Cape Town Bucket List With a Twist

Dubbed one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, Cape Town is pure love at first sight. At first glance the Mother City is the whole package, beautiful, unique, adventurous, daring and truly one of a kind & with obvious natural stunners like Table Mountain, Clifton, Camps Bay, Cape Point and Chapman’s Peak it isn’t hard to understand why. But there is definitely more to Cape Town than what meets the eye.

When you dive a little deeper, wonder a little further, and linger a little longer you will discover a treasure chest filled with glorious hidden gems, secrets spots and of the beaten path hideaways that will have you falling head-over-heels in love and forever hooked on Cape Town’s secret magic.

Here’s is our Alternative Cape Town bucket List, bosting some of the most fun and thrilling off-the-beaten-path adventures and experiences for both the young and young at heart.

#Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave

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While Chapman’s Peak Drive is regarded as one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world and one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions, few people are aware of the array of hidden gems and secret spots scattered along this captivating coastal road. One being the Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave. However, as with most Cape Town hidden gems, you must be willing to wander a little bit off the beaten path to find it – Are you intrigued?

**How to get there: Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point. This is where the real adventure begins! As it is positioned just below the pass, you’ll need to climb over the railing. Carefully make your way down the mountainside until you find the Look-out Cave.

Once you’re there, it’s time to sit back, relax, and soak it all in. Besides being one of the top hidden gems in Cape Town, it is also one of the city’s most magnificent secret sunset spots, which means you are in for a real treat! An extra bonus is that there is enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.

#Water’s Edge Beach

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Located right next to the popular Boulders Beach and its beloved African Penguin Colony, Water’s Edge is a spectacular secret beach and one of Cape Town’s coolest (and most beautiful) hidden beach gems. Completely hidden from the masses, this is one secret beach you wouldn’t know even existed unless you had the local inside scoop – That’s where we come in!

How exactly do you reach this slice of beach paradise? From Boulders Beach and its famous African Penguin Viewing Site, continue walking along the path until you see a small wooden gate. Although at first sight it may seem like you shouldn’t go any further, completely ignore this initial instinct, open the gate, and head on through. Trust us, you’re about to discover one of Cape Town’s best kept beach secrets.

Continue making your way down the nature path until you start seeing the beach. Once at the beach, you will need to climb down and over a few rocks (all part of the adventure) and voilá, you’ve arrived!

Water’s Edge is a beautiful, sheltered beach oasis boasting large granite boulders, crisp white sand, and turquoise ocean waters. As its located right next to Boulders Beach, there’s a very good chance (in fact, approximately a 99.9% chance) that you will spot a few African Penguins swimming around and about in the ocean, catching some lovely sun rays while lounging on the boulders, as well as strolling along the coastline and beach, weaving their way through all the beach goers.

While these cool and charismatic Cape Town locals (the African Penguin colony of course) are BEYOND adorable and it may well take all the willpower you have not to reach out and touch them – It is of utmost importance that you respect these remarkable endangered species at all times and abide by the rules and regulations laid out.

In addition to African Penguins, be sure to keep a look out for the other members of Cape Town’s marine Big5 – Cape Fur Seals, dolphins, Mola-Mola sunfish, and Southern Right Whales, as well as Cape Town’s vast and vibrant abundance of marine life.

#We Are Still Here Memorial

The We Are Still Here Memorial is a remarkably powerful piece of artwork. Created by mosaic artists Lovell Friedman and Leora Lewis, it memorializes the 7,000 children that were advertised as destitute in the Cape Government Gazette between 1841 and 1921. These children, some as young as eight-years-old, were often found roaming the streets of Cape Town. If no one came forward to claim or support them after the ad was run, they were sold as indentured labourers to the highest bidders. The Memorial is made up of copies of these advertisements which were put together in such a way to reflect the image of a child, surrounded by drawings and heart-felt written work by current street kids.

Situated just outside the Cape Town Central Library, in Long market Pedestrian Mall, the We Are Still Here Memorial is a powerful and compelling landmark and proclamation that absolutely everyone who visits Cape Town should see.

#Enjoy a night out at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema

The Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema in Cape Town is dedicated to restoring the true experience of cinema!

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Photo credit: Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel

Located in the heart of Cape Town’s lively CBD, the Pink Flamingo open-air Rooftop Cinema is part drive-in, part social event, and part adventure. Set in the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel – the only designer Rooftop Airstream Trailer Park in the world – The Pink Flamingo celebrates the silver screen in a silver setting – right beneath the night sky.

Showcasing an array of films, including all your favorite classics, watching a movie under the Cape Town night sky and Mother City moonlight while surrounded by their amazing gleaming vintage Airstream Trailers, is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town this weekend. Not to mention one of the most unique and memorable too!

On an open-air rooftop that is The Grand Daddy Hotel’s Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park, the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is all about celebrating the occasion, the glamour, the romance, the ritual, and the wonderful world of make believe that is the movies.

If you want to add an extra special touch to this already incredible experience, you can order a delicious picnic basket or decide to spend the night in one of their magical themed trailers. This is one experience you absolutely have to add to your Cape Town bucket-list.

**Note: You can choose from three unique seating options: General Seating, the Love Seat, and the Couch. Each ticket includes a welcome drink, a bag of sweets and popcorn.

Watching an open-air rooftop screening at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is by far one of the best things to do in Cape Town!

  • Location: The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel | 38 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 207 8888 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to find out more about this incredible experience | To find out more information about The Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema at the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel click here

#Go tobogganing at Cool Runnings

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The first downhill tobogganing track in Africa, Cool Runnings is a Cape Town-based family park boasting an intricate course of steel tracks and top-notch, wheeled bobsleds.

Go hurtling down a half-pipe in a bobsled, flying through the twists and curves as you race along the 1.25 km track. It’s fun for kids and adults, and it’s completely safe and the combination of speed and skill makes it a thrilling challenge for even the most die-hard speed freak.

Starting at the foot Durbanville’s slopes, you settle into your toboggan and set off as the cables in the tracks haul you to the start of the course (a relief for anyone thinking they’d have to climb the hill every time!).

