Cape Town in 24 hours
Posted on 07th Nov 2018
Right now, the weather’s cooling off and sunny days feel too many months away. But in Cape Town, you can crack out your summer wardrobe a lot sooner than that. There are just too many amazing experiences you can pack into a holiday in this South African gem, so here’s your cheat sheet to seeing the best of the city in just one day.
Sunrise hike up Lion’s Head
In Cape Town, sleeping in can wait. The mornings are made for a healthy dose of adventure. Join the hundreds of locals who start their day with the beautiful family-friendly hike up Lion’s Head. To get the best views, aim to be at the start of the trail by 5:30am, just as the sun peeks out over sleepy Cape Town.
There are two trails to the summit of Lion’s Head – each with their own perks. The longer route is an easier option and perfect for younger children, offering sloping paths and views over the coast and the city. If you’re up for an adventure or travelling with teenagers, the more direct route takes you to the top in just under half an hour and promises thrilling ladder climbs as you scale the sharp inclines near the summits. Once you’ve reached the top, you can take a deep breath and take in the glorious views over the coast and city. Don’t forget to get a family snap – it’s not every day you climb the ‘sphynx’ of Southern Africa!
Breakfast on Kloof Street
After that hike, we bet the family’s peckish. You can blend right in with the locals and eat your breakfast on one of the trendiest roads in Cape Town – Kloof Street. With countless health-conscious restaurants to choose from, the kids can tuck into fresh, organic dishes while you sip on some much-needed coffee to fuel your next adventure…
Sunbathing and swimming in Camps Bay
We hope you packed your bucket and spade because you’re in for a beachy treat at Camps Bay. One of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, this sunshiny spot is perfect for families, with plenty to keep children of any age entertained – from rocky shallows to surfing waves further down the coast. Be warned, the water tends to be very cold all year round, but it’s nothing a bit of running around the sun and the beach’s famous granadilla ice lollies can’t fix.
Shopping at the V&A Waterfront
Now for a break from the outdoors – if we can tear you away. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is arguably Cape Town’s shopping hotspot, boasting over 450 boutique and high-end shops. If you’re lucky enough to be in Cape Town during the festive season, the Waterfront is especially beautiful. From the shimmery décor and towering Christmas tree adorning the building, it’s a gorgeous setting to pick up some authentic South African stocking-fillers from the local stalls.
In between the window-shopping, the little ones will love getting up close and personal with some of the Waterfront’s funniest characters – the Cape Fur Seals. These friendly giants love sunbathing near the boats lining the marina. Watch them sunbathe and dust off their flippers before hopping back into the water for a swim. Just remember, no touching!
Drinks on Long Street
When the sun sets in Cape Town, the city really comes alive. For an adults-only night out, Long Street is the place to be. This famous street is home to some of the city’s coolest watering holes. Start with Beerhouse, a lively bar serving over 99 international and local craft beers, which you can sample on the balcony, overlooking the buzzy street.
For something for the kids, time your visit right and you could be a part of ‘First Thursday’, also known as the artsiest evening of the month. Wander around the city and explore the galleries and museums of the city for free. The kids will love exploring the art hubs, restaurants and shops of Cape Town until late.
By now, you probably realise how much Cape Town should be on your bucket list. Catch the city at its finest now with our tailor-made itineraries, exploring the Garden Route. Find out more.
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