The 45 Best Things To Do in Cape Town

The 45 Best Things To Do in Cape Town

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Way, way back, many centuries ago, Sir Francis Drake described our city as “the fairest Cape in all the circumference of the world” – a description that still holds true today. Cape Town is appreciated and admired not only for its natural beauty, but also for its rich heritage and cultural gravitas. And the fact that it’s considered one of the top culinary destinations in the world only enhances its appeal.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of things to do that showcase all the different aspects of our magnificent city. Whether it’s exhilarating outdoor adventures, immersive dining experiences, or a wonderful art outing you’re after, these are the things you must do in Cape Town (especially if you’re a local)!

Please note Some of these activities might not be operational under current lockdown restrictions. Please call ahead to ensure they are open before you set out.

What are your favourite things to do in the Cape? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Watersports

Water-biking in the sea

Things to Do in Cape Town: Water Bikes

These water bikes make walking on water as easy as pie. All you need to do is take a seat, and pedal away, exactly like you would on a normal bicycle. Besides being fun, they’re stable and don’t require fuel (nor do they emit emissions), making them environmentally friendly.
The two-hour option is an early-morning tour, but if you’d prefer to explore the ocean at a more relaxed pace, go for the one-hour tour! Both tours are accompanied by a knowledgeable crew on a nearby guide boat and take you from Simon’s Town pier, past the naval base and towards the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Your seated position allows you more than a peek into the marine life of Cape fur seals (and even whales during season), not to mention the penguins darting in and out.
Times 8am (two-hour tour, November – April)
9am (two-hour tour, May – October)
10.30am; 12pm; 1.30pm (one-hour tour)
Cost R390 (1 hour, special until 15 January 2021)
R490 (1 hour)
R690 (2 hours)
Where to find it Simon’s Town Pier, Simon’s Town, Cape Town
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Kayak around Sea Point

Things to Do in Cape Town: Kayak Sea Point

Paddling on the open ocean somehow evokes a sense of freedom and adventure. This two-hour guided kayaking tour departs from Three Anchor Bay beach under the Sea Point Promenade and ventures along the coast towards the V&A Waterfront (or Clifton Beach) – depending on the weather and your preference. You’ll get to encounter a whole other universe: African penguins, Cape fur seals, sunfish (aka mola mola), southern right whales and dolphins are known to swim close to the coastline. Plus, you’ll get to see what Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range look like from the sea.
Times Monday – Sunday, 6.30am – 8.30am: 7am – 9am; 9.30am – 11.30am (October – April)
Cost R450
Where to find it 179 Beach Road, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town
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Swim at Silvermine

Things to Do in Cape Town: Silvermine Reservoir

Less than an hour’s drive from the city centre, this large, glistening reservoir is hugely popular for leisurely swims and picnics. It’s also the starting point for various hikes, the most popular of which are Elephant’s Eye Cave, Silvermine Ridge and Sentinel View.
Good to know The reserve is dog friendly, and dog walkers require a Level 1 My Activity Permit (R320 for a year).
Contact Tokai Plantation Office at 021 712 7471 for more information.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 7pm
Cost Conservation fee (rates valid until 31 October 2021):
R35 (SA citizens and residents with ID); R15 (SA children 2 – 11 years)
R70 (SADC nationals with valid passport); R35 (SADC children with valid passport)
R140 (international visitors; standard conservation fee); R70 (international children; standard conservation fee)
Where to find it Silvermine Reservoir in Table Mountain National Park

SUP around the V&A Waterfront

Things to Do in Cape Town: SUP Waterfront
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Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUPing) has seen an upsurge in popularity over the past decade, but in truth, it’s been around a lot longer than most other sports. Ancient fishermen made their living off it, and African warriors used it to launch stealth attacks (with their spears as paddles).
On these outings, paddlers get to experience the V&A Waterfront from its majestic canals, during a three-kilometre loop. All equipment is provided, along with the services of an experienced guide, and you’ll receive a brief introduction to SUPing before you set off.
Good to know Children from 9 years are welcome, and younger kids may be assisted by an instructor or a parent (at additional charge of R90).
Times Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 2pm (April – September)
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm (October – March)
Cost R220
Where to find it Battery Park, V&A Waterfront (parking access from Alfred Road, just behind City Lodge), Cape Town
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Pre-sunset champagne cruise

