Hello lovelies, wanted to do a quick trip review on South Africa as last year (2016) we got to go at Easter. To say it was a trip of a lifetime is an understatement. If you are thinking about going, GO! You won’t regret it. Cape Town has stunning natural landscapes and some of the best cuisine in the world.
The flights from London are quite convenient as you never have to fight to adjust to a different time zone. The flights are normally evening so you essentially fall asleep taking off and wake up in South Africa. It’s still about a 12 hour flight, but it’s one of the better routes you can choose.
Currency: The South African Rand
Climate: Mostly like California and the Med. with low humidity. It can get quite cold in their winter months, which are June to August.
Best time to visit: Anytime, however their warm months are December – April.
We were promptly picked up at the airport in a private car arranged by our hotel, Atlanticview Capetown Boutique Hotel, and after a quick 30 minute drive- we had arrived to Camps Bay. I can’t word how impressive the views were upon entering the AtlanticView. You had the perfect mix of sea, mountains and air. You instantly felt you were at someone’s home vs. any other hotel in the world.
The views of Lionshead mountain and the infinity pool dripping into the Atlantic alone was jaw dropping.
After unpacking and settling in, we quickly had to make our way to the countryside. We didnt schedule this obviously with a clear head at all but somehow I thought shooting our engagement photos the day we landed would be a good idea! So off to get changed and on to the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch.
The amazing ZaraZoo Photographers met us at Hidden Valley Winery and instantly we fell more in love with this gorgeous continent. We began shooting on the ground’s 3,000 olive trees and then headed over to their vineyards for magic hour i.e. sunset. It was truly an once in a lifetime moment we will never forget! Even if it wasn’t our engagement photo session, I would have hired a photographer to capture this trip. Bucket list indeed. If you ever are looking for a photographer to meet you on holiday, check out Flytographer. They will meet you at your chosen city and follow you and your family around. The best souvenir that will last a lifetime. (Who ever thought of this was a genius. Now instead of being family photographer- you can actually be in your photos!)
Did I mention the wine? We didn’t have as much time at the winery as we had hoped for but if you are planning a trip, be sure and book one of many wineries in the western cape and leave the rental car behind. The wine in South Africa is some of the best in the world!
After a good nights sleep we headed out to Camps Bay to do some exploring! I’ve found the best way to get a bird eye view from the get go is hop on one of the big red bus tours as you get to have a summary of the city in about an hour plus. (Then it’s much easier to figure out where you want to go back.) Capetown’s red bus is one of the best bar London. There are two routes to chose from (red and blue) but we did the red tour, which concentrated on the centre of town.
As I mentioned above, one of the standout things you’ll notice straight away in South Africa is the food, the food, the food!! Once you dine here, it will be extremely difficult to match the quality anywhere else. You also won’t be able to hold a candle to the cost. Your dollar/pound goes extremely far here.
You will be spoiled for choice but one of the best kept secrets we found was a restaurant called “The Cod Father“. It’s tucked away in a side street in Camps Bay and has the freshest seafood. Everything is outstanding. Highly recommend the seared tiger prawn from Mozambique.
Also highly recommend the V&A Waterfront food market. It’s is a sightseeing must-see, with food stalls galore. Housed in a heritage red-brick Pumphouse, you’ll find plenty of cheap eats on the go! Other than hiking Table Moutain, seeing the V&A Waterfront, and some of the other 100 things you can do here- our favorite was to just pitch up at Camps Bay and watch the world go by at one of the restaurants overlooking the beach.
Before we headed out to Hermanus to finish off the remainder of our trip, we spent the majority of our time just enjoying the views from our hotel deck. You never will be at a loss for things to do in Cape Town; however if winding down is more your speed, it’s perfect for that too.
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about our experience to Cape Town!