The beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town does it again! Cape Town recently claimed the 36th spot on Big 7 Travel’s list of ‘The 50 Most Popular Destinations For Post-Lockdown Travel’ and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Beating top international travel destinations like Italy, Buenos Aires Argentina, Maldives, the Caribbean, France, Norway and Germany, Cape Town has loudly and proudly established itself as one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world!
While we may not be allowed to travel right now due to COVID-19 Lockdown regulations and doing all we can to curb the spread of COVID-19, that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t dream our travel dreams out loud until we can travel safely once again. In the meantime, Capetonians can celebrate the fact that we not only live in one of the top travel and tourist destinations in the world, but our beloved city is ranked as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations to visit post-lockdown!
Here are some of the reasons why Cape Town is a top post-lockdown destination to visit and why it should be at the very top of your travel bucket-list.
#1 CAPE TOWN HAS IT ALL
Cape Town is one of the only cities in the world the quite literally has it all! From vast coastlines, endless mountain ranges, beautiful beaches, natural wonders, the Cape Winelands and amazing landmarks and attractions like Table Mountain, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Boulders Beach, and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Mother City is any traveller’s utopia. With so much to discover and explore, what more could you possibly ask for?
From being sun-kissed and salty-haired while spending the day on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, sipping on exceptional Cape vino in the majestic Cape Winelands, going on a trilling hiking adventure, surfing the waves of the Cape Peninsula and exploring the unapologetic natural beauty of the Cape Wilderness, Cape Town has no shortage of destinations to explore or adventures to tick off your bucket-list. This makes every day spent in the vibrant city of Cape Town nothing short of an unforgettable adventure!
#2 TABLE MOUNTAIN
We absolutely cannot make a list of all the reasons why Cape Town is the ultimate post-lockdown travel destination without including the almighty giant of the Mother City skyline – Table Mountain! Standing tall at a staggering 1,086 meters above sea level, Table Mountain is one of the New7Wonders of Nature as well as one of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks and sought-after attractions.
While witnessing this glorious flat-topped mountain from below is always an incredible sight, there is no view that comes close to the one you’ll experience from the top. There are two main ways to reach the Table Mountain summit, depending on how much thrill and adventure you’re up for. Firstly, you can choose to enjoy an exciting Aerial Cable-way ride to the top. Or, if you’re feeling a bit more daring and adventurous, we highly recommend hiking to the summit of Table Mountain. Not only will you be able to tick one of Cape Town’s top bucket-list adventures off your list, but enjoy a jam-packed hiking experience filled with stunning scenic views, untamed natural beauty, plenty of hidden hems and tons of fun and excitement too.
Table Mountain has a variety of trails to choose from, catering to different fitness and experience levels – So NO, you don’t need to be an expert hiker to conquer one of its hiking routes! Just make sure you do your research beforehand and choose the Table Mountain hiking trail that is best suited to your level of fitness, abilities, and hiking experience.
#3 ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF AFRICA
If you’re a thrill seeker or adrenalin junkie that loves to live life on the wild side – Cape Town is the perfect post-lockdown travel destination for you. Even if you’re not, we’re pretty sure after you tick some of Cape Town’s adventure experiences off your bucket-list, you’ll be converted to the ultimate adventure lover too! That’s one of the coolest things about the Mother City, she encourages you to step outside of your comfort zone, awakens the inner adventurer in you and empowers you to try something new.
The fact that the Western Cape is known as the adventure capital of Africa means there’s an adventure experience perfectly suited to everyone. From shark cage diving, paragliding, wind surfing, sky diving, surfing, kloofing, abseiling and bungee jumping, to sandboarding, hiking, snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals, kayaking with African Penguins, helicopter rides, hot air balloon trips and so much more – nothing is off limits! In Cape Town, the adventure never ends, and we’re enjoying every thrilling second of this wild ride – Trust us, you will too!
