I recently got sent a swap for my London Gatwick…for Cape Town! Without hesitation I accepted straight away, I’ve only been to Cape Town once before and I was desperate to go back.
The flight is long, around 9 to 9,5 hrs each way depending on the wind, and it’s usually very busy. Especially if you do the daytime flight, as everyone is awake and thirsty! This time though, even though we had a full cabin in business class both ways, other than the usual service we weren’t crazy busy. I was pleasantly surprised, and with plenty of coffee in me I arrived in Cape Town late afternoon, ready to make the most of my time there.
A group of us arranged to meet and go up Table Mountain, as I hadn’t had the chance to do that last time.
We took the cable car up (which was half price after 6pm, perfect!) just in time for sunset. The sun was out, but we were all fooled by that and froze at the top! I don’t think any of us had anticipated just how cold it would be – and at 6 degrees Celsius I definitely was not dressed for the weather, oops!
Nevertheless, we were greeted by the most stunning view all round. Down to the beach, the city, and the gorgeous sunset.
We walked around, admiring the view, as well as all of the wonderful plants and flowers at the top.
The light was absolutely perfect for photos….if only my fingers weren’t so cold that I could barely move them, haha!
The last cable car goes down at 8pm, so we queued up to go back down and decided to head to the Waterfront for some dinner.
We’d been recommended a steak restaurant to try which was bustling and looked great…however 3 of the girls didn’t bring any money other than the allowance (half of which had already gone towards the cable car and taxi) and didn’t bring their cards either. So we had to pick a restaurant based on what they could afford, which was a real shame.
Nevertheless I ordered a delicious steak and some South African wine, so I was a happy girl!
The next morning we had plans to hike up Table Mountain, but I knew if it was the same temperature as the night before there was no way I could climb it, as I did’t have more than a thick cardigan. So I decided to take the hop-on hop-off bus and see what I could see.
After arriving at the V&A Waterfront (which, by the way, stands for Victoria and Alfred, not Albert!) I got my ticket and hopped on the bus. The route I chose takes around 90 minutes if you don’t get off, so I decided to only get off at a couple of stops.
As we were driving it started to drizzle a little bit, so I decided just to get off at Camp’s Bay. We drove up again to Table Mountain, passing by some interesting landmarks.
The bus stopped at Table Mountain for a few minutes, just in time for the sun to come back out for a picture!
We drove on down to Camp’s Bay, where I got out. How I wish I had had more time to explore, or even just sit at one of the pretty beach cafes with a glass of wine.
The area is absolutely breathtaking! Table Mountain is at the northern end of a mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula, and on the atlantic coast the mountain range is known as the Twelve Apostles. The range continues on southwards to Cape Point, which I visited last time I was in Cape Town. In fact if you click here, you can see the blog post from my layover there!
Since I was by myself I found a couple of spots to put my camera down and put it on self-timer… I just hoped nobody was watching me standing alone waiting for the camera to go off!
I was so impressed by how absolutely beautiful Camp’s Bay was, I just couldn’t stop taking pictures! I walked along the beach, shoes in hand, wishing I had more time there.
I walked up the beach towards the slightly rockier area, and clambered up the rocks to try and get some good shots.
I think it was worth the wet and sandy feet for this stunning view!
Good old self-timer back in action… 🙂
There was only so long I could stay since I knew the wake-up call was looming, so I wandered back towards the bus stop and got back on. We drove around windy roads overlooking the stunning beaches, and it just made me more certain that I have to come back!
The bus arrived back in the Waterfront, and I just had time to grab a green juice before the shuttle back to the hotel. I bumped into one of the other crew, and even though we only had about 20 minutes before wake-up, we decided to pop to the wine shop opposite the hotel to make the most of cheap South African wine!
Just in time for wake-up I was back in my room, and even had time to write my postcards 😉
Cape Town – I will be back!