Beat the lockdown blues by enjoying some of the top things to do in Cape Town during the COVID-19 Lockdown. South Africa has been in Lockdown since the end of March. Although there has been some easing of regulations and restrictions from Lockdown Level 5 to Lockdown Alert Level 3, movement and gatherings remain restricted as we unite against the spread of COVID-19. But that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun in the vibrant city of Cape Town and show our much-needed support for great local initiatives and businesses – in fact, they need our support now more than ever! We just need to do it in a very responsible, considerate, safe, and slightly different way. Capetonians are known for their bold, out-of-the-box thinking, never-give-up approach to life, united spirit and ‘let’s live and celebrate life for what it is’ vibe – This is the perfect time to prove it!
Here are some of the top things to do in Cape Town during Lockdown while still playing your VERY important part in curbing the spread of COVID-19! So don’t you dare forget your face masks (if you’re still looking for the perfect face mask, check out our blog for some amazing local brands) and sanitiser when you go out exploring. And remember to always abide by the social distancing guidelines of at least 2m. Let’s ALL continue to play our part, support local and do what we can to unite against the spread of COVID-19!
**Important Note: This section of the blog was last updated on 06/07/2021 and is thus subject to change in accordance with South African Lockdown regulations.
**Take Note: It is VITAL that you strictly adhere to all COVID-19 regulations and measures as set out by the Government and the respected facility in accordance with the current COVID-19 lockdown regulations and guidelines.
#GO TO THE BEACH
Cape Town’s beaches remain open during South Africa’s current adjusted level 4 lockdown. This makes going to one of the Mother City’s beautiful beaches for a quick outdoor escape and fresh ocean air, a sunset stroll, or a blissful beach day one of the top things to do in Cape Town during lockdown. Thanks to Cape Town’s lovely year-round mild Mediterranean climate, beach season can be enjoyed right throughout the year.
Here are some of our favourite 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.
**Extra tip: Keep an eye out for any marine life sightings, especially dolphins, whales, and Cape Fur Seals.
Every year, between June and November, Southern Right Whales journey to the Cape shores to mate and calve, giving you the opportunity to see 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.
Whether you choose to witness them from the shoreline or up-close, it promises to be a bucket list worthy experience. This not only makes going whale watching one of the top things to do in Cape Town all-around, but one of the most exciting things to do during lockdown too.
**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
#VISIT CAPE POINT
The perfect nature’s escape! Cape Point is one of Cape Town’s top attractions that remain open during South Africa’s current adjusted level 4 lockdown. Located approximately 60km south west of the city centre, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is situated within the renowned Table Mountain National Park, a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Boasting jagged mountain peaks rising from the deep blue, plunging cliffs, an abundance of wildlife and a rich biodiversity and endemic Fynbos, it is the ultimate mecca for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Cape Point offers visitors an endless variety of things to do, see and experience. This makes visiting Cape Point one of the top things to do in Cape Town during lockdown.
Top things to do at Cape Point:
- Go hiking. Cape Point boasts some of the most thrilling hiking trails in the Western Cape. Have a look at our ‘Best Cape Point Hiking Trails’ blog to find out more about its beautiful and exhilarating hiking trails and nature walks.
- See the old Cape Point lighthouse.
- Take a ride on the famous Flying Dutchman Funicular.
- Embark on a cycling adventure.
- Go fishing (you will need a permit).
- Go surfing.
- Take a refreshing dip in one of its picturesque tidal pools.
- Witness its abundance of wildlife, birdlife, and marine life.
- Explore Cape Point’s rich biodiversity, stunning scenic surroundings, and vast natural landscapes. From jagged mountain peaks rising from the deep blue, towering more than 200 metres above the sea, and plunging cliffs to a spectacular display of wildflowers and endemic Fynbos scattered about, Cape Point is a remarkable natural wonder and National Park.
- Visit the Cape Point food shops and curio shops.
- Discover one (or all) of Cape Point’s secret beaches, all of which are largely unspoilt and untouched. Four of Cape Point’s stunning secret beaches include Buffels Beach, Diaz Beach, Maclear Beach, Olifantsbos Beach.
- Entry fee: Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R85 per adult per day / R40 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R170 per adult per day / R85 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R340 per adult per day / R170 per child, per day
#GO TO KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
Enjoying a fun-filled day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Cape Town during lockdown. The renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens remains open to visitors during the current adjusted level 4 lockdown, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors.
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. Covering an area of 528 hectares, it is filled with more than 7,000 plant species, 2,500 of these from the Cape Peninsula.
In addition to its undeniable natural beauty, Kirstenbosch Gardens offers so much more to do, see, and experience, some of which includes:
- The lush lawns and large shaded trees create the perfect picnic spot.
- Walk along Kirstenbosch Garden’s famous Centenary Treetop Canopy Walk (also known as the ‘Boomslang’).
- Meander through the various trails, paths, and routes through the garden.
- Explore Kirstenbosch Garden’s rich biodiversity & fauna & flora.
- Visit Kirstenbosch’s many beautiful Gardens. Some of which include the Botanical Society Conservatory, art at the Sculpture Garden, the Protea Garden, and the Cycad Amphitheatre which features life-size models of dinosaurs – this is a real winner with the kids!
- Use Kirstenbosch as a starting point for a hike up Table Mountain – there is access to Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine.
- Keep a lookout for the vast number of birds, including breeding owls, guinea fowl, and sugarbirds.
