My dear friend, Crystal recently celebrated her 30th by taking herself on vacation–to South Africa. She’d been wanted to go for a while and decided that her Dirty Thirty celebration was going to include beautiful sunsets and delicious food! I recently caught up with Crystal to ask her about her experience. Check out the details below!
How long were you there?
What were your accommodations like? Hotel or Airbnb/something else?
I stayed in a beautiful self-service apartment/hotel: The Versailles Luxury Apartments.
Were there any notable food/restaurants/cafes?
Mama Africa, Gold Restaurant, Afternoon Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Ostrich Ranch (Restaurant & Tour).
What are a few things travelers have to do during their visit to Cape Town?
Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing bus (Get a 2 day pass and make sure to do the free Sunset Bus Ride) is a CHEAP and EASY way to get to all the main attractions. If you had to choose, you might want to dedicate an entire day for each the Red and Yellow lines. The Purple line goes to a few wineries, and the Blue line goes down part of the peninsula. I booked separate, full day, guided tours for both the winelands and full peninsula. If you don’t have the money or time to tour these areas separately, then it’s worth the money to buy a second (maybe 1-day) sightseeing bus ticket to travel these areas. Make a point to see Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront (shop til you drop over multiple days), Camps Bay Beach (Clifton Beach is nice but more secluded with no retail), Table Mountain, and see (and eat) the ostriches…they are awesome, Long St. on a Friday or Saturday night is POPPING.
What are some travel tips you’d like to offer for those considering a visit to Cape Town?
Cape Town is dope. I went at the beginning of USA winter (beginning of their summer). The water is FREEZING in the summer so no swimming for me. The nights get cool – bring a jacket. If you see wind in the forecast – bring a jacket. The wind is NO JOKE. It only interrupted one day of my trip (a planned beach day), it literally blew ALL DAY but the next day it was like 90 degrees; lol. Pack one of those space-saver duffle bags that fold completely flat. You will bring back a ton of stuff – it’s so inexpensive and locally made.
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