Whether you’re eager to ignite your thrill-seeking spirit and free your adventurous side, simply kick back and relax, explore the city’s creative flair and culinary excellence, discover all of its natural surroundings, landmarks, and hidden gems, you will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice.
With a plethora of things to do, see, and experience, there is something for absolutely everyone.
Here are some of the top things to do in July in Cape Town 2022.
**Note: This blog was last updated on 07/07/2022 | Keep checking the page for more exciting July event updates
#One&Only Cape Town’s Christmas in July
- Date: Saturday & Sunday, 23 & 24 July 2022
- Time: 2pm – 5pm
- Dress: Touch of Rouge
- Cost: R425 pp
- Booking: To enquire on availability and bookings, contact [email protected] or 021 431 5888
The winter season chill has settled upon the picturesque Cape Town landscape, enveloping all in cold fog and occasional sunshine that makes the South African weather a fickle opponent. It is at this time that One&Only Cape Town celebrates the mid-year mark that is Christmas in July – a time-honoured tradition of festive cheer and merriment as we move into the second half of 2022.
Both in-house and external guests alike are invited to embrace the magic of the (somewhat) holiday season with One&Only Cape Town, joining family and friends for a decadent occasion of good food, great company and festive, winter cheer. Guests can expect a welcome Glühwein cocktail upon entry to warm up against the chill, before diving into a delicious high tea buffet, with an array of savoury and sweet delights. Not only will this marvelous spread be reminiscent of Christmas time, sparking memories of festive meals shared with family and friends, but will also take you on an exciting culinary journey as One&Only Cape Town does with pride.
Amongst the plentiful options available on the day, is rillette of duck confit on brioche with pear & sultana chutney, cherry & pineapple gammon with bruschetta & salsa verde, mini-Yorkshire puddings adorned with Pommes puree, rare roast beef & gravy pearls, smoked turkey breast on walnut bread, garnished by cranberry & orange marmalade and much, much more.
For the ultimate sweet indulgence, an assembly of treats awaits, including blackberry cheesecake baubles, red wine poached pears with crème pâtissier & shortbread, Christmas coffee pudding in a cup with soft toffee sauce, icy lemon meringue entremets finished with almond nougat and plenty more!
Welcome the upcoming second half of 2022, surrounded by pristine views, breathtaking beauty and your loved ones to memories that will last a lifetime. Christmas in July High Tea takes place on 23-24 July 2022 at R425 pp with limited seating available. To enquire on availability and bookings, contact [email protected] or 021 431 5888.
#Canal Walk Theatre: Peter Pan
- When: Friday, 1 July 2022 – Sunday, 3 July 2022
- Where: Centre Court, Canal Walk Shopping Centre | 490 Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town
- Information & Tickets: Click here to get your ticket / tickets directly from Webtickets or to find out more information about this amazing event
- R90 per person (EARLY BIRD: 16 – 31 May)
- R100 per person (1 June – 17 July)
- R95 per person (family package of 4+ tickets)
- Children under the age of 2 years old are free
Canal Walk’s annual theatre productions are finally back! A special treat is in store for Capetonians, as the much-loved story of Peter Pan will be returning on stage at the Canal Walk Theatre taking place between 25 June & 17 July 2022.
In this magical and musical adaption of JM Barrie’s adored classic tale, Peter, Tinkerbell, and Wendy Darling, along with the incorrigible Captain Hook & his faithful side kick, Smee, will ferry audiences to Never Land to be amazed by all its wonders, allowing imaginations to soar unfettered into the realms of storytelling & enchantment, as the battle between Peter and Captain Hook unfolds all around them.
**Special Bonus: Canal Walk Shopping Centre will donate a percentage of each ticket sold to the CHOC Foundation in support of the families of children with cancer & life-threatening blood disorders – Ensuring your money goes to a GREAT & WORTHY cause! Escape to Neverland by booking tickets for the whole family directly from Webtickets – Don’t wait, do it NOW! You definitely won’t regret it!
