Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town

Easter is the perfect time of year to get together with friends, family and loved ones. Cape Town is a city filled with beauty and adventure at every turn, which makes celebrating Easter in the Mother City extra special. With so many incredible things to do, see, and experience, it promises to be an unforgettable Cape Town Easter celebration.

This year, Easter Sunday takes place on the 4th of April 2021, with Good Friday on the 2nd of April, ending off the 2021 Easter weekend with South Africa’s annual Family Day / Easter Monday on the 5th of April.

If you haven’t made any Easter plans yet, here are some of the top things to do on Easter in Cape Town and surrounds. While some may seem a little unconventional at first, 2021 is the perfect time to start a new family or friend Easter tradition.

#Special Easter Screening at the Galileo Drive-In

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - The Galileo Open Air Cinema
Photo credit: Galileo Open Air Cinema

Celebrate Easter with the whole family by enjoying a special Galileo Drive-In Easter screening of Peter Rabbit. The Galileo Drive-In gives you the amazing opportunity to enjoy some of your favourite movie classics on the big screen from the comfort of your car. To complete the experience, you can pre-order a selection of delicious snacks with your tickets or bring your own favourite Easter treats and delights along – the choice is yours!

Park backwards, get your boot set-up with tons of pillows and blankets, sit back, relax, and cuddle up with your loved ones as you enjoy a unique outdoor movie experience under the stars this Easter.

  • Movie venue: Cape Town High School (Gardens)
  • Movie date: Easter Sunday, 04/04/2021
  • Doors open: 18:00
  • Movie starts: 19:30
  • Age restriction: PG
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Genre: Family, Comedy
  • Tickets: Book your ticket here via Webtickets
  • For more information about the Galileo Dive In and what they have to offer, click here.

Have a look at our ‘Galileo Open Air Cinema 2021 Schedule’ blog to find out what you can expect for the rest of the Galileo season.

#Easter in Wonderland & Easter Egg Foraging Feast at One&Only

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - One&Only Cape Town
Photo credit: One&Only Cape Town

This Easter, One&Only Cape Town will transform into an Easter Wonderland filled with tons of fun and surprises for the whole family. The One&Only’s Easter Egg Foraging Feast is their annual Easter Egg Hunt where little ones are invited to have tons of fun foraging for Easter eggs. Other magical highlights include a giant Easter egg piñata, a floating jumping castle on the resorts private canal, magic shows, and visits from the Easter Bunny, Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter.

Thrill-seekers can look forward to watersports on the canal, with activities such as stand-up-paddle boarding and kayaking.

#Nobu Easter Omakase Sunday Lunch

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Nobu
Photo credit: One&Only Cape Town

The renowned Nobu Restaurant at the One&Only Cape Town invites you to enjoy a sensational Omakase Sunday Lunch this Easter. Indulge in exquisite sushi and tempura served family-style, as well as your choice of any of Nobu’s signature hot dishes and desserts served fresh to the table. In addition to an exceptional family Easter lunch, you can expect live DJ beats and Wonderland-themed entertainment for the little ones. This undoubtedly makes for a fun-filled Easter celebration for all.

  • Location: Nobu Restaurant, One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Cost: R1100 per person | Children under 12 years pay half price, complimentary for children under 6 years
  • Cuisine: Japanese-Peruvian fusion
  • Contact details: 021 431 5888 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.oneandonlyresorts.com/cape-town
  • Book: Click here to make a reservation

#Easter Sunday Lunch at Ochre

Celebrate Easter with an elaborate and exceptional Easter Sunday lunch at the sought-after Ochre restaurant at the One&Only Cape Town. Serving up delicious local and traditional holiday favourites, ranging from the famous Ochre Cape Malay Curry to Matt Hatters Macarons, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Besides a sensational Easter Sunday lunch, children will have the time of their lives as they enjoy a range of exciting activities such as face painting, magic shows, and fun photobooths.

  • Location: Ochre, One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Cost: R650 per person | Children under 12 years pay half price, complimentary for children under 6 years
  • Contact details: 021 431 5888 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.oneandonlyresorts.com/cape-town

#Mad-Hatters Tea Party at the One&Only Cape Town

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Vista Bar & Lounge
Photo credit: One&Only Cape Town

You are cordially invited to attend a special Mad-Hatters Tea Party event at the One&Only Cape Town this Easter. The Mad-Hatters Tea Party is a special edition of One&Only’s iconic Afternoon Tea at Vista Bar & Lounge. You can expect uniquely themed treats from ‘Drink Me’ dessert potions to mini topsy-turvy cakes. Not to mention an incredible range of dress-up hats to really get you into character.

