Things To Do In Cape Town On A Budget

Things to do in Cape Town on a budget

Are you ready to tick some exciting experiences, amazing activities, and thrilling adventures off your Cape Town bucket-list? All without having to spend a fortune!

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

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

#VISIT OUDEKRAAL BEACH & HAVE A BRAAI

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

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

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

  • Location: Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay
  • Cost / Conservation Fee:

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

#GO SURFING

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Another thrilling and fun thing to do in Cape Town on a budget 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.

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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.

#GO CAVE EXPLORING

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

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

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

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

#Boomslang Cave

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

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

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

#Klipgat Cave, Gansbaai

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

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

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

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

#Woodstock Cave

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

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

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

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

#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.

#GO ON THE ULTIMATE SUNSET CHASING ADVENTURE

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

Cape Town is home to some seriously spectacular sunset spots. There is absolutely no denying that the Mother City is pure sunset bliss. Known for her stunning sherbet-colored sunsets that set the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors – there truly is nothing quite like it – and we dare you to tell us otherwise!

Going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure has become one of the top things to do in Cape Town all-year round. But sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset hidden gems – That’s when the real sunset adventure begins!

**Here are our top secret sunset and overall best sunset spots in Cape Town, all of which deserve a prime spot on your sunset bucket-list:

  • Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • The Clifton Ridge Rocks | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Lions Head
  • Table Mountain
  • Signal Hill
  • Llandudno Beach
  • The ‘Sunset Rock’ | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Diaz Beach | Cape Point | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Kloof Corner
  • Bloubergstrand Beach

Check out our ‘Best sunset spots in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s magnificent and magical sunset spots.

#GO ON A LEGENDARY GRAFITTI TOUR OF WOODSTOCK

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

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

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

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

#VISIT THE TWO OCEAN’S AQUARIUM

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If you’re looking for something fun and thrilling to do with the whole family in Cape Town, going to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront should be high up on your list. Home to several (if not all) of the Western Cape’s magnificent marine life species, amazing exhibits, and a variety of exciting experiences, visiting the Two Ocean’s Aquarium promises to be tons of fun for both the young and young at heart.

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
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00
  • Contact details: 021 418 3823 | 021 418 3952 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.aquarium.co.za

Click here to get your Two Oceans Aquarium ticket / tickets or to find out more about their exciting experiences and activities.

#GO HIKING

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

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

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

Here are some of the top hiking trails in Cape Town:

Lion’s Head Devil’s Peak Hiking Trail Chapman’s Peak
The Pipe Track Tranquillity Cracks Hiking Trail Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
Kloof Corner Nursery Ravine Hiking Trail Krom River Trail
Platteklip Gorge Hiking Trail Woody Ravine Hiking Trail Waterfall Hike
Kasteelpoort Hiking Trail India Venster Hiking Trail Little Lion’s Head
Skeleton Gorge Hiking Trail Constantia Corner Hiking Trail Lion’s Head Loop Hiking Trail
Suicide Gorge Hiking Trail Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch Table Mountain Contour Path
Maclear’s Beacon Tygerberg Nature Reserve Cape Point Hiking Trails

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

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

Whether you’re a first-time hiker, eager mid-level enthusiast, or a die-hard highly experienced hiker at heart, click here for a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when going hiking in Cape Town.

#SPEND THE DAY AT KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS

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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!

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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 ON A RED BUS CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

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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

#ENJOY A BLISSFUL BEACH DAY

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There is nothing better than being sun-kissed, sandy-toed, and salty-haired while soaking up the glorious Cape Town sunshine. Enjoying a blissful beach day on one of the Mother City’s beautiful beaches is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town. Thanks to Cape Town’s lovely year-round mild Mediterranean climate, beach season can be enjoyed right throughout the year.

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

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

#EXPLORE & DISCOVER EVERYTHING KALK BAY HAS TO OFFER

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

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

**If you’re looking for some exciting things to do when visiting and exploring Kalk Bay, here are some great suggestions:

  • Take a refreshing dip in the Dalebrook Tidal Pool and / or Wooley’s Tidal Pool – Take your pick!
  • Go cave exploring
  • Go surfing
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Harbour
  • Explore the quirky streets of Kalk Bay
  • Hike the famous Boomslang Cave – It is a relatively easy hike perfect for novice hikers, families with kids, and adventure seekers – It is known as one of Cape Town’s more adventurous hikes after all. Click here to find out everything you need to know about the Boomslang Cave hike.
  • Enjoy a unique seaside dining experience at the renowned Brass Bell
  • 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!

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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]

#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!

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  • 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!

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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

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Photo credit: Clay Cafe In The City

  • 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
  • Click here for more information
  • Instagram: @claycafe_inthecity

Bookings:

  • 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!

#SPEND THE DAY AT NEWLANDS FOREST

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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 SANDBOARDING AT THE ATLANTIS DUNES

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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.

#EXPLORE & TASTE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE CAPE WINELANDS

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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.

…wait, there’s more!