#I Love Local Market | Sunningdale
- When: Sunday, 3 July 2022
- Where: Sunningdale Sports Complex, Sandown Road, Sunningdale, Cape Town
- Time: 9am – 3pm
- Contact details: [email protected]
- *Note: Unfortunately no pets allowed in the Hall
The i Love Local Monthly Market promises to be tons of fun for the whole family. You can expect anything and everything – From farm fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious sweet treats, freshly baked breads and an array of goodies, to homemade and handmade products, winter warmer items, fun kiddies’ items and toys, pet products and so much more. The I Love Local Market has something for everyone.
The I Love Local Market is an indoor market – so come rain or shine, it’s the perfect family friendly activity to do this weekend in Cape Town.
#Date Night | Stir Crazy Cooking School
- When: Saturday, 2 July 2022
- Where: Stir Crazy Cooking School | 14 West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
- Time: 6pm – 9:30pm
- Tickets: Click here to get your ticket / tickets or to find out more information
- Contact details: 021 501 0695 | 066 513 5326 | [email protected] | [email protected]
Feeling the need to turn up the heat or do something sexy and exciting with your partner? Stir Crazy Cooking School’s Date Night is the perfect opportunity for you to steam things up!
Following the success of their Valentine’s month, Stir Crazy is launching a monthly date night, where you and your partner pull together to create the most sumptuous dinner you’ve tasted.
Share the love and bring your partner along to spice up your evening, where you join up to create a three-course dinner from our menu selection, overseen by their professional chefs.
Your dish is then beautifully plated and ready to be enjoyed with your partner at your own table.
#Beau Constantia Food & Wine Pairing Dinner
- When: Friday, 1 July 2022
- Where: The Cellars-Hohenort | 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
- Time: 6:30pm
- Price: R 595 per person
- Booking: Click here to make a booking or to find out more information
- Contact details: The Cellars-Hohenort: 021 794 2137 | [email protected]
Executive Chef Tronette Dippenaar teams up with one of the Constantia Valley’s most prominent wine estates to present a an unforgettable not-to-be-missed gourmet food and wine pairing experience.
#Enjoy a Fantastic Quoin Rock Wine Farm Picnic
Are you ready to experience & enjoy the ultimate Cape Winelands Picnic? Dine al fresco with a Quoin Rock wine farm picnic. Nothing beats a fabulous picnic enjoyed in a beautiful natural environment, complimented by a beautiful backdrop, shared with friends and family. The renowned Quoin Rock Wine Estate’s incredible picnic experience in Stellenbosch offers fresh-air dining with comfortable seating, dedicated service, and delectable wines to compliment your unforgettable Quoin Rock wine farm picnic.
Quoin Rock Wine Estate’s custom-made picnic pergolas give you the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful day in the stunning outdoors as you celebrate Father’s Day with a casual, fresh-air picnic in the scenic Stellenbosch winelands. Your wine farm picnic basket will be filled with freshly baked French baguette with roast tomato butter; rocket pesto, Dalewood cheese selection, Jewels meat selection, a variety of salads, beef fillet and a delicious dessert to end your meal. Unlimited still or sparkling water is included. Of course, their famous Quoin Rock wines make the ideal picnic accompaniment and adds an extra special celebratory touch to the occasion.
Quoin Rock also offers a fully vegetarian picnic experience upon request, as well as a fun children’s picnic menu that includes chicken strips, chips & mayo, chocolate milkshakes, seasonal berries, sun-dried fruit Lindt chocolate and cookies. Lawn games and a jumping castle are also available, along with a Fatsac to plop in and soak up the scenery.
- Where: Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
- Time: 12pm – 2:30pm
- Cost: Adults: R400 | Children: R180
- Contact details: 021 888 4750 | [email protected] | [email protected] | [email protected]
- Booking details: Click here to book online or contact Quoin Rock on 021 888 4750 / in[email protected] | [email protected] / [email protected] | To find out more about Quoin Rock Wine Estate’s Picnics, click here
#Wine Tasting at Quoin Rock Wine Estate
Enjoy an unforgettable wine tasting experience at one of Stellenbosch’s most exceptional wine estates, Quoin Rock Wine Estate. Quoin Rock invites you to experience wine tasting at its finest as their expert wine ambassadors guide you through a tailored tasting of five of their pristine wines.
Quoin Rock Wine Estate’s incredible wine tasting experience not only gives you the opportunity to enjoy a selection of five of their premium signature wines, but takes you on a unique sensory journey, together with a peek into their Cellar. You can also choose to accompany your Quoin Rock wine tasting experience with either a local Charcuterie or Cheese platter. All enjoyed while admiring the beautiful Knorhoek Valley backdrop and stunning Stellenbosch Winelands surroundings.
