Flower Season In Cape Town

Things To Do In September In Cape Town


Its Spring time in the Mother City!


While every season offers locals and travellers something new, unique, exciting, beautiful, and beyond extraordinary to experience, there is nothing quite as breathtaking or as captivating as Spring time in Cape Town. Known as one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets, the city truly comes alive, in a million and more ways than one, during the month of September as it marks the official start of Cape Town’s vivid and vibrant Spring season.

Boasting a lovely mild Mediterranean climate, lush greenery, spectacular scenery, colourful bursts of Cape wildflowers, magnificent surrounding landscapes, and an endless variety of things to do, see, discover, explore, and experience, there is nothing quite like Spring time in Cape Town. Not to mention the simply irresistible and vibrant Spring atmosphere that fills the air and follows you absolutely everywhere – it is nothing short of intoxicating – in the absolute best way of course.

The best thing is, the Mother City invites everyone and anyone to join in on her vibrant spring season fun. Whether you’re young or young at heart, here are some of the top things to do in September in Cape Town.

#See the beautiful Cape Wildflowers

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

In Cape Town, Spring season is flower season!

WILDFLOWERS, WILDFLOWERS & MORE WILDFLOWERS! Its officially time to stop and smell the stunning Cape wildflowers, because in Cape Town, Spring season is flower season – and what a spectacular time of year it is indeed. Every spring, from about mid-August – October, Cape Town (the Western Cape) bursts into the most beautiful and glorious celebration of colour as vibrant wildflowers cover its vast landscapes in an endless display of bold, breathtaking wildflowers and stunning budding and blossoming beauties that stretch far beyond what the eye can see.

Getting to see the magnificent Cape wildflowers in full bloom, and in their wonderfully wild and untamed state, completely unapologetic and relentless in their spectacular pursuit to set the Western Cape landscapes ablaze, bring colour, and breathe new life into this nature-loving paradise is by far one of the top things to do in September in Cape Town. The sheer unapologetic, wild, and untamed natural beauty of the Western Cape in full bloom is known to draw flora lovers from all corners of the globe, and there is absolutely NO reason why you shouldn’t get to witness it too – Trust us, this seasonal phenomenon truly is a sight to behold & one you definitely won’t regret!

Here are some of the best places in the Western Cape to see the Cape wildflowers in full bloom this spring: 

  • The West Coast National Park
  • The Postberg Flower Reserve section of the West Coast National Park | The Postberg section of the park is only open to the public from 1 August to 30 September from 9am – 5pm daily (slightly different to the West Coast National Park’s normal opening hours).
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Ramskop Nature Reserve
  • Renosterveld Reserve
  • Citrusdal
  • Namaqualand National Park
  • Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve
  • Columbine Nature Reserve
  • Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
  • Fernkloof Nature Reserve
  • Hopefield
  • Darling
  • The Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens
  • Nieuwoudtville Hantam National Botanical Garden

Check out our ‘Everything You Need To Know About Flower Season in Cape Town’ blog; Where To See The Wildflowers In Cape Town‘ blog; ‘Flower Season in Cape Town: The Official Guide’ blog & our‘Top 5 Reasons to visit the West Coast National Park’ blog to find out everything you need to know about the array of Cape wildflower hotspots and floral gems you ABSOLUTELY have to add to your flower season in Cape Town bucket-list!

#Go Whale Watching

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

Going on a Whale Watching journey or adventure, as well as spotting the majestic Southern Right Whales along with the other members of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5 (African Penguins, Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, Mola Mola Sunfish) from the shoreline is by far one of the most sought-after things to do in Cape Town in spring. 

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.

The prime time for whale-watching in Cape Town is between August and October, with the peak calving season taking place in August and September.

Whether you choose to witness them from the shoreline, the perfect ocean-front sunset spot or up close and personal on a boat-based whale watching ocean adventure, it promises to be an unforgettable bucket list worthy experience.

