Cape Town should be at the peak of a travellers must see list of places across the globe. This iconic city is arguably the most magnificent and diverse in South Africa. With its unique and spectacular mountain range, and impeccable coastline, it is any explorers dream. For backpackers it is a top-notch spot to go to on a detailed budget, as there are quite frankly many places to go and see for next to nothing prices.
Cape of Good Hope
This is a must, not only to tell your friends and family that you’ve been to the end of Africa (most south westerly point of the continent) but also to actually experience the incredible views that the continents tip has on offer! Home to more than 250 different species of bird, this landmark allows you to see for miles and miles up and down to lands defined coastline. Be careful though, the winds from the merging Atlantic and Indian Oceans can quite easily knock you off your feet! If lucky enough you may run into the odd zebra and ostrich (very common in this neck of the woods). For only 50 or some ZAR (£3) you can enter this national park and explore for yourself the countries true inner beauty.
Where else would you find a mountain shaped like a table? Again for less than 20 English pounds catch the cable car for an easy ride up or for free face the challenge of hiking the mountain by foot to see the whole of Cape Town for yourself. Be sure to head up there on a clear sunny day to truly take in the breath taking views, and to take in the scientific reason to why Cape Town has a table shaped mountain!!
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Situated at the foot of the easterly slopes of Table Mountain, this cultivated garden inhabits an extensive range of birds and fauna. You could quite easily spend a day here visiting the gardens, either for a casual stroll or for a challenging hike deep in to the hillside. Take a packed lunch or visit the affordable and bubbly tearoom and restaurant. The gardens regularly play host to concerts so be sure to keep an eye out for up and coming performing dates.
This working harbor is the historic heart of Cape Town. With a stunning backdrop of the mountain range (so perfect it looks photo shopped!) it makes perfect setting for a lighthearted wander through the stylish shops, exquisite food restaurants and explore in greater detail all the one off excursions that are on offer in and around the Cape.
Head to the Beach
Cape Town is notorious for its endless option of picturesque beaches. For a relaxed atmosphere with the company of African penguins head to Boulders Beach, this beauty allows you to get close to the little nippers while soaking up the sun and taking a refreshing dip. Kalk bay is ideal for mixing tanning time with cocktail sipping; make sure you drop by at Cape de Cuba for a cheap beverage! Everywhere you look there is a stunning beach accompanied with ample space to indulge and chillax. If affordable, hire a car (rent a cheapie) and drive along Chapman’s peak – simply breathtaking!