Things to Do in Cape Town: Champagne Cruise

This vintage-inspired sailboat that sets sail from the V&A Waterfront and heads out along the Atlantic Ocean is ideal for families, as it departs and returns while it’s still light, and offers spectacular mountain and stadium views.
Times Monday – Sunday, 5pm – 7.30pm
Good to know Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure.
Cost R375 (adults)
R187.50 (kids)
R405 (adults, from 1 January 2021)
R202.50 (kids, from 1 January 2021)
Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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A private luxury charter around the coast

Things to Do in Cape Town: Yacht Charter to Clifton

These coastal cruises from the V&A Waterfront can be personalised for any occasion – from birthdays and hen parties to team-building activities. What’s more, you can request a fully licensed cash bar (with sparkling wine and other drinks) and choose from a variety of menu styles from buffet and canapés (for 65 guests) to seated lunches and dinners (for up to 40 guests).
The boat sets sail from the V&A Waterfront and sails to Clifton 4th Beach or, depending on the weather on the day, to Table Bay Blouberg, passing Robben Island, and includes a welcome drink of sparkling wine.
Duration 2 hours (an extra hour can be arranged)
Cost R23 700 – R32 000 (depending on number of passengers)
Specials Enjoy 15% off any private charters and non-private groups of 20 passengers or more, and receive a second charter for free! (Discounts exclude dining and activity charters).
Where to find it Pier head, T Jetty, (close to the red clock tower), Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
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Penguin-watching at Boulders Beach

Things to Do in Cape Town: Boulder's Beach

A 40-minute drive from Cape Town lies Boulders Beach, home to a serene penguin colony and one of the few places in the world where you can swim with these wonderful water birds. The colony falls under the protection of SANParks and requires a conservation fee to gain access. Once there, you can watch the penguins frolic in the waves, and even approach them as they waddle about on land, though it’s best not to get closer than a metre or so.
Bring along the bucket and spade for some sandcastle building! And in the heat of summer, this is a great swimming area for kids, as the boulders shelter it from winds and strong currents. No matter the season, you can picnic on the beach, and there are restaurants in nearby Simon’s Town.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm (April – September)
Monday – Sunday, 7am – 7.30pm (December – January)
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6.30pm (February – March)
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6.30pm (October – November)
Cost Conservation Fee (rates valid until 31 October 2021):
R40 (adults, SA citizens and residents)
R20 (children, SA citizens and residents)
R85 (adults, SADC nationals)
R42 (children, SADC, nationals)
R170 (adults, international visitors)
R85 (children, international visitors)
Contact 021 712 0527, tableM@sanparks.org
Where to find it Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

Learn to surf at Muizenberg

Things to Do in Cape Town: Surf Lessons

Surfing enthusiasts will tell you there’s no greater way to destress than to be in the ocean, riding the waves. These fun lessons will have you learning the basics in no time. All you need to bring is a swimming costume, towel, sunscreen and enthusiasm. All skill levels are and ages are welcome: intermediate-level surfers will be able to fine-tune their board skills in group or private lessons and under-10s will take Freezer Lessons.
Good to know All surf lessons offered include 1.5 hours of coaching, surfboard and wetsuit rental, plus the use of club facilities. The 1.5-hour private surf lessons (as well as private group sessions with family and friends) can be scheduled at a time convenient to you.
Times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 6pm
Cost From R260 – R390 (1.5-hour private lessons)
R330 (one-hour Freezer Lesson for children under 10 years)
R540 per month (Diva and Learn-to-Surf lessons)
Where to find it Surf Emporium Surf School, 66 Beach Road, Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg Beachfront, Muizenberg, Cape Town
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Adventure activities

Zipline across the Elgin Valley

Things to Do in Cape Town: Zipline Grabouw

Soar over fynbos forests, majestic valleys and thundering waterfalls in this zipline adventure. Few things compare to the exhilaration of looking down into a gaping canyon as you slide along a steel cable. Based in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, about an hour out of Cape Town, the tour kicks off with a 4×4 ride high into the mountains, where guests are supervised by professional guides and attached to cables that run from platform to platform. The tours depart on the hour (every half an hour), and each takes around four hours. There are 11 slides in total, some as long as 300 metres, and each ends on a platform into the rugged mountain.
At one point, you’ll cross a suspension bridge that runs over a majestic double waterfall – all in a day’s work for mountain adventurers.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 1pm (tours last around 4 hours)
Cost R895
Where to find it Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, R321, Elgin
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Tandem-paraglide over the Atlantic Ocean