- Enjoy a meal at one of the various restaurants and cafés, including Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch and the Kirstenbosch Tea Room.
- Take a FREE Guided Tour with a Kirstenbosch volunteer to learn incredible facts about South Africa’s famous flora.
- Discover several of Kirstenbosch Garden’s hidden gems. From secret caves and glorious waterfalls, to gurgling streams and hidden trails, there are so many secret spots to discover and explore.
- Pick up great souvenirs and Kirstenbosch memorabilia at the on-site stores.
- Location: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
- Entrance fees: South African Citizens: Adults: R80 | South African Students (with student card): R45 | Child/Scholars/Learners: R25 | Children under 6 years: Free | Pensioner: Free entry on Tuesdays | Non- South African citizens: Adults: R200
- Operating times: Summer (September – March): Monday – Sunday, 8am – 7pm | Winter (April – August): Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm
- Contact details: Ticket Office: 021 799 8782 / 021 799 8602 | Information Office: 021 799 8783 / 021 799 8773 | Email: [email protected]
- Website: www.sanbi.org
- Tickets: Buy garden entry tickets online at WebTickets
- Click here for more information regarding all the COVID-19 measures at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
#VISIT THE TWO OCEAN’S AQUARIUM
The popular Two Ocean’s Aquarium is another one of Cape Town’s top attractions that remains open during South Africa’s current adjusted level 4 lockdown. Home to several (if not all) of the Western Cape’s magnificent marine life species, incredible exhibits, and a variety of amazing experiences, visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront promises to be tons of fun for the whole family.
Some of the Two Ocean’s Aquarium exhibits you can look forward to include: The Penguin Exhibit; Kelp Forest Exhibit; I&J Ocean Exhibit; Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit (experience up-close encounters with some of the most misunderstood species in South Africa’s oceans, such as ragged-tooth sharks, giant yellowtail, and yellowbelly rockcod); The Diversity Gallery (the Diversity Gallery aims to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans); The Touch Pool & Microscope Exhibits (this remarkable exhibit gives you the opportunity to look through a microscope and see marine life species like you never have before).
- Location: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
- Contact details: [email protected] | 021 418 3823
- Website: www.aquarium.co.za
- Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 6pm | Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays, 9am – 6pm
- Click here to buy your Two Ocean’s Aquarium tickets online
#GO TO THE SILVERMINE NATURE RESERVE
Located within the Table Mountain National Park, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, the Silvermine Nature Reserve is one of Cape Town’s most remarkable natural gems. Besides it’s incredible biodiversity and stunning natural surroundings, Silvermine boasts a variety of amazing hiking trails and walking routes, waterfalls, picnic and braai areas, and several hidden gems and natural wonders to discover.
Silvermine Nature Reserve is also home to the renowned Silvermine Reservoir. The Silvermine Reservoir is a fan-favourite spot for cooling down after a hike or some real deal exploring. With so much to do, see, experience, and explore, visiting the Silvermine Nature Reserve is one of the most exciting things to do in Cape Town during lockdown.
**Tip: There is a 1km trail around the reservoir with a boardwalk that’s easily accessible for wheelchairs and prams.
**Important note: As there are no lifeguards on duty, swimming in the Silvermine Reservoir is done at your own risk.
- Location: Silvermine Reservoir in Table Mountain National Park (via M3)
- Opening times: Daily, 8am – 5pm (May to August) | Daily, 7am – 6pm (September to April).
- Contact details: 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 fee (rates valid until 31 October 2020): R32 (SA citizens and residents with ID); R16 (SA children, 2 – 11 years) | R64 (SADC nationals with valid passport); R32 (SADC children with valid passport) | R128 (international visitors; standard conservation fee); R64 (international children; standard conservation fee).
Lockdown is the perfect time to go on a scenic or adventure-filled hike! Cape Town boasts an extensive and exciting variety of walking routes and hiking trails, ranging from easy and laid-back to tough and adrenaline-inducing. This means everyone can join in on the Cape Town hiking fun regardless of your fitness or experience level.
What are you waiting for? Get out there, and get hiking! It promises to be well worth the effort. Plus, the views are truly spectacular!
Here are some of our favourite hiking trails to add to your lockdown Cape Town hiking bucket-list: The Pipe Track; Lion’s Head; Kasteelpoort Hiking Trail; Maclear’s Beacon; Platteklip Gorge; Kloof Corner; Devil’s Peak; Nursery Ravine Hiking Trail; India Venster; Tygerberg Nature Reserve; Constantia Corner Hiking Trail; Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch; Skeleton Gorge; Chapman’s Peak; Krom River Trail, Watrefall Hike; Cape Point Hiking Trails; Jonkershoek Nature Reserve; Little Lion’s Head; Silvermine Nature Reserve.
#EXPLORE NEWLANDS FOREST
The beautiful Newlands Forest has become a fast favourite for nature lovers, hikers, dog walkers, trail runners, laid-back strollers and those looking to immerse themselves in a bit of Cape Town’s natural beauty. Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Newlands Forest boats four unique trails that wind their way up the mountain, ranging from easy to moderate – Making it perfect for hikers of all experience and fitness levels.
When you enter Newlands Forest from the parking area you will come across a sign detailing all the information regarding the various routes. This ensures that you pick the route perfectly suited to your level of fitness and hiking abilities. The easier routes are made up of interlinking paths, with a few streams in between as well as beautiful views of the surrounding suburbs.
