When you are planning a visit to Cape Town you should allow at least 3 days. But even if you set aside 3 weeks you would have something to do every day and even in 3 months you would not be bored.
On day 1 of your visit you want to go up Table Mountain to experience the amazing views of Cape Town and then go to the V&A Waterfront. Apart from spending time at the Waterfront go to Robben Island where you can visit the gaol where Nelson Mandela and many other members of the ANC were incarcerated for so long with an excellent view of the Cape Town.
If it is summertime when the days are long you will have time to go on the drive from the V&A Waterfront along the promenade through Green Point and Sea Point, past Bantry Bay and through to Clifton and Camps Bay. Then turn inland and go through to Hout Bay. The scenery is spectacular and reminds you of the French Riviera. The house prices are in the same league.
From Hout Bay you have several choices. You could cut back to Constantia, one of the most gracious suburbs of Cape Town, and go past Kirstenbosch Gardens, or if time allows head for Chapman’s Peak Drive and come back via Fish Hoek.
If you have a second day in Cape Town then rather do the drive on day 2 and you can drive past Noordhoek and Kommetjie and go all the way to Cape Point.
On the way back take a different route and wend your way through the quaint villages of Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay St James and Muizenberg.
Simon’s Town is our naval base but also home to Boulders Beach where you can see a thriving penguin colony. On your way past Kalk Bay you can see the fishing boats and if you are there at the right time the fisherman wil be selling their catch. There are several great fish restaurants in Kalk Bay.
You have a choice of driving along the coast to Muizenberg or taking Boyes Drive which affords majestic views of Muizenburg beach.
If you still have time then a visit to the Castle in Cape Town provides a background to the history of the Cape in early days from when it was first discovered by Bartholomew Diaz to the days of Simon van der Stel.
As for what to do at night in Cape Town, the restaurants and nightlife offer an unbelievable choice. There are many fashionable restaurants all along the Atlantic seaboard from the V&A Waterfront through to Camps Bay.
Less fashionable but for excellent food go to Mama Roma in the Dean Street arcade in Newlands or to nearby Barristers in Claremont.. Newlands is on the other side of the mountain very close to the University of Cape Town while Claremont is home to Cavendish Square one of the major shopping centres in Cape Town.
On day 3 it is time for a visit to the nearby winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl. The atmosphere is so different as you travel on the N2 and come off at Baden Powell Drive. Apart from wine tasting along the various routes you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to eat in any of these towns.
These three days in Cape Town barely scratch the surface of what South Africa’s fairest city has to offer. But at least you will have had a tantalising glimpse of the wonderful lifestyle you can experience and will surely plan for a longer stay when you return.