A guest post from Ray Munoz one of our Gatwick Cabin Crew .
When I first heard Cape Town was going to be a new destination for Thomas Cook Airlines I was so excited. Even after one short trip I can see why it’s been voted ‘the number two city to visit in 2017’ by Lonely Planet. It is breathtaking and honestly one of the most exciting and beautiful cities I have ever been to. Here are a few of the things I’d recommend on your trip to Cape Town.
1. Table Mountain
This is an absolute must! We decided to go at around 17.30 as we wanted to watch the sun go down. You have to queue for your ticket at the bottom or you can purchase one online, it is roughly around £15. You then have to queue for a cable car up to the top. We queued for around 30mins. Once you are at the top it is breathtaking and worth the wait. The view you experience is something I can’t put a price on. They even have free wi-fi at the top of the mountain for the perfect selfie moment!
You can also hike Table Mountain which takes 1.5+ hrs depending on the route. The cable car takes just 4 minutes so it depends on what your fitness level is and what you prefer.
2. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
This is the place to go for food & drink at lunchtime or evening. It is a waterfront with the backdrop of table mountain in the background. There are over 450 shops for you to look at. There is also over 80 restaurants and bars to choose from! They cater for all budgets and on average a steak and a bottle of wine is roughly £20. Not bad and I can assure you, the steak is one of the best I’ve had!
3. Aquila Safari Park
This safari for me was one of my favourite days in Cape Town and you can book this online before you go. We got picked up from our hotel at 6am and taken to Aquila. Its roughly 2 hours away form the city but so worth it when you get there!
When you arrive they welcome you with a drink. You then walk through and have breakfast- a buffet that caters for everybody this also includes unlimited Prosecco! You’re then given a number for your safari truck. The safari lasts for about 2.5 hours. You get to see the big 5 and various other animals, it’s just amazing.
I have never been so close to these animals before & we had 2 elephants play fighting next to our truck. Definitely something to tick off the bucket list! You then go back for lunch and can relax by the pool/get some sun for the rest of the day. Later on around 16.00 they then take you back to your hotel. Cost is roughly £150 each but worth every penny.
4. Boulders Beach
I had heard all about the penguins so wanted to find out what all the fuss was about! We got an Uber from our hotel and it cost about £10 to get there was roughly 50 mins away from our hotel. You pay about £4 to enter the area. All the penguins are on a beautiful beach backdrop and all just walking freely around or relaxing in the sun.
A colony of African Penguins settled there in 1982 and now there are over 3000 penguins there. Worth going to see and will only take up 2 or 3 hours of your day.
5. Camps Bay
We wanted to relax one day by the beach and Camps Bay was the perfect place. Roughly 30 mins away from our hotel by taxi. The place is beautiful and is great for topping up the tan. The beach is opposite Camps Bay main tourist hub which features various hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. I recommend Zenzero restaurant – reasonably priced and does great seafood as well as steaks etc. The views are great looking onto Camps Bay too.
I wish I had more time as there is so much to do. If you don’t want to use taxis to get around you can get a £10 bus hopper ticket that you can use all day. You can hop on and off as many times as you like and it takes you to most of the tourist places.
If you have never been to Cape Town I highly recommend it – you will not be disappointed.
Do you have any tips for Cape Town that you’d like to share in the comments?