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How to Do Solo in Cape Town

written by The Travel Captain July 24, 2015

The first question whenever I tell people about having gone solo in Cape Town inevitably is “Is it Safe???”  Like any other city, you’ll be fine if you exhibit good levels of common sense.  Perhaps that can be difficult for some.  Before you scroll down to the photo gallery below, you should know that Cape Town is one of the most magnificent places on the planet with mouth dropping scenery to keep you busy for weeks.  I don’t even know where to start.  Not many other cities have it all and cough up backdrops with soaring cliffs diving into thrashing ocean, close proximity to safaris offering encounters with the coveted Big 5, urban landscapes, amazing hiking, picturesque wineries, a thriving food scene, its endless.

I spent two amazing weeks solo in Cape Town at the tail end of a three month trip around some parts of the continent.  The whole three months were a highlight in my travel diary (and life) but Cape Town was a stand out.

Map of Cape Town on Cape Convoy's website highlighting all the spots

Map of Cape Town on Cape Convoy’s website highlighting all the spots

Naturally, I wanted a lay of the land my first few days.  After some research I came across Cape Convoy.  The reviews on various travel sites were indisputable and a large part of the hype revolved around Rob, the main tour guide.  Rob certainly lived up and proved to be an excellent guide with a reverence for Cape Town and enthusiasm rarely exhibited by others on any subject matter.  And yes, you do make a money transfer upfront upon booking.  My only regret was not signing up for the Garden Route tour.  I chose the full day Cape Peninsula tour and the Winelands Tour & Tasting.   Myself and six other traveling strangers (not strangers by the end of the tours) hopped from place to place in Rob’s comfy van while being educated with history and fun facts.  Each of us were blown away by the tremendous scenery.

It was the best 2 day introduction while being Solo in Cape Town I could have hoped for.  I spent my other days exploring sites like Table Mountain, Long Street, Camps Bay, the Botanical Gardens, V&A Waterfront, the aquarium, other wineries and a walking tour of one of the townships.  If you’re curious about where to stay when you’re Solo in Cape Town, click on this article about Skipping the Chain Hotels in Cape Town.

 

The Cape Peninsula Tour covered A LOT and more:

  • Clifton, Bantry Bay
  • Camp’s Bay
  • Hout Bay
  • Chapmans Peak Drive
  • Fishhoek
  • Boulders Beach National Park
  • Visit to Simon’s Town and the Historic Mile
  • Cape Point
  • Cape of Good Hope – The most South-Westerly point of the African continent
  • Misty Cliffs

The Winelands Tour & Tasting covered:

  • Waterford Estate – Belgian chocolate and Wine (really, what could be better?)
  • Golf legend Ernie Els Winery
  • Asara Estate

Rob will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the end of the tour.  It’s great.

Pics from the Cape Peninsula Tour

Pics from the Winelands Tour & Tasting

Other Points of Interest to See When You’re Solo in Cape Town

 

As always, reviews on this site were initiated by me unless explicitly mentioned.

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