Postcard From… Cape Town

Welcome to this week’s Postcard From – the feature where I chat to some lucky explorer about their recent travels.

IsaacThis 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?

Check into the Grand Daddy on Long Street. Or better yet, rent a house OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAoverlooking the ocean which can be surprisingly affordable if booked well in advance.

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, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAjust 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?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s difficult to pinpoint; each day held something splendid. But the views from the peak of Lion’s Head, and an un-oaked chardonnay haze over Chapman’s Peak are something to behold.

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?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADe.li.cious. The Grilled Yellowtail with Rocket, Gnocchi and Lemon Cream at Food Barn in Noordhoek (with paired wines, of course).

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you have any advice for anyone planning a similar trip?

Book now!

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.

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7 Comments

  1. wordswithnannaprawn

    I’ve always wanted to see Table Mountain, just the descriptions alone of a flat top and clouds descending like a table cloth enthrals me plus I have relatives there who I haven’t seen for decades since they emigrated. There is a lot in the media about safety issues in the Cape, does anyone have any comments about how accurate that is?

    • Hi, thanks for stopping by and commenting! Loving that description – making me itch to book a flight! I’m not sure about safety issues, I do have a friend who spent six months there with work and she mentioned there were done dodgy areas but they were easily avoidable. Hopefully another of my readers has more info and can step in for me :)

  2. Thanks for describing my city of birth so well! :-)
    It’s a safe enough city. One should just be sensible like in most world cities. Know where the dodgy areas are (all the locals will tell you) and avoid them, especially after dark. Rather do sightseeing with a friend/partner/group – if there’s a lot random exploring involved.

    Don’t carry expensive camera equipment (big DLSR’s & LENSES) openly (carelessly slung over your shoulders – rather have it packed away in your “normal-looking-like-its-not-a-camara-bag” daypack.

    Biggest problem in Cape Town is pickpocketing, so watch your purse/bag/wallet – keep it closed and keep an eye on it when in a restaurant or at an internet cafe for example.

    That’s about it.
    Enjoy! Fantastic city! (I would say that, wouldn’t I)
    J~J.
    Jacques

    • Hi Jean-Jacques! Wow, thank you for all the tips – I’m sure they’ll come in handy for my other readers. Cape Town looks like a fantastic city, I’m definitely considering a trip there :)

      Thanks so much for your comments!

  3. Oh, one more thing – the hikes in Table Mountain and Lion’s Head are really awesome, but hike in a group rather than alone.

  4. This is a super blog! I like these postcards.I am traveling in the Southern Hemisphere now and about to go to Cape Town so this was very helpful. I am in Australia now. The next move is to Singapore, the South Africa. i’m very interested to see how Zimbabwe and Botswana are. After that it is off to Brazil and then home to San Francisco. If you want any “post cards” let me know.

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