- Where: Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
- Time: 11am – 4pm
- Contact details: [email protected] | 021 888 47 40 | To find out more about Quoin Rock Wine Estate’s wine tasting experience, click here
#The monthly Obs-fficial Thrift Fest
- When: Saturday, 2 July 2022
- Where: Observatory Community Centre | Cnr Collingwood and Rawson Road, Observatory, Cape Town
- Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
- Cost: For Customers: Entrance is R10 (R5 for kids under 12 years)
- Event by: Thrift Fest
- There is a playground for the kids and lots of vendors to shop from
- Pets are more than welcome
#Citrus Picking Experience
- When: Saturday, 9 July 2022
- Where: Boschendal | Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Groot, Franschhoek
- Time: 11am – 1pm
- Cost: R60 per person per picking | Includes 1kg bag of citrus to take home
- Contact details: [email protected] | [email protected] | 021 870 4200 | 021 870 4273 | 021 870 427
- **Space is limited
You’re invited to join Boschendal for a truly special citrus picking experience in their beautiful orchards every weekend this July.
Join their expert farming team among the trees, pluck away, and take home a 1kg of citrus for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Why not book one of their relaxed winter picnics to enjoy afterwards and make a day of it?
#The Woodstock Lifestyle Market
- When: Saturday, 9 July 2022
- Where: 354 Albert Rd, Cape Town
- Time: 10am – 3pm
- Contact details: 063 313 9196 | [email protected]
Enjoy the day with the whole family at the Woodstock Lifestyle Market. You can expect everything from food, drinks, and vintage clothing, to jewelry, art, antiques, plants, animal adoptions, tarot readings, tattoo artists, and so much more. A cash bar will also be available.
- When: Sunday, 10 July 2022
- Where: Table Bay Mall, Sunningdale, Cape Town
- Time: 7:30am
- **Click here to find out more information
The West Coast Athletic Club is proudly organising the Blouberg Marathon which will include 3 race distances. The coastal route creates the perfect race opportunity for top athletes and beginners the like. The marathon is the last Comrades qualifier on the road race calender.
Find all information on www.bloubergmarathon.co.za and enter!
#DARG POP-UP MARKET @ SIMON’S
- When: 9 – 10 July 2022
- Where: Simon’s at Groot Constantia | Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Western Cape
- Time: July 9 at 10am – July 10 at 5pm
- Cost: R5 Entry or a pet food donation
Its time to put the fun in fundraiser! Enjoy a weekend of food & drinks, live music, second-hand books, homeware, decor, pet accessories and fun for the whole family and their dog at Simon’s Groot Constantia to raise funds for the dogs and cats at DARG!
- When: Saturday, 9 July 2022
- Where: Love Thy Neighbour | 110 Bree Street, Cape Town
- Time: 6pm – 2am
- Cost: R50 Before 10pm | R100 After 10pm
- Dark Disco
- Psychedelic Techno
- KEANO MARQ: 6pm – 7:30pm
- KAL-BELLA: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
- SLEDGE (LIVE): 9:30pm – 12am
- BOTH ENTITIES: 12am – 02:00am
Fun Things To Do In Cape Town
#Enjoy a Beach Day
There is nothing better than being sun-kissed, sandy-toed, and salty-haired while soaking up the glorious Cape Town sunshine. Enjoying a blissful beach day on one of the Mother City’s beautiful beaches is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town. Thanks to Cape Town’s lovely year-round mild Mediterranean climate, beach season can be enjoyed right throughout the year.
Whether you’re looking to have some beach fun in the sun, sunbathe, go sandcastle building, learn to surf, enjoy a sunset stroll or beach sundowner, Cape Town’s variety of sensational beaches caters to all your beach-loving desires.
Here are some of our favorite beaches that all deserve to be on your Cape Town beach bucket-list: Camps Bay, Clifton, Muizenberg Beach, Bloubergstrand, Llandudno, Bakoven, Glen Beach, Boulders Beach, Big Bay, Oudekraal Beach, Long Beach in Kommetjie, Noordhoek Beach and Water’s Edge.
#Spend the day at 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!