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

  • False Bay Coastline: A great place to enjoy incredible whale sightings is along the vibrant False Bay coastline, with Simonstown being one of Cape Town’s best whale watching hubs. Opt for the higher vantage points along the False Bay coastline such as Cape Point, Boyes Drive between St James and Kalk Bay, and Clarence Drive between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els. During peak whale-watching season, you might even be lucky enough to spot them close-up if you take the train trip from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town.
  • Hermanus: Hermanus is rated as one of the top 12 whale-watching locations in the world by the World Wildlife Fund. If you’re looking to experience the REAL deal when it comes to whale watching in the Western Cape, a visit to the whale capital of the world, Hermanus, should definitely be on your Cape Town bucket-list! Not only will visitors be able to enjoy amazing land-based viewing opportunities, with the whales coming within metres of the shoreline at times, Hermanus boasts some great whale-watching viewing terraces at the Old Harbour and Gearings Point. There are also a variety of boat-based whale watching adventures available if you’re looking for something a little more thrilling. If you’re eager to fully immerse yourself in the Hermanus whale experience, be sure to visit this top Western Cape whale spot during the first week of October when the seaside town hosts an annual whale festival.
  • Cape Agulhas: Another top whale watching spot in the Western Cape is the Cape Agulhas. Up to 50 pairs of southern right cows and calves have been known to frolic in the ocean waters near the southernmost tip of Africa. If you’re looking to combine your love for the outdoors, hiking and marine life, The Whale Trail, a five-day hike along the cliffs, dunes, and beaches of the Cape Agulhas, gives you a wonderful opportunity to view these mighty mammals and their offspring while ticking an exhilarating experience off your Cape Town bucket-list.

**Other great places to enjoy spectacular Southern Right Whale sightings in Cape Town and surrounds:

  • 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

#Go on the ultimate hiking adventure

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Calling all nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and avid hikers – Its officially time to strap on those hiking boots and get ready to venture into the great Cape Town outdoors on the ultimate hiking adventure!

As spring season directly follows Cape Town’s winter season – which is also known as the Mother City’s ‘Green Season’ – as well as marks the time of year when all the beautiful Cape wildflowers come out to play, transforming its vast landscapes into a glorious lush green floral paradise – September is the perfect time of year to get out there, explore the glorious outdoors, and discover all of the Western Cape’s stunning natural wonders and beautiful, yet equally thrilling, hiking trails.

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

Let’s be honest, there’s absolutely no better (or more fun or exhilarating) way to explore the Mother City’s unapologetic natural beauty and incredible biodiversity than by going on one of Cape Town’s many exciting hikes. This undoubtedly makes going on an exciting hiking adventure one of the best things to do in Cape Town in September.

To make it even more exciting, Cape Town boasts an extensive and exhilarating 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 HeadDevil’s Peak Hiking TrailChapman’s Peak
The Pipe TrackTranquillity Cracks Hiking TrailJonkershoek Nature Reserve
Kloof CornerNursery Ravine Hiking TrailKrom River Trail
Platteklip Gorge Hiking TrailWoody Ravine Hiking TrailWaterfall Hike
Kasteelpoort Hiking TrailIndia Venster Hiking TrailLittle Lion’s Head
Skeleton Gorge Hiking TrailConstantia Corner Hiking TrailLion’s Head Loop Hiking Trail
Suicide Gorge Hiking TrailConstantia Nek to KirstenboschTable Mountain Contour Path
Maclear’s BeaconTygerberg Nature ReserveCape 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.

#See the African Penguins at Boulders Beach

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

A visit to Boulders Beach to see it’s beloved African Penguin Colony in its natural habitat is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Cape Town year-round – Spring season included – among locals, tourists, holiday-goers, avid globe trotters, families, eager travellers, and absolutely everyone in between.

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 these cute and charismatic Cape Town marine life locals – AKA the African Penguins. This makes a visit to the beautiful Boulders Beach an unforgettable bucket-list worthy experience in every way. Not to mention something absolutely everyone who travels to Cape Town should experience at least once in their lives.

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

Besides seeing the African Penguins from the African Penguin Viewing Site in Boulders Beach, it is also one of the only places in the world that gives you the incredible and unforgettable opportunity to experience a variety of other once-in-a-lifetime adventures such as kayaking and swimming among the penguins as well as enjoying a laid-back beach day with them right by your side – there truly is nothing quite like it!

In addition to Boulders Beach, Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay is home to an African Penguin viewing site as well as one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world.

**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the African Penguin Viewing Site and Boulders Beach. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. You can choose to exit and re-enter as it suits you (this only applies to the day your ticket was purchased).**Visit the SANParks website for more information regarding Boulders Beach’s Conservation Fees.

#Spend the day at the 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!

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

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!

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The famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens’ ‘Boomslang’

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 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 – undoubtedly making it one of the most exhilarating and best things to do in Cape Town in September with the whole family as well as right throughout the Cape Town spring season. Even if you’ve never sand boarded a day in your life, the array of exceptionally experienced guides will be right there to help you out along the way. What are you waiting for? Its officially time to get your spring sandboarding on!

#Visit the West Coast National Park

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

Is a visit to the West Coast National Park worth your while? ABSOLUTELY! As one of the Cape West Coast’s most glorious natural wonders, not to mention one of Cape Town’s most sought-after attractions and destinations to visit among locals and tourists alike, the breathtaking West Coast National Park will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations.

