CAPE TOWN, South Africa

Cape Town is hands down one of the most beautiful cities in the world! It's a city where two oceans meet, where the backdrop of Table Mountain inspires awe, and wine country is a short drive away.

If you don't already know why we're excited about Cape Town, let's get into how we'll Live, Work, and Play in the "Mother City".

LIVE

Cape Town is made up of a number of amazing neighborhoods. Last year, we stayed in the Bloubergstrand, a suburb of Cape Town

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In Afrikaans, Bloubergstrand means "blue mountain beach" after Blouberg, a hill not far inland from the coast. Bloubergstrand is primarily a residential suburb and attracts large numbers of visitors both locals and international. Much of Bloubergstrands' attraction lies in its white sandy beaches from which the view of Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town is quite spectacular. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, can also be seen quite clearly from the beach at Bloubergstrand.

Apart from the beautiful beaches and spectacular views, Bloubergstrand offers the visitor a number of attractions and activities. Its close proximity to the City Centre also make it a convenient base when visiting the Cape.  Bloubergstrand is also the gateway to the seafood Mecca of the West Coast.

This time around, we'll be focusing on the City Bowl District (CBD) in neighborhoods like the downtown area, Sea Point, and Green Point so that we can be closer to all the action.

Here are some photos of the houses we stayed in last year.

Note that our apartments always have the following:

  • Furniture
  • Wifi
  • HDMI Enabled TV
  • Linens, cookware, dinnerware
  • Kitchen or Kitchenette

We have a no hostel policy and even if you have housemates, everyone gets their own room.

WORK

Living in the suburbs does mean a work commute, but it's often pretty nice to get away from home base and experience the rest of the city.  There are so many great coffee shops and cool spaces to plop down and work in Cape Town.  A few favorites are:

Bootlegger Coffee

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Truth

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CoWorkite

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Watershed

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PLAY

Here's where we're a little worried.  There is always so much to do and so much going on in Cape Town that I fear we'll have trouble getting any work done.  No seriously, this may be the most action-packed 3 months of the year.

Cape Town Carnival

Every year, this festive occasion inspires our city and her people to create, build and play together – thousands of spectators converge annually on Green Point’s famous Fan Walk to join the extravagant parade of costumed performers, musicians and moving floats.

Jazz Festival

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is an annual event. The festival annually boasts 5 stages and over 40 artists performing over 2 nights. The programming – unique to the CTIJF is made up of a 50/50 split between South African artists and international artists respectively.

Whisky Live Festival

The Whisky Live Festival has a reputation for being the largest, liveliest and most exciting whiskey tasting lifestyle show of it's kind in Africa  Attendees can look forward to over 100 exhibitors showcasing their own golden nectar, with multiple luxury brands displaying their wares. Lauded by critics for making whiskey ‘exciting, fun, sexy and youthful’, this intimate affair is as ideal for novices beginning to delve into the finer things in life as it is for seasoned connoisseurs who haven’t gone a day without a dram in years.

Other things going on during this time include First Fridays Art Walks, Outdoor Cinema, Wine Festivals, Food Festivals, and so much more!

We'll be keeping busy in Cape Town with a few fun activities including

Cape Town City Tour

Sunset Picnics on Table Mountain and Signal Hill

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Wine Tastings

Tour of the Peninsula

Overnight Safari

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I already know we'll leave South Africa different than we were when we arrived and I can't wait!