Things To Do in Cape Town and Surrounds

1. Go on a 4 x 4 Dune Eco Adventure

Go on a 4 x 4 Dune Eco Adventure just outside Atlantis – A 5 hour Drive with an instructor, an opportunity to drive under supervision and sandboarding on request. Refreshments are severed all day and lunch is usually a traditional South African braai.

2. Abseil Table Mountain

Join Abseil Africa for a mind-blowing adrenaline pumping experience. Descend down the side of a sheer cliff with Camps Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard and the ocean at your feet and the Twelve Apostles at your side. No experience is needed; the guides show you the ropes and talk you through the whole process

3. Swing from Tree to Tree with Acrobranch

Acrobranch is a treetop experience located in the Constantia Nek forest that offers a unique adventure for children as well as adults. Here you must move from tree to tree, navigating cargo nets, zip lines, barrels and Tarzan swings. The kids will absolutely love it.

 4. Pet an Alpaca at Alpaca Loom

Alpaca Loom is a coffee shop, weaving studio and petting zoo. Here kids can interact and pet alpacas while the adults enjoy a piece of cake and a cup of coffee. Visitors can also watch weavers at work. Alpaca Barn Tours take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 15:00.

5. Experience the Vibe at Amazink Live in Kayamandi

AmaZink Live is a township shebeen that offers a 3-course meal accompanied by a culturally authentic musical. Audience interaction is encouraged and the waiters not only serve up the meal, they are also part of the musical experience. On offer is the very finest kasi cuisine designed by the well-known chef Bertus Basson.

6. Get Creative with Artjamming

Visitors are provided with an option of 12 different size canvases, easels, a choice of non-toxic acrylic paints on tap, brushes, and tools to freely express themselves. No drawing or painting skills are required. Various Artjamming studios in Cape Town

7. Blend Spices & Make Curry at Masala Dosa

Learn the art of blending spices through a multi-sensory introduction to their history, rituals and culinary uses. You will take home with you a little recipe booklet and your spice blends. You can also learn how to cook a proper Curry and make sweet masala, rotis and your own curry creation

8. Visit the Colourful Bo Kaap

Bo-Kaap has the most colourful houses in Cape Town. Many of the residents are descendants of slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and various African countries. To learn more about this vibrant suburb visit the Bo-Kaap museum.

9. Spend Time at Babylonstoren 

The big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of this working farm and was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town. It also links back to the mythological hanging gardens of Babylon. 

10. Have a Sundowner at Blue Peter 

The Blue Peter in Bloubergstrand is a very popular hangout spot for locals, especially in summer months when many patrons spill out on to the lawn in front of the bistro to enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean and Table Mountain, while sipping on delicious cocktails.

11. Bitchy Bingo & Drag at Beefcakes

Tuesday nights are Bitchy Bingo Nights at Beefcakes – a night of drag performances, comedy, and some crazy bingo. Friday nights you can enjoy a dinner theatre – a drag show like no other with glitter, feathers, incredible costumes, comedy, impersonations and of course hunky “Beefcakes” The burgers at Beefcakes are a must.

12. Explore What Bree Street Has to Offer

Bree Street is one of Cape Town’s most popular streets. It is situated in the center of the city and is lined with bars, restaurants, galleries, and shops.

13. Bonbon Workshops at Honest Chocolate

Bonbon Workshops consists of a full tasting and introduction to how cacao beans are farmed and processed, as well as a demonstration of how chocolate is made. Guests are then taught to dip, decorate and wrap their own set of four bonbons to take home. The workshop includes tea/coffee. The workshop is approximately 1.5 hours – Minimum of 8 people.

14. Botanical Cocktail Workshop 

The Botanical Cocktail Workshop starts with a foraging master-class, followed by a walk where you will gather wild herbs and edible flowers to be used in the drinks. You will learn the basics of cocktail making and be treated to a light floral inspired lunch, cocktails and refreshments. Leave with a herbal bouquet and your very own wild booze creations.

15. Braai and Scuba at Oudekraal

Oudekraal lies along Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard and forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. It has a number of sheltered coves and is surrounded by big boulders. The beach is popular with scuba divers and Sandy Cove is a great spot for beginner divers. Oudekraal is also a very popular braai spot and offers braai facilities as well as grassy picnic areas sheltered beneath Milkwood trees.

16. Braai at Galbi’s

Galbi is the only Korean Fusion BBQ restaurant in Cape Town. They offer the traditional Korean tabletop barbecue with an African twist. Try traditional Korean dishes or take your pick from a raw and ready-to-grill selection of marinated beef sirloin, Xinjing  lamb  skewers, ostrich fan fillet, sub-Saharan warthog, springbok sosaties, kudu or zebra – there are vegetarian options too!

17. Visit Butterfly World

Butterfly World is situated in Stellenbosch and is home to a variety of exotic animals and insects. Visitors can walk around the beautifully kept gardens admiring butterflies of all shapes, colours and sizes flutter around their heads.

18. Braaivleis at Mzoli’s

Mzoli’s is a rustic restaurant/butchery situated in the township, Gugulethu. At this venue, you buy your meat (steak, chicken wings, lamb chops, and wors) at the attached butchery, and then give it to the braaiers to prepare. Side dishes include pap, steamed bread, and salads. There is also chakalaka.

19. Break Plates at Mykonos Taverna

Mykonos Taverna situated in Sea Point offers a wide variety of Greek foods. At the end of each month, they hold an entertaining Greek evening that includes a set menu, plate breaking, and traditional Greek dancing.

20. Lunch With Breathtaking Views at Brass Bell 

Brass Bell is a very popular restaurant in Kalk Bay.  The restaurant is right next to the ocean. In fact, it is so close that when I took my parents there for lunch, my dad was worried that his food might get swept away by a big wave

21. Visit Cape Town City Hall

Stand on the same spot at Cape Town City Hall as where former president Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first public speech after being released from a 27-year long prison sentence.

22. Have Fun at the Cape Town Carnival

The Cape Town Carnival is an extravaganza not to be missed. Celebrated each year, normally in March (with a different theme) this festive and extremely colourful occasion inspires cultural understanding and encourages residents to participate in displaying their heritage as well as to create, build and play together. The carnival takes place at the famous Fan Walk in Green Point.

23. Laugh Out Loud at the Cape Town Comedy Club

Cape Town Comedy Club features in the Top 10 best comedy clubs in the world! It is a dinner theatre.  The restaurant is open from the time the doors open, throughout the show, until the show ends and the bar is open until 2 am. Each week there is a different line-up of comedians – 4 comedians per night.

24. Join a City Walk 

The City Walk normally takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. It starts in the Company’s Gardens, continues down St George’s Mall to Waterkant Street, and progresses up the Fan Walk to St Andrew’s Square. Along this walk, you will find performers, public art, yoga, live music, food stalls and so much more. The City Walk is from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and can be accessed free of charge at any point along the route.

25. Cycle along the Sea Point Promenade

Rent a bicycle at the Up Cycles station in Sea Point and enjoy a relaxing ride along Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. Ride from the Sea Point Promenade along the coast all the way to the V&A Waterfront. Up Cycles is Cape Town’s first drop-and-go bike rental company and has a network of stations which allows you to easily navigate your way around the city on their bikes.

