Cape Town is an incredibly diverse city, with some incredible natural sights coinciding beside a bustling city. During your stay in Cape Town, make sure to hit up some these day trips from the city, if not all of them. Here are my top 5 day trips;
1: Go on a Safari
The words “budget” and “safari” are not often found in the same sentence. Safaris are a notoriously expensive holiday choice. But there are ways to enjoy a bush experience for under (sometimes well under) £150 per person per night, if you do as the locals do. The Rand exchange rate means that South African safaris, paid for in the local currency, continue to offer the continent’s best value. While many African lodges in Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania, for example, quote only in US dollars, many excellent options in South Africa do not.
2: Visit Robben Island
Robben Island is a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is flat and only a few metres above sea level, as a result of an ancient erosion event. Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid.
3: Hike Table Mountain
A flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park which is home to large array of fauna and flora.
4: Tour Cape Peninsula
Experience the scenic beauty and natural landscapes of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula on this full-day tour from Cape Town. Enjoy the convenience of guided visits, as well as the independence of solo sightseeing and learn about this dynamic region from your friendly, knowledgeable guide. Or hire out a vehicle and drive it yourself.
5: Shark Cage Diving
Head into the ocean off the coast of Gansbaai for a full-day tour, including learning about great white sharks from the marine biologist on the boat, seeing the sharks swim around the boat and then jumping into the water with them.