I’m happy you’re taking the time to check out this post! My name is Mike and i’m a local Capetonian, im in the founder of Venture South and i’ve also been tour guiding around Cape Town for the past 7 years . I thought it was about time for me to share some of my insider knowledge I have accumulated over the years. Here you have it:
Brief intro to Cape Town’s people & the Vibe
Before I begin I just want to share my perspective on Cape Town. I think I’ve travelled enough continents to have a valid opinion on countries I would say. The Cape Town locals are the warmest and friendliest people you will come across. Don’t be surprised if you get a smile coming your way for no reason. You will certainly feel the openness and character of the Cape Town locals and this keeps bringing visitors back for more and alot of people don’t ever end up leaving!
Cape Town is a melting pot of different cultures and has a very cosmopolitan feel. Surrounded by Oceans, Winelands, and Mountains Cape Town has so much to offer as a destination. I certainly recommend staying for no less than a week. It’s such a shame when people only spend 3 days in locations as stunning as this. It’s just way too short to get the full experience and absorb the culture and nature.
Also, head to our Passport Heavy site to check out our Cape Town cost of living and Visual vibes video after watching those videos and reading this post you’ll be booking your flight and packing your bags!
Exploring the inner city and close surrounding areas of Cape Town
Cape Town city is surrounded by the Indian and Atlantic ocean with Table Mountain making it an amazing place surrounded by nature. The city is very accessible by bicycle or by walking around.
To get your inner city exploring started I recommend visiting in Green Market Square and Company gardens to get your dose of history. I suggest doing a free walking tour or a guided Ebike tour Definitely worth checking out is Bree street, Long street, and Kloof street. Long street has become a little unsafe to walk around at night but during the day is fine and you should just be aware of your surroundings. Another area to check out is Bo Kaap also known as the Cape Malay quarter. When the Dutch settled in Cape Town they brought workers from Indonesia to work in the Cape. This culture is still predominate in this area and is great to check out. You can do a Cape Malay cooking class which I highly recommend. The cape malay culture is totally unique to Cape Town and very much a part of living in Cape Town and being a local. There are many local slang afrikaans words that locals will exchange. Cape Malay people follow the muslim faith and speak a dialect of Afrikaans as a first language. Be sure to listen out for the noon gun which fires off from Signal hill at 12 noon time every week day. Take at least a whole day to discover all these places which exist within in the inner centre of the city or the Cape Town city bowl as we call it.
On your second day be sure to check out the close surrounding Areas of Sea Point, De Waterkant, The Waterfront, Clifton and Camps Bay. Best experienced on an e bike or bicycle in my opinion. You can take a refreshing ride along the coastal sea point promenade across to the Waterfront and Camps Bay. All these areas are all very accessible and within about a 3 mile radius.
A must do in summer is to visit the secret beaches of Clifton 1,2,3, and 4th Beach. You will need to get directions from a local as the beaches are completely hidden from the eye view if you passing in a vehicle, there are signs on the sidewalk which point out stairways that take you down to each beach. The beaches are before Camps bay beach and after Bantry Bay. Each beach pulls a different crowd. 1st Being Families and teens, 2nd Beach being a predominately Gay beach, 3rd Beach pulling your beautiful trendy crowd of age 23 and upwards, 1st Beach is your dog friendly beach with a mix of everything. Be sure to get a Granadilla lolly from the funny ice cream characters on the beach carrying around cooler boxes shouting out chirps to entice people into buying an ice cream. Part of the beach experience is definitely to buy an ice cream and have an interaction with one of these jovial cape malay ice cream vendors. Be sure to bring an umbrella and sunblock as the Cape Town sun is not to be taken lightly!
After an amazing day on the beach you must visit the famous Camps Bay strip for a Mojito or a Pina Colada at one of the trendy bars on the strip. A favourite is Cafe Caprice where they play great minimal house music and it always pulls a trendy crowd and you could even spot a Celebrity sipping on a cocktail there. Caprice is the place to go on a Sunday during summer season. Caprice also does delicious beef burgers, patties are freshly made and come with loads of different sauce and garnish option, my favourite topping being Avo & Feta.
I would say doing the above 2 day itinerary is 2 days well spent in Cape Town!
All the best ,