26. Eat a Cupcake at Charly’s Bakery

Charly’s Bakery – the bakery that had its own TV show.  Make sure to visit this iconic bakery when you are in Cape Town and try one of their ‘mucking afazing’ cupcakes, while you are there.

27. Picnic & Hike at Deer Park

Deer Park Nature Reserve is an incredible green space bordering on Cape Town’s city bowl. The reserve is very child-friendly and has trails that kids can easily walk. It also has lovely picnic spots and there’s a cafe if you don’t want to bring your own food.

28. Drink a Death Wish Coffee at Haas

Haas is a very trendy, very interesting Coffee Shop in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.  This coffee shop is not known just for sourcing the finest beans from around the world, they also offer some more “exotic” coffees for the brave… read about The Day I Drank A Death Wish Coffee at Haas

29. Look for Fairies & Elves on the Elfin Trail

Download VoiceMap, a GPS audio walking tour app on your phone and make sure to take it with you when you go on the Elfin Trail in Constantia. This fantasy-themed audio walking tour will guide you along a 5km trail where you’ll hear timeless stories and natural sound effects. You will learn about fairies, elves, and centaurs and led over cursed roads and goblin-ridden bridges.

30. Eat at the Very Affordable Eastern Food Bazaar

The Eastern Food Bazaar situated in the center of Cape Town can be described as a long narrow roofed “alley” with food stalls that run down one side selling a wide variety of Eastern cuisine and tables and chairs on the other side. The food here is very affordable but very tasty and the portions are big.

31. Eat in a Back Alley 

At the Yard you will find Mucky Mary’s – they offer breakfasts. The Bitch’s Tits offers sandwiches and tacos but just until 4 pm. After 4 pm the restaurant turns into The Dog’s Bollocks then they serve burgers and chips, chicken wings, pork ribs and nachos

32. Experience an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony 

Addis in Cape offers a mini Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The Ethiopian coffee is brought to you in a traditional coffee pot called a Jabena. For the complete experience, they also burn some Frankincense at your table and bring you a small serving of popcorn.

33. Take a Ferry Ride at Intaka Island

Take a 35 minutes tranquil ferry ride on the canal and around Intaka Island, with a special “hop on hop off” feature at Canal Walk and Crystal Towers. Booking is essential. Visitors can also take a leisurely stroll around the 2km footpaths that are available. There are 9 stations along the footpaths that each offers a different insight into the bird, water life, flora & fauna that is encompassed in Intaka Island.

34. Explore the City & Art Galleries on Foot on First Thursdays

First Thursdays, takes place on the 1st Thursday of every month. It is a public event taking place mostly along the axes of Bree and Church Street – it is free to attend. Art galleries and cultural events around Cape Town’s central city stay open until 9 pm on these nights, allowing people to explore the city on foot. This is not a tour – you decide where you want to go and what you want to see – just grab a printed map at your first stop.

35. Go on a Free Historic City Walking Tour

The Historic City Tour starts at 11:00 & 16:20. Get introduced to the different eras of Cape Town’s history and some of the people who shaped it. Highlights include Company’s Garden, Parliament, Green Market Square, The Castle of Good Hope and The Slave Lodge. No booking needed. The tour is 90 minutes and starts from Greenmarket Square.

36. Go on a Free Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

The Bo-Kaap Walking Tour starts at 14:00 & 16:20 – Highlights include, the oldest Mosque, the old Tailors House, the different coloured houses, a Cape Malay Restaurant, Atlas Spice Trading Centre and the beautiful Chiappini Street. No booking needed. The tour is 90 minutes and starts from Greenmarket Square – just look out for the green umbrellas.

37. Go on a Free Apartheids to Freedom Tour 

The Apartheids to Freedom Tour starts at 11:00 & 14:00 – Get introduced to the history of apartheid in Cape Town and the places related to it. Highlights include St Georges Cathedral, the Cape High Court, a stop by District Six and Mandela’s first speech as a free man. No booking needed. The tour is 90 minutes and starts from Greenmarket Square.

38. Go on a Free V&A Waterfront Tour 

The V&A Waterfront Tour starts at 11.00, 14:00 & 16:15. Highlights include the Marina, Breakwater Prison, Time Ball Tower, Amphitheater, Table Mountain Frame, Clock Tower, Cape Agulhas Vessel, Penny Ferry, Nobel Square, Robinson Dry Dock, the Comedy Club, and the Watershed. The tour is about 90 minutes.

39. Learn to Cook French at a French Cooking Workshop

The Alliance Française du Cap has launched a Cooking Workshop called La Gastronomie Française.  The class takes place on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10h00 to 13h00. First, you will learn some basic French phrases and vocabulary related to the theme, and then, you will cook together and enjoy a meal that is a traditional dish from one of France’s regions

40. Take a Full Moon Hike up Lions Head

Lion’s Head Full Moon Hike is a very popular hike with visitors and Cape Town locals alike. As the name suggests it takes place on evenings when there is a full moon. The trail begins at a gravel parking lot located under a patch of blue gum trees near the beginning of Signal Hill Rd.

41. Watch a Movie at a Galileo Open Air Cinema 

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is a magical movie experience that gets enjoyed outside under the stars. Movie nights take place in the summer months from November to April and the events normally start at 6 pm on Weekdays, 5 pm on Saturdays and 4 pm on Sundays, the movie itself starts at sunset. At all the events there are food markets and interactive games.

42. Go To the Beach

Cape Town has many beaches to choose from. There are the trendy Campsbay, Clifton and Llundudno beaches. Surfers love Muizenberg, while Kitesurfers enjoy playing around in the ocean at Table View beach. There are also beaches that have secluded coves, tidal pools and much more.

43. Take the Kids to Greenpoint Park

Green Point Urban Park is a family-friendly park, perfect for picnics or for just for lazing around. There is an outdoor gym, a play park, an adventure park, and an outdoor labyrinth. Walking around in the park is very interesting as you will find information all over about the different plant species within the area.

44. Visit the Gold of Africa Museum

The Gold of Africa Museum boasts one of the largest collections of gold on the African continent and the exhibits allow visitors to retrace the history of this precious metal in Africa.

45. Get Your Chocolate Fix at My Sugar

My Sugar is an artisan chocolatier and confectioner situated in Sea Point and a must visit if you love all things sweet and chocolaty. Here you can indulge in small batch handcrafted chocolate and confectionery while you watch the chocolatier create these incredible candies.

46. Relax next to a Pool while Sipping on Cocktails

At the Zenith Sky Bar, situated on the Cape Royal Hotel’s rooftop guests can relax next to pool on a daybed, while sipping on cocktails and eating sushi.

47. See Hippos at Rondevlei Nature Reserve

Rondevlei is situated in Grassy Park and is home to about 256 species of indigenous plants. It has a museum, a network of footpaths, viewing towers, several bird hides. It is also home to hippos as well as 20 other mammal species.

