Is Cape Town the Most Photogenic City in the World?

We just left Cape Town after spending two months in the city. It was our city stay that wasn’t supposed to be, but with each passing day in Africa, we became more and more hungry for our own car. Hence, the long stay in South Africa’s most popular city as we tried to find our wheels to tackle a safari across Africa.

Cape Town was our last stop in South Africa. We were told by Afrikaners that we were “saving the best till last.”  Others just straight up told us to leave wherever we were at and head for the Cape immediately. When we arrived we knew we were in a completely different South Africa than before. It’s a place encompassed with natural beauty, while still maintaining that city feel. It is a vibrant city packed with things to do all year round. A place that experiences four seasons in one day, yet locals seem to walk everywhere in their bare feet.

When we stay in places for a longer amount of time we get worried our images will run dry, our Instagram will get stale. However, we hate leaving our camera anywhere inside when we travel around Cape Town, and even have found ourselves in a debate about how many Instagram photos we should post in a day – should we do two or three? We even stayed at one of our favorite hotels of all time just outside the city, and when you add the wine lands just outside Cape Town it is all the more appealing.

This is our collection of a September and October spent in and around Cape Town. Just remember to choose the best camera for your travel needs.”


Table Mountain From Lion’s Head

Table Mountain Beauty

Looking out at the dramatic Sentinel mountain peak

Looking out at Sentinel Peak

Driving along the coast

Beautiful Cape Town Drive

On Top of Table Mountain

A cute Rock Hyrax

Kalk Bay Harbor

kalk-bay from above

Atop Lion’s Head

On top of Lion's Head

Muizenberg Beach

muizenberg beach photo

The Boulders Beach Penguins giving us a show

penguins

Watching the clouds roll in

hiking-lions-head

Sandy Bay

Photo of nude beach in Cape Town

The colorful Cape Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap

Explore the Bo Kaap Neighborhood

Little Lion’s Head

Lion's Head From Above

Chapman’s Peak Drive

chapmans-peak-drie

On top of Table Mountain

table-mountain

Hiking Lion’s Head

The clouds rolling in

Cape Town from a Helicopter

View of Cape Town with NAC Helicopters

A weekend spent in Muizenberg is a weekend well spent

muizenberg beach days

The Iconic Table Mountain

Beautiful Table Mountain with Clouds

Cheers to great sunsets

just one more glass of bubbly

Exploring Cape Point

gopro-shots-around-the-world-travel

The beautiful Tintswalo Atlantic

Sunset over the Tintswalo Atlantic

Hout Bay from across the bay

tintswalo Atlantic at Sunset

Beautiful Days in the Cape

beautiful Cape Town

Wandering around Kalk Bay

cape-town fun

Overlooking Cape Town

Overlooking Cape town

Table Mountain never ends

The Time for Cape Town is now

Travel Tips for South Africa


  • Languages Spoken: The most widely spoken language is Zulu, then Xhosa, followed by Afrikaans. However, just about everyone speaks English.
  • Capital: South Africa has no legally defined capital city. Instead, there are three South African capitals. They are Pretoria (executive capital), Bloemfontein (judicial), and Cape Town (legislative).
  • Currency: South African Rand 4 (ZAR) – $.
  • Visa: Some nationalities are issued a 90-day visa on arrival. Check with your embassy for the best information. The visas are consecutive, not concurrent, don’t be like us and get kicked out.
  • Weather:  Hot and humid especially during the summer months.
  • What to Pack: Depends on the season and where you are at. Definitely bring hiking shoes, a bathing suit, and a jacket.
  • Malaria: Not a major threat in South Africa. In the rainy season, areas around Kruger and the north are at mild risk of malaria.
  • Stay Connected: Vodacom, Telcom, OneCell, and MTN are the cell phone and internet providers. Check here for more information.
  • Adaptor: You’ll need this adaptor in Southern Africa.
  • Tipping: This is a tipping country and visitors should expect to tip for anything from a lunch out, to gas station attendants, to security guards in parking lots. Tips to car guards can be anything between 2 and 10 ZAR while 10% is the norm for waitstaff.

