The little information that I had about Cape Town was from my recent trip last year and thousands of lust provoking photos that I had seen on magazines and Instagram feeds. I’m sure you know how those photos can inspire you to dream. My friend Susan can attest to this. We often send each other links of places that we would love to visit.
The flight was very short. We met up with Tingo, our guide for the day. He was amazing and he gave us so much information about the places we passed on our drive. We passed the Langa Township and other great sites. Tingo is well versed with the history of South Africa although he is born and bred in Malawi. We checked in the Southern Sun Waterfront hotel and left our luggage. After freshening up, we were prepared to have the best time ever. We did not know what to expect.
We began by doing all the ‘touristy’ things. If you want to learn more about a destination, the idea is to look for a local or an expert and then do your own wandering. I loved that this trip was not planned to the letter. In fact Tingo asked us what we wanted to see or do and he facilitated that. I wanted to take a scenic drive and we all wanted to pop into the museums. Another place that I had always wanted to visit was the BO Kaap District.
The Castle of Good Hope
Although it was closed for renovations, trust us to convince the personnel at the door to let us in. This iconic building is one of the oldest in SA and it was a fort. Today, it holds profound history and is a tourist attraction site. This building elicits stories of struggle during the colonial era. There are canons all over that are reminiscent of this theme. This museum is located close to the city centre and you cannot miss it. It is open 7 days a week and the cost is about 30R.