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Top Things To Do In Cape Town This Weekend

19 April 2024 – 21 April 2024

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Weekend Events & Experiences

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#Lusso Sunset ft. Mi Casa & Kent @ Cabo Beach

Top Things To Do In Cape Town This Weekend
Photo credit: Lusso Sunset

Lusso Sunset returns ~ an exclusive & luxurious daytime entertainment lifestyle event focusing on luxury and VIP experiences providing an unforgettable day & night out, where you can dance, relax, and indulge in a truly opulent setting.

The Lusso Sunset team has carefully curated a lineup of the most sought-after music talent in South Africa, ensuring that every moment of your experience is filled with nothing but energy and excitement.

Join us as we welcome MI CASA & DJ KENT to the Lusso family on the 20th of April 2024, at Cabo Beach Club, Cape Town.

#Finding The Light

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Photo credit: Finding The Light Foundation
  • When: 17 April 2024 – 21 April 2024
  • Event by: Finding The Light Foundation
  • Where: Artscape Theatre | Artscape Theatre Centre / Artscape Opera House, D F Malan Street, Cape Town
  • Time: 17 April 2024 at 8pm – 21 April 2024 at 5pm
  • Tickets: Click here to get your ticket / tickets
  • **Click here for more information about this incredible event.
  • **Kindly note Artscape provides wheelchair seating. You can book directly via this website but should you require assistance please call Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695 who will assist with navigation and booking.

An evening with Musical Theatre Stars from NYC’s Broadway, London’s West End and South Africa with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra – hosted by the incomparable Marc Lottering – set for the Artscape Opera House for one week only in April 2024!

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The FTL Foundation is proud to announce their debut on-stage offering starring the sensational local stars Jonathan Roxmouth, Lynelle Kenned, Lucy Tops, Tshepo Ncokoane, and the Broadway & West End stars Nikki Renee Daniels, Kim Criswell, David Habbin and Michael Xavier – alongside the CPO on the Opera House stage for a 2-hour Musical Theatre Event that will leave you breathless!

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** All proceeds are raised for the Kolisi Foundation. **

Finding The Light has committed 100% of net proceeds from the show, and a linked event in March in the UK, will go to The Kolisi Foundation which was set up by Siya & Rachel Kolisi in 2019 to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing South African communities.

  • Click here to find out more about the Kolisi Foundation.

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For 6 performances only, audiences can experience the transcendent power of some of musical theatre’s best-loved shows. Audiences are in for a real treat at Cape Town’s iconic Artscape Opera House with songs from shows including “Phantom of the Opera”, “Les Miserables”, “West Side Story”, “Company”, “Into the Woods”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Annie”, “Chess”, “Guys ‘n Dolls” and many, many more.

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**EXTRA NOTE**

  • This musical concert will run from 17 to 21 April 2024 ONLY.
  • Bookings are now open.
  • NO BABIES ON LAPS | NO UNDER 5’s
  • To book wheelchair spaces please contact 021 421 7695.

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**PACKAGES**

VIP Package Available for the GALA night – Thursday 18 April 2024:

  • A dedicated underground parking space for one car
  • Sparkling Wine as a welcome drink in the VIP lounge (Opera Foyer Bar) on arrival
  • Prime seating
  • Interval glass of bubbly / soft drink of choice (Opera Foyer Bar)
  • Meet the cast and company & select celebrity guests
  • R500 Donation to the Kolisi Foundation
  • R1600 per ticket

VIP Package Available All other performances:

  • A dedicated underground parking space for one car
  • Sparkling wine in VIP lounge (Opera Foyer Bar) on arrival
  • Interval glass of bubbly/soft drink of choice (Opera Foyer Bar)
  • Prime seating
  • R500 Donation to the Kolisi Foundation
  • R950 per ticket

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Kindly note Artscape provides wheelchair seating. You can book directly via this website but should you require assistance please call Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 76 95 who will assist with navigation and booking.

#Autumn Trial Run @ D’Aria Winery

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Photo credit: Lifestyle Challenge

Join us for an unforgettable Autumn Trail Run at D’Aria Wine Estate! Lace-up for a unique adventure through the stunning vineyards with vibrant autumn hues. Conquer the trails or enjoy a leisurely stroll, all while experiencing the spectacular scenic beauty. Afterward, celebrate with local cuisine and D’Aria’s finest wines. Don’t miss this chance to make lasting memories in Autumn beauty– register now for a morning of excitement!

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**Distance: 5km & 10km Trail run with/without an obstacle costs:**

  • 5km – R130 (without obstacle course)
  • 5km – R190 (with obstacle course)
  • 10km – R160 (without obstacle course)
  • 10km – R250 (with obstacle course)
  • Children 13 and under: R50 for online entries for both 5km and 10km, with/without obstacles | Children participating in the obstacle run have to be accompanied by their parents
  • **R30 extra for on-the-day entries

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**Registration & Line-Up:**

  • Registration: 6:30am – 7:15am
  • Late entries: R30 extra
  • Race briefing: 7:15am
  • Start: 10km –7:30am | 5km – 7:40am
  • Prize giving: +/- 9:30am
  • Medals to all finishers!
  • **Click here to register online NOW!

