20 Things to do when you’re travelling solo in Cape Town

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

Let’s be honest, traveling solo can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. However, despite your initial hesitation, traveling alone can be one of the most liberating and freeing experiences.

As one of the friendliest, most cosmopolitan cities in South Africa, the beautiful, vibrant, and exciting city of Cape Town is the perfect destination for a solo trip – hands down! In fact, Cape Town ranks among the best cities in the world for solo travelers. How incredible is that? Boasting an endless and vast diversity of things to do, see, and explore in Cape Town on a solo travel adventure, it certainly comes as no surprise that solo travel in Cape Town has only become more popular over the last few years with avid globe-trotters, keen explorers & adventurers, ardent travelers, wanderlust wanderers, and tourists from across the globe eager to experience everything this glorious multi-cultural city has to offer.

Besides having the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, embarking on a solo travel adventure in Cape Town gives you the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone, meet & connect with locals & other fellow travelers, as well as experience things you may never would have otherwise if you were traveling in a group. Not to mention the added bonus of planning YOUR perfect trip instead of following strict itineraries and going along with what other travelers want to do.

From the serene natural landscapes, world-renowned attractions, and vibrant cultural diversity to its electrifying nightlife, beautiful must-visit beaches, and so SO much more, Cape Town has an extraordinary array of activities and experiences tailor-made for solo adventurers. So, pack your bags, put on your explorer’s hat, and get ready to uncover the treasures that Cape Town holds for those who choose to wander alone.

Here are some of the top things to do when you’re travelling solo in Cape Town.

Get ready for an exhilarating adventure in Cape Town with these must-do activities for solo explorers.

What to do in Cape Town as a solo traveler

Adrenaline junkie, wildlife enthusiast, avid foodie, head-over-heels beach lover, or culture connoisseur, you definitely won’t run out of things to do in Cape – to make things even better you don’t have to venture far to visit game reserves, beaches, markets, vineyards, mountains, and spectacular coastline. Here’s our pick of the perfect activities to do in and around Cape Town as a solo traveler.

#1 Tour the city by going on the Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Photo credit: City Sightseeing South Africa

It’s time to explore Cape Town baby – and there’s no better way to do just that than by going on the famous Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour around the Mother City – trust us! This is one not-to-be-missed experience that should undoubtedly be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket list – and definitely yours too!

Hop on the famous double-decker bus and embark on a journey that takes you through the city’s most iconic landmarks – from the historic District Six Museum, the magnificent tall-standing Table Mountain, and the lively V&A Waterfront to the vibrant Bo-Kaap neighborhood, and Cape Town’s breathtaking beaches & captivating coastlines (plus so much more) – hidden gems, and sought-after attractions. With the convenience of hop-on-hop-off routes, you can spend as much time as you desire at each location to really explore what each location / destination has to offer.

Going on a Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour is by far one of the most fun and exhilarating ways to explore everything the magnificent Mother City has to offer – Perfect for solo travel in Cape Town.

**Bonus: Going on a Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour in Cape Town is not only one of the top things to do in Cape Town, it’s a great way to meet and connect with fellow travelers, avid adventurers, keen explorers, friendly locals, and people from around the world. The guided commentary also provides valuable context & insight, turning your Cape Town sightseeing adventure into an educational experience too – what a bonus!

**Tip: There are a variety of Cape Town Red Bus City Sightseeing tours to choose from, visit their website to find out more.

  • Contact details: [email protected] | 021 511 6000 (07:00–18:00)
  • Cape Town Tour Office Location: V&A Waterfront (Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town) | Long Street (63 – 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town)
  • For more information visit the City Sightseeing website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

#2 Join a hiking group

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Are you ready to embark on the ultimate hiking adventure? Well, you better be because Cape Town isn’t known as the hiking hub for nothing! As its not advised to go hiking on your own, joining a fun and thrilling hiking group tour is a great way to go. Plus, you get to meet like-minded people and get to know fellow travelers, explorers, nature lovers, and adventurers – Now that’s a win-win!

To further add to the excitement, Cape Town is regarded as the ultimate hiking mecca. Boasting a variety of beautiful and thrilling hiking trails, ranging from beginner to advanced, there is something for every avid hiker at heart. Even if you’ve never hiked a day in your life, Cape Town’s thriving hiking scene welcomes you with open arms.

