Free Things To Do In Cape Town

Free Things To Do In Cape Town

Are you ready to tick some exciting experiences, amazing activities, and thrilling adventures off your Cape Town bucket-list? Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE?!

Known as one of the most beautiful, exciting, vibrant, lively, and culturally diverse cities in the world, Cape Town has no shortage of incredible things to do, see, explore, and experience. With a city that has so much to offer, where exactly do you start? Well, anywhere you want!

We’ve put together the ultimate list of free things to do in Cape Town.


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Going sunset chasing in the Mother City is by far one of my favourite things to do. To make it even better, it’s without a doubt one of the best free things to do in Cape Town too.

Cape Town is home to some seriously spectacular sunset spots. There is absolutely 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 – there truly is nothing quite like it – and we dare you to tell us otherwise!

Going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure has become one of the top things to do in Cape Town all-year round. But 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.


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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.

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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!


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It’s time to hike! Going on a thrilling hike is undoubtedly one of the top (and certainly one of the most rewarding, even if you don’t think so at the time) things to do in Cape Town for free.

The Cape Town hiking scene is thriving, thrilling and like nothing you’ve experienced before. There is no better way to explore all the scenic beauty, landscapes, mountain ranges, fauna and flora, and natural gems the Mother City has to offer than by going on the ultimate hiking adventure.

The best thing is, Cape Town boasts an extensive and exciting variety of hiking trails to choose from, catering to all fitness and experience levels.

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

To add a bit more thrill to Cape Town’s already exhilarating hiking scene, here are a few exciting overnight hiking trails avid hikers can look forward to.

If you’re a beginner hiker looking to experience and explore some of Cape Town’s best and beautiful hiking trails, the Mother City has an incredible array of hiking trails for you too (even if you’ve never hiked a day in your life). Here are some of the best Cape Town hiking trails for beginners that you should absolutely add to your Cape Town hiking adventure bucket-list.

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.


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There is nothing better than 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. Thanks to Cape Town’s lovely year-round mild Mediterranean climate, beach season can be enjoyed right throughout the year.

Whether you’re looking to have some beach fun in the sun, sunbathe, go sandcastle building, learn to surf, enjoy a sunset stroll or beach sundowner, Cape Town’s variety of sensational beaches caters to all your beach-loving desires.

Here are some of our favorite beaches that all deserve to be on your Cape Town beach bucket-list: Camps Bay, Clifton, Muizenberg Beach, Bloubergstrand, Llandudno, Bakoven, Glen Beach, Boulders Beach, Big Bay, Oudekraal Beach, Long Beach in Kommetjie, Noordhoek Beach and Water’s Edge.


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.


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  • 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.

Click here for everything you need to know about the infamous Boomslang Cave.


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While Cape Town has no shortage of incredible tidal pools (read our post Cape Town’s 19 Amazing Tidal Pools  to make sure you visit them all), the St James Tidal Pool is undoubtedly one of the best. Not to mention a real fan-favourite among the young and young at heart.

How to get there: Situated close to the Muizenberg station, you will need to cross over the train tracks and follow the winding concrete path that meanders along the coast. Once you’ve reached your desired destination, a refreshing dip in the cool St James tidal pool waters is an absolute must! It really is the perfect Cape Town summer holiday activity for the whole family.

Besides the not-to-be-missed St James Tidal Pool, the St James coastal walk, which stretches between Muizenberg and St James, sure gives the Sea Point promenade a run for its money. Once known as Cape Town’s Golden Mile, this stunning walkway boasts sensational views right throughout.

As the vibrant False Bay coastline is known for its plethora of thriving marine life, be sure to keep a look out for some thrilling sightings of Cape Town’s beloved ocean locals – African Penguins, dolphins, whales, and of course the wonderful Cape Fur Seal!

The path is concreted the entire way and begins just behind Muizenberg’s railway station (It is highly recommended that you park up that end, rather than at the beach).