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This is a timing event! Please note that the event will not be cancelled in case of bad weather or any other circumstances out of the organizers’ control. No refunds will be given if you decide to not take part for any reason. All participants enter this event at their own risk, and it is compulsory for all participants to complete an online indemnity form. Organizers and other entities involved in this event will not be held accountable for loss, injuries, or damage of any kind. Please bring your own hydration pack along.

#Sugarman & Sweet Mary Jane Launch ft. Rodriguez, The Man – The Music

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Photo credit: Woodstock Brewery
  • When: Saturday, 20 April 2024
  • Where: Woodstock Brewery | 252 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
  • Time: 1pm | Doors open: 1pm | Performance: 5pm
  • Cost: FREE ENTRY!

Join us for the launch of our 2024 vintage Sugarman Belgian Quad and Sweet Mary Jane Belgian Tripel featuring live music from Rodriguez, The Man – The Music, Cape Towns best Rodriguez Tribute band.

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**THE BARREL AGED BEER**

~ Sweet Mary Jane – Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel 9% ABV ~

As Sugarman’s little sister, this delicate but deceptive tripel exhibits a soft bouquet of Belgian spice, clove, and subtle citrus notes, aged in oak barrels of a certain Vin Doux – the favourite dessert wine of a quarrelsome Frenchman. A semi-sweet, spicy indulgence and the latest addition to Woodstock Brewery’s core range.


~ Sugarman – Belgian Quad 10% ~

Sugarman is a velvety smooth red wine barrel aged strong Belgian Quad-style ale. Darkly inviting in colour, with a silky tan head, the beer exudes the oakey richness of its intoxicatingly beautiful plump, black cherry mocha nose. It has a complex, full bodied, spiced dark rum flavour that thrills your palate with its ripe voluptuousness and finishes with an exciting yet sarene complexity.

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**THE MUSIC**

Rodriguez, The Man – The Music, consists of 4 kids from the 70s who can no longer contain themselves about how the music of Rodriguez changed their lives. Cold Fact was the centre piece among albums like Band On The Run by Paul McCartney, Machine Head by Deep Purple, and Goats Head Soup by the Rolling Stones. This was the music we could not wait to get home from school and listen to. Cold Fact was the soundtrack to us flinging our school bags into the corner, ripping off our uniforms and hastily pulling on our cozzies so we could go play on Gonubie beach (fill your after-school activities in here). Then when we got home, we’d listen to it again. Man, that record just never got old. And it still isn’t.

So, these kids from the 70s are Flip Squad, Roy Kassel, and James Kibby, each having a story to tell and songs to play from the legend that was Rodriguez. We have already performed to sold out houses at Alma Cafe, The Sound Garden, Brass Bell, and Karoo Saloon. This isn’t just a tribute show, it’s a time machine that’s guaranteed to make you remember.

#Trenchtown 420 Music Fest

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Photo credit: Trenchtown
  • When: Saturday, 20 April 2024
  • Event by: Trenchtown
  • Where: Trenchtown | Trenchtown, 145 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
  • Time: 2pm – LATE! | Doors open at 2pm
  • Tickets: Click here to get your ticket / tickets | Limited tickets available, so secure yours NOW!

~ JOIN US FOR THE ULTIMATE 420 CELEBRATION ~

Join likeminded souls as we celebrate 420 culture with of music, dance, treats, and LOTS more. We start at 2pm Saturday April 20th 2024 and keep going late into the night, with multiple stages featuring an incredible lineup of bands and DJs.

Immerse yourself in the spirit of 420 culture while exploring our vibrant 420 market and indulging in delicious treats. It’s a festival experience you won’t want to miss!

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**LINE-UP (so far)**

  • Conquerors Reggae Band
  • One Drop Reggae Band
  • RhyVox
  • Runo
  • More TBC

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**WHAT TO EXPECT**

  • 2 Stages
  • Outside 420 Chill Area
  • BIG SCREEN Sports and Movies
  • Live Acts and DJs
  • Market with Great Specials and spot sales!
  • Board Games and MUCH more!

Chill and enjoy positive vibes and good times!

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**EXTRA NOTE**

  • NO under 18s.
  • We do not permit subletting at stalls.
  • Right of admission reserved.
  • Get ready for another unforgettable 420 Festival.
  • R50 Limited Quicket tickets: 420 surprise at the door | **Click here to get your ticket / tickets NOW!
  • At the door R50 no 420 surprise.
  • Only R30 If you part of the 420Sundaze @ Trenchtown WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/CvNf4QYJudM57G6J3hrnoh

#URBAN FOOD FAIR CONSTANTIA

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Photo credit: Foodies Cape Town
  • When: Saturday, 20 April 2024
  • Event by: Foodies Cape Town
  • Where: Timour Hall Villa | IPA Timour Hall Estate, Constantia Glen Street, Deurdrif, Constantia, Cape Town
  • Time: 9am – 3pm
  • Contact details: The Foodies Cape Town Co:  [email protected] |
    073 7913991 

Join us for the ULTIMATE foodie experience this Saturday, the 20th of April 2024! It promises to be TONS of fun for the whole family!