Here are some of the top hiking trails in Cape Town:

Lion’s Head
Devil’s Peak Hiking Trail
Chapman’s Peak
The Pipe Track
Tranquillity Cracks Hiking Trail
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
Kloof Corner
Nursery Ravine Hiking Trail
Krom River Trail
Platteklip Gorge Hiking Trail
Woody Ravine Hiking Trail
Waterfall Hike
Kasteelpoort Hiking Trail
India Venster Hiking Trail
Little Lion’s Head
Skeleton Gorge Hiking Trail
Constantia Corner Hiking Trail
Lion’s Head Loop Hiking Trail
Suicide Gorge Hiking Trail
Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch
Table Mountain Contour Path
Maclear’s Beacon
Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Cape Point Hiking Trails

Whether you’re a first-time hiker, eager mid-level enthusiast, or a die-hard highly experienced hiker at heart, click here for a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when going hiking in Cape Town.

#3 Go wine tasting

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Photo credit: Franschhoek Wine Tram

We know what you’re thinking, wine tasting is, admittedly, better with friends. But don’t despair because it’s entirely possible to make friends on the go! Here’s our pro-tip: spend a day on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. On board, you’ll meet plenty of locals and visitors, all united in a love of wine. By the time you’ve visited one estate, you’re bound to have made firm friends with your tram-mates.

Going on the iconic Franschhoek Wine Tram is by far the best, and certainly the most thrilling, way to experience everything the majestic Franschhoek wine valley has to offer. From its spectacular mountain ranges and vineyard landscapes, stunning views, and world-renowned Wine Estates, to the region’s unique and exceptional array of award-winning wines, the Franschhoek Wine Tram offers head-over-heels wine lovers an unforgettable hop-on-hop-off Cape Town winelands adventure.

It goes without saying that taking a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram is a NOT-TO-BE-MISSED experience for ALL avid local and global wine lovers. Not to mention one of the best things to do when you’re travelling solo in Cape Town. Even if you’re not much of a wine enthusiast, the experience itself is beyond worth it – trust us!

The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers approximately 8 different routes / lines to choose from with each route including anywhere from 6 – 10 Franschhoek wineries that you’ll get to visit. Click here to find out more about the various Franschhoek Wine Tram lines / routes.

  • Location: Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape
  • Contact details: 021 300 0338 | [email protected] | www.winetram.co.za
  • Tickets: You can book the tickets online here| Or visit their website for more information and everything you need to know
  • Click here to find out more about ticket pricing, bookings, hop-on-hop-off tour tips, and all other need-to-know information.

#4 Learn to surf the cool Cape Town waves

Surfs up! At some point in life, every single person had ‘learn to surf’ on their life bucket-list – and your solo trip to Cape Town is the perfect time to give it a go – Come on, you know you want to!

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Whether you’re an avid surfing pro looking for your next big wave or an eager surfing first timer, Cape Town is the ultimate surfing destination. Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, stunning year-round mild Mediterranean climate, and a range of amazing surfing beaches (catering to all skill and experience levels) – how could you possibly resist?!

**Tip: If you’re a surfing first-timer that’s super keen to learn how to surf, the popular Muizenberg Beach Surfer’s Corner is not only one of the Mother City’s favorite local surfing spots, but the absolute best place for learning how to surf.

As the laid-back sea-side town of Muizenberg fully embodies Cape Town’s surfing culture, you will find several places to rent wetsuits, surf boards, and start some surfing lessons.

#5 Explore Cape Town’s thriving market scene

Forget shopping malls, in Cape Town it’s all about living that sweet market life!

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Are you ready to go on the ultimate Mother City market adventure? In Cape Town, it’s all about the cool market vibes and good fun-loving times. With an exciting variety of both regular markets & food markets in virtually every neighbourhood across town, the Mother City is at the very top of her market game! Whether you’re into thrifts, arts, crafts and one-of-a-kind finds or delicious food, fresh produce, live music and a ‘lekker’ vibe, Cape Town has just the market for you.

Here are some of the best markets in Cape Town, all of which deserve a prime spot on your Cape Town market bucket-list:

  • The Bay Harbour Market
  • The Oranjezicht City (OZCF) Farm Market
  • MOJO Market
  • The Neighbourgoods Market, Old Biscuit Mill
  • Earth Fair Market
  • Watershed at the V&A Waterfront
  • Franschhoek Village Market
  • Old Biscuit Mill
  • Elgin Railway Market
  • Milnerton Flea Market
  • Green Market Square
  • Lourensford Market
  • Root 44 Market
  • Cape Point Vineyards Market
  • Blue Bird Garage Food & Goods Market
  • Blaauwklippen Family Market
  • Noordhoek Farm Village Market
  • Boschendal Friday Night Market

**Check out our ‘Best Markets in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s coolest markets.

#6 Spend the day on one or all of Cape Town’s beaches

It’s time to get beachy! There is absolutely no way that you can go on a solo trip to Cape Town without visiting its amazing variety of stunning beaches. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it’s no surprise that people travel from far and wide to experience Cape Town’s beach magic first-hand.