Feel free to enjoy the St James coastal walk barefooted (if you so desire), but, as a word of warning, the fishermen tend to leave their tackle on the path whilst fishing just out in front of it, so make sure you’re extra vigilant.

While taking a stroll along the ever-beautiful St James coastal walk is a fantastic and fun time for all regardless of the time of day, the very best time to do this walk is during low tide.


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Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love taking a cool refreshing dip in one of Cape Town’s amazing tidal pools? Especially on a warm summer’s day!

The Mother City is blessed with countless tidal pools built along the coastline, providing everyone with an incredible, safe and family-friendly space to swim, cool down, have fun, and enjoy the sunset.

Get ready to embrace the icy waters of the Atlantic as you spot a few sea slugs or cuttlefish roaming about. Not to mention one or all of the members of the Marine Big 5 if you’re lucky – Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Dolphins, Mola Mola Sunfish, Southern Right Whales.

In addition to the famous St James Tidal Pool situated between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay in the seaside suburb of St. James, here are a few more amazing tidal pools that you should add to your bucket-list right away.

  • Miller’s Point | Simon’s Town – Click here to find out everything you need to know about Miller’s Point Tidal Pool
  • Maiden’s Cove | Between Glen Beach and Camps Bay Beach
  • Dalebrook | Kalk Bay
  • Camps Bay tidal pool | Camps Bay
  • Shelley’s Point | Glencairn
  • Milton tidal pool | Milton Beach
  • Glencairn | Glencairn Beach
  • Buffel’s Bay | Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Soetwater | South of Kommetjie
  • Sparks tidal pool | Gordon’s Bay
  • Kommetjie tidal pool | Kommetjie
  • Saunders | Saunders Beach, between Clifton and Sea Point in the suburb of Bantry Bay
  • Silwerstroom | Silwerstroom Resort, Meklbosstrand
  • Wooley’s tidal pool | Between Kalk Bay and Clovelly
  • Monwabisi | Khayelitsha
  • Brass Bell | Brass Bell Restaurant | Kalk Bay
  • Harmony | Strand


…or perhaps both if you’re up for the challenge!

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Known as the roaring lion of the Mother City skyline, Lion’s Head is one of the most popular and sought-after Cape Town hiking trails, with avid hikers, keen adventurers, fervent explorers, and absolutely everyone in between eager to conquer its iconic summit. Beyond its renowned hiking status, Lion’s Head is by far one of the very best sunrise and sunset spots in Cape Town.

As Lions Head is known as one of Cape Town’s less challenging and more accessible hiking trails, it invites hikers of all experience and fitness levels to join in on the Mother City hiking fun. While it might take a bit of effort to reach the top, it promises to be well worth it in the end. The view from the summit is truly spectacular – From Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Camps Bay, Atlantic Ocean, the glorious city of Cape Town and beyond, there’s nothing quite like it. In fact, there is only one thing that can top it – a sunrise or sunset Lion’s Head hike. Seeing one of Cape Town’s stunning sherbet-colored sunsets or sunrises from the Lion’s Head summit is pure magic!

Click here for everything you need to know about hiking Lion’s Head.

Lion’s Head hiking details | What to expect when hiking Lion’s Head

  • 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


Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - Companys Gardens

  • Location: Company’s Garden, 19 Queen Victoria Street, Central, City Bowl, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact details: 021 423 2919 | 021 444 1901 | [email protected]
  • Operating hours: Open daily from 7am – 7pm in Winter | 07:30am – 8:30 in Summer

Spending the day at the beautiful Company’s Gardens with the whole family is undoubtedly one of the best free things to do in Cape Town anytime of the year.

Established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), the historical Company’s Garden forms a unique oasis in the heart of Cape Town’s inner-city. The Company’s Garden is not only one of the top and most beautiful gardens in Cape Town, it is also home to some of South Africa’s most important landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, St George’s Cathedral, and the National Library of South Africa, to name a few.

