Mother City - Cape Town

Cape Town has been such an interesting, welcoming, beautiful place, with so much to see and do.

For 3 solid weeks, I have been going non-stop, visiting festivals, food markets, art galleries, nightclubs, and taking in the breathtaking views atop Table and Lion’s Head Mountains.

Well, it’s caught up with me. I’m sick. 🙁 I have a wicked head cold and while a number of the group went into town last night to do some clubbing, I crawled into bed around 7:30, watched a movie on Netflix, and then snuggled down into bed for much-needed sleep.

I’m feeling a little better today, which is uber important because I have the safari this weekend! I’ll continue to take it easy and will probably refrain from the usual Friday night festivities tonight as well. We’re leaving super early tomorrow to pick up our rental cars and get on the road to the game reserve.

Cape Town is nestled around Table Mountain, aptly named because it is unusually flat across the top just like a table.

Table Mountain

It’s a large city, with all the amenities you can think of. I’m not sure exactly what I expected but I was surprised at how modern and even European Cape Town is.

The V&A Waterfront is a tourist attraction with shopping, restaurants, an aquarium (that I heard isn’t that great – boo, I wanted to visit), boat trips and such. We have been there a few times, dining, watching rugby at the pub, shopping, and riding the Ferris wheel.

V&A Waterfront Cape Town

First Thursdays in Cape Town entails art galleries and shops staying open late into the night in the city center, with wall-to-wall people enjoying cocktails and simply the vibrancy of the downtown.

First Thursdays Cape Town

We enjoyed yummy paella that was cooked right before us on the street…


All in all, I would definitely come back to this beautiful area. There is so much more to see and do than one month will allow.