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Let me be your guide.. Cape Town, South Africa

Planning to visit Cape, Town South Africa? Let me be your guide through this amazing place. We set on a mission to see Cape Town in all it’s glory, poorest of areas to the richest. We wanted to experience it all.

So what is it to do in Cape Town? The first piece of advise I would give you is wait to book any excursions until you arrive as you can get better deals there. We purchased the premium pass which gave us access to the CitySightSeeing Cape Town hop on and hop off buses and which included several attractions. Well worth the $250 USD. This can be purchased at the V&A Waterfront, everything happens on the Waterfront.

First stop was conquering Table Mountain. Although you can hike Table Mountain, due to the amount of time and heat we decided to take the cable car to the top.

Fun Fact: Table Mountain is one of the new 7 wonders of nature.

I mean the quickest way down is to jump off the side of the mountain, right? Right! We decided to jump off of Signal Hill, paragliding. If you are there it’s a must you experience this. Earl with Fly Cape Town jumped with me and he was amazing! The video and pictures were included in the price.

Next up, the Scratch Patch. I was really excited to visit here. It an open area full of stones. You pay by the bag and you are allowed to pick out unique stones that speak to you or your experiences.

Boulder Beach was next on the list to see the Penguins. Boulder Beach honestly for me wasn’t worth it. You can only view the penguins from a distance, you are not able to interact with them.

Sea Point is full of great spots to eat and a beautiful beach! On the beach you will find a lot of the people from the Townships using their talents to make money for their families. We spent our time here eating and relaxing.

Who knew South Africa was known for their Vineyards? Although I don’t drink, nor did I sample the wine, it was a very interesting tour and so many great things to see and learn. Groot Constantia was first, then we visited Eagle’s Nest.

Bo-Kaap was different to say the least and didn’t really live up to the pictures I saw online, lol. It was a neighborhood of colorful houses, that’s it. The museum was a local artist paintings, not much to it.

Kirstenbosch surprisingly was one of my favorite areas to visit. The views were picturesque and there was information on each of the flowers to learn about their benefits.

Haut Bay was the MOST beautiful place in Cape Town. The water, the mountains, the atmosphere. It was breathtaking and the best way to unwind after such a busy day. Best beach to visit.

Aquilla Safari was the most anticipated excursion we planned. However, I would suggest to wait to book when you get there. We booked online prior and could have saved $200. I would not recommend staying on the reserve as the Safari can be done in 1 day.

I would recommend visiting all the museums such as South African Museum and visiting Robben Island (the jail where Nelson Mandela imprisoned).

There is no possible way I could have posted all the amazing pictures and the experiences while there. It is truly a place you must visit. Take your time to explore and really dive into the culture. Check out my blog on Imizamo Yethu, it is the true identity of South Africa and why Nelson Mandela fought so hard.

Thank you for taking this journey with me! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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The “REAL” Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa!!! I will start with my favorite part of visiting Cape Town, Imizamo Yethu.

The Townships was by far the most humbling experience ever. When I visit again, I will spend more time with these beautiful people volunteering my time and money. They were so welcoming and loving. No amount of words or pictures can or will ever describe the impact they had on my life or the gratitude I have for them opening up their homes and hearts to me.

We were greeted by our beautiful guide, Thobeka. I really have to sing praises to her because she was absolutely amazing. Although employed by the company we booked the visit with, she lives in the township and lives in the same poverty.

When we arrived at Imizamo Yethu we noticed the people going through trash searching for things that can be used for the people in their community. Cape Town is experiencing a water shortage right now and Thobeka stated that the people in the townships can go several days without running water.

While there I was informed that although Nelson Mandela in his great work made segregation illegal the city is still very much segregated. They are separated by the Rich South Africans (predominately white), poor South Africans (black), and the colored (I am considered colored there, lol) The rich and poor are literally separated by a street.

We were allowed to tour their houses and the above picture is the inside of one of the houses that would be considered the “best” of all. Most houses do not have running water or windows. This home above had both, huge luxury there. Below is what the typical homes in the townships look like.

Most kids live with their grandmothers, as the their outrageous number of teenage pregnancy, HIV, and rape.

Above is the pre-school and the daycare center for babies/toddlers. There can be as many as 60 kids per class. During the summer months there is a group of teachers that volunteer and helps the children in areas they struggle.

Most of these people make as little as $11.68 per day. Although there are government assistance programs in place, they can only receive $400 ($30USD) rand a month. Needless to say, this isn’t enough to live on for any family. Meals consist of foods that are cheap, filling, and can feed a large amount of people.

Cooling down

Cape Town has a water shortage right now so these people can go up to several days without water. As previously mentioned, most homes do not have running water so they share a water spout.

The kids are so talented and some of the most genuine souls I ever met. They asked if we were their cousins because most black foreigners don’t visit. This community has received help from some different countries and Thobeka made it known that they do not receive any money or help from the money donated to these large corporations. It is best to give directly or connect with one of the local churches/schools.

I even managed to get a few smiles by handing out some treats.

If you plan to visit South Africa, the biggest tip I can give you is spend the majority of your time here.

“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. “