Outdoor Things To Do In Cape Town
Named the third greatest city on Earth by the flagship UK newspaper, The Telegraph, out ranking top international travel destinations and global heavy hitters, not to mention being one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world – There is nothing more exhilarating than exploring the glorious Cape Town outdoors.
From iconic landmarks, world-renowned natural wonders, endless mountain ranges – including one of the New 7NaturalWonders of Nature, Table Mountain – beautiful beaches, vast winelands, incredible National Parks (Cape Point National Park, Table Mountain National Park, West Coast National Park, to mention merely a few), stunning gardens, and so much more (truly, the list is endless) there is absolutely no shortage of outdoor activities, experiences, and adventures to tick off your bucket-list when in Cape Town.
To ensure you let the inner-adventurer in you live it up and have the absolute BEST time discovering and exploring everything the Mother City has to offer – Here are some of the most exciting outdoor things to do in Cape Town.
Have fun Cape Town adventurers & outdoor explorers!
It’s time to hike! 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:
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.
#LEARN TO SURF THE COOL CAPE TOWN WAVES
Are you ready to surf the cool Cape Town waves like a real pro?!
Whether you’re an avid surfing pro looking for your next big wave or a surfing first timer, Cape Town is the ultimate surfing hotspot. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, coolest waves and a stunning year-round mild Mediterranean climate, Cape Town has fast become a sought-after surfing destination for surfers from around the world.
MUIZENBERG BEACH SURFER’S CORNER
- Experience level: Beginner
Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner is one of the Mother City’s favorite local surfing spots. Known as one of the top surfing hotspots as well as the best place for learning how to surf, Muizenberg’s famous Surfer’s Corner has become one of the most popular surfing beaches in Cape Town for locals and travelers alike. And the best thing is, it welcomes surfers of all ages and experience levels to join in on the surfing fun.
Known for its perfect ‘smooth ride’ waves, Muizenberg’s gentle waves and clean lines can be surfed almost year-round. Making it the ideal Cape Town surfing spot as well as any longboarder’s paradise.
The fact that the laid-back sea-side town of Muizenberg embodies Cape Town’s surfing culture in every way means you can find a variety of places to rent wetsuits, surf boards and take up some surfing lessons.
In addition to being one of the coolest surfing spots, Muizenberg Beach is also one of Cape Town’s best blue flag swimming beaches. Thereby making it the perfect place to enjoy a fun beach day out with the whole family.
**Click here to check out our ‘Top 5 Coolest Surfing Beaches in Cape Town’ blog!
#GO SANDBOARDING AT THE ATLANTIS DUNES
Going sandboarding is one of the most sought-after adventure experiences for thrill seekers and adventure enthusiasts. Located approximately 40-minutes from the city center, the Atlantis Dunes is the ultimate sandboarding mecca. It is also one of only a handful of sandboarding locations in the world, undoubtedly making it a must-do bucket-list experience.
The ever-shifting dunes of Atlantis range in size of up to 35 meters and invites people of all ages and experience levels to join in on all the sandboarding fun. Even if you’ve never sand boarded a day in your life, the experienced guides will be right there to help you out along the way.
#SPEND THE DAY AT KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
If you’re a head-over-heels nature lover, a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens should definitely be right at the top of your Cape Town bucket-list. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens in the world. It has also won the highly esteemed ‘International Garden of the Year’ award, and to be honest, very few gardens can compare to the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch. This not only makes Kirstenbosch gardens one of the best gardens to visit in Cape Town, but one of its most magnificent natural gems too!
Located right at the base of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is one of the most incredible displays of indigenous natural beauty you’ll find anywhere in the city. It forms part of the Cape Floristic Region, also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cape Floristic Region is the world’s smallest, yet most diverse, floral kingdom. It is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world and is the only one that occurs entirely in one country. Here you’ll find a glorious diversity of fauna and flora entirely indigenous to Cape Town. Kirstenbosch covers an area of 528 hectares filled with more than 7,000 plant species, 2,500 of these from the Cape Peninsula.
Besides its vast natural beauty and top Cape Town garden status, Kirstenbosch offers visitors an endless variety of things to do and see. Not to mention some exciting adventure experiences!
Here is a sneak-peak of what you can expect on your visit to Kirstenbosch:
- Calling all wildlife and bird lovers! Kirstenbosch is home to over 125 bird species, making it any bird enthusiast’s dream come true. You will also encounter several reptiles, frogs, and invertebrates as well as amphibians such as the Chirping Frog, the Cape River Frog, and the critically endangered Table Mountain Ghost Frog.
