The 35 Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town

The 35 Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town

Immerse yourself in the Cape’s wondrous beauty.

As urbanised as our species has become, and as much joy as we get from our devices, we have always felt innately drawn to the great outdoors. It’s where we started, where we’ve spent the majority of our history – and it’s the only place where deep, soul-level relaxation takes place.

The human brain is wired to be outside, and though scientific research supports the notion that being in nature is good for our psychological health, we don’t need the data to know that being outside feels great.

Boasting a diverse topography and natural beauty that is the envy of the world, the Cape is bursting with ways to experience the great outdoors. Here are some of the best outdoor activities in Cape Town.

Important note Although the Cape is rich in natural beauty, tourists and locals alike are urged to take necessary precautions when exploring secluded areas, as crimes and accidents do happen.

Those venturing into the Table Mountain National Park should have the following emergency numbers on hand: 086 110 6417/ 107 or 021 480 7700. Criminal incidents should be reported to the nearest police station as soon as able.

We also recommend @safetymountain as a useful resource for hikers. This free safety tracking service allows you to notify local trackers of your contact details, intended route and travel time via whatsapp. You are then able to provide hourly updates on your progress, and to notify trackers when you are safely off the mountain.

Are there any outdoor activities you think should be on our list? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Go hiking and swim in a waterfall

Krom River Hiking Trail: The Best Outdoor Activities
Ondela Mlandu

The Krom River Hiking Trail has it all – a winding riverside route through indigenous forests with flats, gentle inclines, steep kloofs and breaktaking valleys – not to mention curious baboons along the way. Take a dip in the river along the way, or wait until you reach the dam where you can splash to your heart’s content. The path to the waterfall is a harder, with chains to help you clamber to the top but once there it is worth all the huffing and puffing!
Good to know Bring sunscreen, water and food and, of course, a swimming costume!
When Saturday – Thursday, 7am – 4pm
Friday, 7am – 6pm
Cost R50 (permit)
Permits are available from CapeNature or Du Kloof Lodge. There are a limited number of permits, and hikers need to let authorities know which hiking trail they are on.
Location Limietberg Nature Reserve, 267 Main Street, Esterville, Paarl

Picnic at Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards Picnics: The Best Outdoor Activities

With breathtaking views of Noordhoek beach, acres of fynbos and the estate’s manicured vineyards, the picnic site at this award-winning winery is hard to beat. Visitors can expect delicious treats, such as bobotie wraps, curried chicken and grape salad, local cheeses with and chocolate brownies.
Good to know Picnic baskets must be booked 24 hours in advance.
When Friday – Wednesday, 11am – 5pm
Thursday, 3pm – 7pm
Cost R400 (serves two)
R70 (kid’s basket)
Contact 021 789 0900,
Location Silvermine Road, Noordhoek

Abseil from the summit of Table Mountain

Abseiling Table Mountain: The Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town

The views from the summit of Cape Town’s iconic landmark are spectacular enough, now imagine enjoying them as you rope your way down the side of the mountain. Being 1 000 metres above sea level makes for an exhilarating experience as you are lowered into the vortex, the vast blue ocean stretching out before you, and Camps Bay, Lion’s Head and The Twelve Apostles forming a panorama of splendour.
For adventurers who wish to truly test their endurance, there is the option to hike and abseil Table Mountain in one go. You’ll ascend via Platteklip Gorge, but then, before joining the landlubbers in the cable car, you’ll strap yourself into a harness and take the route less travelled. Once finished, you can take the cable car back or you can opt to walk down Platteklip Gorge on your own.
When Table Mountain Abseil: daily, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Table Mountain Hike + Abseil: daily, 6.30am
Please note

  • tours are weather-dependent
  • participants need to be 10 years and older
  • there is a minimum weight requirement of 45kg

Cost R995 (Table Mountain Abseil)
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R2 190 (Table Mountain Hike + Abseil)
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Location Meet at the top of Table Mountain, next to the big wheel with cables, or in front of the Visitor Centre at Lower Cable Station on Tafelberg Road if you’re doing the hike and abseil.