**COVID-19 precautions: To ensure your own health and safety as well as those around you, it is vital that you always wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
- Cost: South African citizens (with ID): R35 per adult; R15 per child; R25 per vehicle | SADC Nationals (with passport): R70 per adult; R35 per child; R25 per vehicle | Standard conservation fee (foreign Visitors): R140 per adult; R70 per child; R25 per vehicle
- Location: Newlands Forest Road, Newlands, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 712 0527
#GO FOR A SCENIC SUNSET COASTAL DRIVE
There are few things as magical as watching a glorious Cape Town sunset. But getting to watch the sunset while taking a drive along one of the Mother City’s most magnificent coastal roads, is a bucket-list worthy experience in its own right! Cape Town is home to some of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world. Winding their way around majestic mountainsides, boasting picturesque mountain range and beautiful sea views that stretch as far as the eye can see, it’s pure bliss! Some of Cape Town’s top coastal drives include:
- Chapman’s Peak Drive: Chapman’s Peak Drive is known as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. The drive winds around the mountains above the Atlantic, boasting spectacular panoramic ocean views. There are also a variety of amazing look-out points located along the way. Plus, if you’re lucky, you’re bound to spot some whales, Cape Fur Seals and dolphins having a grand ol’ time playing around in the ocean waters. Taking a drive along the renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive is pure bliss – it isn’t known as one of the most beautiful coastal drives and magical sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing. This drive will take you approximately 30minutes.
- Victoria Road: This road hugs the back of Table Mountain, passing quiet stretches of the coast as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including Camps Bay and Clifton Beach. This drive will take you approximately 35 minutes.
- Boyes Drive: This stunning coastal drive traces mountains behind False Bay, boasting beautiful views over the harbour below, before finally winding down and ending at the lively Kalk Bay Harbour. During whale season, between June and November, you might be lucky enough to spot whales frolicking in the bay below, as well as other members of the Marine Big 5! This drive will take you approximately 12 minutes.
- Signal Hill: Signal Hill is a quick drive and it’s close to the city centre, which means you don’t need to travel too far. Once you reach the top you will be able to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Mother City and beyond. It’s no surprise Signal Hill is known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town. This drive will take you approximately 5 – 10 minutes from the city centre.
- Simon’s Town to Cape Point: This picturesque coastal road gives you the opportunity to wind your way along the quiet, largely untouched coastline all the way to the majestic natural wonder that is Cape Point. This drive will take you approximately 40 minutes.
- R44 From Gordon’s Bay to Somerset West: This scenic coastal drive will take you along the edge of the water through Strand with spectacular mountain range and ocean views all the view through. This drive will take you approximately 25 minutes.
#GO LEMON & ROSE PICKING AT THE CHART FARM
It’s time to pick some roses! While the scenic Chart Farm located in Wynberg is well-known for its beautiful roses that are available for picking, one thing many people might not know is that its large garden is also home to plump lemons all ripe and ready for the picking!
The Chart Farm boasts a wide variety of roses, all of which are well loved for their incredible fragrance and undeniable beauty. When visiting this Cape Town hidden gem, you can either opt to pick your own roses or choose from their freshly picked selection. Secateurs and buckets are provided at the farmstall but it is preferable to bring your own to avoid disappointment on busy days.
To ensure safe social distancing is maintained, the citrus groves are separated from the roses. You can rest assured that all necessary regulations and protocols have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of all visitors and staff. An extra bonus is that it’s only a mere 15 minutes from the Cape Town CBD – this means getting fresh and delicious lemons and beautiful roses have never been this easy and convenient.
**Covid-19 precautions: Wearing a mask is compulsory & you will be required to sanitise at each step of the process and maintain safe social distancing.
- Opening times: Everyday, 9am – 4pm (weather-permitting)
- Cost: R6.50 per stem (pick-your-own) | R7.50 per stem (ready picked)
- Contact details: 021 761 0434 | [email protected] | www.chartfarm.co.za
- Location: Klaassens Road, Wynberg Park, Cape Town
**Important Note: This section of the blog was last updated on 30/07/2020 as per current Lockdown Alert Level 3 guidelines. It is thus subject to change in accordance with South African Lockdown regulations.
#GALILEO DRIVE-IN MOVIE EXPERIENCE
The Galileo Open Air Cinema is making old school cool again by bringing back the awesome movie drive-in experience in the form of The Galileo Drive-In during Lockdown. The Galileo Drive-In, in proud partnership with KFM 94.5, invites you to enjoy some of your favourite movie classics on the big screen under the Cape Town night sky at a string of spectacular venues around the city and surrounding winelands from the comfort of your own car. Besides a bucket-list worthy drive-in movie experience, you’ll also be able to order pizzas, popcorn and other delicious movie snacks with your tickets at Webtickets checkout, with collection taking place upon arrival – Easy, safe and convenient!
To ensure the health and safety of all movie-goers and staff, The Galileo has implemented stringent health and hygiene measures and Covid-friendly safety regulations. All while providing Capetonians with the opportunity to enjoy a fun night out. To find out more about the movie screenings, dates & times, tickets, pricing and The Galileo’s COVID-friendly measures visit their website or check out our recent blog.