Things to Do in Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding

Experience Cape Town’s magnificent topography from up high – and get your adrenaline pumping – on one of these tandem adventures. No previous knowledge or experience of paragliding is necessary – your instructor will run through some guidelines, clip you in securely, and then you’ll be attached to an expert pilot. Once in the air, all you have to do is sit back and relax as you glide gradually at a maximum of 40km an hour to Sea Point’s popular promenade.
Flights last between five and 30 minutes, depending on the wind. In perfect weather conditions, the instructor will show you how to steer so you can fly the paraglider yourself!
Good to know Wear comfortable clothing (closed shoes, long pants and a windbreaker), don’t forget to apply sunscreen and drink some water before the flight. After the adventure, you’ll be driven back to the parking area where you started.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm (weather dependent)
Cost R1 300
R300 (inflight videos and photographs)
Where to find it At the end of Signal Hill Drive, or Lions Head parking (depending on wind on the day), Signal Hill Road, Cape Town
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Abseil down Table Mountain

Things to Do in Cape Town: Abseil Table Mountain

The views from the summit of Cape Town’s iconic landmark are spectacular enough; just imagine what you’ll see as you rope your way down the side of Table Mountain. At 1 000 metres above sea level, this is the world’s highest commercial abseil, and it 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.
Good to know The adrenaline-inducing experience takes around an hour, including a safety demonstration, harnessing up, and a 30-minute hike to get back to the top of the mountain.
Please note Children under 10 years are not permitted. Minimum weight is 45kg, but if you are a little lighter, you can do a tandem abseil (for an additional R300).
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Cost R300 (one person)
R500 (two people)
R800 (three people)
R1 000 (four people)
R1 300 (five people)
R1 500 (six people)
(excludes Return Cable tickets)
Where to find it Meet at the top of Table Mountain, next to the big wheel with cables.
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Ebike + wine tasting in Franschhoek

Things to Do in Cape Town: Wine Tour Franschhoek

Ride an electric bike through Franschhoek’s vineyards for a taste of the country life, bikes and all. The three-and-a-half-hour tour starts at the Huguenot Monument, where your guide shows you how to use your bike. Then you’ll head off into the Winelands, avoiding main roads and stopping at Grand Provence, Country Kitchen and Glenwood Wine Farms along the way.
Good to know The following is included in the package: an ebike (equipped with wine saddlebags), your guide, protective gear and a private wine-tasting at La Couronne Wine Estate Vineyard. Food, coffee, and additional wine-tastings are for your own account.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9.30am – 1pm; 2pm – 5.30pm
Cost R885
Where to find it Huguenot Museum, Lambrechts Street, Franschhoek
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Helicopter over the peninsula

Things to Do in Cape Town: Helicopter Ride Cape Town

Witnessing a city as uniquely beautiful as Cape Town from way up high will give you a new appreciation of our mountain-strewn peninsula surrounded by ocean. NAC Helicopters offers a tours of the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Point and Robben Island.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm (depending on the flight)
Sharing flights: 10am; 4pm
Please note Walk-ins are accepted depending on availability, but it is recommended to book in advance.
Cost From R1 475 (sharing flights)
From R4 430 (private flights, 1 – 3 passengers)
From R17 700 (destination flights, 1 – 3 passengers)
Where to find it E Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Segway through Stellenbosch vineyards

Things to Do in Cape Town: Segway Tour

Glide through rows of vines at Spier Wine Farm on a two-wheeled PT (personal transporter), and relish the surrounding mountain vistas, while also learning some interesting facts about Spier’s biodynamic farming techniques.
Before you begin your one-hour ride, a helpful 20-minute training session will get you ready.
Please note Children under 10 years are not permitted.
Good to know Meet at the Wine Tasting Lounge at least 15 minutes before the tour.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am; 10.30am; 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm (October – April)
Monday – Sunday, 9am; 10.30am; 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm (May – September)
Cost R375
Where to find it Spier Wine Farm, R310 Lynedoch Road, Stellenbosch
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Ride a scooter around Table Mountain

Things to Do in Cape Town: Scooter Tour Table Mountain

You may have walked the paths of Table Mountain many times, but have you ever done it on a freewheeler? The spectacular scenery is all the more invigorating during an off-road adventure, especially when you get to feel a rush of adrenaline as you whizz down hills and slopes. The tour begins at the Lower Parking Area off Kloof Nek Road, from where you are transported to the top of Signal Hill for your first downhill run. 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.
Good to know You need to be 10 years or older to ride your own scooter, and four years to join as a passenger.
Times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R650 (driver)
R290 (passenger)
Where to find it Kloof Nek Parking Area, 209 Tafelberg Road, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
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Treetop obstacle course