  • Location: Vista Bar & Lounge, One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Cost: R520 per person |Children under 12 years pay half price, complimentary for children under 6 years
  • Contact details: 021 431 5888 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.oneandonlyresorts.com/cape-town
  • Book: Click here to make a reservation

#Easter Sunday Lunch at Spier

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Spier Easter Sunday Lunch
Photo credit: Spier

It’s time for an Easter family feast! Spier Wine Estate in the stunning Stellenbosch invites you and your family to enjoy an indulgent three-course Easter lunch on their beautiful, dappled terrace accompanied by the sounds of the band Supernova and the tinkling Eerste River. Your three-course Easter feast will begin with gourmet salads and fresh-baked breads before an array of glorious mains. The sensational array of mains include slow-braised brisket, roasted leg of lamb, smoked ocean trout, a cheesy butternut pasta bake, bacon-flecked charred broccoli and aubergine & tomato melanzane. Paired with an exceptional selection of wines from the Spier Wine Tasting Station and a stunning view, it makes for the perfect Winelands Easter celebration.

  • Location: Spier, R310 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • Place: The terrace, closest parking is the conference centre, from there it will be signposted
  • When: Sunday, 4 April 2021
  • Time: 12pm
  • Cost: R495 Per Person | R165 Children 4-12 | Free Children under 12
  • Overnight Stay: From R1015 per person per night. Use promo code EASTER21 and receive a complimentary Easter Egg hunt kit
  • Contact details: 021 809 1100 | [email protected] | [email protected]
  • Book: Click here to book

#Kids Easter Workshop at Spier

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Let your kids get their creative juices flowing this Easter weekend at Spier’s Kids Easter Workshops. From Good Friday (2 April) through to Family Day (5 April), Spier’s Kids Easter Workshop is jam-packed with fun activities for your little ones, including making their own rabbit ears and basket for collecting Easter eggs. The 1-hour Easter Workshop will take place outside in the dappled shade of the River House at Spier, with strict social distancing measures and COVID-19 protocols in place.

  • Location: Spier, R310 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • Place: Spier River House (signposted from the Werf Restaurant)
  • When: 2 April 2021 – 5 April 2021
  • Time: 9:30am
  • Cost: R100 Per Child
  • Overnight Stay: From R1015 per person per night. Use promo code EASTER21 and receive a complimentary Easter Egg hunt kit
  • Contact details: 021 809 1100 | [email protected] | [email protected]
  • Book: Click here to book

#Family Easter Weekend Picnic at Boschendal

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Boschendal Easter Picnic
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Gather the whole family and hop on over to Boschendal in Franschhoek for some festive Easter fun. Spend the day in the beautiful Cape Winelands, as you sit back, relax, admire the stunning scenery, and enjoy a wholesome picnic basket and sip on some exceptional Boschendal wine. Boschendal will be hosting fun-filled family Easter Picnics right throughout the Easter weekend.

To add some extra excitement to your Easter picnic festivities, Newton & Co will be playing live music from the pavilion on the 3rd and 4th of April. You are welcome to bring your own picnic blankets and chairs along as you enjoy a relaxing afternoon under the beautiful Boschendal Estate trees with family and friends.

Boschendal has something special planned for the little ones too! All kiddies will receive an Easter egg hunt token in their basket which will allow them to take part in the Easter egg hunt activities on the 3rd and 4th of April.

  • When: Friday, 2nd of April 2021 – Monday, 5th of April 2021
  • Time: 12pm – 5pm
  • Venue: Werf Farm Picnics, Boschendal Estate, Pniel St, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
  • Contact details: [email protected] | 021 870 4273 | 021 870 4274
  • Cost:

Friday 2nd April and Monday 5th April 2021:

  • Easter Basket Double | R600
  • Easter Basket Single | R300
  • Kiddies Easter Basket | R125

Saturday 3rd April and Sunday 4th April 2021:

  • Live Music between 1pm and 3pm | Kiddies Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm
  • Easter Basket Double | R750
  • Easter Basket Single | R375
  • Kiddies Easter Basket | R185

#The Great Eggscape at the V&A Waterfront

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town
Photo credit: V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is excited to invite you to their virtual Great Eggscape Easter Experience! This year the V&A Waterfront has made some additions to their Great Eggscape, keeping the virtual egg hunt with some eggtastic activities for the whole family to enjoy. Hop online with your friends and family as you search high and low for the stash of 10 eggs hidden across the neighbourhood. Collect them all and stand a chance to win some amazing prizes. Use the link below to be part of the adventure and learn fun historic facts along the way. Sign up and good luck! Terms and conditions apply.