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The Urban Food Fair (UFF) takes place on the IPA Timour Villa Estate in Constantia offering a lush and botanical feel. Set inside 2 bright stretch tents we offer the ultimate food & market experience for absolutely EVERYONE to enjoy!

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**WHAT TO EXPECT**

  • Street Food tent with an offering of over 20 stalls to choose from
  • Artisan & Craft tent, a shopper’s paradise
  • Live Music
  • Seating and music in both tents
  • Botanical Bar
  • Secure Parking on the Estate
  • Great upmarket vibe
  • Foodie Heaven

Get ALL your friends & family together & come & experience The Urban Food Fair for yourself – Experience first-hand what makes us different & a step above the rest!

#Mimosa With Us | Bottomless Mimosas + Brunch Buffet

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Photo credit: Urchin
  • When: Saturday, 20 April 2024
  • Event by: Urchin
  • Where: Urchin, The Hyatt Regency Cape Town | 126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town
  • Time: 8am – 12pm
  • **Click here to book your ‘Mimosa With Us’ experience which happens every Saturday morning

Want to be treated like a VIP & WIN a night’s stay for 2 at the Hyatt Regency Cape Town? Join us for ‘Mimosa With Us’ & indulge in bottomless mimosas & a delectable buffet spread that will tantalize your taste buds!

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**HOW TO ENTER:

  • Click here to book your ‘Mimosa With Us’ experience which happens every Saturday Morning.
  • Sip on bottomless mimosas & enjoy our delightful buffet.

THAT’S IT! THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO DO! One lucky winner will be chosen each month to enjoy a VIP night’s stay at Hyatt Regency Cape Town!

**Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! Book your ‘Mimosa With Us’ experience NOW!

#High Tea @ The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

Top Things To Do In Cape Town This Weekend
Photo credit: Paint & Sip
  • When: Sunday, 21 April 2024
  • Event byPaint & Sip
  • Where: The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
  • Time: 11am – 2:30pm
  • Contact details: Paint & Sip: 066 038 6855 | [email protected] | 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa: 021 437 9000 | [email protected]
  • Tickets: Click here to get your ticket / tickets

Step into the lap of luxury at the prestigious 12 Apostles Hotel for another HIGH-ly anticipated event that transcends the ordinary.

Embrace the arrival of autumn with the enchanting “Sunflower Melody”, lead by the energetic Gabby Marcolefas! Her sunflower piece is a visual ode to the changing seasons. The warm hues and intricate strokes invite you to celebrate the onset of autumn in the luxurious ambiance of the 12 Apostles. Let your gaze wander across the panoramic ocean views, with the iconic mountain providing a majestic backdrop. It’s a symphony of nature’s grandeur and artistic brilliance.

As has become customary with the 12 A experience, your ticket includes a TEA-rific full high tea spread, a culinary delight to complement the visual feast. And to keep your spirits invigorated, we present an array of bubbles, teas, and coffees, ensuring that your senses remain refreshed and inspired throughout the event.

Indulge in a day of artistic experience, culinary excellence, and the serene beauty of the 12 Apostles. Don’t be a late bloomer… Secure your spot for a Sunday affair that promises to be a sensory symphony!

#The Galileo Open Air Cinema | 19 April 2024 & 20 April 2024

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#The Galileo Picnic: Disneynature’s Penguins

Top Things To Do In Cape Town This Weekend
Photo credit: The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Disneynature’s Penguins is a 2019 American nature documentary film directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson. The coming-of-age story follows an Adélie penguin named Steve, who joins fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. The American release of the film is narrated by Ed Harris.

Food & Refreshments:

Bring your own picnic or arrive hungry and enjoy a pre-movie picnic from our mini-market; mouth-watering pizza, juicy burgers, tasty wraps, delicious popcorn and other yummy snacks. Try our bar and barista services, where you can sip back and relax. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and Halaal options available to cater to everyone’s dietary preferences. Read more about our food offering here.

**Note: No outside chairs/backrests allowed. Light drizzle, cold or wind will not cancel the event, so please come prepared. Should the event be cancelled due to heavy rain or strong wind, you will receive an SMS and e-mail to the registered Webtickets account. Please refer to our website for our terms & conditions.

**For more information visit The Galileo Open Air Cinema website

#The Galileo Picnic: Dirty Dancing

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Photo credit: The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama dance film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. It tells the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey), a young woman who falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) at a vacation resort.