Besides its historical significance, the Company’s Garden has established itself as the ideal escape from the hype and hustle of the inner-city. Boasting a vast array of trees and a diversity of fabulous flora scattered about, the garden offers visitors several shady spots and benches on which to sit back, unwind, and enjoy the peaceful and stunning surroundings.

While wandering the many scenic pathways of the Company’s Garden, you’ll come across several historical features such as historic statues, a Japanese theme garden, a well that dates back to 1842, and a vegetable garden that recreates elements of the original VOC garden.

The Garden also boasts a rose garden, a bird aviary, water features, a restaurant, lovely lush lawns perfect for picnicking under the glorious Cape Town sun, and plenty of squirrels running about. Home to dozens of adorable squirrels, famously known for running right up to you, hopping and jumping between trees, and sitting on the benches, its no surprise that spending the day at the Company’s Gardens is one of the best things for kids to do. Before you say anything, its definitely a favorite among adults too!


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Photo credit: Green Point Park

  • Location: 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town
  • Cost: Free

If you’re looking for the perfect inner-city nature lover’s escape to enjoy a fun day out with friends and family, the Green Point Urban Park is a great choice. Located next to the Cape Town stadium, the Green Point Urban Park boasts an exciting variety of activities for all ages. From an outdoor gym, fun play parks, and lushes lawns for the kids to run around on, to scenic walking trails and cycling paths, there is something for absolutely everyone to enjoy.

The Green Point Urban Park is also a great place to escape for a while, relax and unwind, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy a scenic and tranquil stroll through the garden while admiring the vast array of stunning indigenous flora scattered around the picturesque lakes. Not to mention it’s a great picnic spot, boasting beautiful views of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.


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Named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Forbes, the quirky sea-side town of Kalk Bay definitely lives up to all the hype. Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, this ocean-front fishing village is jam-packed with tons of hidden gems & one-of-a-kind finds, cool surfing spots, epic caves, thrilling hiking trails, action-packed adventure experiences, a bustling harbor, and magnificent marine life. That’s merely scratching the surface of what this captivating coastal town has to offer.

There is no denying Kalk Bay’s scenic beauty, authentic charm, adventurous spirit, and vibrant energy – You certainly won’t find anywhere else quite like it in the Western Cape!

**If you’re looking for some exciting things to do when visiting and exploring Kalk Bay, here are some 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. Click here to find out everything you need to know about the Boomslang Cave hike.
  • Enjoy a unique seaside dining experience at the renowned Brass Bell (not free)
  • Go on an adventure-filled hike from Kalk Bay to the Amphitheatre
  • Indulge in a rock-your-socks-off ice cream at the famous Ice Café (not free)
  • 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!
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • Go to the Kalk Bay Theatre & the Kalk Bay Modern Gallery
  • Visit the infamous Kalk Bay Expresso – A charming café housed inside a restored Blue Train carriage
  • Pop into the vibey beachside cocktail bar – Cape to Cuba

You can easily spend a whole day exploring the streets of Kalk Bay and still not discover everything it has to offer.

Check out our ‘Top things to do in Kalk Bay’ blog to find out more about all the incredible and exciting experiences, adventures, and things to do.


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Where there’s a harbour, there will be seals. The fun-loving animals can be spotted at various points, enjoying a quick dip under the turning bridge or chilling on the special seal platform, situated outside the Shoreline Café.  It was built as a collaboration between the Aquarium and its founding partner, SAPPI. Stop for a quick bite, the restaurant has a great kids play area inside.


Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - Upper Liesbeek River Garden

Photo credit: Upper Liesbeek River Garden

  • Location: Upper Liesbeek River Garden, On the Liesbeek River Trail, Newlands, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
  • Cost: Free
  • Important note: The Upper Liesbeek River Garden is a strict no-litter area – visitors are requested to take their litter home with them. While the garden is dog-friendly, they must be kept on leads and owners are required to pick up their dog’s mess.

