A week in Cape Town as any visitor to the city is never enough and it opens the doors to a return visit for so many tourists. What could an Itinerary in Cape Town for a week look like? Here is just a teaser.
Hopefully you will fly into Cape Town on a clear day and the first thing that will greet you will be Table Mountain. Many airlines and their pilots often get permission to fly around the mountain and give their passengers a view they will never forget, if you are on one of these flights then your week Cape Town is off to a fine start.
Upon arrival make your way to your hotel, ideally somewhere central or somewhere with good transport connections. You will perhaps only use your hotel as a roof over your head so don’t worry too much about views. If you want an inner-city hotel the Hollow on the Square Hotel comes highly recommended or if you want a sea view then Lagoon Beach Hotel never fails.
Now to plan your week. The best way to get your Barings and when time is tight is to use the Red Buses. These hop on hop off open top buses have a number of routes through and around Cape Town and provide the ideal way to discover the city for a first time visitor. If there is time on the first day on arrival take Yellow Downtown tour that will take you into the city for a few hours allowing you to explore such places as the Castle of Good Hope, District Six and the South African Museum perhaps stopping to relax in the Company’s Garden for a coffee.
Your evenings are a chance to get to know what Cape Town is famous for, its food. There are some fantastic African themed restaurants such as Marcos Place as well as a choice of internationally acclaimed restaurants that will tickle the taste buds of anyone.
The next day hop on one of the Red buses again and explore the peninsula, Kirstenbosch gardens is a must as is the Cape Point nature reserve. Cape Point is not the most southerly point of Africa but it has a good try at making you believe it is.
Spending a day out down south in Simons Town and Kalk Bay well worth doing and spending some time with the world famous penguins is a must.
Robben Island and Table Mountain are a must do and both are weather permitting, each one can take up the better part of a day and should be planned around the weather, any local or someone in your hotel will be able to guide you or simply visit the respective websites.
A day out in the winelands has to be done and there are many wine tasting and good food tours that most hotels will have information on.
A Township tour for many is something that has to be done and the two main Townships of Gugulethu and Khayelistsha have a variety of tours available.
For the water sports enthusiast then a day out learning to Kite Board in Blouberg on the West Coast is an absolute must do. Numerous surf shops offer lessons and hire equipment that allow you to experience the best surfing conditions in the world.