This 2017, you should definitely travel to new places you haven’t been before. But where to start, you ask? This is where we step in and help you out. Our first suggestion is Cape Town, South Africa but of course you can choose wherever you want to visit first. We will be featuring more cities, countries, and continents soon so do watch out for that. So, why go to Cape Town?
Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa. It is currently considered as the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after Johannesburg. It is also the capital and primate city of the Western Cape province. Cape Town has it all – beaches, mountains, harbors, and gardens which make it perfect for tourists to visit.
The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notable of all is the Table Mountain. This mountain forms a large part of the Table Mountain National Park and is the back end of the City Bowl. To get to the top, you can try hiking or, if hiking isn’t your thing, you can take a cable car instead.
Many tourists also visit Cape Town’s beaches, which are very popular with local residents too. Due to the city’s unique geography, it is possible to visit several different beaches in the same day, each with a different setting and atmosphere. In addition, there are plenty of beachfront bars to enjoy a sundowner at.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, built on top of part of the docks of the Port of Cape Town, is the city’s most visited tourist attraction. It is also one of the city’s most popular shopping venues, with several hundred shops. There are also amazing restaurants with unique dishes, open bar catamaran cruises, and shopping galore opportunities.
When Should You Visit?
The best months to visit start from October up to April. Summer is December through March on this side of the globe, but the months leading up to and following it also boast mild weather and smaller crowds. The months of April to June are ideal to visit Cape Town to experience the wine harvest in the surrounding vineyards, while September to November is notable for views of the purple jacaranda trees in full bloom across the city. Cape Town’s winters tend to be windy and rainy, especially in June through August.
Other Things To Consider
Prices skyrocket in December, with affordable hotel rooms becoming harder to find in the weeks around Christmas and New Year’s. So, book early like months before December or even November. Worried about being lost in translation? No need to. English is spoken everywhere but other dialects spoken there include Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, and Sotho. In terms of sockets and plugs, be sure to bring the Type C (two-prong) and M (three-prong) ones with 220 voltage.