Your Fool-Proof Guide to 72 Hours in Cape Town — Part 2
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Welcome to Cape Town! There is so much to do, see, and discover in this South African city, we were unable to cram our entire 72-hour itinerary into a single post. This second edition of our Cape Town itinerary will take you to more of the most exciting and delicious places the port city has to offer.
Begin your first day in Cape Town at the Iziko Museum of South Africa to experience the planetarium and digital dome. Known as the most advanced dome in Africa, this must-visit attraction offers a mix of entertainment, science, and technology. Gaze at the starry night sky with the planets, or learn more in depth about the human body or atoms with these technological capabilities.
Want to get some shopping done, so you’re looking good for the rest of the trip? Head over to the Canal Walk which boasts all the top designer brands. You can grab lunch at one of their many restaurants or a movie at the neighbouring movie theatre.
Then, welcome yourself to Cape Town by getting a sense for its culture at the Bay Harbour Market. With countless cuisine samples to nibble, artistic pieces to purchase, and beers to sample, you’ll feel more acquainted than ever with an authentically South African lifestyle.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Vineyard Hotel, known for its afternoon tea in the sunny courtyard and scrumptious lunches at the many on-site restaurants and cafes. Indulge in the serenity of the location by taking a guided garden walk or a class of vinyasa yoga.
Your first night should rev you up for the next day – pick the waterfront hotel Cape Grace for the best views and the best food to get your vacation started. Visit the Bascule Bar for whisky and wine, and have a late, extravagant dinner at the Signal restaurant. Treat yourself to a massage or simply spend some time in their relaxation area.
Here’s a dose of adventure: visit The Shred indoor skate park and show off your moves. This venue hosts many skate-related events with gear and food, so it’s worth a swing by. Maybe you’ll learn a tip or two from the local experts.
Head over to the Groot Constantia for the majority of your day – the 330 year old wine estate offers countless activities for the whole family. Take a cellar tour, visit the onsite historical bath, and peruse through the Iziko Museums on the property. Choose from on their restaurants – such as Simon’s and Jonkershuis – for lunch.
You aren’t new to life in the sand, sea, and surf, so why not try kitesurfing in the Atlantic. KiteKahunas is an advanced kitesurfing school that offers beginner lessons. Try when you’re here and become an expert back home in Australia.
After you dry off, take a stroll over to the Lanzerac Wine Estate for some (more) wine tasting, complemented by the fresh meat and cheese selections at their deli. The homemade jams and charcuterie boards in the darling hotel should be enjoyed with its breathtaking view.
For night two, opt for the quirky and lovable Cape Cadogan boutique hotel. Tucked in the Capetown countryside, this spot is still close to the hustle and bustle of the city, if you’d like to stay close. With only 15 rooms, the attention is on quality rather than quantity – and that makes it all the more peaceful.
You’re in for a treat with a visit to the Gallery Momo and its stunning exhibitions, which change every few weeks. Revel in the artistry of the galleries and art pieces – everything is different, unique, and all its own.
Feeling up for some excitement? Get the travel crew together for a round of Paintball at X Paintball Cape Town. The terrain, equipped with a forest, junk yard, and container fields, is perfect for hiding, strategizing, and all out war.
Taste the best of Capetown’s farm fresh options with a trip to the Oranjezicht City Farm. Visit their farmers market held every Sunday, or bring the kiddos by for a weekly lesson on nature and healthy eating.
Need a souvenir to bring to your friends and family back home? Swing by Baraka Gifts for authentic Cape Town presents from handbags to hats to posters. A perusal around the shop will also heighten your understanding of South African culture – maybe treat yourself to a gift, too.
Spend your final night in the colourful and modern Majeka House – which was awarded the “Best Design Hotel” title by Conde Nast Johansens. Equipped with a gorgeous vineyard, delectable restaurants, and a premier spa, this hotel will have you saying, “Ahhh,” as you fall asleep on your final night in Cape Town.