A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – C For Cape Town

We loved Cape Town when we visited in 2003 as part of a fifteen day trip to South Africa. We stayed for four nights either side of journeys along the Wine Route & around the Western Cape, which you can also read about on my blog.

On our first two nights we stayed centrally. Our first visit was to the iconic Table Mountain, where we took the easy way by taking the cable car up and down.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Town

Company's Gardens, Cape Town

Mrs Wilbur, Company’s Gardens, Cape Town

The views from the flat-topped peak were spectacular, far out past golden sands and into the ocean beyond, the spreading metropolis of Cape Town below and the rural landscapes of the Wine & Garden Routes.

We lingered up top for a couple of hours to take in the views, observe dassies and lizards scurrying about and to go on some lovely short walks amongst the colorful spring flowers.

Rock Dassie

Rock Dassie

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The hub of touristic Cape Town is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. We frequently found ourselves in the colourful harbour for both leisure and eating.

I remember the aquarium as being superb – we were delighted to see real clown fish so soon after watching ‘Finding Nemo’. We also saw colonies of penguins (a precursor for seeing them in the wild), great white sharks and a beluga whale.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

As you would expect, the waterfront was also the departure point for boat trips. We took the harbour cruise, but in another travel regret of mine, we did not visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela had been incarcerated for so many years.

At that time your tour guides were ex-inmates of the notorious jail. I expect this to soon be a thing of the past sadly.

Camps Bay

Our last two days in Cape Town were spent staying in a beautiful apartment in Camps Bay, on the Lions Head side of Table Mountain.

As well as some beach time and some very nice drives along the bay, we also chilled out after all our travels. I particularly remember watching the Nelson Mandela Foundation concert on TV, which was being staged just a stone’s throw from us at Green Point Arena. This was the first in a series known as the 46664 concerts, so named because that was Nelson’s prison number.

The concert featured the likes of Bono, Annie Lennox & Beyoncé as well as an inspiring speech from the 85 year-old great man himself and was held for the benefit of aids charities.

South Africa should be on everybody’s travel list. I would very happily go again, perhaps alongside my other must see countries of Namibia & Botswana.

The city beginning with the letter C that I would most like to visit that I haven’t yet? Cartagena in Colombia.

How about you?

Look out for D tomorrow.

Penguin Colony, Betty's Bay, Western Cape

Mrs Wilbur & Penguin Colony, Betty’s Bay, Western Cape


  1. So pretty!

  2. I was way out but I did guess one in Africa.
    Here is my guess for D – Dublin, Dubai or Durban.

    1. I am actually light on ‘D’ cities with only Dublin visited of the 3 you list. It’s not Dublin though.

      1. Is it Derby?

      2. Much as I admire the Bombardier works it’s not Derby.

      3. I am giving myself three more guesses. Damascus, Darwin and Durham, you must have been to Durham!

      4. Its either one of those three or Dundee, Delft, Dijon or Delhi and yes I really liked Durham.

      5. I won’t be able to sleep tonight now!

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