Tourist attractions have a bad rep. I’m not sure if it’s the same all over the world, but in Cape Town, many locals tend to avoid them. Although I understand why (#crowdsandmonies) I do think it’s a shame… tourist attractions are tourist attractions for a reason. Over the past five years, Luke has taken me on so many adventures to explore different parts of our own city, showing me that it’s super important to take advantage of all the beauty that surrounds us – tourist attractions included! Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here are three of my favorite touristy activities to add to your summer to-do list.
I’ve visited Cape Town’s golden child a fair few times over the last few months and I can vouch that the view from the top of this Wonder of Nature just never gets old. The sea and city vistas are mesmerising, so get up there and soak it all in! Personally, I’m a fan of the cable car, but I’ve heard the hike is pretty magical too – and completely free of course. Last year Luke got us Cable Cards and although I was sceptical at first, they turned out to be pretty great. Because you pay for them upfront, we found that the cards actually encouraged us to go more often. I love that you can take your own food with you, so pack a picnic or stop past New York Bagel (or your own takeaway restaurant of choice) to enjoy a meal with the most insane view.
I know it’s far and it might seem like a bit of a mission but damn, Cape Point is absolutely stunning. It really deserves more than one visit a decade! With gorge viewpoints, a lighthouse, fascinating history and beautiful beaches that are certainly underrated, Cape Point is ideal for a day trip with family and friends. If you still need to be convinced, check out this epic video Luke made. After watching it I’m sure you’ll be heading out there as soon as you can! Be sure to look out for baboon troops when you’re there – they’re actually pretty cute and absolutely hilarious to watch. I’d also suggest checking the wind forecast – Cape Point is infamous for its blusteriness so syncing your visit with low wind days is highly recommended.
Penguins, clear blue sea (that doesn’t freeze your toes off) and a perfectly sheltered bay… what more could you need from a beach? Boulders is definitely one of my favorite places in Cape Town – granted, it does hold a lot of nostalgia for me, but sharing a beach with an African penguin colony is a pretty special experience that should be enjoyed as often as possible. It does get rather busy, so I’d recommend going early and timing your visits before or after the school holidays if possible. While you’re in Simon’s Town, grab a bite to eat at one of the cute restaurants and visit Water’s Edge, my fave beach in Cape Town – if you can find it that is!
I know that these spots are busy and that they cost money to get into, but I think they’re deffos worth the effort. Why shouldn’t we locals enjoy the beautiful attractions that visitors flock to?
*Photos by the wonderful Luke Maximo Bell