- Avid hikers can enjoy a variety of hiking trails and walking routes. The Kirstenbosch estate can be explored via five trails of differing levels of difficulty. All are well-maintained, logged footpaths or gravel roads and are sign-posted. The Braille Trailand Boekenhout Trail are ideal forest walks for those pressed for time and the not so fit. The Stinkwood Trail is a relatively short exploration of the oldest part of the forest with some of the largest trees. The Yellowwood Trail and Silvertree Trail are long hikes that take you up to the waterfall and around the estate, through both forest and fynbos. It is also possible to climb Table Mountain from Kirstenbosch, up Nursery Ravine or Skeleton Gorge.
- Kirstenbosch boasts a variety of beautiful garden areas, including the Botanical Society Conservatory, art at the Sculpture Garden, and the Protea Garden, to mention just a few.
- For avid adventurers and thrill seekers, there are tons of hidden gems, secret spots, caves, waterfalls and so much more to be discovered and explored – so get ready for an adventure!
- Beautiful, lush lawns and large shaded trees perfect for picnics and kiddies ruuning around.
- The famous Centenary Treetop Canopy Walk, also known as the ‘Boomslang’, has fast become a fan-favourite Kirstenbosch attraction for both the young and young at heart. The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. The Walkway takes visitors from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, boasting spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Garden.
- The cyad amphitheatre which features life-size models of dinosaurs – this is a real winner with the kids!
- Kirstenbosch also has a variety of restaurants to and curio shops.
#GO CAVE EXPLORING
It’s time to go on the ultimate Cape Town cave adventure! Cape Town is home to several seriously cool, absolutely extraordinary, and down-right thrilling 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 most adrenalin-inducing outdoor things to do in Cape Town for avid adventurers.
Here are a few of Cape Town’s top caves to explore:
- 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.
- 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 Tip: Don’t hike this route alone. It’s always best to hike in a group when hiking any of Cape Town’s hiking trails.
#Lookout Cave, Chapman’s Peak
The Lookout Cave is not only one of Cape Town’s top secret caves, but one of Chapmans Peak Drive’s most beautiful hidden gems and best secret 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.
An extra bonus is that this Chapmans Peak hidden gem has enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.
#Stadsaal Caves, Cederberg
While you may need to travel a little outside of Cape Town to explore this hidden gem, it promises to be well worth the trip.
Located just over 2 hours outside of the city centre, the Cederberg Wilderness area is considered one of the most undisturbed regions of the Western Cape. With burnt ochre mountains, jagged sandstone rock formations and ancient San and Khoi rock art, it will feel like you’ve escaped to another world entirely.
The Stadsaal Caves is a series of caverns carved into the rock by thousands of years’ worth of wind erosion. These caves were entirely formed by nature and have been touched only by humans in the form of the ancient bushman paintings found on the walls inside. The Stadsaal Caves, together with other nearby landmarks such as the Wolfberg Arch and the Maltese Cross, are some of the most magnificent natural gems in the Western Cape.
How to get to the Stadsaal Caves: To get to the Stadsaal Caves, follow the N7 towards Citrusdal. Continue north from Citrusdal and take the Algeria turnoff to the right onto a dirt road. Continue to the Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, the caves are located around 5km from the Algeria campsite. You will find a gate barring the entrance to the caves. The gate can be unlocked with the combination attached to your CapeNature permit.
**Important information: As the Cederberg Wilderness is a CapeNature reserve, you will need a permit to enter. You can purchase a permit at Driehoek Farm, en route to the Cederberg, or directly from CapeNature by contacting them on 021 483 0190. The cost of permits is R70 for adults and R40 for children.
#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.
#ENJOY A BEACH DAY
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.
#VISIT CAPE POINT
Visiting the renowned Cape Point National Park is not only one of the most incredible and action-packed outdoor things to enjoy in Cape Town, but one of the top ‘not-to-be-missed’ things to do on any trip to the Western Cape.
Cape Point is one of Cape Town’s most magnificent natural wonders and sought-after attractions. Located approximately 60km south west of the city of Cape Town, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is the ultimate mecca for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Besides its unapologetic natural beauty, Cape Point boasts a rich diversity of fauna and flora, secret beaches, endless adventure experiences, and some of the most thrilling hiking trails in the Western Cape. With so much to do, see, and experience, visiting the renowned Cape Point should be on everyone’s bucket-list.
Check out our blog to find out more about ‘The Top 5 Things To Do At Cape Point Anytime Of The Year’. If you’re an avid hiker, we’ve put together everything you need to know about the ‘Best Cape Point Hiking Trails’.