Once at the top, it’s just you, the toboggan, the brake lever – and the spectacular view of Cape Town. Cruise through the 17 corners, S-bends and even a tunnel, before the sled automatically slows down at the bottom of the course, safe and sound. Perfect for a day out with the family, friends or colleagues, Cool Runnings is a one-stop destination, with a café serving up delicious boerie rolls, burgers and pizza, and a bar to quench your thirst. Best of all? It won’t burn a hole in your wallet!

The rides start at only R60 – and the more you ride, the cheaper it gets. It’s also free entry for team-building events, school outings, and birthday and bachelor / bachelorette parties.

**Note: Kids under the age of 3 are not allowed.

**Visit the Cool Running’s website to find out more.

#The ‘Secret Sunset Rock’

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Photo Credit: Flickr: Derek Keats

Crowned the ‘Sunset Rock’ by locals, this Cape Town hidden gem and secret sunset spot is worth every bit of extra effort it takes to get there. Once on Ocean View Drive, follow the road through the neighbourhood of Fresnaye. Continue all the way to the end of the road until you reach what appears to be a dead-end. You will pass several high-end houses on your way, in fact, it will almost feel like you’re not allowed to be there at all. Ignore this weary feeling and park your car in the dead-end space.

As the ‘Secret Sunset Rock’ is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets and local hidden gems, there is no clear path laid out to get there. You will need to bundu-bash your way through bushes and over a few rocks to reach this magical sunset spot. Before you know it, you will find yourself on top of a giant flat granite boulder looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay, Clifton Beach, Lion’s Head, and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Find a spot anywhere on the boulder or scout out the area to find the perfect vantage point lower down.

#Take a Train to Elgin Railway Market | Ceres Rail Company

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Photo credit: Ceres Rail Company

  • Where: The journey departs from Harbour Bridge Platform (close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre) – Elgin Railway Market (Oak Avenue, Elgin, Cape Town)
  • Event by: Ceres Rail Company
  • Website:
  • Tickets: Click here to get your ticket / tickets

Seating options:

  • Day Sitter restaurant-type seating – R625 per seat
  • Family Coupe (Maximum 2 adults and 2 children) – R1500 for the whole coupe
  • Family Compartment (Maximum 4 adults and 2 children) – R2900 for the whole compartment
  • Bar Lounge Seating (No under 18’s) – R625 per seat
  • Observation Car (Group bookings only for 15 – 28 people) – Starts at R12 750 for 15 people in an airconditioned, private setting
  • Children under 2 travel free

Join the Ceres Rail Company on a 160 km round-trip departing from Cape Town to the Art Deco Elgin Railway Market for an exceptional market experience.

The journey departs from Harbour Bridge Platform (close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre), and meanders through Cape Town and its surrounds until reaching the majestic Sir Lowrys Pass. Once you arrive at the foot of the pass, the train embarks on an epic climb up one of the steepest railway lines in South Africa. Cresting the peak, the train snakes it way into the lush Elgin Valley before arriving at the Elgin Railway Market.

Onboard the train guests can enjoy the wonderful scenery from various vantage points whilst sipping on drinks from the fully licensed cash bar and / or snacking in the train dining car.

The service is suited to all ages and promises to be an experience to you’ll never forget!

#Enjoy a theatrical dining experience at StarDust

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The trendy Cape Town neighbourhood of Woodstock is home to this uniquely wonderful, one-of-a-kind theatrical restaurant – StarDust! With incredible, get-up-on-your-feet, can’t resist the beat musical and theatrical performances by profoundly talented young local performers, dancers, and singers – most of whom are total triple threats – paired with an array of sensational Mediterranean dishes, and a lively and vibrant atmosphere – You are in for the mother of all treats at StarDust Theatrical Dining!

Oh, did we mention that these remarkable musical and theatrical performers double as your waiters too? That just blew your mind didn’t it? All the more reason to get your friends and family together and make a booking at this cool inner-city theatrical dining restaurant / epic musical and dining destination right away.

What makes this already enjoyable, vibrant, and wildly entertaining experience even more fun, is the fact that absolutely everyone in attendance is encouraged to join in on the lively festivities – including the dancing & singing! So, don’t be shy, sing your heart out, get moving and grooving, and most of all – have an absolute BLAST!

  • Location: StarDust Theatrical Dining | 118 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 462 7777 | 072 414 6522 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to find out more about StarDust Theatrical Dining & to make your booking ASAP!

#Visit Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery

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Known as the keeper of one of Cape Town’s best-kept wine tasting secrets, Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery is any head-over-heels wine lover’s dream wine escape. Offering wine enthusiasts one of the most unique and enthralling wine tasting experiences, its hard to resist a visit to this beautiful one-of-a-kind Western Cape wine gem.

Beyond merely enjoying a tasting of Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery’s array of exceptional wines, you get to do so in a destination that is truly unlike any other – your very own cave! How amazing is that?!

Klein Roosboom has reclaimed and lovingly restored their former wine storage facilities (‘caves’), creating one-of-a-kind wine tasting nooks ideal for a bucket-list worthy wine tasting experience!

  • Location: Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery | Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town | Klein Roosboom lies in the foothills of the Durbanville wine region, just 25 km’s from Cape Town.
  • Contact details: 0860 572 572 | [email protected]
  • Website:

#Go Tandem Paragliding with Cape Hope Paragliding

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It’s time to experience something incredibly thrilling, adventurous, a little daring, and oh so worth it – Going Tandem Paragliding with Cape Hope Paragliding!

Let’s be honest, 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. Not only do you get to admire one of the most beautiful cities in the world in one of the most exciting and invigorating ways, you get to tick something truly thrilling off your Cape Town bucket list!

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 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 Cape Town’s top sights and wonderful natural wonders 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.

**One of the New7Natural Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Lion’s Head, glorious Atlantic Ocean, captivating Cape Peninsula and its vast and equally stunning coastline are just a few of the spectacular sights you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see on your paragliding adventure.

  • Location: 1, Signal Hill, Cape Town | Tandem Paragliding flights either fly from Lions Head or Signal Hill depending on the weather conditions on the day of your flight. The meeting point for all flights are at the very end of Signal Hill road by the parking area, from there they will assess the weather conditions and wind direction and decide whether the flight will take place from Signal Hill or Lions Head.
  • Contact details: 061 583 4055 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit Cape Hope Paragliding’s website & find out more about this exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Booking: Click here to make an online booking

#Play 3D Glow In The Dark Mini Golf @ Glowing Rooms SA

Get excited cause this is one epic experience you won’t soon forget!

