Being an intern at Pascap Trust is not only about gaining an incredible experience of working in both an office and school environment, but also about utilising your time in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Working for Pascap has been a truly eye-opening and worthwhile experience, from planning leadership sessions to playing ‘I love you but I can’t smile’ with the learners. It has been thoroughly rewarding to witness the learners appreciate and enjoy the after-school sessions that we planned and organised for them, as well as seeing their passion for education and learning (something that isn’t always evident in students in the U.K).
During our free time, we have tried to indulge and immerse ourselves in as much of the South African culture and visit as many sites of this amazing country as possible. As an avid photographer, this city offers incredible landscapes to capture, whether it be the nature or the breath-taking sunsets which have captured my eye since my arrival.
The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is the perfect location for an after-work dinner and drinks. Watching the sunset over Table Mountain or taking a spin on the big wheel helps to see the city from a new perspective. The bustling vibe is something that can be experienced throughout the entire week, so head on down any day of the week and you will be met with people doing some retail therapy or grabbing a bite to eat.
Cape of Good Hope:
Something which can’t be missed on your trip to Cape Town has to be going to the most South-Western Point of the African continent, the Cape of Good Hope to get that cliché photo! Not only that, either walk or take the funicular up to the old lighthouse where you can get incredible views overlooking the rugged rocks and the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Experience the vast fauna and flora which comprises the national park and you may even be lucky enough to meet a cheeky baboon (be aware of them stealing your food!) or see ostriches too.
Visiting Boulders Beach and its penguins is also a must when visiting Cape Town. It’s a perfect day out, especially with children, and seeing the penguins waddle around the sandy beach and swim in the ocean is extremely entertaining!
Secret Sunrise Party:
If you enjoy letting go and being free, dancing and singing in beautiful locations then the Secret Sunrise Parties are the perfect event for you! This slightly exclusive event (as not many tourists are aware of it) is an incredible experience – seeing the sunrise over St James Beach while listening to the waves crash into the rocks was a truly mesmerising sight.
Paragliding off Signal Hill:
For those who love an exhilarating experience, or even for those who are slightly fearful of heights (like myself), paragliding off Signal Hill is a must! It’s definitely not as terrifying as it may sound, mainly because you have a fully qualified individual attached to you – so you’re in safe hands. The spectacular views of the Western Cape and the Atlantic Ocean are definitely worth the few seconds of fear that you may experience as you take off!
Table Mountain and Lion’s Head Sunrise Hike:
For those who enjoy a short hike, Lion’s Head is ideal for you, and it only takes around 90 minutes both ways. Going at sunrise allows you to reach the summit in a shorter time (as the path isn’t so crowded) and you can witness the most incredible views as the sun rises over the awakening African city. Also, hiking or taking the cable car up Table Mountain (on Fridays there is half price for students) is something that everyone should do.
If you enjoy learning about a country’s history, take a trip to Robben Island for a tour with an ex-prisoner to find out more about Cape Town’s history and what conditions were like during imprisonment.
Wine Tasting in Groot Constantia and Stellenbosch:
For those who are already wine lovers, or those who are interested in learning more about wine, head down to Groot Constantia, the oldest wine vineyard in Cape Town (Stellenbosch and Paarl are also worth a visit). Take a cellar tour and learn about how the wine is produced, then enjoy a tasting or a glass of wine while overlooking the stunning scenery of the vineyards.
These are just a few of the beautiful places that I have been able to explore during my time in Cape Town, and hopefully, they will give you some ideas for places that you might consider visiting! In short, Cape Town is home to incredible landscapes, nature and immense amounts of history and culture—go see for yourself!