The V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Camps Bay and more. Nomadic You lists the;
Top 10 things to do by MyCiti Cape Town
The fairest Cape of them all. Cape Town is everything you could want from a holiday destination; Beaches, picturesque scenery, wine farms, world class dining and colourful locals. Here are the top sights;
1. Nightlife V&A Waterfront
With more than 23 million visitors per year, The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront makes a great destination to enjoy some Cape Town nightlife. The Waterfront is South Africa’s oldest working harbour, but also one of the trendiest places to shop, dine and party. Before sampling the Cape wines for dinner try a stroll around the Two Oceans Aquarium or a boat ride from the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. Coming soon in 2017 will be Africa’s first Zeitz museum of contemporary art. Not feeling so cultural, then just enjoy a visit with the seals and seagulls at one of the over 80 eateries.
2. Explore Company’s Garden and Long Street
Apparently, people with ADHD are easily distracted by squirrels. If you have ADHD then the Parliament Garden’s history dating back to 1650 will be tough to concentrate on; the garden was created by European settlers to provide fresh produce to passing ships. Avoid your own incident of scurvy by strolling down bohemian Long street and sitting down with some backpackers at one of the many cafés. Company’s garden is also adjacent to the South African Parliament and De Tuynhuys: office of the presidency. Take a 101/107 MyCiti Bus to Upper Long stop then stroll down to Thibault Square station and do some shopping at Green Market Square flea market on the way.
3. Selfie Table Mountain
No trip to Cape Town is complete without a ride up Table Mountain. When the clouds lift and the Cape winds settle down, then drop what you are doing and head straight to the cableway’s queue. I prefer to go when the wind is not strong; The thought of being in a cable car that rotates through 360 degrees is bad enough without rocking side by side in the wind. The views are worth it though. And what can be more romantic than watching the sun set with your significant other on a picnic blanket and with some bubbly in hand. To set the mood even more, avoid queuing for hours www.webtickets.co.za
4. Shopping Canal Walk
Canal Walk shopping center, the third largest mall in Africa, has over 400 stores to explore. It is located 10kms (6.2 mi) north-east of the city center in a modern mixed use development that began in 1997. A good selection of international clothing brands are represented; Diesel, Guess, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Levi’s, Polo & Pringle. Or try some local threads at Young Designers Emporium (YDE). Annoyingly, getting to Century City station by MyCiti bus from Cape Town involves several transfers; rather try disembarking from the T01 at Woodbridge Island station near Milnerton beach and Uber from there.
5. Dining Blouberg
Blouberg beach is rated by Tripadvisor as one of the top beaches in Africa. But this is a destination for all weather. Windy? Try some kite surfing lessons. Looking too overcast to work on your tan? Then just relax at one of the many beachfront restaurants at Marine Circle and enjoy the spectacular view across the bay of Table Mountain in all her glory. I could sit at News Café and Primi Piatti all day watching the ships go into harbour, the kite surfers riding the waves and the beautiful folks of Blouberg jogging and cycling past.
6. LGBT De Waterkant
Cape Town and the gay village at De Waterkant is without a doubt the most happening LGBT destination in Africa. (True, it doesn’t have much in the way of competition from other gay-unfriendly African countries.) But still, it is pretty good. Most of the gay bars are clustered along a short strip of Somerset Road. Have dinner at Beaulah Bar, Beefcakes or Café Manhattan. Then hit the dance floor at Crew Bar. The bars and clubs are busiest over weekends and in-season (December and Easter) when the Jo’burg crowd come down to the coast to play.
7. Relaxing Camps Bay
One of the best beaches in the world (Tripadvisor again), Camps Bay Blue Flag beach is a perfect spot to unwind. Rent an umbrella and deck chairs and rest yourself between the blue Atlantic and the southern slopes of Table Mountain; the 12 Apostles. Just north of Camps Bay, Clifton, is sheltered by Table Mountain from the “Cape Doctor” a south-easterly wind that blows from spring to late summer. This wind-free paradise is home to the most expensive real estate in Africa; look now and win lotto later. Camps Bay is 27 minutes on the 107 MyCiti bus from Civic Centre station.
8. Exercise Kirstenbosch
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens showcases the Cape Floristic Region, the smallest of the six floral kingdoms in the world. The botanical gardens are popular with walkers and mountaineers too. If you are feeling especially energetic you could even take the Skeleton Gorge trail to the summit of Table Mountain. Or just put on your running shoes for an early morning jog through the gardens, then have scones and tea at Moyo’s or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room. MyCiti does not (yet) run to Kirstenbosch, but the City Sightseeing Red Tour Bus stops here.