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Cape Town – my best bits

A year has passed since I headed off on my three-month solo adventure to Cape Town. The reason for my travel? To pursue an international internship in Marketing and Social Media of course! What better way to get work experience, living and exploring a country so different to the UK.

Time for a little reflection. Looking back at my time in South Africa not only do I miss learning valuable skills to further my career but I also miss the thrill of being out of my comfort zone.

Here are my best bits, enjoy!

Saturday Morning Surf Lessons

Muizenberg beach
Muizenberg beach

This is something I never imagined I would love.  I stumbled upon surfing as my housemates had booked a surf lesson, so I joined them.  The best decision I ever made.  Following this every weekend I had a surf lesson with Hannah from Surf Emporium in Muizenberg, by far one of my fondest memories of Cape Town. Muizenberg’s “Surfer’s Corner” is unbeatable.  Whether you fancy a surf yourself or just to visit one of the local cafes’ and watch the waves roll you should check it off your list.

Olympia Cafe, Kalk Bay

Sea Lion at Kalk Bay harbour
Sea Lion at Kalk Bay harbour

My favourite way to start a Saturday morning before a surf was to visit Olympia Cafe, Kalk Bay. It is awesome. The relaxed vibe and friendly staff make it a must do. Not to mention their scrambled eggs are the best I have ever had. I have tried to recreate them at home but failed.  You must eat here!

After your visit, you can head down to the harbour to meet the local Sea Lions…just don’t get too close!

Sunset Hikes Up Lion’s Head

Sunset Hike Lion's Head, Cape Town
Sunset Hike Lion’s Head, Cape Town

Not having a strong want to go hiking, this was not top of my list.  Again it was something my housemates had planned to do so I tagged along.  The views.  It was stunning.  What an experience, 360° views of the city.  The pictures speak for themselves.  It’s a steep hike but only takes 45 mins – 1 hour and is worth it. I envy Capetonians having that beauty on their doorstep.

Shark Cage Diving

Shark Cage Diving, Gansbaai
Shark Cage Diving, Gansbaai

On my 21st birthday I decided to go shark diving.  This was definitely a way to never forget your 21st.  It was a surreal experience. The benefit of this was that I didn’t feel the fear as I didn’t believe it was really happening. South Africa is the place to go to conquer fear.

The Garden Route

Ostriches at Outshroon
Ostriches at Oudtshroon

I took a week out of my internship to discover what else the country had to offer.  I took a tour with Hotspots2c. The Garden Route was beautiful and showed me so much outside of Cape Town. Totalling five days from the Elephants at Addo National Park to meeting Ostriches in Oudtshroon to bungee jumping at Bloukrans the possibilities are endless.

Air B&B’in 

Overlooking Table Mountain & Devils Peak
Overlooking Table Mountain & Devils Peak

I treated myself to an Air B&B stay for my last weekend in the city.  The weather was perfect and so was the accommodation. A rooftop pool, private balcony with beautiful views over Table Mountain to name a few of the amenities.  The perfect way to say “peace out Cape Town”

I have too many memories from this trip. To finish, here are a few more photos, as the old saying goes ‘A picture is worth 1000 words’.

How beautiful is Cape Town?

Penguins in Simon's Town
Penguins in Simon’s Town

 

Sunset Hike Lion's Head, Cape Town
Sunset Hike Lion’s Head, Cape Town

 

Table Mountain from Robben Island
Table Mountain from Robben Island

 

Wine Tour in Stellenbosch
Wine Tour, Stellenbosch

 

Feeding a Seal in Hout Bay
Feeding Angel the Seal, Hout Bay

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