Originally known as the Cape of Storms, Cape Town has been occupied for hundreds of years by the native, nomadic Khoisan people before the first European, the Portuguese sailor Bartholomeus Dias, set foot on the continent in 1488. The country thereafter underwent massive transformations under the Dutch, British and apartheid rule during the 19th and 20th century – and many of these stories can be explored by visiting historical sites like The Castle of Good Hope and Robben Island or museums like the District Six Museum or the South African Jewish Museum. Rich in history, this 350-year old city still celebrates its diverse cultural history – from the yearly Cape Minstrels parade to the Cape Town Jazz Festival.
WHERE TO STAY
Moving to any new place later-alone going abroad comes with its difficulties in finding suitable accommodation. Without any local knowledge or assistance finding a room can be difficult. Well don’t stress Masambeni has you covered! When you join our programme, we will help you locate Cape Town student accommodation. Masambeni has student and intern housing ideally situated in the heart of Cape Town. Our all-inclusive intern and student housing in Cape Town are designed with one goal in mind, to set you up for success!
Thinking about where you’re going to stay, or how you’re going to make friends? Masambeni will find you accommodation in a vibrant young neighbourhood
Then throughout your journey, we’ll keep you plugged into the latest South African cultural events, music, food, and travel!
Cape Town are known for its iconic attractions – from natural landscapes and breath-taking beaches to world-class museums such as the Zeitz MOCAA, award-winning restaurants and unique local design.
Most travel sites will mention the following must-see attractions, and we can recommend them all: Table Mountain, Robben Island, The V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, Boulders Beach, Lion’s Head, the CBD with its variety of galleries, markets, museums and churches, the vibrant Bo-Kaap and the many beautiful beaches and wine farms in the surrounding areas.
THINGS TO DO
To feel like a local, we’ve selected a few of our top recommendations of things to do on your days off: Find the best artisanal foods and local farm produce at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront. Ideal for people watching.
Woodstock – visit the Neighbourgoods Market, grab a burger at The Taproom or check out some local retailers at the Woodstock Exchange or The Woodstock Foundry.
Plan a picnic – visit the Green Point Urban Park or Kirstenbosch Gardens and get some local ice cream from The Creamery afterwards.
Kalk Bay – spend a day in this quaint village – eat some fish & chips at the harbour, browse the vintage shops, stop at Olympia Café for a sweet treat.
Take a short drive out of the city and visit one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms, Babylonstoren, or the Constantia Wine Route for a day out of the city.
What’s our best advice for planning your off days? Talk to locals once you arrive – no website or travel guide can give you the first-hand reviews from people who’s been there and done that.