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

There is nothing quite like being sun-kissed, sandy-toed, and salty-haired while soaking up the glorious Cape Town sunshine. Enjoying a blissful beach day on one of the Mother City’s beautiful beaches is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town year-round – whether you’re travelling solo or not, you’re bound to love every blissful beachy second of it!

Whether you’re looking for a stunning secluded beach escape, long stretch of white sand, something a little cooler and quirkier, the perfect fun-filled family Beach, the ultimate surfing hotspot, or a beautiful beach gem where you can simply sit back, relax, and soak up the glorious Cape Town sunshine, the Mother City has the perfect beach for every beach lover at heart.

**BONUS: In addition to the Mother City’s incredible variety of beaches, she is also home to some of the most stunning secret beaches that will sweep you right off your feet.

Here are a few of our favorite beaches:

  • Camps Bay Beach
  • Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Beach
  • Bakoven – Bali Beach & Beta Beach (secret beach)
  • Muizenberg Beach
  • Bloubergstrand
  • Platboom Beach (secret beach)
  • Llandudno
  • Glen Beach
  • Windmill Beach (secret beach)
  • Boulders Beach
  • Preekstoel – West Coast National Park (secret beach)
  • Diaz Beach (secret beach)
  • Big Bay
  • Oudekraal Beach
  • Long Beach in Kommetjie
  • Water’s Edge (secret beach)
  • Sunset Beach (secret beach)
  • Melkbosstrand
  • Cosy Beach (secret beach)

#7 Take an Aerial Cable Way Ride up Table Mountain

Taking an Aerial Cable Way ride to the top of Table Mountain is one bucket list worthy experience you absolutely MUST do on your solo trip to Cape Town!

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

There is no denying that going on an exciting Aerial Cable Way ride to the Table Mountain summit is not only the ultimate year-round experience, but one of the most sought-after things to do in Cape Town. Not to mention that it will be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE – Locals, tourists, globe trotters, avid adventurers and thrill seekers, the young wild and free, the young at heart, and, of course solo travelers – AKA YOU!

While admiring Table Mountain from below is every bit as beautiful, there are few things that compare to the view from the top of one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Plus, you get to tick something truly thrilling off your Cape Town bucket-list.

One thing is for certain, going on an Aerial Cableway ride up Table Mountain is one memorable experience and thrilling adventure you will absolutely never forget.

What are you waiting for? Book your Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ticket right now from WebTickets.

#8 Enjoy a day Trip to Boulders Beach

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

If you don’t mind renting a car and driving yourself down the coast, you will be rewarded with one of the most memorable days on the Cape! Visiting the renowned Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town (located less than an hour drive outside of Cape Town) and seeing its remarkable African Penguin colony in their natural habitat will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable experiences of your Cape Town solo travel adventure.

Did you know that Boulders Beach is one of the only places in the world where you can get up close and personal with these cool and charismatic ocean locals? This in itself makes visiting Boulders Beach and its thriving African Penguin Colony a bucket list experience in every way.

In addition to seeing the African Penguins from the infamous Boulders Beach African Penguin Viewing Site, you can enjoy an exhilarating variety of once-in-a-lifetime adventure experiences such as kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and enjoying a laid-back beach day with the ultimate Cape town cool kids (AKA the African Penguins) right by your side.

**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the African Penguin Viewing Site and Boulders Beach. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. You can choose to exit and re-enter as it suits you (this only applies to the day your ticket was purchased).

**Visit the SANParks website for more information regarding Boulders Beach’s Conservation Fees.

**Tip: If you don’t feel comfortable driving but would still like to see the amazing African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach, you could consider hiring a driver for the day or joining an organized tour.

#9 Walk around / go on a walking tour of Bo-Kaap

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

The colorful and culturally diverse neighborhood of Bo-Kaap has captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike with its charisma, charm, color, vibrant energy, rich heritage, and intricate history – We have NO doubt that it will steal your heart too!

Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city center, the neighborhood of Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, is the center of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town and a beautiful display of how vibrant, fun, and full of life Cape Town can be. This undoubtedly makes walking through the streets of Bo-Kaap one of the top things to do in Cape Town on any trip.

By far one of the best things about Bo-Kaap is the fact that there is so much MORE to this colorful Cape Town neighborhood than what meets the eye. Beyond the bold and vibrant colours that line the steep cobble-stoned streets, Bo-Kaap is also one of Cape Town’s oldest and most culturally diverse neighbourhoods. It also has plenty of history behind it.

