Written by: Matshidiso Pitswane
Cape Town in Thumbnails
I know it has been a while since I wrote anything. You probably know how easily life can get crazy. To update you real quick: I am done with India, well as in I finished my degree and moved back home. Otherwise, we all know I am going back for a visit very soon. While I was back there, I was introduced to Worldpackers and WorkAway, what a cool idea. Long story short, I am now volunteering at TheBackpack in Cape Town- learning so much and loving it. I have been here for almost two months now, and boy have we done a lot. Going into details about all of it is just not practical, but I will share just enough for you to get excited and book your holiday.
City Centre Things: Cape Town is always buzzing with tourists. So you can imagine the city and its people always have some activity going on- follow the events pages and join in the traditions that the locals havecreated for themselves and others. It is absolutely worth it. From the free walking tours, super cute and cozy coffee and pastery spots, to the monthly events such as BeerRouteOnKloof and FirstThursdays (this one had me! Gallery hopping has never been cooler, trust me). And then of course there is Long Street, I am not even going to go into it. You either going to love or hate it, no grey lines.
PICS: *Charly’s Bakery, FirstThursdays, V&A waterfront,Museum
BeachLife: Cape Town has a pinch of excitement for everyone. If you not into the city speed, and prefer to be just one with the ocean, we’ve got you. I liked Muizenberg beach the most, however, just like all the other beaches I have explored, the wind can be a little too much. I can back from Bloubergstrand beach with my bag full of sand. Also, wasn’t easy to get rid of it in my hair.
Mountains:You cannot say I have explored Cape Town if you have never conquered the three peaks. I am such a big fan of hiking I probably did all three within my first week here if I re-call correctly. Lions’ head is the easiest and a great spot for sunset or sunrise. Devil’s peak is the least popular but I highly recommend it, such beautiful scenery and flora out there. And the most obvious, Table Mountain.
Food Markerts: I can say for sure that I am spending most of my money and time on food. Eastern Food Bazaar in the city centre has a wide variety of foods from the East and definitely appeal to the Easterner in me. It is open everyday, and so is Mojo Market in Sea Point. Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock for Saturday, and then again back to Oranjezicht on Sunday. You can’t escape, but then again you wouldn’t want to.
Combination: If you are one for the full on adventure, you can combine the city, the beach and the mountains with one of the tours. I took on BazBus full-day tour to Cape Point. And oh my god!I am not going to spoil it for you, just want to say expectation level super exceeded.