National Women’s Day is celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa on the 9th of August, with the entire month of August dedicated to celebrating Women’s Month and championing, uplifting, supporting, empowering, and honouring the exceptional, powerful, unapologetic, strong and beyond incredible women of South Africa.
Here are some of the best and most exciting ways to celebrate Women’s Day in Cape Town!
Happy National Women’s Day to ALL the bold, beautiful, exceptional, strong, and beyond remarkable women!
#Go Tandem Paragliding with Cape Hope Paragliding
We’re kicking off our list of exciting things to do on Women’s Day in Cape Town with something incredibly thrilling, adventurous, a little daring, and oh so worth it – Going Tandem Paragliding with Cape Hope Paragliding.
Let’s be honest, there are few things more exhilarating than going on an adrenaline-filled paragliding flight or an unforgettable paragliding sightseeing tour over the glorious city of Cape Town. Not only do you get to celebrate Women’s Day in one of the most exciting and invigorating ways, you get to tick something truly thrilling off your Cape Town bucket list!
Cape Town’s tandem paragliding trips typically take off from Lions Head or Signal Hill. In addition to the intense adrenalin rush and ‘pinch-me I can’t believe this is ACTUALLY happening’ moments you’ll experience throughout your tandem paragliding flight, you’ll be treated to the most magnificent views of the beautiful city of Cape Town. All while soaring through the sky – how unbelievable is that?
**Tip: If you’re keen to experience a super special tandem paragliding adventure, why not take to the sky at sunset? Is there anything better than gliding above Cape Town’s top sights and wonderful natural wonders as the Mother City’s stunning sherbet-colored sunsets set the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors? We think not! Cape Town is pure sunset bliss after all.
**One of the New7Natural Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Lion’s Head, glorious Atlantic Ocean, captivating Cape Peninsula and its vast and equally stunning coastline are just a few of the incredible sights you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see on your paragliding adventure.
- Location: 1, Signal Hill, Cape Town | Tandem Paragliding flights either fly from Lions Head or Signal Hill depending on the weather conditions on the day of your flight. The meeting point for all flights are at the very end of Signal Hill road by the parking area, from there they will assess the weather conditions and wind direction and decide whether the flight will take place from Signal Hill or Lions Head.
- Contact details: 061 583 4055 | [email protected]
- Website: Click here to visit Cape Hope Paragliding’s website & find out more about this exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experience
- Booking: Click here to make an online booking
#Enjoy a luxury One&Only Cape Town Exclusive Cabana Experience
Why not revel in and enjoy every glorious second of One&Only Cape Town’s Exclusive Cabana Experience this Women’s Day? Nestled between palm trees and the lush greenery of the One&Only’s Resort Island is the expansive infinity pool. Temperature controlled and lined with luxury sunbeds and exclusive cabanas, it is an idyllic setting for care-free sunny days, relaxation, rejuvenation, and pure tranquillity.
In addition to One&Only guests / residents, non-resident guests can enjoy access to the Resort pool and Island for an exclusive Cabana Experience, with every need anticipated and catered to. From sunscreen to poolside massages, they’ve got it all covered!
Besides revelling in an exclusive luxury poolside experience, One&Only has made the process as seamless as possible. On arrival, guests can “check-in” at reception. From there, you will be escorted / shown to your private Cabana and introduced to your dedicated waitron, available to assist you with all your needs and requests throughout the day.
Guests can choose to enjoy a variety of bright and fresh sharing-style snacks, salads, elevated easy-eating plates, and delicious sliders. The package also includes a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including a bottle of One&Only Cap Classique, two cocktails, four beers/ciders as well as soft drinks, and water.
For added relaxation, guests are treated to two 30minute poolside foot massages, to be booked through One&Only Spa prior to arrival. Unwind afterwards with the use of the Spa’s Thermal Suites and changing areas.
Additionally, all children between the ages of 4-12 are invited to the Resort’s kids’ club, KidsOnly, where they will be joyfully entertained with fun and games, all while being overseen by expert child-minders. This means parents can rest assured that their kids are in great hands.
The One&Only’s Exclusive Cabana Experience truly provides you with everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable Women’s Day in the glorious city of Cape Town.
- Location: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
- Contact details: For more information or to book, contact [email protected] | 021 431 5888
#Go on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure
Going sunset chasing in the Mother City is by far one of the best things to do in Cape Town all year-round – Not to mention a wonderful way to celebrate Women’s Day in the glorious city of Cape Town.
Cape Town is home to some seriously spectacular sunset spots. Known for her stunning sherbet-colored sunsets that set the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors – there truly is nothing quite like it – and we dare you to tell us otherwise!
While Cape Town boasts an amazing and vast variety of beyond beautiful sunset watching spots, sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset hidden gems – That’s when the real sunset adventure begins!