Food & Refreshments:

Bring your own picnic or arrive hungry and enjoy a pre-movie picnic from our mini-market; mouth-watering pizza, juicy burgers, tasty wraps, delicious popcorn and other yummy snacks. Try our bar and barista services, where you can sip back and relax. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and Halaal options are available to cater to everyone’s dietary preferences. Read more about our food offering here.

**Important Reminder: No alcohol may be bought into the venue. However, the Estate will have a full bar available for your convenience. Please note that bags will be checked at the entrance.

**Note: No outside chairs/backrests allowed. Light drizzle, cold or wind will not cancel the event, so please come prepared. Should the event be cancelled due to heavy rain or strong wind, you will receive an SMS and e-mail to the registered Webtickets account. Please refer to our website for our terms & conditions.

**For more information visit The Galileo Open Air Cinema website

#Rhythm Run * Run for Literacy

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Photo credit: Rhythm Run
  • When: Saturday, 20 April 2024
  • Event by: Rhythm Run
  • Where: DelVera Farm | DelVera Farm, Cnr R44 at Muldersvlei Road, Klapmuts,  Stellenbosch, Western Cape | DelVera Farm is situated on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts
  • Time: 7am – 2pm
  • **CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
  • **Click here for more information regarding the event

** RHYTHM RUN – RUN FOR LITERACY **

Join us for an exhilarating trail running event that goes beyond the thrill of physical challenge – it’s a journey to raise awareness of the significance of literacy!

DelVera Farm will be hosting our second Rhythm Run on 20 April 2024, in association with CLF and CBN. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or a novice, the event is open to everyone, including families with children to participate and support efforts to enhance literacy!

The trails on the farm are spectacular with hiking trails that meander through the Renosterveld on the farm. The long route will take you to the top of Klapmutskop with the most spectacular views of Tafelberg and the Boland region.

Come and experience breath-taking trails, delicious wine, scrumptious food, and an amazing atmosphere at DelVera. We would love to have you join us!

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**CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

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**RACE INFORMATION**

  • 3km Kiddies Run – Entry fee: R100 – Start: 8:50am
  • 5km Run The Vines – Entry fee: R150 – Start: 8:45am
  • 10km Run The Vines – Entry fee: R170 – Start: 8:30am
  • 15km Run The Vines – Entry fee: R200 – Start: 8am
  • *CLF – Christian Literature Fund
  • *CBN – Christian Broadcasting Network
  • Timing with Bouttime.
  • Medals for all finishers.
  • Please do not leave any valuables in the car. You can leave it at registration.
  • The event will be managed by Onsite Events that is well known for their Run The Vines Trail Run events. 

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Exciting Things To Do In Cape Town This Weekend

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#Enjoy an ice-cream at The Creamery

Top 10 ice cream spots in Cape Town
Photo credit: The Creamery

Its ice-cream time! More specifically Creamery ice-cream time! The Creamery is undoubtedly a Mother City staple and huge fan-favorite when it comes to ice-cream – trust us, once you taste it, you’ll definitely understand why. To make things even better, The Creamery not only ensures that every scoop is jam-packed with ALL the ice-cream goodness your ice-cream loving heart desires, but completely eliminates any sort of ‘guilt complex’ you may have if and / or when you surrender to satisfying your irresistible sweet tooth craving. Why is that you ask? Well, not only is it heaven in a tub, it’s handmade using seasonal, organic, locally sourced ingredients (and served in biodegradable tubs) – how great is that?!

With trusty favorites like Peanut Butter, Rosetta Roastery Coffee, Sea Salt Caramel, Sweet Cream, and 65% Chocolate you’ll always find creamy greatness at one of the Creamery branches in Cape Town. With stores all over the city, and seasonal flavor changes, this spot will have you coming back again and again. And there is no limit to the imagination of the flavor team here – the sky is truly the limit! Combinations like Christmas Mince Pie, Chocolate Orange, Hot Cross Bun, and Malva Pudding have all been found at The Creamery, but there’s never a guarantee that a flavor will return – so you better get it while its ‘hot’!

In addition to its wide range of unique & down-right delicious flavor combinations, every month they have a new flavor to try, and try you must! Each branch also has an ice-cream covered treat on offer, like warm waffles in Newlands or freshly baked cookies in Mouille Point.

At The Creamery you can get toppings, tubs, and there’s even a loyalty card to reward you for visiting and treating yourself – what a bonus!

**Local tip: In addition to being one of the best ice-cream spots in Cape Town, The Creamery is also one of the top waffle spots in Cape Town – talk about a double threat!

Locations:

  • Harbour View at the V&A Waterfront: Shop 6160b, Victoria Wharf (next to Exclusive Books) | 021 203 3489
  • Palmyra Junction: Shop 16, Palmyra Junction, 4 Palmyra Road, Claremont | 021 203 5210
  • Mouille Point: Shop 2, New Cumberland Building, Park Road | 021 434 2455
  • Newlands: Shop 4, Newlands Quarter, Dean Street | 021 879 3404
  • Durbanville: Shop 18, Durbanville Village Square, Cnr Rose & Oxford Street | 087 803 0844
  • They’re also at popular markets like the V&A Waterfront’s Food Market and the Earth Fair Markets in the CBD on Thursdays.
  • Website: thecreamery.co.za

**Check out our ‘Top 10 ice cream spots in Cape Town’ blog for all the cool Mother City ice cream hotspots you can’t afford to miss out on!