Visit a farmers’ market

Oranjezicht City Farmers Market: The Best Outdoor Activities
Claire Gunn

Despite its name, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market is actually located in the Granger Bay section of the V&A Waterfront, under tents and trees. Boasting stunning sea views and a range of fresh produce, the market celebrates local food, culture and community. Every Saturday and Sunday, independent local farmers, purveyors, crafters and brewers showcase their honest-to-goodness offerings. You can actually do your weekly grocery shop here, as you choose from a range of mostly organic vegetables, fruit, bread, dairy, free-range eggs, honey and muesli.
Keen gardeners can also stock up on edible plants, seedlings, compost, gardening supplies and equipment. But for us, the most fabulous thing about this market – apart from its wonderful location and fabulously festive community atmosphere – is the incredible array of food, drink and beverage stalls dotted around the area, all of which serve ethically produced items that can be enjoyed at the market at the tables and chairs provided, or taken home.
When Saturday, 8.30am – 2pm; Sunday, 9am – 3pm (rain or shine)
Cost Free entry
Parking R10 (4 hours in Granger Bay Parking Garage)
Contact 083 628 3426 (Sheryl),
Location Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront

Swim in a tidal pool

Activities Cape Town Tidal Pool
St James Guest Houses

Arguably one of Cape Town’s most well-known and popular natural swimming pools, St James Tidal Pool lies just below the railway line, in the seaside suburb of St James, which is tucked neatly between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. During summer, the beach and tidal pool become especially busy, so it’s best to get there in the early morning to beat the crowds, and have a refreshing dip in peace.
It’s a sheltered, ultra-family-friendly beach, making it perfect for sunbathers and young families, though surfers can ride the reef here, too.
Contact 021 444 9504, 021 784 2010,
Location St James Beach, St James, Kalk Bay

Zip along the coast in a classic sports car

Cape Cobra: The Best Outdoor Activities

A scenic drive along the coast in an open-top sports car is the stuff of Hollywood rom-coms. It’s the stuff that memories (and killer Instagram opportunities) are made of. Plan your route, wrap up warm, and embrace the wind on your face as you cruise along the road with breaktaking views along the way.
Good to know If you’d prefer your car to be delivered to you, that can be arranged.
When Daily
Cost R1 500 for four hours (9am – 4pm, includes 80km of drive time)*
R2 000 for date night (5pm – 8.30am, includes 100km of drive time)*
R2 750 for eight hours (9am – 5pm, includes 120km of drive time)*
R2 900 for 23 hours (9am – 8.30am, includes 150km of drive time)*
R8 000 (refundable insurance deposit)
*R7 per km thereafter
Please note Delivery and/or collection is available for an additional fee, depending on the location.
Make an Enquiry
Location Cape Cobra Hire, 10 Hermes Street, Paarden Eiland

Visit a night market

Boschendal Night Market: The Best Outdoor Activities

Boschendal estate is a scenic setting to be sure, with a maze of wonderful gardens and magnificent mountain views. And during the warmer months, visitors have the opportunity to experience this spectacular setting at night. Boschendal’s Friday night market takes place in its historic Werf area, where guests can enjoy live music, and an array of artisanal food and drink stands as well as some local arts and crafts stalls.
Good to know Stalls at the market change weekly, so you’ll get to see new faces – and taste new things – every time you visit.
When Friday, 6pm – 9pm (until 19 April 2019)
Contact 021 870 4200,
Location Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein

Cycle along the promenade

Promenade Cycle: The Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town
Kianda Cape