**Here are our top secret sunset and overall best sunset spots in Cape Town, all of which deserve a prime spot on your sunset bucket-list:
- Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive | *Secret Sunset Spot
- The Clifton Ridge Rocks | *Secret Sunset Spot
- Lions Head
- Table Mountain
- Signal Hill
- Llandudno Beach
- The ‘Sunset Rock’ | *Secret Sunset Spot
- Diaz Beach | Cape Point | *Secret Sunset Spot
- Kloof Corner
- Bloubergstrand Beach
Check out our ‘Best sunset spots in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s magnificent and magical sunset spots.
#Eplore the Cape’s Floral Kingdom
If you enjoy spending time in nature you will love the scenic Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch trail. Set in the Cape Floristic Region, the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms of the world, the path is known for its renowned fynbos and unique vegetation found nowhere else on earth.
A large section of the trail passes through the jade-coloured Newlands Forest where you can admire the beautiful flowers, trees, ferns, and bird life, while other elevated sections boast spectacular panoramic views. When you reach Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, why not stop for lunch before returning home?
#Spoil yourself or a beautiful woman in your life with a SPA DAY
Why not treat yourself or the special women in your life to a day of pampering and relaxation at one of Cape Town’s incredible spas? From aromatherapy massages and mineral scrubs to facials and detox treatments, there’s a spa treatment with your name on it!
The Cape is known for its remarkable and spectacular spas and sanctuaries. From vineyard retreats to luxurious urban oases, and even a slick sky-scraping city spa where you can escape into a parallel universe for an hour or two – there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re after a destressing deep-tissue massage, an indulgent pamper or simply want to clear your mind of the chaos, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
Here are some of the best spas in Cape Town and the winelands perfect for a day of pampering, indulgence, relaxation, and rejuvenation:
- One&Only Cape Town Spa
- The Twelve Apostles Spa
- Librisa Spa at the Belmond Mount Nelson
- Steenberg Spa
- Mai Thai Wellness Spa
- Fresh Wellness Spa at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
- Heavenly Spa by Westin
- The Alphen Spa
- Angsana Spa at The Vineyard Hotel
- Sanctuary Spa at the Waterfront
- Spa at Cape Grace
- Jiva Spa at Taj Cape Town
- Lanzerac Spa (Stellenbosch)
- The SPA at Spier (Stellenbosch)
- Delaire Graff Spa (Stellenbosch)
- Majeka House Spa (Stellenbosch)
- The Hydro at Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch)
- Babylonstoren Garden Spa
- Leeu Spa by Healing Earth (Franschhoek)
- Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa
- Lurra Spa at Erinvale
#Have a fun Women’s Day celebration & lunch with your fellow girlfriends on the beach
Head to the beautiful Camps Bay beach with your closest girlfriends and get pizza delivered directly to you while you catch up with your favourites, soak up the glorious Mother City sunshine, work on your tan, admire your stunning scenery, and perhaps even take a dip in the cool Atlantic – only if you dare of course!
Col’Cacchio (one of the best gourmet pizza restaurants in town) lets you place your order and bring it to you on the beach with the bill! All you need to do is give their Camps Bay branch a call to let them know where you are sitting, its as easy as that!
Enjoying a down-right delicious pizza on one of the Mother City’s most vibrant and breathtaking beaches with your fellow girlfriends is undoubtedly one of the best things to do this Women’s Day in Cape Town!
#Go stand-up paddle-boarding around the One&Only Cape Town Resort
Ladies, its time to tick a bucket-list worthy adventure experience of your list this Women’s Day – Are you ready for it? I know you are!
One&Only’s incredible and down-right exhilarating paddle-boarding experience gives you the amazing opportunity to see and explore its private waterways from an entirely different angle.
Stand-up paddle-boarding (also known as SUP) is by far one of the most exciting, sought-after, and adventurous experiences / activities in Cape Town. Best thing is, it can be enjoyed by all and is ideal for newcomers / beginners as well as advanced paddlers alike, with the pace being entirely up to you.
You can choose to be led by one of One&Only’s experienced SUP instructors or decide to go your own way. Cruise down the resort’s series of canals, before venturing into their secure private Marina.
This is without a doubt one unforgettable adventure experience you absolutely cannot miss out on – and what better time to do it than on Women’s Day?! Come on, step outside of your comfort zone and set your inner thrill seeker free – you know you want to!
#Enjoy a High Tea Experience at Table Bay Hotel
When it comes to ideas for Women’s Day you will be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional experience than having high tea in the elegant five-star Table Bay Hotel lounge. Enjoy the charm of this old tradition while marvelling at views of majestic Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean with the gentle sounds of a grand piano tinkling in the background.
The Table Bay’s high tea is a three-course affair prepared by an award-winning team of chefs. The finest luxury teas from Darjeeling, England and China are served with delicious savoury and sweet treats – from delicately sliced cucumber sandwiches and mushroom and ham quiche to freshly baked scones and chocolate puffs with hazelnut cream. It’s the perfect treat for a special occasion, like Women’s Day in Cape Town.