  • Click here to join the V&A Waterfront Great Eggscape experience
  • Dates: 22 March – 9 April
  • Cost: Free

#Meet the Easter Bunny at the V&A Waterfront

This Easter weekend the V&A Waterfront is giving all the kiddies the opportunity to meet the Easter bunny. While you’re there, you can enjoy all the other Easter activities the V&A Waterfront has to offer.

  • Dates: 2 – 5 April
  • Time: 12:00 – 16:00
  • Venue: Amphitheatre
  • Cost: Free

#V&A Waterfront Kids Market: Easter Edition

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town
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Gather the whole family and visit the V&A Waterfront’s Easter Edition Kids Market this Easter weekend. All the young entrepreneurs are excited to show and sell some of the tastiest and most creative goodies for you to enjoy.

  • Dates: 3 April 2021
  • Time: 10am – 2pm
  • Venue: Behind Big Wheel
  • Cost: Free

#Easter weekend at Makers Landing

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town
Photo credit: V&A Waterfront

Makers landing has a great line-up of events planned for this Easter Weekend:

  • 3 & 4 April – Super Easter Egg Hunt with special egg by Afrikoa Chocolate – 2 slots per day, 9:00 and 9:30 | Get a ticket!
  • 3 – 5 April – Incubatee Showcase Market: Meet our incubatees and get to eat their delicious and exciting food!
  • 3 – 5 April – Kids Classes (5 – 10 years): Easter egg decoration (with Afrikoa Easter eggs) and Hot Cross buns (with The Bread Bar) | Get a ticket!
  • 3 April – Kids Masterclass: Hot Cross buns by The Bread Bar | Book a masterclass!
  • 5 April – Adults Cooking Class: Pickled fish and Hot Cross buns by Side Wing | Book a class!

#Easter Sunday Lunch at Benguela Cove

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Easter Sunday Lunch at Benguela Cove
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Celebrate Easter Sunday at Benguela Cove in Hermanus! If you’re looking to combine an exciting roadtrip with a sensational family Easter Sunday Lunch, then this is perfect for you. Not only do you get to enjoy a scenic roadtrip along the Cape coastline and explore the beautiful coastal town of Hermanus, but indulge in a carefully crafted three-course Easter Sunday menu suited for all tastes at the incredible Benguela Cove.

  • Where: Benguela Cove, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43 Bot River Lagoon Walker Bay, Hermanus
  • When: 4 April 2021
  • Time: 12pm – 3pm
  • Contact details: 087 357 0637 |[email protected]

#Easter at the President Hotel

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - The President Hotel Cape Town Easter Lunch
Photo credit: The President Hotel Cape Town

The President Hotel has put together a special Easter culinary experience for you and your family to enjoy. Chef Jacques Swart and his culinary team have created an indulgent Easter Sunday Lunch Buffet menu which you can enjoy at the hotel, or have it delivered to your door – The choice is yours! The menu consists of three sensational courses, with dessert promising to be quite a decadent treat. Think Oreo Bunny Tails, Speckled Egg Bark, Marbled Bunny Gardens, and other delectable delights.

As a COVID-19 friendly option, you can order your Easter feast directly from the President Hotel to be delivered to your door. Delivery is free to residents of Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Fresnaye, and Sea Point. You can also choose to collect your Easter lunch from the President Hotel, and they’ll bring it right to your car door.

**Easter Getaway Special: Take advantage of the President Hotel’s Easter Escape special and spend a night or two in one of Cape Town’s most beautiful hotels. Book now and get 40% off your Easter holiday!

