As the clouds broke and revealed the many mountains within my periphery, I couldn’t hide the excitement for my first visit to Cape Town, given the permanent smile on my face. As part of my whirlwind introduction to South Africa I would visit Cape Town in One Day, meaning the moment we touched down I was eager to hit the ground running.
24 Hours in Cape Town
Cape Town is typically visited by travellers over a few days or up to a week-long stay, as there is much to see and do. However it is indeed possible to visit Cape Town in one day. Should you wish to skim the surface, here are my highlights from my 24 hour visit to the city of Cape Town.
If the weather is suitable, proceed to Table Mountain without delay. There are many factors of weather conditions that will shape your Table Mountain experience, so be sure to journey up the mountain as soon as the weather permits you to do so. You may choose to brave the 3-hour long trek to the summit or opt for the (more poplar/less rewarding) option of the cable car for around $20 return.
With a reputation as the prettiest port city in the world, a visit to the V&A Waterfront seems only natural. For the best experience, aim to visit in the late afternoon to mingle with locals at a seaside pub or café.
The Malay Quarter has been widely photographed by visitors to Cape Town for the abundance of colours, as each building stands in strong contrast to the next. Bo-Kaap is also located just off long street, a popular restaurant and bar street that comes to life in the evenings.
To finish your whirlwind day visiting Cape Town’s highlights, be sure to conclude with an authentic evening at Mama Africa on Long Street. You’ll be treated to an African feast complete with live entertainment and a great vibe in the evenings mixing with foreigners and locals alike.
For this visit I stayed at the charming More Quarters Hotel, located at the top end of Long Street. This hotel offered a very spacious apartment with cooking facilities, a beautiful family-run vibe, and perhaps the best buffet breakfasts I have ever come across! www.more.co.za
World of Wanderlust was a guest to South Africa with the South African Tourism Board, however my opinion is as always, my own.