This Is South Africa! – By Fashion Model Charmaine San Pedro

April 7, 2014 by Charmaine San Pedro

During my time in the magical Cape Town, South Africa, I had the privilege of exploring many different gems that the country had to offer. As a solo female traveling, there was so much recommended for me to do, it was overwhelming (and exciting!) Two and a half months was definitely not enough for me! There is a reason why The New York Times dubbed it as the #1 destination of the 52 Places To Go in 2014.

I still gush over at how amazing this country truly is but here are some of my favourite adventures that I recommend you do: 

– Table Mountain: A view that even Cape Tonians never get tired of. It is one of the 7 New Natural Wonders of Nature and a significant landmark of Cape Town. My recommendation is that you HIKE IT! This can take between 1 hr-4 hrs depending on your speed. It is worth it and great exercise. My friend and I did it and was shocked to meet so many people that did it regularly. One of the most epic and breath taking views of the city. There is also a cable car that brings you up but it’s filled with many tourists and their humongous Nikon cameras. 

– Lions Head: Another epic view and hike! This mountain is situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. There is nothing that brings you up to the top (or down), but the hike is a fun one! It’s smaller than Table Mountain but the trail is much more challenging. The windy and unpredictable weather in Cape Town can have an impact on your hike, so make sure you try to go earlier in the morning or later in the evening. 

– Paragliding: On my last day, I decided to do this! For only 1000R (which is equivalent to $100 CDN), you can gently para-glide over the beautiful city for 15 minutes with a licensed flyer. What a great way to end my trip! 

– Boulders Beach in Simonstown: Me + cute penguins on a beach. Need I say more? Oh, and you can also swim with them if you want….;) 

– Bo-Kaap: Also called the Malay Quarter, this multicultural neighbourhood is known for its beautiful cobblestone walkways, bright, colourful homes and history.

– Galileo Open Air Cinema (Kirstenbosch Gardens): This was definitely better than a drive in movie! Perfect for a lovely evening out under the twinkling stars watching a classic film snuggled under a blanket in the most perfect city. 

– Moyo (Stellenbosch): One of my favourite restaurants outside of the city! Moyo is an African experience of its own kind! The cultural buffet was served in a giant hut which we brought up to our own private tree house and while we happily dined, a live band performed classical African music like the Xhosa song. And if that wasn’t magical enough, our server also come by and gave us traditional tribal face painting to set the mood. 

– Noordhoek Community Market: Cape Town definitely knows how to throw a good food market. Every Thursday, locals get their grub and bubbly on at this aesthetically beautiful market at the Noordhoek Vineyard. Now you won’t find greasy street vendor hotdogs and burgers here! You can find the most delicious homemade and organic dishes like spanish paellas, wood oven pizzas, fresh soups and salads, cheese spreads, fine chocolate and my favourite: SexyFood vegan burgers with roasted butternut squash, quinoa and sprouts. Unlike Toronto’s crowded, hipster markets, most of Cape Town’s will won over your heart with their stylish and contemporary food and absolutely gorgeous sceneries! I am drooling already…..

Tags: bites, discoveries

Charmaine San Pedro International model. Conscious eater. Earth child. Wellness enthusiast. Cat wrangler. Optimizing a plant based vegan lifestyle. Your convenient bohemian!

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