The Upper Liesbeek River Garden is somewhat of secret spot and natural gem all wrapped up into one. This piece of nature’s paradise is situated in the heart of (sub)urban Cape Town, upstream of the Paradise Road intersection on the M3. The Protea and window streams meet to form a single peaceful river that runs through Newlands, Rondebosch, Rosebank, and Observatory before joining the Black River and emptying out into Table Bay.

Besides a beautiful river and the peaceful serenity and tranquillity that comes along with it, the Upper Liesbeek River Garden boasts plenty of scenic paths, a stunning diversity of flora, lovely picnic areas and an array of benches where you can sit back, relax and soak it all in. The park is also wheelchair friendly, with access via a wooden ramp, however there are no paved pathways.

**Fun fact: The area is maintained and rehabilitated with donations from the residents of Bishopscourt Village and Fernwood.


A real fan- favorite among locals, Wynberg Park is one of the most popular braai and picnic spots in Cape Town. Wynberg Park boasts over 22 hectares of beautiful gardens, with the luscious lawns being the perfect destination for enjoying fun-filled picnics and braais with ample braai and picnic spots scattered about. Besides large lushes lawns for lounging, lazy strolls, and tons of running around, the park has a fully equipped kids play area and a duck pond. The Wynberg Park is also the source of the Krakeelwater River and is well known for its conifer garden and the colorful display of hydrangeas in the summer – making it a top spot to visit for nature lovers.

  • Location: Wynberg Park, Corner of Klaasens and Trovato Link Roads, Wynberg, Cape Town
  • Entry fee: Free


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Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Muizenberg Beach’s laid-back beach vibe, surf’s up approach to life and vibrant energy has made it one of Cape Town’s coolest coastal towns. It also boasts one of Cape Town’s top blue-flag swimming beaches, making it perfect for enjoying a lovely laid-back beach day with the whole family.

Besides its blissful beach status, Muizenberg Beach is home to the famous Muizenberg Beach huts, also known as the retro wooden bathing boxes. These cool and colorful works of art have not only become one of the most sought-after attractions for travelers and photographers from around the world, but it has claimed the title as one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Cape Town too. This makes Muizenberg Beach and its colorful beach huts a must-visit destination on any trip to Cape Town. Not to mention one of the best things to do in Cape Town on the weekend.

**Tip: Muizenberg Beach’s famous Surfers Corner is the best place in Cape Town for surfing first-timers to learn how to surf. If you’ve got ‘Learn how to surf’ jotted down on your Cape Town bucket-list – It’s time to seize the surfing day and surf your very first wave at Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner!


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Whale watching is one of the top and most sought-after winter activities / experiences in Cape Town as its deemed the best time of year to see Southern Right Whales up close and personal.  This undoubtedly makes going on a whale watching adventure one of the top winter activities to enjoy with the whole family in Cape Town  – Not to mention a bucket-list worthy experience!

Every year, between June and November, Southern Right Whales journey to the Cape shores to mate and calve, giving locals and travelers the incredible opportunity to witness these majestic ocean beings in their natural habitat. The Cape Whale Route is a 900-kilometre-long stretch of coastline that extends from Strandfontein near Muizenberg to Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape, giving you ample destinations and opportunities to enjoy incredible whale sightings.

**Tip: Here are the top spots & destinations for whale sightings in and around Cape Town:

  • False Bay coastline
  • Hermanus
  • Cape Agulhas
  • De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve
  • Witsand (also known as “The Whale Nursery of South Africa”)
  • The Cape West Coast: Lambert’s Bay; Strandfontein; Yzerfontein; Langebaan; Paternoster; Elands Bay; Saldanha Bay; Melkbosstrand & Doringbaai
  • Overberg region: Struisbaai; Arniston; Stanford; Betty’s Bay; Gansbaai & De Kelders
  • Cape Town: Llandudno & Hout Bay
  • Garden Route: Stilbaai; Sedgefield; Nature’s Valley


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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.


