One week in Cape Town, South Africa – Zeal Travel Vlog
In October 2018, we visited Liv’s hometown – Cape Town South Africa. We spent a week there doing a combination of seeing old friends and tourist stuff.
Note: Much of the music in this video is by Isibane se Afrika. We came across them performing at The Waterfront — which is in the video. Look them up! They are on Facebook. Here is a video interview with the organizer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCd_CpXkPi4
Note 2: The drought that affected Cape Town had a big impact on World of Birds (highlighted in the video). Look them up as well and consider making a donation to support them.
Day 1: We met with Richard, Liv’s former stepdad. He was kind enough to lend us his apartment while we were in Cape Town. He encouraged to go view the Green Point Lighthouse even though it was closed. The attendant was really nice and let us go up anyway.
After that, we strolled and explored Green Point and Sea Point. We ended up at Mojo market where we had our first dinner with grilled calamari.
Day 2: We took the Red Bus to downtown Cape Town. We spent the day checking out Green Market Square and the Castle of Good Hope. We also visited the famous Charly’s Bakery — owned by the family of one of Liv’s childhood friends. Another stop was at Truth Coffee that has a great steampunk decor.
Day 3: We spent the morning touring Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens. We ate lunch at the Tea House and dessert was provided by another friend of Liv’s family who is the chef/manager of the Tea House.
Next we went to Groot Constantia, one of the many wineries near Cape Town. As you can see in the video, we did some wine tasting.
Day 4: We hopped on the Red Bus again and went down to World of Birds, one of Liv’s favorite places as a kid. The birds are great, but they also have monkeys. One of the best parts of the trip was visiting the monkeys during feeding time.
After that, we spent some time in Camps Bay — where Liv actually grew up. In fact, we were able to see her old house. We also checked out a great seafood restaurant that didn’t have a menu. You pick what seafood you want and then they make it for you.
Dinner was in Cape Town at a Taqueria. Definitely a bit different than taquerias I have been too, but it was pretty good. The margaritas were great!
Day 5: We had a long, but fun hike of Lion’s Head followed by some ice cream.
Later, we went to The Waterfront to shop. That’s when we found Isibane se Afrika. They sound great and seeing them live was a real treat.
Day 6: This say started with a Secret Sunrise in Noordhoek. We spent time with one of Liv’s high school friends and visited Boulders Beach — famous for the colony of penguins that live there.
The end of the day was marked with a special dinner at GOLD Restaurant. Because we didn’t really get to celebrate my birthday a week earlier, Liv arranged for this unique celebration. To top it all off, my cake was delivered on the head of a dancer and it was made by Charly’s Bakery with the theme of Itchy-O and Meow Wolf.
Day 7: We wound down our trip with a leisurely drive down to Chapman’s Peak. We also stopped for fish and chips in Hout Bay — known for their fish and chips.
The day ended with dinner and drinks at the Grand Africa Cafe and Beach.
Day 8: We finally had to head home. We said goodbye and thanks to RIchard for the use of his apartment. At the airport, we had our last meal in Africa — peri peri chicken.
Opening drone footage courtesy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80FO7AydRbU