The Sea Point Promenade is Cape Town’s answer to Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and Central Park in New York: a beautiful public space where locals (and tourists) can enjoy the(ir) city in a safe and secure environment. The fact that The Promenade boasts spectacular views – of the ocean on one side, and Lion’s Head on the other – makes it even more special. The paved walkway, lined with palm trees, is perfect for cycling.
Simply rent a bike at one of the Up Cycles stations (which are dotted at various points throughout the city, including The Promenade, V&A Waterfront Silo District and the Camps Bay strip) and return it by sunset.
Good to know Up Cycles also have mountain, road and E-bikes available for pre-booking from their V&A Waterfront store. If it’s your birthday (and you have your ID to prove it), they’ll give you a free hour-long bike ride.
When Daily, 6am – 6pm
Cost R75 – R150 (1 – 3 hours)
R220 (half day)
R275 (full day)
R75 (child seat)
Helmets and locks included
Location The Pavilion on Sea Point Promenade
Silo 5 at the V&A Waterfront
Breakaway Cafe, Waterkant Street Fan Walk, Cape Town City Centre
Bay Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Go sandboarding on the dunes

Sandboarding: The Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town

Got the need for speed, but don’t want to get wet? The dunes of Atlantis on the West Coast rise up above the white sands like waves frozen in time. Sandboarding Cape Town will transport you to the location, and provide you with the necessary gear and some basic training.
Please note Sandboarding is weather-dependent
When By arrangement
Cost From R850
Make an Enquiry
Location Tour guide will collect you at your accommodation in the CBD and transport you to the location

Hike with your hound

Dog Friendly Hikes: The Best Outdoor Activities
Stingy Nomads

Whether you’re after a coastal meander, forest ramble or a blood-pumping mountainous hike, it’s no fun without your pooch, right? Well, the Cape has no shortage of dog-friendly trails, such as the Alphen Trail in Constantia, and the Liesbeek River Trail in Observatory.
Another dog-friendly option is Beaverlac, a campsite in the Cederberg with access to the Olifants River, and some great hiking and swimming spots. Campers love bringing their kids and pets along, so it’s probably not the right place to go for peace and quiet, but for pooches it’s a five-star getaway.
Cost Areas that form part of the Table Mountain National Park require dog-walkers to have a Level 1 My Activity Permit, which can be purchased for R288 from the Tokai Plantation Office, or at the specified Cape Town Tourism branches, and is valid for 12 months from the day of purchase. A maximum of two dogs are allowed.
Contact 021 712 0527, (Table Mountain National Park)
021 712 7471 (Information on My Activity Permits)

Ride a hot air balloon in the winelands

Hotair Ballooning: The Best Outdoor Activities

Trains, trams and automobiles… there are many ways to experience the Cape winelands, but few that allow you to soar over them like a bird. Travelling like the Brothers Montgolfier will certainly give you something to write home about.
You’ll get to watch as the crew assembles your heat-powered flying machine, the very first technology that allowed humanity to take to the skies. Lift-off is at sunrise, but the early start is definitely worth it for the views you’ll be treated to as you float over the rolling vineyards and lush meadows that the winelands are so famous for.
Good to know The experience lasts three to four hours, and includes tea and coffee before the flight, sparkling wine to celebrate your landing, and breakfast at a nearby bistro.
Please note Rides can be cancelled as a result of poor weather. You will be given the option of an alternative date or a refund.
Operating times Daily, sunrise
Cost From R2 950
Make an Enquiry
Where to find it Klein Joostenberg Farm, R304, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch

Swing in the treetops

Activities Cape Town Acrobranch

Hidden deep within the Constantia Nek forest (okay, fine, not that deep), in the shadow of the misty mountains (okay, fine, they’re not that misty), lies this treetop playground. The four obstacle courses – one of which are suitable for young children (the others are geared towards children seven years and older) – have all the ziplines, cargo nets, and elevated platforms a budding Indiana Jones could want. Assistants are available in case any of the kids need a helping hand, and there’s a restaurant onsite where parents can relax.
When Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm
Open on school holidays and public holidays
Cost Acro-Twigs: R140
Monkey Moves: R180
Swinging Tarzan: R220
High Flying: R280
Enquire Now
Please note Booking is essential
Location 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Constantia

