Pooja Patankar

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5 days in Cape Town

5 days in Cape Town

As soon as I hear 'Cape Town', I get nostalgic about my trip almost 2 years back. It was one of the best trips I ever had with my besties. We visited the city around last week of December and the place was full of festivities and Christmas Carnivals.

Cape Town is one of the three capital's of South Africa, yes South Africa has more than one capital. Cape Town is the legislative capital to be exact.

I have never come across a single city that offers so much to anyone who visits it. This place is perfect for party animals, for foodies, for country-side peace lovers, water-babies and for extreme sport enthusiasts. We managed to catch a little of everything in our 5 day trip, but I am sure, next time I visit, I will still stumble upon something new.

Beaches and Adventures

Cape Town being a coastal city, there are hundreds of beaches, known and unknown, all across the city. From day 1 we made sure that we visit at least 2 each day so that we can explore maximum in less time. We stayed away from commercial beaches as much as possible. And the result was, GREAT!

 Noordhoek Beach has a hill on one side and beach on the other. The views are incredible when the water crashes on the foothills. This beach is also famous for horse rides on the beach.

Noordhoek Beach has a hill on one side and beach on the other. The views are incredible when the water crashes on the foothills. This beach is also famous for horse rides on the beach.

Noordhoek Beach has a hill on one side and beach on the other. The views are incredible when the water crashes on the foothills. This beach is also famous for horse rides on the beach.

 Muizenberg Beach

Muizenberg Beach

I loved these colorful beach huts on Muizenberg Beach. It adds color to the otherwise blue and white beach. These are generally used as bathing cabins and for changing in and out of swimming costumes.

 Random fun infront of Table Mountain – Dolphin Beach

Random fun infront of Table Mountain – Dolphin Beach

Dolphin Beach possibly has the best Table Mountain view.So if you want some great pictures of the entire flat Mountain, then this is the place.

 Top View of the Penguin - Boulders Beach

Top View of the Penguin - Boulders Beach

 Penguin Colony - Boulders Beach

Penguin Colony - Boulders Beach

Cape Town must be the second adventure capital of the world after New Zealand. You can try sky diving, Bungee Jumping, Extreme water sports, Abseiling and the list goes on and on. So if you want some adrenaline rush, these are a must-do in South Africa.

Fact: South Africa has the highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world at the Bloukrans Bridge on Garden Route.

 Paramotoring @ 650 ft above sea level

Paramotoring @ 650 ft above sea level

Table Mountain and Signal Hill

 Cable Car at Table Mountain – The easier way to go up the mountain compared to hiking

Cable Car at Table Mountain – The easier way to go up the mountain compared to hiking

Table Mountain

Table Mountain was recognized as one of the wonder’s of Nature in the year 2011. The flat-topped mountain has withstood six million years of erosion and hosts the richest floral kingdom on earth with over 1,470 floral species. Table Mountain boasts numerous rare and endangered species.

 View from top of the Table Mountain

View from top of the Table Mountain

 Abseil Africa – Abseiling – Going down the Table Mountain

Abseil Africa – Abseiling – Going down the Table Mountain

 Bird’s eye view from Table Mountain

Bird’s eye view from Table Mountain

 Beautiful City View from Signal Hill at night

Beautiful City View from Signal Hill at night

Rich Flora and Fauna on Table Mountain

 Robben Island

Robben Island

Robben Island holds a very sentimental value to South Africans. This is the place where their ‘Madiba’ Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years during Apartheid.

Cape of Good Hope – South Africa’s south-western tip

 Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

 Light House at Cape Point

Light House at Cape Point

Some More Adventure: Shark Cage Diving

We had traveled all the way to Gansbaai just to get a glimpse of Great White Sharks and we were not disappointed.

 Getting ready to meet the beast

Getting ready to meet the beast

 ...finally we get a glimpse of endangered Great White Sharks

...finally we get a glimpse of endangered Great White Sharks

Driving around the ‘beach n mountain’ city

The best way to travel around the place is by hiring a 2-wheeler and believe me it will save a lot of money and time. Plus the landscapes are incredible.

 Winding Roads that run parallel to the sea

Winding Roads that run parallel to the sea

 Beautiful Landscapes

Beautiful Landscapes

South Africa has been very close to my heart for several reasons. And one among them is that this country is not only rich in flora and fauna but people of this country are equally amazing. I have never seen a community that is so friendly and pleasant. Apartheid was an unfortunate event in their history books but that has not stopped them from re-building their country into a beautiful tourist as well as business destination.

Visit South Africa and you will know why it is also called a ‘Rainbow Nation’

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