Beyond its wild unapologetic natural beauty, this West Coast gem is renowned for is sensational, sweep-you-off-your-feet wildflowers (which come to life every year during Cape Town’s captivating flower season), vast, varied, and vibrant fauna, beautiful landscapes, and wonderful wildlife. That’s certainly not all! Not by a long shot! The West Coast National Park is also home to several stunning secret beaches, hidden gems, thrilling hiking trails and nature walks, and tons of exhilarating adventure experiences for everyone to enjoy. It’s for all these reasons (plus so much more) why a visit to Cape Town’s West Coast National Park is not only one of the best things to do in Cape Town in September (as well as right throughout the Cape Town spring season) but deserves a prime spot on your Cape Town bucket list!

Regarded as one of the top places / destinations to see the glorious Cape wildflowers during Cape Town’s spring season, you can choose to enjoy a self-drive West Coast National Park wildflower adventure or explore the incredible beauty of the park by going on an exciting hike or walk on one of their many trails along the coastline (permits required). However, what truly sets the West Coast National Park apart from all the other incredible wildflower hotspots scattered throughout the Western Cape is The renowned Postberg Flower Reserve section of the West Coast National Park.

Postberg is an almost completely undisturbed floral landscape in the West Coast National Park. The Postberg Flower Reserve section of the West Coast National Park exhibits the wonders of the flower season splendidly. Postberg is without a doubt one of the most popular and highly sought-after wildflower-viewing destinations in the Western Cape. The Postberg section of the park is only open to the public from 1 August to 30 September from 9am – 5pm daily (slightly different to the West Coast National Park’s normal opening hours). In addition to admiring the sheer floral beauty that surrounds you at every twist and turn, it’s a great idea to take a picnic basket along and make use of the amazing array of picnic spots uniquely located / spread around the park. Or, if picnicking isn’t quite your style, feel free to pop into their incredible restaurant.

Beyond seeing the most spectacular display of Cape wildflowers in all their wild and unapologetic beauty, there is so much more to see, do, explore, discover, and experience in the must-visit West Coast National Park. From stunning secret beaches, a thrilling array of exciting watersports, exceptional bird watching, exploring the park’s stunning flora and fauna, and enjoying a lovely picnic or braai at one of their designated sites, to going on exhilarating hiking trails, scenic nature walks, and amazing cycling and mountain biking trails– The West Coast National Park is the ultimate nature lover and adventure seeker’s dream come true.

**Check out our ‘Top 5 Reasons to visit the West Coast National Park’ blog to find out everything you need to know about this West Coast gem and nature lover’s paradise.

#Take a trip to the iconic Cape Point

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

If you’re keen to go on an exciting and fun-filled Cape Town spring road-trip or tick an epic adventure experience off your bucket-list, a visit to the renowned Cape Point is perfect for you! Located approximately 60km south west of the city of Cape Town, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is the ultimate destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

One of the perks of visiting Cape Town during this time of year is that it is considered to be its low season. This means fewer crowds, less traffic, and no long queues, making it the perfect time to visit some of its top attractions and natural wonders like Cape Point. That, combined with the fact that September in Cape Town is known for its lush greenery, spectacular flora, and stunning natural surroundings, means the glorious Cape Point Nature Reserve will be beautifully green, thriving and worth every second of exploring.

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

Situated within the renowned Table Mountain National Park, a declared Natural World Heritage Site, Cape Point is located approximately 60km south west of the city centre, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula. Boasting jagged mountain peaks rising from the deep blue, plunging cliffs, an abundance of wildlife and a rich biodiversity and endemic Fynbos, it is a true nature lover’s paradise. Besides its unapologetic natural beauty, one of the best things about Cape Point is the fact that it offers visitors so much to do, see, explore, and experience – Making for the ultimate Cape Town spring adventure for the whole family.

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, and Olifantsbos Beach.