#GO ON THE ULTIMATE SUNSET CHASING ADVENTURE
Going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure in the Mother City is by far one of my favourite things to do in Cape Town.
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.
#SPEND THE DAY AT NEWLANDS FOREST
As part of the Table Mountain National Park, Newlands Forest is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Newlands Forest offers a variety of shaded picnic spots that are not only spacious and fairly private, but also have concrete tables, chairs, and fire pits for braaiing. Providing you with everything you need to enjoy a wonderful day out in nature with friends and family. This, together with the tranquility of the forest, makes it one of the best picnic and outdoor braai spots in Cape Town.
If you’re looking to pair your picnic and/or braai with something a little more adventurous, Newlands Forest boasts a variety of incredible hiking trails to explore, ranging from beginner to more advanced.
**Important note: The picnic site at Newlands Forest is closed from June 1st until the 30th of September. This happens every year. It opens again on October 1st but works on a first come, first serve basis. However, when the area is closed off, it can be booked for private functions and photo shoots. For more info on how you can reserve this place for events, contact the Filming and Events office on 021 712 0527.
- Location: Off the M3 highway, Newlands Forest, Newlands, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
- Entry fee: Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R35 per adult per day; R15 per child, per day; Additionally: R25 per vehicle
- Contact details: 021 712 0527 | 021 712 2337
#GO SWIMMING & ADVENTURING AT SOME OF THE BEST DAMS & RIVERS IN CAPE TOWN
This is by far one of the most fun, exhilarating, invigorating / ‘make-you-feel-completely-and-utterly-alive’ adventures and outdoor things to do 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!
- 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.
- 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.
#KAYAK WITH AFRICAN PENGUINS
Going kayaking alongside Cape Town’s cool and charismatic African Penguins is an experience that should be on everyone’s Cape Town adventure bucket-list. Not only is it one of the most thrilling and unique ways to see the sights and scenery of the False Bay coastline (as most kayaking trips depart from Simon’s Town), but the best way to get up-close with Boulders Beach’s African Penguin Colony.
In addition to seeing Cape Town’s ultimate cool kids – the African Penguins of course – you’ll also have the opportunity to spot a few other members of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5, including Cape Fur Seals, whales, and dolphins.
**Did you know that Boulders Beach is one of the only places in the world where you can get up close and personal with African Penguins?
#GO ON ATLANTIC OUTLOOK’S ULTIMATE LAND & SEA EXPERIENCE
It’s time to tick an unforgettable and beyond exhilarating adventure experience off your Cape Town bucket list with Atlantic Outlook! Are you ready? Here we go!
- Experience: Atlantic Outlook Land & Sea Experience
- Duration: Open Ended
- When: All year round
- Location: Ground Floor of Granger Bay Parking area, Granger Bay Blvd, V&A Waterfront | Between the Oranjezicht Farm Market & the Lookout Waterfront (At the top of the wooden steps behind Grad Beach Café)
- Departure Point: The Atlantic Outlook offices are located in the V&A Waterfront at the Granger Bay parking garage, next to the Oranjezicht Farm Market & The Lookout Function Venue. The shop is situated at the main pay station below the ramp from the ground to the first floor | Another landmark would be The Grand Cafe. From the entrance to The Grand Cafe, cross the road and walk up the wooden stairs. At the top of the stairs, you will see our shop in the parking garage across the road.
- Website: atlanticoutlook.com
- Contact details: Kayak Tours & Tandem bikes: Jordan Zeelie: 079 891 4455 | atlanticoutl[email protected] | Hiking Tours: Fatima Sait: 084 3561 368 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Booking: Click here to book your spot now & to find out everything you need to know about this unforgettable adventure experience
- Facebook: @AtlanticOutlook
- Instagram: @atlanticoutlook
Atlantic Outlook is a local adventure company and Cape Town tour agency. Dedicated to giving thrill seekers, daring travelers, avid adventurers, and anyone eager to experience something new and wildly thrilling, Atlantic Outlook gives you the opportunity to enjoy an exciting variety of kayak tours, guided hikes, tandem bicycle experiences, and several exhilarating bucket-list-worthy adventures and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the heart of Cape Town.
Enjoy Atlantic Outlook’s Land & Sea Experience!
Atlantic Outlook’s Land & Sea Experience is deemed the ultimate summer activity and all-around adventure experience along Cape Town’s Atlantic Seabord.
This not-to-be-missed land and sea experience is the perfect combo of a Classic Promenade Cruise and Kayak Adventure – Allowing you to explore and experience the very best Cape Town has to offer in one of the most exciting and memorable ways.
What can you look forward to and expect to experience when going on Atlantic Outlook’s Land & Sea Experience?
