Welcome to Cape Town Up Close
Deep within me is a yearning to explore, a wanderlust, to see and experience every continent, country and culture. I have visited many countries and have lived and worked in some for extended periods. As a typical South African, I grew up knowing and speaking two languages. During my years of travel, though, I was able to learn 4 more.
Along with a new turn of phrase, I was given an amazing cultural window into the lives of locals through their stories, lifestyles and idioms. In exchange, I took Cape Town, my birthplace, to all those countries and proudly spoke about her to everyone interested. She is deeply embedded in me and much of her, forms my way of thinking and my behavior.
Local with a foreign perspective
I learnt much from foreigners who visited Cape Town and benefited from their perspectives. Having often walked the path of a visitor, I know the needs, questions and concerns that may arise. To provide each of these visitors with what they need to know, I started this blog, Capetownupclose.com.
Love Cape Town
Capetownupclose.com expresses our love for this charming and exciting city. We therefore desire that you build long lasting pleasant memories here to pass on to your friends and family.
Here you find practical and essential help to prepare for your visit to the Mother City of South Africa. All the information is firsthand unless indicated otherwise.
Learn from Tourists
We offer candid comments from those who have experienced the variety of Cape Town and have advice on how to make the most of what could be a life changing trip. Read More
Here you meet local artists and learn about their skills and stories. One artist will be featured per month with a diary of events to be attended and how to buy tickets. Read More
Tried and Tested Restaurants
The best restaurants Cape Town has to offer, along with their prices and reviews will be featured with maps and contact numbers to reserve your table. Read More
Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!
Shopping in Cape Town is a must for every tourist and we have the answers. We provide up to date information to find curios, fashion, keepsakes, gifts and much more. Read More
Heartbeat of the city
What is a city without its people, culture and music? We introduce locals, shared way of life and a little insight into what makes Capetonians tick. You may enjoy the dance, music and anecdotes to add the richness of your visit. Read More
Parkruns and Marathons
See our monthly featured parkrun and meet international runners. Cape Town is a great place for marathons, semi-marathons, road races and fun runs. Find useful information to plan your participation. Read more
Be sure to add the BIG SIX to your bucket list: read more
1: Cape Point
2: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
3: Robben Island
4: Table Mountain
5: V & A Waterfront
6: Wine Route
The Cape Point
Face south with all of Africa behind you. Even though the Cape Point is not the most southern tip of Africa (see Cape Agulhas) it feels like you made it to the edge of the world. Follow the friendly pathway to the viewing point almost totally the ocean and rugged rocks, to be captivated by a stunning view that will be etched in your memory forever. Read more
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
At the foot of the Table Mountain range 15 minutes from the city center is the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared (2004) botanical jewel of Cape Town. Come here for walks with difficulty from strolling to strenuous. Enjoy the views, unique flora and drink mountain fresh water from crystal clear streams. Relax in one of the restaurants before buying your ‘been there’ t-shirt from a well-stocked curios shop. Read more
From the world famous Cape Town harbor board a ferry for a tour of Robben Island, another UNESCO world heritage site. Here Nelson Mandela spent more than half of his 27 years of prison time. Explore the museum, the quarries where the inmates worked and also Nelson Mandela’s prison cell. Read more
Different from every angle, the imposing landmark welcomes every visitor and tugs at the heart of every resident of Cape Town. Take an ‘easy’ walk to the top or go the hard way. Alternatively bring your camera and ride the cable car for the best shots of the city, harbor and peninsula. Explore the table for 360 degrees of breathtaking views of our magnificent city. Read more
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is where everything from cultural dancing, music, dining, high street shopping, sunset cruises to an iMax theatre is available. This is another must-see but remember to spend several hours to get the most of what the Waterfront has to offer. Read More
Cape Town is known for its vineyards that produce internationally acclaimed wines. Visit Constantia, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Durbanville or Franschhoek for world class vineyards and winetasting. This is one of the fastest growing trips around Cape Town. Read more