**For more – check out our ‘The Top 5 Things To Do At Cape Point Anytime Of The Year’ blog.

#Explore & Discover Everything Kalk Bay has to offer

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

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

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

  • Take a refreshing dip in the Dalebrook Tidal Pool and / or Wooley’s Tidal Pool – Take your pick!
  • Go cave exploring
  • Go surfing
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Harbour
  • Explore the quirky streets of Kalk Bay
  • Hike the famous Boomslang Cave – It is a relatively easy hike perfect for novice hikers, families with kids, and adventure seekers – It is known as one of Cape Town’s more adventurous hikes after all. Click here to find out everything you need to know about the Boomslang Cave hike.
  • Enjoy a unique seaside dining experience at the renowned Brass Bell
  • Go on an adventure-filled hike from Kalk Bay to the Amphitheatre
  • Indulge in a rock-your-socks-off ice cream at the famous Ice Café
  • Visit Kalk Bay’s local plant and garden shops – Perfect for head-over-heels plant lovers! The Kalk Bay Garden Shop is most definitely worth a visit!
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee & bite to eat at the iconic Olympia Café & Bakery – While an array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are available, Olympia is renowned for its freshly baked pastries and bread
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Breakwater Lighthouse
  • See the cool and charismatic Cape Fur Seals at the Kalk Bay Harbour. You can expect to see these playful ocean beings draped over the pier walls at the harbour. If you’re eager to see these incredible Cape Fur Seals up close and personal – Kalk Bay Harbour is exactly where you need to be!
  • Go to the Kalk Bay Theatre & the Kalk Bay Modern Gallery
  • Visit the infamous Kalk Bay Expresso – A charming café housed inside a restored Blue Train carriage
  • Pop into the vibey beachside cocktail bar – Cape to Cuba

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

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

**Extra Bonus: Kalk Bay is also home to one of the BEST and highly sought-after local harbourfront fish and chips spots in the entire city – Kalky’s!

Things To Do In September In Cape Town

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]

#Go Wine Tasting in the Cape Winelands

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In Cape Town, any time is wine time – Which undoubtedly makes exploring and tasting your way through the Western Cape winelands one of the best things to do in Cape Town in September.

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. 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. Providing you with everything you could possibly want and need to enjoy a memorable day in the magnificent Cape Winelands.

Even if you’re not a die-hard wine enthusiast at heart, you’ll undoubtedly fall head-over-heels in love with the stunning Cape Winelands’ scenery, remarkable vineyards, captivating charm, irresistible allure, and of course the unique way the Western Cape celebrates, loves, and cherishes their vast assortment of exceptional wines.

Not to mention sharing the unforgettable experience with friends and family – There truly in nothing quite like it!

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 up to ticking the ultimate Cape Winelands adventure off your bucket list, 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 Babylonstoren & its magical gardens

  • Location: Babylonstoren, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium, Franschhoek
  • Cost: Entrance fees are payable at the ticket office | R20 per adult | R10 per child under 12 | Free entry for RHS members
  • Operating times: Garden is open daily from 9am – 5pm | Last entry: 4pm
  • Contact details: 021 863 3852 | [email protected]

Situated in the Drakenstein Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, almost halfway between Franschhoek and Paarl, Babylonstoren is as beautiful as they come. Besides being one of the most sought-after wine estates in the Western Cape, Babylonstoren is home to one of the most magnificent gardens in Cape Town.

The Babylonstoren garden is laid out over 3,5 hectares (eight acres) and is divided into 15 sections that comprises of more than 300 varieties of fruit, vegetables, and herbs as well as bees for pollinating, an abundance of indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, a glorious Green House, towering rose vines, a Succulent House, and so much more.

It also boasts a uniquely beautiful cactus patch.  In fact, the famous Babylonstoren cactus patch has fast become one of the most highly anticipated and sought-after sites and ‘Instagrammable’ spots in both Cape Town and South Africa.

The Babylonstoren garden beauty doesn’t end there – while meandering through the garden you will find a stunning secluded path that runs along the stream where thousands of clivias flower during Cape Town’s spring season. This magical garden also boasts a plethora of trees of great historical and botanical significance.

Babylonstoren’s incredible botanical diversity and unapologetic natural beauty not only makes it one of the best gardens in Cape Town, but one of its most beautiful natural gems too.

**Fun fact: Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best-preserved farmyards in the Cape, dating back to 1692.

#Go on the ultimate sunset or sunrise Lions Head Hike

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

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Lions Head has undoubtedly established itself as on one of the most popular and sought-after Cape Town hiking trails. With thousands of locals and travelers from around the world looking to conquer the coveted Lions Head summit. Lovingly referred to as the roaring lion of the Mother City skyline, Lions Head is not only known as one of Cape Town’s top hiking trails. But one of the best sunrise and sunset spots in the city too!

Lions Head is about a 45-minute hike each way and is considered as one of Cape Town’s more accessible hiking trails. There are however some steep climbing sections as well as a few ladders and ropes if you choose to follow the shorter route.

It is important to make sure you wear good hiking shoes and that you’re properly prepared for the hike – Take enough water, sunscreen, a hat, a rain jacket / something warm (you never know how or when Cape Town’s weather will make a sudden switch).

Although it might take a bit of effort to reach the top, it promises to be well worth it in the end. The view from the Lions Head summit is truly spectacular.