**Interesting fact: Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses) were built and leased to slaves, known as the Cape Malays (paying further tribute to its name). Despite the fact that the beloved Bo-Kaap is now regarded as the most colorful, exciting, and vibrant neighborhood in the Cape, that most certainly wasn’t always the case. Dating back to its origins, all of Bo-Kaap’s houses were instructed to be white. When this law / rule was eventually lifted and the ‘slaves’ were finally ‘allowed’ to buy and take ownership of their properties, they collectively decided to paint each and every house a bright, colorful, and vibrant color as an expression of their freedom – How incredibly remarkable is that?!

Now we have the profound privilege and amazing opportunity to enjoy and revel in every glorious color-filled second of what the Cape Malay people worked so hard to achieve – How lucky are we? In addition to its diverse culture, rich history, and heritage, Bo-Kaap is also celebrated for it’s delicious and authentic Cape Malay cuisine. That being said, enjoying an authentic Cape Malay meal in Bo-Kaap is an absolute MUST for anyone visiting Cape Town – that definitely includes YOU! Trust us, you won’t regret a single bite!

#10 Join a free Walking Tour of the city

If you’re on a mission to discover and explore as much of Cape Town as you possibly can on your trip then joining a free Walking Tour of the city is definitely one of the top things to do when you’re travelling solo in Cape Town.

Free Walking Tours Cape Town’s main mission is to make Cape Town walkable for everyone – it’s as simple as that. They aim to make all their free walking tours educative as well as fun & light – Thereby ensuring that every walking tour is exciting, entertaining, enriching, and can be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely everyone – both the young & young at heart.

Whether you are looking to embark on a historical walking tour & delve into Cape Town’s intricate history, eager to explore Cape Town’s city center streets on foot, or merely looking to have some fun, experience something different, and meet new people all while learning more about Cape Town – this tour is perfect for you!

As and added perk their seasoned guides will share their vast knowledge of Cape Town’s intricate history, heritage, and vibrant cultural diversity with fellow tour members, as well as their lived experiences growing up in Cape Town. They will also share interesting facts about surrounding landmarks, heritage & historical sites which will not only allow you to learn more about the city but gain a deeper understanding, insight, and appreciation for it. That’s not all! As their main aim is to ensure everyone has a great time & get the opportunity to experience as much of this incredible city as possible, they also share other nearby Cape Town attractions with you that you can’t afford to miss, personal favorite spots that are absolutely worth a visit, recommend great places to eat, shop & explore, and even suggest activities, experiences, and adventures which might be of interest to you. Now that’s what we call the full package!

These city walking tours take place daily and are completely FREE! You can however give a donation to the tour guides after your tour if you wish to. Tours run from 11am till 2pm and there is no booking needed, just pitch up on time – that’s all! **The meeting spot is at Motherland Coffee which is in Wale street, in the City Bowl District.

How to join a tour:

  • No need to book – except groups of 10+ must book a private tour – just arrive before a tour at Motherland Coffee, St Georges Mall, Wale Street in the Cape Town City Bowl District and sign up – look out for their green umbrellas!
  • Tours depart every day 365 days a year rain or sunshine at 11am, 2pm and 4:20pm.
  • No bookings required.
  • All tours run on tips only.
  • Tours are in English only.
  • To find out more about Free Walking Tours Cape Town visit their website.

#11 Go Tandem Paragliding

Calling all adrenaline junkies – it’s time to take to the sky! There are few things more exhilarating than going on an adrenaline-filled paragliding flight or an unforgettable paragliding sightseeing tour over the glorious city of Cape Town – WHAT A THRILL!

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Photo credit: Cape Hope Paragliding

Going on an exciting tandem paragliding experience is by far one of the top adrenaline activities in Cape Town, as well as one of the coolest, thrilling, and most adventurous things to do on any trip to the Mother City. Not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-forgotten, bucket-list worthy adventure in every way! Trust us, this is one adventure experience you don’t want to miss!

Cape Town’s tandem paragliding trips typically take off from Lions Head or Signal Hill. In addition to the intense adrenalin rush and ‘pinch-me I can’t believe this is actually happening’ moments you’ll experience throughout your tandem paragliding flight, you’ll be treated to the most magnificent panoramic views of the beautiful city of Cape Town. All while soaring through the sky – how unbelievable is that?