#Go Tandem Paragliding

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Photo credit: Cape Hope Paragliding

Time to take to the sky! 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 – WHAT A THRILL!

Going on an exciting tandem paragliding experience is by far one of the top adrenaline activities in Cape Town, as well as one of the coolest, thrilling, and most adventurous things to do on any trip to the Mother City. Not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-forgotten, bucket-list worthy adventure in every way! Trust us, this is one adventure experience you don’t want to miss!

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 panoramic 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 the Cape Town skyline, soaring over some of its top sights, remarkable landmarks, beautiful natural wonders, majestic mountain ranges, breathtaking coastlines, and the glorious Atlantic ocean 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. A sunset tandem paragliding flight is without a doubt the ultimate combination of beauty and adventure!

#Watch the sunset from the Look-Out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive

**Secret Sunset Spot**

Where to watch the sunset in Cape Town

Named one of the most magnificent coastal drives in the world, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of Cape Town’s top attractions and sunset spots. Besides its beauty, and spectacular views, Chapman’s Peak is known for its amazing hidden gems scattered along the route. One of these hidden gems include one of the best secret sunset spots in Cape Town – The Look-out Cave.

Like all the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little off the beaten path to find this sunset hidden gem.

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.

  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: 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

#Enjoy a cool dip in the Saunders Rock Tidal Pool

Sea Point Cape Town Activities

Located on the rocky Saunders Beach, Saunders Rock Tidal Pool is situated between Clifton and Sea Point, hidden at the very end of the promenade, in the suburb of Bantry Bay. With white sand and blue waters, this beautiful spot is perfect for an afternoon swim. While the pool is a popular swimming destination on the weekends and holidays, it remains fairly empty during the week. So, put on a swimsuit, grab a towel, and head out for a swim at Saunders Rock Tidal Pool. Afterwards, you can grab something to eat at one of the many restaurants located along the beach.

It’s known to be particularly beautiful at sunset – making it a great sunset watching spot too!

#See the African Penguins at Boulders Beach

Boulders-Beach-African-Penguins

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.

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 Green Point Urban Park with family & friends

Sea Point Cape Town Activities

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.

#Abseil down Table Mountain – The highest commercial abseiling route on the planet!

Calling all die-hard adrenaline junkies & fearless thrill-seekers – this incredibly exhilarating & wildly daring adventure experience in South Africa’s beautiful, vibrant, and exciting city of Cape Town is just for you!

Cape Town adrenalin activities

You better strap in, it’s going to be one WILD adrenaline-fueled ride that’s for sure! If it’s the thrill of a decent you’re after then Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain is exactly where you want to be for this once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list worthy adventure.

Standing tall at a staggering 1,086 meters above sea level, Table Mountain is known as the all-mighty giant of the Cape Town skyline. Named one of the New7Wonders of Nature, this 600 million years old flat-topped mountain is not only one of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks and sought-after attractions, not to mention one of the most recognizable mountains in the world, it is also the ultimate mecca for nature lovers, avid hikers, and keen adventure seekers. Table Mountain and the surrounding Table Mountain National Park boasts a thrilling variety of hiking trails, sensational panoramic views, tons of hidden gems & secret spots, and a vast diversity of unique fauna & flora – all of which makes exploring Table Mountain’s natural beauty and surrounding landscapes an exhilarating adventure in itself.

While admiring this magnificent mountainous giant from below is beyond breathtaking, there are few things that can compare to standing on the summit of the world-renowned Table Mountain & looking out over the vast Atlantic Ocean, iconic Lion’s Head, stunning Signal Hill, beautiful Camps Bay & Clifton, glorious Mother City and beyond. Now that you’ve conquered the Table Mountain summit, why not take it one step further by abseiling down it? As this iconic tall-standing mountain is the highest commercial abseiling route on the planet, it gives daring travellers & avid adrenaline junkies the rare & remarkable opportunity to experience one of the most thrilling once-in-a-lifetime adventures in the world – IT LITERALLY IS AN ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME – how could you not jump at the opportunity to tick this ONE-OF-A-KIND ULTIMATE ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE off your bucket list??

There is absolutely NO denying that taking on the highest commercial abseiling route on the planet is not only one of the top adventures & adrenaline activities in Cape Town, but in all of Africa & the world too! The only question is, are you fearless & adventurous enough to take this massive & beyond thrilling leap of faith & show the all-mighty Table Mountain exactly what you’re made of? GO FOR IT – WE DARE YOU!