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Time to get loose, let your hair down, and let your inner-child run rampant and free – Because this super cool glow in the dark mini golf adventure not only promises to be a whole lot of fun, but an experience you definitely won’t soon forget.

The luminous 3D course features 3D murals, plus UV and disco lights for a fun and thrilling 18 holes of 3D glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

This incredibly unique and beyond exciting experience includes playing with specially imported 3D glasses. You can also book out the event room for private functions.

By far the best thing about playing 3D glow-in-the-dark mini golf – besides the obvious of course – is the fact that it will be thoroughly enjoyed by EVERYONE!

Whether you’re young or young at heart, the best mini-golf player or the absolute worst – It promises to be an absolute blast!

  • Location: Shop 16 – The Gallery, Corner Koeberg Road and Turf Club Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town | Entrance on ground floor next to FNB
  • Opening hours: Monday: Closed |Tuesday – Friday: Closed (except for confirmed paid event room bookings of 10 or more OR minimum 20 confirmed paid players between 10am – 7pm) | Saturday: 10am – 8pm | Sunday: 10am – 4pm | Holidays: Open from Tuesday – Sunday – Be sure to check the website to confirm times
  • Cost: R110 per player | Non-player Fee: R70 | Pensioner Fee: R70 | Pensioner Non-player Fee: R50
  • Contact details: 021 551 2244 | [email protected]
  • No booking required
  • For exclusive usage of the entire premises contact [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Glowing Rooms website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience

#Have pizza on Camps Bay Beach

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Photo credit: Col’Cacchio Pizzeria

Head to the beautiful Camps Bay beach and get pizza delivered directly to you while you catch up with friends and family, soak up the glorious Mother City sunshine, work on your tan, admire your stunning scenery, and perhaps even take a dip in the cool Atlantic – only if you dare of course!

Col’Cacchios (one of the best gourmet pizza restaurants in town) lets you place your pizza order and brings it right to you on the beach with the bill and everything. All you need to do is give their Camps Bay branch a call to let them know where you’re sitting – it’s as easy as that!

Enjoying a down-right delicious pizza on one of the Mother City’s most vibrant and breathtaking beaches with your fellow family members and fabulous friends is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Cape Town.

  • Location: Camps Bay Beach | Col’Cacchio Camps Bay: Shop 57, Isaacs Corner, cnr Victoria Road & The Meadway, Camps Bay, Cape Town
  • Contact details: Col’Cacchio Camps Bay: 021 438 2171

#Embark on a thrilling Lions Head full moon hike

Going on a full moon Lions Head hike is every bit as exhilarating as it sounds!

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Standing tall at 669 meters above sea level, showcasing a beautiful panoramic view of the beautiful Mother City, Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and beyond, Lion’s Head has established itself as one of the most popular Cape Town hiking trails for both hiking first-timers and avid hikers.

While Lion’s Head is undoubtedly one of the best and most sought-after sunrise, sunset, and any-time-of-the-day hiking trails, it is particularly popular for its full moon hikes – Some may say its Lion’s Head’s claim to fame.

The Lion’s Head full moon hike is a monthly Capetonian tradition. The essence / idea behind the famous full moon hike is to hike up Lion’s Head and watch the beautiful sunset and full moon rising, all while enjoying a lovely picnic on the Lion’s Head summit.

This is followed by an exciting descent as you make your way down the mountain following the same path. Only this time it’s under the magical Mother City moonlight and starry night sky.

The Lion’s Head full moon hike typically starts around 6-8pm on a full moon night, depending on the time of year. Be sure to reach the top of Lion’s Head before the sun sets to avoid missing out on this once in a full moon experience!

Check out our ‘What you need to know about hiking up Lion’s Head for the full moon’ blog to find out more about this bucket-list worthy adventure.

For everything you need to know about hiking Lion’s Head, check out our ‘Hiking Lion’s Head Cape Town: Everything you need to know’ blog.

If you’re keen to go on more exhilarating full moon hikes in Cape Town – Check out our ‘Top 5 Full Moon Hikes in Cape Town’ blog.

  • Difficulty: Easy – moderate
  • Fitness level required: Mild – Moderate
  • Start point: The Lion’s Head hiking trail starts at the car park on Signal Hill Road. Follow the trail which circles around the mountain to get to the top.
  • End point: The end point of the hike is the Lion’s Head Summit. Once you reach the summit, make your way down the same way until you reach the initial starting point.
  • Approximate route distance: The total length of the trail is 5,5 km (3,4 miles) both ways
  • Average time to the summit: Between 1 – 3 hours (depending on fitness level)
  • Total elevation: 669 meters (2,195 feet)
  • Best time to hike: Sunrise | Sunset | Full Moon

#Waterfall walks along Chapman’s Peak Drive

Beyond its top mountain pass status and magnificent views, there is far more to Chapman’s Peak Drive than meets the eye. In addition to its cool look-out cave and amazing secret sunset spot (mentioned in the beginning of the blog), it is home to another one of Cape Town’s best hidden gems – the Chapman’s Peak waterfall walk!

If you’re an avid explorer and nature lover, you’re definitely going to want to add this to your Cape Town bucket-list! While reaching this nature lover’s paradise will definitely require some extra effort, a can-do attitude and an adventurous spirit, the destination will be well worth it!

Now that we’ve got you all amped up, how exactly do you get there?  Just before you reach the toll gate on your way towards Noordhoek, you’ll see a picnic table set at the end of the river on the left side of the road. Continue to follow the route along the river up into the mountains until you find yourself in a place resembling a magical fairy-like forest. In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you might think you’ve escaped to a whole new world entirely.

If you still have some energy left in the tank (if not, we highly recommend you scrape every last bit together), by venturing just another 10 minutes up the route, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the mini waterfall right in front of you. Surrounded by lush greenery and stunning scenic surroundings, it’s the perfect place to relax, recharge and simply enjoy the experience.