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - The President Hotel Cape Town
Photo credit: The President Hotel Cape Town

President Hotel Easter Deals:

  • Bringing Easter to you: R245 per person sharing.
  • Easter Buffet Lunch at The President: R398 per person, kids under 3 eat free | R75 kids 3 – 6 years | R150 kids 7 – 13 years.
  • Easter Escape: From R990 (40% off the best available rate) | Kids under 12 stay free.
  • Book Directly[email protected] | 021 4348111
  • Order Easter Delivery: [email protected] | 066 038 4521

#Outdoor Easter Circus Show

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town
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Are you eager to celebrate Easter in Cape Town with an exciting outdoor circus twist? Then the Outdoor Easter Circus Show hosted by the Silk Workshop & Milnerton Riding club is the perfect family-friendly Easter weekend event for you. This family fun filled Easter Circus Show is jam-packed with an incredible line-up of thrilling circus acts and amazing performances. From flying acrobats and aerial silk artists to a troupe of clowns and so much more, it promises to be tons of fun for the whole family. The Easter bunny will also make a special appearance for the little ones. Families can bring their own picnic blankets and purchase delicious snacks and light meals at the food truck based at the Milnerton Riding Club. 

**Note: To remain in line with COVID-19 regulations and to ensure the health and safety of all visitors, the show will be open air and only 250 spectators will be allowed per show. All other COVID-19 health and safety protocols will also be strictly adhered to.

  • Location: 14 Potsdam Road, Milnerton, Cape Town (next to Killarney Race Track)
  • Date: 2 April 2021 – 5 April 2021
  • Cost: Adults – R160 | Children (12 years old and younger) – R140 | *Family of 4 special (2 adults and 2 children) – R550 | *Family of 6 special – R700 | *One ticket allowed per user | You can purchase your tickets online via Quicket.
  • Contact details: For more information contact Nicky on 0732733538 or [email protected]

#Easter Egg Hunt at Bloemendal

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town
Photo credit: Bloemendal Wine Estate

Bon Amis Restaurant at Bloemendal Wine Estate is looking to make your 2021 Easter family celebrations extra special with their fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt adventure officially kicks off at 2pm on Sunday, 4 April, but it’s important to book a table to avoid disappointment. Besides an exciting Easter Egg hunt, Bon Amis Restaurant at Bloemendal also features an amazing outdoor kiddies’ area and plenty of grass and open space for the little ones to have some fun.

  • Date: 4 April 2021
  • Location: Bon Amis Restaurant, Bloemendal Wine Estate, M13 Tygervalley Centre Service Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town
  • Cost: Activity included with your meal at Bon Amis Restaurant
  • Contact details: 021 976 2682 | [email protected] | Click here to make a booking via DinePlan with confirmations sent directly to your mobile
  • Website: Click here to visit the Bon Amis Restaurant website 

#Grace Animal Sanctuary Easter Stroll

Photo credit: Grace Animal Sanctuary

If you are a proud dog parent, there is no reason why they can’t join in on all the Cape Town Easter festivities and fun too. The Grace Animal Sanctuary at Le Bonheur Farm will be hosting an amazing 4km stroll on the property for those who are eager to include their fur children in some incredible post-Easter fun. If you don’t have your own furry friend, no need to worry, The Grace Animal Sanctuary will be MORE than happy to ‘borrow’ you and your kids one of their beloved dogs from the sanctuary in need of some tender lover and care to take for a lovely stroll around the property. Whilst not quite in Cape Town, the drive out there will be well worth it.

#Have a picnic at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Celebrate Easter with a fun-filled family picnic in one of Cape Town’s most beautiful natural wonders, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Pack your picnic basket full of all your favourite Easter treats and delicious snacks, a picnic blanket, some fun games to keep the kids entertained and enjoy a lovely day on the lush lawns of Kirstenbosch.

Besides a wonderful picnic paired with a stunning view of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens offers so much more to do, see, and experience. Giving you the opportunity to add some extra adventure and excitement to your Easter day in Cape Town.

Top things to do at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens:

  • Walk along Kirstenbosch Garden’s famous Centenary Treetop Canopy Walk (also known as the ‘Boomslang’).
  • Meander through the varioustrails, paths, and routes through the garden.
  • Explore Kirstenbosch Garden’s rich biodiversity & fauna & flora.
  • Visit Kirstenbosch’s many beautiful Gardens. Some of which include the Botanical Society Conservatory, art at the Sculpture Garden, the Protea Garden, and the Cycad Amphitheatre which features life-size models of dinosaurs – this is a real winner with the kids!
  • Use Kirstenbosch as a starting point for a hike up Table Mountain – there is access to Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine.
  • Keep a lookout for the vast number of birds, including breeding owls, guinea fowl, and sugarbirds.
  • Enjoy a meal at one of the various restaurants and cafés, including Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch and the Kirstenbosch Tea Room.
  • Take a FREE Guided Tour with a Kirstenbosch volunteer to learn incredible facts about South Africa’s famous flora.
  • Discover several of Kirstenbosch Garden’s hidden gems – An Easter egg hunt with a Cape Town twist. From secret caves and glorious waterfalls, to gurgling streams and hidden trails, there are so many secret spots to discover and explore.
  • Pick up great souvenirs and Kirstenbosch memorabilia at the on-site stores.

