How to spend 2 days in Cape Town

Travel Itinerary
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Adri Meyer
Itinerary by: Adri Meyer
a year ago
Duration: 2 days

Itinerary Introduction

Cape Town is known as a popular tourist destination all year round, however it truly is a sight to behold during the South African Summer months, October to March, when you can expect long sunny days and glorious cool nights. Cape Town is known for its world famous Table Mountain, many wine farms, white sandy beaches and the outdoor lifestyle amongst the fynbos (a critically endangered, shrubby vegetation type only found in South Africa). If you're new to South Africa or visiting Cape Town as part of a bigger tour of the country, then you're in for a real treat - a local's 2 day itinerary of this sun soaked wonder.

Cape Town - Travel Itinerary

Day 1

African Penguins, Snorkelling & Wine!

Day 1 of the itinerary includes a visit to the endangered African Penguins at Boulders Beach followed by snorkelling among seals at Hout Bay. Once you have rinsed off the sea water, it is time to hit the wine farms! Constantia valley has many renowned wine farms to choose from (however Groot Constantia is a must), with gorgeous food options available. Late afternoon you can go for a relaxing picnic with sundowners at Kirstenboch Botanical Gardens. What you do at Kirstenbosch is up to you! You can meander around, enjoying the beautiful gardens and views from the world-famous "boomslang" (tree snake) elevated walkway, or you can do one of the many hikes around the foot of Table Mountain.
09:00 - 11:00

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach, Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7995, South Africa
The African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simons Town is one of the few land-based African Penguin colonies. Most breeding colonies are located on islands around the southern coast of Africa. The site has become a popular international tourist destination due to the presence of the endangered African Penguins, as well as the crystal clear waters and sparkling white sandy beach. Boulders Beach is part of Table Mountain National Park, and consists of three sandy beaches, a penguin viewing platform, three boardwalks and of course many boulders! The beach is safe for families, as large boulders prevent strong ocean currents. They also block the infamous Cape Town south-easter wind. Although the penguins look sweet and cuddly, they are wild animals with sharp beaks, and they would happily nip an enquiring finger from a curious visitor, therefore visitors are required to respect the penguins and not interact with them. Photo source:
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Price covers: Entry
Prices for Boulders Beach
Category Price Restrictions
Standard 150.00 ZAR
Kids 75.00 ZAR Under 18

11:00 - 12:30

Snorkeling with Cape Fur Seals

8 Albert Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
If you love getting salty and experiencing nature, then this is the perfect activity for you! The cape fur seals are endemic to the region, and are incredibly curious and playful in the water, freely interacting with snorkelers. Cape Fur seals have the coast of southern Africa as there natural habitat - and are found nowhere else in the world. "Duiker" (Diver) Island in Hout Bay is home to about 5,000 seals, making it the ideal location for snorkelling with them. The Cape Fur Seals that you will encounter are not fed or trained, and are able to interact with snorkelers on their own terms. This is a safe activity, and snorkelers are guaranteed to see seals without sharks present. This is a wildlife adventure that brings you mask-to-whisker with playful and inquisitive wild animals- the dogs of the ocean. Photo source:
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Price covers: Entry
Prices for Snorkeling with Cape Fur Seals
Category Price Restrictions
Standard 750.00 ZAR

12:30 - 15:00

Groot Constantia Wine Farm

Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Groot Constantia Wine Farm and Estate was established in 1685. This historic wine farm is an important part of World Wine Heritage and is a world-class international tourism destination. Groot Constantia forms a valuable part of the diverse heritage of South Africa, and delivers a unique cultural, social and historical experience. Groot Constantia is loved by both locals and internationals due to the exceptional wines and rich history of the estate. Visitors can enjoy a wine tasting (ZAR 100) or a wine and chocolate pairing (ZAR 150). There is also the option to explore the entire estate, including a tour of the manor house and wine cellar coupled with a wine tasting (ZAR 115). The views from the wine farm are spectacular over the Constantia Wine Valley, and many other wine farms are just a few minutes away, including Eagle’s Nest and Beau Constantia. Photo source:
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Price covers: Entry+Drink
Prices for Groot Constantia Wine Farm
Category Price Restrictions
Standard 100.00 - 150.00 ZAR

