OK so here is a disclaimer: I’ve already been to Cape Town.
But it’s still on my bucket list.
Allow me to explain.
Cape Town South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
It has everything you could possibly want from a bucket list destination including beaches, mountains, botanical islands and colourful towns.
So the truth is there are many reasons to visit Cape Town.
But I have just one.
Cape Town is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and it is also home to some of the most friendly people in the world.
While the beauty of the country certainly matches the beauty of the people, it is my memory of the way people rushed to help and accommodate me that made it all worthwhile.
And so it was love at first sight.
The breathtaking views combined elements of the places, vibes, views and scents simply enhanced the magical feeling I got from Cape Town.
So at this point you may be wondering: why else should you visit?
Well, I can give you a whole bunch of reasons, but here are just a few:
Cape Town's Beautiful Beaches
If you’re a beach bum like me, then you too will fall in love with Cape Town. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa.
Some of the most notable are Boulders Beach, home of the penguins and Clifton Beach, a sunbathing haven.
Cape Town is where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet and the eastern and western parts of the city differ widely from each other, so you get something new every time.
The Trendy Quarters of Bo-Kaap
This former township was once known as the Malay Quarter, and is now one of the trendiest spots in town.
The region is a diverse melting pot of different cultures, where you can take Malay cooking classes and immerse yourself with a homestay.
But what really got me about this little region is the colors. Here, you’ll find some of the most colorful buildings in Africa.
Yes there are so many other things to enjoy about Bo-Kaap, but the truth is I could stand for hours just staring at the buildings glimmering brightly in the sun.
It really makes you appreciate the beauty of human architecture.
Watch the whales
Whales are some of the most fascinating creatures in existence. Every year, Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales make their migration into the warm Cape waters.
It is easy to find local operators to arrange a whale watching tour and watch these amazing creatures.
Of course, if you’re on a group tour with WiGo Trips, then much of the planning is done for you.
See The Big 5 On Safari
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Big 5 Safari tours that are readily available in South Africa. If you’d rather chill with the lions, or watch buffalos, giraffes and elephants in their natural habitats, then a safari tour is an easy way to see all of these magnificent creatures.
Many tour operators offer spacious, luxury tented accommodations, that provide open views of the savannahs and surrounding landscape.
You only live once and such a powerful experience will stay with you for many years to come.
But it all comes down to the people. The population of Cape Town is made up of the original inhabitants, the Khoi people, and their descendants, as well as Xhosa, Colored, Cape Malay, Muslim, Afrikaans, English and various other cultures.
While their backgrounds may be very different, one thing they have in common is the relaxed and welcoming attitude of the people there.
This is what made South Africa a second home for me. Honestly, there are many awesome tourist attractions, activities and natural wonders that I simply haven’t mentioned.
But in the end, the resilience of the people combined with the unique cultural experiences that they all bring was what really cracked it for me.
When you combine that with the spectacular surroundings and natural wonders that Cape Town has to offer, then you end up with the adventure of a lifetime.
And that is the number one reason why Cape Town is and will always be on my bucketlist.
Janine Griffiths | Journalist
Janine is a copywriter and marketing strategist from England, with a background in journalism. She has represented many major brands throughout her career such as HSBC, Prudential and BIM. She runs a popular travel blog called janinesjourneys.com and has made has previously worked for major regional newspapers in the UK such as the Guardian, Yorkshire Post and the Shropshire Star