Things to Do in Cape Town: Acrobranch Constantia

Inside the Constantia Nek forest, in the shadow of the misty mountains, this treetop playground has all the ziplines, cargo nets, and elevated platforms a budding Indiana Jones could wish for. There are four obstacle courses – two of which are suitable for young children, and two of which are geared towards teenagers and adults – and trained instructors provide a safety briefing on each one before you embark.
Please note Booking is essential. Wear comfortable clothing, closed shoes with a good tread and tie up your hair in a bun if it’s long. Masks are compulsory. And climbing gloves are available at reception (R20) or bring your own. Gloves are not compulsory for Acro-Twigs participants.
Times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm (last intake at 5pm)
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm (school holidays, 1 December 2020 – 31 January 2021)
24 & 31 December 2020: Thursday, 9am – 2pm (last intake at 12pm)
Closed on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
Cost R150 (Acro-Twigs)
R190 (Monkey Moves)
R230 (Swinging Tarzan)
R280 (High Flying)
Where to find it 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town
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Mountain-bike in Elgin

Things to Do in Cape Town: Mountain Biking

Along the Groenlandberg Mountain Range, in one of the coolest wine-growing regions in South Africa, lies Oak Valley Estate in the picturesque Elgin Valley. Apple and pear orchards, rolling vineyards and ancient oaks create a postcard-perfect scene – the ideal setting for a glass or two of chardonnay or pinot noir…
Those looking for some adventure relish this terrain, rated as one of the top mountain-biking destinations in the country, which includes a well-maintained single track, with bridges over farm fences and streams. It’s no wonder the Absa Cape Epic and FNB Wines2Whales have taken place here.
Route The late great mountain-biking legend Pieter Visser designed the routes to accommodate all skill levels. From the Racing Snake and Strava Hunter to TrailBlazer and Weekend Warrior, there is something for all riders.
Need to know Only groups of 10 people will be permitted at a time. No trail-running allowed.
Times Monday – Sunday, 6am – 6pm
Cost R50 (adults, day permit)
R30 (children, day permit)
R70 (Paul Cluver & Oak Valley combined trail)
R500 (annual membership)
Contact 021 859 2510, mail@oak-valley.co.za
Where to find it Oak Valley Wine Estate, 127 Oak Avenue, Grabouw
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Helicopter ride + mountain picnic at Scarborough

Things to Do in Cape Town: Helicopter Ride & Picnic

Can you think of anything more thrilling than a helicopter ride over Cape Point, followed by a guided fynbos walk and a gourmet picnic on a private nature reserve? This Cape Town Experiences tour offers unbeatable views, superb food and one-of-a-kind privacy for a very special occasion. Starting from the V&A Waterfront, you’ll get to see the Cape Peninsula from the air before you land on Baskloof Private nature reserve for the walk and picnic, accompanied by top local wines.
Good to know All flights are weather-dependent and will be rescheduled if conditions are not right for flying.
Please note Booking 72 hours in advance is required to obtain all landing permissions.
Cost R16 000 per person
Where to find it 220 East Pier Road, Breakwaters Edge, V&A Helipad, V&A Waterfront
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Taking it easy

Explore the West Coast National Park

Things to Do in Cape Town: West Coast National Park

If you want to experience the raw, authentic, outdoors side of the Western Cape, the vast West Coast National Park is where you should do it. In addition to endless natural beauty, the area boasts a string of secret beaches, two of which are must-visits: Kraalbaai and Preekstoel. The dreamy turquoise stretch of water at Kraalbaai forms part of Zone A, a multi-functional section of the Langebaan Lagoon, where visitors can enjoy everything from kitesurfing and waterskiing to fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, SUPing, boating – and, of course, swimming in an amazingly still, crystal-clear waters!
And, if you’ve ever seen Preekstoel, then you’ll know we’re not exaggerating when we describe it as paradise on earth… This secret beach offers stunning secluded patches of beach, exquisite aquamarine waters feeding into nearby Kraalbaai, and some impossibly striking rock formations in the shallows and near the rugged cliff faces.
Times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 7pm (September – March; last vehicle entry at 6.30pm);
7am – 6pm (April – August; last vehicle entry 5.30pm)
Cost Standard conservation fee: R100 (adults), R50 (children)
South Africans (with original ID): R66 (adults), R33 (children)
SADC nationals: R100 (adults), R50 (children)
Contact 022 772 2144
Where to find it West Coast National Park, between Yzerfontein and Langebaan on the R27