As Lions Head is known as one of Cape Town’s less challenging hiking trails, it invites hikers of all experience and fitness levels to join in on the Mother City hiking fun. Plus, the fact that you get to experience the pure magic of one of Cape Town’s renowned sherbet-coloured sunsets or sunrises, just makes the experience all the more worth it.

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

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

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

#Surf the cool Cape Town Spring season waves

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In the Mother City, we like to keep the laid-back beach vibes and good surfing times alive right throughout the year! Did you know that winter and spring in Cape Town is deemed the BEST season for surfing & thrilling ocean adventures? Well, now you do!

Cape Town is a year-round hotspot for watersports of all kinds, and this is absolutely no different during the city’s stunning spring season – In fact, it only gets BETTER! While Cape Town’s summer season may be perfect for sunbathing and blissful sun-kissed beach days, sand castle building, swimming, and surfing too, winter and spring in Cape Town is when the waves REALLY come out to play. The bigger waves, wind conditions, and warmer ocean temperatures during the months of June – September, transforms the Mother City into the ultimate surfing, kitesurfing, and kiteboarding mecca for locals and travelers alike.

With such a thrilling variety of local surfing hotspots to choose from, avid and eager surfers flock from all around the world to experience Cape Town’s wild wave magic first-hand. However, if you’re not a top-notch surfing professional, don’t fear, Cape Town has you covered. The fact that its home to so many amazing surfing beaches, ranging from beginner to advanced, means that absolutely EVERYONE can join in on the Cape Town surfing fun and games. That means YOU too!

Have a look at our ‘Top 5 Coolest Surfing Beaches in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s coolest local surfing hotspots and to find the one best suited to your surfing skills and experience level.

For more experienced surfers, the Cape of Storms puts on an impressive display of heart-pounding swells during the months of June – September, which is not only bound to get your surf-loving heart racing but skyrocketing. On the flip side, Muizenberg’s famous Surfer’s Corner is widely known as the best place to learn how to surf for keen surfing first-timers as well as is top-notch hotspot for beginner – intermediate surfers.

**The fact that the laid-back sea-side town of Muizenberg embodies Cape Town’s surfing culture in every way means you can find a variety of places to rent wetsuits, surf boards and take up some surfing lessons.

#Take a sunset drive along Chapman’s Peak

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

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

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

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

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

The Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave is not only one of its most beautiful hidden gems, but one of Cape Town’s top secret caves and best sunset spots too. Like all of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little off the beaten path to find it. Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real adventure begins!

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

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

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

  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: Best during daylight hours | Particularly beautiful at sunset

#Go on an exciting Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour

Going on a famous Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour in the Mother City is definitely one of the top things to do in Cape Town in September. In fact, it’s a fan-favourite Cape Town adventure year-round! 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, and certainly the most fun and exhilarating, ways to discover, explore, and experience everything the beautiful, culturally diverse, and vibrant city of Cape Town has to offer. The Red Bus Tour gives visitors the ultimate opportunity to tick some of Cape Town’s must-visit destinations, landmarks, and sights off their bucket-list!

**Tip: There are a variety of Cape Town Red Bus City Sightseeing tours to choose from, visit their website to find out more.

#Spend the day at Oudekraal Beach & have a braai

  • Location: Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay

Are you keen for some sun-kissed Cape Town spring beach time fun? As the temperature starts to warm up, and sunshine and blue skies make their triumphant return during the Mother City’s spring season, spending the day at the popular Oudekraal Beach and enjoying a lovely laid-back braai is by far one of the best things to do in Cape Town in September.

Tucked away in a sheltered cove between Camps Bay and Llandudno, Oudekraal is not only one of the most highly sought-after 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 during Cape Town’s spring season. 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 an extra dose of adventure and thrill to an already fantastic family beach and braai 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 and avoid missing out on what will undoubtedly be a wonderful and exciting beach day in the glorious Cape Town.

#Enjoy a fabulous picnic at Tokai Forest

Spring season in Cape Town is synonymous with enjoying lovely laid-back picnics with friends and family. Situated within the Table Mountain National Park, the serene woodlands of the beautiful Tokai Forest boast several 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, however, once you’re in you are free to discover and explore every inch of this incredible forest and Cape Town natural gem – AKA it’s all yours! There are several amazing forested areas that offer protection from the sun, stunning open green spaces, and an array of fixed / allocated braai and picnic spots.

For those looking to add a bit more excitement to their fabulous forest picnic experience, Tokai Forest has tons of thrilling trails and walking routes for nature lovers to enjoy. The wide-open spaces also make it perfect for those eager to enjoy a fun-filled family day out in the Mother City.