48. Go Horseback Riding on the Beach

The Imhoff Equestrian Centre in Noordhoek offers daily rides along the picturesque Noordhoek Beach.  They have horses to cater for all levels of experience, even complete amateurs. Rides take about an hour and a half and leave at 09h00, 12h30 and 16h00

49. Try to Escape with HintHunt

HintHunt is a live escape game, designed for groups of 3-5 people regardless of knowledge or any specific skills. Players are locked in a themed room and must put together the hidden clues they find to overcome various mental tasks they encounter in order to escape the room before 60 minutes is over. Themes include – Submarine Deep-down, JM’s Office, Submarine Torpedo and Zen Room.

50. Go on a Hike

 

There are many magnificent hiking spots in and around Cape Town. On some hikes, you will find waterfalls, grottos, interesting fauna and flora or even shipwrecks, while others just offer spectacular viewpoints. The routes all range from leisurely strolls to challenging climbs. When hiking always remember safety first and never go hike on your own.

51. Take a Harley Davidson Tour

Visitors can rent a Harley Davidson from Cape Bike Travel or opt for a chauffeured ride and explore one of South Africa’s most spectacular scenic drives – Chapman’s Peak.

52. Hop on Hop off Train Trip – Cape Town to Simonstown

Buy a hop-on / hop-off ticket and take a ride (between 10 am and 4 pm) on the Southern Line rail route. It starts at the Metrorail in Cape Town and stops at various other stops around the city and on the Peninsula. Stops include Observatory, Newlands, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town. You can also catch the train from any of the stations in Kalk Bay, Muizenberg or Simon’s Town.

53. Go on a Picnic in the Helderberg Nature Reserve

Helderberg Nature Reserve is located in Somerset West. Here you will find a plant herbarium, Guinea Gift Shop, an environmental education centre, a picnic area, children’s play area and jungle gym, as well as bird watching, hiking trails, and walking trails

54. Join an Improvised Comedy Drop-In Class

Improvised shows are made up as you go and it is always different, based on suggestions from the audience. Join The Long Shots every Thursday night at 1st Rosebank Air scouts Hall, Campground Road, from 19:30 – 21:30 for a 2-hour drop in class – all levels are welcomed. The 2 hours consist of warm-ups, games and light coaching.

55. Ice Skate at Grand West

The Ice Station at Grand West is an Olympic-size skating rink that operates all year round. Bright lights and music add to a festive vibe at the rink. There is plenty of seating space. Visitors can rent skates at the venue. The Ice Station also offers skating lessons and a junior rink for little skaters.

56. Play Indoor Action Sports

The indoor sports arena in Montague Gardens offers action cricket, netball, and soccer. The arena also has a bar and on weekends it is transformed into Bounce World – a safe indoor play place for kids.

57. Admire Irma Stern Paintings

Admire South African art at the Irma Stern Museum. This was once the home in Cape Town of the famous South African Expressionist painter Irma Stern. It has a permanent exhibition of the artist’s paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture as well as her private collection of early European furniture, African and Oriental art.

58. Stand Up Paddling at Intaka Island

Stand Up Paddlers and rowers can take advantage of the 8km of protected navigable canals at Intaka Island – for permits call 021 552 6889 or email info@centurycity.co.za. Or join the Century CitySUP club – Club nights are every Monday night at 6pm

59. Have Lunch at a Prison

Pollsmoor prison has its own restaurant that’s open 7 days a week. Choose from a variety of simple dishes – including traditional African cuisine – where the most expensive meal costs only R35. The food is both prepared and served by prison inmates.

60. Enjoy a Jazzy Brunch at Harveys

The brunch buffet is served every Sunday throughout the year, from 11am until 2pm. On arrival, you will receive a complimentary Sunday Newspaper and a glass of bubbly. Brunch includes everything from freshly made pastries, cheeses and traditional English breakfasts to sushi, salads, cold meats, as well as decadent desserts.

61. Listen to Music at a Kirstenbosch Summer Concert

In summer months the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens become extremely popular when the Sunday evening Summer Concerts (end of November until the beginning of April) start. The concerts are a series of outdoor live music events, featuring some of the hottest South African acts in the industry. All money raised is used to maintain and improve the facilities.

62. Listen to Live Music at Mercury Live

Mercury Live is one of Cape Town’s longest standing live music venues.  Here you can listen to local rock, hip-hop, pop, jazz, and electronica.

63. Have an Authentic African Gourmet Experience

Mama Africa offers a vibrant and authentic African gourmet experience that is made even more magical through music – marimba, jazz, African soul and drumming – is featured on most nights. The huge snake bar is lit by chandelier fashioned from 500 Coca Cola bottles. Food includes dishes like game kebab and crocodile. They even have vetkoek and sweetcorn bread

64. Go For a Moonlight Walk on the Beach with Moonlight Meander

The Muizenberg Moonlight Meander is a monthly event that offers people the opportunity to get to know one another, for families to enjoy the beach together, and to get good exposure and press publicity for Safer Together. The event takes place on the Saturdays closest to full-moon – subject to weather.

65. Cycle at Night with Moonlight Mass

Moonlight Mass dates can be viewed on the Critical Mass facebook page. Moonlight Mass cyclists meet under the Green Point roundabout at 20:00 and leave at 20:15. Everyone is invited! No one is in charge! Bring your bike, wear a helmet, use reflective gear, switch on your light and remember to obey all traffic rules.

66. Go Mushroom Foraging

Go Mushroom Foraging with the mushroom hunter Justin Williams. Here you will learn all about the magical world of mushrooms, while you pick your own. After foraging you will get recipes, mushroom soup, bread, aubergine, mushroom pate, and herbal tea.

67. Explore the Restaurants in Main Road in Sea Point 

Main Road in Sea Point has a diner called Franky’s Diner that is open 24 hours a day, you can eat Thai food at Salathai and even get a Thai massage while you’re there. Hudson is well-known for their burgers, while El Burro is the place to go for Mexican food and Giovanni is a must visit deli. There are many more restaurants worth checking out.

68. Be Inspired at PechaKucha

PechaKucha is the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”. PechaKucha Nights are informal gatherings where people get together and share their ideas, works, and thoughts through a presentation that involves 20 images, each displayed for 20 seconds. Anyone can present at a PechaKucha event. The key to a great presentation is to present something you love.

69. Watch a Movie at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema

The Pink Flamingo is an open-air rooftop cinema is set among vintage Air-stream trailers on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel. There are 3 seating options at the Pink Flamingo – general seating, the love seat and the couch. All movie tickets include a welcome drink, a bag of sweets and popcorn. For an additional cost, you can add a delicious picnic basket.

70. Play Volleyball on Camps Bay

Join the Beach Bums on a Saturday for a volleyball session on the famous Camps Bay beach. The beach bum coaches will introduce you to the basics and tactics of beach volleyball. Training times are from 10:00am – 11:30am and from 11:30am onwards is free play

71. Wine, Chocolate and Beer Tasting at Spice Route

Barley & Biltong at Spice Route is a beer garden, serving CBC beer, mouth-watering food (their gourmet burgers and hand cut double-fried chips are amazing)… 

72. Skateboard or Rollerblade at Promenade Mondays

Promenade Mondays, is a weekly event that takes place every Monday around sunset along the Sea Point Promenade. The event is a celebration of the lifting of the ban on skateboarding & rollerblading along this promenade.  Riders usually meet at Queen Beach parking lot at around 18:00.

