Travel South Africa: How To Plan For Your Trip To Cape Town
Cape Town, ‘The Mother City’, was a magnificent, once in a lifetime trip! Between the culture, food and ambiance; we had an unforgettable experience in South Africa. But, there was one thing I would have done differently.
We (my husband and I) are no longer into the party scene. But, we ended up staying at an Airbnb on Long Street (the main street for Nightlife in Cape Town). This was great part of Cape Town if you’re vacationing style consists of nightlife, drinking, clubs, and dancing. Hopefully unlike us, you are reading this before you book your Cape Town accommodations. Depending on which vacation style you are looking for, below are the parts of Cape Town I would recommend to you.
Long Street- for Partying It Up
As I mentioned above, Long Street is known for the lively and buzzing nights. There are a lot of great selections of nightlife and entertainment on this street. The bars/clubs vary from Irish Pubs, American, Latin, African, and more! This is great location if you are worried about transportation after partying the night away. May I add that there are also some great breakfast and brunch spots within walking distance from Long Street. To top it off, some of the big Cape Town attractions, such as Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, are all about 10-15 minutes away by car!
Camps Bay- for Amazing Scenery
If you are looking for great scenery, amazing restaurants, and beaches; Camps Bay is the place to stay. This is an upscale beach front neighborhood which is also very central to Cape Town’s main attractions. There are many cheerful cafes right on the beach with dramatic views of Twelve Apostles mountains. Even if you opt not to stay on Camps Bay because of price or preference, make sure you take a day to explore and enjoy the scene.
Simon’s Town- for A Relaxing Getaway
This was actually our favorite place! This little beach town is home to the famous African penguins. It also has delicious and very unique restaurants and shops. Simon’s town is a bit more removed from the Cape Town attractions (about an hour away from town). But, in my opinion, it is definitely worth it if you are looking to get away from it all and just relax. Chances are you are going to end up going to Simon’s Town regardless, because you can’t go to South Africa and not see the African Penguins at Boulders Beach (this would be huge mistake!). So, even if you don’t stay in Simon’s Town, take a whole day to explore. Do some hiking, enjoy swimming with the penguins and have some great food!
The truth is, that regardless of where you stay, South Africa is an amazing country and you are bound to have a great time. But, we all travel differently and for different reasons. Knowing which one fits your travel style best is always a plus!
For more on what to do in Cape Town, South Africa- check out One week in South Africa is not enough!
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I’m Laura, a Latina working to build an empire and explore the world.I came to the U.S.A from the Dominican Republic when I was 14 years old. I LOVE to travel. Seeing and learning how the rest of the world lives is inspiring to me. I’ve traveled to over 23 countries and crossed some major items off my bucket list. I work full time on Wall Street and I’m the founder of Hola World Travel blog.I am happily married to the love of my life and forever travel buddy. I enjoy being a progressive woman who breaks barriers. My goal is to inspire others to design their dream life and not settle for anything less.