Cape Town offers countless activities for all ages. The beautiful city is mostly known for its beaches, cuisine and the iconic Table Mountain. Unfortunately I only get to spent a couple of days in the legislative capital of South Africa. It reaches a critical point of dryness upon my arrival, leaving man and animal parched.
The Magic of Kirstenbosh
Named one of the seven most beautiful botanical gardens in the World, Kirstenbosch quickly became my favorite go to place in South Africa. The location is about 15 min driving from Cape Town. It holds over 22.000 plant species, including medicine plants and birds. The garden, spread over 528 hectares, is nested right at the foot of Table Mountain.
One of the biggest eye catchers is the Centenary Tree Top Canopy Walkway overlooking the trees of the garden. I takes me about 4 hours and a dinner to see only one part of the park. Its diversity blows me away. It’s an excellent place for everyone who loves walking in nature and digs romantic picnics! Considering I’m a big fan of hummingbirds (I even have one tattooed on my arm), I’m happy to find an African lookalike – the sunbird. Luckily for me the birds meet large amounts of people every day therefor they are not shy to pose for a picture.
The Penguins of Boulders Beach
The National Reserve holds 2000 endangered African penguins. Boulders Beach belongs to the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area and opened to public in 1983. The Park helps the penguins to survive by protecting them from overfishing, pollution, human intervention and natural predators like dogs. You can swim with the penguins right next to the sanctuary. It a fantastic way to get closer to the animals while enjoying a picnic or at the pearly white beach.
Lion’s head + Table Mountain
There are two things you simply can’t miss: hiking up Lion’s head and the view from the Table Mountain. The main difference between the two is the view. While Lion’s head will show you mesmerizing views of the Table Mountain, especially around sunrise or sunset. The Table Mountain exposes more of her own charm. Think countless trails and most unique angles of the show stopping ‘Table’. If you want to admire one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature Cape Town will provide just that.