#Spend the day soaking up the sun on Bali Beach & Beta Beach in Bakoven

  • Location: Bakoven Beach | 3 Twenty Steps St, Bakoven, Cape Town
  • Best time to visit: Low tide is best for maximum beach space.
  • Cost: Free

Head-over-heels beach lovers you’re going to absolutely LOVE this one!

Bali Beach and Beta Beach are by far two of the best, and certainly the most beautiful, secret beaches in all of Cape Town – hands down!

Best secret beaches in Cape Town

If you’re eager to escape the large beach crowds & constant city buzz, head straight to Bakoven. Located between Llandudno and Camps Bay, Bakoven boasts a series of stunning secret coves, beautiful rock pools, kelp forests, large granite boulders, and a breathtaking view of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and Atlantic Ocean. Its sheltered and serene setting makes it the ideal beach escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Hidden between Bakoven’s giant boulders you will find two idyllic, tucked away beachy spots that feel like a slice of private beach heaven (and who knows, they might be exactly that) – Bali Beach (also known as Robyn’s Beach) and Beta Beach. The best way to reach Bali Beach is simply to walk along the coastline from Camps Bay tidal pool, and then make your way down a few steps to the sparkling cove below. Beta Beach is situated just a little further ahead and can also be accessed from Beta Road – once parked, simply follow the signs.

Besides being two of the most beautiful hidden beach gems in Cape Town for enjoying a relaxing day of soaking up the wonderful Mother City sunshine, Beta Beach & Bali Beach, along with their large granite boulders, are also two of the best secret sunset spots in Cape Town – talk about a double hitter! Hey, we told you we’re starting our list of top secret beaches in Cape Town with a BANG! So, if you happen to find yourself at either of these beautiful Cape Town beaches at sunset, prepare yourself for quite a spectacular show.

#Explore the colorful & culturally diverse neighborhood of Bo-Kaap

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Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city centre, Bo-Kaap is known as one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods in the Mother City. It is also one of Cape Town’s oldest neighbourhoods and undoubtedly the most colourful. This is largely owed to its colourful mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture homes that line the steeply cobble-stoned streets. Besides its colourful surroundings, Bo-Kaap boasts a rich and diverse history which has shaped this beloved neighbourhood into what it is today.

Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, Bo-Kaap is celebrated as the historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses) were built and leased to slaves. These people were known as Cape Malays. Many of Bo-Kaap’s residents were descendants of slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and various African countries who were forcibly brought to the city in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Bo-Kaap is also home to the iconic Bo-Kaap Museum, which is the perfect place to learn all about the history of the area with the building dating back to the 1760s, as well as the first established Muslim mosque in South Africa, the Auwal Mosque, and the famous Diamond Gallery (one of the largest diamond wholesalers in South Africa).

Besides its vibrant cultural diversity, one of the top things to do in Bo-Kaap besides exploring its colourful streets of course, is enjoy some authentic Cape Malay cuisine. Enjoying a traditional Cape Malay meal in Bo-Kaap undoubtedly deserves to be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Not to mention it’s a great way to fully immerse yourself in Cape Town’s diverse culture and rich history.

#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.

#Go Whale Watching

Whale Watching 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 Wine Tasting in the Cape Winelands

Top places to take first timers to Cape Town - Cape Winelands

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 June.

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 and 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!

**Bonus: One of the best things about going winter wine tasting in the beautiful Cape Winelands is that several of the Western Cape’s Wine Estates and Wine Farms have fireplaces to keep guests and avid wine lovers warm and loving every second of their Cape Winelands experience.

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 wildly adventurous and extra daring (and not too bothered by the cold – or willing to risk a bit of chill for a bucket-list worthy Cape Winelands experience) you should absolutely go on the famous, and dare we say legendary, Franschhoek Wine Tram. 

Franschhoek Wine Tram
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.

#CELEBRATE & DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY AT LIFE GRAND CAFÉ WATERFRONT

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Photo credit: Life Grand Cafe

There is no denying that Life Grand Café is one of the coolest beachy hotspots in town. If you’re in the mood to celebrate in true opulence and style – this is EXACTLY where you need to be for an unforgettable night out in Cape Town.

The vibrant Life Grand Café is the perfect combination of trendy and comfortable yet chic, stylish and sophisticated. It’s no surprise that it has fast become one of the most sought-after inner-city spots to see and be seen – so keep a lookout for some famous faces!

The stunning setting, prime location, beautiful backdrop, and spectacular waterfront views of this renowned Cape Town hangout and beach bar is merely scratching the surface of what Life Grand Café has to offer.

From finely and meticulously crafted cocktails, premium wines, sensational bubbly, an amazing selection of drinks, and inspired culinary creations, to a lavish laid-back vibe, lively atmosphere, an electric energy that is down-right contagious, and music that will undoubtedly get you on your feet in mere seconds, dancing the glorious night away – The Life Grand Café Waterfront is the ultimate Cape Town hotspot and viby beach escape.

It’s time to celebrate and dance the night away – Simply because you can!

