If you’re out and about in Cape Town and feel like you’ve seen it all, then it’s probably because you’ve been looking in all the wrong places. Here are a few things to do in Cape Town that will surely have you entertained and mesmerised.
Fly high in the sky
Explore the charming Mother City from up above with a helicopter ride across the peninsula. Embark on an exhilarating journey that will take you from the V&A Waterfront, across the city and beyond, one that will allow you to witness the awe-inspiring view of the beautiful blue waters, the rugged summit of Table Mountain, as well as Green Point Stadium and the Twelve Apostles – what a treat!
Catch a cable car up Table Mountain
While the cable car ride up Table Mountain may seem quick, the bird’s eye-view of the City Bowl below is breathtakingly beautiful. If you wish to enjoy the view from a different perspective, there are various hiking trails leading to the summit that will give you all the time you need to absorb the beauty of the city.
Go swimming with sharks in Gansbaai
If you’re looking for the best place to dive with these amazing underwater creatures, then make your way to Gansbaai. Although the town is roughly two hours away from Cape Town, it sure is worth the journey as Gansbaai has one of the most diverse shark populations in South Africa.
Visit a Blue Flag beach
Cape Town has an array of accredited Blue Flag beaches. If you’re looking for a great way to cool off from the sun, visit one these beautiful, sandy paradises:
- Camps Bay Beach
- Llandudno Beach
- Silwerstromstrand Beach
- Clifton 4th
Eat something fishy at Hout Bay
If you’re in Cape Town, there is no way that visiting Hout Bay Harbour should be excluded. The restaurants at Hout Bay Harbour are well known for serving delectable fresh fish. Visit the harbour for the ultimate seafood experience as there are many eateries serving a variety of dishes suited to every kind of diner. Other than the delicious fresh seafood, you’ll also find local artworks that make great souvenirs.
Go wine tasting at Groot Constantia Winery
You need not travel far to explore the wine heritage of Cape Town. The city has many wine routes situated in close proximity. Groot Constantia Winery has been producing “legendary” wine for more than 300 years and so for the perfect wine tasting experience this wine estate is a safe bet.
Visit the heart of the art scene in Woodstock
Woodstock has a growing art community dedicated to keeping the craft alive and ever burning. Explore all forms of creativity showcased throughout the suburb, from street art to galleries – there is something enjoyable for all art lovers.
Eat cake at Charley’s Bakery in the CBD
Other than travelling all around the city for the beautiful scenery and adventures, right in the City Bowl, you can find a piece of heaven in the form of popular Charley’s Bakery. Well-known for serving delicious and addictive pastries and cakes, you can rest assured that your taste buds and tummy will be very happy after sampling one of the many baked goodies on offer. Visit the bakery for a well-deserved afternoon treat along with your favourite coffee.
Watch a movie the classic way at the Labia Theatre
Explore what it was like to watch movies back in the day at the Labia Theatre. Amazingly, the theatre is one of the few places in the city that hasn’t changed with the times. The ancient cinema is budget-friendly as its prices are less than what you can expect to pay at commercial cinemas, plus you’ll have a cinema experience unlike any other.
Culinary journey down Bree Street
Bree Street, located in the City Bowl, has a range of diverse restaurants and bars dedicated to satisfying the fussiest of foodies or those just looking for a good meal. You’ll be spoiled for choice with so many restaurants to choose from and you’re guaranteed to want to return for another culinary experience after your first visit. Here are some places to whet the appetite:
- Ravish: Serves gourmet health foods.
- True Italic Italian Art Café: Serves handmade Italian cuisine.
- Bacon on Bree: A bar dedicated to all things porky.
Visit the famous Boulders Penguin Colony in Simon’s Town
A popular attraction in Simon’s Town, the Boulders Penguin Colony is home to the endangered colony of the African Penguins. It’s a gem you have to explore as it one of the few of its kind in the world, which probably explains why it has become a popular international tourist destination.
Hike up Lion’s Head
Roughly a one to two-hour hike (up and down, and depending on your fitness level), Lion’s Head is located in the Table Mountain region. It’s the ideal hiking trail for those who are looking for a different view of the city. The hike up Lion’s Head is particularly popular when it is a Full Moon as hikers make their way up guided by the light of the moon. The view from the top on nights like this is truly something special and not to be missed.
Sea kayaking in Table Bay
Launch off and explore the coastline of Table Bay as you take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and indigenous fynbos. Kayaking in the sea is the perfect outdoor adventure as there are many parts of the city you’ll get to see and photograph from a different point of view.
Train trip along the Southern Line Rail route
If you’re looking to experience Cape Town in a unique way, a train journey along the Southern Line Rail is exactly what you need. On either side of the train, you’ll see beautiful landscapes, mountains, and the real winner: the sparkling blue ocean. What’s amazing about this trip is that you’ll be able to hop on and off stations as you please.
Hippo spotting at Rondevlei Nature Reserve
For an amazing ecological experience in Cape Town, visit Rondevlei Nature Reserve to spot some hippos. Aside from the hippos, the nature reserve is also home to approximately 230 bird species, reptiles and mammals. This is a great way to absorb the beauty of undisturbed nature.
Cape Town is spectacular for so many reasons, including its diverse beauty and culture, so wherever you find yourself in the Mother City, be sure to try some of the above-listed adventures – it is the only way to truly explore and appreciate the city.