**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.

Here are a few more of Cape Town’s top picnic spots:

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point
  • Newlands Forest, Newlands
  • Silvermine Nature Reserve
  • Green Point Park, Green Point
  • The Company’s Gardens, CBD
  • Keurboom Park, Rondebosch
  • Deer Park, Vredehoek
  • De Waal Park, City Bowl
  • Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, Overberg
  • Rietvlei Wetland Reserve
  • Blaauwberg Beach Nature Reserve, West Coast between Melkbosstrand and Big Bay
  • Oudekraal Beach
  • Wynberg Park
  • Upper Liesbeek River Garden
  • Bordjiesrif Picnic Site and Tidal Pool
  • Arderne Gardens
  • Cape Town incredible variety of beautiful beaches

#Go Tandem Paragliding with Cape Hope Paragliding

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Photo credit: Cape Hope Paragliding

It’s time to experience something incredibly thrilling, adventurous, a little daring, and oh so worth it – Going Tandem Paragliding with Cape Hope Paragliding!

Let’s be honest, there are few things more exhilarating than going on an adrenaline-filled paragliding flight or an unforgettable paragliding sightseeing tour over the glorious city of Cape Town. Not only do you get to admire one of the most beautiful cities in the world in one of the most exciting and invigorating ways, you get to tick something truly thrilling off your Cape Town bucket list!

Cape Town’s tandem paragliding trips typically take off from Lions Head or Signal Hill. In addition to the intense adrenalin rush and ‘pinch-me-I-can’t-believe-this-is-ACTUALLY-happening’ moments you’ll experience throughout your tandem paragliding flight, you’ll be treated to the most magnificent views of the beautiful city of Cape Town. All while soaring through the sky – How unbelievable is that?

**Tip: If you’re keen to experience a super special tandem paragliding adventure, why not take to the sky at sunset? Is there anything better than gliding above Cape Town’s top sights and wonderful natural wonders as the Mother City’s stunning sherbet-colored sunset sets the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors? We think not!  Cape Town is pure sunset bliss after all.

**One of the New7Natural Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Lion’s Head, glorious Atlantic Ocean, captivating Cape Peninsula and its vast and equally stunning coastline are just a few of the spectacular sights you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see on your paragliding adventure.

  • Location: 1, Signal Hill, Cape Town | Tandem Paragliding flights either fly from Lions Head or Signal Hill depending on the weather conditions on the day of your flight. The meeting point for all flights are at the very end of Signal Hill road by the parking area, from there they will assess the weather conditions and wind direction and decide whether the flight will take place from Signal Hill or Lions Head.
  • Contact details: 061 583 4055 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit Cape Hope Paragliding’s website & find out more about this exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Booking: Click here to make an online booking

#Watch an open-air movie screening at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema

The Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema in Cape Town is dedicated to restoring the true experience of cinema!

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Photo credit: Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel
  • Location: The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel | 38 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 207 8888 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to find out more about this incredible experience | To find out more information about The Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema at the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel click here

Located in the heart of Cape Town’s lively CBD, the infamous Pink Flamingo open-air Rooftop Cinema is part drive-in, part social event, and part adventure. Set in the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel – the only designer Rooftop Airstream Trailer Park in the world – The Pink Flamingo celebrates the silver screen in a silver setting – right beneath the night sky.

Showcasing an array of films, including all your favorite classics, watching a movie under the Cape Town night sky and Mother City moonlight while surrounded by their amazing gleaming vintage Airstream Trailers, is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town this weekend. Not to mention one of the most unique and memorable too!

On an open-air rooftop that is The Grand Daddy Hotel’s Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park, the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is all about celebrating the occasion, the glamour, the romance, the ritual, and the wonderful world of make believe that is the movies.

If you want to add an extra special touch to this already incredible experience, you can order a delicious picnic basket or decide to spend the night in one of their magical themed trailers. This is one experience you absolutely have to add to your Cape Town bucket-list.

**Note: You can choose from three unique seating options: General Seating, the Love Seat, and the Couch. Each ticket includes a welcome drink, a bag of sweets and popcorn.

Watching an open-air rooftop screening at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is by far one of the best things to do in Cape Town!

#Go Horse Riding

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Photo credit: Cape Winelands Riding

Enjoy an exciting horseback riding adventure in the beautiful Cape Winelands this weekend with Cape Winelands Riding. Experience and explore vineyards, orchards, and forests on horseback with friends with the beautiful mountain ranges as the perfect backdrop in every direction. On the Cape Gourmet Wine Trail you’ll explore the best that the Cape Winelands has to offer.

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Photo credit: Imhoff Equestrian Centre

Or if you’re looking for something exciting to do in Cape Town this weekend, going horseback riding on the beach is right up there with the best of them! It is one thing enjoying a blissful sun-kissed beach day or sunset stroll on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches, but going horse riding along the ocean shore is on a whole other level. This is definitely a thrilling experience that deserves to be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list!