This highly sought-after Atlantic Outlook experience will start off with you taking a retro tandem bike ride along the promenade with your partner, friend, family member or fellow adventure-seeking soulmate. Cruise this iconic stretch of the promenade along the Atlantic Seaboard from the start at the V&A Waterfront to Bantry Bay – Boasting truly spectacular views everywhere you look.
After your fun and thrilling retro tandem bike ride, you can sit back, relax, and soak up the glorious morning atmosphere before enjoying a lovely cup of coffee paired with a delicious snack at a local coffee shop.
Get excited! It’s finally time to take to the cool Cape Town ocean waters for an unforgettable (in more ways than one) 2-hour Kayak Tour along the stunning Atlantic Seaboard coastline. This exciting Kayak Tour will embark from the V&A Waterfront, past the Green Point lighthouse, before cruising back to base.
An extra special treat is potentially spotting one of Cape Town’s Marine Big5. Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Sunfish and occasionally Whales are known to frequent our Cape Town waters. While it’s not always possible / guaranteed that you will spot all of these beautiful marine wildlife species on every tour, you can certainly rest assured that all your senses will be tantalized if you choose to embark on this ultimate Atlantic Outlook Land & Sea adventure experience.
**Important to note:
- Weather: Weather dependent service
- What to Wear: Windbreaker in case the weather cools down on the water / / Clothing suitable for getting wet / / Sun protection
- Things to Bring: Change of clothing for after the tour / / Windbreaker in case the weather cools down on the water / / Sun protection / / Water Bottle / / GoPro if you wish to film on the water. Please note that the guide has a GoPro and will capture all the sites and sounds of the tour. The Guide will do her / his utmost to create cool content and share all the footage. If you specifically want the guide to take shots of you, please request this directly from your guide.
- Guests or Spectators: Only paying guest allowed
- Minimum Age: 8 years
- Minimum Height: 0.0 m
- Maximum Height: 0.0 m
- Fitness Level: Average
- Qualifications: N/A
- Maximum Weight:100.0 kg
- Certification: None Required
- Experience Level: No Experience Requirement
**Inclusions and Exclusions:
- Inclusions: Kayaks / / Paddles / / Life jackets / / Qualified tour guide / / Other safety equipment
- Exclusions: Drinks / / Snacks / /Sun protection
- Participants must be physically able to paddle
- Participants should have no known health issues
- Children must be 8 years or older (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
- RIDE FROM HOME: Are you staying in Sea Point, Green Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, or the V&A Waterfront? Why not lower your carbon footprint for the day and pick up your bike at your nearest drop-off location along the Prom and ride to your next kayaking trip.
To find out more about all of Atlantic Outlook’s thrilling bucket-list worthy adventure experiences – Check out our Atlantic Outlook blog for everything you need to know. You can also visit the Atlantic Outlook website for more information on their diverse and incredible tours, adventures, packages, combo experiences and so much more.
#VISIT THE 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.
#SPEND THE DAY AT OUDEKRAAL BEACH & HAVE A BRAAI
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:
CONSERVATION FEES FOR 1 NOVEMBER 2021 TO 31 OCTOBER 2022
|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
#ST JAMES TIDAL POOL & COASTAL WALK
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.
#MORE TIDAL POOLS
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 along the way. Not to mention one or all of the members of the Marine Big 5 if you’re lucky!
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
#SEE THE AFRICAN PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH
Seeing the African Penguins in their natural habitat is by far one of the top family friendly things to do in Cape Town all-year round. Home to a thriving population of African Penguins, Boulders Beach is one of the only places in the world where you can get up close and personal with these cool and charismatic ocean locals. This makes visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach a bucket-list worthy experience in every way.
Besides seeing the African Penguins from the African Penguin Viewing Site in Boulders Beach, you can enjoy a variety of other once-in-a-lifetime adventures such as swimming, kayaking or enjoying a laid-back beach day with them right by your side.
In addition to Boulders Beach, Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay is home to an African Penguin viewing site as well as one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world.
**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the African Penguin Viewing Site and Boulders Beach. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. You can choose to exit and re-enter as it suits you (this only applies to the day your ticket was purchased).**Visit the SANParks website for more information regarding Boulders Beach’s Conservation Fees.
#ENJOY A DAY AT THE COMPANY’S 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
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, plenty of squirrels running about, and lovely lush lawns perfect for picnicking under the glorious Cape Town sun.
#HAVE A PICNIC AT TOKAI FOREST
Situated within the Table Mountain National Park, the serene woodlands of the Tokai Forest boast several stunning picnic sites open to the public. It also has a braai area located on the edge of the Tokai Plantation.
