Things To Do For Under R50 In Cape Town
Are you ready to tick some exciting experiences, amazing activities, and thrilling adventures off your Cape Town bucket-list? Best thing is its all under R50 – How incredible is that?!
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!
**Tip: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when exploring Cape Town – in fact, its highly encouraged. Awaken your inner thrill seeker and avid adventurer and do something you never thought you would, you may be surprised just how liberating and potentially life-changing it could be. That’s the beauty of Cape Town, it inspires you to step away from ‘what you know’, try something new and exhilarating, and experience absolutely EVERYTHING the Mother City has to offer.
Here are some fun things to do for under R50 in Cape Town you absolutely have to add to your Cape Town bucket-list!
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.
#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 top fun things to do for under R50 in Cape Town.
**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!
#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 for under R50 in Cape Town. Come on, how can it not be?
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 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 things to do for under R50 in Cape Town – Not to mention a bucket-list worthy experience that will be thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family.
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
#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.
#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 THE ARDENE 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.
#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
- 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
#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.
Another thrilling and fun thing to do for under R50 in Cape Town is to surf the cool Cape Town waves! In the Mother City, we like to keep the laid-back beach vibes and good surfing times alive right throughout the year! It’s therefore no surprise that Cape Town is deemed the ultimate mecca for both local and international surfers. However, this doesn’t mean you need to be a surfing pro to join in on all the surfing fun!
Cape Town is home to an incredible variety of surfing beaches, each catering to different experience levels. This means that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Here a few of Cape Town’s top surfing spots:
- Muizenberg’s famous Surfer’s Corner (Known as the best place to learn how to surf for keen surfing first-timers).
- Llandudno Beach (Intermediate – Advanced)
- The Dunes at Noordhoek Beach (Advanced)
- Bloubergstrand (Intermediate)
- Long Beach in Kommetjie (Intermediate – Advanced)
- Big Bay (Intermediate)
- Dungeons (Advanced)
- Crayfish Factory (Advanced)
- Scarborough (Intermediate – Advanced)
- Glen Beach (Intermediate)
- Off the Wall – Just off the coast of Sea Point and Mouille Point (Intermediate – Advanced)
Have a look at our ‘Top 5 Coolest Surfing Beaches in Cape Town’ blog to find out everything you need to know about Cape Town’s coolest local surfing hotspots.
#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 SWIMMING & ADVENTURING AT SOME OF THE BEST DAMS & RIVERS IN CAPE TOWN
This is by far one of the most thrilling and fun things to do for under R50 in Cape Town for both the young and young at heart!
If you’re looking to take a cool and refreshing dip away from the sand, sea water and large crowds, Cape Town’s vast variety of dams and rivers are the perfect place to do just that.
What’s more thrilling than plunging into a crystal-clear rock pool in one of the most beautiful locations in the Western Cape?
Here are some of the best dams and rivers in Cape Town for swimming. Plus they are all under R50!
- 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.
#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.
#GO CAVE EXPLORING
If you’re looking for something fun, exhilarating, and down-right thrilling to do for under R50 in Cape Town – this is it!
Cape Town is home to several seriously cool, and absolutely incredible caves – All of which deserve a top spot on your Cape Town adventure bucket list. Only if you’re up for it of course?
There is no doubt that going on the ultimate Cape Town cave quest is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town for adventurers and thrill-seekers!
Here are a few of Cape Town’s top caves to explore:
- 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#GET CRAFTY & CREATIVE AT CLAY CAFÉ CERAMIC PAINTING | HOUT BAY
Get the whole family together for a fun-filled day at the Clay Café in Hout Bay!