A garden tour of Babylonstoren

Things to Do in Cape Town: Babylonstoren

Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren must be one of the best-preserved farmyards in the Cape. Its magnificent garden, laid out over 3.5 hectares, informs every aspect of the property, including the contemporary Farm Hotel & Spa.
It’s divided into 15 broad areas, with sections for fruit, vegetables, bees, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks, tortoises, chickens, and more. A secluded path runs along the stream where thousands of clivias flower in spring. The garden also boasts a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import.
Good to know Regrettably no dogs are allowed (except for guide dogs). Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R20 (adults, weekends & public holidays)
R10 (children 0 – 12 years, weekends & public holidays)
R100 (family card: free entry for one year)
Contact 021 863 3852, enquiries@babylonstoren.com
Where to find it Babylonstoren, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Franschhoek

Unwind at a spa

Things to Do in Cape Town: Lanzerac Spa

With sweeping views of the vineyards and the towering Jonkershoek mountains in the distance, the spa at Lanzerac Estate offers some of the best vistas (and facilities) in the business. Cutting-edge amenities in a light and airy space that dates back to 1692 (when the first grapes were planted) adds another layer to the experience.
Good to know There are seven state-of-the-art treatment rooms, including a NeoQi Mediq Cocoon, mist room and an experience shower. Spa guests are invited to make use of the heated pool, bubbling Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, while the fitness room is reserved for hotel guests only. There’s even a Vitality Corner for wholesome post-treatment juices, salads and smoothies.
Please note The additional spa facilities may be used by day visitors who spend more than R650. Keep an eye on Lanzerac’s website for specials.
Times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Cost R890 (60-minute massage)
Contact 021 887 1132, spa@lanzerac.co.za
Where to find it 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
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Explore Kirstenbosch

Things to Do in Cape Town: Kirstenbosch Gardens

Founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s rare flora and fauna, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a 36-hectare World Heritage site renowned for its beauty and diversity. Situated on the southern slopes of Table Mountain, in the suburb of Newlands, the gardens are home to a variety of flora (over 7 000 species), indigenous birds and animals, making it a relaxing (and educational) outing for all. It’s idyllic for scenic strolls in tranquil surrounds, with the Boomslang Canopy Walk a definite highlight for those views!
Pack a picnic hamper and settle in for the afternoon, while the kids roam free, exploring streams, climbing rocks and enjoying the wide-open space.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 7pm (September – March)
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm (April – August)
Cost R75 (adults)
R40 (students with a valid card)
R20 (children 6 – 17 years)
Free (children under 6 years, BotSoc members)
Free (senior citizens on Tuesdays, except public holidays)
Contact 021 799 8782, kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za
Where to find it Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
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A day on a Paarl wine farm

Things to Do in Cape Town: Spice Route Destination

A 45-minute drive from the city, Spice Route’s delightful village setup is the perfect daytrip destination for the whole family. Whether you’re after an exquisite seasonal, farm-to-table menu at Jewell’s Restaurant, pizza at La Garpperia, chocolate-tasting at De Villiers Chocolate, homeware and clothing shopping at The Trading Company, or a delectable array of jams and preserves available at Brenda’s Deli, there’s lots happening at this charming village in Paarl. Feel like a spot of exercise? There are hiking, running and mountain-biking trails, as well as pilates classes at Pilates for Life.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 863 5200, info@spiceroute.co.za
Where to find it Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl

Visit Cape Point

Things to Do in Cape Town: Cape Point Nature Reserve

With a plethora of things to do and see, Cape Point Nature Reserve is a wonderful day-trip destination for locals and tourists alike. Whether it’s discovering the rich history of the area, enjoying a beach walk or swimming in the tidal pools, or simply relishing time under the African sun, there is bound to be something for the whole family.
Good to know The SANParks’ My Green Card entitles you to 12 free entries into the pay points of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) within a one-year period. If you are a frequent visitor to Cape Point, Boulders, Oudekraal, Silvermine, and the braai and picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof, this card is worth purchasing. It may only be bought by South Africans with an ID number who have proof of a Cape Town address older than three months.
Times Monday – Sunday, 6am – 6pm (October – March); 7am – 5pm (April – September)
Cost Standard entry: R340 (adults), R170 (children)
South Africans (with original ID): R85 (adults), R40 (children)
SADC nationals: R170 (adults), R85 (children)
Contact 021 780 9010, info@capepoint.co.za
Where to find it Cape Peninsula, Cape Town