**Tip: If you’re keen to experience a super special tandem paragliding adventure, why not take to the sky at sunset? Is there anything better than gliding above the Cape Town skyline, soaring over some of its top sights, remarkable landmarks, beautiful natural wonders, majestic mountain ranges, breathtaking coastlines, and the glorious Atlantic ocean as the Mother City’s stunning sherbet-colored sunset sets the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors? We think not! Cape Town is pure sunset bliss after all. A sunset tandem paragliding flight is without a doubt the ultimate combination of beauty and adventure!

#12 Explore Kalk Bay & enjoy ‘lekker’ local fish & chips at Kalky’s

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Solo travel in Cape Town is all about exploring, adventuring, and discovering as much of the city as you possibly can. This means venturing outside of the Atlantic Seaboard to none other than the vibrant False Bay coastline – or the cool coastal town of Kalk Bay to be more specific.

Previously declared one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world by Forbes, the quirky sea-side town of Kalk Bay definitely lives up to ALL the hype. Located along the False Bay coastline, this ocean-front fishing village is jam-packed with tons of hidden gems & one-of-a-kind finds, cool surfing spots, thrilling hiking trails, epic caves, a bustling harbour, action-packed adventure experiences, and magnificent marine life. Believe it or not, that’s not all Kalk Bay has in store for you.

Exploring and experiencing everything the cool coastal town of Kalk Bay has to offer is most definitely one of the best things to do all year-round on any solo trip to Cape Town.

**If you’re looking for exciting things to do in Kalk Bay, here are a few great suggestions:

  • Take a refreshing dip in the Dalebrook Tidal Pool and / or Wooley’s Tidal Pool – Take your pick!
  • Go cave exploring
  • Go surfing
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Harbour
  • Explore the quirky streets of Kalk Bay
  • Hike the famous Boomslang Cave – It is a relatively easy hike perfect for novice hikers, families with kids, and adventure seekers – It is known as one of Cape Town’s more adventurous hikes after all.
  • Go on an adventure-filled hike from Kalk Bay to the Amphitheatre
  • Visit Kalk Bay’s local plant and garden shops – Perfect for head-over-heels plant lovers! The Kalk Bay Garden Shop is most definitely worth a visit!
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Breakwater Lighthouse
  • See the cool and charismatic Cape Fur Seals at the Kalk Bay Harbour. You can expect to see these playful ocean beings draped over the pier walls at the harbour. If you’re eager to see these incredible Cape Fur Seals up close and personal – Kalk Bay Harbour is exactly where you need to be!
  • Enjoy a unique seaside dining experience at the renowned Brass Bell (*Not free BUT worthwhile)
  • Indulge in a rock-your-socks-off ice cream at the famous Ice Café (*Not free BUT worthwhile)
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee & bite to eat at the iconic Olympia Café & Bakery – While an array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are available, Olympia is renowned for its freshly baked pastries and bread (*Not free BUT worthwhile)
  • Go to the Kalk Bay Theatre & the Kalk Bay Modern Gallery (*Not free BUT worthwhile)
  • Visit the infamous Kalk Bay Expresso – A charming café housed inside a restored Blue Train carriage (*Not free BUT worthwhile)
  • Pop into the vibey beachside cocktail bar – Cape to Cuba (*Not free BUT worthwhile)

**Extra Bonus: Kalk Bay is also home to one of the absolute best (if not THE BEST) and highly sought-after local harbourfront fish and chips spots in the entire city – Kalky’s! 

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

You can easily spend an entire day exploring the streets of Kalk Bay and still not discover everything it has to offer – that’s the beauty and magic of this captivating coastal town.

#13 Spend the day exploring Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Another amazing thing to do when travelling alone in Cape Town is to visit and spend the day at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens in the world, very few gardens can compare to the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is Cape Town’s claim to botanical fame after all!

This not only makes visiting and exploring the great Kirstenbosch Gardens one of the top things to do in Cape Town for locals and travelers alike, but a not-to-be-missed experience you should ABSOLUTELY add to your solo Cape Town bucket list.

Nestled against the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is known for its incredible display of indigenous natural beauty. The Gardens cover +/- 528 hectares, and boasts more than 7000 plant species, 2500 of which are solely from the Cape Peninsula.

**Bonus insight: Kirstenbosch Gardens forms part of the Cape Floristic Region / Cape Floral Kingdom, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the world’s smallest, yet most diverse of the 6 floral kingdoms, and the only one that occurs entirely in one country. You can expect a glorious diversity of fauna and flora entirely indigenous to Cape Town. How incredible is that?

Besides its vast natural beauty and top Cape Town garden status, Kirstenbosch offers visitors an endless variety of things to do and see. Not to mention some exciting adventure experiences too.