#4 SUN, SURF, SUNSETS & SEA LIFE
SUN / SEASONS
Another top reason why Cape Town is the ultimate post-lockdown travel destinations is because of its glorious year-round mild Mediterranean climate. Summer in Cape Town is all about being sun-kissed, salty-haired and beached-out as you enjoy every sensational second of the sunny summer weather, late sunsets, and blissful beach days on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Winter transforms the Mother City into a gloriously lush nature-loving paradise perfect for adventuring and exploring.
The Cape Town spring season is widely known as the Mother City’s vibrant flower season; It’s the time of year when the weather is lovely, the lively spring vibe fills the air and the city transforms into a glorious floral escape covered in Cape wildflowers. Last, but certainly not least, Autumn – this is the time of year where the weather is perfect for just about EVERYTHING! Every season brings with it something unique and exciting to be enjoyed – undoubtedly making Cape Town the ultimate year-round travel destination.
The Mother City’s thriving marine life is just another reason why Cape Town should be at the top of your post-lockdown travel bucket-list. From our favourite Cape Town cool kids, the African Penguins, to the charismatic Cape Fur Seals, majestic Southern Right Whales and playful Dolphins, Cape Town’s marine life is the real deal. These 4 beautiful ocean beings, together with the Mola Mola Sunfish, is lovingly referred to as Cape Town’s very own Marine Big 5. Besides spotting them from the shoreline, you can also enjoy various thrilling ocean adventures with them by your side.
SURF & SUNSETS
There truly is no sunset quite like a Cape Town sunset, and we openly challenge anyone to prove us otherwise. The Mother City has become known for her stunning sherbet-coloured sunsets that set the sky alight in a glorious celebration of colours. It doesn’t matter whether you watch the Cape Town sun go down from a mountain top, beachfront sundowner spot, winelands escape, beach boulders or high-rise rooftop, it promises to sweep you right off your feet. Cape Town sunsets are so glorious that going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure around the city has become one of our favourite local past-times. If you’re keen to go on your very own Cape Town secret sunset chasing adventure have a look at our Top 5 Secret Sunset Spots blog for some of the city’s best sunset hidden gems!
Time to SURF! Did you know that Surfer.com named Cape Town one of the top 10 surf cities in the world? Whether you’re an avid surfing pro looking for your next big wave or a surfing first timer, Cape Town is home to some of the best surfing beaches in the world. Plus, it caters to surfers of ALL experience levels, inviting everyone to join in on the surfing fun! Before you put on your wetsuit, wax up and venture into the deep blue, have a look at our ‘Top 5 coolest surfing beaches in Cape Town’ blog to find out everything you need to know about Cape Town’s cool surfing scene.
#5 CULTURE, ART & HISTORY
Cape Town is known as one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world. Home to a diverse melting pot of people, races, religions, traditions, and backgrounds, the Mother City is a vibrant celebration of diversity. As South Africa’s oldest city, Cape Town is at the heart of a country with one of the most prolific histories. A lot of Cape Town’s cultural diversity, history, heritage, and arts and culture can be explored through its historical architecture, culturally diverse neighbourhoods, colourful cuisine, and artistic expressions.
Cape Town is home to several iconic landmarks, museums, and heritage sites with great historical significance, some of which include the renowned Robben Island, District Six and the District Six Museum and the colourful and culturally diverse neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap.
Besides these world-renowned historical sites and landmarks, Cape Town boasts a thrilling art and culture scene. In fact, Cape Town is known as one of the top cultural destinations in the world. Home to a variety of museums, art galleries, theatres, performing art stages and lively street art, with the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock being at the forefront of Cape Town’s cool street art scene, there is no limit to Cape Town’s diverse art and culture landscape. However, there’s one artistic attraction that has art lovers travelling from far and wide – the world-renowned Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Crowned the ‘Best overall Cultural Destination’ of the Year at the 2018 Leading Culture Destinations Awards, the Zeitz MOCAA has become a leading attraction for art and culture enthusiasts from around the world.