When I and my husband were planning our trip to South Africa, Cape Town was not part of the plan. It was a last minute inclusion in our trip, and probably the best part of the whole trip. It was fantastic. The beaches, the coastal line, the food, the people all of it, it was a dream come true to visit this magical city.
What I didn’t anticipate was how cold it was going to get in Cape Town. We had packed keeping in mind pleasant winters of Johannesburg which was somewhere in the 16-23 degrees temperature. Quite pleasant for the North Indian in me. Naturally, I had carried with me for summer friendly clothes with a few jackets dropped here and there. Nothing too winter specific.
Two days before our trip to Cape Town we saw in the news that the city was under an unforgiving thunderstorm. It was one of the worst thunderstorms in a long time. I was scared. I am not one to take cold very well, but the excitement of visiting this city got me all warm and cosied up in my head that is.
We landed in Cape Town, and the weather forecast was pretty pleasant. Nothing too unbearable. But the minute I walked out of that plane, boy oh boy, did I start shivering. You see, it’s not the cold, it’s the wind that is the real deal in Cape Town.
Cape Town as a city which is kind of like a valley with mountains all around and then it also falls right next to the coast. So the weather has a very funny side to it. We learnt later on our trip that few areas in Cape Town get rainfall almost daily, and if you move just a few kilometres away from it, it’s bright sunshine throughout the year.
On day 1 I knew, I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I had picked up this gorgeous furry hat from a store in Johannesburg which I knew would help me keep warm. My leather jacket was one of the two winter clothes that I had packed. So that was my next pick, followed by my Forever 21 denims and knee high boots.
Our first day was all about exploring the beaches of Cape Town. Camps Bay is by far the most beautiful location I have seen in my life. It feels something out of a movie set. White sand, gorgeous houses on the cliff, and the roar of the sea. It is so refreshing and calm to be in a place like it. We spent the entire evening looking at the sea, soaking in the beauty all around. I wish I could do it all over again.
Boot + Hat – MRP Fashion, Johannesburg
Jacket: Vero Moda
Jeans: Forever 21, Johannesburg