**If you’re feeling extra daring and wildly adventurous you should absolutely go on the famous, and dare we say legendary, Franschhoek Wine Tram. 

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Photo credit: Franschhoek Wine Tram

Going on the iconic Franschhoek Wine Tram is by far the best, and certainly the most exciting, way to experience everything the majestic Franschhoek wine valley has to offer. From its spectacular mountain range and vineyard landscapes, stunning views, and world-renowned Wine Estates, to the region’s gloriously unique and exceptional array of award-winning wines, the Franschhoek Wine Tram offers guests an unforgettable hop-on-hop-off Cape Town winelands adventure.

It goes without saying that taking a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram is a NOT-TO-BE-MISSED experience for ALL 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!

The Franschhoek Wine Tram 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.

  • 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.

#VISIT CAPE POINT

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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’.

#ENJOY A COOL CAPE TOWN MARKET DAY

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The Mother City is at the very top of her market game. This makes visiting one of her vibrant markets one of the best family friendly things to do in Cape Town anytime of the year, including during her wonderful winter season.

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 favourite 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.

#VISIT THE ARDERNE GARDENS

Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - Arderne Gardens

Photo credit: Arderne Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

#ST JAMES TIDAL POOL & COASTAL WALK – BEST COMBO!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#GO ON A TIDAL POOL ADVENTURE

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

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

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

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

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

#HAVE A PICNIC AT TOKAI FOREST

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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 2021South 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 ON THE ULTIMATE SUNSET OR SUNRISE LION’S HEAD HIKE

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

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

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

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

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

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

#VISIT CRYSTAL POOLS

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

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

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

Need to know information:

  • Location: Kogelberg Nature Reserve | Greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Steenbras Nature Reserve (via N2 and R44), Helderberg Rural, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Office hours: 7:30am – 4pm | Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail bookings: Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays): 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools operating hours: Hiking trails are only open from 1 November to 30 April each year (closed during winter months) | Hiking trail operating hours are from sunrise – sunset: 6am – 6pm | Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools Hiking Trail operating times may differ slightly according to sunrise and sunset times throughout November – April
  • Entrance Fees / Cost: Entry fee for Steenbras River Gorge: R75 per person | Entry fee for the Steenbras hiking trails: R25 per person | For more information and a detailed list of costs please contact 021 444 6927 or [email protected]
  • Contact details: General enquiries: [email protected] | Booking queries: 021 856 9622 | 021 856 9623 | 021 856 9620 | steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za | 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 DAY AT THE COMPANY’S GARDENS & FEED THE SQUIRRELS

Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - Companys Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

#GO SWIMMING & ADVENTURING AT SOME OF THE BEST DAMS & RIVERS IN CAPE TOWN

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

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

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

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

#Silvermine Reservoir

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

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

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

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

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

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

#Klein River

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

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

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

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

#Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

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

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

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

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

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

#VIST THE STELLENBERG GARDENS

Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - 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.

#GO TO THE GREEN POINT URBAN PARK

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Photo credit: Green Point Park

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

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

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

#SEE THE CAPE FUR SEALS AT THE V&A WATERFRONT

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

#EXPLORE THE UPPER LIESBEEK RIVER GARDEN

Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - Upper Liesbeek River Garden

Photo credit: Upper Liesbeek River Garden

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

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

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

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

#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

#VISIT MUIZENBERG BEACH & IT’S COLORFUL BEACH HUTS

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

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

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

#GO WHALE WATCHING

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

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

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

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

#TAKE A DRIVE ALONG THE CAPE WEST COAST

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

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

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

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

#TAKE A SUNSET DRIVE ALONG CHAPMAN’S PEAK

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

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

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

**If you’re eager to add some adventure and thrill to your Chapman’s Peak 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.

#ENJOY A STROLL ALONG SEA POINT PROMENADE

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

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

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

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

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

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

#HIKE & EXPLORE WOODSTOCK CAVE

Things to do in Cape Town - Woodstock Cave

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

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

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

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

#HIKE THE DARING SUICIDE GORGE | HOTTENTOTS HOLLAND NATURE RESERVE

Suicide Gorge Hiking Trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#GO FOR A SCENIC COASTAL DRIVE AT SUNSET, SUNRISE, OR ANYWHERE INBETWEEN

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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.

#VISIT THE HERITAGE VINE

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

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

#ENJOY AN EXCITING DAY AT THE V&A WATERFRONT

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

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

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

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

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

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

#WATCH THE SUNSET AT THE ‘SECRET SUNSET ROCK’

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

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

#VISIT THE WE ARE STILL HERE MEMORIAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

#SEE THE UBUNTU TREE

  • Location: 99 Kloof Street, Gardens, City Bowl

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

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

#ENJOY A FUN DAY AT STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE

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  • 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.

#AERIAL CABLE WAY RIDE UP TABLE MOUNTAIN

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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.

What are you waiting for? Book your Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ticket right now from WebTickets.

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

Free Things To Do In Cape Town

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

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

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