There are plenty of reasons why many regard this as the best high tea venue in Cape Town. The breath-taking views, classic décor and timeless finishes are just a small taste of what one can expect.
#Go on a sunset or sunrise hike
While its not quite a pampering spa experience, going on a sunset, sunrise, mid-day, or moonlight hike in the majestic Mother City comes pretty close – In a whole different way of course!
The Cape Town hiking scene is thriving, thrilling and like nothing you’ve experienced before. There is no better way to explore all the scenic beauty, landscapes, mountain ranges, fauna and flora, and natural gems the Mother City has to offer than by going on the ultimate hiking adventure. Plus, the fact that Cape Town boasts an extensive and exciting variety of hiking trails, ranging from beginner to advanced, means there is something for every avid hiker at heart. Even if you’ve never hiked a day in your life, Cape Town’s wildly wonderful hiking scene welcomes you with open arms. This gives absolutely EVERYONE the amazing opportunity to join in on the fun and thrilling Women’s Day hiking experience.
To take it to the next level, the Mother City is home to some seriously sensational sunrise and sunset hiking trails and spots. It’s no surprise that going on the ultimate sunrise and / or sunset chasing adventure and hike has become one of the top things to do in Cape Town all year-round, and most certainly on Women’s Day too!
To ensure you have the absolute greatest experience, here are some of the best sunrise and sunset hikes in Cape Town to add to your Cape Town hiking bucket-list:
- Kloof Corner
- Lion’s Head
- The Pipe Track
- Signal Hill
- Lion’s Head Loop Hiking Trail
- Elephant’s Eye Cave
- Table Mountain Contour Path
- Boomslang Cave
- Little Lion’s Head
- Sunset hikes at Muratie
- Table Mountain & all of its breathtaking & equally thrilling hiking trails
- Maiden’s Cove & Tidal Pools – Although it is less of a hike and more of a scramble on rocks and boulders, Maiden’s Cove is hands down one of the most beautiful beaches, lookout points, tidal pools, and sunset spots in Cape Town.
Check out our ‘Best sunset hikes in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s magnificent and magical sunset and sunrise hiking trails.
#Explore & taste your way through the Cape Winelands
In Cape Town, any time is wine time! This makes exploring and tasting your way through the beautiful Cape Winelands one of the top things to do in Cape Town all year-round – Including Women’s Day of course! Home to the largest, and certainly the most unique, wine producing region in Africa, the Western Cape is any wine lover’s dream come true.
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a die-hard wine enthusiast at heart, you’ll undoubtedly fall head-over-heels in love with the stunning Cape Winelands, its beautiful surrounding scenery, its remarkable vineyards, its captivating charm and allure, as well as its excellent wine selection.
Besides its highly acclaimed and award-winning wine collection, the Cape Winelands is known for its incredible wine routes, exciting food and wine pairing combinations, pristine wine tasting experiences, and world-renowned culinary pursuits. This ensures that you have everything you could possibly want and need to enjoy a fun, magical, and memorable day out exploring the wonderful Cape Winelands.
Whether you’re looking to embark on a solo Cape Winelands adventure, celebrate and enjoy everything the glorious winelands has to offer with your fellow girl gang and amazing women in your life, explore it with your significant other by your side, or turn it into the ultimate Cape Winelands family outing this Women’s Day in Cape Town – It is entirely up to you!
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.
#Discover the secret of Lindt Chocolate
Women’s Day in Cape Town is even better if it involves chocolate – and not just any chocolate – Lindt Chocolate of course!
The Lindt Chocolate Studio in Cape Town’s trendy V&A Waterfront Silo District offers a gourmet chocolate experience like no other. Their famous chocolate classes, presented by friendly, informed chocolatiers with a genuine passion for chocolate, uncover the secret world of chocolate in a fun, interactive format.
Laced with interesting facts, tips and tricks, the classes involve a bit of play and the chance to learn techniques to work wonders with this heavenly ingredient. Whether you sign up for one of their classes or opt for the indulgent Lindt Chocolate Tasting, this delightful experience is guaranteed to have your taste buds tingling.
For amazing Women’s Day events in Cape Town check out our ‘Things to do on Women’s Day in Cape Town‘ blog.
While Women’s Day & Women’s Month as a whole should undoubtedly be celebrated to the utmost, it is incredibly important for us all to understand our history and commemorate the women who have come before us to fully celebrate and embrace this wonderful day.
National Women’s Day was established in 1994 to pay homage to the 20 000 pioneering women who marched up to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956. The purpose of the protest was to hand over petitions against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950, commonly referred to as the “pass laws”. In recent years, Women’s Day in South Africa has been marked to celebrate all things women, which makes it the perfect opportunity to do something special – For yourself, for all the remarkable women in your life, as well as all the extraordinary women that came before us!