73. Test Your Knowledge on Quiz Night at Oblivion

Every Monday evening teams get together at Oblivion to put their general knowledge to the test! Topics range from history and geography to entertainment, music, sport and current affairs. The tasting section offers wine, cheese, exotic spices and more. The top team wins a prize. Teams of four or less are eligible for main prizes, larger teams win free drinks.

74. Read at the Centre for the Book

The Centre for the Book coordinates book-related activities, such as book discussions, poetry readings, book launches, and writing workshops. One of the studios at the Centre for the Book was converted into a Children’s Reading Centre that provides opportunities to children from 0-7 years to read books for pleasure, write their own stories and be entertained by storytellers.

75. Ride a Camel at Kommetjie

Imhoff Farm is the only destination around Cape Town where you have the opportunity to ride a camel, either for a short roundabout experience, or a longer ride through a tranquil natural area with stunning views. Camel rides are offered daily from 12:00 to 16:00, except Mondays and during stormy weather. Rides can be booked at the hut by the entrance to the courtyard.

76. Skate at a Roller Derby

The Cape Town Rollergirls is a not-for-profit roller derby sports league and organisation that offers women full-contact roller derby as well as recreational skating – both women and men are welcome. If you are interested in giving roller derby a try visit the Rollergirls on open nights or join the wRECk league (recreational league) where you’ll be given training.  No previous skating experience is necessary. Games can be watched at the Sunningdale Sports Complex

77. Go on a Red Bus City & Township Tour 

The City Tour to Table Mountain provides the most convenient way to visit the Table Mountain Cableway and offers a great introduction to Cape Town’s City Bowl, as well as Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard. The Downtown Tour is the best way to explore downtown Cape Town, while the LaGuGu Township Tour will take you on a tour of Langa and Gugulethu.

78. Go on a Red Bus Mini Peninsula & Wine Tour 

The Mini Peninsula Tour circles the back of Table Mountain, allowing you to experience the beautiful scenery of the mountain’s southern slopes, which include Kirstenbosch, Constantia winelands and Houtbay. The Wine Tour takes you to 3 wine stops in Constantia – just hop off at stop 21 on the Mini Peninsula tour and hop on the Wine Tour bus.

79. Go on a Red Bus Summer Sunset Bus Tour 

In summer take the Sunset Bus – this is not a hop-on, hop-off tour but it does stop at Signal Hill to give passengers the opportunity to watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean and over the festive season, it takes a drive down Adderley Street with its festive season lights.

80. Get Invited to a SecretEats

SecretEATS (founded in 2012 in South Africa) is an exclusive, invitation-only dining experience. After accepting an invitation, you won’t know where you’re dining or what’s being served until the day of the event. It’s all kept Secret and that’s part of the fun. To request an invitation, simply visit their website –  www.thesecreteats.co.za

81. Dance at a Secret Sunrise

Secret Sunrises are a very different and unique way to start your mornings. These “early-morning sessions are designed to help you start your day on a positive note by embracing the beauty of the Mother City at sunrise while dancing your worries away.” Secret Sunrise venues are kept a secret until just before the event. You have to book your tickets online.

82. Enjoy a Sunday Roast / High Tea at the Exclusive Silo Hotel

The Willaston Bar at the Silo Hotel offers stunning views of Cape Town through 5,5m high pillowed glass windows. The Hotel offers a wide range of dining experiences including an afternoon tea and a popular Sunday Roast. At the Sunday Roast, you can choose from a choice of roast pork, beef and chicken served by chefs on carving trolleys. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 14:00 to 16:30.

83. Go Swing Dancing

Swing dancing events are all about dancing socially and having a good time. If you want to Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues or Jazz Dance in Cape Town visit the Boogie Back Dance Co or the Que Pasa Swing Time websites for more details.  They offer weekly classes in and around Cape Town, as well as regular events.

84. Boogie at Decodance

At Decodance situated at 120 Main Road, you can boogie to hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s

85. Go on a Tunnel Tour under Cape Town

Discover the secret tunnels below the City of Cape Town that date back to 1652. The tunnels are wet, slightly warmer, so put on older shoes and clothes. The tunnels are also dark, so remember to take a torch with. Tours start at the Castle of Good Hope or below the slopes of Table Mountain and are about 2 – 3 hours long.

86. Go on a Wine Adventure with Tuning the Vine 

Turning the Vine is a wine adventure that takes on the second Wednesday of every month in Cape Town’s Innercity. The event starts at 17:30 and tastings end around 20:30. Turning the Vine showcases a wide variety of delicious South African wines and the very talented winemakers that makes these wines.

87. Watch a Movie a Labia Theatre

Watch a movie at the oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa. The Labia Theatre shows mostly independent movies, foreign films, and art circuit films. The Labia Theatre also has coffee and a fully licensed bar – you can enjoy your drink in the cinema whilst watching a movie.

88. Go on a Wine Tour with the Wine Tram in Franschhoek

Discover the beautiful Franschhoek Valley on a hop-on-hop-off wine tram. The Franschhoek Wine Tram currently offers five hop-on hop-off lines to choose from – each line visits eight wine estates.

89. Harvest Ingredients for Wild Pizza and Botanical Drinks 

At the Wild Pizza and Botanical Drinks workshop you will discover the delicious world of seasonally available indigenous plant flavours, wild herbs, edible weeds, and flowers as well as their culinary and medicinal applications. Lunch is botanical drinks and pizzas, cooked on a wood-fired pizza oven, all created by you with foraged and harvested ingredients.

90. Listen to Poetry 

If you love poetry a Touch of Madness in Observatory on a Thursday evening at 19:30 is the place where you want to be. On these nights you can hear poetry read, recited and performed by the famous and the infamous, the known and the unknown.

91. Drink a Turkish Coffee at Byblos 

There is an old Turkish saying – “A cup of Turkish coffee commits one to forty years of friendship”.  Byblos Trading Co in Woodstock serves Turkish coffee.  Read More about Turkish Coffee at Byblos Trading Co – HERE

92. Watch a 4D Movie

You can experience a 4D movie at the Nu Metro Cinemas at the V&A Waterfront. 4D movies include chairs that move, water spraying in your face, wind blowing in your hair, lightning above your head, fog and smells.

93. Go on a Herb Tour at Allee Bleue 

Herb Tours at Allee Bleue Wine Estate take place every Friday from 11:00 am. The tour is followed by a 3-course herb-inspired lunch. Bookings are essential. Allee Bleue also offers wine tasting and picnics.

94. Buy a Namji Fertility Doll 

At the Shop at Grande Provence Wine Estate you can find a wide variety of African beads and textiles as well as Namji Fertility Dolls. They also have a gallery and sculpture garden, offer wine tasting, cellar tours grape juice tasting. a unique wine blending experience.

95. Create Your Own Wine Blend

Groups of 12 or more people can make an appointment and join winemaker Marozanne Bieldt in creating their own blend at Haut Espoir Wine Estate. They also offer wine tasting and cellar tours by appointment

96. Bellydance

Bellydance with Soma Fusion Bellydance Company in Woodstock. You will be taught postural awareness, breathing, stretching and Middle Eastern and Arabic rhythms, as well as costume-making, working with props, the history of the dance and how to play zils (finger cymbals). Wednesdays are for absolute beginners.