Visit the V&A Waterfront

Things to Do in Cape Town: V&A Waterfront

This working harbour centrally located below the bustling centre of Cape Town is a destination on its own, host to a slew of exciting attractions that keep both locals and tourists alike coming back for more. Kiddies and marine life enthusiasts will be in awe at the world-class Two Oceans Aquarium, with mesmerising live ocean exhibitions and over 8 000 sea animals on display, while the Cape Wheel is a great way to see the sights from above. Don’t leave before browsing the array of stalls at The Watershed, a harbourside market showcasing locally made, handcrafted art, clothing and decor. And, after building up an appetite from all the activities, be sure to pop into the V&A Food Market, offering a kaleidoscope of cuisines from Cape Malay and Mexican to Asian and Italian, as well as a selection of fantastic snacks!
Contact 021 408 7600, enquiries@waterfront.co.za
Where to find it 17 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

Spend the day at Llandudno

Things to Do in Cape Town: Llandudno Beach
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The Cape is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – scenic stretches of honeyed sand or cool coves that beckon on sunny weekends. One such spectacular spot is Llandudno Beach, where a picturesque strip of white-sand beach is hugged between large boulders, creating the perfect space for groups of families, friends and avid surfers to spend their days lazing in the sun. The sunsets are unmatched, while the water (ridiculously cold) offers unmatched refreshment on hot summer days.
Good to know Those seeking a more intimate experience will love the peaceful cove at Beta Beach in Bakoven. Since there are no waves, the water is perfect for snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and shallow dips. Sheltered from the wind, the bay is also the place to be when the pesky southeaster strikes.
Where to find it Victoria Road, Llandudno, Cape Town
7 Beira Road, Bakoven, Cape Town

Visit Kalk Bay Harbour

Things to Do in Cape Town: Kalk Bay Harbour

The famous red-and-white-striped lighthouse at the tip of a bustling pier is one of the enduring images of Kalk Bay, which was named one of The 12 Coolest Cities in the World by Forbes magazine in July 2018. A popular spot for an evening amble during summer months, in winter the harbour sheds its laidback armour and gives new meaning to the phrase “Cape of Storms”, as large waves are known to come hurtling into the bay, crashing against the jetty and lighthouse with substantial impact – a riveting sight to behold!
While you’re there, be sure to snap a picture of the resident playful seals, purchase a fresh-off-the-boat fish to take home for dinner, or grab a bite to eat at one of the picturesque neighbouring restaurants.
Contact 021 487 6800, info@capetown.travel (Cape Town Tourism)
Where to find it Main Road, Kalk Bay

The Old Biscuit Mill

Things to Do in Cape Town: Old Biscuit Mill

There’s so much to do at The Old Biscuit Mill! You can hop from a good coffee to a spot of designer shopping to a top-notch meal (at The Test Kitchen or Pot Luck Club) without getting into your car (or calling an Uber).
Of course, the Neighbourgoods Market – which takes place every Thursday evening and on Saturdays and Sundays – is one of the venue’s famous attractions.
Times The Old Biscuit Mill: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm; Saturday, 9am – 2pm (retail hours)
Neighbourgoods Market: Thursday, 5pm – late; Saturday, 9am – 3pm; Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Contact 021 447 8194, info@theoldbiscuitmill.co.za
Where to find it 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Foodie experiences

The Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Things to Do in Cape Town: Oranjezicht Market

Despite its name, this farmers’ market is actually located at Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront, and runs every Saturday and Sunday morning – and Wednesday evenings (from December 2020 to end-March 2021)! You’ll find fresh-from-the-patch vegetables, fruit and herbs – it’s worth doing your weekly grocery shop here – as well as bread, cheese, organic dairy products, free-range eggs, raw honey, muesli, and ethically sourced meats and seafood. There is also a lifestyle section, selling an array of carefully curated clothing, décor, ceramics, vintage items, pet accessories, houseplants and farm-to-vase flowers. There’s plenty of space for kids and dogs, who’ll also enjoy the foot-tapping music and a family-friendly vibe.
Good to know OZCF is a plastic-free zone and you are encouraged to bring your own bags as well as your reusable cup for tea and coffee.
Times Saturday, 8.15am – 2pm
Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Wednesday, 5pm – 9pm (2 December 2020 – March 2021)
Contact 083 628 3426 (Sheryl), market@ozcf.co.za
Where to find it Granger Bay Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

