Travel diary South Africa: Cape Town and Johannesburg (3/3)

camps bay south africa

This is our last week in South Africa. It makes me sad. This week we actually do a kind of cityhopping as we only visit Cape Town and Johannesburg. 4 out of 6 days we will spend in Cape Town and 2 of them in Johannesburg, where we’ll take our flight back to Belgium.

Day 15 – Cape Town

On our first full day in Cape Town we walk around V&A Waterfront. This is a touristic part of the city with a lot of shops and restaurants. Later that day we go skydiving. But at noon the skydive company cancelled our jump. So plan B. We take advantage of the good weather today and decide to climb the Table Mountain. It is possible to reach the top by cable car. But we want to do it by foot. There are six (or maybe more) different routes. The easiest is Plattekip Gorge.  If you know us, you know we won’t take this route ;). We choose for India Venster. This one is more adventurous and fits into our time schedule. It takes us 2,5 hours to reach the summit. The views on our way and on the top of Table Mountain are magnificent! We are so lucky with the weather!

V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Day 16 – Cape Town

Today we take the famous city sightseeing hop on hop off bus. The one you have in a lot of cities. We heard the one in Cape Town here is one of the best. Our first stop is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. This garden is huge. If you want you can spend a whole day here. It’s one of the biggest botanical gardens in the world for a reason. After this we hop on the bus to do the wine tour. South Africa has great wines. We stop at Groot Constantia, the oldest wine estate of Cape Town. We take a tour around the cellar and finish with a wine tasting session. Since that moment my boyfriend and I know what kind of red wine we like. Thumbs up.

Kirstenbosch national botanical garden south africa

Day 17 – Cape Town

So far we visited everything around the city of Cape Town, but haven’t really been to the city centre. It is about time to do that! We take the local bus (MyCiti bus is a cheap and easy way to explore Cape Town!) to Long Street, the main street of the city centre. You can find shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops on this street. Closeby there is an area called Bo-Kaap. It is famous for its coloured houses. I want to see these houses by myself so we visit this part of the city as well. Afterwards we walk to the Castle of Good Hope. It’s a pity they are working on it. We can’t visit everything and there is so much noise.

bo-kaap south africa

Today we also go to Big Bay, a small place outside Cape Town. This place is known for windsurfers and from here you have a great view of Cape Town with Table Mountain at the background. But it is too cloudy to get some nice pictures.

Since our visit to Oudtshoorn we both want to try ostrich meat. And finally this is going to be the night we will eat ostrich! I googled for restaurants closeby and found Belthazar, a restaurant at V&A Waterfront. We know it is going to be expensive because of the location but we don’t want to walk too far from our hostel. We both order the ostrich steak and a glass of red wine (me a pinotage and my boyfriend a shiraz hehe). I really like the ostrich meat and the wine is delicious! It actually does taste a little bit different than a normal steak. And they say it is healthier because of less fat. Next time when I come to South Africa I want to try the other game meat that’s on the menu like Kudu!

Day 18 – Cape Town

This is our last day in Cape Town! Tonight we are leaving for Johannesburg, or Jo’burg in short. On this last, quite sunny day we head to the beach. We choose for Clifton 3th Bay, without any reason. The beach at Clifton 3th Bay is pretty nice. White sandy beach locked in by big round rocks. For the rest of the morning until noon we hop to several beaches: Camps Bay and Llandudno. Camp’s Bay is rated as one of the most prettiest beaches in the world. White sandy beach with palm trees and mountains in the background. You can imagine that this attracts rich people. The hills are covered with fancy villas. Llandudno is equally pretty as Camp’s Bay, but is less more touristic. Probably because it is off the main road. There aren’t any restaurants, which  is a pity because we are so hungry. We go all the way back to Cape Town to have lunch and spend our last three hours there. We walk around the V&A Waterfront and along the beach. At 5.15 pm we are back at our hostel to get us brought to the airport. Our inland flight from Cape  Town to Jo’burg takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.

camps bay south africa

camps bay south africa

Day 19 – Johannesburg

Day one in Johannesburg. We book a Soweto tour at our hostel. This tour stops at several places in Soweto. Soweto stands for “South Western Township” and is very poor. Without a guide it is unsafe to go here. Especially when you’re a tourist or a white person. We visit the FNB Stadium, Hector Pieterson Memorial (where in 1976 hundreds of students were killed), Nelson Mandela’s old house and the Orlando power station. Our last stop is at the Apartheid museum where we spend 2 hours.

Soweto Johannesburg

Soweto Johannesburg

Day 20 – Johannesburg

The plan today is to see the city center of Jo’burg. We take the local bus to the first city sightseeing hop on hop off bus stop that will guide us through the city. At the end of the day we actually did one stop haha. I want to see the skyline of the city. Therefore you need to be at the Carlton Centre. It is noon so we are having lunch here as well in a KFC. While eating our chicken we see a man walking in with a gun in his pants. It is very strange for us because in Belgium it is illegal to wear a gun and this guy is ordering KFC… Crazy times. After our lunch we finish the whole tour but with no time to stop at other stops as well. We need to take the taxi to the airport at 4:30 pm. Our flight leaves at 7pm and in 19 hours we will be back home…

Johannesburg south africa

Round up

South Africa is such a diverse country. I can definitely say I have pushed boundaries. The most scariest thing was the bungy jump, followed by the big swing and the shark cage diving. South Africa is the place to be for adrenaline junkies! But also for nature lovers. I have seen such a variety of landscape and plants that this country will never get bored. Animal lovers can enjoy to the fullest with the broad animal-centred activities. As you can read, it is a great place to go on holiday!

Xoxo. Zoë

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