I am a bad, bad Cape Townian.

Every December Oscar and I go to Cape Town to spend some time with my family. Since the rest of the year we see his family.  Also who doesn’t want to spend their Decembers at the coast?

I moved away from Cape Town when I was 18 so there are quite a few cool things I haven’t done yet. This year I have decided to actually LIST a couple of the things we always speak of but seem to forget when we sit at home asking each other “soooo what ya wanna do today?”

Throughout the year I have been scribbling these in the back of my diary (I use a diary for work. Nothing like ink and paper)

Every time I hear of something cool I jot it down.

This year my holiday budget is TIGHT. I’m saving as much as I possibly can for our trip to visit my brother again next year. ALSO HIS WEDDING! MASSIVELY EXCITED!

But it was still a tough year and hey, I haven’t had proper leave since last year December. So I plan on enjoying it.

Here is my list of things we will try to do this December. If you didn’t know about some of these activities, you’re welcome 😉

Cape Town Underground Tunnel Tour.

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Did you know there are tunnels running under the CBD that date back to the early days of “Little Amsterdam” as Cape Town was known?  These tunnels were built in the 1600 as storm water drains. Sadly 1800’ish they became unofficial waste disposal drains. In the 1960’s they were cleaned & “flushed” out. They are now once again running fresh water all the way from Table Mountain into the ocean.


I learnt about this last year. How AMAZING does it sound to walk tunnels from the 1600 BELOW the city?

The tour starts at the Castle of Good Hope and ends either back their or you can get out closer to the slopes of Table Mountain.

Cost: R150 p/p ok this one is pricey. But a Spur meal will cost you the same so GO EXPLORE!

Central Library in Cape Town

Corner of Darling & Parade street.


I have never been in there. I love reading. TRAVESTY. They often have cool tours or even readings going on. In December almost one a day.

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This year we year we are going to check it out.


Walk to Cape point.

I have never done the walk to where the 2 oceans meet.

Everyone has to see this once in their life time right? We need to pack the camera for this one. Maybe even a picnic since they are allowed now.


Cost: Free. (well the cost of the picnic is up to us. Ours will have wine. Maybe just wine)

Find a ship wreck (for Oscar)

For the past 5 years Oscar has been searching for an actual ship wreck somewhere around the coust of Cape Town and alas, We haven’t been able to spot any. So Here is a list of the ones we will try and hunt down this year.


The Arniston – a British East Indiaman, wrecked near Waenhuiskrans in 1815
• The HMS Birkenhead – an iron-hulled troopship that struck the rocks near Gansbaai in 1852
• The HMS Guardian – a 44-gun Roebuck class ship damaged by an iceberg in 1789
• The Joanna – a gold-laden first East Indiaman wrecked near Cape Town in 1682
• The SS Maori – a steamship wrecked near Llandudno in 1909
• The HMS Sceptre – a 64-gun Royal Navy vessel wrecked near the Cape of Good Hope in 1799
• The HMS Thames – a former cruiser that later became a training ship that was scuttled in 1947
• The SS Thomas T Tucker – a munitions carrier that ran ashore at Olifantsbos point in 1948

Cost: Freeeeee

Crystal Pools hike

I have done this hike once before. MANY years ago with my brother. It was SUCH a beautiful Hike I plan to drag Oscar, Anje & Ryan there this year. What I can remember the water was freeeeezing. Hoe blouer hoe kouer 😉

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Drive out to Gordon’s Bay on the N2. Take the turn-off to Gordon’s Bay. You will reach a T-junction when you arrive at Gordon’s Bay — turn left onto the R44 (Clarence Drive, which is the coastal road that leads to Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay etc). After 6.6km you will reach Sunbird Guest Lodge on the right-hand side of the road. Parking is just further along the road, over the bridge and on the right-hand side

Cost: Free


The Beau Joubert Cannon.

For those who haven’t caught on yet Beau Joubert is the wine estate I work for. The farm has a rich and amazing history (a whole blog post on its own) There are two cannons on the estate. One at the bottom in front of the Manor house & one on the hill.

I have NEVER seen the one on the hill.

My boss/MD says its quite a hike up past our natural spring. (yes we have a natural spring)

This year WE WILL HIKE UP TO SEE IT. (it has been there since the 1700, so it’s really cool)

Cost: Free                                    

Simons Town Naval Museum



(for Oscar)

He has been wanting to go to this museum for the past 3 years & every time we make our way there its closed. This time we will phone ahead of time and make 100% sure its open.

He’s a guy, its big boats. He wants to see it. So we shall go.

Cost: R20 p/p

I love my laundry

A cute little place where you can sit and eat dumplings & sip wine while your laundry gets done.  Sounds like one of those places that everyone instagrams. ITS A MUST.

Haas Coffee

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Im am dragging my sister here. She loves good coffee almost as much as I do. We will sit and call ourselves  “barista’s” and sip on good coffee in pretty sundresses.

Cost: Depends on what you order I guess?

the haas collective,

67 Rose Street,
Bo Kaap,
Cape Town,


For now this is it on the list J But I am sure more will come up when we are there. Not a bad list to start with I think.

If anyone has any cool suggestions, please drop a comment.






  • Nicky

    Awesome post I’ve been meaning to do the tunnels too 🙂 Just a heads up that Crystal Pools is no longer free: http://www.capetowngov.co.za/en/Pages/SteenbrasRiverGorgeandCrystal.aspx I’ve not been up recently, but thought to let you know!

    November 20, 2013 - 5:50 pm Reply
    • greenlydia

      Aw darn, cant be too expensive I recon. Have you stumbled on anything else thats fun for a cheep holiday?

      November 20, 2013 - 5:52 pm Reply
  • Nicky

    Seeing as you are planning to go to Simon’s Town anyway, pack your bikini and a towel and go swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach – it’s FREE! The Reserve costs R60pp I think, but the public beach next door is totally free! They are too cute …!

    November 21, 2013 - 3:40 am Reply
    • greenlydia

      I love bolders 🙂 one of my favourite walks. Have you ever been to the toy museum in Simons Town?

      November 21, 2013 - 6:23 am Reply
  • Nicky

    No, sadly not been to thr toy meuseum but it looks quaint from the outside! I love that side of the world 🙂 I am so spoilt to live where I do – winelands on my doorstep and beautiful greater Cape Town area just a hop, skip and a jump down the road!

    November 21, 2013 - 6:03 pm Reply
    • greenlydia

      It will always be home to me, born and bred winelands girl 😉

      November 21, 2013 - 7:15 pm Reply

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