You will need to pay a small entrance fee to access and use the facilities, but once you’re in, the entire forest is open to you, ready to be explored. There are several amazing forested areas that offer protection from the sun, open green spaces, and fixed braai and picnic spots.
For those looking to add a bit more adventure to their day, Tokai Forest has tons of thrilling trails and walking routes for nature lovers to enjoy. The wide open spaces also makes it perfect for families looking to enjoy a fun day out.
**Important note: Occasionally, the smell of food attracts baboons to the picnic area hoping to get lucky. SANParks warns visitors to avoid contact and not feed the baboons.
- Location: Tokai Forest, Tokai Road, Porter Reform Estate, Tokai, Cape Town
- Entry fee: Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R35 per adult per day; R15 per child, per day; Additionally: R25 per vehicle
- Contact details: 021 712 0527 | Visit website
#GO TO THE GREEN POINT URBAN 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.
#EXPLORE & TASTE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE CAPE WINELANDS
In Cape Town, any time is wine time! This makes exploring and tasting your way through the beautiful Cape Winelands one of the top things to do in Cape Town all year-round. Home to the largest, and certainly the most unique, wine producing region in Africa, the Western Cape is any wine lover’s dream come true.
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a die-hard wine enthusiast at heart, you’ll undoubtedly fall head-over-heels in love with the stunning Cape Winelands, its beautiful surrounding scenery, its remarkable vineyards, its captivating charm and allure, as well as its excellent wine selection.
Besides its highly acclaimed and award-winning wine collection, the Cape Winelands is known for its incredible wine routes, exciting food and wine pairing combinations, pristine wine tasting experiences, and world-renowned culinary pursuits. This ensures that you have everything you could possibly want and need to enjoy a fun, magical, and memorable day out exploring the wonderful Cape Winelands.
Here are some of the most popular & renowned wine routes in the Western Cape:
- Stellenbosch wine route
- Wellington wine route
- Franschhoek wine route
- Helderberg wine route
- Breedekloof wine route
- Constantia wine route
- Durbanville wine route
- Elgin Wine Route
- Little / Klein Karoo wine route
- Tulbagh wine route
- Darling wine route
- Walker Bay wine route
- Cape Agulhas wine route
- Cape Point wine route
- Olifants River Valley wine route
- Paarl Vintners wine route
- Robertson wine route
- Swartland wine route
- Worcester wine route
Check out our ‘10 of the best wine tasting experiences in Cape Town’ blog for all your wine tasting pleasure.
#GO ON THE FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM
While we’re on the topic of exploring the exciting, beautiful, and wonderful Cape Winelands – Going on the famous, and dare we say legendary, Franschhoek Wine Tram is without a doubt a NOT-TO-BE-MISSED experience for avid local and global wine lovers. Even if you’re not much of a wine enthusiast, the experience itself is beyond worth it – trust us!
Known as one of the Western Cape’s most highly acclaimed Wine Routes, a visit to the renowned Franschhoek Wine Route undoubtedly deserves to be on every wine lover’s bucket-list.
By far the best, and certainly the most exciting, way to experience everything Franschhoek has to offer is by going on the famous Franschhoek Wine Tram. It combines the breath-taking scenery of Franschhoek with the region’s exceptional range of world-class wines for a truly unique and unforgettable hop-on-hop-off Cape Town wine experience.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a combination of a double-decker bus and tram ride that allows you to hop on and off at the various wine farms on your chosen itinerary. All you have to do is pick your chosen wine route, sit back, and enjoy the sweeping vineyard and mountain vistas as you make your way to your destined wine farm.
This exciting Cape Winelands experience offers approximately 8 different routes / lines to choose from with each route including anywhere from 6 – 10 Franschhoek wineries that you’ll get to visit. Click here to find out more about the various Franschhoek Wine Tram lines / routes.
You are free to hop on and off at the various wine estates on your chosen route. Once you hop off at one of your chosen wine estates, you have a 35 – 60-minute time window before the next bus or tram arrives. You are more than welcome to stay for an additional hour or two at any of the wineries, however, this means you’ll need to forfeit another winery along the way – it’s completely up to you!
One thing is for certain, the Franschhoek Wine Tram is one Cape Town bucket-list adventure everyone should get to experience at least once in their lives.
- Location: Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape
- Contact details: 021 300 0338 | [email protected] | www.winetram.co.za
- Tickets: You can book the tickets online here| Or visit their website for more information and everything you need to know
- Click here to find out more about ticket pricing, bookings, hop-on-hop-off tour tips, and all other need-to-know information.