Important information:

  • Location: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
  • Entrance fees: South African Citizens: Adults: R80 | South African Students (with student card): R45 | Child/Scholars/Learners: R25 | Children under 6 years: Free | Pensioner: Free entry on Tuesdays | Non- South African citizens: Adults: R200
  • Operating times: Summer (September – March): Monday – Sunday, 8am – 7pm | Winter (April – August): Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm
  • Contact details: Ticket Office: 021 799 8782 / 021 799 8602 | Information Office: 021 799 8783 / 021 799 8773 | Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.sanbi.org
  • Tickets: Buy garden entry tickets online at WebTickets
  • Click here for more information regarding all the COVID-19 measures at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

#Aerial Cableway Ride up Table Mountain

Why not celebrate Easter in true Cape Town style by enjoying an amazing Aerial Cableway Ride up one of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain? There are few things as magnificent as the view from the top of this famous flat-topped mountain and getting to experience it with your loved ones by your side undoubtedly makes it extra special. Plus, you get to tick something truly incredible 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 Easter adventure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Pack an Easter picnic basket to be enjoyed at the top while admiring the sky-high 360-degree view of the Mother City and beyond, or get something delicious to eat and drink from the Table Mountain CaféTerrace Bar or Wi-Fi Lounge located on the Table Mountain summit.

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

#Enjoy an Easter beach day

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Cape Town Beach

Why not ditch your same-old Easter plans and substitute it for some flip flops, shades, sunscreen, swimming, surfing, and sandcastle building as you enjoy the ultimate Cape Town Easter beach day with family and friends? It’s no secret that Cape Town is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines and beaches in the world. Boasting a glorious year-round mild Mediterranean climate means that a sunny blissful beach day can be enjoyed all year-round, with Easter being no exception.

Camps Bay, Clifton, Muizenberg Beach, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Klein Baai, Glen Beach, Beta Beach, Llandudno, Bakoven, Boulders Beach and Water’s Edge are merely a few of the amazing beaches to choose from.

#Visit the African Penguins at Boulders Beach

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Visit Boulders Beach

Escape the hustle and hype of the city and visit the thriving African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach this Easter! Besides seeing the African Penguins from the African Penguin Viewing Site, you can enjoy a variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and adventures with them by your side. Swim, snorkel, kayak, or enjoy a laid-back beach day with these beloved members of the Marine Big 5 – the choice is yours! Now that’s an Easter experience everyone is bound to remember.

**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the 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).

Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021

  • South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R40 per adult per day | R20 per child, per day
  • SADC Nationals (with passport): R85 per adult per day | R42 per child, per day
  • Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R170 per adult per day | R85 per child, per day

#Take a drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Chapman's Peak Drive

While most people may be used to a family Christmas drive to see the festive season lights on display, there’s no reason why we can’t apply this same beloved tradition to Easter too. While it may involve spectacular sights instead of colourful lights, the sentiment remains the same.

The Western Cape is blessed with a diverse topography, where scenic mountain passes are every bit as stunning as they are abundant. By far one of the most well-known and beautiful mountain passes in Cape Town is Chapman’s Peak Drive. Named one of the most magnificent coastal drives in the world, taking a drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive (affectionately known as ‘Chappies’ among locals), should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list.

Ribboning along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak not only showcases some of the most sensational views over the Atlantic Ocean, Hout Bay and beyond, but you’ll pass several rugged mountains, picturesque white-sand beaches, and vibrant fishing harbours on your way (to mention just a few of the highlights). The breathtaking views of Chapman’s Peak alone makes going on a drive along this coastal mountain pass with family and friends one of the top things to do on Easter in Cape Town. If you’re looking to make it extra special, a sunset Chapman’s Peak Drive is unbeatable!

**Extra special tip: Beautiful views is not all this sought-after Cape Town attraction has to offer. Being the glorious natural wonder that it is, Chapman’s Peak Drive boasts several amazing hidden gems scattered along the route – Call it Chapman’s Peak’s very own version of an Easter egg hunt!