97. Listen to Original Music or Perform Yourself

Barleycorn Music Club is South Africa’s oldest music club and their main functions is to promote & present the best local, original music. There are usually 4 acts per night.  If you’d like to play, you can contact the Presenter of your preferred date. It’s all happening on Monday nights – 8pm at Villagers Football Club in Claremont.

98. Attend a Free Daytime Concert

These free daytime concerts are presented by students and staff of the South African College of Music every Thursday during lunchtime. It takes place in the Baxter Concert Hall or the Chisholm Recital Room at the SA College of Music during term time. The concerts commence at 13:05 and are about 40 minutes. Admission is free

99. Play the Djembe Drum

Join the Afro Beat Drumming circle every Thursday evening at The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Road and learn new and exciting rhythms from all over Africa and some from further afield like Haiti and Cuba. Beginners are welcome.

100. Create Your Own Unique Crockery

Young and Old will enjoy this fun activity at The Clay Cafe. You can choose from a vast array of unfired bisque and a wide selection of colourful paints to create crockery that is both personal and completely unique. Spend a leisurely day painting, eating and playing in a relaxed environment.

101. Exhibit / Perform at ART Thursdays in Obz

ART Thursdays in Obz is a platform that provides up and coming artists with venues to showcase their work. It allows musicians to introduce their sound and talent to intimate performances at little gems along Lower Main road. Pop-up exhibitions are created in unusual spaces. Held every 2nd Thursday of the month.

102. Capture the Colours, Cultures & Cuisines of India in Cape Town

Spend a weekend with the Third Best Exotic Marigold in Greenpoint, capturing the colours, cultures, and cuisines India. The itinerary is packed with Indian food, exotic drinks, yoga, meditation, rural walks. “shake-a-legs” and fashion flair.

103. Open Night & Star Gazing at SAAO

Open Nights take place at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town located off Liesbeeck Parkway, next to the River Club. The event usually starts at 20:00 with a talk followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing. Visit their website for event dates and talk subject.

105. Swim with Rays, Turtles & more

Swim with Rays, Turtles & more at the Two Oceans Aquarium. You will need to have a minimum of a Discover Scuba qualification. If you don’t have an Open Water qualification or higher, you are able to do a one-day Discover Scuba course at the Aquarium, which will allow you to do 1 dive in the I&J Ocean Exhibit on the same day.

106. Enjoy a Craft Beer and Food Pairing Board

Devil’s Peak Brewing Company is situated at the foot of Devil’s Peak. Their Taproom is an inviting pub and restaurant which showcases their latest creations. Here you can enjoy a craft beer and food pairing board, order something from their menu or relax with a pint while soaking in the beautiful mountain views.

107. Go on a Brewery Tour & Do Some Beer Tasting

Jack Black offers brewery tours by appointment. Guests can experience a behind the scenes look at all the various stages, processes and equipment used to brew their award-winning beers.

108. Wakeboard, Kneeboard, and Waterski

Blue Rock is a waterskiing resort with a restaurant and a social environment set in a Mediterranean style for the enjoyment of all. They have a Cable (over-head pulling system) that is made for kneeboarding, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. There are lots more to do and kids will absolutely love spending the day here. Instructors are available if necessary.

109. Join a Beach Clean-Up

Join Clean C for a beach cleanup on the 1st Saturday of every month. Beach cleanups start around 10:00 at various beaches around Cape Town. Visit their facebook page to find when and where the next beach cleanups will take place – Cape Town Beach Cleanup@capetownbeachcleanup

110. Visit the Oldest Building in South Africa

The Castle of Good Hope was built between 1666 and 1679 and is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Two events worth attending at the Castle is the Key Ceremony – the unlocking of the van der Stel entrance by the ceremonial guard of the castle and the Firing of the Signal Cannon performed by the South African National Defence Force. Both events take place from Monday to Friday at 10:00 and 12:00.

111. Enjoy a Picnic in the Sky

Enjoy a spectacular 360˚ panoramic view of Cape Town when you go on the Cape Wheel at the V&A Waterfront. To make this even more special, you can now, for a little extra, collect a picnic basket from the Cape Wheel, go and fill it with your favourite picnic food at a food store closest to you while a table gets set up in your gondola. When you get back with your basket and ticket, you will be let onto your gondola and your ride will get extended to double the length giving you time to enjoy your picnic while taking in the views.

112. Have a Picnic at Cape Point Vineyards

Picnics at Cape Point Vineyards are a definite must and are served Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays to Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00. Guests collect their baskets, pillows and a blanket from the Deli, where a runner will assist in carrying everything to your chosen spot. Every Thursday evening from 16:30 to 20:30 Cape Point Vineyards has one of the best food markets in the Cape.

113. Take the Cable Car up Table Mountain

Take a 5 minute cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, 1 089 metres above Cape Town. There is a self-service restaurant, Table Mountain Café at the top as well as a gift shop. The best part about being on top of Table Mountain is definitely the views. Download VoiceMap and go on a self-guided Tabletop Walking Tour or go on a free 30 minute guided tour (happening on the hour from 09:00 to 15:00 daily), departing from the Twelve Apostles Terrace.

114. Feed the Squirrels at the Company Gardens

This is one of my moms’ favourite things to do at the Company Gardens – Feeding the Squirrels. You can buy a bag of peanuts from almost any of the vendors around the garden.  The squirrels at the garden are so used to people and to being feed that they will come and take the peanuts right from your hands. After feeding the squirrels and walking through the beautiful gardens – why not enjoy a coffee at the coffee shop in the Company Gardens

115. Eat a Gatsby (sandwich)

If you’re in Cape Town you have to eat a Gatsby. A Gatsby usually consists of a very large bread roll (can feed up to 4 people) that is filled with all sorts of fillings – steak, calamari, chicken, polony, curry, sausage and/or egg. The filling varies depending on the customer’s preference and/or the vendor. The only standard item that you will find on almost every single Gatsby and what makes this so unique is slap chips.

116. Kayak from Three Anchor Bay

Join Kaskazi Kayaks at Three Anchor Bay for a 3 – 5 km journey either towards Granger Bay or Clifton Beach. Trips are approximately two hours long. The first tour normally departs at 07:30 and the next one at 10:00. Find out beforehand if the tours are happening.

117. Play Laser Tag

There are various places in Cape Town where you can play laser games but you usually have to be part of a group if you want to play. Grand West is one of the only place that I know of where you do not have to be part of a group.  This is a fun activity for children and adults

118. Get Lost in a 3D Maze

Milkwood Maze at Imhoff farm is an interactive 3D maze that lets you take a “tour” of South Africa, as well as to neighbouring countries like Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Each destination has a flag of the country it is representing. Along the way, you will learn about different African animals and animal conservation.