#Go to Stony Point Nature Reserve

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While Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions, with everyone jumping at the bid to see its thriving African Penguin colony, very few people know that Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world. Located in the coastal town of Betty’s Bay (approximately 90km from Cape Town), Stony Point Nature Reserve gives visitors the opportunity to witness Cape Town’s favourite ocean locals, the cool and charismatic African Penguins, up-close in their natural habitat by means of boardwalks that wind through the reserve.

African Penguins aren’t the only marine life or wildlife you’ll have the pleasure of seeing when visiting this Cape Nature reserve. The reserve is home to a colony of cormorants which includes three species: The Crowned cormorant, Cape cormorant and Bank cormorant, all of which breed on the outer rocks. There are also Hartlaub’s Gulls and Kelp Gulls which forage in the colony, while the infamous Rock Hyrax, more commonly known as the Dassie, can frequently be spotted on the various surrounding rocks.

The Stony Point Nature Reserve is wheelchair and walking stick friendly and welcomes people of all ages to see and explore its scenic surroundings and incredible marine life.

  • Location: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty’s Bay, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape

#Go to Smitswinkel Beach

Smitswinkel Beach is located just passed Simonstown near Cape Point Nature Reserve. This secret beach can only be reached by foot and you will need to do some ‘bundu-bashing’ on your way down. The walk down is relatively steep and should only be attempted by those that are reasonably fit.

Despite the steep descend, you will be well rewarded for your effort with magnificent views of the mountains and bay. Besides being a great swimming spot, as the water is quite gentle here, Smitswinkel Beach is perfect for fishing, snorkelling, and diving. As there are no lifeguards on duty, it is important to be extra cautious when venturing into the water.

Read our post Best Secret Beaches in the Cape for other secluded beach options.

#St Georges Cathedral in Woodstock

St. George’s Cathedral, also known as the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George, was built in 1904 for the Greek community of Cape Town. The remarkable artwork painted by the Romanian priest and hagiographer Father Nikolai during the 1990’s portrays Byzantine-style frescoes which decorate the vaults, walls, and apse with depictions of Jesus and various other saints and icons. It is nothing short of exceptional! The domed ceilings of the Cathedral are painted light blue and dotted with stars, and when the light shines in through the stained-glass windows, it is as if you are transported east to the shining Mediterranean.

In 1968, St. George’s was accorded cathedral status and became the seat of the Orthodox Archbishopric of Good Hope, Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. The archdiocese presides over the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape provinces, the Orange Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Hidden in a little spot in Woodstock, perched almost atop the hill on Mountain Road, St. George’s Cathedral is a beautiful, and equally remarkable, Cape Town hidden gems and landmark.

#The Singular Cycad

If you’re a head-over-heels plant lover and nature enthusiast, this Cape Town hidden gem is dedicated to you! The Singular Cycad is one of the rarest and highly esteemed plant species in the world. It can be found in the Cycad dell at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, one of the great botanic gardens of the world. John Medley Wood first discovered the plant in the oNgoye Forest in KwaZulu-Natal. It was later identified as a new species and consequently named after him in 1908.

Here is a bit of history and insight into how the singular Cycad came to be. When John Medley Wood first discovered the plant, it originally formed part of a clump made up of four trunks. In 1907, Deputy James Wylie was sent / instructed by John Medley Wood to return to the forest in order to collect two of the larger trunks, which still grew in the Durban Botanical Gardens. However, 5 years later, an excursion through the forest resulted in them finding only one three-meter-tall trunk left in the wild, which died in 1964.

While search efforts through the oNgoye Forest continued, it resulted in no other plants being found. Due to this finding, the Wood’s Cycad is considered to be extinct in the wild. While there is undoubtedly still hope that one day another wild, female Cycad may still arise and be found somewhere in the oNgoye Forest in KwaZulu-Natal, for now at least, the Singular Cycad continues to be “the loneliest plant in the world.”

#Charles Darwin’s Rocks

The Charles Darwin’s Rocks are considered somewhat of a ‘geological wonder.’ These striking rocks represent an impressive ‘contact’ from approximately 540 million years ago between granite and the sedimentary rock that forms Signal Hill. Although Clark Abel discovered these rocks in 1818, they were named after Charles Darwin who visited them on his world-wide journey in 1836.

Darwin was so intrigued by what he saw that he decided to stay in the Cape of Good Hope. This stay turned out to be the second-longest of all his stops during his five-year voyage. His later accounts of the rocks at Sea Point, which he called “Green Point,” were a result of 8 years of writing and correspondence after he returned to England. Today there is a plaque located in the parking lot that commemorates Darwin’s observations.

  • Location: Parking lot at the South-end of Queens Beach, near the intersection of Beach and Alexander Road in Sea Point

#Woodstock Exchange

The trendy Mother City neighbourhood of Woodstock has fast evolved into the design heart of Cape Town. Right at its centre is the Woodstock Exchange (or WEX as the locals call it). The Woodstock Exchange is a collection of workshops, boutiques, cafés and collectives – a true incubator of young business where the common thread is creativity.

#Centre for the book

Dedicated to all things books, the Centre For The Book, located in Cape Town’s city bowl, is one of the finest examples of Edwardian architecture in the city. Beyond its literary significance, the building itself is something to be admired. The ceremonial hall is based on an ancient Greek theatre and features a dome which rises 56 feet with a base made from Paarl granite. The gorgeous domed atrium of the central reading room is the venue for concerts and is often hired for weddings and other functions.

The Centre For The Book is dedicated to promoting a culture of reading, writing and publishing in local languages. It also represents the National Library’s outreach arm and aims to increase access to books for all. It regularly hosts writing workshops for talented writers, as well as various outreach programmes to disadvantaged communities, to mention just a few.

  • Location: 62 Queen Victoria Street, City Bowl

#The Clifton Ridge Rocks

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The Clifton Ridge Rocks is another one of Cape Town’s most beautiful hidden gems and secret sunset spots wrapped up into one. While locals are reluctant to share this beloved hidden sunset gem with the rest of the world, how can we deny you the pleasure of watching the Mother City sun go down from this magical spot?

