Getting to explore Cape Town was more than I could ever ask for on my first trip to the continent of Africa. From driving the Cape Peninsula, to experiencing in adorable boutique hotels, to soaking in the stunning landscapes, to the delicious food- it’s the ultimate getaway.
Not to mention it’s incredibly inexpensive for most people to travel there right now.
The South African Rand to US Dollar is about 15 : 1 right now. I found that I could get a glass of Rose and a half dozen oysters for about $5. Most dinners (even in nice restaurants) were under $10. Basically everything was a seriously great value for my money.
I’d recommend starting your trip with a scenic helicopter tour. On a clear day, the views are absolutely incredible and give you a better idea of the layout and landscape of the city.
One of my favorite experiences in Cape Town was spending the day at Kirstenbosch gardens — the first indigenous botanical garden in the world. We found this incredible wild almond tree inside the garden’s Enchanted Forest.
Exploring the neighborhood of Woodstock is also a must. The Saturday market at The Old Biscuit Mill is one of the best market experiences I’ve had in the world. You’ll also find incredible street art throughout the area.
I have never been more inspired to return to a destination or to plan more travels around Africa!