About Natalie R
Lives in Cape Town
Since Nov 2007
25-34 year old female
Although I grew up in Johannesburg, I have been living in Cape Town since 2010. I live to travel and do so as often as I can. I absolutely love an island destination, but big cities fascinate me too. When I travel, I love to explore a new culture and destination through food. The one place my heart always years for is Mozambique - African tropical paradise!
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Marinas, Piers & Boardwalks
Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Named one of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is a must-see for any visitor to Cape Town. Even if you have been up before, the breathtaking views are worth appreciating more than once.
A World Heritage Site, Cape Point Nature Reserve is one of Cape Town's most beautiful attractions, and most easily reached by car or tour bus. Here, at the tip of the Peninsula, you'll enjoy some of the most stunning views in the Cape.
Not far from the city, Boulders Beach is home to thousands of extremely cute African penguins. You can swim here too, and the water is calmer and slightly warmer than at the city beaches.
Take a detour to Llandudno Beach. On the way, you’ll drive along the famously scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive and pass through the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. If there’s time, pop into the harbor and explore the local arts and crafts on sale here.
The sun doesn't set until late during summer (around 8:30pm), and an evening visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens makes a beautiful end to a day of sightseeing. Here you'll not only enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain, but you can also explore hidden streams and fountains, and take a stroll along the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, where you'll spot myriad varieties of indigenous flora.
Situated in Cape Town Central, local, ultra-hip Bree Street provides the perfect starting point for a day of urban discovery. Start early with a great breakfast and local coffee here at Clarke’s Diner, an affordable and delicious spot.
Two streets away from hip hangout Bree Street lies the world-famous Long Street, a place where it feels as though the whole of Africa has been shaken up and poured out. Here, you’ll find local designers and clothing stores, as well as African curios from across the continent.
Grab a coffee and shop for fashion items on the very hip Kloof Street. You’ll spot some of Cape Town's coolest kids on this street, especially coming out of Scar, the hair salon that’s popular with designers, artists, and the rap group Die Antwoord.
Take a taxi to Woodstock, Cape Town’s most up-and-coming neighborhood. Popular with designers and advertising agencies, the area is home to some amazing street art/graffiti, and it gives you a feel for a different Cape Town subculture.
Truth is located in what's known as 'The Fringe District' or 'the East City.' Here you can explore another, more gritty side of Cape Town.
When night falls, sip on complicated cocktails here at Orphanage on Bree Street. Later, if live music and dancing is what you’re after, head to Assembly on Harrington Street from around 10pm, or bar-hop your way along bustling Long Street.
There are a number of interesting museums and cultural sights to explore in and around the Company’s Garden in the center of the city. Among them, the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium is one of the highlights, and makes for a great starting point. Other attractions include the lodge house for the slaves who built large parts of the historic city, the Houses of Parliament, St. George's Cathedral, the National Library of South Africa, the South African National Gallery, the Great Synagogue, and Holocaust Centre — as well as Tuynhuys, which is used by the President on state occasions. Depending on your interests, there's more than enough in the immediate area to keep you occupied for days!
Much more than a shopping experience, the V&A Waterfront is home to the Cape Town Diamond Museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium, the V&A Market on The Wharf, and the Watershed Market. Here you can browse local designers and crafts, see beautiful undersea creatures up-close, and try local flavors all in one place.
Home to a large portion of Cape Town’s Cape Malay community, the Bo-Kaap (High Cape) is famous for the colorful homes that line its streets. These pinks, greens, blues, and oranges have a cultural significance dating back to the slave era, when slaves were forced to paint their homes in uniformity.