Top 16 Things To Do In Beautiful Cape Town!
Cape Town is the most stunning, gorgeous and intoxicating city in the world! It offers the ultimate lifestyle: The big city appeal, access to the most beautiful stretch of beaches, unique nature surrounds you which I guarantee you’ll never tire of…and all is right there on your doorstep.
Summers begin here in November and lasts until the end of February. Cape Town is a summer paradise; bright blue skies, long sunny days and very warm temps, however it is also famous for its unpredictable weather meaning you can get more than one season in a day. During the summer months expect the occasional shower, a couple of chilly evenings and strong winds. Packing Tip: Make sure you have a light jacket or windbreaker with you.
Top things to enjoy in Cape Town:
Go up to the top of the Table Mountain. You can either hike up (that will take you about four hours) or take the cable car. The views in every direction are breathtaking! Opt to watch the sunset, bring drinks and a bite for maximum effect. It will be very busy during the summer period especially Christmas, arranging your tickets online ahead of time is the way to go. For more details about prices & reserving tickets: https://www.tablemountain.net/content/page/rates
Life is a beach…Enjoy time on one of the sensational beaches. Remember, the water is ice cold! You won’t be able to actually swim but rather splash around while taking in the sun and the views, and simply chilling. On the other side of Cape Town in the area of False Bay, the water is warmer so if swimming is on your mind, head out that way. My favorites beaches: Llandudno, Camps Bay, Clifton, Muizenberg ~ The ultimate family beach. Windmill Beach is in the area of Simon's Town where the water is calm and clear. It’s great for snorkeling and going out on a sup. Bikini Beach ~ Situated in Gordon's Bay, at the foot of the Holland mountain range. The real appeal you ask?…Students from the nearby Stellenbosch University who frequent the beach in bikinis :-) :-)
Check out the tidal pools ~ A (real) natural swimming pool! Beautiful, clean waters and so much fun. These pools fill up by both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and are located along the coast of the Western Cape. These are of course free to use. This one I discovered during my last trip to Cape Town and it was awesome ~ Miller’s Point, past Simon’s Town.
Boulders beach; A beach that offers much more! Here you have a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with African Penguins who reside here, they are used to people around them so they love to waddle around and swim right there with you. Note: To reach the beach where you can swim with the penguins, pass the nature park, enter through the second entrance on the other side.
Swim with the seals off Hout bay’s harbor, on Duiker island. For more information: https://www.diveschoolcapetown.co.za/fun-dives/scuba-dive-with-seals
Enjoy a picnic or a summer event held at the Kirstenbosch gardens; a tropical jungle on the slope of Table Mountain.
Have lunch/dinner in V & A waterfront. Views, live music, local crafts, sittings on the water’s edge, stores and wonderful food. More about what you can find here: https://www.waterfront.co.za/
Enjoy the sunset and dinner on one of the many hotel rooftops of the city. Top three rooftops for you to consider: Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar: Imagine having your cocktail while looking at breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Cape Town. The Silo hotel: Too stunning for words! A more laidback option is Chinchilla: This cool rooftop bar is the attraction on the Camps Bay strip. Tip: Reserve your spot well in advance!
Enjoy an afternoon drink continuing on to dinner on the beach. Grand Cafe & beach, the Bungalow or The Shimmy; here you can also dance the night away!
Have High Tea in the iconic Mount Nelson hotel ~ Forget what you think you know about high tea..as this is nothing like you’ve tasted before!
Visit Constantia’s wine farms to enjoy an afternoon of wine tastings. Stellenbosch is about an hour away from Cape Town and is famous for its wine estates and tastings, this however, is closer by and serves as an option for those who can’t make it out there.
Would you dare?…Take a Heli ride above Cape Town!
Visit Robben Island: Since the end of the 17th century this island has been used for the isolation of mainly political prisoners, the most famous of them being of course Mr. Nelson Mandela; he served 18 years of his 27- year sentence here. After him two more former prisoners became presidents! Following the end of apartheid, it operates as a living museum. In 1999 the island was declared a world heritage site. Bare in mind: There are set times for the ferry as well as the tours on the island, it will take about four hours combined. You can not wander around on your own. For information about tickets & rates: http://www.robben-island.org.za/
Cape Town is full of color in more ways than one. South Africa is also known as the Rainbow Nation, finally representing all of its people. Nothing will add more color (and authenticity) to your day like wandering around Bo-Kaap. This area truly represents the history as well as the change that came with abolishing apartheid, making it an important place to visit. These houses were built and leased to slaves. When slavery finally ended, the houses were bought and painted by the occupants in bright colors in celebration of their freedom.
Take a drive along the coast through Chapman’s peak, the 12 Apostles all the way to the Cape of Good Hope.
UNIQUE ACTIVITY ALERT! Go Shark cage diving in Gansbaai!
Enjoy a full-day cage diving excursion in Gansbaai, where you have the opportunity to get close to great white sharks. No previous diving experience is required, only a need for adventure and guts lol All of the necessary equipment is included as well as meals. The trip takes about 10 hours and they offer Hotel pick-up within 5 kilometers of the central business district.
Here is a link to book with a special offer: https://www.getyourguide.com/?partner_id=OUO459C
BONUS ACTIVITY! Rent an electrical scooter to enjoy the Sea Point beach front and more! It’s the best way to discover the area.
More about Cape Town and the Garden Route is coming up so stay tuned!
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