Relax on a secret beach


One of Cape Point’s more famous beaches (though still definitely a secret unlocked by only a select few of the reserve’s numerous daily visitors), Diaz Beach makes for a truly unforgettable experience. Oh, and did we mention that it’s one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, too?
Perhaps the reason Diaz remains largely undisturbed is because there is a 20-minute walk from the parking lot down a rather steep set of wooden stairs.
But for the stunning views alone, it’s undoubtedly worth it, as Diaz will render you breathless in the best possible way!
For the brave surfers and bodyboarders among us, you’ll love tackling its hollow barrels. However, swimming can be very risky here, due to the strong currents, so rather just wet your feet.
When Best time to visit during opening hours: 6am – 6pm (October to March); 7am – 5pm (April – September). Try arrive early to make the most of your time and avoid the wind.
Cost Cape Point Nature Reserve tariff: R76 ( South Africans adults, with ID); R39 (South Africans kids, with ID).
Contact 021 780 9010,
Location A steep walk down from the Cape Point Nature Reserve

Sunset cruise on an old-school sailboat

Cruise: Outdoor Activities

Relax aboard this vintage-style sailboat, taking in the spectacular Cape Town sunset with a glass of the good stuff. (The onboard cash bar offers sparkling wine, beer and cooldrinks.) Have your cameras at the ready, as this boat trip offers stunning vistas of the city in the distance and Table Mountain in the background.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads towards Table Bay before returning to the harbour.
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
When Daily (dependant on weather)
Cost R390 (includes two glasses of bubbly)
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Location Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Go mountain biking

Activities Cape Town Mountain Biking

If mountain-biking is indeed the new golf, read on. The fleet includes over 200 bicycles, and their tours cater to beginners and experienced cyclists, with options ranging from a laidback 30-minute cycle in the winelands to a rigorous two-week ride from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town! Their aim is to get you into the great outdoors good and proper, and their comprehensive tours involve day tours and multi-day expeditions that avoid many of the trappings of mainstream, run-of-the-mill tourist packages.
When Daily, by arrangement
Cost R750 (adults)
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Scooter around Table Mountain

Scooter Tours: The Best Outdoor Activities

Freewheel your way along the slopes of Table Mountain on a scooter, as you whizz down hills and up slopes, taking in the spectacular scenery as you go. The scooters are nonmotorised yet extremely stable (they’re used to navigate the slopes of the Swiss Alps during summer, after all), making for a family-friendly (and eco-friendly) experience. Kids will love them, but that’s not to say adults won’t get a kick out of the experience either.
Good to know You need to be 10 years or older to ride your own scooter, and four years to join as a passenger.
When Tuesdays – Sundays, 9am; 12pm & 3pm
Cost R590 (driver)
R290 (passenger)
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Location Kloof Nek Parking Area, 209 Tafelberg Road, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

E-Bike through Stellenbosch

e-Bike: The Best Outdoor Activities

The power of an electric motor makes it possible to bike up hills and over rough terrain (although you won’t need to the latter when exploring the majestic Jonkershoek Valley. The tour departs from Stellenbosch Central, follows Eerste River, then goes past some historical buildings then follows Eerste River, ending at two esteemed wine estates: Lanzerac (one of the oldest in the country, dating back to 1692) and Stark-Conde.
Experienced guides are on-hand to ensure safety and maximum enjoyment, and wine tastings, snack platters and coffee are included.
Wine estates you’ll visit Lanzerac and Stark-Conde.
When Tuesday – Saturday, 9am & 1.30pm
Cost R850 (adults); R550 (children 3 – 9 years)
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Location Tours depart from De Warenmarkt: 20 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch,Western Cape

Go ziplining

Zipline: The Best Outdoor Activities

Soar over fynbos forests, majestic valleys and thundering waterfalls in this zipline adventure, named by Lonely Planet as one of the best attractions in the world. There’s little to compare to the exhilaration of looking down into a gaping canyon as you slide along a steel cable (some of which run up to 320m long). Based in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, about an hour outside of Cape Town, the tour kicks off with a 4×4 ride high into the mountains, where guests are supervised by professional guides as they attach themselves to cables that run from platform to platform. Once the high-flying adventures are concluded, guests are transported back to base camp where they can enjoy a meal.
When Tours depart on the hour from 8am to 2pm, and each tour lasts approximately four hours.
Cost R895 (adults, includes a fully guided trip, light lunch, and rain gear for wet weather)
R855 (adults with a Wild Card)
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Location Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, R321, Elgin