#14 Go Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Time to tick another bucket-list worthy adventure experience of your Cape Town bucket list! Stand-up paddle boarding (also known as SUPing) is undoubtedly one of the most exciting, sought-after, fun, and thrilling adventures and adrenalin activities in Cape Town. This incredible and down-right exhilarating paddle-boarding experience gives you the amazing opportunity to see and explore the private waterways of the V&A Waterfront, various canals, lakes, as well as the ocean from an entirely different perspective. And guess what? It can be enjoyed by ALL and is ideal for both beginners as well as advanced paddlers alike, with the pace being entirely up to you. This means absolutely EVERYONE can join in on the Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding fun!

When it comes to going stand-up paddle boarding in Cape Town, you can choose to either be led by an experienced SUP instructor (this is recommended for first-time / beginner ‘SUPers’) or decide to go your own way (perfect for more experienced ‘SUPers’).

You might be wondering where the best places are to go SUPing in Cape Town – Well, lucky for you, we’ve got the inside scoop on some of the top spots, however, what you want to get out of the experience as well as your level of expertise will ultimately determine the ideal SUPing destination for you. With that being said, you are free to choose whichever destination you want – it is your adventure after all!

The waters of Muizenberg are perfect for those who like to catch waves while on their SUP boards, while the quieter waters beyond the breakers at Clifton and Camps Bay Beach offer the most incredible views. For a more predictable and laid-back experience – perfect for beginner SUPers – venturing out on your stand-up paddle board, led by a skilled and experienced instructor, and exploring some of the city’s most amazing hidden canals, waterways, and lakes is not only perfect for you, but promises to be one Cape Town adventure experience you definitely won’t forget.

**Note: While Stand-up paddle boarding might look like a relatively easy and tranquil activity from the shore, when you stand up on those thick boards, essentially trying everything in your power to stay up-right (utilizing those abdominal and core muscles like you never have before), you realize just how much focus, control, and effort actually goes into staying out of the water while SUPing. However, regardless of putting in some good ol’ effort and core muscle power, going stand-up paddle boarding in Cape Town is a thrilling bucket-list experience in EVERY way!

#15 Go on the ultimate Cape Town sunset chasing adventure

It’s time to chase sunsets! There is no denying that the Mother City is pure sunset bliss. Known for her stunning sherbet-colored sunsets that set the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors, going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Cape Town all year-round.

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

To put the cherry on top of the Mother City’s sunset chasing cake – or so to speak – Cape Town is home to some seriously sensational sunset spots – perhaps even the best in the world. However, sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset hidden gems – That’s when the real sunset adventure begins!

Here are our top secret sunset and overall best sunset spots in Cape Town, all of which deserve a prime spot on your sunset bucket-list:

  • Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • The Clifton Ridge Rocks | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Lions Head
  • Table Mountain
  • Signal Hill
  • Llandudno Beach
  • The ‘Sunset Rock’ | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Diaz Beach | Cape Point | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Kloof Corner
  • Bloubergstrand Beach

**Check out our ‘Best sunset spots in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s magnificent and magical sunset spots.

Happy sunset chasing sunset lovers!

#16 Take a trip to Robben Island

Beyond being one of Cape Town’s top attractions, sights, and landmarks, Robben Island is an integral part of South African history.

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Cape Town is at the heart of a country with one of the most prolific histories in the world, and right at the center of it all is Robben Island. Arguably home to one of the most recognizable and well-known prisons in the world, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, imprisonment, and isolation for nearly 400 years.

For centuries Robben Island was used as a penal colony, primarily for political prisoners. The most famous political prisoners that spent time on Robben Island include former and late South African president, activist, and world icon, Nelson Mandela, Tokyo Sexwale, Walter Sisulu, and Govan Mbeki. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 years during the South African apartheid era.

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Today it is regarded as a symbol of hope and testament to the triumph of the human spirit over adversity – A place that has played a pivotal role in South Africa’s journey to democracy. In 1997 Robben Island was turned into a museum – The Robben Island Museum – and in 1999 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Now locals and tourists alike can visit this South African landmark and historical site, tour the Robben Island Prison where Nelson Mandela was held, as well as the island’s museum and lighthouse.

Robben Island Tours are typically led by ex-inmates with first-hand knowledge and experience of what life was truly like during those pivotal years / times – The exact times that would ultimately change the entire course of South African history.

Visiting Robben Island on your future trip to Cape Town is a great way to immerse yourself in a vital piece of South Africa’s history and journey to democracy – It is without a doubt an experience that should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list!

