Thursday, February 15, 2018

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City)

sightseeing Cape Town City's (South Africa's Western Cape) best tourist attraction
February 06 to 10, 2018

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela

My 56th solo backpacking trip, 7th country to visit in African continenttotal of 64 countries visited so far and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. I did not research much for this country as I planned to concentrate my time only to discover the wonders of Cape Town City.

South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa. It is a vast country with widely varying landscapes and has 11 official languages, as well as an equally diverse population. South Africa has the strongest economy in Africa, and is an influential player in African politics. If you want to travel in southern Africa then South Africa is a good place to start. Of course South Africa is not only a jumping off point, it is itself a superb destination rich in culture, fauna & flora and history.

timezone - UTC +0200H                       capital - Cape Town (Legislative)        

language - Afrikaans / English              currency - Rand (ZAR) 1 USD = 12 ZAR
visa - Philippine passport holders need to apply first before travel

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (Table Mountain view from the ferry)

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (airport bus to city center, 100 Rand for 20 mins)

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (Table Mountain view from the airport)

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (Table Mountain view from the airport bus)

Interesting Facts about South Africa:
1. Table Mountain, one of the iconic landmarks of South Africa, is one of the oldest mountains in the world.
2. Table Mountain is considered to be one of 12 main energy centers on the planet emitting spiritual, magnetic, and electric energies
3. The meandering 850km road through Cape Winelands is world’s longest wine route.
4. South Africa has 3 capital cities – Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Administrative) and Bloemfontein (Judicial).
5. There are 11 official languages, each with equal status, in South Africa
6. The world’s largest visible crater is in South Africa.
7. The Bloukrans Bridge is the highest bridge for bungee jumping in the world.
8. South Africa has wetlands, deserts, bush, grasslands, mountains, escarpments, and subtropical forests.
9. Two Nobel prize winners, namely Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, both lived in Soweto.

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (souvenir shirt and magnets)

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (Ultra SA 2018)



​Travel Insurance - 74 AED; 91 Loop Hostel (3N) - 227 + 66 AED; Big Blue Backpacker Hostel (1N) - 60 AED
Abu Dhabi - Johannesburg Return Flight - 615 AED; Johannesburg - Cape Town Return Flight - 386 AED
Total: 1,428 AED

Day 0: February 6, 2018 Tuesday

1010H ETD Abu Dhabi AUH​​
1640H ETA Johannesburg JNB; Immigration and check-out
$50 = 496 Rand (commission and tax deducted); MTN sim 7days 40min call / 2GB data 128 Rand; Water 13 Rand
1800H check-in and Immigration
2010H ETD Johannesburg
2230H ETA Cape Town; UBER to Hostel 176 Rand; 91 Loop Hostel (3N); KFC lunch box 50 Rand
Total: 367 Rand

Day 1: February 7, 2018 Wednesday

Breakfast buffet; Exchange $100=11,800 Rand
0830H ETD Hostel; UBER to Table Mountain 276 Rand; Water 31 Rand
0920H start hiking; 1130H Devil's Peak (1,001masl)
1300H ETA Base; Refreshments 62 Rand
1400H start hiking; very exhausted (the most difficult among the 3 peaks)
1700H Table Mountain Summit (1,085masl); Rice with Beef meal 178 Rand; Cable Car one-way 150 Rand
1900H ETD Table Mountain; UBER to Lion's Head Mountain 30 Rand; Water 37 Rand
1940H start hiking; night hike, long queuing, reached around 600masl
2100H ETD Lion's Head; UBER to hostel 41 Rand; KFC lunch box 50 Rand; Honeybadger Resto beers 72 Rand
Total: 927 Rand

Day 2 February 8, 2018 Thursday

Breakfast buffet; Exchange $200=23,600 Rand; Water 48 Rand
0800H ETD Hostel UBER road trip; Muizenburg Beach; Boulder Beach 75 Rand
Cape of Good Hope 145*2= 290 Rands; Cape Point (Lighthouse trail); Noordhoek Beach
Chapman's Peak Drive; Kirstenbosch 65 Rand; Garden Restaurant late lunch 200 Rand
1700H ETA Cape Town City Center; contracted car for road trip 1,050 Rand (including tip)
Castle of Good Hope; Bo Kaap Neighborhood; Long Street; Steers burger 50 Rand
Souvenirs 110 Rand; Night trip 190 Rands; Honeybadger Resto beers 35
Total: 2,113 Rands

Day 3 February 9, 2018 Friday

0800H ETD 91 Loop Hostel; UBER to Big Blue Hostel 23 Rand; Walk to Waterfront
0915H ETD Waterfront; Robben Island tour (340 Rand - booked online)
1215H ETD Robben Island; 1300H ETA Waterfront; KFC lunch box 50 Rand
Walk to Hostel, short rest; Mcdo chicken burger meal 40 Rand
1730H Cape Town Stadium; ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA 2018 (750 Rand - booked online); Refreshments tap-up 90 Rand
0000H ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA finalized
Total: 340 + 750 + 203 = 1,293 Rand

Day 4 February 10, 2018 Saturday

0800H ETD Hostel; KFC lunch box 50 Rand; UBER to District Six Museum 32 Rand
0900H District Six Museum 55 Rand (w/ guide)
UBER to Civic Center Bus Station 21 Rand; Single trip journey to airport 100 Rand
1030H ETD Cape Town City Center
1050H ETA Cape Town Airport; Souvenirs 135 Rand
1400H ETD Cape Town
1600H ETA Johannesburg; Check-in and Immigration
1945H ETD Johannesburg
Total: 393 Rand

BUDGET TOTAL: 367+927+2,113+1,293+393 = 5,093 ZAR / 11.7 + 1,428 / 3.68 AED = $823.34

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (African Penguins in Boulder Beach, Simon's Town)

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (Cape of Good Hope Scenic Walk)

4 Days Solo Trip in Summer South Africa (Cape Town City) (view from Cape Point lighthouse)

Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and is the capital of the Western Cape Province, as well as being the legislative capital of South Africa (the Houses of Parliament are here). It is located in the south-west corner of the country near the Cape of Good Hope, and is the most southern city in Africa. Cape Town is also known as Kaapstad (in Afrikaans) or the Mother City/Moederstad in South Africa. It is also one of the most iconic cities in the world.

Triple Day Hikes, UBER road trips, picturesque cliffs and trails, white sand beaches, Relaxing view of Table Mountain landscape, friendly people and ULTRA 2018 dancing in the ra​​ins...
Waka-waka! This time Thank you South Africa (Cape Town) :)
#capetown #southafrica #livealifeyouwillremember


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