Located right at the base of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is one of the most incredible displays of indigenous natural beauty you’ll find anywhere in the city. It forms part of the Cape Floristic Region, also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cape Floristic Region is the world’s smallest, yet most diverse, floral kingdom. It is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world and is the only one that occurs entirely in one country. Here you’ll find a glorious diversity of fauna and flora entirely indigenous to Cape Town. Kirstenbosch covers an area of 528 hectares filled with more than 7,000 plant species, 2,500 of these from the Cape Peninsula.
Besides its vast natural beauty and top Cape Town garden status, Kirstenbosch offers visitors an endless variety of things to do and see. Not to mention some exciting adventure experiences!
Here is a sneak-peak of what you can expect on your visit to Kirstenbosch:
- Calling all wildlife and bird lovers! Kirstenbosch is home to over 125 bird species, making it any bird enthusiast’s dream come true. You will also encounter several reptiles, frogs, and invertebrates as well as amphibians such as the Chirping Frog, the Cape River Frog, and the critically endangered Table Mountain Ghost Frog.
- Avid hikers can enjoy a variety of hiking trails and walking routes. The Kirstenbosch estate can be explored via five trails of differing levels of difficulty. All are well-maintained, logged footpaths or gravel roads and are sign-posted. The Braille Trailand Boekenhout Trail are ideal forest walks for those pressed for time and the not so fit. The Stinkwood Trail is a relatively short exploration of the oldest part of the forest with some of the largest trees. The Yellowwood Trail and Silvertree Trail are long hikes that take you up to the waterfall and around the estate, through both forest and fynbos. It is also possible to climb Table Mountain from Kirstenbosch, up Nursery Ravine or Skeleton Gorge.
- Kirstenbosch boasts a variety of beautiful garden areas, including the Botanical Society Conservatory, art at the Sculpture Garden, and the Protea Garden, to mention just a few.
- For avid adventurers and thrill seekers, there are tons of hidden gems, secret spots, caves, waterfalls and so much more to be discovered and explored – so get ready for an adventure!
- Beautiful, lush lawns and large shaded trees perfect for picnics and kiddies ruuning around.
- The famous Centenary Treetop Canopy Walk, also known as the ‘Boomslang’, has fast become a fan-favourite Kirstenbosch attraction for both the young and young at heart. The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. The Walkway takes visitors from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, boasting spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Garden.
- The cyad amphitheatre which features life-size models of dinosaurs – this is a real winner with the kids!
- Kirstenbosch also has a variety of restaurants to and curio shops.
#Hike the Pipe Track Hiking Trail
- Difficulty: Easy level of difficulty
- Level of fitness required: Low – Moderate level of fitness required
- Start point: The junction of Tafelberg Road and Kloof Nek (you can park your car in the Kloof Nek parking lot)
- End point: Camps Bay
- Average time to the top: 2 – 4 hours (depending on your fitness and experience level) | The route is easy-going, although it becomes slightly tougher after passing by Slangolie Ravine.
- Approximate route distance: +/- 6km
- 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).
- Child-friendly: Yes
The Pipe Track is the perfect Table Mountain hiking route for beginner hikers as well as those looking to enjoy a more relaxed and laid-back hiking experience. The Pipe Track follows a path adjacent to Table Mountain between Kloof Nek and Kasteelpoort. While the Pipe Track hiking trail does not go all the way to the top of Table Mountain, it does circle around the mountain.
The track hugs the side of Table Mountain’s sandstone cliffs and travels through the western slope ravines. This gives you the perfect opportunity to tick an amazing hiking experience off your Cape Town bucket-list all while admiring a magnificent view of Lion’s Head, the Atlantic Ocean, Twelve Apostles mountain range, the beautiful Mother City, and beyond.
A major bonus for first time hikers is that the Pipe Track hiking trail is a pretty easy and effortless route and is generally all on the flat. Unless you choose to start the hiking trail from Camps Bay, then the initial climb will require some effort, however it is still very doable.
**Click here to find out everything you need to know about the Pipe Track Table Mountain hiking trail.
#Watch the sunset from the Clifton Ridge Rocks
**Secret Sunset Spot**
The Clifton Ridge Rocks is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful secret sunset spots in Cape Town. While Cape Town locals may be reluctant to share this hidden sunset gem with the rest of the world, how can we possibly deny you the pleasure of watching the Mother City sun go down from this magical spot? Paired with a few sundowners, it’s pure beach sunset bliss!