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  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: Best during daylight hours | Particularly beautiful at sunset
  • Cost: Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, and as such requires you to pay a toll tariff fee. HOWEVER, here’s a loop hole just for you – To avoid paying the road toll, drive up from the Noordhoek side. All the best viewpoints can be found on this particular side, before the toll gate. Alternatively, you are able to drive a short distance along Chapman’s Peak Drive before you reach the official toll gate.

Named one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world, taking a drive along the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive should be on everyone’s bucket-list. Affectionately known as ‘Chappies’ by Cape Town locals, this captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Besides showcasing some of the most sensational panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll pass rugged mountains, picturesque white-sand beaches, and vibrant fishing harbours on your way.

If you’re looking to experience something extra special, a sunset drive along Chapman’s Peak promises to sweep you off your feet and capture your sunset-loving heart all at the same time. It isn’t known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing.

**If you’re eager to add some adventure and thrill to your Chapman’s Peak experience, here are a few things to look out for:

**Tip: Chapman’s Peak Drive is known for its amazing hidden gems scattered along the route. Two of which include the waterfall walk and the secret Look-out Cave.

The waterfall walk is perfect for nature lovers and adventurers and is found just before you reach the toll gate on your way towards Noordhoek.

The Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave is not only one of its most beautiful hidden gems, but one of Cape Town’s top secret caves and best sunset spots too. Like all of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little off the beaten path to find it. 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!

Positioned just below the pass, you’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside to reach the Lookout Cave. Once you’ve reached this cool secret hideaway and stunning sunset spot, it’s time to sit back, relax and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and Atlantic Ocean. An extra bonus is that it has enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.

Besides these two must-visit secret spots, there are a variety of look-out points and picnic sites located at various points along the drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is also known as one of the best places to spot the beloved members of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5. Make sure to keep a look-out for Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins, Southern Right Whales, and African Penguins.

** Important note: Chapman’s Peak Drive may be closed during severe weather, or because of road maintenance. Contact the customer service line (021 791 8220) or visit their Facebook page or website to check the current status.


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The vibrant Sea Point Promenade stretches along the Atlantic Seaboard coastline for approximately 8 – 11km between Sea Point and Mouille Point, boasting beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, mountains, and several small beaches along the way. It consists of a broad paved sea-side contour path which follows the coastline curves, and a large green lawn that separates the beachside promenade from the roadside pavement (sidewalk).

From families with kiddies, fitness-enthusiasts, strollers, dog-walkers, and joggers, to cyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers, eager travelers, avid adventurers, and everyone in between, the Sea Point Promenade has something for everyone to enjoy.

Along the Promenade you’ll find plenty of children’s play parks on the lawns, as well as perfectly positioned benches ideal for scenic ocean-gazing and keeping an eye on your little ones while they play. Other exciting Sea Point Promenade attractions include a maze, a thrilling putt-putt course, and a fun kiddies’ train ride located near the historic lighthouse on the Mouille Point side.

You will also find an Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Sea Point Pavillion, perfect for warm summer days. Not to mention a variety of ocean and land-based experiences and adventure companies offering visitors a range of exhilarating tours and renting options, including bicycle and e-Bikes (Electronic Bikes).

There are several incredible restaurants, bars, eateries, and ice-cream shops along the Sea Point Promenade for when thirst, hunger, and cravings strike! An up-close view of the renowned Green Point Lighthouse at Mouille Point is a real highlight when strolling along the promenade – for both the young and young at heart!

To top it off, the Sea Point Promenade is one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town. It is also a great location to enjoy amazing sightings of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5 (dolphins, whales, mola mola sunfish, Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins). With so many incredible things to see, do, and experience, visiting the Sea Point Promenade is by far one of the top free things to do in Cape Town with the whole family year-round – come rain or shine!