119. Fly a Microlight

Join Sky Adventures for a microlight flight from Fisantekraal Airfield. Fly over Cape farmlands and along the coast at Bloubergbeach where you might be lucky and see some dolphins or maybe even sharks. With Sky Adventures you can even take the controls and fly yourself under the supervision of your competent flight instructor

120. Watch a Real Magic Show

The Cape Town Magic Club offers patrons an opportunity to see top South African & international magicians perform illusions, mentalism & magical sideshow acts. Shows take place in a “pop up” theatre at the Forum Conference & Banquet Centre at the V&A Waterfront

121. Try Flyboarding

Riders can join Flyboard Cape Town at the Raddison Hotel in Granger Bay for some flyboarding. Riders stand on a board connected to a watercraft by a long hose. Water is forced under pressure to a pair of boots with jet nozzles underneath which provide thrust for the rider to fly up to 10 m in the air or to dive headlong through the water down to 2.5 m

122. Do a Home Barista Course

Do a Home Bairsta course at Origin. Here you will learn brewing basics and coffee theory with their Head of Academy and Lead Barista. This is a practical course, full of hands-on experience and demonstrations for home baristas and coffee enthusiast. The course also includes Coffee theory, a roasting demonstration, Brewing demonstration of the alternative brew methods and Espresso tasting.

123. Learn to Make the Perfect Cocktail

Book a Cocktail Masterclass with South Africa Shaker and learn how to make the perfect cocktail. You will learn methods of cocktail preparation, building a drink, stirring, shaking, layering, muddling, straining, smashing and of course, drinking. You will also prepare and make a range of classic and contemporary cocktails including Collins, Margaritas, Daiquiris, Caipirinhas, Sours, Mojitos, Martinis and much more.

124. Mountain Bike at Meerendal Wine Estate

Meerendal Wine Estate is a great place to go mountain biking if you are a beginner. It is also the perfect mountain biking place for group rides. The tracks are flat and reasonably easy to navigate. There are spectacular views to take in along the way.

125. Learn the Art of Meditation

Attend a drop in Meditation class. Classes provide a practical overview of meditation and helpful advice on how to develop and maintain a peaceful and happy mind. During the class, there are two guided meditations, teaching and opportunity to ask questions. Meditation classes are offered all over Cape Town, one of the venues is in Milnerton on Tuesdays 18:30 – 19.45 at the Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Rd

126. Pick Your Own Veggies at Oranjezicht City Farm

Oranjezichht is a working vegetable farm in the middle of Cape Town. Visitors are invited to walk around the farm during the week. The first Wednesday of every month from 15:00 to 18:00 is harvest day – visitors can then pick their own vegetables.

127. Hike The Pipe Track

The Pipe Track is a very popular and relatively easy hike with some stunning views. It starts where Kloofnek and Tafelberg roads meet.

128. Swim or Dive in Sea Point 

The Pavillion is a pool complex in Sea Point with 2 children’s pool, a diving pool, and an Olympic sized swimming pool.

129. Go for a Ride with Scootours

Experience Table Mountain in a fun and active way with Scootours. A 5 km track will take you on an adventurous off-road track down the side of Signal Hill into Bo Kaap. Riders then get transported to Table Mountain for a final run down a single track off this world-famous landmark. Scooters are non motorised push bikes.

130. Have Fun at Be Up Park

Take the kids for a fun day at Be Up Park in Pinelands. This is not just another trampoline park, they also offer 11 Clip ’n Climb walls, an aerial play area, 5 meters from the ground and a kidz maze filled with brightly coloured tubes, tunnels, ball ponds, trampolines and slides. There is also a café that offers panoramic views of all the activities at be.UP Park

131. Explore and Have Fun at Boschendal Wine Estate

Do a historical tour at Boschendal Wine Estate of the Werf and stroll through the old rose garden or if you are feeling a little bit more adventurous you can go on one of the hiking or biking routes through the vineyards and mountains. You can even swim in one of the farm dams or try your hand at fly-fishing. Boschendal has recently opened their MTB Trails to the riding public. They also offer horse and pony rides. Wine Tasting includes Premium wine tasting, Standard wine tasting, Chocolate Wine tasting, and Brandy tasting.

132. Try the Wine Popsicles  at Haute Cabrière

Haute Cabrière’s Pierre Jourdan Wine Popsicles are South Africa’s first ever, home-grown, wine-based ice popsicles. Visitors can also do a wine tasting at Haute Cabriere’s Tasting Room, have lunch at their restaurant or go on a guided cellar tours.

133. Do a Wine & Infused Caramel Tasting La Bourgogne

La Bourgogne Farm is a working farm producing quality wines. They also export plums and pears and olive oils. La Bourgogne offers delicious tastings which includes their Wine Tasting, Olive and Olive Oil tasting, Wines and Infused Caramel tasting and Cape Brandy and Homemade Truffle Tasting.

134. Do a Wine & Lokum Tasting at La Bri

La Bri is a boutique winery offering interesting wine tastings – like the Wine & Lokum paired tasting – handcrafted Turkish Delight. Plums paired with roasted nuts, mulberries with mint and apricot with ginger. The Wine & Chocolate paired tasting and the Biltong & Wine tasting, They also offer Cheese & Biltong Platters. The wine cellar at La Bri is a gravity fed wine cellar and visitors can enjoy a self-walk tour through the cellar.

135. Enjoy a Wineland Tea at La Motte

La Motte offers a winelands tea complemented by a selection of treats from the La Motte Farm Shop. They also have their own coffee blend. Other activities at La Motte includes theme tastings, older vintages tastings, and food & wine tasting, They also have hiking trails, a historic walk that starts at the La Motte museum and a sculpture walk. Regular classical music concerts are held at La Motte. The La Motte Steinway is one of the last Steinway pianos manufactured in Hamburg before the closing of the factory due to World War II.

136. Do a Cap Classique Tasting & Guided Walk at Le Lude

La Lude’s cuvee premium tour package includes an in-depth discovery into the makings of premium Cap Classique as well as an opportunity to taste the wine at different stages of production. The tour will be followed by a lunch and Cap Classique tasting.  There is also a 30-minute guided tour of the production cellar and underground maturation caves with Le Lude’s winemaker, Paul Gerber, followed by a canape and wine pairing.

137. Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum L’Ormarins

L’Ormarins is home to the Franschhoek Motor Museum. Here visitors can look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with a unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles.

138. Eat at Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie-Style Restaurant 

Lunch at Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie-style restaurant includes a variety of meats from a state-of-the-art Rotisol spit, complemented by a selection of side dishes from their Harvest Table that features seasonal salads and roasted vegetables sourced from the vegetable and herb garden on the farm. A selection of farm-baked breads, pastries, cakes and take-home meals is also available. Dessert consists of individual portions of delights such as cake lollies, mini cheese-cakes and baby meringues. The food offering is available from Wednesdays to Sundays from 11:30 to 15:00.

139. Get to Handle a Wine Press at My Wyn

My Wyn specialises in hand-made wines, created in a rather primitive cellar without steel or modern technology, just lots of passion and heaps of patience. They offer personal and intimate wine tasting – Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 12:30 from October to April.  At harvest time visitors might get a chance to punch down the fermenting grapes or they can even handle the wine press. They also get to taste the fresh wine in the making.