At the end of The Ridge Road in Clifton, just before you think you’ve gone too far, you’ll stumble upon a small walkway that opens on a little rock ridge. This is the magic sunset spot! Once you’ve reached your secret sunset destination, find a spot, sit back, relax, and soak up all the magic that’s about to come your way. It promises to be one incredible sunset experience you won’t soon forget.
#Go on an Aerial Cable Way ride up Table Mountain
Going on an Aerial Cable Way ride up the world-renowned Table Mountain is without a doubt one of the top things to do in Cape Town year-round.
While admiring Table Mountain from below is every bit as beautiful, there are few things that compare to the view from the top of one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Plus, you get to tick something truly thrilling off your Cape Town bucket-list. Whether you’re young or young at heart, going on an Aerial Cableway Ride up Table Mountain is one adventure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all!
#Visit the Arderne Gardens
- Location: 222 Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town
- Entrance fee: Free | There is however a donation box for Friends of the Arderne Gardens who maintain it.
- Operating hours: Open daily from 8am – 6pm
The beautiful Arderne Gardens is the perfect picturesque garden escape from the hustle and bustle of the inner-city. Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s southern suburbs, the Arderne Gardens is renowned for its exotic trees and Japanese-style ponds.
Besides being one of the best gardens in Cape Town to visit, this natural gem has become a popular location for fun family outings, picnics in the park and any-time-of-the-day strolls. Its resident ducks, guinea fowl and fish, has made it a real fan-favorite for the kiddies, as well as the adults of course!
There are tons of beautiful walkways that meander through the garden inviting you to sit back and relax and enjoy the blissful solitude. However, if you’re an adventurer and nature lover at heart, the walkways are perfect for exploring all the fauna and flora the Arderne Gardens has to offer.
**Fun fact: The Arderne Gardens is home to the one of the largest trees in Africa known locally as the Wedding Tree.
#Visit Stony Point Nature Reserve
While Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions, with everyone jumping at the bid to see its thriving African Penguin colony, very few people know that Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world. Located in the coastal town of Betty’s Bay (approximately 90km from Cape Town), Stony Point Nature Reserve gives visitors the opportunity to witness Cape Town’s favourite ocean locals, the cool and charismatic African Penguins, up-close in their natural habitat by means of boardwalks that wind through the reserve.
African Penguins aren’t the only marine life or wildlife you’ll have the pleasure of seeing when visiting this Cape Nature reserve. The reserve is home to a colony of cormorants which includes three species: The Crowned cormorant, Cape cormorant and Bank cormorant, all of which breed on the outer rocks. There are also Hartlaub’s Gulls and Kelp Gulls which forage in the colony, while the infamous Rock Hyrax, more commonly known as the Dassie, can frequently be spotted on the various surrounding rocks.
The Stony Point Nature Reserve is wheelchair and walking stick friendly and welcomes people of all ages to see and explore its scenic surroundings and incredible marine life.
Location: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty’s Bay, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape
#St James Tidal Pool and Coastal Walk
While Cape Town has no shortage of incredible tidal pools (read our post Cape Town’s 19 Amazing Tidal Pools to make sure you visit them all), the St James Tidal Pool is undoubtedly one of the best. Not to mention a real fan-favourite among the young and young at heart.
How to get there: Situated close to the Muizenberg station, you will need to cross over the train tracks and follow the winding concrete path that meanders along the coast. Once you’ve reached your desired destination, a refreshing dip in the cool St James tidal pool waters is an absolute must! It really is the perfect Cape Town summer holiday activity for the whole family.
Besides the not-to-be-missed St James Tidal Pool, the St James coastal walk, which stretches between Muizenberg and St James, sure gives the Sea Point promenade a run for its money. Once known as Cape Town’s Golden Mile, this stunning walkway boasts sensational views right throughout.
As the vibrant False Bay coastline is known for its plethora of thriving marine life, be sure to keep a look out for some thrilling sightings of Cape Town’s beloved ocean locals – African Penguins, dolphins, whales, and of course the wonderful Cape Fur Seal!