High tea in Franschhoek

Things to Do in Cape Town: High Tea Franschhoek

Driving up the treed drive as you enter Anthonij Rupert Estate, one is transported to a Downton Abbey-esque country mansion, with breathtaking mountain views and perfectly manicured lawns, dotted with an array of Dylan Lewis bronze sculptures completing the picture.
In the Tasting Room, you’ll be greeted with a welcoming (and welcome) glass of L’Ormarins Brut Rosé before making your way to the veranda for a seasonal and sumptuous high tea. Think chocolate bar with almond sponge cake, mini carrot cake roll, tonka bean flan, salmon frittata, mini venison pies, and more.
Good to know The entrance to Anthonij Rupert is not easily visible, so it’s important to slow down when you see the first sign.
Cost R250 per person (minimum of 4 guests; maximum group size of 10 guests)
Times Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 021 874 9004, tasting@rupertwines.com
Where to find it R45, Franschhoek
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Wine-tasting in Somerset West

Things to Do in Cape Town: Wine Tasting Somerset West

A little slice of la dolce vita in the Cape, Da Capo Vineyards is perched on a hill amid granite mountains, and offers sweeping vistas of the sea in the distance. For a unique experience with a sweet spin, head to the Romanesque tasting centre for a macaron-and-wine-pairing. Doesn’t a match between the Romeo & Juliet Prosecco and a white-peach, butter-cream, chamomile and white-chocolate macaron sound intriguing?
Good to know While you’re there, pop into the estate’s view-drenched restaurant.
Times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm
Cost R250 (three macarons paired with three Idiom wines)
Contact 021 858 1088, reservations@idiom.co.za
Where to find it Idiom Tasting Centre & Restaurant, Da Capo Vineyards, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West
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Coffee at Truth

Things to Do in Cape Town: Truth Coffee

The Cape Town coffee scene is a vibe! Whether you’re after a tucked-away gem or a theatrical steampunk roastery, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Truth Coffee on Buitenkant Street is world-famous for its superb interiors (the site of many of commercial shoot) – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Sherlock Holmes-era laboratory, where a vintage roaster adorned with copper dispensers, gauges and contraptions produces world-class brain juice.
Times Monday – Friday, 7am – 6pm
Saturday, 8am – 6pm
Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 021 201 7000, cafe@truth.capetown
Where to find it 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

A tuk-tuk wine-tasting tour of Franschhoek

Things to Do in Cape Town: Wine Tasting Franschhoek
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If, like us, you love the odd awayday to Franschhoek, you’ll love this easy, convenient (and affordable) way to get around the valley – because nobody wants to get behind the wheel when there are wine farms to visit, nectars to sample, gourmet restaurants to eat at, and picnics to be devoured.
Good to know You can custom-create your own tour through the Winelands with either a half-day or full-day tour, both of which travel between La Motte and La Petite Ferme. A few of the most popular stops include Haute Cabrière, Stony Brook, Mont Rochelle, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, and Entrée.
Please note Should there be unexpected heavy rains, a vehicle will be made available for your tour and your Tuk Tuk experience will continue as soon as is possible.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 10pm (October – April)
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm (May – September)
Cost Half-day tour: R240
Full-day tour: R380
Where to find it 54 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town
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The Secret Gin Bar

Things to Do in Cape Town: The Gin Bar

Hidden in a charming courtyard, this innercity watering hole is housed in a heritage building that used to be a mortuary, which informs the menu and interiors. Choose to sit in the tiny Embalming Room (tucked in a corner), or the more spacious Chapel Room and order one of the five quack remedies (cocktails). If you’d rather go for a straight-up G&T, there are 140 gins to choose from (80 of which are local). Gin not your thing? There’s wine and beer, too.
More secrets If you’re looking for something even more under the radar (so much so you’ll have to book in order to receive the address), then The Art of Duplicity should be a must-visit on your tipple list. This roaring speakeasy is hidden in a former warehouse at the back of an 1894 storefront that takes its cue from the prohibition Twenties.
Times Tuesday – Saturday, 3pm – 12am
Monday, 5pm – 12am
Contact 071 241 2277, hello@theginbar.co.za
Where to find it 64A Wale Street, Cape Town

Wine + dine in the East City

Things to Do in Cape Town: Belly of The Beast Restaurant

Dining at Belly of the Beast is much more than a meal, it’s a gastronomic experience. The reservations-only eatery that seats just 25 diners hasn’t had an empty seat since opening in August 2018. The industrial-modern space, with opposing mid-century modern dining chairs, cinder-block walls and delicate light fixtures, and a cool alternative playlist create a blank canvas for chef Neil Swart’s seasonal and sustainably sourced food – which is outstanding.
Times Monday – Thursday, 7pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday, 12.30pm – 10pm
Contact 021 461 0335, eat@bellyofthebeast.co.za
Where to find it 110 Harrington Street, CBD, Cape Town
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Cooking class in the Bo-Kaap