  • Location: Life Grand Café Waterfront | 2 Pierhead Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 205 1902
  • Website: Click here to visit the Life Grand Café Waterfront website to find out more information & book your spot.

#GO TO THE VIBRANT BAY HARBOUR MARKET

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The Bay Harbour Market is widely known and celebrated as the most vibrant market in Cape Town. Situated on the water’s edge at the old Hout Bay Harbour, the Bay Harbour Market is all about embracing the true spirit of the Mother City. Set inside an old fish factory, this beloved Cape Town Market aims to uplift and empower the local community and talent by bringing local craftsmen, artists, designers, and musicians together in the most unique and authentic way. This undoubtedly makes the Bay Harbour Market the ultimate celebration of community, culture, culinary pursuits, creative expression, and everything in between – And you’re invited to join in on every second of the shopping, sharing, vibrant energy, laughter, dining, dancing, and lively local Bay Harbour Market vibe!

With the reopening of the Bay Harbour Market, the focus will be on all things local – from local vendors right through to local performers. Visitors can expect an awesome line-up of South African talent on the Fever-Tree Sound Stage every Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. Besides incredible live music to lift everyone’s spirits, there will be an amazing selection of local wines, craft beers and gins on offer as well as a variety of delicious food, ranging from street food to nibbly bits and platters perfect for the whole family.

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Photo credit: Bay Harbour Market

That’s not all! As always, the Bay Harbour Market’s shopping experience is right on point – Boasting over 100 stalls, you’ll find anything from top fashion, leather accessories and décor to art, collectables, crafts, gifting and so much more – you want it, chances are the Bay Harbour Market has it!

What are you waiting for? The Bay Harbour Market is ready to add some fun, excitement, and extra Bay Harbour magic to your day!

**Bonus: In summer, visitors to the Bay Harbour Market can enjoy the refreshing ocean air, stunning harbour views, and lively vibe on the outside patio. Not to mention some great sightings of the Hout Bay ocean locals – the beloved Cape Fur Seals! When the temperatures start to plummet, visitors are invited to sit inside next to the cosy fire.

Best Markets in Cape Town

**Note: The Bay Harbour Market has implemented stringent COVID-19 protocols and safety measures in line with government regulations.

For more information about the traders and what they have to offer, visit the Bay Harbour Market website: www.bayharbour.co.za

#VISIT CAPE POINT

Top things to do in Cape Town - Cape Point

If you’re keen to go on an exciting winter road-trip or tick an epic adventure experience off your Cape Town 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 in winter is that it is Cape Town’s low season. This means fewer crowds, less traffic, and no long queues, making it the perfect time to visit some of Cape Town’s top attractions and natural wonders like Cape Point. That, combined with the fact that winter in Cape Town is known as the ‘Green Season’, means the glorious Cape Point Nature Reserve will be beautifully green, thriving and worth every second of exploring.

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 and experience – Making for the ultimate Cape Town winter adventure!

Top things to do at Cape Point:

  • Go hiking. Cape Point boasts some of the most thrilling hiking trails in the Western Cape. Have a look at our ‘Best Cape Point Hiking Trails’ blog to find out more about its beautiful and exhilarating hiking trails and nature walks.
  • See the old Cape Point lighthouse.
  • Take a ride on the famous Flying Dutchman Funicular.
  • Embark on a cycling adventure.
  • Go fishing (you will need a permit).
  • Go surfing.
  • Take a refreshing dip in one of its picturesque tidal pools.
  • Witness its abundance of wildlife, birdlife, and marine life.
  • Explore Cape Point’s rich biodiversity, stunning scenic surroundings, and vast natural landscapes. From jagged mountain peaks rising from the deep blue, towering more than 200 metres above the sea, and plunging cliffs to a spectacular display of wildflowers and endemic Fynbos scattered about, Cape Point is a remarkable natural wonder and National Park.
  • Visit the Cape Point food shops and curio shops.
  • Discover one (or all) of Cape Point’s secret beaches, all of which are largely unspoilt and untouched. Four of Cape Point’s stunning secret beaches include Buffels Beach, Diaz Beach, Maclear Beach, Olifantsbos Beach.

Besides it’s wild unapologetic natural beauty and magnificent panoramic views, Cape Point offers visitors so much to do, see and experience. From thrilling hiking trails, nature walks, fun-filled family friendly activities, an abundance of wildlife, birdlife, and marine life to exhilarating adventure experiences, tons of hidden gems, tidal pools, picturesque secret beaches, the old Cape Point lighthouse, and the famous Flying Dutchman Funicular, Cape Point has it all!

**Tip: Some of Cape Point’s most beautiful secret beaches include: Buffels Beach, Diaz Beach, Maclear Beach and Olifantsbos Beach.

#SEE A SCREENING AT THE LABIA THEATRE

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Photo credit: The Labia Theatre

The Labia Theatre is the oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa, showcasing the best off-circuit, independent movies, foreign films, documentaries, classics, and other alternative as well as art circuit films. This makes the famous Labia Theatre the epitome of old-school cinema at its very best and any old-school movie buff’s dream come true.