- Location: Clay Cafe, 4080 Main Road, Opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town
- Opening hours: Monday – Sunday | 9am – 5pm
- Contact details: 076 810 5120 | 062 455 6578 | [email protected]
- Bookings: Click here to make an online booking
- Cost: Standard rate of R40 studio fee (includes 3 paints, firing and glazing) PLUS the value of the selected item/s. This can all be settled at the end of your painting session on the day | Please view the Shop page for an idea of prices and see pictures of items to paint
- Click here for more information
- Facebook: @ClayCafeHoutBay
- Instagram: @theclaycafe_houtbay
The Clay Café Hout Bay has become one of the Mother City’s top attractions for locals and tourists alike. Situated in the heart of the Hout Bay valley, the Clay Café gives you the amazing opportunity to unleash your inner artist, get your creative juices flowing, and have tons of fun playing around with different color combinations, textures, and shapes as you spend the day painting and creating your own ceramic masterpiece.
By choosing from an array of unfired bisque (already made pottery pieces) and a wide selection of colorful paints and tools, each person gets the super cool opportunity to craft their very own piece of unique / one-of-a-kind crockery which they can take home with them – It is their creative masterpiece after all!
Spending the day at the beloved and highly sought-after Clay Café is perfect for letting your hair down, getting wildly creative, freeing your creative spirit, and showing off your artistic side – Not to mention having tons of fun every step of the way!
Another amazing perk of going to the Clay Café is that there is no age limit. This means both the young and young at heart are invited to join in on all the Clay Café creativity and fun!
Besides it’s sought-after status and charismatic appeal, the Clay Café boasts a beautiful large open patio with outside tables overlooking a luscious garden. They also have a veggie garden, their own African chic boutique, and a wonderful restaurant serving delicious meals throughout the day.
In addition to its wildly popular Hout Bay location, the Clay Café has opened another branch in the trendy inner-city neighborhood of Gardens – Clay Café In The City!
#CLAY CAFÉ IN THE CITY | GARDENS | @CLAYCAFE_INTHECITY
- Location: 199 Bree Street, Gardens, Cape Town
- Opening hours: Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 5pm | Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 10pm | Saturday: 9am – 10pm | Sunday: 9am – 6pm
- Contact details / Bookings: [email protected] | 061 917 4191 | Bookings are advised | Walk-in space is limited
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- Instagram: @claycafe_inthecity
- All ages welcome | No under 12s after 6pm.
- Bookings are set at 2.5 hours long.
- For same day bookings WhatsApp the Clay Café In The City on 0619174191.
- New social distancing tables have been put in with all the correct protocols in place.
- Bookings are advised | Walk-in space is limited.
- To make a booking email the Clay Café on [email protected] or call 061 917 4191 for more information, parties or events.
- Visit Clay Café in the City for more information.
Clay Cafe in the City is Clay Café’s new, vibrant, and exciting creative space located in the hub of Cape Town (the mini version of their flagship store in Hout Bay.) It is a craft focused space that strives to teach like-minded adults to be creative, learn new techniques and skills, and have tons of fun experimenting with different colors, shapes, textures, and ideas, all while enjoying great tapas, winter-warmer meals, and relaxing music.
Clay Café in the City focusses on creative experimentation guided by a team of knowledgeable individuals who will help you achieve your ceramic masterpiece.
Happy crafting & creating!
#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.
#VISIT THE AFRICAN PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH
Escape the hustle and hype of the city and visit the thriving African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Seeing these cool and charismatic Cape Town ocean locals in their natural habitat is one unforgettable experience that should not only be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list, but will be thoroughly enjoyed by every member of the family.
Boulder’s Beach is officially Africa’s only penguin colony. The area has been transformed into a space to safely view the penguins in their natural habitat, without disturbing them, with walkways overlooking the beach. Throughout the day penguins come and go from this sanctuary spot, but the best times to see a lot of them are early mornings or late afternoons.
Besides seeing the African Penguins from the African Penguin Viewing Site (which is worth every second), you can enjoy a variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and adventures with them by your side. Swim, snorkel, kayak, or enjoy a laid-back beach day with these beloved members of the Marine Big 5 – The choice is yours!
**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the 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).
Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021
- Cost: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R40 per adult per day | R20 per child, per day
- Location: Boulders Beach, Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town
- Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 7am – 5pm
- Contact details: 021 786 2329 (Boulders Visitor Centre)
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#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