Book A Safari Near Cape Town


Gondwana Game Drive at Tented Eco Camp
Gondwana Game Reserve

Traditionally if you wanted to book a safari you’d have to go to a travel agent and have them book your safari for you. They made suggestions for camps and lodges then presented you with a large bill. Most of the industry still operates in this fashion.

However, Timbuktu is a new platform that allows you to select the lodges you’d like and see the pricing per day that way you can select the best itinerary for yourself. They will then contact the lodges and help you through booking your safari. With experts on staff, they can also provide suggestions and arrange the little details much like a travel agent.


When is the Best Season to Travel South Africa?


High season (November and March)

This is the high season in South Africa, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the best time to visit South Africa. The weather in South Africa really starts to warm up starting in November, some may say it gets unpleasantly hot in some places. December and January are particularly busy because of the holidays. If you can manage it I would generally try to avoid travel during this time.

Shoulder Season (April-May and September-October)

The weather throughout most of South Africa is pleasant during this time. Not too hot and not too cold. April and May are some of the best times to go on safari in South Africa. Crowds are low, and the wildlife still gathers around the watering hole, which makes for easy viewing.

Low Season (June-September)

This is South Africa’s winter season meaning low numbers of tourists and cooler weather. We traveled around South Africa in August and September and still had a fabulous time. The weather was cool, but only really at night did we need a jacket. Winter means the middle of the dry season making game viewing on safari generally quite good. This is also the time when you’ll be able to score deals across the country!


What Camera Gear Do We Use?

What to Pack for Cape Town


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Travel Insurance

We don’t travel without travel insurance and neither should you. You never know what can happen in a foreign country and it’s best to be prepared. World Nomads provides good short term coverage

SafetyWing is perfect for digital nomads. See our full review here!


Overland Tour in Africa

Traveling Africa on your own can be daunting to many travelers. However, there is no need to fear with overland tour companies who will show the ropes and a great time. You can check out some of them here to compare the different companies and possibly score a discount.


Grayl Waterbottle
Travel Water Bottle

Plastic pollution is a problem in Africa so it’s best not to contribute to the problem of buying plastic water bottles everywhere. The tap water in Tanzania is generally not safe to drink, but a water purifier, like the Grayl waterbottle, works well!

However, we also love filtered water bottles in areas we’re uncertain of the water supply. Read more about our favorite water bottle for travel in our post.


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Camera Gear

Chances are you’ll want a camera for your trip to Africa. Our favorite pocket-sized point and shoot camera for quick trips are the Sony RX100V. It takes fantastic photos and video and is the size of your palm. 

For more professional photographs we use our Fuji XT-3, and LOVE IT.


Safari Hat

A good hat is both stylish and functional. In peak dry season there is little to provide shade, UV rays are intense and can easily burn the unsuspecting traveler. Check out our full break down of the best safari hats here!


Safari Bag

great daypack for travel is a solid idea to throw your stuff in for game drives and bush flights. Or you could try out a safari backpack.


Safari Pants

Lightweight pants that are made from synthetic material are tremendous to have in your pack. It’s what we wear most days when traveling around Africa as they’re comfortable, antibacterial, and protect our legs from mosquitos (malaria).

We recommend neutral-colored pants as they’re great at hiding dirt and can match most shirt colors. What’s great is they’re useful beyond Africa as they are a travel staple and we pack a pair everywhere we travel.


Safari Shirt

You’ll want a safari shirt while on safari. They are lightweight and keep the bugs away. Plus they look ideal in photos and blend into the environment around you!


Africa Guidebook
Guide Book

Sometimes it’s nice just to have a real book in your hands when traveling. We recommend picking up a Lonely Planet to get you through the wireless nights. Are you going on safari? We always carry our Robert’s Southern Africa Bird Book and a good mammal guide.


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