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: 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu
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!
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)