#VIST THE STELLENBERG GARDENS
- Location: 32 Oak Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town
- Cost: R50, adults | Free, children under 12 | R30, Garden tea | Please note: Payment is by cash or Zapper only
- Operating times: 1 September – 31 March | By appointment only, 9.30am – 5.30pm
- Contact details: 021 761 2948 | [email protected]
- Important note: Please note The garden is only open for organized tours and visits by appointment from 1 September – 31 March
The Stellenberg Gardens is another one of the best gardens in Cape Town to visit. Located in Kenilworth, this beautiful private garden combines vintage and contemporary designs and plantings over 12 sections.
At the Stellenberg Gardens you will find unique and equally amazing gardens such as the Walled Garden, Pool Garden, White Garden, and Stream Garden. Every one of these gardens are as beautiful as the next, each with its own distinct characteristics, flora, and natural gems to explore. This is one magnificent garden that is definitely worth a visit.
Calling all adrenalin junkies! There are few things more exhilarating than an adrenalin-filled paragliding experience or an unforgettable paragliding sightseeing tour over the glorious city of Cape Town.
Going on an adventure-filled tandem paragliding flight is not only one of the top things to do in Cape Town for adventurers, but a once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list worthy experience you’ll never forget, nor would you ever want to.
The only question is, do youhave the guts and chutzpah to do it? We’re simply putting the challenge out there – it’s entirely up to you whether to accept it?!
Cape Town’s tandem paragliding trips typically take off from Lions Head or Signal Hill. In addition to the intense rush of adrenalin and countless ‘pinch-me’ moments you’ll experience throughout your flight, you’ll be treated to spectacular sights and views of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful Cape Peninsula and so much more.
There’s nothing like a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
#VISIT CRYSTAL POOLS
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@example.com | 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.
#ENJOY A FUN DAY AT STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE
- Location: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty’s Bay, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape
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.
#EXPLORE & DISCOVER EVERYTHING KALK BAY HAS TO OFFER
Previously 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
**Extra Bonus: Kalk Bay is also home to one of the BEST and highly sought-after local harbourfront fish and chips spots in the entire city – Kalky’s!
Kalky’s is local fish and chips, made the real local way, by real Cape Town locals. Wrapped in a newspaper and served with a hefty dose of salt and vinegar (because that’s the way we do it in the Cape), you will be savoring every single bite – trust us, we know! Paired with a beautiful False Bay and Kalk Bay harbourfront view, it’s pure bliss!
Kalkys’ cool harbourfront setting is every bit as authentic as its incredible fish and chips. No fancy trimmings. No experimental and inventive flavor combinations. Just a laid back, back-to-basics eating area with a big display menu on the wall listing all the fresh and tasty options for the day.
- Where: Kalky’s | Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
- Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm
- Contact details: 021 788 1726 | [email protected]
#SEE THE CAPE FUR SEALS AT THE V&A WATERFRONT
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.
#AERIAL CABLE WAY RIDE UP TABLE MOUNTAIN
Going on an Aerial Cable Way ride up Table Mountain is one of the most sought-after experiences in Cape Town – Undoubtedly making it one of the top family friendly things to do in Cape Town anytime of the year.
Besides being a great winter activity for the whole family to enjoy, going on an exciting Aerial Cable Way ride to the Table Mountain summit is the ultimate year-round experience that can be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE – Locals, international travelers, globe trotters, avid adventurers and thrill seekers, the young wild and free, and the young at heart!
While admiring Table Mountain from below is every bit as beautiful, there are few things that compare to the view from the top of one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Plus, you get to tick something truly thrilling off your Cape Town bucket-list.
One thing is for certain, going on an Aerial Cableway ride up Table Mountain is one memorable experience and thrilling adventure you will absolutely never forget.
#VISIT BABYLONSTOREN & ITS MAGICAL GARDENS
- Location: Babylonstoren, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium, Franschhoek
- Cost: Entrance fees are payable at the ticket office | R20 per adult | R10 per child under 12 | Free entry for RHS members
- Operating times: Garden is open daily from 9am – 5pm | Last entry: 4pm
- Contact details: 021 863 3852 | [email protected]
Situated in the Drakenstein Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, almost halfway between Franschhoek and Paarl, Babylonstoren is as beautiful as they come. Besides being one of the most sought-after wine estates in the Western Cape, Babylonstoren is home to one of the most magnificent gardens in Cape Town.
The Babylonstoren garden is laid out over 3,5 hectares (eight acres), and is divided into 15 sections that comprises of more than 300 varieties of fruit, vegetables, and herbs as well as bees for pollinating, an abundance of indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, a glorious Green House, towering rose vines, a Succulent House, and so much more.