#17 Try traditional local Cape Town food

While the Mother City is widely celebrated as being one of the top food capitals in the world, boasting a world-renowned culinary scene, local and authentic is what it’s really all about. Because in Cape Town, there’s no experience quite like the local food experience. Plus, what better way to immerse yourself in local Cape Town culture than by trying some of the Mother City and South Africa’s favorite local dishes?

Here are just a few fan-favorite local dishes you absolutely have to try:

  • Gatsby

No trip to Cape Town is complete without digging into the ever-popular Gatsby! An iconic local Cape Town dish, this Mother City super sandwich is traditionally filled with loads of saucy chips and meat, as well as a few other delicious surprises tucked in there. While the great Cape Town Gatsby is delicious in every way, it is not to be underestimated – it’s not dubbed the SUPER sandwich of the Cape for nothing.

**Get them at: Sunrise Chip ‘n Ranch in Mowbray, The Golden Dish in Athlone, Miriam’s Kitchen in the CBD.

  • Bobotie

Regarded by many as the flagship dish of South Africa, Bobotie is a fan-favourite among locals and travellers alike. Bobotie is essentially a delicious, mild curried mince dish, topped with a thin layer of baked savoury custard or an egg-based topping. The dish is usually served with yellow curry rice and Chutney.

**History of Bobotie: Bobotie was first imported to South Africa from Indonesia in the seventeenth century. It was then adopted by the Cape Malay community who were brought to South Africa as slaves for the European settlers in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Since then the culture and history of the Cape Malay have had a major impact on both the city and its cuisine. Giving us this (any many more) beloved local dishes.

**Get them at: Cafe Charles in the De Waterkant, Bo-Kaap Kombuis in Bo-Kaap.

  • Bunny Chow

Regarded as South Africa’s very own street food, the famous Bunny Chow is a South African fast-food dish consisting of a quarter loaf of bread filled with delicious Durban curry. For the full local Bunny Chow experience you MUST eat it like a real local – with your hands only of course! It may be a bit messy, but you’ll love every second of it!

**Get them at: The Eastern Food Bazaar in the CBD, Miriam’s Kitchen in the CBD, Sunrise Chip ‘n Ranch in Mowbray, Taj Mahal Restaurant, Vandiar’s Indian Cuisine, The Haas Collective.

  • Koeksisters

Time for something sweet! A koeksister is a delicious sweet treat with a firm texture, soaked in the most delicious syrup. Did you know that there are actually two variations of this local sweet treat – The Afrikaner version, ‘koeksister’ and the Cape Malay version ‘koesister’? The Afrikaans original, koeksister, is a golden, twisted plait, crisp on the outside with a sweet syrupy centre. Koesisters on the other hand are authentic to Cape Town’s Cape Malayan influence which consists of oval dough balls with a doughnut-like texture, flavoured with spices and naartjie peel.

**Get them at: Bibis Kitchen in Wynberg, Wembley’s Roadhouse in Athlone, Bo-Kaap Kombuis in the Bo-Kaap, Miriam’s Kitchen in the CBD. Some supermarkets in the city centre also have them.

#18 Go kayaking with African Penguins

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

Going kayaking alongside Cape Town’s cool and charismatic African Penguins is an experience that should be on everyone’s Cape Town adventure bucket-list. Not only is it one of the most thrilling and unique ways to see the sights and scenery of the vibrant False Bay coastline (as most kayaking trips depart from Simon’s Town), but the best way to get up-close with Boulders Beach’s African Penguin Colony.

In addition to seeing Cape Town’s ultimate cool kids – AKA: The African Penguins of course – you’ll also have the opportunity to spot a few other members of Cape Town’s amazing Marine Big 5, including Cape Fur Seals, whales, and dolphins.

Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins are known to be especially playful and inquisitive in nature. They absolutely love the limelight and any chance to show off their tricks and twirls, so don’t be surprised if they come right up to your kayak for a greeting or a second in the spotlight. They love showing off and we have no doubt that you’ll love every second of watching them do it. So, sit back, relax, revel in every extraordinary moment of this experience and kayak along. As an extra bonus, make sure you’re on the lookout for some Sea Gulls and a range of other sea birds too!

#19 Visit Cape Town’s Museums

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

One of the main perks of solo travel in Cape Town is the fact that you are in control of your own schedule and time. This gives you the opportunity to visit as many of Cape Town’s museums as your heart desires and browse all the incredible exhibits at your own pace.

Immerse yourself in Cape Town’s history, culture, and heritage by visiting some of its iconic museums as well as learn more about the city’s deeply rooted history, heritage, struggles and triumphs. Not to mention its thriving art scene and sporting prowess too.