15:00 - 20:00

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Rhodes Dr, Wynberg NU (2), Cape Town, South Africa
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. There are not a lot of natural areas that can match the amazing location of Kirstenbosch, set against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, with views over Cape Town and beyond. While at Kirstenbosch, you can explore the many beautiful indigenous and endangered plants of the fynbos ("fine bush") biome. You can bring your own picnic, or enjoy the food at Moyo Restaurant or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room. A new addition to the gardens is the Boomslang ("tree snake") - an elevated wooden walkway with amazing views over Cape Town. From Kirstenbosch you can also access several hikes to the top of Table Mountain, the most popular being an ascent via Skeleton Gorge and descent via Nursery Ravine, which gives you access to one of the three dams on top of Table Mountain. If you visit Kirstenbosch in summer, you may be lucky to attend one of the live music events that forms part of the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. There is also a pet-friendly loop in the gardens for the dog-lovers. Photo source:
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Price covers: Entry
Prices for Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Category Price Restrictions
Standard 200.00 ZAR
Kids 25.00 ZAR Under 17

Day 2

Down-Town and Incredible Nature

Day 2 in Cape Town takes you into the heart of the city. It kicks off with breakfast at the V&A Waterfront. Here you can ride the Wheel of Excellence, or hop on many of the boat tours around the harbour, including a 3-hour excursion to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was a prisoner during the apartheid era. When you have filled your curiosity at the waterfront, it is time for a trip up Table Mountain. The cable car is the fastest way up (and is free on your birthday!). At the top of the iconic mountain you will have vistas over the entire city and beyond towards the Stellenbosch Mountains. Finally nothing beats Camps Bay to end off a day of adventuring as the sun sets over the ocean. With many restaurants and cuisines to choose from, there is something for everyone!
09:00 - 12:00

V&A Waterfront

Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The V&A Waterfront is an iconic neighbourhood in Cape Town which welcomes millions of people from all over world. There are a wide variety of attractions and activities to enjoy at the Waterfront, as well as work spaces. From heritage landmarks to more leisurely pursuits, there is something for everyone. The waterfront boasts many world-class restaurants with global cuisines to suit every pocket. For family fun, the Two Oceans Aquarium can be visited, or a leisurely boat ride can be booked on the day for a tour of the harbour. There are a multitude of shops and tourist kiosks, as well as live music and entertainment. To get a good view of the city, the Wheel of Excellence Ferris Wheel can be ridden during the day or at night. There are also several museums and art galleries, as well as pop-up shops and vendors. Day trips to Robben Island are also available, however these should be booked in advance and depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway. Entrance to the V&A Waterfront is free, however activities will cost you money. Photo source:
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12:00 - 17:00

Table Mountain

5821 Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, South Africa
One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, Table Top mountain is an iconic and visually stunning and unusual piece of geology. It is easily the most iconic landmark in South Africa, and one of the most photographed backdrops in Cape Town. The famous Aerial Cableway has taken millions of visitors to the top of the mountain, although there are several hiking routes for the brave, including Platteklip Gorge and Indian Venster. There are about 2,200 species of plants found on Table Mountain. Many of these plants and flowers are endemic to this mountain and occurs nowhere else in the world. The flat top peak of the mountain reaches 1,086 m above sea level, over as it is located adjacent to the vibrant city and the sea, it looks very imposing. At the top of Table Mountain are several hiking trails, three dams, as well as a shop and restaurant, making it the perfect day excursion. Photo source:
Article By: Adri Meyer
Price covers: Entry
Prices for Table Mountain
Category Price Restrictions
Standard 200.00 - 380.00 ZAR
Students 200.00 ZAR
Kids 190.00 ZAR Under 17
Seniors 100.00 ZAR

17:00 - 22:00

Camps Bay

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Camps Bay is one of the main tourist destinations in Cape Town, and is located on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, at the base of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, which is adjacent to the world-famous Table Mountain. Camps Bay is a beautiful suburb of Cape Town, located along a stretch of coast, with the feel of a village. It is conveniently located 15 minutes from the city centre, 40 minutes from the famous Cape Winelands, and an hour’s drive from Cape Point. Camps Bay is a popular with locals and tourists alike, and the strip can be safely walked during the day and night. The beach is pristine and white, and often games of touch-rugby or volley ball will be occurring. There are more than 20 restaurants to choose from, as well as many accommodation options. Camps Bay is the perfect setting for sunset, as the sun sets right across the ocean in beautiful warm colours. Photo credit:
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I absolutely love traveling, and have visited more than 15 countries across the world. Although I prefer a backpacking travel style, with no plans and accommodation booked before hand, I also can enjoy the finer things in life to end off a trip!

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