Two of its hidden gems 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 secret Look-out Cave is not only one of Chapman’s Peak Drive’s most beautiful hidden gems, but one of Cape Town’s coolest secret caves and best sunset spots too.

To find out how to get to this bucket-list Chapman’s Peak hidden gem have a look at our ‘Top 10 Secret Caves to Explore in Cape Town’ blog and get ready for an unforgettable Easter adventure!

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 you keep a look-out for Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins, Southern Right Whales and African Penguins

  • 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. The tariff fees are: Light motor vehicles: R52 | 2 Axle Heavy Vehicles: R207 | 3 & 4 Axle Heavy Vehicles: R518
  • Important note: Chapman’s Peak Drive may be closed during severe weather condition or because of road maintenance. Contact the customer service line (021 791 8220) or visit their website to check the current status.

Other equally magnificent mountain passes in the Western Cape include, Bainskloof Pass, Franschhoek Pass, Du Toitskloof Pass, and Clarence Drive. Have a look at our ‘Top Mountain Passes in the Western Cape’ blog to find out more about these beautiful, must-see Western Cape passes.

#Visit Oudekraal Beach & have a braai

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Oudekraal Beach
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Tucked away in a sheltered cove between Camps Bay and Llandudno, Oudekraal is not only one of the top beaches in Cape Town, but one of the best braai spots too. Going to Oudekraal Beach on Easter gives you the perfect opportunity to substitute your traditional Easter lunch with a delicious and authentic South African braai with family and friends. Oudekraal has approximately 40 private braai spots scattered along the lawns above the sheltered cove and sandy beach below.

Further adding to Oudekraal’s allure is the fact that it is the perfect beach for enjoying a fun-filled family beach day. The beach is surrounded by large granite boulders that keep big waves at bay, making it the ideal place to swim, especially for the little ones. The water is also calm enough for snorkelling near the shore – adding extra adventure and thrill to your Easter celebrations.

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

  • Location: Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay
  • Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R35 per adult per day / R15 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R70 per adult per day / R35 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R140 per adult per day / R70 per child, per day

#Take a stroll along the Sea Point Promenade

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Sea Point Promenade

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

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

Along the Promenade you’ll find plenty of children’s play parks on the lawns, as well as perfectly positioned benches ideal for scenic ocean-gazing and keeping an eye on your little ones while they play. Other exciting Sea Point Promenade attractions include a maze, a thrilling putt-putt course (mini golf) and a fun kiddie’s train ride located near the historic lighthouse on the Mouille Point side. You will also find an Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Sea Point Pavillion, perfect for warm summer days. Not to mention a variety of ocean and land-based experiences and adventure companies offering visitors exhilarating tours and renting options such as bicycle and e-Bikes (Electronic Bikes). There are several incredible restaurants, bars, eateries, and ice-cream shops along the Promenade for when thirst, hunger, and cravings strike!

A real highlight when strolling along the promenade is an up-close view of the renowned Green Point Lighthouse at Mouille Point. The remarkable collection of public art installations scattered along the promenade is another spectacular Sea Point Promenade treat to marvel at and enjoy.

To top it all off, the Sea Point Promenade is one of the best places in the world to watch the sunset as well as enjoy amazing sightings of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5 (dolphins, whales, mola mola sunfish, Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins). With so many incredible things to see, do and experience, visiting the Sea Point Promenade is by far one of the top things to do on Easter in Cape Town – It promises to be tons of fun for the whole family!

#Go to the West Coast National Park

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - West Coast National Park

It’s time for a family Easter west coast roadtrip! Why not add some wonderful West Coast magic to your festive Easter celebrations by taking a trip up the Cape West Coast to the beautiful West Coast National Park? Forming part of the South African National Parks (SANParks), the West Coast National Park is a real nature lover’s paradise. It is widely regarded as one of the best places to see the glorious Cape wildflowers during the Mother City’s spring flower season.

The West Coast National Park boasts a rich biodiversity, a variety of wildlife and birdlife, as well as several incredible secret beaches, including Kraalbaai Beach and the famous ‘Preekstoel’. This makes visiting the West Coast National park a fun and fantastic family Easter experience filled with tons of beauty and adventure all around.

