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What to expect in Cape Town?

With my recent travel adventure, I’m one step closer to ticking off all the continents: I’ve set foot on the African continent and explored the beautiful country of South Africa and its culture. Yet another great experience with many amazing memories.

For two weeks, my boyfriend and I have explored Cape Town and its neighboring areas. One thing that couldn’t be more true about this trip is that we were hugely surprised – in the most positive sense of the word. So, here’s what you can expect in Cape Town…

Homestay

Overall, I prefer homestay over big and impersonal hotels, which is also what we did in Cape Town. We stayed in two different AirBnb’s, with one exceeding our expectations in terms of the perfect host and the other in terms of its extreme luxury. The first apartment we’ve stayed in, felt straight away as a second home and was situated in a great neighborhood – Sea Point. For the last two days, we’ve rented an extremely luxurious apartment including a pool with endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s something for everybody when it comes to homestay in Cape Town.

Getting around

Unlike the Netherlands, Uber is big business in South Africa and I couldn’t be happier! Uber is one of the easiest ways of getting around in a different country: no miscommunication on where to go, automatic and safe payments and friendly drivers who will try and make the drive as comfortable as possible. Next to that, I can highly recommend renting a car to explore areas outside of the city of Cape Town. The roads are safe, navigating is easy and gasoline is relatively cheap (bear in mind that South Africans drive on the left side of the road).

Sightseeing

I honestly don’t even know where to start when it comes to sightseeing in Cape Town. It is one of the most diverse places I’ve ever visited. One day you’re on top of the Table Mountain with unreal views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean, the next day you’re watching African penguins waddle around on the beach. Besides all the great outdoor sights and activities, Cape Town also has a wide variety of exceptional coffee bars, restaurants and live music spots.

Cuisine

An important part of every trip is exploring the local cuisine. One of the most recommended things to try in Cape Town is the South African braai (short for braaivleis). The word braai is Afrikaans for “to grill” and vleis translates to”meat”. As a meat lover, I was very excited to taste this South African specialty and, in all honesty, it even surpassed my expectations! Tip: order a side of roosterkoek – thank me later!

Safety

An important and hot topic for travelers continues to be safety. All I can talk about is my own experience of South Africa and more specifically Cape Town. While it’s always important to be aware, I’ve felt completely safe in Cape Town. As suggested by the locals, we didn’t wander around after 8.30PM and would take Uber’s instead. In terms of safe neighborhoods, I experienced Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay & the V&A Waterfront to be safe areas to stay in or to spend your evenings.

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