Explore Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical

The flowery meadows of Kirstenbosch are great for picnics or a leisurely stroll in the park any time of the year. It’s the perfect spot for kids to unleash their abundant energy – or sit and observe the birds and insects at work if they’re in a more contemplative mood. They’ll especially love the treetop canopy walkway, named The Boomslang (tree snake), which is so Jurassic, you almost expect a pack of Velociraptors to burst out of the bushes at any moment.
When Daily, 8am – 7pm (September to March)
Daily, 8am – 6pm (April to August)
Daily, 9am – 5pm (conservatory)
Cost R70 (adults)
R40 (students)
R20 (children, 6 – 17 years)
Free (children under 6; pensioners on Tuesdays, except on public holidays)
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Location Kirstenbosch Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

Snorkel with seals

Seal Snorkeling: The Best Outdoor Activities

At the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Duiker Island in Hout Bay, you’ll find hosts of these playful creatures suntanning on the rocks and frolicking in the waves. The tour runs for about two-and-a-half hours in total, with half an hour set aside for meeting the team and kitting up. Time in the water with the seals amounts to about 40 to 60 minutes on average, allowing you the opportunity to see the Cape’s iconic marine-dwelling mammals up close.
Please note Tours are weather-dependent. Check their schedule for availability.
When Daily, times vary
Cost R990
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Location 8 Albert Road, Hout Bay (via M6 or M3), Cape Town

Go (hassle-free) camping

Unusual Activities in Cape Town: Hey Pioneer
Hey Pioneer

We like to call it the Uber of Camping, because they will set up a camping site for you at a location of your choice. That’s right, they’ll supply the tent, deliver it, and kit it out with all the bells and whistles you need. Talking about bells, their elegant bell tents – perfect for outdoor weddings, parties, and small groups.
If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion, let Hey Pioneer handle it from start to finish – they’ll even clean up at the end of your glamping getaway.
Please note A minimum of 12 people (six tents) is required to make a booking. And while they operate in the Breede River Valley mainly, they are happy to pitch your tent further afield for an additional cost
When By arrangement
Cost Rates vary according to group size and location.
Rentals are subject to availability, and advance booking is required
Contact 082 494 8452,

Go tandem paragliding

Activities Cape Town Paragliding
Cape Town Tandem Paragliding

Its fairytale-esque topography makes the Mother City the dreamiest city on the planet for a paragliding adventure. Here’s the deal: Clear blue skies or magical sunset moments is what you can look forward to when you set off from Signal hill or Lions head, two of the best loved spots in Cape Town. Flights last between five and 30 minutes, depending on the weather conditions, and you do not need any previous knowledge or experience of paragliding – simply book and arrive at the takeoff point in comfortable clothing and one of the instructors will take you through some guidelines before take-off.
When Daily, 7.40am – 5.40pm (take-off on the hour, weather permitting)
Cost R1 300
R300 (HD photos and videos of your flight)
Book Now
Location Take-off is at Lion’s Head or Signal Hill

Braai on the beach

Activities Cape Town Braai

With sandy beaches, clear waters for snorkeling on calm days, and huge boulders just a few meters away, Oudekraal is a deliriously relaxing spot for a family day out. This sheltered cove between Camp’s Bay and Llandudno is beach-braai heaven, with secluded barbeque areas that include seating with great views of the ocean.
When It is closed during the week (from 1 June to 30 September), but is open every weekend and on public holidays irrespective of the season.
Cost TMNP conservation fee
R31 (adults)
R16 (children)
Contact 021 712 7471,
Location Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay

Go surfing

Activities Cape Town Surfing
Stoked School of Surf

Surfing enthusiasts will tell you there’s no greater way to destress than to be out in the ocean, riding the waves. To which the uninitiated will respond: “Sounds great, but I’ll probably just end up rolling under the waves”. Well, that’s where this school of surf comes in. Their qualified coaches provide lessons at the Cape’s best surfing spots (since the school is mobile, they can pick whichever spot will have the best conditions on the day).
They provide the board and wetsuit, and will even transport participants to the chosen location (or you can choose to drive there yourself, in which case they’ll notify you of the location the day before). Lessons are limited to small groups to ensure everyone receives the necessary attention, and there’s also the option of private lessons.
Good to know Know how to surf, but not where to surf? This surf school provides surfing guide services as well, to help intermediate and advanced surfers find the location most suited to your skill level.
When Morning lessons: Pick-up from the city between 8am and 9am (depending on suburb)
Afternoon lessons: Pick-up from the city between 1pm and 2pm (depending on suburb)
Cost Group lessons:
R490 per person (self-drive option)
R720 per person (transported option)
Private lessons: from R1 500
Surf guiding: from R1 950
Book Now
Location Muizenberg or Big Bay Beach

Explore a cave

Caves: The Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town
Janik Alheit

Found above Kalk Bay, Boomslang Cave is particularly good for less-experienced cave explorers and hikers. This easy-to-moderate two-hour hike offers the chance to test yourself with some novice caving, as it leads through the belly of the mountain for about a 100 metres, or so.
Many bats call this cave home – so please help protect these little guys by keeping the sound and disturbance level to a minimum. Near its entrance, you’ll find another smaller cave, White Dome Grotto; while inside, you will discover a labyrinth of tunnels.
Good to know Pack a flashlight or headlamp (and long pants too, if you don’t want to get wet or dirty) – or you won’t be able to venture beyond the cave mouth safely. If you’re claustrophobic, maybe give this a miss, as leopard crawling is necessary to reach the other side. It can get rather wet during the rainy months, so it’s a good one to save for spring or summer.
When Silvermine Nature Reserve opening hours:
8am – 6pm (October to March); 8am – 5pm (April – September)
Cost Silvermine Nature Reserve tariffs: R31 (adults); R16 (children)
Contact 021 712 7471,
Location Echo Valley, which can be accessed via Boyes Drive in Kalk Bay, or through the Silvermine Nature Reserve

Explore the Cape in a vintage sidecar

Cape Sidecar: The Best Outdoor Activities
Devin Paisley

Seeing the sights from a bus or car is all well and good, but there’s nothing like feeling the icy breeze on your face, as you ride the open roads. You haven’t truly immersed yourself in the Cape’s majesty until you’ve explored the peninsula in an open-air vehicle. And if you want to ride an open-air vehicle with panache, you should make like the motorcyclists of yore, and take a ride in one of these super-cool vintage sidecars.
This fleet of 30 vintage World War II sidecars is available for tours, team-building events and special celebrations. Participants have the option of chauffeur-driven or self-drive guided tours, and tour packages range from two-hour experiences to multi-day trips.
Good to know The tours are disabled-friendly (disabled passengers can even have their wheelchairs strapped onto the sidecars).
Please note Cape Sidecar Adventures allows a 30-minute leeway with pick-up times you’ve agreed to. Should your group exceed this leeway: Cape Sidecar Adventures can choose to either withdraw the sidecars and terminate the tour at full cost, or choose to wait with an additional charge of R300 per sidecar per 30 minutes.
When Daily, 8am – 7pm
Cost R2 500 (two-hour tour)
R4 600 (four-hour tour)
R5 100 (eight-hour tour)
Rates for self drive, multi-day, and guided tours available on request
Book Now
Location Prearranged meeting point (depending on package)

Pick your own roses

Chart Farm: The Best Outdoor Activities
Carla Kreuser

This serene farm in Wynberg, a mere 15-minute drive from the CBD, is a real treat for flower lovers, as it is home to a large garden filled with a variety of wild roses in almost every colour you can imagine. It also happens to be the only place in the Cape peninsula where you can pick your own, from mid-October right up until the end of June.
Good to know There’s a coffe shop and farm stall, where you can stock up on tasty treats
When Daily, 9am – 4.30pm
Cost R6 per stem (pick-your-own)
R4.50 per stem (Sunday special)
R7 per stem (ready-picked)
Contact 021 761 0434,
Location Chart Farm, Klaassens Road, Wynberg Park, Wynberg, Cape Town

