Make the Best of 24 Hours in Cape Town

This is the sixth post in this batch of Guest-post series on this site. The contributions are from people like you and me but not necessarily from the blogging world. We see, observe and experience many mundane things in our daily life. The flavours are different but the interest is common in these posts … and that is Travel.
Over to Amy Baker.
If you are lucky enough to be embarking on a trip to Cape Town I would recommend that you give yourself a good amount of time to get to know the city, its many sights and its beautiful beaches. However, some may not be so fortunate and may just be passing through. Here is a rundown of how to see the best of the city in just 24 hours.

Firstly, snap up a ticket on a Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus and enjoy a guided hop on/ hop off tour. This will help you to get your bearings and will mean that you can learn about the city on your way to the various sites. There are 17 stops dotted across the city.

Perhaps the most important stop off is at Table Mountain. This World Heritage Site is the most iconic location in Cape Town and perhaps the whole of South Africa. Fortunately, no strenuous exercise is required as the cable car reaches the top in just five minutes. Once on top of the famous landmark, you will be surprised by just how spacious it is.

Take your time to enjoy the 3600 views of the city, beautiful oceans and surrounding peaks. There are a number of free walks that you can join which show you the best views and offer the possibility to catch a glimpse of the mountains most fascinating wildlife. Keep those eyes peeled for the elusive Cape Verreaux Eagles, Rock Kestrels and mongooses.

Next head to the District 6 Museum, which allows you a glimpse into the nation’s chequered past. District 6 was originally a vibrant mixed community made up of freed slaves, artists, merchants and immigrants before being torn apart during apartheid. 60,000 residents were forcibly removed from the area and their homes destroyed.

If you have time, swing by the V & A Waterfront. This vibrant working harbour at the foot of Table Mountain is home to an upmarket shopping centre and an abundance of restaurants and cafes where you can sit back and refuel in the warm African sun.

Evening drinks should be enjoyed along the Camps Bay strip – home to a number of stylish nightspots. As the sunsets over the blue ocean you will be left with lasting memories of this beautiful city which will guarantee you vow to return.

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