It also boasts a uniquely beautiful cactus patch. In fact, the famous Babylonstoren cactus patch has fast become one of the most highly anticipated and sought-after sites and ‘Instagrammable’ spots in both Cape Town and South Africa.
The Babylonstoren garden beauty doesn’t end there – while meandering through the garden you will find a stunning secluded path that runs along the stream where thousands of clivias flower during Cape Town’s spring season. This magical garden also boasts a plethora of trees of great historical and botanical significance.
Babylonstoren’s incredible botanical diversity and unapologetic natural beauty not only makes it one of the best gardens in Cape Town, but one of its most beautiful natural gems too.
**Fun fact: Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best-preserved farmyards in the Cape, dating back to 1692.
#EXPLORE THE 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.
#GO ON THE ULTIMATE SUNSET OR SUNRISE LION’S HEAD HIKE
…or perhaps both if you’re up for the challenge!
Lions Head has undoubtedly established itself as on one of the most popular and sought-after Cape Town hiking trails. With thousands of locals and travelers from around the world looking to conquer the coveted Lions Head summit. Lovingly referred to as the roaring lion of the Mother City skyline, Lions Head is not only known as one of Cape Town’s top hiking trails. But one of the best sunrise and sunset spots in the city too!
Lions Head is about a 45-minute hike each way and is considered as one of Cape Town’s more accessible hiking trails. There are however some steep climbing sections as well as a few ladders and ropes if you choose to follow the shorter route.
It is important to make sure you wear good hiking shoes and that you’re properly prepared for the hike – Take enough water, sunscreen, a hat, a rain jacket / something warm (you never know how or when Cape Town’s weather will make a sudden switch).
Although 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 Lions Head summit is truly spectacular.
As Lions Head is known as one of Cape Town’s less challenging hiking trails, it invites hikers of all experience and fitness levels to join in on the Mother City hiking fun. Plus, the fact that you get to experience the pure magic of one of Cape Town’s renowned sherbet-coloured sunsets or sunrises, just makes the experience all the more worth it.
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
#TAKE A SUNSET DRIVE ALONG CHAPMAN’S PEAK
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 Drive 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.
- 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 as toll tariff fee. Each category of vehicle pays a different tariff and the tariff is applicable in each direction.
- Toll Details: Click here to find out more about the Chapman’s Peak Standard Toll Tariffs | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Day Passes | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Frequent User Benefits
#VISIT WYNBERG PARK
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
#STRAWBERRY PICKING AT POLKADRAAI
There is nothing quite like munching on some juicy strawberries. Take matters into your own hands by grabbing your bucket and handpicking your selection of this farm’s delicious strawberries. There are also tons to do, especially for the kids, which includes face painting, pony rides and tractor rides.
- Cost: Strawberry picking from R45 per person
#VISIT MUIZENBERG BEACH & IT’S COLORFUL BEACH HUTS
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!
A farm outing is always a fun and exciting activity for the whole family to enjoy. Situated in Kommetjie, the expansive space has something for everyone. The kids can play at the Higgledy Piggeldy petting zoo while the adults relax at the Blue Water Café. Not to mention pop in at the Old Cape Wine Shop before you leave.
Other activities offered include Imhoff Equestrian Centre with outrides on the Noordhoek Beach. Plus a very unique experience – riding a camel! You’ll score brownie points with the kids for the rest of the year. You can also host a kids party at the farmyard.
Visit imhofffarm.co.za for more information.
- Location: Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 783 4545 | [email protected]
#SNORKELLING WITH CAPE FUR SEALS
Going snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals is by far one of the most thrilling and incredible things to do in Cape Town.
The famous Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island, in Hout Bay is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and the perfect destination for your snorkelling adventure. These playful ocean beings are known to be very interactive with divers and only too eager to show off all their tricks and twirls, making snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals a bucket-list worthy adventure experience in every way.
#GO ON A RED BUS CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Going on a famous Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour around the Mother City should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket list. The iconic Cape Town Red Bus Tour is the ultimate hop-on-hop-off experience. Stopping at some of the city’s top landmarks, hidden gems, and sought-after attractions, it is one of the best family friendly things to do in Cape Town , and certainly one of the most exciting ways to explore everything the beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town has to offer.
**Tip: There are a variety of Cape Town Red Bus City Sightseeing tours to choose from, visit their website to find out more.
