2 days in Cape Town

After each day, you can “hit the town” for the evening for food and entertainment

Day 1: Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula

Table Mountain

Get an early start to avoid the crowds going up Table Mountain and to enjoy the beautiful morning light. Plan to spend 1-2 hours. Go to their Web Site to

  • see opening times – varies through the year,
  • see if they are running – they will often close if high winds are forecast and are usually closed for part of August for maintenance
  • see the weather – while the weather below can be mild; the top can be very hot or cold
  • buy tickets on-line to save a little money and some time.

The Peninsula in 1 day

This day can be very long depending on what you stop to do along the way. There are scenic views, shopping and eating opportunities, aplenty. In winter the days are short. So, please keep an eye on the time

Baboons: Along the way, you will see warnings about baboons. They are smart and have canines that can seriously damage you. They know how to open cars and have become habituated to people having food. Should you see baboons, by all means stop but, do NOT get out of the car, closse the windows and LOCK the doors and do NOT feed them. Several baboons have had to be killed due to learned aggressive behavior.

Head out on the M3 to Muizenberg and the False Bay coast and go over Boyes Drive, stopping at the Shark Spotters for amazing views. Continue to the fishing harbour of Kalk Bay; one of the few places where you can still see day boats coming in, offloading their catch and selling it right on the pier.

Their are some terrific restaurants in the area for lunch, including The Olympia Cafe (amazing mussels) or Kalky’s in the harbour, a long time tradition. There are also other opportunities for eating later on, depending on time of day. Kalk Bay also has a collection of eclectic fashion and collectable type stores.

After some food and walking, head off to Foxy Beach or Boulders Beach to see a colony of African Penguins (formerly known as Jackass Penguins because of their ass like braying). Please be aware, especially during summer, these locations can get very busy and are sometimes closed due to excessive crowds. This may affect the rest of the day

After seeing the penguins, it’s off to Cape Peninsula National Park and Cape Point, often billed, as where the two oceans meet. There are a few places to stop along the way with some beautiful views. Within the reserve you will see a wide range of indigenous Fynbos as well as baboons, antelope and Cape Mountain Zebra. It’s worth walk or funicular ride to the light house to see the views. if you are walking (i recommend), you can stop at quite a few places for spectacular views of the cliffs and nesting birds. Like boulders, Cape Point can be very busy.

If you have not eaten yet, you could eat at Cape Point but its very touristy and not great. Or you could bring a packed lunch and eat on Platboom Beach. This is a glorious, usually, empty beach. I have seen ostriches and bontebok on this beach. I often pack a lunch of Cape Wines, cheeses, meats and breads, spread a towel and park off and relax. Please, however, be aware of baboons. If you see any, at all, even far away, DO NOT UNPACK FOOD. If the baboons are out, backtrack to the Buffelsfontein Information Center. They have tables and chairs and some very interesting whale bones.

After we have “oohed” and “aahed” at Cape Point (its OK to “ooh” and “aah”, its quite spectacular), make your way up the Atlantic coast, stopping at some deserted beaches to get your feet wet and, maybe, see some more antelope and baboons. Travel up the coast through Scarborough, Misty Cliffs, Kommetjie, and Noordehoek and across Chapman’s Peak to Hout Bay. Depending on the time, stop in Hout Bay for drinks or carry on to Camps Bay for drinks and to watch the sunset (yes, its been a long day) and then back to base camp.

If you have time, stop in Hout Bay harbour either for fresh fish and chips, or a boat trip to the seal colony at Duiker Island or continue via Llandudno to Camp’s Bay and take a walk on the beach or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many beachfront bars and cafes to watch the sunset (yes, its been a long day) and then back to base camp.

Day 2: The Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Winelands

The Cape Winelands comprise, literally, thousands of wine farms, each with their own unique feeling. Some are larger corporately owned operations intended to cater to bus loads and some are smaller privately owned. Many include other specialties such as Cheese making, Chocolate making, Beer brewing, Olive oil, kids activities. They cover the areas of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Durbanville, The Helderberg and the Swartland (a little further out)

Choosing which farms to visit is very personal depending on your taste in wines and also the experiences you are up for. I have named some of my more favorite ones in the resources section of the website. I strongly recommend the services of a knowledgeable tour guide that will help you choose and who can also be a designated driver.

I recommend getting started by around 9 am which will get you to the farms at around 10 am. Typically each farm will offer tastings, some for free, some for a nominal charge. I suggest tasting at one to two farms before having lunch. Limiting the number of farms you visit will allow you to chat to the wine farm staff, learn about the wine and give it the attention it deserves.

For lunch, their are, quite literally thousands of choices of varying price points and types from picnic lunches onto gastronomic experiences. Beware, some, especially during the busy season, require reservations. Again, i have listed some in the resources section

After a leisurely lunch, one can visit another wine farm but i usually find everyone is a little “toasted” and, if you are in the area, suggest a scenic drive back through the Franschhoek pass to see large areas of unspoiled Fynbos. Then back to Cape Town through the fruit growing areas near Villiersdorp and Grabow and onto Sir Lowry’s pass for a magnificent late afternoon view of False Bay and the setting sun.