Here are merely a few of the top museums to visit in Cape Town:

  • District Six Museum
  • Robben Island Museum
  • Bo-Kaap Museum
  • Irma Stern Museum
  • Iziko South African National Gallery
  • Iziko Slave Lodge
  • The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
  • South African Jewish Museum

#20 Enjoy an exciting night out on the town

Are you ready to experience Cape Town by night? This is the time the Mother City truly comes alive!

20 Things to do when travelling solo in Cape Town

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Whether you choose to unwind in style with a cocktail or glass of vino in hand, take in a concert, see cutting-edge theater, wine and dine at one of Cape Town’s renowned restaurants or rooftop spots, or decide to slip into your favorite dancing shoes for a night of partying – it’s entirely up to you! Evenings in Cape Town have a myriad of joys to offer, so why not treat yourself, try something new, discover the latest hotspot or find a new favorite tipple?

If parties and fun are your cup of tea, you will not have any trouble finding somewhere to go and dance the night away. Harrington Street, Loop Street, Longmarket Street, Long Street, Bree Street, Kloof Street, Shortmarket Street, Wale Street, Tamboerskloof, De Waterkant, The V&A Waterfront, Gardens, and the famous Camps Bay Strip are all a mecca for young folk who love to party, so those are some great places to start. There are several nightlife destinations for a big night out in Cape Town.

As there is a large number of visitors from all over the globe here, the crowd is very diverse. Locals, long term visitors, travelers passing through, and tourists can all be found enjoying a night out, and for the most part, many are more than happy to welcome you to their group.

Here are some of Cape Town’s best clubs & hottest nightlife spots:

  • Saint Champagne Bar & Lounge
  • Cabo Beach Club
  • Safehouse
  • District
  • The Pink Candy Nightclub
  • Blondie
  • Van Hunks
  • Asoka
  • Yours Truly
  • The Power & the Glory / The Moveable Feast
  • Station on Bree
  • The Art of Duplicity (*The hippest secret bar in Cape Town)
  • House of Machines
  • Arcade
  • Gin Bar
  • Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
  • Publik Wine Bar
  • Club Paradise
  • Café Caprice
  • The Waiting Room
  • Village Idiot

#BONUS: Abseil down Table Mountain – The highest commercial abseiling route on the planet!

We’re ending our list of top 20 things to do when you’re travelling solo in Cape Town with an extra bonus BANG! Are you up for it Cape Town solo travelers? We sure hope so!

Cape Town activities

Calling all die-hard adrenaline junkies & fearless thrill-seekers – this incredibly exhilarating & wildly daring adventure experience in South Africa’s beautiful, vibrant, and exciting city of Cape Town is just for you! You better strap in, it’s going to be one WILD adrenaline-fueled ride that’s for sure! If it’s the thrill of a decent you’re after then Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain is exactly where you want to be for this once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list worthy adventure.

Standing tall at a staggering 1,086 meters above sea level, Table Mountain is known as the all-mighty giant of the Cape Town skyline. Named one of the New7Wonders of Nature, this 600 million years old flat-topped mountain is not only one of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks and sought-after attractions, not to mention one of the most recognizable mountains in the world, it is also the ultimate mecca for nature lovers, avid hikers, and keen adventure seekers. Table Mountain and the surrounding Table Mountain National Park boasts a thrilling variety of hiking trails, sensational panoramic views, tons of hidden gems & secret spots, and a vast diversity of unique fauna & flora – all of which makes exploring Table Mountain’s natural beauty and surrounding landscapes an exhilarating adventure in itself.

While admiring this magnificent mountainous giant from below is beyond breathtaking, there are few things that can compare to standing on the summit of the world-renowned Table Mountain & looking out over the vast Atlantic Ocean, iconic Lion’s Head, stunning Signal Hill, beautiful Camps Bay & Clifton, glorious Mother City and beyond. Now that you’ve conquered the Table Mountain summit, why not take it one step further by abseiling down it? As this iconic tall-standing mountain is the highest commercial abseiling route on the planet, it gives daring travelers & avid adrenaline junkies the rare & remarkable opportunity to experience one of the most thrilling once-in-a-lifetime adventures in the world – IT LITERALLY IS AN ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME – how could you not jump at the opportunity to tick this ONE-OF-A-KIND ULTIMATE ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE off your bucket list??

There is absolutely NO denying that taking on the highest commercial abseiling route on the planet is not only one of the top adventures & adrenaline activities in Cape Town, but in all of Africa & the world too! The only question is, are you fearless & adventurous enough to take this massive & beyond thrilling leap of faith & show the all-mighty Table Mountain exactly what you’re made of? GO FOR IT – WE DARE YOU!