8 things I wish I had done when living in Cape Town!


Cape Town, oh Cape Town. What a wonderful place to be.

Visit Cape Town. 8 ideas for your Cape Town itinerary

As an outsider (I’m British by birth), I say this from the bottom of my heart…Cape Town is truly one of the most beautiful cities on the planet!

It was home to me for more than 5 years, but still in that time, I didn’t manage to see or do many of things that had been on my bucket list since first visiting in 2003.

If you ever get the chance to visit South Africa, make sure Cape Town is on the itinerary. You will not regret it, I promise you that!

In case you need some inspiration of things to do…here’s my list of the 8 things I wish I had done when living in Cape Town. Heck, I might just join in the fun next time I’m there!

Visit Cape Town. 8 ideas for your Cape Town itinerary

Hike up Table Mountain and get lost in the ‘table cloth’ clouds!

Climb Table Mountain

Yes, I said CLIMB! Mad, right? But I can’t think of a better way to take in the views.

I’ve done the Cableway a couple of times, which never ceases to be wonderous, but I really like the idea of climbing the mountain which is now classified as one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.

Hike Table Mountain offers a variety of routes up the mountain if you’re looking for the guided option, and they cater for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

Visit Cape Town. 8 ideas for your Cape Town itinerary

Robben Island prison

Visit Robben Island

Robben Island, in case you aren’t aware, was the prison home to Nelson Mandela for 18 years of his sentence. It is now protected as a nature conservation area.

Tours to Robben Island leave from the V&A Waterfront 3 times a day and take approximately 3 and a half hours to complete.

Visit Cape Town. 8 ideas for your Cape Town itinerary


KDay is the annual music festival organised by local radio station KFM. Even though for the past few years it was held at Meerendal Wine Estate which was a mere 15 minutes from where I used to live…I still didn’t make it! Grrrrrrr!

Dubbed as The Cape’s Ultimate Music Festival, it usually has a pretty decent line-up.

Held every March, it’s worth checking out if you are in the area at the time. Soak up the best that SA music has to offer, as well as chilling in the lush lawns of Meerendal.

Tickets start at R300 (apx $20) for adults, R150 (apx $10) for kids 2-12 and absolutely diddly-squat for kids under 2!

Complete a parkrun

Oh goodness, I had ample chances to do a parkrun, but this old sleepy head chose to have a lie-in on a weekend instead. I will do one some day though, I WILL!

With various locations throughout Cape Town and South Africa as a whole, parkrun is a great way to keep fit and take in some of the beautiful surroundings of South Africa.

parkrun events happen each weekend and are completely free to participate in!

Visit Cape Town. 8 ideas for your Cape Town itinerary

Franschhoek, South Africa

Visit Franschhoek

You will not believe the amount of confused looks I received when friends found out that I’d never been to Franschhoek!

I think I was always a bit intimidated by the amount of things to see and do in the town that I never really knew what to do first.

If I ever do get the chance to go, I think it would be as a weekend away. I’m pretty sure you need a good couple of days, if not more, to do Franschhoek justice.

With all the history, activites…and wine that’s on offer, you don’t want to miss a thing!

Visit Cape Town. 8 ideas for your Cape Town itinerary

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

If you ever want to chill out and while away a few hours under the Cape Town sun surrounded by nature’s beauty, head to Kirstenbosch. It’s great at any time of year. However, one thing I’ve always wanted to do is go to one of the Summer Concerts.

Every summer (November-end of March in SA), Kirstenbosch Gardens hosts a series of concerts covering many music genres from both local and international artists. Capetownmagazine.com has the full line up for 2018-2019 here

Whether you want to rock out, chill out, or get on down with the Philharmonic Orchestra…your wishes will come true at Kirstenbosch.

Visit Cape Town. 8 ideas for your Cape Town itinerary

Kalk Bay harbour

Kalk Bay

Technically I have been to Kalk Bay, to the fabulous Brass Bell pub to be exact, but I have never done Kalk Bay.

Driving through the quaint seaside village on our hunt for a parking spot, I gazed in awe and wonder at all the eclectic looking shops lining the main road. Luckily for my wallet, we had a date with friends at the pub, so I didn’t get a chance to splash the cash or window shop or wander. That, my dear friends, is on my bucket list still. I might have to rope a girlfriend or two into the trip as I don’t think my kids or Hubbie will enjoy it as much as me, he he!

Paternoster Seafood Festival

The West Coast of the Western Cape is truly stunning. Every time we took a drive to any of the seaside villages of bright white houses and bright blue seas dotting the coast, we’d feel a million miles away from the ‘daily grind’. We even had the pleasure of living in Langebaan for a few months before settling in Cape Town.

I luuuuuuurve me some seafood, yet the taste bud tantalising delights of the Paternoster Seafood Festival, held each November, still elude me.

Get up there and join in the fun…and pretty please send me some crayfish too!

I hope this little list has given you some inspiration to get out and savour the sights and delights of the Mother City. It’s definitely made me want to get back ASAP!

Happy planning,

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