#VISIT A CAPE TOWN MARKET
In Cape Town, it’s all about the cool market vibes and good fun-loving times! While most markets in Cape Town have remained closed during the COVID-19 Lockdown, some have re-opened for business. To ensure all markets operate in accordance with the Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations, stringent health, hygiene, and social distancing protocols have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of all visitors, vendors, and staff. They have also implemented strict limits on the number of people that are allowed into the market at one time.
Everyone who visits these markets must always wear a mask and abide by the strict social distancing guidelines (of at least 2m) put in place.Some of the markets that have re-opened include: The Good Goodwill at the Mill POP-UP at the Old Biscuit Mill, Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Milnerton Flea Market, Cape Town Market, Market at the Barn, BangBang Vintage Market, KAMERS/Makers SPACE Pop-up as well as a few others. Check out our blog to find out more information!
#SUP AROUND THE V&A WATERFRONT
It’s time to tick another exhilarating adventure off your Cape Town bucket-list! SUP Cape Town is giving you the epic opportunity to paddle through the canals of the V&A Waterfront or waters of the open ocean. You can either choose to SUP (Stand-Up-Paddle-Board) along the full three-kilometre loop of the Waterfront’s canals or enjoy a thrilling ocean SUPing adventure along the Atlantic Seaboard coastline – where, if you’re super lucky, you might be able to spot some members of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5, including dolphins, whales, African Penguins or Cape Fur Seals. Before you embark on your bucket-list worthy SUPing adventure you will first receive a brief introduction to SUPing as well as all the necessary equipment and the services of an experienced guide.
**COVID-19 precautions: Masks are compulsory both upon arrival and on the water. Each SUP is sanitised between trips to ensure optimal health and hygiene standards are upheld. The number of people allowed in the store will be limited, as well as on the launching area (eight people at a time). Strict social distancing guidelines of at least 2m should always be adhered to as per Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations.
- Location: Battery Park, V&A Waterfront (parking access from Alfred Road, just behind City Lodge)
- Times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 2pm (winter months, April – September) | Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm (summer months, October – March) | This activity is weather dependent
- Cost: R220 per person
- Good to know: Enjoy the two-for-one winter special that’s on offer until end-August
#MOUNT NELSON AFTERNOON TEA IN YOUR LIVING ROOM
Enjoying a lavish afternoon tea at the famous Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in the heart of the Mother City has become one of the most sought-after tea experiences in Cape Town. Now you can enjoy the Belmond Mount Nelson’s extravagant Afternoon Tea, paired with its mouth-watering array of sweet and savoury delicacies in the comfort of your living room!
Pastry Chef Craig Hibbert and Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg have put together a selection of the most-loved Afternoon Tea classics which will be delivered right to your front door, along with freshly baked scones, homemade mixed berry jam and cream. To top of the lavish experience, tea sommeliers have selected two loose leaf tea blends to complement your treats. To find out more about this indulgent experience, contact the Belmond Mount Nelson on 021 483 1000 | [email protected] | www.belmond.com
You know what they say, when in doubt, hike it out! Okay, they might not say that, but in Cape Town we DEFINITELY do! South Africa and the city of Cape Town moved from Lockdown Alert Level 4 to Level 3 on 1 June 2020. This was followed by an announcement from the minister of tourism that hiking is allowed at this level. SANParks released a statement indicating that while the majority of Table Mountain National Park is open, the following will remain closed under Level 3 Lockdown: Boulders Beach; Cape Point; Silvermine Gate 1 and 2, Upper Tokai; all picnic sites and Lion’s Head (as per an announcement from SANParks on the 6th of June 2020).
This was followed by some more exciting news, especially for avid hiking enthusiasts, when CapeNature announced the phased reopening of its reserves across the Western Cape from Friday, 12 June 2020 following the easing of the National Lockdown regulations. While the phased re-opening means that various CapeNature reserves and trails will be open to the public, there will be a daily limit put in place for each trail. Once full capacity is reached, no further hiking permits will be issued for that trail on that day. Have a look at our recent blog ‘CapeNature announces phased reopening of its reserves’ to find out which trails are open as well as all the information you need to know.
As curbing the spread of COVID-19 remains top priority, all hiking and outdoor activities MUST be done in strict compliance with all Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations and guidelines.
Here are important Table Mountain National Park guidelines and regulations to abide by when going hiking during South Africa’s Alert Level 3 Lockdown period:
- A face mask must be worn at all times while hiking, exploring the great Cape Town outdoors or participating in outdoor recreational or fitness activities.
- As per Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations, you are permitted to exercise/hike between 06:00 and 18:00.
- You are not allowed to hike in large groups or partake in any social gatherings while hiking or exercising.
- You must always maintain appropriate social distancing during your hike. This involves maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 metres when participating in any outdoor recreational activities, hiking, or exercising.
- No overnight hiking will be permitted.
- If you’re planning on hiking one of Table Mountain’s hiking trails, it is important to plan your hike accordingly as the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has not reopened. This means you will need to ascend and descend the mountain in the allocated time frame (06:00 – 18:00). As the Cableway remains closed, none of the restaurants, toilet facilities and shops at the top of Table Mountain will be open either – Make sure you’re well prepared before embarking on your hiking adventure!