140. “Cook Wild” at Rickety Bridge

Rickety Bridge Wine Estate offers cellar tours, wine tasting, as well as various wine blending experiences. A must do is their Cooking Wild sessions where guests get to prepare Cape Malay favourites and experience pan-African cuisine dishes.

141. Ride Your Bike at Constantia Uitsig’s Bike Park

Constantia Uitsig’s Bike Park offers cyclists of all ages and skill levels, laps and laps of fun. The park features a variety of pump tracks currently totaling 2.8 km’s. There are beginner jump lines all the way to expert drop-offs, rock gardens, a wooden berm, rollers and a suspension sky bridge, that tracks the canopy of the trees and ends in a corkscrew exit.

142. Go for a Ride on the (mini) Blue Train

The Blue Train Park helps to raise charity funds for the Sea Point Rotary Club, who donates to various charities around Cape Town. Besides the mini Blue Train, the park also has a number of other fun interactive play structures aimed at kids between the ages of 1 – 12

143. Jump at Jump Around

Jump Around is situated in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town. The arena is filled with 1000 sq meters of trampoline fun – visitors can literally bounce off the walls at this fun arena. There is even a Dodgeball court, basketball lanes as well as a Soccer Pitch.

144. Support a Big Issue Vendor

“The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme” So next time you see a vendor selling Big Issue magazines, stop have a chat and support them by buying a magazine from them

145. Build a Bear

Build a Bear offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. “Builders” can choose from teddy bears, bunnies, dogs to other stuffed animals to make and even give it a unique personality with hundreds of teddy bear sized outfits and teddy bear sized accessories. Build a Bear shops can be found at Canal Walk, Gateway, Tygervalley and the V&A Waterfront.

146. Buy Second Hand Designer Clothes at 2nd Take

2nd Take in Long Street stock second-hand designer clothes and labels from Armani to Zara at hugely discounted prices. At 2nd Take anyone can buy and sell new, nearly new and second-hand international designer clothes.

147. Build Sandcastles & Play Beach Games

Feel like a kid again – Cape Town has many kid-friendly beaches and what is more fun than building sandcastles and play games like frisbee, beach tennis, etc with kids on the beach. After building up a sweat go for a swim and go wash the sand off in the ocean.

148. Go for a Fun Ride on the Ceres Steam Train

The Ceres Steam Train departs from outside the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town at 07:30, raveling through Wellington, Nuwekloof Pass, Wolseley, Michell’s Pass and stops at the Ceres Golf Estate. At Ceres Golf Estate, passengers disembark, where they can enjoy a buffet style lunch (must be pre-booked) before returning to Cape Town. The train only operates on certain dates, so make sure to check the calendar before making a booking

149. Go Caving with CPPS

Cape Peninsula Spelaeological Society better known as CPSS, is a Cape Town-based cave exploration club. CPPS promotes the safe exploration, recording and conservation of local sandstone and limestone based cave systems on the Cape Peninsula and around the Western Cape. Non-members are welcome to join them on an outing. Outings normally take place on the first weekend of every month.

150. Go on a Canopy Tour

Zipline through the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the Cape Nature reserve with Cape Canopy Tours. This area is a World Heritage Site and was previously inaccessible. Included in the tour is a 4 x 4 trip, a fully guided trip (13 platforms, 11 slides and a swing bridge), a fresh farm-style pie and of course loads and loads of fun.

151. Swim, Have a Picnic & Ride on the Funicular at Cape Point

Cape Point is situated in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park and forms part of the Cape Floral Region (more than 1 100 indigenous plant species that grow nowhere else in the world), a World Heritage Site. Cape Point offers breathtaking ocean and mountain scenery. There are great swimming spots and picnic sites at the Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools. There’s also a restaurant, a gift shop and many cultural and historical spots to explore. A highlight at Cape Point is taking a ride on the Flying Dutchman funicular.

152. Go on a Shipwreck Trail

The Cape of Good Hope was first known as The Cape of Storms and with good reason – numerous shipwrecks can be found all over the Cape coastline. At Cape Point visitors can go on a Shipwreck Trail – and see shipwrecks like the Lusitania, the Thomas T Tucker, the Nolloth, the Le Napoleon, the Phyllisia, the Buffels Bay wreck, the Tania and maybe even the legendary ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman.

153. Target Shooting with Shootopia

The Shootopia shooting range is located in Stellenbosch on Rustenberg Wine Estate. They offer a variety of different packages, like the Die Hard Package, the Rambo Package and the Terminator Package. According to Shootopia with the Terminator Package visitors will shoot enough ammo to make even Schwarzenegger sit up and take notice.

154. Go Coasteering with Gravity Adventures

Coasteering is a lot like Canyoning or Kloofing but it takes place along a protected coastline rather than in a river.  Gravity Adventures offers this activity in Simonstown, close to Boulders Beach. There are a number of rock jumps up to 8-10m depending on the tide.

155. Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is the art of shooting a firearm at clay targets. Join Clay Pigeon Adventures for a Clay Pigeon Shooting adventure at either Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West or at the Wild Clover farm in Stellenbosch.

156. Change a Life for the Price of an Extra Cup of Coffee

Buy a Change Coffee on the first Friday in December and help fund on-the-ground programs for vulnerable and AIDS affected children in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Change Coffee is a fundraising initiative for Eniwe Children’s Fund, a registered charity with DGR. Various coffee shops all over Cape Town are part of this initiative

157. Hold a Baby Croc at Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm

Go on a Croc pond tour at Le Bonheur and get the opportunity to touch a baby crocodile. Guided crocodile pond tours take place every 45 minutes and leads visitors across open dams via rampways. Over 1000 crocs are housed in these dams. Visitors can view crocs in the dams as well as underwater through aquarium style viewing panels.

158. Go Croc Cage Diving

Enjoy breakfast or lunch at La Bonheur’s café before being escorted to the platform where you will meet the dive master/croc handler. The cage can take up to 10 divers who will spend approximately 20 minutes in the water with the crocs.

159. Kids will Love Café Paradiso

Café Paradiso is situated on Kloof Street in Cape Town and offers daily projects to keep the little ones busy while you enjoy lunch/dinner at this beautiful restaurant. Kids’ projects take place up until 20:00 and include things like making cupcakes with butter icing, gingerbread men, a pizza board, chocolate chip cookies and/or they can even make their own chickee the clown.

160. Take the Kids to the Cape Town Science Centre

The kids (and adults) will love the Cape Town Science Centre – with more than 250 interactive science exhibits and mind-boggling puzzles, the Cape Town Science Centre will keep everyone entertained, while learning fun facts.

161. Drink a Cup of the Strongest Coffee in the World

The strongest coffee in the world can be found right here in Cape Town. Black Insomnia Coffee is the world’s strongest coffee, as certified by Caffeine Informer. Coffee lovers can drink this coffee at any of the following coffee shops around Cape Town – Hard Pressed Café, Workshop17, Haas Collective, The Olive Branch  Deli

162. Let the Kids have Fun at Bugz Playpark

Bugz Playpark offers a sandpit, slides, monkey bars, a dolls house, a treehouse, a mud kitchen, a jungle gym, a zippy slide, an indoor play area, and a splash pool, where kids can keep themselves entertained for hours. The rides at Bugz Playpark are charged extra and includes – a Choo Choo train, Swing horses, a wave slide, horse rides, peddle karts, rowing boats, a speed waterslide, and a worm train. Their petting farm is also charged extra – here they have goats, tortoises, bunnies, geese, ducks, guinea pigs, and parrots!

