Cape Town is the perfect place to start a trip in South Africa. It balances a unique cultural destination with modern amenities and provides a startling backdrop that’s hard to tear yourself away from - Table Mountain. But Cape Town is more than just Table Mountain! I spent four weeks there trying to see as much as possible and I’ve put together my favourite things to do that I think any first time visitor should see. Whether you’re just starting off in Cape Town before exploring more of South Africa or you have just one week to enjoy your vacation this fun list should help you see the best of Cape Town.
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South Africa has a lot to offer the adventurous tourist. In just one country you have unique wildlife, sparkling coastlines that stretch as far as you can drive, world-class museums with a past that seriously sucks you in, and a rich culture. No matter how long you have in South Africa these itineraries should give you a great taste of the country and make sure you’re making the most of your time while you’re there.
While spending three months in South Africa I traveled extensively throughout the country. There are still a lot of the out of the way places that I missed out on but I managed to visit all of the towns and sights that I really wanted to including some surprises that I only found out about along the way.
Here’s a list of my favourite places to visit and why I think you should include it in your next trip to South Africa.
When I was planning a trip to South Africa it was hard to avoid any mention of the “backpacker bus” called Baz Bus. It’s in all of the guides and there are mentions on most the hostel websites. I initially thought something like this would not be my style but it was my first time in Africa and I wasn’t sure how difficult it was going to be to get around.
After three months in South Africa and speaking with numerous other travelers I formed a pretty solid opinion of the Baz Bus and even tried it out for myself. Hopefully this information will help when planning your own trip and deciding whether the Baz Bus is for you or not.
The latest addition to the popular Once in Cape Town brand, this hostel is hard to ignore when you stay in Johannesburg. The TripAdvisor reviews speak for themselves, with a 5 star rating and reviewers commenting on the hotel-quality rooms, I had to check this place out for myself during my recent visit to the city.