**Extra tip: If you’re looking to add a bit more adventure to your West Coast National Park Easter roadtrip, stopping at some of the Cape west coast’s stunning coastal towns on your way will undoubtedly do just that. Some of the top Cape west coast gems to visit include, Bloubergstrand, Big Bay, Melkbosstrand, Grotto Bay, and Yzerfontein. If you’re looking to do some more exploring past the West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Saldanha Bay, Jacobsbaai, Paternoster, and Shelley Point should all be on your list.

  • Distance from Cape Town: +/- 90km
  • Daily Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021:
  • Daily Conservations Fees Outside Flower Season (Nov – July): South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R66 per adult, per day / R33 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R100 per adult, per day / R50 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee: R100 per adult, per day / R50 per child, per day.
  • Daily Conservations Fees In Flower Season (August – Oct): South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R94 per adult, per day / R47 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R144 per adult, per day / R72 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee: R210 per adult, per day / R105 per child, per day.

#Visit Cape Point

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Cape Point

Known as one of Cape Town’s most remarkable natural wonders, Cape Point National Park should be on everyone’s bucket-list – So why shouldn’t it be on your Easter bucket-list too? Seize the day, be adventurous, and do something slightly different this Easter by visiting the highly sought-after Cape Point with family and friends.

Cape Point is located approximately 60km south west of the city centre, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula. Situated within the renowned Table Mountain National Park, a declared Natural World Heritage Site, Cape Point is the ultimate mecca for nature lovers and adventure seekers. 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 Easter 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.

Information:

  • Entry fee: Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R85 per adult per day / R40 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R170 per adult per day / R85 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R340 per adult per day / R170 per child, per day

#Go to the Two Ocean’s Aquarium

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Two Oceans Aquarium
Photo credit: Two Oceans Aquarium

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kiddies this Easter, going to the popular Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront should be high up on your list. Home to several (if not all) of the Western Cape’s magnificent marine life species, incredible exhibits, and a variety of exciting experiences, visiting the Two Ocean’s Aquarium promises to be tons of fun for both the young and young at heart (trust us, you’ll instantly feel like a kid again from the moment you arrive).

Some of the Two Ocean’s Aquarium exhibits you can look forward to include: The Penguin Exhibit; Kelp Forest Exhibit; I&J Ocean Exhibit; Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit (experience up-close encounters with some of the most misunderstood species in South Africa’s oceans, such as ragged-tooth sharks, giant yellowtail, and yellowbelly rockcod); The Diversity Gallery (the Diversity Gallery aims to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans); The Touch Pool & Microscope Exhibits (this remarkable exhibit gives you the opportunity to look through a microscope and see marine life species like you never have before. Thereafter you can head to the Touch Pool and feel shells, plants, and animals in your own hands).

  • Location: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Contact details: [email protected] | 021 418 3823
  • Website: www.aquarium.co.za
  • Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 6pm | Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays, 9am – 6pm
  • Click here to buy your Two Ocean’s Aquarium tickets online

#Enjoy Easter at the V&A Waterfront

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - V&A Waterfront

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

Besides being the leading retail destination in the city, the V&A Waterfront is home to some of the most sought-after restaurants, bars, hangout spots, eateries, and food markets in Cape Town. This means you have an endless variety of places to choose from to enjoy an incredible Easter lunch or dinner, paired with a magnificent Table Mountain and Waterfront view.

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

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

#Visit the Cape Winelands

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Cape Winelands

Spend Easter in the beautiful Cape Winelands! Home to the largest and most unique wine producing region in Africa, the Western Cape boasts some of the most renowned Wine Estates, Wine Farms, and Wine Routes in the world. Besides its award-winning wine, the Cape Winelands is known for its beautiful surrounding scenery, exciting food and wine pairing combinations, exceptional wine tasting experiences and world-renowned culinary pursuits. Providing you with everything you need to enjoy a memorable Easter.

**Tip: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Helderburg, Durbanville and the Constantia Wine Route are merely 5 of the Western Cape’s famous wine routes. Here are 10 of the best wine tasting experiences in Cape Town for your wine tasting pleasure.

#Visit the Noordhoek Farm Village

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Noordhoek Farm Village
Photo credit: Noordhoek Farm Village

The warm and welcoming vibe and easy, relaxed, everyone-is-welcome atmosphere of the Noordhoek Farm Village makes it the perfect place to celebrate Easter with the whole family. Located a mere 25 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, the Noordhoek Farm Village is all about bringing people together to enjoy great food, and great company in a beautiful setting.