Check out our ‘Best Cape Town Beach Horse Riding Experiences’ blog to find out more.

#Go tobogganing at Cool Runnings

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Photo credit: Cool Runnings

The first downhill tobogganing track in Africa, Cool Runnings is a Cape Town-based family park boasting an intricate course of steel tracks and top-notch, wheeled bobsleds.

Go hurtling down a half-pipe in a bobsled, flying through the twists and curves as you race along the 1.25 km track. It’s fun for kids and adults, and it’s completely safe and the combination of speed and skill makes it a thrilling challenge for even the most die-hard speed freak.

Starting at the foot Durbanville’s slopes, you settle into your toboggan and set off as the cables in the tracks haul you to the start of the course (a relief for anyone thinking they’d have to climb the hill every time!).

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Photo credit: Cool Runnings

Once at the top, it’s just you, the toboggan, the brake lever – and the spectacular view of Cape Town. Cruise through the 17 corners, S-bends and even a tunnel, before the sled automatically slows down at the bottom of the course, safe and sound. Perfect for a day out with the family, friends or colleagues, Cool Runnings is a one-stop destination, with a café serving up delicious boerie rolls, burgers and pizza, and a bar to quench your thirst. Best of all? It won’t burn a hole in your wallet!

The rides start at only R60 – and the more you ride, the cheaper it gets. It’s also free entry for team-building events, school outings, and birthday and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

**Note: Kids under the age of 3 are not allowed.

Visit the Cool Running’s website to find out more.

#Go to the famous Gin Bar

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Photo credit: The Gin Bar

Bring on the GIN! Known as one of Cape Town’s coolest hidden gems, hippest hangouts, and favourite Gin nirvanas, The Gin Bar should be right at the top of your ‘Things to do in Cape Town’ list!

At The Gin Bar, they take their gin seriously – VERY seriously – as they pride themselves on making the entire experience all about the star of the show – THE GIN! Oh, and you of course! So, if you’re a head-over-heels gin-lover at heart, the legendary Gin Bar is without a doubt where you should be at.

**Interesting fact: Did you know that the Gin Bar was one of the first bars in the Mother City to dedicate itself to all things gin? Thereby making it the true OG of the Cape Town gin scene. It is also one of the country’s only true speak-easy bars – how incredible is that?

As the name suggests, all the signature cocktails at The Gin Bar contain Gin, well, besides the virgins of course. The menu is concise and definitely favours quality over quantity, just as it should be. If you’re not much of a gin lover, no problem! They also offer a selection of amazing classic cocktails to choose from.

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Photo credit: The Gin Bar

When it comes to their much-loved signature cocktails, The Gin Bar cleverly named their classic five cocktails The Head, The Heart, The Hope, The Soul, and The Ambition, all intended to provide their drinker with as much needed healing for whatever may ail them. Undoubtedly adding an extra unique and personalised touch to the already bucket-list worthy experience.

Fondly known by Cape Town locals as the ‘secret’ Gin bar, mainly due to its hush-hush, unmarked location hidden behind a cool Chocolate Café, Honest Chocolate, and nestled in a Mediterranean-style secret courtyard – Going to The Gin Bar is one experience you absolutely cannot afford to miss!

The Bubbly Bar

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Photo credit: The Gin Bar

The Gin Bar has added a new exciting addition to their already impressive repertoire – The Bubbly Bar! This little bar is a celebration of local crafters making some of the best bubbly in the world. Our South African version of Champagne is called Cap Classique and is just as good as the French version in our (and many others’) opinion. Some local makers also experiment with unusual grape varietals to produce flavour experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

The tasting flight of 5 different producers is highly recommended. If you love bubbly then this little bar is for you!

  • Location: The Gin Bar | Enter through Honest Chocolate Café – 64a Wale Street, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 071 241 2277 | [email protected]
  • Opening hours: Gin Bar Trading Times: Monday – Wednesday: 5pm-1:00am* ; Thursday – Saturday: 3pm-1:00am* | Bubbly Bar Trading Times: Wednesdays: 5pm – 1:00am* ; Thursdays – Saturdays: 3pm -1:00am*
  • Website: www.theginbar.co.za

#Go to the iconic Root44 Market

Good food | Amazing Drinks | Epic Tunes & Live Entertainment | Brilliant Company | A Vibrant & Infectious Energy & Vibe!