- Contact details: [email protected] | 021 511 6000 (07:00–18:00)
- Cape Town Tour Office Location: V&A Waterfront (Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town) | Long Street (63 – 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town)
- For more information visit the City Sightseeing website: www.citysightseeing.co.za
#SHARK CAGE DIVING IN GANSBAAI
Calling all head-over-heels thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies – this one is just for you! Going shark cage diving is an incredibly exhilarating experience in itself, however, going shark cage diving in one of the only destinations in the world where you can actually get up close and personal with nature’s most daring predator, the Great White Shark, is on a whole other level entirely.
#ABSEAL DOWN TABLE MOUNTAIN
Abseiling down the cliffs of the almighty Table Mountain is one Cape Town adventure experience that is not for the faint-hearted. Standing tall at 1,086 meters above sea level, it is one of the world’s highest abseiling points.
If you dare to tick this thrilling adventure off your bucket-list, you can opt to hike up to the abseiling starting point or take an Aerial Cableway ride to the top.
Be prepared for an exhilarating, adrenalin-filled, once-in-a-lifetime experience – cause that’s exactly what you’re going to get!
#GO WHALE WATCHING
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
- 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
#ENJOY A COOL CAPE TOWN MARKET DAY
The Mother City is at the very top of her market game. This makes visiting one of her vibrant outdoor and indoor markets one of the best things to do in Cape Town anytime of the year. Plus, its tons of fun for the whole family!
In addition to being a fun-filled day out exploring the city, the fact that Cape Town is home to such a unique and incredible variety of markets makes going on the ultimate market adventure that much more exciting. From fresh local produce, tasty treats and home-baked delights to art, crafts, thrifts, live music, and one-of-a-kind finds, Cape Town’s markets truly have it all!
**Tip: Here are some of our favorite markets that deserve to be on your Cape Town summer bucket-list: The V&A Food Market; The Watershed at the V&A; The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay; Oranjezicht City Farmer’s Market; Root 44 Market; Cape Point Vineyards Thursday Night Market; the Old Biscuit Mill and Neighbourgoods Market.
If you’re looking to experience something slightly different, why not go to one of Cape Town’s cool night markets? Because let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a night market? Spending a lovely evening under the Mother City moonlight and starlit sky with friends and family, all while enjoying the many wonderful and exciting things each market has to offer – what more could you ask for?
Check out our ‘Best night markets in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s night market scene.
#WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS AT THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA
The Galileo Open Air Cinema invites both the young and young at heart to enjoy a memorable outdoor movie experience underneath a canopy of stars. Known as Cape Town’s first and finest outdoor movie experience, the wildly popular Galileo Open Air Cinema is all about bringing movie magic to majestic venues across Cape Town. But, that’s not all – besides enjoying an open air movie screening under the Mother City moonlight, you can also enjoy a local artisanal market, music, and a lovely picnic on the lawns before the start of the movie at sunset.
In addition to The Galileo’s local fan-favourite outdoor movie experience, The Galileo Picnic, The Galileo Open Air Cinema has introduced two more dazzling concepts and cinematic events to their repertoire, namely The Galileo Royale, and The Galileo Drive In.
Click here to find out more about The Galileo Open Air Cinema Picnic experience or to view the upcoming movie screening schedule or visit The Galileo Open Air Cinema website for everything you need to know.
#TAKE A DRIVE ALONG THE CAPE WEST COAST
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.
#VISIT THE NOORDHOEK FARM VILLAGE
The warm and welcoming vibe and easy, relaxed, everyone-is-welcome atmosphere of the Noordhoek Farm Village makes it the perfect place to enjoy a fun day out with the whole family. Located a mere 25 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, the Noordhoek Farm Village is all about bringing people together to enjoy great food, and great company in a beautiful setting.
The Noordhoek Farm Village is made up of the Foodbarn (one of the only fine-dining restaurants in town that welcomes kids), Café Roux, the Toad in the Village restaurant, two pubs, the Cape’s best bakery, hand crafted ice cream, a boutique hotel, weekly live music, a wide range of shops, a fantastic children’s playground, and large open spaces for the kids to run around and have tons of fun. What more could you ask for? The Noordhoek Farm Village also regularly hosts a range of fun kids’ activities such as puppet and magic show, arts and crafts, and face painting.
- Location: Corner of Village Lane & Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town
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!
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:
- Things to do in Cape Town on the weekend
- Family friendly things to do in Cape Town
- Fun things to do for under R50 in Cape Town
- Top things to do in Cape Town for adventurers
- Top things to do in Cape Town in winter
- Fun things to do with kids in Cape Town | Things to do in Cape Town with kids
- Best things to do when it rains in Cape Town
- Things to do in Cape Town during the holidays
- Best things to do when it’s cold in Cape Town
- Top things to do in Cape Town in spring
- Top things to do in June in Cape Town 2022 | Updates every month