Cape Town is a fantastic introduction to Africa from a Western city. If you're making your first foray to a continent which, let's face it, can be a little scary for unseasoned travelers, a great place to start is in "The Mother City". Perhaps the most Westernized city in all of Africa, Cape Town has a modern infrastructure for public transit (although we were super hyped to Uber again!), an interesting and varied foodie scene (after being in East Africa for two months, we brunched at our earliest opportunity), and some of the most beautiful scenery of any city in the world within city limits (Table Mountain and Lions Head, I'm looking at you). I continually compared South Africa to California; working in that analogy, Cape Town is San Francisco. Hilly, neighborhood-y, progressive, and offering day trips to some of the most beautiful areas in the country.
We were lucky enough to partner with BazBus, a local company who has been shuttling backpackers around the beautiful South African coast at decent prices for over two decades for our entire time in the country, and one activity we couldn't help but indulge in was their Cape Peninsula Day Tour from Cape Town. While a lot of companies offer tours of the Cape Peninsula, we found BazBus to be one of the most affordable, and we knew we would get great service with like-minded travelers. Almost all of our fellow tourists were backpackers in our age range, and it was a great way to meet some new friends for our time in Cape Town. TRUTH ALERT: Did we hang out that night with the couple we met on the tour after exchanging emails and promising to grab drinks later? NOPE. We went to sleep early instead. We're the coolest.Read More