Solo Travel Destination: Cape Town, South Africa

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Emily, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Emily lives in South Africa and submitted the following report about Cape Town. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu

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Chapman’s Peak Drive

Reasons to go:  Cape Town has it all: beaches, mountains, harbors, gardens, adventure trips, wildlife, vineyards and wine, amazing food, culture, history, gorgeous weather, amazing nightlife…

There are a wide variety of beaches to visit, from Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town where tons of penguins run around frolicking, to the gorgeous Camps Bay Beach where sunsets will take your breath away while the Twelve Apostles mountains look on. Noordhoek Beach is a great place to go horseback riding along the water and Muizenberg Beach… well… sand, surf, and possible shark spotting!

Go strawberry picking during the day, or take a bicycle ride around some vineyards in the surrounding winelands. Take a drive via Chapman’s Peak and visit the charming fishing town of Hout Bay before moving along to Simon’s Town where the South African naval base is located. Here, you can enjoy a nice meal in one of the restaurants overlooking the harbor where many sailboats and naval ships are docked.

If you’re into enjoying Cape Town nightlife, Long Street is the place to be! 

Locals are friendly and most people speak English. You must try a Gatsby while here. Wikipedia describes it as “a long bread roll cut lengthwise and opened up to form a sort of cradle which is filled with various fillings. While the choice of filling in a Gatsby varies widely depending on customer preference and vendor, one standard item is usually hot chips i.e. French fries.” 

There is no shortage of things to do and see in Cape Town. It’s a gorgeous city and one won’t leave without falling in love with the area!

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A local guide.

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Beautiful unspoiled and private beaches.

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Table Mountain.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety – 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 2 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)


  • Sandra

    I agree! I did the Cape Town as a solo traveller, with some trepidation, but loved it & cannot wait to go back. The place, the food, the people are all fabulous & there is just so, so much to do..

  • Terri

    I was in Cape Town, now living in Ontario Canada. Went back last year as a “tourist” loved it. Going for 2 months next year and adding in a stay at Kruger and Victoria Falls. Can’t wait!!!1

  • EmilyF

    …even with it’s horizontal winter rain… CT rocks! :)

  • Johlet

    Ahhh as a South African myself I totally agree. Cape Town is beautiful!

  • jay

    love Cape Town!!! Robben Island should not be missed as well as the cable car to the top of Table Mountain