#VISIT THE BOSCHENDAL WINE ESTATE POP-UP FARM SHOP
Boschendal is by far one of Cape Town’s most beloved Wine Estates. Although we can’t experience everything this fan-favourite wine wonder has to offer right now – they certainly have a few exciting and delicious experiences for locals to enjoy during South Africa’s Lockdown Alert Level 3. Boschendal’s amazing Pop-up Farm Shop has finally re-opened and welcomes you with open arms! Grab a take-away coffee while you browse for your favourite farm products and award-winning meat from the Werf Butchery. Or why not harvest your own organic vegetables from their famous Werf Food Garden?
You can also buy delicious loaves of bread and pastries fresh from the bakery or choose from an assortment of homemade preserves and products sourced from like-minded suppliers – the choice is yours! They also have a newly launched range of frozen meals created by their Boschendal Chefs for you to enjoy at home. The Boschendal Wine Estate Pop-up Farm Shop & Butchery is open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4pm and Sundays 9am – 2pm.
Are you keen to tick a thrilling adventure off your Cape Town bucket-list? Then Acrobranch Constantia has the perfect adventure experience lined up for you! Hidden deep within the Constantia Nek forest is where you’ll find the amazing Acrobranch treetop playground. They have four exhilarating obstacle courses – two of which are suitable for young children, while the other two are geared towards teenagers and adults. Each obstacle course consists of ziplines, cargo nets, and elevated platforms. This is one adventure that is undoubtedly filled with tons of fun and excitement all the way through!
There are assistants available along the way in case any of the kids need a helping hand – parents can thus rest assured that their kids are in good hands. There is also a restaurant located onsite where parents can sit back and relax while their kids have tons of fun or where the whole family can grab a bite to eat after enjoying a fun-filled family adventure.
**COVID-19 precautions: All visitors to Acrobranch are required to wear a mask upon entry. Gloves are also compulsory and can be purchased at the venue if needed for R20 a pair. There will be sanitiser available at all relevant areas.
- Location: 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town
- Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm | Booking is essential
- Cost: R150 (Acro-Twigs) | R190 (Monkey Moves) | R230 (Swinging Tarzan) | R280 (High Flying)
#AUDIO TOUR OF TABLE MOUNTAIN AERIAL CABLEWAY
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is one of Cape Town’s top attractions. While it remains closed to the public during South Africa’s Lockdown Alert Level 3, The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, together with VoiceMap, now offers listeners two free audio tours to enjoy at home during lockdown. So, although you can’t physically enjoy an Aerial Cableway ride to the top of the all-might Table Mountain, these audio tours will give you an exciting taste of what to expect when the Aerial Cableway is finally back up and running again.
The first audio tour is called Lower Cableway Station Audio Guide: In-Queue Entertainment, and the second one is titled Upper Cableway Station Audio Guide: Tabletop Walking Tour. Both tours can be downloaded to your mobile device for free from the VoiceMap application. For a step-by-step guide on how to download the VoiceMap application to your mobile device, click here.
#KAYAK AROUND HOUT BAY
Are you ready to explore one of Cape Town’s most iconic (and bustling) shorelines on a fun-filled and thrilling kayak tour? There’s no need to wait any longer – your Cape Town kayak adventure awaits! Besides ticking an unforgettable experience off your bucket-list, you might encounter some of Cape Town’s beloved marine life including Cape Fur Seals, dolphins, whales, African Penguins, and sunfish on your tour too! Keen adventurers and thrill seekers will meet at Cape Town Bucket List inside the Hout Bay Harbour – this is where your ocean kayak adventure begins! Before your tour, you will first be given a short training session as well as a lifejacket and a dry bag for any small items you’d like to take along with you. Once on the water, kayakers will be taken past the seal sanctuary towards the renowned Chapman’s Peak. Make sure you take in every single glorious second, not to mention all the spectacular views that surround you.
**COVID-19 precautions: Masks must be worn at all times. Only four people will be allowed per trip.
- Location: Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town | Located in Hout Bay Boatyard inside Hout Bay harbour
- Times: Monday – Sunday, from 9am
- Cost: R400 for 2 hours
- Contact details: Kayak Adventures | 082 497 8797| [email protected]
#VISIT THE BABYLONSTOREN GARDENS
Situated in the Drakenstein Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, almost halfway between Franschhoek and Paarl, Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms in the Western Cape and is about as beautiful as they come. We’ve got some exciting news for all Babylonstoren lovers out there as well as anyone looking to enjoy a magical day out in the Mother City – Their famous Farm Shop, Scented Shop, enchanting Greenhouse and stunning Garden Spa are all open during South Africa’s Lockdown Alert Level 3.
Guests are also invited to enjoy a lovely stroll around the lush 3.5-hectar Babylonstoren garden. Boasting 8 acres of unapologetic natural beauty, the stunning Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of the farm and is by far one of its most alluring attraction. Besides its lush greenery, towering rose vines, and organic veggies, its home to a uniquely beautiful cactus patch.
A visit to Babylonstoren is not only one of the top things to do in Cape Town during lockdown but promises to be filled with tons of beauty and adventure all the way through.
