In May of 2022, I finally made my first trip to South Africa. The first city I visited in the country was Cape Town. This city is world famous and for good reason. The way the nature mixes with the metro area is something truly magical. Consequently, I’ve noticed that it has interesting similarities to Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, as well as Seoul, which all have mountains basically right in the city center.
As a result, because there are so many features of natural beauty to explore, it can be hard to know where to start! Therefore, I knew I needed a helping hand. After some research, I discovered ML Sultan Travel and Tours on TripAdvisor. They’re tour company that has years of experience with great reviews. Subsequently, after seeing all this rave reviews, I reached out and ended up organizing a tour with the owner Faziela.
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We made an appointment for a 9am pickup and she was right on time. How punctual! I was staying in Hout Bay which is a small town that is 20kms south of Cape Town. From there which was already gorgeous, we cruised down the coast that was very scenic and eventually made our way to a lovely café.
Certainly, the weather that day was just serene and the café had very friendly staff and atmosphere. This was a great way to get to know Faziela who had a lot of interesting life experiences in Cape Town. Also I need to mention that breakfast was quite tasty as well!
Subsequently, after breakfast we continued on our route south stopping in Simon’s Town, which is a quaint English town which used to be home of the British Royal Navy. What the town is currently famous for is the penguin colony on the beach! This is the second penguin colony I’ve got to visit in six months! The last was on Magdalena Island in Chile. We spent a good 30 to 45 minutes with this cute and comical little creatures before venturing on.
Cape of Good Hope
Meandering down this chiseled cliff-filled coastline, I couldn’t stop finding more and more amazing views. Therefore, I had to stop several times along the way to capture some of the sights! Soon we were entering the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Almost immediately after we arrived we saw wildlife which I honestly wasn’t expecting. I thought most of these types of animals were in the nature reserves but boy was I wrong. I didn’t know the name of the specific animal but it was very similar to a deer.
After that, we even saw wild ostriches climbing the cliffs. Once I got to the top of one of the cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, I flew my drone because it was such a picture-perfect place. Unfortunately a miscalculation led me to crashing nearly into the ocean. Lucky for me, the drone just barely escaped the water and crashed onto a rock. I was able to recover my drone and its photos, but the drone itself did incur some damage unfortunately. Nonetheless, the photos and videos turned out splendidly. At least Faziela’s snacks helped to make me feel better 🙂
Initially, we had planned for a half-day tour but as things were going so well we decided to stop at the end for a delicious dinner. This area is famous for it’s fish and chips. The restaurant Faziela took me too had a dining room directly on the water. Therefore, as the sun was getting lower, the mood was set for a very lovely evening.
Ever since I had arrived in Cape Town, I had wanted to explore several amazing places. Luckily, I was able to see each one of them during this thorough private tour. To clarify, the whole experience was incredible! Having an enthusiastic local to show me around was a huge game-changer. Faziela had a lot of information to share that made the tour more interesting. The whole day was so much fun and very rewarding. I feel super satisfied with the amount that I experienced for my time in the country! In conclusion, when in Cape Town, South Africa, I can definitely recommend to book a tour with ML Sultan Travel & Tours, you won’t regret it!
Cape Town, South Africa