There is SOO much to do in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa and as a SOLO female traveler it’s quite daunting to figure out what you can do easily, safely, and while staying on somewhat of a budget. Luckily for you, I teamed up with Cape Town Tourism to share a list of activities that is PERFECT for any SOLO female traveler. Check it out below! Xoxo
Soo the key to ALMOST ALL of the below activities is the City Sightseeing Capetown Bus aka The Hop on Hop Off Bus. YES, this does seem very touristy, BUT you are a tourist and buying a 2-3 day pass can easily help you knock off some of the things on the list below saving you some very precious Uber (My preferred transportation in Cape Town) money. One of the great things about this bus is that not only do you get to see all of Cape Town BUT you get to listen to the history of this wonderful city. It’s always great to see all the fun sides of a city, but I also like to educate myself on where a country came from to get to where it is. The City Sightseeing bus is a GREAT way to do just that.
One of the first activities that you should participate in using your bus pass is going on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. As a SOLO female traveler, it probably isn’t the safest thing to hike the mountain yourself BUT you don’t want to miss out on seeing one of the New Seven Wonders of the World from the top. The view is SPECTACULAR!!! I recommend buying your ticket online and ahead of time and getting there early as the queue can get quite long. It’s definitely worth it though if you do happen to get caught in a line. Oh, P.S. DRESS WARMLY - It’s cold the higher up you get! P.P.S. When riding up, try to get a spot by the window, the tram does a 360 while you’re going to the top and those views ARE NOT to be missed.
Another activity you can get to using the City Sightseeing Capetown bus pass is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. A MUST when in Cape Town. The gardens are absolutely gorgeous and something you can explore by yourself no problem. Just try to keep track of time while you walk through this magical place because you’ll want to visit the Monkey Jungle at The World of Birds on your next stop.
Yes, this place is called The World of Birds BUT you have to go for The Monkey Jungle. The little monkeys are just SOO CUTE!!! It’s honestly the best time. You walk into the “Monkey Jungle” an enclosed habitat where these little ones can run free and they instantly greet you. There are a couple of rules NO FOOD and NO trying to hold them yourself (For safety reasons). These little ones are soo curious!! There’s a little grass field in the back where you can sit down and the “handler” tosses little bits of food around and the monkeys go crazy climbing anywhere and everywhere to get to the food. It’s honestly SOO FUN!!! Just make sure you wash your hands really well after before touching your face and just your face in general quite quickly after, I did not and got a little pink eye. Nothing to worry about, it wasn’t bad and healed quite quickly but I learn these things so YOU DON’T HAVE TO!
One of the things you can do on the main line of the City Sightseeing bus is visit a Township as well as take a walking tour of Bo-Kaap. DO THESE THINGS!! Cape Town’s past makes it the city it is today. It was quite eye-opening to me especially visiting a township as I was staying in the very posh and safe Camps Bay area. Nothing to fear, just always good to see all sides of a city and this is a SAFE way to do it and SUPPORT a local community.
Okay, so by now you’ve done everything I think is worthwhile on one route of the City Sightseeing Capetown bus. BUT a visit to South Africa is NOT COMPLETE without visiting their wineries. Luckily for you, you can get to a few of these off of YOU GUESSED IT the City Sightseeing Bus.
I visited Groot Constantia Winery and did their Visitors Route Tour. What was SOO GREAT about this, was that I got to explore the history of this winery by visiting their museum which is a preserved housing space where you can see how the family lived and made wine “back in the day”. There was also a guided cellar tour you can participate in. BUT LETS BE HONEST the best thing about visiting wineries is the WINE TASTING. I got to taste 5 different wines and they were all so good!!! My favorite one was their Chardonnay (I’m a white wine or ROSE girl, BUT HONESTLY, all their wines were good!). Oh, do grab a bite to eat here the food was great!
Now something you MUST do that is not apart of the City Sightseeing Bus (I know Shocker!!) is go on a Kiff Kombi “The Road Trip” Tour. I literally got to do ALOT of the things that were on my MUST DO things in South Africa in one day. This tour picks you up from your hotel and you’re off for a day packed with LOTS OF FUN. The tour guides at this company will keep you amused and are DEFINITELY what make this company stand out from the others (At least in my eyes, I’ve been on ALOT of tours, and this one was GREAT!!).
So, what you get to do on this tour….Ride along and stop for a bit to take pictures along the VERY picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive. Visit the Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point where you’ll get to hike to the Lighthouse AND take a picture at THE SIGN (The most South-Western Point of Africa Sign). This is also the place where you’ll stop for lunch and get to hang out with baboons (Note: These are actual wild baboons CUTE but not as cute as the ones at the World of Monkeys nor as SAFE. They are wild!! SO get your pics for the gram BUT be safe. Xo) and wild ostriches (It was too fun seeing one SOO UP CLOSE!!).
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!! You’ll also get to go to Boulder’s Beach where you’ll get to see the penguins and Kalk Bay where the Seals hang out, AND the last stop but definitely A MUST when in South Africa is to go to Muizenberg Beach where you can take pictures with the colorful huts. See I told you, literally ALMOST EVERYTHING you need to do in South Africa in ONE DAY in such a fun atmosphere with Kiff Kombi Tours. What’s great about this is the cost covers all entry fees and lunch and snacks! WELL WORTH IT!
If you do all of the above, you’ll be VERY HAPPY when you leave Cape Town. BUT I wanted to leave you with THREE BONUS things to do.
Which activity would you be MOST EXCITED to do? Let me know below. Xoxo
**MOST of the activities (excluding the bonus ones) were sponsored by Cape Town Tourism BUT ALL THINGS are my actual opinion. Xo**
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