Where can you find it? At the end of The Ridge Road in Clifton, just before you think you’ve gone too far, you’ll stumble upon a small walkway that opens onto a little rock ridge. This is the spot! Once there, scout out the perfect spot, sit back, relax, and get ready to soak up all the magnificent sunset magic that’s about to come your way. Paired with a few sundowners, it’s pure beach sunset bliss!

#Go stand-up paddle-boarding around the One&Only Cape Town Resort

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It’s time to tick a bucket-list worthy adventure experience of your list Cape Town bucket list – Are you ready for it? I know you are!

One&Only’s incredible and down-right exhilarating paddle-boarding experience gives you the amazing opportunity to see and explore its private waterways from an entirely different angle.

Stand-up paddle-boarding (also known as SUP) is by far one of the most exciting, sought-after, and adventurous experiences / activities in Cape Town. Best thing is, it can be enjoyed by all and is ideal for newcomers / beginners as well as advanced paddlers alike, with the pace being entirely up to you.

You can choose to be led by one of One&Only’s experienced SUP instructors or decide to go your own way. Cruise down the resort’s series of canals, before venturing into their secure private Marina.

This is without a doubt one unforgettable adventure experience you absolutely cannot miss out on! Come on, step outside of your comfort zone and set your inner thrill seeker free – you know you want to!

#Explore the beautiful Hidden Valley

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain near Stellenbosch, Hidden Valley is one of the Cape Winelands’ most beautiful Wine Farms. For those who love to go slightly off the beaten track in search of Cape Town’s best kept secrets and lesser-known hidden gems, Hidden Valley is the perfect place to escape from all the hustle and hype of the city – even if just for a while – and enjoy a great day out with family and friend.

The jewel of the farm is shrouded by fynbos, vineyards, and olive groves, and boasts spectacular views of vast mountain ranges, thriving vineyards, and stunning surrounding scenery.

To add an extra special touch, Hidden Valley Wine Farm offers you a delightful picnic basket to enjoy, plus you can enjoy a wonderful wine tasting experience and celebrate in true Cape Winelands style.

#Go to the iconic Root44 Market

Good food | Amazing Drinks | Epic Tunes & Live Entertainment | Brilliant Company | A Vibrant & Infectious Energy & Vibe!

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Photo credit: ROOT 44 Market

  • Location: Root 44 Market | Corner of R44 and Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • Operating hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm (rain or shine)
  • Contact: 021 300 3935 | [email protected]

It’s the perfect time to enjoy a legendary ROOT 44 market adventure! The renowned ROOT 44 Market in Stellenbosch welcomes absolutely EVERYONE with open arms, a cool laid-back vibe, and an endless variety of just about everything and anything your market-loving heart desires!

Housed in a sturdy, super-cosy marquees, surrounded by picturesque vineyards and beautiful views, a visit to the ROOT 44 Market is ideal for enjoying a lovely day out in Cape Town with friends and family.

Did you know that the iconic ROOT 44 Market is one of the most child-friendly markets in the Mother City? Well, now you do! Boasting an incredible variety of activities such as World of Adventure (which includes indoor and outdoor jungle gyms), mini-golf, and so much more – It is bound to keep the kiddies happy, entertained, and loving life for hours on end.

Let’s not forget about all the delicious eats, treats, and cool ROOT 44 beats! From decadent sweet treats, wood-fired pizza’s, gourmet hamburgers, and biltong to healthy salads, sandwiches, and spicy curries, ROOT 44 has something for every foodie or lover of delicious things. They also have a wonderful and vast selection of craft beers that are bound to have you coming back for more – That’s a promise!

The best thing is, all the stalls and lekker food and drinks can be enjoyed to the cool sounds, viby beats, and awesome live entertainment as several incredible live bands take to the ROOT 44 stage every Saturday and Sunday.

**Cool to know: One of the coolest things about this market, despite the obvious of course, is the fact that it is one of Cape Town’s best all-weather markets. So, come rain or shine, ROOT44 will continue the good vibes and cool market times all the way through. 

**For more GREAT markets in Cape Town be sure to check out our ‘Best Markets in Cape Town’ Blog for everything you need to know!

#Visit Oudekraal Beach & Have a braai

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Tucked away in a sheltered cove between Camps Bay and Llandudno, Oudekraal is not only one of the top beaches in Cape Town, but one of the best braai spots too. It has approximately 40 private braai spots scattered along the lawns above the sheltered cove and sandy beach below.

Oudekraal is also one of the top beaches for enjoying a fun-filled family beach day. The beach is surrounded by large granite boulders that keep big waves at bay, making it the ideal place to swim, especially for the little ones. The water is also calm enough for snorkelling near the shore – adding extra adventure and thrill to a fun family braai and beach day.

**Tip: Because of its popularity and stunning beach location, the braai spots at Oudekraal can get snatched up pretty quickly. It is important to arrive early to secure a top spot.

  • Location: Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay
  • Cost / Conservation Fee:
South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R36 per adult per day
R18 per child, per day
Additionally: R25 per vehicle
SADC Nationals (with passport): R72 per adult per day
R36 per child, per day
Additionally: R25 per vehicle
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R144 per adult per day
R72 per child, per day

#Go Cave Exploring

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If you’re looking for something exhilarating, and down-right thrilling to do in Cape Town AND tick something extremely cool off your bucket list – this is it!

Cape Town is home to several seriously cool, and absolutely incredible caves – All of which deserve a top spot on your Cape Town adventure bucket list. Only if you’re up for it of course?

There is no doubt that going on the ultimate Cape Town cave quest is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town for adventurers and thrill-seekers!

Here are a few of Cape Town’s top caves to explore:

#Boomslang Cave

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Fitness level required: Low -Moderate level of fitness required
  • Start point: Boyes Drive – Echo Valley
  • End Point: Boomslang Cave above Kalk Bay
  • Average time to the top: Approximately 2 – 3 hours (depending on your fitness and experience level)
  • Approximate route distance: +/- 3.9km
  • Child-friendly: Yes

Boomslang Cave is one of Kalk Bay’s coolest hidden gems. As it’s a relatively easy hike, it is great for less experienced cave explorers, novice hikers, families with curious and active kiddos, and eager adventurers keen to get out and explore.

Found above Kalk Bay, Boomslang Cave tunnels right through the mountain – making it quite a thrilling experience to tick off your adventure bucket-list.