Babylonstoren is planning to re-open their renowned Babel Restaurant on the 15th of July 2020, so be sure to follow them on their social media channels to stay up to date or visit their website www.babylonstoren.com
#GO MOUNTAIN BIKING AT BOSCHENDAL
It’s time to add some fun and excitement to your Lockdown days! What about a thrilling mountain bike ride through the beautiful Boschendal Wine Estate? Showcasing some of the most magnificent mountain range and vineyard views, Boschendal is a true nature lover’s paradise. While wine tasting at this top Cape Town Wine Estate may be off the table right now, Boschendal is giving its visitors the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful outdoors on a mountain bike! The estate boasts five marked trail circuits starting just before the Rhodes Avenue security gate. These five thrilling trail circuits include the 4km Yellow Route, 9km Green Route, 11km Blue Route, 15km Red Route and 23km Black Route over well-maintained single track, mountainside jeep track and some farm road.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite after your adventure-filled mountain bike trail ride, be sure to stop by their in-house butchery, farm shop and deli for some take-home treats, delicious meals, and freshly baked goods.
**COVID-19 precautions: All staff and guests visiting the estate will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Anyone showing signs of fever will not be allowed entry into the farm. It is essential that everyone visiting the farm wear a face mask at all times and sanitise their hands at the stations provided. Strict social distancing guidelines of at least 2m must be adhered to as per the Government’s Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations. To ensure the health and safety of all staff members and guests, Boschendal staff will ensure the Trail Centre is properly sanitised on a daily basis both before and after opening hours.
- Important information: Riding permits (R50) are required for all bikers and are available for purchase from the Trail Centre. Permit fees go towards building and maintaining the trails. The trail is closed on rainy days to ensure the safety of all visitors.
- Cost: E-bike rental: R800 per day | Single-suspension rental: R200 (half day), R350 (full day) | Full-suspension rental: R350 (half day), R500 (full day) | Kids’ bike rental: R150 (half day), R300 (full day)
- Times: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 4pm | Sunday, 8am – 4pm
- Location: Boschendal, Pniel Road, Franschhoek
- Contact details: 074 502 0997 | [email protected]
#VIRTUAL FIRST THURSDAYS
First Thursdays in Cape Town certainly need no introduction, especially for art-loving locals and travellers that have enjoyed this beloved tradition time and time again. But, for those that might not be familiar with it, First Thursdays is an event that takes place on the first Thursday of every month. This is when art, culture and ‘up for a good time’ enthusiasts come out in full force, fill the Cape Town city centre streets and visit the dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has to offer. However, due to Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations and doing all we can to curb the spread of COVID-19, Cape Town’s famous First Thursday events are placed on hold for the foreseeable future.
For this reason, they’ve decided to do things a little differently. To ensure the health and safety of everyone as well as to remain in full compliance with the Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations, First Thursdays will take place virtually during the COVID-19 Lockdown. From the 2nd of July 2020 some Cape Town galleries will be open to visitors by appointment only. To find out more information and details regarding which exhibitions you can visit and how it works, head over to the First Thursdays South Africa website.
#VISIT ONE OF CAPE TOWN’S HIDDEN GEMS – SECRET FOREST CAFÉ
Are you ready to experience all the quirky coolness this Cape Town hidden gem has to offer? Why not grab a deluxe cup of brew and perhaps a freshly baked pastry and light snack too at the Secret Forest Café? The Secret Forest Café is a hidden to-go coffee shop and a quaint family-run coffee and take-away spot on the border of Tokai Forest’s indigenous nature reserve. Along with knock-your-socks off coffee and delicious sweet and savoury things to eat, they also serve refreshing juices and doggie treats for your furry friends!
One of the sweet silver linings of Lockdown is that we have finally come to realise just how much joy life’s simplest pleasures can bring us. Beautiful scenery + fresh air + a delicious cup of coffee goodness, paired with something deliciously sweet or savoury – what more could you ask for? Plus, the fact that it’s situated on the edge of Tokai Forest’s indigenous nature reserve means you’re blessed with beautiful views of Elephant’s Eye mountain range too.
Whenever you find yourself in the Tokai neck of the woods, be sure to pop by this Cape Town hidden gem, the Secret Forest Café. As they operate in strict accordance with all Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations, clients can rest assured that their health and safety remains top priority. Clients must wear a mask at all times and follow strict social distancing guidelines when visiting the Secret Forest Café in Tokai.
- Address: 34.0525770,18.4370070 | Tokai Forest, Cape Town
- Good to know: The property has high walls and is located at the end of the wooden walking bridge that runs adjacent to Lower Tokai Park (the fynbos part of the forest).
- Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm (weather dependent)
- Contact details: [email protected]
- Please note: Snapscan and cards are accepted (no cash services for now).
- Instagram: @secretforestcafe
#VISIT THE CLAY CAFÉ IN HOUT BAY
It’s official! The beloved local Hout Bay hidden gem the Clay Café is finally open! There is no doubt that the Clay Café has become one of the Mother City’s top attractions for locals and tourists alike. Situated in the heart of the valley of Hout Bay, a visit to the Clay Café should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list! Besides it’s sought-after status the Clay Café boasts a beautiful large open patio with stunning outside tables overlooking a luscious garden. They also have a veggie garden and their own African chic boutique.
But what really keeps people coming back for more is the unique and exciting creative experience the Clay Café offers their guests! Each person is given the chance to indulge in their own personal ceramic masterpiece by choosing from an array of unfired bisque (already made pottery pieces) and a wide selection of colourful paints and tools to create their own piece of unique crockery. It’s the perfect opportunity to let your hair down, get creative, unleash your inner artist or creative spirit, and have tons of fun doing it. Another amazing perk of visiting the Clay Café is that there is no age limit, which means both the young and young at heart are invited to join in on all the Clay Café creativity and fun!
