Having lived in Stellenbosch for a year, day trips to Cape Town had almost become a habit. This one has to be one of my all time favourites though.
It was the last day of April and although it was slowly getting colder in the Western Cape, the weather was still incredibly nice. My good friend Johanna was staying in South Africa just as long as I was and we kept saying that there were still so many things we wanted to do in Cape Town but never got around to yet. Sometimes when you stay somewhere for a long time, you forget to do something new and just go back to the usual places you know and love. But that day, we wanted to do something we hadn’t done before and make the most of a wonderful day.
We headed to Observatory, a student area of Cape Town. Lower Main Road was filled with quirky cafés and shops and immediately had our hearts. Café Ganesh seemed like a great place for lunch so we sat down drinking freshly made juices while deciding on what to eat. The best thing about Café Ganesh was that they served more typically local food as well, which is unfortunately not something you will find very often. We got spinach and potatoes on rice with chakalaka and five different curries served on a pancake. It was delicious.
After lunch, we wandered around for a bit, looking at the shops, before enjoying the obligatory afternoon coffee and cake at That Place in Obs – a place that is half bookshop, half café. We talked about how lucky we felt to live in a place like South Africa and to be able to do such daytrips. It was wonderful and we just overall felt super happy and grateful.
Feeling energised after all this food, we headed towards Lion’s Head. We weren’t going to climb it this time, but mainly wanted to find Wally’s Cave. After having seen so many awesome pictures on Instagram, we didn’t want to miss out on it. You can find a description of how to get there online, and it is pretty easy to follow.
We went there at the perfect time of a perfect day. The sun was slowly setting on Table Mountain just opposite and it was so, so beautiful.
We shared the cave with quite a few other people. There was a group doing meditation as well, brewing mountain tea with herbs they had found around the cave. One of them explained to us that Wally’s Cave was also called Lion’s Mouth and that when you sit there, you can just roar really loudly and get out everything that’s been bothering you. As crazy as it may sound at first, I thought it was pretty clever and actually a really nice way of seeing it.
When it got too crowded, we decided to leave. On the way back, we got more wonderful views of Table Mountain, as well as Signal Hill being half covered in the setting sun and half covered in shade.
The city looked incredible with the light of the setting sun and the shadow of Lion’s Head cast on it.
Another one with the shadow of Lion’s Head and tablecloth slowly rolling over Table Mountain.
We decided it might be a good idea not to climb all the way up Lion’s Head as we had no flashlights for the way back down, after the sun had set. So we decided to walk back down a bit, before going off the path and watching the sun set on the ocean while lying on some rocks.
Cape Town has some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed. It is also amazing how present nature is in and around the city. Cape Town has done something to me that I still can’t really describe. I truly love that city and constantly have the desire to go back there. I don’t think there’s any other place like it.
What a wonderful way to end a wonderful day.