#Klipgat Cave, Gansbaai

Nestled within the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, a mere three kilometres from the idyllic De Kelders fishing village, Klipgat Cave is another one of Cape Town’s best secret caves and coolest hidden gems.

Beyond its stunning surroundings and spectacular views, Klipgat Cave has quite a bit of history behind it. The cave reached cultural, historical and world heritage significance due to the 1992 excavation when 70 000-year-old human bones and stone tools were discovered within the cave. These bones and stone tools were believed to be left behind by the native Khoikhoi bushman. This undoubtedly adds an extra dose of mystery and thrill to your experience.

Besides its rich history, exploring Klipgat Cave is a real adventure. It boasts two chambers: The first chamber has a rugged rocky surface and leads to the ocean. The second chamber is made up of a small entryway that leads to the main cave excavation site. There is also a boardwalk that circles around the historical site.

**Extra tip: Klipgat Cave is regarded as one of the best whale watching spots in the Western Cape.

#Woodstock Cave

  • Difficulty: Moderate level of difficulty
  • Fitness level required: Moderate level of fitness required
  • Start point: Tafelberg Road / Rhodes Memorial
  • End Point: Upper Aerial Cableway Station
  • Average time to the top: 1 – 2 hours one way starting from Tafelberg Road | 2 – 3 hours one way starting from Rhodes Memorial
  • Child friendly: Yes

Famously known for its long horizontal crack in the Devil’s Peak mountainside, the iconic Woodstock Cave is one of the largest caves on Table Mountain. This not only makes it a top go-to cave, but offers avid cave explorers and adventures tons of space to discover everything it has to offer.

The hike to reach the Woodstock Cave is relatively easy and doesn’t require a great deal of hiking experience. Once you reach the cave, you will be well rewarded for your hiking efforts with a magnificent view, a shaded area to relax and recharge, as well as a small waterfall to admire and enjoy at your own leisure.

**Extra TipDon’t hike this route alone. It’s always best to hike in a group when hiking any of Cape Town’s hiking trails.

#Waenhuiskrans Cave, Arniston

Located just off the sandy shoreline of Arniston, the Waenhuiskrans Cave is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s best secret caves to explore. Arniston is a small seaside town on the coast of the Overberg region of the Western Cape, approximately 3 hours from the city of Cape Town. It is home to white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and a stunning shipwreck-strewn coastline rich in history and heritage. But, by far one of its best kept secrets and hidden natural gems is the Waenhuiskrans Cave.

Due to its secret location, the Waenhuiskrans Cave can only be accessed during low tide when you are able to make your way through the shallow waters to the entrance of the cave.

Inside the Waenhuiskrans Cave you’ll discover several rockpools, as well as plenty of rock-dwelling marine life that have decided to take up residence inside the cave. If you’re an avid adventurer and keen explorer, a trip to the Waenhuiskrans Cave in Arniston should definitely be on your Cape Town bucket-list.

**Tip: The Waenhuiskrans Cave can ONLY be accessed during low tide. For your own safety it is vital that you do not attempt the hike at any other point of the day. Take only the essentials along when making your way to the cave. Due to the slippery, seaweed-strewn rocks that lie beneath the water’s surface as you navigate your way to the cave, it is important that you wear shoes that are appropriate for traversing slippery rock beds. If you require any additional information on the tides, be sure to contact Cape Agulhas Tourism (028 424 2584 or 028 424 2883) – they will be happy to give you all the pointers and additional information you need.

Check out our ‘Top 10 Secret Caves To Explore In Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s coolest secret caves.

#Go on a legendary Graffiti Tour of Woodstock

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Are you ready to take a walk on the Cape Town graffiti wild side? The hip, gritty and trendy trail-blazing neighborhood of Woodstock is jam-packed with all the cool creative conquests and artistic graffiti expressions your street-art-loving soul desires.

Cape Town has fast become one of the coolest creative hubs for graffiti artists from around the world – With the trendy neighborhood of Woodstock positioning itself right at the forefront of the Mother City’s street art scene.

Boasting a cool, creative, and captivating display of street art, every bit as innovative, vibrant, and diverse as the local and international street art and graffiti artists who created it, exploring Woodstock’s thriving and thrilling street art scene and colorful side streets is definitely one of the most exciting and sought-after experiences for locals and travelers alike; with everyone looking to catch a glimpse of Woodstock’s artistic expressions in action.

It doesn’t quite matter if you’re a die-hard graffiti and street-art-lover or not, going on a legendary graffiti tour of Woodstock is without a doubt one of the coolest things to do in Cape Town for free. Plus, you get to tick something awesome and unreal off your bucket list!

#Visit the Arderne Gardens

Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - Arderne Gardens

Photo credit: Arderne Gardens

  • Entrance: FREE | There is however a donation box for Friends of the Arderne Gardens who maintain it.
  • Location: 222 Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Open daily from 8am – 6pm

The beautiful Arderne Gardens is the perfect picturesque garden escape from the hustle and bustle of the inner-city. Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s southern suburbs, the Arderne Gardens is renowned for its exotic trees and Japanese-style ponds.

Besides being one of the best gardens in Cape Town to visit, this natural gem has become a popular location for fun family outings, picnics in the park and any-time-of-the-day strolls. Its resident ducks, guinea fowl and fish, has made it a real fan-favorite for the kiddies, as well as the adults of course!

There are tons of beautiful walkways that meander through the garden inviting you to sit back and relax and enjoy the blissful solitude. However, if you’re an adventurer and nature lover at heart, the walkways are perfect for exploring all the fauna and flora the Arderne Gardens has to offer.

**Fun fact: The Arderne Gardens is home to the one of the largest trees in Africa known locally as the Wedding Tree.

#Visit the Crystal Pools

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Go on a thrilling and jam-packed adventure to one of the most sought-after and stunning natural gems in the Western Cape – The Crystal Pools.

Crystal Pools is one of Gordon’s Bay and Cape Town’s best kept secrets and bucket-list destinations. Located approximately 90 minutes outside of Cape Town, Crystal Pools boasts incredible hiking trails which lead to a series of mountain pools situated within a beautiful Valley known as the Steenbras River Gorge. Both the Steenbras River Gorge and the Crystal Pools forms part of the renowned Steenbras Nature Reserve, with the hiking trail following the Palmiet River up the gorge.

