Cape Town being one the most beautiful cities in the world and all, Kate and I decided it was silly to fly down for just one evening. We extended our stay to two nights and three days. This decision resulted in two Jozi blogger chicks Ubering madly around Cape Town, meeting up with blogger friends, stuffing our faces, drinking lots of beer and wine, walking our asses off, doing yoga poses on mountaintops, and laughing at big fat seals.
It was so random and so fun. Here are some highlights.
Random Cape Town Activity #1: Climbing Lion’s Head
View of Lion’s Head from Daylight Studio, where I hung out on Wednesday evening.
Kate and I had never climbed Lion’s Head and this was our chance. We convinced a few other bloggers to join us: our old friend Di and our new friends Cassandra and Jane. Di picked us up at our hotel at 6:30 a.m. and we reached the base of Lion’s Head at 6:45.
Lion’s Head is known to be a relatively easy mountain to hike, but easy isn’t the word I’d use. It was a heck of a lot easier than my near-death experience in the Golden Gate, but a heck of a lot harder than climbing the Melville Koppies.
Here I am doing fake yoga moves on a rock at the top of Lion’s Head. (Long story.) Side note: These hiking shoes are from Hi-Tec. They gave me a pair to review for short day hikes, and I love them so far. I’ll do a longer review in a future post. (Photo: Kate Els)
Hiking Lion’s Head took about three hours altogether. I recommend doing the hike in the early morning as it’s apparently much more crowded in the afternoon. It’s helpful to have good hiking shoes, to be reasonably fit, and to not have vertigo. The paths are steep and narrow in some places, and people die up there from time to time. Take your safety seriously.
Random Cape Town Activity #2: Staying in Woodstock
The view from my room at Upper Eastside. I struggled to get a good shot of the room itself but trust me, it was beautiful and avoided all of my hated hotel room quirks.
If you’re looking for a luxury Cape Town hotel that is slightly off the beaten track but still convenient, I recommend Upper Eastside. The service is great and the beds are like clouds.
We didn’t have much time to explore Woodstock. But we did manage a quick visit to Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, which is next to Woodstock in Salt River.
Craft beer has gone crazy in South Africa over the past few years and Devil’s Peak is one of the reasons why. Kate and I had lunch there with our friend Lucy, the Brewmistress, and enjoyed the beer, the food, and the ambiance of the restaurant.
Random Cape Town Activity #3: Muizenberg to Kalk Bay
On our last day in town Kate and I rode out to Muizenberg, a beachside suburb about 20-30 minutes from downtown, and walked from there to Kalk Bay. There is a oceanside path between the two towns, which takes about 30 minutes to walk if you aren’t in a hurry.
This was my favorite part of the trip.
When we reached Kalk Bay, we stopped at a coffee shop and watched the trains for a while. The tracks pass right along the shore, providing a great opportunity for graffiti-watching. The three most visible pieces here are by Toe (purple and white), Deal (green), and Erak (red). (Thank you Ray for your graffiti expertise.)
Kate and I went for fish and chips at Kalky’s, a legendary food shack on Kalk Bay Harbor. I can’t overstate how much we enjoyed this meal. Kalky’s is totally unpretentious, full of tourists and locals of all colors, shapes, and sizes. This giant plate of fried deliciousness cost R55 ($4).
After lunch we strolled to the pier, which is famous for attracting fish-begging seals. Watching the seals made me sad at first. One of them floated in the water next to the pier, his (or her?) head leaning against the side, looking overfed and kind of sick.
A swearing fisherman walked across the pier with a box of fish guts, and the fat seal was up in a flash. (S)he flopped after the fisherman, barking, leapt up onto the opposite pier wall, and dove into the water after the fish guts.
Kate and I were nearly trampled by the seal. I managed to get one photo.
Dear American family members: Please come visit me in South Africa soon so I have more excuses to go to Cape Town and do random tourist activities. Y’all know who you are. My inbox awaits you.
My hotel stay at the Doubletree Upper Eastside was complimentary. My shoes from Hi-Tec were complimentary as well. Everything else in this post was paid for with hard-earned cash. Opinions expressed are mine.