Visiting a new place with your significant other is a great way to create memories and ignite a sense of curiosity and adventure into your lives. So, rather than focusing on all things romantic, we have curated a list of fun activities for couples to do when visiting Cape Town.
Activities for all types of couples
The list below covers a range of activities from the adrenalin-pumping to the cultural; the sporty and the relaxing; culinary ventures or indulging in the arts. The costs of these activities vary and includes options for those looking for things to do on a budget in Cape Town.
White sands and glistening blue waters are what welcome those visiting this stretch of coastline in the fair Cape. Clifton Beach is made up of four exquisite coves (known as Clifton 1, 2, 3 & 4) and spending a whole day tanning and bathing under the African sun in this part of the world is a highly sought-after experience.
Estimated time required: All day
Opening hours: 24 hours
Hiking Lions Head
Adjacent to Table Mountain is Lion’s Head, a mountain frequented by hikers who spiral their way to the top in return for panoramic views of the entire city. Whether you are heading out at sunrise, midday, or attempting the very popular full moon hike, this is an epic way to spend 2 or 3 hours of your day.
Estimated time required: 3 hours
Opening hours: 5am-10pm
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Taking a mini road trip along Chapman’s Peak Drive, aka ‘Chappies’, is a must! Built into the face of the mountain, the road winds its way along the Atlantic Ocean, from the fishing harbour of Houtbay to the long white beaches of Noordhoek. There are several stops along the way where you can pullover to take photographs of the incredible scenery, as well as picnic spots for a leisurely lunch. A toll is payable for vehicles making use of this road. There is also a lot on offer in the surrounding towns of Houtbay and Noordhoek, such as markets, boat rides, and horse-riding on the beach!
Cost: R35-R54 toll fee for motor cycles and light vehicles
Estimated time required: Half a day
Opening times: Weather dependent, please check it is open prior to travel.
Die Strandloper Restaurant
There is a saying in Cape Town, ‘The West Coast is the best coast’, and if Die Strandloper has anything to do with it then we might have to agree. As the waves wash gently back and forth along the sand, and the strum of a guitar plays softly in the background, fires crackle away cooking a variety of seafood dishes for you to enjoy. This is a truly unique culinary experience on the beach of Langebaan that is worth your time and money. Bookings are essential.
Cost: R350 per person
Estimated time required: As long as the soul needs
Opening times: Lunch time on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (please book in advance).
Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Cape Town at the same time the summer concert season has kicked off, then you are in for a real treat. From late November to early April a series of live music concerts are held in the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens where folks come equipped with picnic baskets, wine and good spirits to bask in glorious summer days with great company, music and scenery. Arrive early to secure your spot on the lawn.
Cost: Tickets for individual events to be purchased online via Webtickets
Estimated time required: 4 hours
Opening times: 16h00 – 20h00
This one is for the dare-devils and offers the adrenalin-seeking couples the chance to view Cape Town from the sky. Tandem flights include a student and pilot, so although you won’t be in the same glider as your partner, you will be able to experience the thrill of it together. Depart from Signal Hill and land on Sea Point promenade in time for breakfast at one of the cafes or hotels in the area.
Cost: R1000- R1300 per person
Estimated time required: 5-15 minutes
Opening times: Weather dependent
Cape Kayak Adventure
Hop on board a tandem kayak with your partner and embark on a 3-5km journey across the Atlantic Ocean, led by a professional guide. Exceptional views of Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain can be expected with the possibility of dolphins accompanying you for the trip.
Estimated time required: 2 hours
Opening times: All year round
Visit the Zeits MOCAA
The Zeits Museum of Contemporary Art Africa exhibits a world class collection of contemporary African Art with rotating, temporary exhibitions displayed throughout the year. For couples who are interested in the arts this is a captivating place to visit and given that this the largest art museum in Africa, you may need a couple of hours to explore!
Cost: R210 per adult
Estimated time required: As long as necessary
Opening times: Tuesday’s – Sunday’s/ 10am – 18h00pm
Table Mountain Cable Car
Cape Town city is built around the iconic Table Mountain and catching the cable car to the top of the mountain is a fun way to spend an hour or two with your partner. 360 degree-views await, as well as a café to grab a bite to eat, and a shop for souvenir purchases. Afternoons are generally quieter, which may save you time waiting in a queue.
Cost: R320-R390 per person return ticket (*R800 per person return ticket if you wish to skip the queue)
Estimated time required: 2-3 hours
Opening times: Times vary according to season so please check the website before planning your trip.
Cooking class in the Bo-Kaap
Visiting the Bo-Kaap is up there on the ‘top things to do in Cape Town’; taking a cooking class here with your significant other is even better! The Bo-Kaap is a multi-cultural area made up of cobbled streets, brightly coloured homes and steeped in history. Many of the residents here are of Malaysian descent, and Cape Malay Cuisine forms an integral part of traditional South African food. A fun and social way to learn about another culture while cooking a delicious meal.
Cost: R1210 per person
Estimated time required: 3.5 hours
Opening times: 10h30am during the week/ 10h00am on Saturdays
Learn to Surf
Muizenberg is quite possibly one of the best places in the world to learn to surf. This beach lends itself to numerous beginner-friendly waves that provide ample opportunity to get yourselves up, standing, and riding those waves like pros! The town has a few surf shops where you can hire boards and book a lesson for you and your partner.
Cost: R475 per person (R950 per couple) inclusive of surfboard, wetsuit, and instructor
Estimated time required: 1 hour
Opening times: 08h30am
The Oranjezicht City Farm Market
If you want to get a feel for a place, then go where the locals go. Oranjezicht City Farm Market is a haven for delicious food, arts and crafts and good music. A great way to spend time together while getting into Cape Town’s vibe.
Estimated time required: 1-2 hours
Opening times: Wednesday Nights (Nov-Mar) 5-9pm (limited market), Saturdays 8.15am-2pm (full market), Sundays 9am-2pm (full market)
Hire bikes on the Sea Point promenade
Nothing beats a bike ride, along the seaside, in one of the prettiest cities in the world. Head over to the Sea Point Pavilion, hire a bike, and pedal along the promenade all the way to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. A super activity for exploring the Atlantic seaboard with your loved one.
Cost: R90 per bike per hour (helmets available free of charge)
Estimated time required: 1-2 hours
Opening times: Seasonal
Supping in the V&A Waterfront
Supping on the calm canals of the V&A Waterfront is food for the soul and a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors together. You don’t need to know how to Sup, just arrive and have a quick lesson on site. Life jackets are provided if needed.
Cost: R150 for 30 minutes (longer slots available)
Estimated time required: 30min – 1 hour
Opening times: By appointment
Two Oceans Aquarium
Apart from shopping at the V&A Waterfront you can also visit the extraordinary Two Oceans Aquarium and get lost in this magical underwater world that is as informative as it is fun.
Cost: R210 per person (R160 South African citizen)
Estimated time required: 1- 2 hours
Opening times: 09h30am-18h00pm 7 days a week
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