Crystal Pools, the Steenbras River Gorge, and Steenbras Nature Reserve offers avid hikers, adventurers, and anyone eager to explore the great outdoors the ultimate escape from the hustle and hype of the city.

Need to know information:

  • Location: Kogelberg Nature Reserve | Greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Steenbras Nature Reserve (via N2 and R44), Helderberg Rural, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Office hours: 7:30am – 4pm | Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail bookings: Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays): 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools operating hours: Hiking trails are only open from 1 November to 30 April each year (closed during winter months) | Hiking trail operating hours are from sunrise – sunset: 6am – 6pm | Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools Hiking Trail operating times may differ slightly according to sunrise and sunset times throughout November – April
  • Entrance Fees / Cost: Entry fee for Steenbras River Gorge: R75 per person | Entry fee for the Steenbras hiking trails: R25 per person | For more information and a detailed list of costs please contact 021 444 6927 or [email protected]
  • Contact details: General enquiries: [email protected] | Booking queries: 021 856 9622 | 021 856 9623 | 021 856 9620 | [email protected] | Emergency number: 021 444 6927 | 021 957 4725
  • Distance from Cape Town: +/- 65km – 80km (depending on route)
  • Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools Hiking Trail Carrying Capacity: To ensure that the hiking trails don’t get too crowded, a maximum of 50 people are allowed per day | It is essential to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment
  • Essential Crystal Pools Hiking Trail Requirements: You cannot gain access to the area / hike any of Steenbras River Gorge or Crystal Pools’ Hiking Trails without a valid pre-booked and paid permit containing a unique QR Code & proof of identification (driver’s license, ID card, or passport)
  • Hiking Trail Permits: To pre-book your Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools permit email [email protected] with ALL relevant information, including the date of your visit and the size of your party / group (a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 people are allowed per group) | One permit per person is required | You can only acquire a permit via email, not at the gate | You must pre-book your hiking permit at least two to five working days before your visit |The hiking permit does not authorize abseiling activities

Check out our ‘Crystal Pools’ blog for everything you need to know about Crystal Pools and all its incredible hiking trails, rock pools, exhilarating experiences, hidden gems, fauna, flora, and biodiversity, and exciting secret spots to visit.

#Go swimming & adventuring at some of the best dams & rivers in Cape Town

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This is by far one of the most thrilling and fun things to do for under R50 in Cape Town for both the young and young at heart!

If you’re looking to take a cool and refreshing dip away from the sand, sea water and large crowds, Cape Town’s vast variety of dams and rivers are the perfect place to do just that.

What’s more thrilling than plunging into a crystal-clear rock pool in one of the most beautiful locations in the Western Cape?

Here are some of the best dams and rivers in Cape Town for swimming. Plus they are all under R50!

#Silvermine Reservoir

  • Distance from Cape Town: +/- 50 minutes
  • Where to find it: Silvermine Reservoir in Table Mountain National Park (via M3)
  • Opening times: Silvermine Gate 1: Daily, 8am – 4pm (May to August) | Daily, 7am – 5pm (September to April) | Silvermine Gate 2: All year round – 8am – 6pm
  • Contact details: 021 712 7471 | 021 712 0527 | [email protected] (Table Mountain National Park)
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, but dog walkers require a Level 1 My Activity Permit | Contact Tokai Plantation Office at 021 712 7471 for more information

Cost: Conservation fees (1 November 2021 – 31 October 2022): 

  • SA citizens and residents with ID: Adult: R36 | Children: R18 | Additionally R25 per vehicle

Located in the Table Mountain National Park, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, the Silvermine Reservoir is a real fan-favourite all around.

Besides enjoying a refreshing swim in a stunning location, there are loads of picnic spots scattered around the reserve, making it the perfect place for enjoying a great day outdoors.

**Important note: As there are no lifeguards on duty, swimming in the Silvermine Reservoir is done at your own risk.

#Klein River

  • Distance from Cape Town: +/- 2 hours
  • Where to find it: King Street, Stanford (via N2 and R43)
  • Opening times: Always open
  • Contact details: 028 3410 340 | [email protected]
  • Dog-friendly: Yes
  • Cost: Free for swimming

Located in Stanford, this tranquil river passes through the Akkedisberg Pass and the lush meadows of Stanford on its way to the estuary (Hermanus Lagoon). Its calm waters are perfect for cooling down after a hot summer’s day filled with adventuring and exploring.

The Stanford Wandelpad walking trail meanders along the Klein River, and is easily accessible from several points. However, a map is available at the local tourism bureau just in case.

**Tip: The bottom of King Street is particularly convenient and an ideal location due to the nearby shaded lawns that make for an incredible picnic spot.

#Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

  • Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour
  • Where to find it: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Jonkershoek Road (via N1), Stellenbosch
  • Opening times: 1 May – 31 August: 8am – 4pm | 1 September – 30 April: 7am – 4pm
  • Contact details: 087 087 4118 (reserve office) | 087 087 8250; [email protected] (permits)
  • Dog-friendly: Pets are not allowed in CapeNature reserves
  • Cost: R50 (adults) | R30 (children)

The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is one natural gem that should be on every nature lover’s bucket-list. Located close to Stellenbosch, the reserve includes the smaller Assegagaai Nature Reserve and is home to the imposing Jonkershoek Mountains as well as portions of the upper Jonkershoek Valley.

It boasts two popular and equally thrilling hiking trails, both of which offer beautiful views of the valley and wine farms below. Besides enjoying an exciting hike, taking a dip in the clear river water is by far one of the top highlights of visiting the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.

**Important note: Only 80 people are allowed into the Assegaaibosch picnic area per day to help with conservation efforts. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis. No alcohol is allowed into the picnic area.

Check out our ‘Best Dams and Rivers in Cape Town for swimming’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s best swimming spots.

#Hike the daring Suicide Gorge | Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

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  • Difficulty: High | Extremely challenging
  • Fitness: High
  • Start Point: Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve
  • End Point: Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve
  • Average time to the top: Approximately 9 hours (depending on fitness level)
  • Approximate route distance: +/- 17km circular route

Did you know Suicide Gorge is regarded as one of South Africa’s most thrilling and adrenalin-inducing hiking trails?

