48 hours in Cape Town: Here what you should do

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Cape Town is an amazing destination. The oldest city in South Africa, the city has abundant natural beauty and cultural attractions. If you are having only 48 hours in Cape Town, then there are plenty of attractions to choose from. This amazing city has a wide range of experiences and attractions that you will not find a dull moment in the 48 hours of your stay at Cape Town.

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Cape Town Stadium

Why is Cape Town so special?

Being a perfect combination of the mountains and sea, Cape Town makes for a great destination for travellers and tourists. You can have a relaxing beach holiday, go for diving and surfing or simply enjoy the many attractions of the city. For the hikers too, Cape Town does not disappoint. Cape Town in incredibly diverse, so while you are here, spend the 48 hours well. Here is your 48 hours guide to the amazing Cape Town.

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Day 1

Day 1: Explore Cape Town, V&A Waterfront, Bo Kaap, Table Mountain and Lion’s head

Morning

Begin your day early so that you have more time to explore the city. The first stop for the day will be V&A Waterfront or Promenade. Morning time is great in this area, the place is not too crowded and you can have a quiet walk or even jog. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze while looking at the various options at breakfast.

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If your budget allows, you can also take a helicopter flight over Cape Town. And do not forget to take a boat trip to Robben Island. It is the place where Nelson Mandela had spent 18 years in prison. It takes about 3 to 4 hours for a to and fro boat ride and prison tour.

Robben Island

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Mid-day

Wander around one of the most colourful and instagrammable neighbourhoods of Cape Town. Head towards Bo Kaap. The houses in the area are painted in different colours. You will have a gala time photographing yourself against the red, yellow, blue and green backgrounds. There are several cool café shops here that also serve some incredible Malay cuisines. You can have your lunch here or can head towards downtown like Long Street that has some good restaurants. The downtown is about 10 minutes walking distance from Bo Kaap.

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Afternoon

If you are at Long Street after lunch then take the MyCity Bus to the Table Mountain Lower Cableway Station. Take the cable car to the summit of the Table Mountain. From the top, you will get a panoramic view of the entire city and the Atlantic seaboard. You can also grab a bite at the Table Mountain Café.

Hiking to the Table Mountain top can also be done, but the hike is tough and be best done in groups. The hike can get exhausting in the sweltering heat of Cape Town. If you really want to hike the Table Mountain, it should be done early in the morning.

Table Mountain

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Evening

Visit the Lion’s head, the place where you can see an amazing sunset. You have to hike to get to the Lion’s head, but the hike is an easy one. If you are not in the mood of hiking, then you can drive upto Signal hill at the foot of the Lion’s Head. You can watch the sunset from here also.

Lion's Head and Signal Hill from the Summit of Table Mountain |Courtesy: Wikimedia

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After the sunset, you can probably head towards Bree Street, the culinary capital of Cape Town. There are numerous bars, cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the food along with the vibrant and colourful atmosphere.

View of the city from Lion's Head

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Day 2

Day 2: Explore the beaches and do some wine tasting.

Morning

Head south of Cape Town towards the Boulders beach. The place is rarely crowded and is an ideal swimming spot. But the best part about this beach is the penguins’ colony. If you want to see the penguins closely, head towards Foxy Beach. At Boulder’s Visitor Centre, you can get information about the penguins. Just one tip, to see the penguins in action, the best time is to visit is the summers.

Boulder's Beach

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Photo of Boulders Beach, Kleintuin Road, Simon's Town, Cape Town, South Africa by Amrita (Tale of 2 Backpackers)

After that, drive to Muizenberg, to see the colourful huts. Also visit the beach. Muizenberg Beach is a famous place for surfing.

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Afternoon

Time for some wine tasting in the Constantia Valley. Visit the beautiful arrays of vineyards next to each other. Time your visit during the lunch time so that along with tasting some wonderful wine, you can have your lunch as well.

Constantia Estate | Courtesy: Wikimedia

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Evening

Finally head towards the Camps Bay, one of the most awesome beaches at Cape Town. Get a perfect view of the sunset from here while having a drink. With the stunning Table Mountain and Lion’s Head behind, you can simply sit at this peaceful place and watch the sunset.

Camp's Bay | Courtesy: Wikimedia

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Here you are, with all the things packed for a perfect 48 hours at Cape Town.

Now a few more tips:

Best Time to visit: For all the sightseeings, any time of the year is good to visit Cape Town, but the winter months are the best.

Other places of interest:

If you have time, you can also visit the following places –

Cape of Good Hope: It is not really the southern most tip of South Africa, but the place is really beautiful with rocky cliffs facing the ocean, sandy white beaches and great landscape.

Cape of Good Hope

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden: The Botanical Garden is considered to be one of the greatest botanical gardens in South Africa lush with green vegetation and flowers.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

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Moving around Cape Town

Renting a car is the best option for moving around in Cape Town. The public transport is not that great in the surrounding towns, beaches and other attractions. You can also get public buses, Ubers and Taxis for moving around the city.

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