One of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world, Capet town has it all! From beautiful beaches, mountains, wildlife, history, wine farms, street art, great food and SO MUCH more. So many things to do and so many choices. Therefore, most travelers decide to stay at least a week, if not a month to soak in everything this beautiful city has to offer. But unfortunately not everyone has the time. 

Are you planning a 2 day or a long weekend trip to Cape Town? Then this blog is for you “2 days in Cape Town – a Complete Travel Guide – All the Must-sees. 

Camps Bay – Cape town

Arrival in Cape Town

If you are flying from Europe, the most amazing thing happening when arriving in Cape town is that you DON’T HAVE A JETLAG! I don’t know about you, but I always need a couple of days to adapt when arriving in a new destination.  Service was just amazing, when we arrived in Capetown we got picked up by our private driver Mateus who drove us to a nice hotel “The Marly Boutique Hotel and Spa ”, a 5-star boutique hotel in Camps Bay.  Cape town is huge, and choosing a place to stay is hard. It has many districts, and you will need a car or your own driver to get around. Normally I like to stay in something more off-the-grid or unique, however, when only staying 2 days in Capetown, The Marly seemed like the perfect fit. The Marly Boutique hotel and Spa offers an urban hideaway that celebrated sophisticated design, a beach front and 5-star service surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants. The view is also incredible. It’s perfect to watch South African sunsets and has a spectacular view over the lionhead mountain.  

If you are looking for a cheaper option, I would strongly recommend Vida Nova Retreat. We spent our last night there at Hout Bay before heading back to Europe. Their restaurant also serves delicious food.

Where to Stay in Cape Town

2 days in Cape town – A complete guide to all the Must-Sees   

Day 1: Exploring Cape town 

Rise and shine! We started our day super early with a nice breakfast at the partner restaurant of the hotel. We were fresh after a 12-hour flight and a good night of sleep because as mentioned before, NO JETLAG! We got picked up early as well by our private driver Matteus as we needed to make the most of our short time in Cape town.  

Hout Bay Harbor  

We started the day with a road trip along the Atlantic coastline, crossing the breath-taking Chapmans Peak drive down to Cape point. Along the way we stopped at a nice harbor village near Hout Bay, because of-course I needed to pee. Here we had the pleasure to buy some souvenirs and meet a cute seal. If you have more time, you can extend your trip with a boat trip to spot seals.  

The Famous Chapmans Peak Drive

This drive is stunning and cannot be missed when traveling to Cape town. You are surrounded by green mountains on the left and the Atlantic Ocean on the right. Make sure to make some stops to soak in the beautiful views along the way.  

Chapmans Peak Drive – view

Cape Point  – Cape of Good Hope

Once we made our way to Cape Point, driving through a beautiful natural park, we spotted so many animals from birds, antelopes, zebras, monkeys, and ostriches. We were shocked as we thought “but our safari hasn’t even started yet”. At Cape point, also known as the end of the world, we hiked up the small hill to the lighthouse, offering a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Point is super historic and also known as “haunted”. Many traders in the past couldn’t see the rugged cliffs sticking out of the sea by night. Therefore, many ships wrecked in the area and many traders never made it to the shore.  

Pinguins at Boulders Beach

After Cape Point, we made our way to Boulders Beach where you can spot the biggest colony of pinguins chilling on the beach. I don’t know if you are a fan of the movie Madagascar, but this was definitely a thing on my bucket list. Matteus took us to a more private beach, hoping to spot more pinguins and less tourists. We spotted 3 but it was so much more intimate. It’s great to spot the many pinguins sunbathing on the beach, but you will also see plenty of tourists trying to get a shot, keep that in mind. However, it’s still something you should not miss when traveling to Cape town.   

Fish Hoek & Kalk Bay

After the pinguins, it was time for lunch. We drove through Simonstown, a nice town to see and drive through, very colonial and made a stop at Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay. A great place to eat some local grilled fish and have a stroll around the bohemian street of shops and curios.  

Kirstenbosch Gardens 

Finally, we stopped in Muizenberg to visit the biggest Botanical Garden of the world! You will not be able to visit the entire park, but it’s great stroll around the pure beauty of fauna and flora even if it’s just for an hour. The place is incredible, so if you are a nature lover, ensure not to miss it. 

Time to head back to the hotel have a lovely dinner and get ready for day 2.

Ultimate Eats in Cape Town

Day 2: Exploring Cape Town 

Just a quick side note, most people would start the day with visiting the famous Table Mountain. However, since I live in the French alps, we decided to skip it because we are surrounded by mountains where we live. Therefore, instead we decided to go to the Marly Spa in the morning. The place looked beautiful on the pictures, however…  

Me as a spa lover, I strongly suggest skipping the Spa in Cape Town. We waited for around 1 hour for the massage ladies to show up, and the massage was one of the worst I ever had. I thought “maybe it’s just the place”? However, we had another massage after our safari at another hotel, and we experienced the same thing. I would highly suggest to just soak in the nature, go hiking or do other activities and keep the spa time for places like Asia and India 😉 After a bad spa experience, we decided to stay positive and look forward to the afternoon of horse-riding and wine tasting. 

Horse Riding at Noordhoek Beach

On our way to Noordhoek beach, we again had a lovely drive full of scenery and spotting new things. At Noordhoek beach we enjoyed a 1h30 minutes horse ride along the beach. The views were spectacular!  Be ensured that if you are an experienced rider, you are not allowed to race on the beach here. Because the ranch where we took the horses care deeply for the animals and their wellbeing with the heat.  

Horse riding at Noordhoek Beach

Wine tasting in Constantia

Cape town is also very famous for its wine. So, what better way to end the day then with a good African wine tasting and say cheers to the wonderful trip. We had a selection of 3 white wines and 3 red wines enjoying an incredible sunset view from behind the mountains. 

Getting around in Cape Town

A big thank you to our African friend Mateus Pereira Jeremias from I Go Africa Tours who made our Cape Town trip unforgettable! If you are looking for South African tours or a private driver you can trust to take you around, get in touch with Mateus. FYI, he will not just be your regular tour guide, but a friend for life 😉

You can call or WhatsApp Mateus directly on +27 82 086 6928 or his colleague Andria when he is touring around on +27 71 351 5514. Enjoy your trip!

noordhoek - Cape town

If you like to extend your trip with a safari of a lifetime, also read: “An Exclusive Luxury Safari at Hillsnek Camp South Africa”.