If you’re the ultimate hiking adrenalin junkie, going on a thrilling Suicide Gorge hike in the incredible Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve is the perfect adventure for you.

Aptly named for its death-defying jumps from cliffs that range between 3 and 20 meters, Suicide Gorge definitely lives up to its hype. Deemed the ultimate (as well as the most daring, challenging, and hair-raising) bucket-list hikes in the Western Cape, especially among avid and expert hiking enthusiasts, the renowned Suicide Gorge is solely reserved for the brave, down-right adventurous, and blissfully fearless. Hiking Suicide Gorge should ONLY be attempted by highly experienced, resilient, hardy, and vastly skilled hikers – No exceptions!

Often described as more of a daring combination of kloofing and swimming than a hike, the demanding trail involves extremely daunting leaps off cliffs into deep pools, intense climbing, serious rock scrambling, and challenging swims through mountain streams and canyons surrounded by waterfalls.

Most of Suicide Gorge’s trail involves compulsory leaps and jumps which are between 7 – 8 meters, with the highest jump being a pulse-racing 14 meters high. As certain (or rather most) leaps down waterfalls cannot be avoided when hiking and scaling Suicide Gorge, it is important that you are not in the least bit afraid of heights and that you are willing to swim in ice cold water when needed.

Remember, once you’re in, you’re in, that’s it! The only way to get out of this section of the Riviersonderend Mountains is through several gravity-defying jumps and grueling scrambles. Considering the vastly challenging and formidable nature of this wildly intense Cape Town hiking trail, any and all hikers eager to conquer Suicide Gorge MUST be extremely fit, highly experienced & skilled, great under pressure & able to deal with intense situations, be in good health, and possess a bold, brave, thrill-seeking, and adventurous spirit ready to take on any challenge. Especially one as demanding and daunting as summiting Suicide Gorge.

Click here to find out everything you need to know about the Suicide Gorge hiking trail.

#Go Sandboarding at the Atlantis Dunes

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Photo credit: Sandboarding Cape Town

Its sandboarding time! There is no denying that going sandboarding in Cape Town is deemed one of the most exciting, unique, fun, and coolest adventure experiences for absolutely anyone and everyone – Let’s be honest, how can it not be?

The amazing Atlantis Sand Dunes is considered one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets. With good reason too. Undoubtedly being one of its countless charms! Located only a short drive from Cape Town’s city centre (+/- 30 – 40 minutes) going sandboarding at the Atlantis Dunes promises to be one of the greatest, fun-filled, and action-packed (in the very best way) adventure activities and experiences to enjoy with the whole family.

Despite the dunes of Atlantis being ever-shifting and always-changing, often ranging in size of up to 35 meters, people of all ages and experience levels are invited to join in on all the epic sandboarding fun and games. Even if you’ve never sand boarded a day in your life – you have absolutely nothing to worry about – the experienced guides will be right there, supporting and helping you out along the way.

*Note: In addition to the iconic Atlantis Dunes being regarded as the ultimate sandboarding mecca, it is also one of only a handful of sandboarding locations in the world – How unbelievable is that? Without a doubt making it a must-do bucket list experience and adventure EVERYONE should enjoy at least once in their lives.

*Extra Note: If you’re feeling slightly out of your depth and somewhat uncertain about the entire experience – that’s completely normal. However, the great thing is, the highly experienced sandboarding guides and experts are always there to lend a helping hand whenever needed – no questions asked. You will also get all the safety equipment you need, an introductory lesson (plus everything else you need and want to know), as well as plenty of time to practice your technique on the dunes. Before you know it you’ll be a total sandboarding pro!

#Go Artjamming

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Time to have some paintertainment fun! Whether it’s playing, painting, sponging, or spraying, Artjamming gives both the young and young at heart the opportunity to unleash their artistic flair and creativity onto a blank canvas and create whatever artistic masterpiece their heart desires. Artjammers are provided with various canvas sizes, easels, a choice of non-toxic acrylic paints on tap, brushes, and an array of cool tools to freely express themselves.

Absolutely no drawing or painting skills are required to join in on the Artjamming fun and games. However, qualified artists are always available to assist, guide, and lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.

One of the best things about Artjamming is that it is for absolutely EVERYONE – from 0 to 100 years old, everyone is welcome! Undoubtedly making it one of the best and most exciting things to do with the whole family.

  • Location: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre | Breakwater Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town| They also have locations in Willowbridge Shopping Centre and Somerset West
  • Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
  • Contact details: 021 425 5050 | [email protected] | [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Artjamming website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience

#Take a drive along the Cape West Coast

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Time for a Cape Town west coast roadtrip! Cape Town’s west coast is home to some of the most authentic and charming coastal towns, each offering something unique and exciting to explore and experience. Besides beautiful beaches, stunning nature reserves, and captivating fishing villages, the Cape west coast boasts some of the best local seafood in the entire Western Cape. And that’s merely scratching the Cape West Coast surface!

Considered somewhat of a Cape Town hidden gem, the Cape West Coast is jam-packed with unapologetic natural beauty, a treasure chest of secret spots and hidden treasures and some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. It will almost feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new world entirely all without really leaving the city at all.

Taking a trip up the Cape west coast should undoubtedly be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Not to mention it’s the perfect fun-filled adventure for the whole family.

**Bloubergstrand, Langebaan, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai, Saldanha Bay, Elands Bay, and Yzerfontein are just some of the west coast gems you should visit. Have a look at our ‘Top 5 Places to Visit on the Cape West Coast’ blog to find out more.

#Go to RUSH Trampoline Park

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Photo credit: RUSH Claremont Cape Town

Rush Trampoline Park has two branches in the city. One is situated at Stadium on Main in Claremont, on the third level of the parking lot. The other is in the Greenstone Mall, corner of van Riebeeck and Modderfontein Road. Besides the wall-to-wall trampolines, there are also three basketball slam dunk lanes, two dodgeball courts, two long trampoline lanes for epic flips, plus a battle beam and more. A visit to the iconic RUSH Trampoline Park promises to be tons of fun for both the young and young at heart.