The Clay Café is also home to an amazing restaurant which will be serving a limited, but down-right delicious menu. All their meals are freshly prepared when ordered and their ingredients are freshly sourced as well as sourced from Halaal suppliers. The Clay Café is thus Halaal friendly, as well as caters for vegetarians and vegans – Making sure there is something delicious for everyone to enjoy.
As the health and safety of all their visitors and staff is their TOP priority,the Clay Café has implemented various stringent health and safety measures that are in full compliance with Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations.To find out more about how the Clay Café will be operating during the COVID-19 Lockdown as well as their health, hygiene and safety protocols check out our ‘Clay Café is open during Level 3 Lockdown’ blog to find out EVERYTHING you need to know!
If you prefer to enjoy the Clay Café painting experience from the comfort of your home – No problem! They have put together ‘home painting kits’ which can be ordered online with next day delivery. If you’re interested in placing your order, click here.
- Address: Clay Cafe, 4080 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town | Opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate
- Operating hours: Open 9-5pm daily | All bookings are set at 3 hours
- Contact details: 076 810 5120 | 062 455 6578 | [email protected] | www.claycafe.co.za
- Facebook: @ClayCafeHoutBay
- Instagram: @theclaycafe_houtbay
- Additional information: As the Clay Café, along with many other businesses, are navigating their way through this ‘new normal’, they ask that visitors please be patient with them during this new transition period. They would however like to assure all visitors, as well as those that are thinking of visiting, that ensuring their health and safety is the Clay Café’s TOP priority – and will continue to be throughout! They always appreciate your feedback, so feel free to share it with them and please remember to spread the word if you have enjoyed your experience with the Clay Café – Let’s ALL SUPPORT LOCAL wherever and whenever we can & encourage others to do the same!
#VIRTUAL TOUR OF BOULDERS BEACH
Boulders Beach and its beloved colony of African Penguins is by far one of Cape Town’s favourite and most sought-after attractions for locals and tourists alike. Located just past Simons Town along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Boulders Beach is one of the only places in the world where you can actually get up close and personal with the cute and charismatic African Penguins. Making a visit to this top Cape Town destination a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
As Boulders Beach remains closed to the public during South Africa’s Lockdown Alert Level 3 as per a statement released by SANParks, they’ve come up with the next best thing! You can now explore the beautiful Boulders Beach and see its playful colony of African Penguins virtually. Here is a virtual tour of Boulders Beach by 360southafrica.com that is bound to get you incredibly excited for when Boulders Beach finally reopens!
#E-BIKE SELF-GUIDED TOUR THROUGH JONKERSHOEK NATURE RESERVE
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, getting into nature has never been more appealing. CapeNature announced the phased reopening of its reserves across the Western Cape from Friday, 12 June 2020 following the easing of the National Lockdown regulations.
Among the CapeNature Reserves that were reopened (view the full list of reserves here) under Lockdown Alert Level 3 was the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and its Tweede Waterval trail – an easy 6.4km out-and-back route that can be enjoyed by both beginner and avid hikers. If you’re up for something a little morethrilling though, you can choose to rent an E-bike (electronic bike) and enjoy a self-guided tour through the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. This experience is suitable for the whole family – giving you the opportunity to plan the ultimate outdoor family adventure, get out in nature, breathe in the pure mountain air, soak up all the forest scenery Jonkershoek Nature Reserve has to offer and have TONS of fun too!
As these adventure-filled tours do not require a guide, all you need is the app on your cell phone to direct you on the planned trail. The link will be sent to you once you’ve made your booking. The easy-to-ride Jeep tracks and dedicated bicycle lanes make for a relaxed and enjoyable experience. There are a range of e-bike tours to choose from, ensuring there’s something for everyone!
**COVID-19 precautions: Currently the tours are only open to closed groups (you and your family or friends). All e-bikes will be sanitised before and after trips and masks must we worn at all times.
- Location: Lanzerac Hotel and Spa, 1 Lanzerac Road, Karindal, Stellenbosch
- Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am –12pm; 2pm – 5pm (viewpoint tour)
- Cost: R450 (viewpoint tour) | Each e-bike tour varies in price (be sure to check when making your booking)
- Additional information: You can include up to one-half wheeler per e-bike for children between five and nine years old | Children between three and four years can sit on a kids’ start seat.
#VISIT THE FARM SANCTUARY SA & MEET THE PAINTING PIG
Farm Sanctuary SA is a safe haven for rescued animals and an initiative that has taken it upon themselves to rescue animals from the cruelty of various factory farms and place them in a safe sanctuary. Happy inhabitants include Pigcasso, the world’s only painting pig and Baloo, a male cow rescued from an informal settlement on Route 62. A trip to the Farm Sanctuary SA located in Franschhoek promises to be a truly unforgettable, rewarding, and enjoyable experience for the whole family.
**COVID-19 precautions: All visitors will have their temperature checked upon arrival. You are encouraged to sanitise your hands regularly and the wearing of masks are always compulsory. Social distancing guidelines should be adhered to throughout as per the Government’s Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations.
- Location: Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek
- Times: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 3pm | Meet Pigcasso: Sunday, 12pm
- Contact details: 061 4995006 | [email protected]
#VISIT THE ALPACA LOOM
If you’re looking for something a little different to do with the whole family, why not visit the Alpaca Loom in southern Paarl? Besides having a front row seat to these magnificent animals and getting to see them up-close, the Alpaca Loom has a variety of incredible experiences and activities to enjoy, including exciting tours and walks. On the Alpaca Barn Tour you will have the opportunity to meet their resident alpaca herd including their youngest crias and learn more about alpacas. The Alpaca Walk is a guided walk accompanied by their woolly alpaca friends where you will be able to explore the farm and its surroundings while gaining more insight into the fascinating world of alpacas.
