buses however cheaper than taxis, to uber round Cape City metropolis middle (5km) will value you from ZAR40/US$2,5. Many individuals use it, it really works high quality within the metropolis.

Taxis – in case you are keen to pay for it then moderately get a dependable taxi out of your hostel/hostel, for a median taxi experience (5km) throughout the metropolis you pay ZAR50/US$3,5.

Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain
Cape City from the highest of Desk Mountain

Cape City security suggestions

  • Don’t stroll at night time within the metropolis should you exit, take a taxi again to your resort and attempt to stick with a crowd of Four or extra.
  • If you happen to hire a automotive don’t go away something inside when parking, not even a guide or an previous jacket, in any other case you danger discovering your automotive with damaged home windows.
  • When driving, ensure your doorways a locked and home windows are usually not wide-opened.
  • Hold your invaluable stuff with you on a regular basis, don’t put it on a seat subsequent to you, it’ll disappear earlier than you discover it.
  • If you happen to enterprise to hike up Desk Mountain do it on the proper time of the day when there are different individuals strolling it, not late night by yourself carrying an costly digital camera with.
  • Don’t take your passport and all the dear stuff with moderately lock it in a resort secure or locker.
  • Use dependable taxi service, not any random man that stops on the road.
  • To attract cash use ATM in a financial institution workplace, mall or grocery store. You possibly can pay by card in most motels, eating places, ticket places of work.

It might sound an excessive amount of and a bit scary it’s not meant to discourage you from having fun with Cape City extra to stop an disagreeable experience in our metropolis. W stay right here and have by no means had any unhealthy experience.

Cape Town from Signal Hill
View on Cape City from Sign Hill.

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