The Noordhoek Farm Village is made up of the Foodbarn (one of the only fine-dining restaurants in town that welcomes kids), Café Roux, the Toad in the Village restaurant, two pubs, the Cape’s best bakery, hand crafted ice cream, a boutique hotel, weekly live music, a wide range of shops, a fantastic children’s playground, and large open spaces for the kids to run around and have some fun. What more could you ask for? The Noordhoek Farm Village also regularly hosts a range of fun kids’ activities such as puppet and magic show, arts and crafts, and face painting.

  • Location: Corner of Village Lane & Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 8am – 10pm
  • Contact details: 021 789 1390 | Visit their website

#Spend the day at the Company’s Gardens

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Company's Gardens
Photo credit: Company’s Gardens

The Company’s Gardens is a nature lovers paradise right in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD. It is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while and enjoy a memorable and fun-filled Easter with family and friends. Boasting tons of wide open spaces (perfect for kids to run around in), plenty of trees, stunning flora, several shady spots for picnics, benches, and various scenic pathways meandering through the gardens, there is so much to experience and explore.

The Company’s Gardens is also home to a rose garden, a bird aviary, water features, a restaurant, and plenty of squirrels running about. Seeing and feeding the squirrels is undoubtedly a fan-favourite activity among the kids! A pro tip is to buy a bag of peanuts for the squirrels from the vendors at the entrance.

**Extra tip: Besides being one of the best gardens in Cape Town for a fantastic day spent with family and friends, the Company’s Gardens is 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.

  • Location: 15 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
  • Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:30am – 6pm | Restaurant kitchen closes at 5pm.
  • Contact details: 021 423 2919 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.thecompanysgarden.com/
  • Cost: Free

#Go on a City Sightseeing Red Bus Tour

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - City Sightseeing Red Bus Tour
Photo credit: City Sightseeing South Africa

It’s time to embark on a Red Bus Easter adventure unlike any other! Why not switch things up this Easter by going on the famous City Sightseeing Red Bus Tour with family and friends? The iconic Cape Town Red Bus is one of the best (and most exciting) ways to see, explore, and experience everything the Mother City has to offer. Stopping at several of Cape Town’s top attractions, beaches, and landmarks, it gives you the ideal opportunity to tick multiple things off your bucket-list. As the Red Bus Tour is a hop-on-hop-off experience, you can either choose to pass by a particular attraction or site or hop off and stay a while – Your Easter adventure, your choice! Once you’re done exploring, you can catch the next bus and continue your journey through the city.

There are a variety of routes to choose from, each one offering a different experience. Visit the City Sightseeing website to find out more about each route and choose the one best suited to you.

#Visit the Silvermine Nature Reserve

Top things to do on Easter in Cape Town - Silvermine Nature Reserve
Photo credit: Paul Scott (Flickr)

If you’re looking for something adventurous to do on Easter in Cape Town, visiting the Silvermine Nature Reserve is perfect for you. Located within the Table Mountain National Park, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, the Silvermine Nature Reserve is one of Cape Town’s most remarkable natural gems. Besides it’s incredible biodiversity and stunning natural surroundings, Silvermine Nature Reserve boasts a variety of amazing hiking trails and walking routes, waterfalls, picnic and braai areas, several hidden gems and natural wonders to discover, and of course the renowned Silvermine Reservoir. The Silvermine Reservoir is a fan-favourite for cooling down when the Mother City heats up and is regarded as one of the best dams and rivers in Cape Town for swimming. 

**Tip: There is a 1km trail around the reservoir with a boardwalk that’s easily accessible for wheelchairs and prams.

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

  • Distance from Cape Town: +/- 50 minutes
  • Where to find it: Silvermine Reservoir in Table Mountain National Park (via M3)
  • Opening times: Daily, 8am – 5pm (May to August) | Daily, 7am – 6pm (September to April).
  • Contact details: 021 712 0527 | [email protected] (Table Mountain National Park)
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, but dog walkers require a Level 1 My Activity Permit | Contact Tokai Plantation Office at 021 712 7471 for more information.
  • Cost: Conservation fee (rates valid until 31 October 2020): R32 (SA citizens and residents with ID); R16 (SA children, 2 – 11 years) | R64 (SADC nationals with valid passport); R32 (SADC children with valid passport) | R128 (international visitors; standard conservation fee); R64 (international children; standard conservation fee).