Updated: Mar 19
We have curated a diverse list of things to do and places to visit during your time in Cape Town. Pick and choose what suits you and make it happen!
1. Boulders Beach
For those who have done their research you would have read about the African penguins at Boulders Beach. This is a unique experience and gives you the opportunity to view these cute little characters as they waddle along the white sand set against a backdrop of turquoise ocean.
2. Surfing at Muizenberg
Why not try something new? Surfing at Muizenberg is equivalent to learning how to ski in Europe on the beginner slopes! Lined with surf shops and cafes, it is pretty easy to get an hour’ surf lesson on arrival followed by a delicious breakfast in this seaside town. Surf boards and wetsuits are available for rent at an affordable cost and don’t forget to take a snap of the iconic colourful Muizenberg huts!
3. Experience ‘First Thursdays’ in Cape Town
If you find yourself in the city on the 1st Thursday of the month then you will see the streets of Cape Town come alive as locals and travellers alike enjoy an evening of arts and culture. Galleries and cultural attractions stay open until late, alongside vibey restaurants and bars.
4. Kayaking from Seapoint
This one is for the adventurous! Hop on board a kayak from the Seapoint promenade for a two-hour exploration of the Table Bay coastline. The views are exceptional, and you may even spot a whale or two so keep your eyes peeled!
5. Oranjezicht market
Saturday & Sunday mornings are when Cape Town’s foodies descend on the very atmospheric Oranjezicht market. This is a little piece of heaven for the plant-based folk with a wide offering of vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free food stalls. The music is good and the food is incredible!
6. Horse ride on Noordhook beach
A special way to spend a morning is in nature onboard a beautiful horse. Take a ride along Noordhoek Beach and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and mountainous views. Beginner, intermediate and advanced rides available.
7. Climb Lions Head
Located adjacent to the iconic Table Mountain is Lion’s head, a popular trail during sunrise and sunset hours. The hike takes approximately two hours depending on your level of fitness and is worth every bead of sweat that drops on your way to the top. One thing is almost certain, no one has ever regretted making the climb once they reach the peak and are rewarded with 360 degree views of the ocean, mountain and city.
8. Cable Car up Table Mountain
Because what is a trip to Cape Town without ascending one of the seven natural wonders of the world?! There is a café at the top of the mountain where you can get breakfast or a light lunch and various refreshments. This activity is weather dependent so give yourself a few options when planning.
9. Walk the streets of Bo Kaap
Recognisable by the brightly coloured homes that line its’ streets, the Bo-Kaap is steeped in history that dates back to the 1760’s. This area forms a huge part of the Cape’s cultural heritage and it is really worth going with a local tour guide. We also recommend trying out a traditional Cape Malay meal at one of the local restaurants!
10. Catch the ferry to Robben Island
Nelson Mandela was exiled to the infamous Robben Island where he spent 18 years of his life in confinement. Today it is a World Heritage Site and tours depart from the V&A Waterfront three times a day. Please book in advance to ensure you get a ticket as this is a popular excursion.
11. Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
This is arguably the most exquisite haven of indigenous fauna and flora around. Meander along pathways into the various display gardens; discover the tree canopy walkway; enjoy lunch at one of the three restaurants on offer; and if you are here between December and March then catch one of the iconic musical sunset concerts on the lawns.
12. The Houtbay Coffee Roastery
If you’re a coffee lover then you won’t be disappointed visiting this delightful and authentic coffee shop in Houtbay where the beans are thoughtfully sourced and roasted on site. The café was originally a fisherman’s cottage and overlooks the Baviaanskloof River.
13. Wine tasting @ Groot Constantia
You may want to begin your wine tasting experience at South Africa’s oldest producing wine farm. Groot Constantia is open 7 days a week between 09h00- 17h00 with three wine tasting facilities. Guided cellar tours are also on offer and give yourself enough time to visit the museum.
14. Ride the Red Bus
Cape Town’s double-decker, hop on hop off bus is a popular way of getting to see the city’s main attractions. There are a number of tours to chose from, which will take you on various routes. You can get to many of the activities mentioned in this blog via the red bus so check out their schedule and get planning!
15. Private Touring with Safaris for Africa
Many prefer being driven in comfort by a knowledgeable guide when visiting a new city. In this current climate, less is more, and touring with your personal ‘bubble’ may feel safer and cleaner. Safaris for Africa’s day tour facility offers a personal and private option to visit the Cape’s best places, with the added bonus of going at your own pace when exploring.