32 FUN THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN
January 31, 2021
32 FUN THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN
If you have decided that Mother City is your next destination, booked your accommodation and flights, and made a decision that you would Uber/Bolt from Cape Town International Airport to your accommodation when you land but are still not sure what activities you can do and attractions you can see, then I wrote this blog with you in my mind. You probably know the popular ones so I tried my best not to include them in my list.
These are some of my favourite activities and I hope this list will give you a few ideas of what you can do and see in and around Cape Town to ensure your stay is as fun and memorable as possible.
If you are in the mood for an open-air hang out with your family or friends, party celebration, a trip around the Cape Peninsula or Winelands, corporate team building, etc. Why not hire “Mrs Doubtfire” and have fun in a unique and exciting way. Fire Truck is fully licensed, insured, and comes with a driver and host. All outings are tailor-made and can be modified en route if requested. The truck can comfortably accommodate up to seated 12 passengers. If you have a larger group, you can book a few vintage sidecars to carry the extra guests.
The following rates are per truck hire and not per person. The amounts I put in brackets are just to show you how much each person would pay if you divided the amount by 12.
2-3 hours R3850 (R320pp), 3-4 hours R4675 (R390pp), 4-5 hours R5500 (R460pp) and 5+ hours R7874 (R660pp). Maximum 8 hours.
Cape Town Water Bikes is a new way to experience Simon’s Town coast.
Hop on one of the world’s most advanced water bikes and get pedaling for a different perspective. There is an opportunity to spot whales (in season – Jun to Nov), dolphins, seals, our famous African penguin colony, other water birds, and maybe even a sea turtle.
COST: R490pp (1-hour ocean tour)
COST: Seasonal (2-hour ocean and penguin guided tour)
Enjoy a 1.45 hour guided horseback beach ride. You will ride straight through the wetlands for about 20 minutes onto beautiful Noordhoek beach. Riding along the water’s edge or the back pan towards Chapman’s Peak and back, a variety of wildlife can often be seen on the beach rides such as birdlife, whales, otters, and seals.
5. BOAT CRUISE (CRUISE AND LUNCH COMBO) – V&A WATERFRONT TO CLIFTON
The perfect waterfront combination: an Atlantic Cruise followed by a gourmet dining experience at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This package includes a 1-hour ocean cruise followed by a 2-course meal at a choice of three top V&A Waterfront restaurants.
The one-hour cruise will give you spectacular views of Cape Town, with Table Mountain still as magnificent as it was from the perspective of ancient mariners.
This is a 40-minute cruise from Hout Bay harbour to Duiker Island, the Seal Colony beneath the well-known Sentinel Mountain where you can view thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment.COST: R110pp
7. CAPE TOWN JEEP TOURS – DUNES AND WINELANDS TOURS
This fun tour is ideal for families, friends, or colleagues who enjoy nature and the great outdoors. Get into an open Jeep and experience the beauty and excitement of Atlantis dunes, Cape Town or Winelands with an experienced driver and custom Jeep.
COST: R2195pp (Half-day Peninsula and Wine Tour Combo)
A zipline canopy tour in the company of soaring eagles, surrounded by breathtaking Cape fynbos panoramas and mountainscapes only an hour’s drive from Cape Town by car could well be exactly what you are looking for.
The panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain are breathtaking, but the views from the abseil are even better. Descending down the side of a sheer cliff you will have Camps Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard and the deep blue ocean at your feet with the Twelve Apostles at your side. The Table Mountain Abseil is guaranteed to get your pulse racing.
Cape Town is one of the most spectacular places in the world to paraglide – Watch the full video here. Lion’s Head and Signal are the two sites that you can fly from because of their location and the stunning views of Table Mountain and the Cape Town area.
Click here to watch the full video on my YouTube channel.
12. SCENIC HELICOPTER TOUR – V&A WATERFRONT
Experience Cape Town from the above! Watch the full video here. Fly from the Cape Town V&A Waterfront over the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to the breath-taking Table Mountain bringing you home over the Cape Town City Bowl and finally back to the Cape Town V&A Waterfront.
Incorporate a guided tour of the innovative 18 Gangster Museum with walking, cycling, and taxi tour taking in some of Khayelitsha’s highlights and points of interest for a fuller picture of life in Cape Town’s largest and most vibrant township.
Rent a bicycle from Up Cycles at the Sea Point Pavilion and explore Cape Town at your own pace. Pedal along the Promenade and make your way to the CBD or Camps Bay for a refreshing drink.
You’ll get to have fun while exercising and take in Mother City’s beautiful attractions, including Green Point Park and Cape Town stadium. You can return the bike to any Up Cycles stations located in Camps Bay, Sea Point, and V&A Waterfront.
