So with little sis doing an internship in South Africa and my objective of at least one new place each year, the decision was made quickly: we were going to do a sister trip to Cape Town. We found bargain tickets and booked for a week. My other sister and I even managed to get on the same flight for the second leg, after flying in from Spain and Belgium respectively we would both arrive in Ethiopia for the last part of the flight. Before leaving I got a bit of cold feet, how on earth would I survive a week with my little guy? But hey, mama deserves a break sometimes right?
When we arrived we picked up our car and the 3rd sister and hit the road to drive to the wine lands. That hitting the road was quite a challenge since they drive on the left there so the driving got accompanied by quite a few “careful!” “take the roudabout that way!” and other panicky screams, but we survived. We arrived quite late in the afternoon so our Saturday was almost over, we just sipped some great wine and had an amazing dinner.
Here´s how we spend our 6 days in and around Cape Town:
When in the wine lands there is basically only very few things that you should do: taste wine. So on Monday we visited the little towns Franschoek and Stellenbosch, did some wine tastings at the wineries between those two towns, and had an amazing lunch on a farm where everything was grown in their beautiful veggie garden.
We drove back from the wine lands to Cape Town via Simon´s Town, Boulder´s Beach (we didn´t spot as many pinguins as we wanted to, if you´re with kids the pinguin park is very nice but we were hoping for some pinguins on the beach as well), Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, and then via Chapman´s Peak Drive to Camps Bay where we had dinner before continuing to Cape Town. Chapman´s Peak Drive used to be one of the most dangerous roads because it´s a very small road high up in the mountain and a lot of rocks used to fall on the road. It was closed for several years after some accidents but got some safety arrangements and is open again. But it´s still a very small road, very high up. The views are amazing but i have to say that the combination of driving on the left, my sister driving so i could enjoy the views and a very small road scared the shit out of me the first minutes!
Day 3 we spent in Cape Town and we had a tour booked to Robben Island. This is definitely worth a visit and if you want to go, make sure to book in advance because the tours get full quite often. From Waterfront you took a ferry to the island and there you get a tour by ex-prisoners (who still live on the island, pretty impressive to think that they came back to the place where they were imprisoned for so many years), half of the tour is by bus over the island and the other half is in the high security part of the prison where Nelson Mandela was also kept. It was really really interesting and it´s very impactful to hear all those stories from previous prisoners! The tour takes about 4hours with the ferry etc so we didn´t do much else that day except from wandering around Waterfront with the shops and plenty of restaurants.
On Thursday we decided to hike to the top of the Table Mountain. The weather was great so we were looking forward to some amazing views. There is also a cable cart to go up there but when we arrived they said the cable cart was still closed. The hike up is supposed to take 2 – 2,5hours but apparently we started way too far down the mountain so we had an extra hour in our pocket already before we arrived at the official starting point… Oops! Since it was really hot the hike was not easy and at some point i just wanted to go back down haha. But when we arrived up there it was all worth it: the most beautiful views i have been! Due to time constraints, we had some more things we wanted to do that day, (and very tired legs!) we took the cable down and then drove on to Bo-Kaap. This is a very cute neighbourhood with colored houses, they have a free walking tour but since that was 90min we were not up for it ;). We wandered around a bit, had some wine and then decided to drive up another mountain for the sunset. After a pitstop to buy some beers and crisps we drove up Signall Hill and watched the sunset there with a beer… pretty perfect!
After all the walking the day before, we went roadtripping to West Coast National Park. First we drove to Langebaan, but honestly if you´re not going to surf or kitesurf there´s not much there. Then we just drove through the national park for the rest of the day trying to spot some animals :). We had an amazing lunch in the park (there´s only one restaurant so you can´t miss it! Our recommendations: the vegan curry and the ostreich burger were to die for!) and drove back to Cape Town in the afternoon where I met a friend + her husband for dinner (definitely must go for dinner: On The Rocks in Blouberg) and my sisters were meeting one of their friends.
On our last day, we joined my friend to visit a township in Somerset that she worked in 10 years ago. We spoke with the lady she used to work with who still manages with some volunteers a big kitchen where they prepare food for around 100 people of the township that are too sick to work / to make food themselves. She was a rockstar! What especially impressed me that no matter how many difficult things happened to her, she was so positive and had the biggest smile i have ever seen! After this little visit, we drove around the winelands again (yep, you gotta do what you gotta do), had a great fish and chips lunch and did Chapman´s Peak Drive again in order to get back to Cape Town.
Then it was time for me to fly back, so on Saturday we just went for breakfast and then drove to the airport. The trip was really amazing and I can definitely recommend a visit to Cape Town. The city also seemed very fun with little kids so who knows, we might be back with the little bichin!