Cape Town, South Africa

My first flight after my annual leave was to Cape Town and I was very lucky to bring along my mum on the layover with me! We flew out to Dubai from London together, had some time in Dubai, and then she came on my operating flight to Cape Town. I was so excited and I think she was too as she has always wanted to visit Cape Town.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143b8
Very special passenger – DXB – CPT

It was definitely the best flight ever having her as a passenger, those 9 hours went so quickly. She also took some of the best photos from the window as we were touching down in Cape Town…

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14381
Cape Town
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143a9
Aircraft view
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1439d
On the bus to the hotel

We had lots planned for the layover, so as soon as we reached the hotel, we changed and then got an Uber to Table Mountain as we wanted to catch the cable car and go up to the top for sunset.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143e6
Entrance to the cable car
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143c3
On the cable car
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1430b
View from above – Lion’s Head

There was a bit of a queue but we eventually made it up to the top of Table Mountain around 6:30pm so we had around an hour before the sun went down. It was absolutely beautiful up there. The views were just incredible! It is definitely the BEST sunset I have ever seen – absolutely no filters or editing is needed!

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14397
In the clouds
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143ff
Mum and I
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14363
What a sunset
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14349
Lion’s Head
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143c0
Table Mountain
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1434a
On cloud 9

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1436d.jpg

The sun completely set around 7:30pm so as it started to get dark, we made our way over to the cable car to go back down. There was a massive queue to get back down so we waited around an hour, but the views just got even better as it got darker.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1436b
Just beautiful

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14323.jpgUNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_142ff.jpg

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143c8.jpg

We then got an Uber to the V&A Waterfront where we had the BEST meal we have both ever had!!!! Steak, with butternut squash and chips – it was to die for.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143b9
Dinner
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_142fe
Dinner
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143ab
V&A Waterfront

The next morning we woke up early as we had booked a full day tour and was getting picked up at 7am. Our driver called Arshad was lovely and took us to so many different spots. We started off at the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14374
Boulders Beach
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14370
Boulders Beach

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14396

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143fe.jpg

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14333.jpg

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143dc.jpg

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143f7.jpg

It was absolutely fascinating seeing all the penguins walking about by the beach. We were the only people there and the weather was amazing! We also came across lots of these furry animals that looked like large rats which we later found out were called ‘Dassies’ – very similar to ‘Quokkas’ which I discovered when I was in Perth.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14359
Gorgeous weather
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143bf
Dassie
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1439b
Gift shop penguin made from plastic plates and cutlery

Our driver then took us to a smaller, more private beach where we could get up close and personal with the penguins – although what he didn’t tell us was that we had to climb over and crawl through huge boulders to get there!! It was definitely unexpected but it was so worth it.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143bb
Crawling through the boulders!
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14378
Arshad showing us how it’s done – BOULDER climbing!
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1435c
Penguin close up

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14416.jpg

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14415.jpg

zJGnM3R2QueQSvSd92zjYw_thumb_143c7
Star fish washed up on the beach

We then drove to Chapman’s Peak followed by Seal Harbour where we had a look in some of the market stalls. The views throughout the day were just amazing. Every corner we turned became more beautiful.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143c5
Jawbone of a whale
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14335
Beautiful thatched houses overlooking Noordhoek Beach
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143ac
Noordhoek Beach
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14386
Chapman’s Peak
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14315
Chapman’s Peak
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1437a
All smiles on Chapman’s Peak
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14321
Chapman’s Peak
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14326
Seal Harbour

We drove past Camps Bay and then up to Signal Hill where we watched lots of paragliders set off – what an amazing place to paraglide!

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14329
Camps Bay
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14330
Signal Hill
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14322
Paragliding
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14312
Paragliding
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1441a
Table Mountain behind us

Our last stop of the tour was the colourful houses, also known as Bo-Kaap. Bo-Kaap is a small neighbourhood where every house is painted a different colour and has now become a popular tourist attraction.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14320
Bo-Kaap
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_14404
Mum in Bo-Kaap

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143f4

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_1431a.jpg

We had a couple of hours left after the tour finished so we decided to go back to the V&A Waterfront and have some lunch. Our meal the night before was so amazing, we went back to the same restaurant and ordered exactly the same thing!!

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_143d5
Best. Meal. Ever

We walked around the waterfront again and had a look in some of the tourist shops at souvenirs. We then got ourselves an ice cream and watched the street performers before it was time to get the shuttle bus back to the hotel. Luckily, when we got back to the hotel, we found out the flight back to Dubai had been delayed by an hour so we managed to rest and have a little nap before.

This was by far, the best layover yet! Being able to bring my Mum along with me was the best thing ever, and I’m so glad we got to experience Cape Town together and make so many great memories. I really wish she could come with me on every trip!

Thanks for reading.

Kerry May xo

 

 

2 thoughts on “Cape Town, South Africa

  1. Words cannot say how grateful I am to you for asking me to experience such an amazing adventure with you. From start to finish you made me feel so special (as well as the captain and crew of course lol)
    Cape Town has been on my bucket list for many, many years and to have you by my side laughing, acting ridiculous, meeting new people and sharing breathtaking views and sights has to be my ultimate dream come true. Thank you so much for the invite and please please please don’t hesitate to ask you’re Mum on any more far flung trips that don’t require a visa 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s