Cape Town on a kayak will change the way you see our city. On summer mornings especially, there’s a good probability of finding yourself in a pod of endemic Heaviside dolphins, who love the Granger Bay area. In whale season you might see southern right whales, who travel to Cape waters to calve or sunfish, penguins, Cape fur seals, Cape clawless otters, jellyfish, and cormorants diving into the sea when you kayak in Sea Point.
Experience a breathtaking walk in Kirstenbosch Gardens with the Boomslang Aerial Walkway.
Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. Its 128m long, 12m tall walkway allows visitors to experience the Botanical Gardens from the treetops of about 450 of South Africa’s 1000 indigenous species.
COST: R85pp (Adults) and FREE for children under 6 years.
Sandboarding is a great outdoor adventure sport! All it takes to sandboard is a positive attitude, a splash of sunscreen, a few basic instructions and you will be blasting down a sand dune in no time at all.
Anyone can enjoy sandboarding as long as you are fairly physically fit.
Experience an exhilarating ride on a fully automated 4 wheeled Quad Bike (ATV) down the Atlantis Dunes just outside of Cape Town up the beautiful West Coast of South Africa. The Atlantis sand dunes are situated northwest of Cape Town and is an important conservation area protecting the Atlantis Aquifer which supplies water to the Atlantis area.
21. CAPE TOWN BIG FIVE OR BIG FOUR SAFARI – FULL DAY TOUR
Spotting the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo is a priority for many visitors to South Africa and this tour is ideal for those who want to see these majestic animals up close and in their natural habited.
A quick and easy introductory skydive, designed to give you the full thrill of freefall at a speed of over 120mph (190km/h), while having the security of having being attached to one the world-class, internationally accredited tandem instructor.
Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town has a lot going for it – the ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot for adults and children. The beach is always clean and safe because it falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area.
It is rarely crowded, and children will be delighted by the stunning rockpools and penguins.
Enjoy a hop-on hop-off Wine Tram tour highlighting differences between 8 estates in Franschhoek.
With three centuries of wine-growing heritage, the Franschhoek Valley is one of the Cape’s top wine areas and the Franschhoek Wine Tram, a vintage-style tram, is the perfect way to explore the estates.
Visit the world’s largest collection of contemporary African art. Marvel at the architecture, get lost in the art, or just explore the Silo District at the V&A Waterfront around the Zeitz MOCAA Museum.
COST: Free entry for African citizens every Wednesday, between 10:00 am – 13:00 pm Free entry on presentation of ID/Driver’s Licence/Passport. The normal price is R200 entrance fee per adult.
If the ocean’s apex predator is on your South Africa bucket list, look no further. Come face to face with great white and/or copper sharks in Gansbaai’s cool ocean waters or watch from the specially designed boat.
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. 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.
Experience the endless natural beauty, a string of secret beaches, and the ever-welcoming crystal-clear turquoise Langebaan lagoon inside West Coast National Park. The lagoon is a multi-functional area where visitors can enjoy water activities such as kayaking, boating, kitesurfing, SUPing, swimming, water skiing, and snorkeling. For overnight accommodation, contact Kraalbaai Luxury Boat Houses or contact me for discounted rates firstname.lastname@example.org
30. WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK OPERATING TIMES
Times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 7pm (September – March; last vehicle entry at 6.30pm); 7am – 6pm (April – August; last vehicle entry 5.30pm)
South Africans (with original ID): R66 (adults), R33 (children) SADC nationals: R100 (adults), R50 (children) Standard conservation fee: R100 (adults), R50 (children)
West Coast National Park is situated just a 1-hour drive from Cape Town, between Yzerfontein and Langebaan on the R27.
31. MAIDEN’S COVE BEACH AND BRAAI AREA – CAMPS BAY
One of my favourite spots in Camps Bay for the best pictures with the ocean, boulders, and Twelve Apostle mountains as a backdrop. A beautiful scenic lookout point, tucked between Glen Beach and Clifton Beach, is Maiden’s Cove.
With vistas of Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and the exquisite Atlantic Ocean, Maiden’s Cove is the perfect spot for a day out with fantastic views. In spring, pods of whales and dolphins can also be spotted from this scenic beach. Splash around in a tidal pool, sunbathe, and be merry.
32. TAKE IN THE SIGHTS WITH A FREE WALKING TOUR – CAPE TOWN
Learn more about Mother City, its history, interesting facts, and take in the beautiful sights with Cape Town Free Walking Tours. There are various different tours on offer – a historic tour, an Apartheid to Freedom tour, a Bo-Kaap tour, and a Taste of Cape Town tour. Each one offers a unique perspective on Cape Town and what this amazing city has to offer.
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