Why Cape Town Should be on Everyone’s Bucket List

“Welcome to the Mother City” is the sign you see when you leave the plane and commence to walking through Cape Town International Airport.  It was a welcome sign!  Let me start first by saying, 7 days is not nearly enough time to experience the mother city, but it was enough time to realize why Cape Town should be on everyone’s ‘Bucket’ List.  Here are my top 5 reasons:

Beaches, Mountains, Color, Unique Architecture, and Amazing Wildlife you get it all in Cape Town. But don’t just take my word for it, check out these pictures.

The Climb to Table Mountain
Clouds descending from the Mountain tops over the city
Views of the City from Signal Hill
Sun setting over a Game Reserve
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Beautiful Beaches
Glass homes on hills
Aquila Game Reserve– Rhinos, Zebras
Penguins at Boulders Beach


I traveled in a group of 6 people with different eating habits, vegan, vegetarian, selectitarian, and carnivores and no-one had to compromise as finding good food was in abundance.

Vegan Edo wrap
Mushroom Kabobs at the Old Biscuit Mill
Avo toast- Old Biscuit Mill
Paella- Old Biscuit Mill
Dessert at the Old Biscuit Mill
Pulled Pork Sandwich- Old Biscuit Mill
You read that right, Ostrich Shwarma. They also serve Antelope and Alligator in South Africa, among other game meat
Jarryds on Sea Point for Breakfast, Buddha Bowl
The infamous, Butternut Squash Salad at Tasha’s on the V&A Waterfront


One South African Rand is about 0.083 USD, which means American Dollars go very far. Almost every time, our group of 6 dined out, our bill was under $100 usd total. Sometimes it was as low as $50.00. Several times we ate at vegan restaurants and eating vegan is not cheap but it was there. Shopping for authentic hand-maid items was cheap too. We did most of our shopping at the Green Market and on Long street.


Cape Town is a renowned wine region so visiting some wineries is a must do while there. We visited 3 in one day, Chamonix, Babylonstoren, and Waterford Estate and enjoyed wine tasting at all of them. Although the wines weren’t my taste (I’m a sweet red kind of girl and most of their wines are dry), it was still an enjoyable experience, especially driving through the wine country. My favorite was Waterford Estate.


Chamonix’s wine cellar


Babylonstoren glass house setting
Waterford estate-glamorous
Wine and Chocolate pairing at Waterford

Culture and History

This country is recovering from an ugly past, but facing it and educating others is a way to prevent it from repeating itself. It’s also a form of therapy. This therapy is evident in the voices of the Robben Island tour guides who were once prisoners there during apartheid.

The culture is seen and heard throughout in the dialects, vibe and food of the African natives. Be still and listen to the voices and the music and visit the museums. Enjoy the colors and diversity all around.

Former Prisoner now conducting tours at the same place he spent years imprisoned, Robben Island
Prisoner explaining a picture of Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned at Robben Island
Mandela’s cell
Former Room of Prisoners and old beds

Cape-Town is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited. It is diverse in population and landscape. The food is tasty, the music will get you moving and there is no shortage of things to do. If you haven’t already, what are you waiting for… Add it to your list! Thank me later.

Check back to read how I spent my 7 days in Cape Town, Vegan Eats, and Tackling Table Mountain.


Author: phillygirl77

I've lived my whole life in Philadelphia. Daughter of a teacher, I later became one myself. When I heard about teaching overseas, I jumped feet first. Finally told yes, my two boys and I prepared for our new life abroad. Join us on our journey in Qatar!

5 thoughts on “Why Cape Town Should be on Everyone’s Bucket List”

  1. This blog and the pictures are fantastic. Thank you for sharing your trip to Cape Town. I would have never believed the country is as beautiful as it is.


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