Things to Do in Cape Town: Cooking Class

The diversity of our rainbow nation is reflected in a delicious melting pot of cuisines. In Cape Town, specifically, Malay flavours, brought to the Cape by the slaves, are still evident in dishes such as curries, bobotie, bredies and denningvleis (dried fruit and meat curry).
To learn more about this slice of history – and how to prepare some traditional dishes – join a practical cooking class in the Bo-Kaap. The two-hour interactive cooking lesson – making chicken curry, samoosas and daaltjies (chilli bites) – culminates in enjoying a traditional lunch in an informal setting with auntie Zainie.
Good to know A brief walking tour of Bo-Kaap the rich culture and historical development of the area since the 1760s. You’ll also visit the local spice shop filled with everything you need to cook your own Cape Malay dish.
Times Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10am – 2.30pm
Cost R1 750 per person (includes transfers to and from your hotel; minimum of 4 people required for booking)
Where to find it Bo-Kaap
Good to know Pick up from Cape Town’s central areas is included in the price (from hotel or other), provided you give a contact number when making your booking.
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Ride a wine tram

Things to Do in Cape Town: L’Ormarins Wine Tram
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One of the best ways to experience this spectacular slice of the Franschhoek Valley is on a hop-on-hop-off tram that links L’Ormarins Estate and Anthonij Rupert Wyne. There are two custom-built trams that travel in tandem between the venues, with each return journey lasting around 30 minutes. The rides are complementary and visitors are permitted to hop on and off as many times as they like throughout the day.
All you need to decide is whether you want to start your day with a visit to the motor museum and end it with a leisurely lunch, with a wine-tasting in between – or vice versa!
Good to know The all-in-one package – which includes a tram ride, wine-tasting at Terra del Capo Tasting room, lunch and a premium wine-tasting at the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room and a visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum – costs R650.
Times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Contact 021 874 9004, tasting@rupertwines.com
Where to find it Anthonij Rupert Estate, R45 Wine Route, Franschhoek Valley
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Cultural pursuits

Visit Norval Foundation

Things to Do in Cape Town: Norval Foundation

Located in the serene Steenberg wetlands, with sweeping views of vineyards and Table Mountain National Park beyond, Norval Foundation is home to a series of world-class, purpose-built galleries. Founded by the Norval family, the property also boasts a sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, research library and children’s playground. And, of course, The Skotnes Restaurant and Bar, which features a bistro-style menu, as well as picnics.
Dedicated to showcasing art with global appeal in an environment that fosters an appreciation for nature, Norval Foundation is a welcome presence in the homely ’burbs, and is another well-deserved feather in Cape Town’s ever-expanding culture cap.
Times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm, closed on Tuesdays
Cost R120 (access membership)
Contact 087 654 5900, info@norvalfoundation.org
Where to find it 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
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Visit Zeitz MOCAA

Things to Do in Cape Town: Zeitz MOCAA

Touted as Cape Town’s very own Tate Modern, Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) at the V&A Waterfront was even named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Destinations of 2018! Located in a former grain silo, the massive eight-storey space underwent a state-of-the-art overhaul, courtesy of esteemed British architect Thomas Heatherwick, and houses 6 000 square metres of exhibition space with galleries on every floor, as well as an event space and a rooftop terrace with a view-drenched restaurant and bar.
Good to know The current exhibition, Home Is Where The Art Is, showcases 2 000 artworks from Capetonians of all backgrounds and artistic abilities.
Times Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Cost Free (year-round to under 18s)
R210 (adult, day entry)
R290 (annual membership)
Contact 087 350 4777, info@zeitzmocaa.museum
Where to find it Silo District, S Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Visit a sculpture garden in Stellenbosch

Things to Do in Cape Town: Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden

Located on Mulberry Farm, whose majestic hills and luscious gardens are home to over 60 stunning sculptures created by feted local artist, Dylan Lewis, the seven-hectare Sculpture Garden is also home to a wide range of indigenous fynbos, Buchu and Erica.
Dylan’s sculptures fall into four broad themes – the human form, shamanic figures, monumental abstracted fragments, and the great cats – and are grouped accordingly throughout the garden. The heather hills, for example, are dominated by earthly male images, while the poplar grove hosts the female form.
Please note Visit by appointment only, last entry at 4pm.
Times Tuesday – Saturday, 8.30am – 5pm
Cost R180 (adults)
R120 (students and pensioners)
R1 100 (private guided tours are available on request)
Contact 021 880 0054, reservations@dylanart.co.za
Where to find it Mulberry Farm, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch
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Time of publication: 23 December 2020