  • 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.


Things to do in Cape Town - 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.


Suicide Gorge Hiking Trail

  • 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.


Things to do in Cape Town

There are few things as magical as watching a glorious Cape Town sunset. But getting to watch the sunset while taking a drive along one of the Mother City’s most magnificent coastal roads, is a bucket-list worthy experience in its own right.

Cape Town is home to some of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world. Winding their way around majestic mountainsides, boasting picturesque mountain range and beautiful sea views that stretch as far as the eye can see, it’s pure bliss! Some of Cape Town’s top coastal drives include:

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive: Chapman’s Peak Drive is known as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. The drive winds around the mountains above the Atlantic, boasting spectacular panoramic ocean views. There are also a variety of amazing look-out points located along the way. Plus, if you’re lucky, you’re bound to spot some whales, Cape Fur Seals and dolphins having a grand ol’ time playing around in the ocean waters. Taking a drive along the renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive is pure bliss – it isn’t known as one of the most beautiful coastal drives and magical sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing. This drive will take you approximately 30minutes.
  • Victoria Road: This road hugs the back of Table Mountain, passing quiet stretches of the coast as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including Camps Bay and Clifton Beach. This drive will take you approximately 35 minutes.
  • Boyes Drive: This stunning coastal drive traces mountains behind False Bay, boasting beautiful views over the harbour below, before finally winding down and ending at the lively Kalk Bay Harbour. During whale season, between June and November, you might be lucky enough to spot whales frolicking in the bay below, as well as other members of the Marine Big 5! This drive will take you approximately 12 minutes.
  • Signal Hill: Signal Hill is a quick drive and it’s close to the city centre, which means you don’t need to travel too far. Once you reach the top you will be able to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Mother City and beyond. It’s no surprise Signal Hill is known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town. This drive will take you approximately 5 – 10 minutes from the city centre.
  • Simon’s Town to Cape Point: This picturesque coastal road gives you the opportunity to wind your way along the quiet, largely untouched coastline all the way to the majestic natural wonder that is Cape Point. This drive will take you approximately 40 minutes.
  • R44 From Gordon’s Bay to Somerset West: This scenic coastal drive will take you along the edge of the water through Strand with spectacular mountain range and ocean views all the view through. This drive will take you approximately 25 minutes.


The Heritage Vine is deemed one of Cape Town’s most amazing hidden gems. The oldest wine-producing vine in the Southern Hemisphere and the oldest vine in South Africa, the Heritage Vine is considered something of a miracle.

Estimated to have been planted in 1771, it is one of the few remaining original French vinifera rootstocks still alive today. The vine roots are believed to trace back to the burghers of Cape Town, who planted vines in their gardens to make their own wine. The Heritage Vine can be found on the corner of Bree and Short Market Street in Cape Town’s vibrant inner-city.


Things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront is one of its most vibrant and highly sought-after attractions.

Why not spend the day with family and friends enjoying and exploring everything the lively V&A Waterfront has to offer? Located in the heart of Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront is known as the ultimate hub of art, entertainment, culture, history, adventure, food, shopping, and everything in between.

Besides being the leading retail destination in the city, the V&A Waterfront is home to some of the most incredible restaurants, bars, hangout spots, eateries, and food markets in Cape Town.

If you’re looking to add an extra dose of thrill, adventure, and excitement to your Waterfront day, here are some of the best things to see, do and experience at the V&A Waterfront:

  • Take a ride on the famous Cape Wheel – Its tons of fun for the whole family!
  • Enjoy a boat tour
  • Have some fun at the Scratch Patch
  • Visit the Clock Tower – One of the V&A Waterfront’s most iconic historic landmarks
  • Enjoy a game of Cave Golf
  • Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
  • Explore the Silo District & Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
  • Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Let the kids take a ride on the Hamleys Express
  • Visit the Chavonnes Battery Museum – Dating back to 1725 it is the harbour’s oldest heritage site
  • Enjoy a self-guided walking historical tour, which starts at the Information Centre, or embark on a 90-minute guided tour that departs daily from the Chavonnes Battery Museum at 11am and 2pm
  • Check out the Robinson Dry Dock – One of the oldest operating dry docks in the world
  • Brush up on your marine history at the Iziko Maritime Centre
  • Visit Nobel Square, which boasts bronze sculptures of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners
  • Visit the V&A Food Market and the Watershed at the V&A
  • Enjoy amazing up-close Cape Fur Seal sightings – These beloved members of the Marine Big 5 can be spotted while simply strolling along the V&A Waterfront harbour. You can also find them at the Clock Tower Precinct and on old tires lining the quayside.
  • Enjoy incredible live performances – Talented local musicians and bands, street side buskers, and performing art groups regularly perform at various locations and stages throughout the Waterfront.

Visit the V&A Waterfront’s website to find out more information.


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.


Things To Do In Cape Town

  • Location: We Are Still Here Memorial |Located outside the Central Library on the corner of Parade and Longmarket Pedestrian Mall, Cape Town Central, City Bowl, Cape Town | Address: 4-2 Parade Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town | A 3-minute walk from District Six Museum

In the heart of Cape Town, the “We are still here” monument lies outside the Central Library on Longmarket pedestrian mall. It is both disturbing and moving. Almost hidden along the leafy byway, the mosaic framed art piece displays copies of advertisements that appeared in the Cape Government Gazette.

Between 1841 and 1921 some 7 000 children were advertised in this newspaper as destitute. If they remained unclaimed by anyone prepared to support them, after the adverts went live, they were indentured as labourers and sold to the highest bidders.

The low-key memorial, the work of Lovell Friedman and Leora Lewis, was installed in 2011. The red mosaic frame of the work contains drawings and copies of these advertisements which were put together in such a way to reflect the image of a child. This is accompanied / surrounded by drawings and heart-felt written work / contributions 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.

The We are Still Here Memorial is not the only piece of avant garde street art on the Longmarket pedestrian mall between Buitenkant and Plein Streets. The Cissie Gool memorial, by artist Ruth Sacks, is also along this passage. Cissie Gool was the first black woman in the country to serve in local government in 1938.


  • Location: 99 Kloof Street, Gardens, City Bowl

Thought to have been planted over 400 years ago, the Unbuntu Tree is believed to be endowed with magical and spiritual healing properties. This remarkable tree, also referred to as “Nokuphila” in Xhosa, means “’place of the healing mother, where people gather for health and wellness.” The Ubuntu Tree forms an integral part of Cape Town’s rich history and heritage.

Originally the Ubuntu Tree, along with various other trees, marked the border of a dam. This dam contained water from Camissa as well as received water that ran down from the mountain. It served as a vital source of fresh water for the community as people travelled from near and far to collect water for themselves and their families. Today the Ubuntu Tree can be found in the courtyard of what is now a health and wellness centre, still providing people with a place to go to receive, refresh, heal, enthuse, and rejuvenate their mind, body and soul.

Whether you’re an ardent traveler, self-proclaimed globe trotter, avid adventurer, passionate solo explorer, a loved-up travel-obsessed couple, family with kids, or just simply looking to explore and experience everything Cape Town has to offer – The beautiful and vibrant Mother City quite literally has it all!

Free Things To Do In Cape Town

While it’s very hard to whittle down ALL of Cape Town’s must-dos and must-sees – especially with a city that has so much to do, see, explore, and experience – We’ve put together a compilation of some of the most incredible, thrilling, and top things to do in Cape Town.

**Best thing is, there is something for absolutely EVERYONE! Not to mention every occasion / celebration / season / holiday experience / ultimate Cape Town getaway or adventure travel experience – We’ve got it all!

Have a look at some of our ‘Things to do in Cape Town’ blogs for some epic inspiration: