Welcome to this week’s Postcard From – the feature where I chat to some lucky explorer about their recent travels.
This week’s postcard is from fellow blogger and travel enthusiast Isaac Kosmides, and comes all the way from Cape Town, making it my second ever postcard from Africa. Isaac lives in South Africa and runs the lovely blog More Please which is truly beautiful!
Welcome to Postcard From Isaac. So, where did you go?
Cape Town, South Africa. It’s in my home country, and I’ve been numerous times; but it still never fails to take my breath away.
Can you recommend a good place to stay?
What’s the best way to spend a trip in Cape Town?
In December, Cape Town is packed to the brim with both national and international revellers; I tend to stray from the beaten path a little. There’s always loads going on – it’s an easy town to get swept away by; and with everything so nearby, you can fill yours days easily with vastly contrasting pleasures:
Have breakfast at Olympia Bakery in Kalk Bay overlooking the harbour.
Climb a mountain.
Head off to one of the more hidden beaches; Llandudno is a personal favourite, just outside of town and flanked by mansions hidden in the hillsides to share the view. But there’s a beach to suit anyone’s mood. At a detour, there’s Sandy Bay for the more adventurous (and those feeling encumbered by the need to wear a swimsuit).
Party all night on Long Street.
Have sundowners in Camps Bay.
Catch a concert in the Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Spend a day at the wine farms.
Wow, seems like an action-packed city; that’s a lot of cool stuff! Do you have a highlight?
Sounds incredible. So, what’s the best time to visit?
January/February is a great time to travel to Cape Town. By mid-Jan the hoards have gone back to wherever they came from, but there’s still a bustle about town and sunkissed revelry as the city slows down to its usual pace. The weather is infamously unpredictable, with the chance of a sudden storm in an otherwise perfect day. Have everything with you just in case.
How’s the food in Cape Town?
Did you have any disasters on your trip?
On the road-trip home, we decided to try the road less travelled; by taking a detour through the Karoo. Three hours out of Cape Town we found ourselves deserted (I now understand the phrase viscerally) in a most arid stretch of earth, in 40+C heat with a burst tyre, an overheated car and no chance of communication with the world for 150km in any direction.
And finally… did you pick up any useful Afrikaans?
The only phrase you need is “Jou ma se… (Your mother’s…)”
NB – all images are owned by Isaac Kosmides.