The path is concreted the entire way and begins just behind Muizenberg’s railway station (It is highly recommended that you park up that end, rather than at the beach).
Feel free to enjoy the St James coastal walk barefooted (if you so desire), but, as a word of warning, the fishermen tend to leave their tackle on the path whilst fishing just out in front of it, so make sure you’re extra vigilant.
While taking a stroll along the ever-beautiful St James coastal walk is a fantastic and fun time for all regardless of the time of day, the very best time to do this walk is during low tide.
#Go on a Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour with the whole family
Going on a famous Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour around the Mother City should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket list. The iconic Cape Town Red Bus Tour is the ultimate hop-on-hop-off experience. Stopping at some of the city’s top landmarks, hidden gems, and sought-after attractions, it is one of the best, and certainly the most exciting, ways to explore everything the beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town has to offer. Plus, its tons of fun for the whole family.
**Tip: There are a variety of Cape Town Red Bus City Sightseeing tours to choose from, visit their website to find out more.
- Contact details: [email protected] | 021 511 6000 (07:00–18:00)
- Cape Town Tour Office Location: V&A Waterfront (Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town) | Long Street (63 – 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town)
- For more information visit the City Sightseeing website: www.citysightseeing.co.za
#Visit Cape Point
Cape Point is one of Cape Town’s most magnificent natural wonders and sought-after attractions. Located approximately 60km south west of the city of Cape Town, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is the ultimate mecca for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Besides its unapologetic natural beauty, Cape Point boasts a rich diversity of fauna and flora, secret beaches, endless adventure experiences, and some of the most thrilling hiking trails in the Western Cape. With so much to do, see, and experience, visiting the renowned Cape Point should be on everyone’s bucket-list.
Check out our blog to find out more about ‘The Top 5 Things To Do At Cape Point Anytime Of The Year’. If you’re an avid hiker, we’ve put together everything you need to know about the ‘Best Cape Point Hiking Trails’.
#Enjoy a day at the Company’s Gardens
- Location: Company’s Garden, 19 Queen Victoria Street, Central, City Bowl, Cape Town, Western Cape
- Cost: Free
- Contact details: 021 423 2919 | 021 444 1901 | [email protected]
- Operating hours: Open daily from 7am – 7pm in Winter | 07:30am – 8:30 in Summer
Established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), the historical Company’s Garden forms a unique oasis in the heart of Cape Town’s inner-city. The Company’s Garden is not only one of the top and most beautiful gardens in Cape Town, it is also home to some of South Africa’s most important landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, St George’s Cathedral, and the National Library of South Africa, to name a few.
Besides its historical significance, the Company’s Garden has established itself as the ideal escape from the hype and hustle of the inner-city. Boasting a vast array of trees and a diversity of fabulous flora scattered about, the garden offers visitors several shady spots and benches on which to sit back, unwind, and enjoy the peaceful and stunning surroundings.
While wandering the many scenic pathways of the Company’s Garden, you’ll come across several historical features such as historic statues, a Japanese theme garden, a well that dates back to 1842, and a vegetable garden that recreates elements of the original VOC garden. The Garden also boasts a rose garden, a bird aviary, water features, a restaurant, plenty of squirrels running about, and lovely lush lawns perfect for picnicking under the glorious Cape Town sun.
#Visit Muizenberg Beach & Its Colorful Beach Huts
Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Muizenberg Beach’s laid-back beach vibe, surf’s up approach to life and vibrant energy has made it one of Cape Town’s coolest coastal towns. Known as one of Cape Town’s top blue-flag swimming beaches, Muizenberg Beach is perfect for enjoying a lovely laid-back beach day with the whole family.
Besides its blissful beach status, Muizenberg Beach is home to the famous Muizenberg Beach huts, also known as the retro wooden bathing boxes. These cool and colourful works of art have not only become one of the most sought-after attractions for travellers and photographers from around the world, but it has claimed the title as one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Cape Town too. This makes Muizenberg Beach and its colourful beach huts a must-visit destination on any trip to Cape Town.
**Tip: Muizenberg Beach’s famous Surfers Corner is the best place in Cape Town for surfing first-timers to learn how to surf. If you’ve got ‘Learn how to surf’ jotted down on your Cape Town bucket-list – It’s time to seize the surfing day and surf your very first wave at Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner!
#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
- 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