Even if you’re not much of an old-school / classic cinema lover, you’ll undoubtedly fall head-over heels in love with the iconic Labia Theatre and everything it has to offer.

Besides its original and authentic theatre experience, the Labia Theatre Cinema boasts a cosy coffee bar which offers home-made delicacies, a chocolate bar serving sweets, chocolates and popcorn, an outside garden terrace as well as a fully licensed bar to keep visitors and guests entertained throughout the night. In fact, the Labia Theatre is the only cinema where you can sit back, relax, and sip on a drink from the bar all while watching a classic movie screening. This Undoubtedly makes a visit to the Labia Theatre one of the top things to do on a cold day in Cape Town. In fact, this incredible and unique cinema experience can be enjoyed right throughout the year.

  • Location: The Labia Theatre | 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Show times: Subject to the movie
  • Contact details: 021 424 5927 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.thelabia.co.za
  • Operating hours: Open daily from 11am until the end of the last screening at approximately 11pm
  • Click here to find out more about the Labia Theatre as well as all the screenings on offer

#GO ON AN UNFORGETTABLE KLOOF CORNER SUNSET HIKE

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  • Difficulty: Easy – moderate level of difficulty
  • Fitness level required: Low – moderate level of fitness required
  • Start point: Tafelberg Road | Kloof Corner parking area
  • Average time to the top: About 20 – 40 minutes each way (depending on your fitness level)
  • Approximate route distance: +/- 1.5 km
  • Best time to hike: Sunset
  • Child-friendly: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes. However, Table Mountain National Park is under the jurisdiction of SANParks. This requires that dog-walkers have a Level 1 My Activity Permit (R305 per year).

The iconic Kloof Corner is by far one of the best sunrise and sunset hikes in Cape Town. If you’re eager to tick something amazing off your Cape Town hiking bucket-list, going on a sunrise or sunset hike up Kloof Corner is an absolute must.

Kloof Corner has also fast become one of the most popular spots for sundowners amongst Cape Town locals. Paired with a beautiful view of Camps Bay, Lion’s Head, the City Bowl, and Atlantic Ocean, its pure magic and guaranteed to knock your hiking socks right off!

Considered one of the easiest hikes on the Table Mountain chain, as well as one of the most popular and beautiful trails in Cape Town, Kloof Corner is definitely worth all the hype and praise it’s getting.

While the Kloof Corner hiking trail definitely includes a few steep sections, making you work for it just a tiny bit, overall it is a simple and short hike with a wide and stable path. This makes it a great hiking trail for kids eager to explore the outdoors, beginners and hikers of all ages, fitness, and experience levels.

Check out our ‘Kloof Corner’ blog to find out everything you need to know about this incredible Cape Town hiking trail.

Check out our ‘Best Sunset Hikes in Cape Town’ blog for more amazing sunset hiking trails in and around the Mother City.

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#ENJOY THE EVENING AT THE PIANO BAR

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Photo credit: The Piano Bar

Located at the corner of Jarvis and Napier Street in the trendy De Waterkant District of Cape Town’s inner city, the infamous Piano Bar is a trendy New York-inspired music revue bar and eatery serving modern tapas cuisine. In addition to its prime location, The Piano Bar’s wraparound terrace boasts spectacular views through De Waterkant village all the way to Devil’s Peak. It truly is the ideal spot to chill out over an evening cocktail (or perhaps a few).

Now for the live music! With a baby grand piano, microphones, instrument plug-in points, and premium surround sound through excellent speakers – The Piano Bar is live music at its very best! Boasting an amazing selection of jazz, live funk, soul, and blues every night of the week, you’re in for quite a live music treat! Inspired by the swanky Jazz joints of New York City, the Piano Bar has established itself as one of the most sough-after live music spots in Cape Town for tourists and locals alike.

Things to do at night in Cape Town
Photo credit: The Piano Bar

The Piano Bar also boasts a cosy Bar Room where guests can taste their iconic curated cocktails along with a variety of other beverages.

That’s not all! This renowned must-visit live music revue bar and eatery is known for their cool laid-back atmosphere and top-quality food and drinks. All of which can be enjoyed to the soulful sounds of exceptional live music acts and a spectacular view of the Mother City.

  • Location: 47 Napier (cnr Jarvis) Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

#SPEND THE DAY AT KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS

Top things to do in Cape Town - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

If you’re a head-over-heels nature lover, a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens should definitely be right at the top of your Cape Town bucket-list. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens in the world. It has also won the highly esteemed ‘International Garden of the Year’ award, and to be honest, very few gardens can compare to the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch. This not only makes Kirstenbosch gardens one of the best gardens to visit in Cape Town, but one of its most magnificent natural gems too!

Top things to do in Cape Town - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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.

Top things to do in Cape Town - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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.

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