South Africa Travel
Cape Town in 24 hours!
May 21, 2016
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How much of Cape Town can you see in a day? I challenged myself to fit in as much as I could experience in a day and thanks to and Avios and their new partnership, I had most epic day filled with awesome adventures.


How to make the most of a day in Cape Town

We made a little video, to show you how much you can do in a day in Cape Town if you really put your mind to it!


I flew in from Joburg early on Saturday morning on this super cool kulula plane. How rad is the camo colouring?

Kulula aeroplane 

Boulders Beach 

After arriving in Cape Town bright and early, I headed straight to Boulders Beach! I’d been to Boulders a few times before, but never at 8h30am, just after the gates opened. It was the best.

Boulders Beach, Simonstown


Besides a couple of other tourists, it was just the penguins and me. The light was golden and I just chilled watching the penguins frolic in the sea. As we started leaving, the first of the busloads of tourists started arriving.


Penguins at Boulders beach  

Two Oceans Helicopter Tour 

After a quick coffee and breakfast in Simonstown, we headed to the V&A Waterfront for a 30-minute helicopter tour of the city with Cape Town Helicopters.


Cape Town Helicopter tour

Posing with my uber cool ride!

It was my first time seeing Cape Town from a helicopter and it was just magical! From the Waterfront, we passed over the Camps Bay and over the peninsular, and Table Mountain park into Constantia. It was really the most epic way to appreciate the amazing natural beauty of this city.

Cape Town helicopters

Views of Table Mountain from the helicopter

Table Mountain Cable car 

Next it was time to head up Table Mountain for a different panorama. One can’t visit Cape Town and not visit its biggest icon. No matter how many times I head up Table Mountain it never ceases to amaze me. The weather was perfect! I even got up close with a dassie. [Tip: Pre-book your ticket for the Table Mountain Cableway online, it saves you from the long queue!]



The entrance of the Table Mountain Cableway.



As if I hadn’t done enough for the day, I had to squeeze in an adventure activity – this time it was paragliding. I had never paraglided before, so when the folks at Icarus Paragliding offered me a trip I couldn’t say no.

Cape Town paragliding

Getting geared up and ready for take off!

I wasn’t prepared for how incredible it was to fly like a kite. We took off from Signal Hill and landed in Seapoint taking in the breathtaking scenes in between. It was one of the coolest and chilliest adventure activities I’ve done – not scary at all!

Paragliding CAPE TOWN

Paragliding from Signal Hill with Icarus Paraglide

Lunch and Wine Tasting at Groot Constantia

Given our full day of activities, I was starving. So we headed off to Jonkershuis restaurant at Groot Constantia, the oldest wine estate in South Africa. After a fabulous lunch we were treated to a tasting of some of the estate’s best wines – what a treat! I can’t recommend Groot Constantia enough if you’re visiting Cape Town – wine, food and amazing views all steeped in heritage.


Sundowners on deck

After seeing so many different views of Cape Town in one day, there was still one missing – Cape Town from the sea. A sunset cruise was in order to complete my 360-degree view of the city in one day!

Cape Town sea

A proper chill out was in order after my jam-packed day out! Luckily I had a suite available at the lovely President Hotel in Bantry Bay.

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Thanks to kulula and Avios for partnering with me to make this happen. It just shows how much you can do in a day!


For more of my travels, find me on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. This post was sponsored by kulula but all opinions are my own.

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Meruschka Govender

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There are 6 comments

  • Mark says:

    Wow Meruschka thanks for the article…looks like you had fun. I’m interested in trying the paragliding now that you say it wasn’t scary at all. What did you get up to in the afternoon before the sunset cruise? I don’t blame you if the wine tasting at Groot Constantia was extended!

    • Meruschka Govender says:

      Hi Mark

      We only ended up getting to Groot Consantia around 2h30pm, so it was a late lunch with wine tasting afterwards. It was so worth it though!

  • The Louwkuls says:

    Yeesh in one day! That is pretty amazing and intense.

  • Thoman says:

    Interesting approach to taking on Cape Town in a short period – not sure if I’d be ballsy enough to have a go at paragliding like you did.
    I generally like to take things really easy…especially when travelling!

    Ballito Accommodation Team

    • Meruschka Govender says:

      Hi Thoman. It was a crazy day and wouldn’t ordinarily recommend trying to do as much in one day, I just wanted to show how much you can do if you have a short period of time! I also prefer slow travel 🙂

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