Besides these incredible experiences, there is a farm coffee shop where you can enjoy a takeaway coffee, tea or treat while you explore the surroundings and admire the alpacas. There’s also a loom where you can purchase a variety of fabrics woven from alpaca wool, such as shawls and blankets to keep the winter chills at bay. You can also choose to shop the products online.
**COVID-19 precautions: All visitors to the Alpaca Loom will have their temperature checked upon arrival. You are encouraged to sanitise your hands regularly and the wearing of masks are always compulsory. Social distancing guidelines should be adhered to throughout as per the Government’s Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations.
- Location: Suid Agter Paarl Road, Southern Paarl, Cape Town
- Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
- Contact details: 084 793 3666 | [email protected]
#VISIT FAIRVIEW WINE & CHEESE
Surrounded by rolling, vineyard-covered hills Fairview Wine & Cheese in Paarl is a working wine and cheese farm that offers several attractions including a fresh-produce deli for take-home goods, a bakery and, of course, the Goatshed Restaurant. Build up an appetite with the kids at the resident “goat tower” or take a stroll in the gardens, before tucking into a farm-to-table breakfast or lunch in the charming country-style restaurant.
**COVID-19 precautions: All visitors will have their temperature checked upon arrival. You are encouraged to sanitise your hands regularly and the wearing of masks are always compulsory. Social distancing guidelines should be adhered to throughout as per the Government’s Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations.
- Location: Fairview Wine and Cheese, Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Paarl
- Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 3pm
- Contact details: 021 863 3609 | [email protected]
#VISIT THE V&A WATERFRONT
There is no denying that Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront is one of its most vibrant attractions. The V&A Waterfront’s retail operations resumed under Level 3 Covid-19 Risk-Adjusted Strategy from 1 June 2020. To ensure full compliance with all Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations, the highest levels of public health and safety measures have been put in place for visitors, shoppers, tenants, suppliers and all who work within the precinct. It is essential that visitors to the V&A Waterfront abide by the Lockdown Level 3 regulations and guidelines put in place, including wearing a mask at all times and following strict social distancing protocols of at least 2m.
Some of the V&A Waterfront’s sought-after restaurants and various retail shops have re-opened for visitors to enjoy in accordance with the Lockdown regulations. Their on-site gym, hotels, conference venues, tourist and leisure attractions, bars and taverns will remain closed as per current Lockdown Level 3 regulations. Minimum trading hours will continue to be 9am – 5pm at Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre. Visit the V&A Waterfront’s website to find out more information: www.waterfront.co.za
#ORDER A TAKE-WAY FROM ONE OF YOUR FAVOURTE FOOD SPOTS
Since the start of South Africa’s Lockdown on the 26th of March 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, people all over the country have been cooking and baking up a storm. We’re sure most of you might be professional Chefs by now, or at the very least incredible amateur Chefs. The good news is, it’s finally time for you to take a well-deserved break and support some local Cape Town restaurants instead. During Level 3 of South Africa’s Lockdown, restaurants are allowed to operate on a delivery and take-away basis. This means you can place your food order directly and have it delivered to your door or you can go out to get a take-away from your favourite restaurant.
Some delivery services can only handle a certain number of deliveries per day. It is important to make sure you get your order in early to avoid disappointment. Many restaurants are making use of delivery services like Uber Eats and Mr D, while others do the food drop-offs themselves. Check with your local restaurant or eatery to find out more or have a look at our blog ‘Best Cape Town restaurants doing food delivery in Level 3 Lockdown’ to find out more about which restaurants are delivering and how you can place your order right away!
#ENJOY A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE ZEITZ MOCAA
Named the ‘Best overall Cultural Destination of the Year’ at the 2018 Leading Culture Destination Awards, as well as one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 destinations, the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is one of Cape Town’s most sought-after art and culture destinations for locals and tourists alike.
Although you can’t physically visit this artistic gem right now, you can experience it’s extraordinary exhibitions from the comfort of your home through incredible 3D tours that you can find on the Zeitz MOCAA website. You can enjoy magnificent exhibitions such as Five Bhobh: Painting At The End Of An Era, Afro-futures show Still Here Tomorrow To High Five You Yesterday, as well as The Main Complaint. You can also check out Zeitz MOCAA’s YouTube channel for all the talks at the symposium related to William Kentridge’s exhibition, as well as amazing interviews with artists, and so much more.
#NORVAL FOUNDATION PRESENTS #60SECONDART
Known as one of Cape Town’s top attractions, especially if you’re and art and nature lover at heart, the Norval Foundation combines the experience of art with an appreciation for nature in the most magnificent way. Although you can’t physically experience everything it has to offer right now, the Norval Foundation is committed to providing inspiration beyond isolation by sharing incredible #60SecondArt digital stories via their YouTube, Instagram and Facebook platforms as well as virtual 360-degree “walk-about” tours. This gives art lovers across the world the opportunity to explore the Norval Foundation’s incredible museum spaces, paintings, sculptures, and installations. You can also visit their website: www.norvalfoundation.org