As a first-time visitor to Cape Town, once you have settled into your backpacker accommodation the first thing that should be done is to get out and explore the city! There are a quite a few city tours offered by mainstream tour companies, you can hire a bicycle or do a Cycle Cape Town City Tour or you can even do the hop-on, hop-off City Sightseeing bus (famous for being in every major European city). However, nothing beats your own TWO FEET!!
You can grab a map from your Cape Town hostel reception desk and they can point out all the major points of interest as well as direct you on how to get there which can help you on your way. This is usually also the best way of finding the nearest supermarket, ATM and other important conveniences.
Having a guide pointing out specific areas of interest and the history and stories that go along with is definitely better than walking around aimlessly looking at a map and not looking at the points of interest – you might just forget to look up at the architecture!! So do yourself a favour and make sure that you sign up for one of the many guided walking tours offered around the city.
Now – new and exciting – are FREE guided walking tours of Cape Town. We love the sound of that, don’t we? For all travellers and backpackers that is the best price that they could pay . You don’t need to book – all you need to do is meet at 11am and they leave every day – rain or shine! The highlights include the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Company Gardens, Parliament and the Muslim Quarter. So ask at your Cape Town accommodation reception desk about this fabulous new tour and get out there and explore our wonderful city.