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Photo credit: ROOT 44 Market
  • Location: Root 44 Market | Corner of R44 and Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • Operating hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm (rain or shine)
  • Contact: 021 300 3935 | [email protected]
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Photo credit: ROOT 44 Market

It’s the perfect time to enjoy a legendary ROOT 44 market adventure! The renowned ROOT 44 Market in Stellenbosch welcomes absolutely EVERYONE with open arms, a cool laid-back vibe, and an endless variety of just about everything and anything your market-loving heart desires!

Housed in a sturdy, super-cosy marquees, surrounded by picturesque vineyards and beautiful views, a visit to the ROOT 44 Market is ideal for enjoying a lovely day out in Cape Town with friends and family.

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Did you know that the iconic ROOT 44 Market is one of the most child-friendly markets in the Mother City? Well, now you do! Boasting an incredible variety of activities such as World of Adventure (which includes indoor and outdoor jungle gyms), mini-golf, and so much more – It is bound to keep the kiddies happy, entertained, and loving life for hours on end.

Let’s not forget about all the delicious eats, treats, and cool ROOT 44 beats! From decadent sweet treats, wood-fired pizza’s, gourmet hamburgers, and biltong to healthy salads, sandwiches, and spicy curries, ROOT 44 has something for every foodie or lover of delicious things. They also have a wonderful and vast selection of craft beers that are bound to have you coming back for more – That’s a promise!

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The best thing is, all the stalls and lekker food and drinks can be enjoyed to the cool sounds, viby beats, and awesome live entertainment as several incredible live bands take to the ROOT 44 stage every Saturday and Sunday.

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Photo credit: ROOT 44 Market

**Cool to know: One of the coolest things about this market, despite the obvious of course, is the fact that it is one of Cape Town’s best all-weather markets. So, come rain or shine, ROOT44 will continue the good vibes and cool market times all the way through. 

**For more GREAT markets in Cape Town be sure to check out our ‘Best Markets in Cape Town’ Blog for everything you need to know!

#Take a Train to Elgin Railway Market | Ceres Rail Company

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Photo credit: Ceres Rail Company
  • Where: The journey departs from Harbour Bridge Platform (close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre) – Elgin Railway Market (Oak Avenue, Elgin, Cape Town)
  • Event by: Ceres Rail Company
  • Website: www.ceresrail.co.za
  • Tickets: Click here to get your ticket / tickets

Seating options:

  • Day Sitter restaurant-type seating – R625 per seat
  • Family Coupe (Maximum 2 adults and 2 children) – R1500 for the whole coupe
  • Family Compartment (Maximum 4 adults and 2 children) – R2900 for the whole compartment
  • Bar Lounge Seating (No under 18’s) – R625 per seat
  • Observation Car (Group bookings only for 15 – 28 people) – Starts at R12 750 for 15 people in an airconditioned, private setting
  • Children under 2 travel free

Join the Ceres Rail Company on a 160 km round-trip departing from Cape Town to the Art Deco Elgin Railway Market for an exceptional market experience.

The journey departs from Harbour Bridge Platform (close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre), and meanders through Cape Town and its surrounds until reaching the majestic Sir Lowrys Pass. Once you arrive at the foot of the pass, the train embarks on an epic climb up one of the steepest railway lines in South Africa. Cresting the peak, the train snakes it way into the lush Elgin Valley before arriving at the Elgin Railway Market.

Onboard the train guests can enjoy the wonderful scenery from various vantage points whilst sipping on drinks from the fully licensed cash bar and / or snacking in the train dining car.

The service is suited to all ages and promises to be an experience to you’ll never forget!

#Enjoy a theatrical dining experience at StarDust

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Photo credit: StarDust Theatrical Dining

The trendy Cape Town neighbourhood of Woodstock is home to this uniquely wonderful, one-of-a-kind theatrical restaurant – StarDust! With incredible, get-up-on-your-feet, can’t resist the beat musical and theatrical performances by profoundly talented young local performers, dancers, and singers – most of whom are total triple threats – paired with an array of sensational Mediterranean dishes, and a lively and vibrant atmosphere – You are in for the mother of all treats at StarDust Theatrical Dining!

Oh, did we mention that these remarkable musical and theatrical performers double as your waiters too? That just blew your mind didn’t it? All the more reason to get your friends and family together and make a booking at this cool inner-city theatrical dining restaurant / epic musical and dining destination right away.

What makes this already enjoyable, vibrant, and wildly entertaining experience even more fun, is the fact that absolutely everyone in attendance is encouraged to join in on the lively festivities – including the dancing & singing! So, don’t be shy, sing your heart out, get moving and grooving, and most of all – have an absolute BLAST!

  • Location: StarDust Theatrical Dining | 118 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 462 7777 | 072 414 6522 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to find out more about StarDust Theatrical Dining & to make your official Girls Night Out booking