Ride a water bike in Simon’s Town

Water Bikes: The Best Outdoor Activities

Water Bikes are a fun and safe way to explore the waters – they’re silent (so they won’t scare away the fish), they don’t emit any fumes (so they’re environmentally friendly), and they’re pretty stable. All you need to do is take a seat, and pedal away, exactly like you would on a normal bicycle.
These two-hour guided take you from Simon’s Town towards the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, or past Long Beach in Simon’s Town to the Clan Stuart shipwreck. Both routes offer spectacular views.
Please note Departure times may vary due to the weather and, if it is considered too windy to ride, the tour will be cancelled. Please contact Cape Town Water Bikes by 4pm the day before your scheduled tour to make sure they have your correct contact number and country dialing code. And bring a change of clothes, in case you get a little wet.
Good to know You must be 13 years or older to enjoy the water bikes, and teens must be accompanied by an adult. There is also a minimum height requirement of five feet (one-and-a-half metres) so that the pedals can be reached safely.
When Daily, 8am & 11am
Cost R590
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Location Simon’s Town Pier, Simon’s Town, Western Cape

Stroll through the Green Point Urban Park

Parks Green Point Park
The City of Cape Town

With glorious views of Lion’s Head and Cape Town Stadium, the Green Point Urban Park is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. The best part? Everyone’s welcome – including the four-legged members of your family, as well as the kids, who can enjoy some playtime in the park while you sit back and relax at one of the dedicated picnic spots or at the park’s charming café.
Good to know If you’re in the area on a Tuesday, swing by! Tea in the Park Café serves complimentary tea with any meal or cake ordered. How’s that for a deal that really takes the cake?
When Daily, 9am – 5pm
Contact 060 997 6153,
Location Green Point Urban Park, 3 Park Road, Mouille Point

Tuk-Tuk through Franschhoek

Tuk Tuk Franschhoek: Best Outdoor Activities

This easy, convenient (and affordable) way to get around the Franschhoek Valley ticks all the boxes because, let’s be frank, nobody wants to get behind a wheel when there are wine farms to visit, nectars to sample, gourmet restaurants to eat at, and picnics to be devoured. Rather, let the experts be your personal chauffeur for the day.
Each tuk-tuk seats a maximum of four people, and can be booked for anytime of day.
Wine estates you’ll visit The Mont Rochelle Route: Colmant Cap Classique, Holden Manz, Haut Espoir, Haute Cabrière, La Bourgogne, La Couronne, La Bri, Le Lude, Le Petite Ferme, Mont Rochelle, Leeu Estates, and Tuk Tuk Brewery.
The Dieu Donne route: Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Grande Provence, La Motte, Leopard’s Leap, Maison, Mont Rochelle, Môreson, Rickety Bridge, Franschhoek Cellar, Franschhoek Beer Co., and Old Road Winery.
When Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost Full-day tour: R380
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Half-day tour: R220
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Location 54 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape

SUP around the Waterfront

SUP Cape Town: The Best Outdoor Activities

Whether roaming the canals of the V&A Waterfront like a Venetian gondolier, or being out on the open ocean with the marine world swimming beneath you, standing up on a paddle board allows you to experience the joys of being on water on two legs rather than swimming.
Choose between a guided tour along the Atlantic Seaboard coastline (if you’re lucky, you may encounter seals, dolphins and penguins), or a self-guided SUP around the V&A Waterfront canals.
Good to know Children may partake in the self-guided SUP tours, assisted by an instructor.
When Daily, 10am – 5pm
Cost R220
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Location Guided tour: Three Anchor Bay or Oceana Power Boat Club
Self-guided tour: Battery Park, V&A Waterfront (parking access from Alfred Road, just behind City Lodge)

Kayak with the penguins

Kayak with Penguins: The Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town

The penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is always worth a visit, but why watch from afar when you can see these wonderful water birds up close? These kayak tours in Simon’s Town allow you to meet them on their home turf – you can even join them in the water if the tide is right.
Check out the various tour options.
Please note Tours are weather-dependent.
When The Penguin Trip: daily, 8.30am (summer); 9am (winter)
Full Moon Rising Paddle Trip: one day per month from April to October only
Cost The Penguin Trip: R350 (equipment and drinking water included)
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Full Moon Rising Paddle: R400
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Location Wharf Street

Go kloofing

Kloofing: The Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town

Recommended only for hardy and experienced hikers. You’ll be getting wet on this journey, so bring the appropriate gear, including lightweight hiking shoes, a swimsuit, and a change of clothing – a wetsuit is also highly recommended. You’ll be treated to breakfast before embarking on a 30 minute trek to the first cliff-jumping pool (it’s takes another 30 minutes to reach the next pool). Before hiking out the gorge you’ll be able to enjoy a light lunch in the pools above the waterfall and then abseil down Crystal Pools. An adrenaline-boosting experience to be sure, but if you’d prefer a less intense adventure, then opt to only jump the first of the pools.
When Daily, 7am – 6pm (1 December to 30 April)
Daily, 7.45am – 6pm (1 May to 30 November)
Cost R1 395 (includes hiking, kloofing, a wetsuit in cold conditions, abseiling, transport and three meals)
Please note A minimum of four adventure seekers is required in order to make the booking.
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Location 297 Long Street, Cape Town

Hike (and climb) Table Mountain

Ramon Mellett

Table Mountain is, justifiably, one of the prime attractions in Cape Town. Tackle it in a group of friends – never alone – or make use of a tour operator. Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or a more strenuous run up Platteklip Gorge, their experienced tour guides will create a route to suit your fitness requirements, and gladly show you the ropes.
Once at the top, hikers are encouraged to take the Cable Car down at their own expense.
When Daily, 7.30am
Cost From R995 (depending on route)
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Location Visitor Centre, Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road, Cape Town

Researched by Matthew Flax, Alicia Chamaillé and Annabel Short

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Time of publication: 12 March 2019

10 Responses to “The 35 Best Outdoor Activities in Cape Town”

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    trace rauch

    Why is kayaking with Kaskazi kayaks on your site ????

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    Lori Gorski

    I would like more information on the abseiling of table mountain. I have a 10 year old and was wondering do many kids participate in this activity. Also, since we will be there when the cable cars are down, does the guide lead you back down the mountain also. I am assuming with the hike both ways and doing the abseil that this is a full day event?

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    Note that the picture for Boomslang cave is not from Cape Town but the Cedarberg Stadsaal caves. Also, there is no charge since it’s on the East side of silvermine. Access is easiest/quickest from Kalkbay, in fact.

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    The pricing is ridiculous. It makes it impossible for most people to enjoy outdoor activities in their own country. Many places did not require entry fees before, but now the citizens have become soft targets. this must be stopped.

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      So very true! while I understand and support the idea of free enterprise and young entrepreneurs turning their passions into there life’s work, prices have risen to ridiculous levels in your beautiful country ESPECIALLY around Cape Town where I think you have fed off the tourists for far too long. Wake up before you price yourselves out of the international tourist trade forever…

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    Every year more and more Public areas are getting restricted so you are forced tp pay for things that used to be free like going to the beach, walking your dogs or braaing.

    Cape Point Nature wants people to pay R145 for a dog walking permit. R145 to go to the beach. R145 to ride A BICYCLE!!!!!. I guess its easyer stealing from the public then stealing from Tax payers. In their case they doing both.

    Dogs and braai is banned up the west caust. For what????

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    Awesome stuff here 🙂

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    Carl Hall

    Great activities! However most of these are not accessible to locals due to pricing. Only tourists and privileged.

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      Ann Williams

      If you contact cape Town Tourism they will be able to tell you about all the special deals for locals. The SANSPARK green card for example only R157 for 12 entries into all Cape Town mountain national parks , special rates for locals , etc. You just need to ask.

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    Willem Mulder

    Great selection of activities.