163. Play Cave Golf

Cave golf is an indoor 18-hole putt putt course inside a man-made cave. It is situated right next to the Scratch Patch at the V&A Waterfront. The course has an assortment of tricky angles, slanting hills, uneven surfaces and awkward obstacles

164. Rock Climb with Cityrock Indoor Climbing

CityROCK Cape Town is moving to Paarden Eiland in January 2018. Their current climbing facilities include a large bouldering area (bouldering is climbing 3-4m high without a rope) and high walls for roped climbing. They cater for everyone – from first-time kids to experienced outdoor climbers, and everyone in between.

165. Cherry Picking

Cherry Picking season opens in November. There is an entry fee for day visitors. Klondyke Cherry Farm provides containers for visitors to pick into. Visitors walk up to the orchard where they can pick-their-own cherries from the trees. When they return the containers get weight and visitors pay for the cherries that they have picked.

166. Go for a Walk/Hike in the Constantia Green Belt

In the beautiful Constantia valley in the Southern Suburbs there are several walking/hiking trails – together they are known as the Constantia Greenbelt. These trails include – the Alphen Trail, the Diep River Trail, the Spaanschemat River Trail, the Grootboschkloof Trail, the Silverhurst Trail, the Brommersvlei walk, De Hel Nature Area, Doordrift walk, Klaasenbosch Trail. All walks/trails are relatively easy and can take anything from 30min to an hour.

167. Experience an African Tasting Feast at Gold Restaurant

Gold is a unique African restaurant in the heart of Cape Town, with a 14-dish tasting feast inspired by cultural deliciousness from the African continent. The culinary experience is accompanied by unique interactive traditional entertainment, which includes live tribal dancing and singing to the rhythmic beating of djembe drums.

168. Deepsea Fishing

Join Hooked on Africa Fishing Charters for Big Game Fishing & Deep Sea Fishing in Hout Bay. Fishing options include Tuna fishing, Yellowtail fishing, Snoek Fishing, Crayfishing and Offshore Flyfishing.

169. Attend a Free Concert at De Waal Park 

De Waal Park is a public park and heritage site in the Oranjezicht in Cape Town. The park. The park contains over 120 species of trees is very popular with dog walkers. In summer months the park hosts free outdoor concerts on Sunday afternoons.

170. Meet Gerry the Giraffe at Giraffe House

Some of the animals that can be seen at Giraffe House are the Vervet Monkey, Meerkat, Eland, Bontebok, Cape Grysbok, Duiker, Springbok, Impala, Zebra, Warthog, Serval Cats, Caracal Fox, Jackal, Farmyard animals, Tortoises, Snakes, Crocodile, Ostrich, Blue Crane, Storks, Lovebird, Parrots, Teal, Ducks, Goose, Starlings and the most famous of them all Gerry the Giraffe – Gerry is a friendly hand reared giraffe. On weekend and during school holidays at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 they have interactive creepy crawly encounters where visitor are given an opportunity to meet and hold some interesting creatures.

171. Hit Golf balls from a Two-Story Bay at River Club

The River Club is the only driving range in Cape Town to offer two stories of sheltered bays. There are also two putting greens, a chipping and pitching area with bunker and a 9-hole Mashie Golf course. After hours of fun hitting golf balls, enjoy lunch at their restaurant.

172. Take the Kids to Oude Molen

Oude Molen (a rural non-profit) is home to many business ventures from equestrian activities to art workshops. The very rustic farm stall café at Oude Molen offers freshly squeezed juices and coffee, delicious snacks and meals, organic garden produce, breads from wood-fired ovens and homemade preserves and jams. There is also a big old tree-house for the kids to play in.

173. Go to the Theatre

Cape Town has some wonderful theatres to choose from and they all offer amazing shows, productions, plays, and musicals. Theatres include Artscape Theatre, Baxter Theatre, Fugard Theatre, Theatre on the Bay and Kalk Bay Theatre to name but a few.

174. Play Ten Pin Bowling at Grand West

Ten Pin Bowling is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by young and old and Grand West Entertainment World is the perfect place for a fun game or two. The venue is neat and right next to the games at the Magic Company.

175. Have Fun at DelVera Agri-Village

Delvera is located off the R44 in Stellenbosch. It is an agricultural village offering things like wine and olive tastings, arts and crafts shops, outdoor activities such as hiking and biking in stunning surroundings, loads of kids’ activities, delicious farm fare and panoramic views.

176. Fatbike     

Fatbike Tours South Africa have stunning trails in Gansbaai, De Kelders and Hermanus varying from easy rides along the beach to racing down Sand dunes and learning new skills. Riders can choose between going on a Sand Dunes Trail or on one of the Beach Trails

177. Browse and Eat at a Food Market

In Cape Town we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food markets. Here are some of the most popular markets that is a must visit — Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay — Blaauwklippen Market in Stellenbosch — Blue Bird Garage Market in Muizenberg — Cape Point Vineyards Market in Noordhoek — Century City Natural Goods Market in Century City — City Bowl Market on Hope in Gardens — Constantia Waldorf Organic Market in Constantia — Earth Fair Food Market in Tokai & St George’s Mall — Elkanah Schoolyard Market in Table View — Erf 81 Food Market in Tamboerskloof — Lourensford Market in Somerset West — Old Biscuit Mill Neighbour Goods Market in Salt River — Oranjezicht City Farm Market in the City Bowl — Root 44 Market in Stellenbosch — Stellenbosch Slow Market in Stellenbosch — The Palms Market in Woodstock — Willowbridge Slow Market in Tygervalley.

178. Go Karting

Race a high-tech kart at high speed around a twisty racetrack as you battle for position against other drivers. Kenilworth Karting & Century Karting has excellent safety records and a novice may venture onto the track without fear.

179. Play Glow in the Dark Golf

Play 18 holes of mini golf in the dark under UV lights while wearing special 3D glasses. Situated at 1 Turf Club Road in Milnerton. Closed on Mondays.

180. Go on the Waterslides at Graceland 

Graceland is situated in Paarl, it is a family orientated venue that offers fun activities like large waterslides, a play park, jungle gym and farm animal encounters.

181. Do an Open Water Swim at Clifton or Big Bay
CLIFTON: Swimmers get together at Clifton 4th Beach from 17:00 onward and generally swim between the rocks either side of 4th beach a couple of times. When conditions are flat swimmers might venture to 1st beach and back (1.5km) – Weekdays during the summer months. BIG BAY: 
Each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 06:00 a social swim takes place from outside Big Bay Life Saving Club. The distance is temperature related. Contact Derrick on 082 770 5798 for more information

182. Canoe at Milnerton Lagoon

Canoe training takes place at Milnerton Canoe Club every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 17:00. Anyone is welcome regardless of their fitness levels.

183. Surfski Paddle around the Cape

There can be no better way to experience the Cape of Good Hope than paddling around it. Join 4x former World Surfski Series Champion Dawid Mocke from Surfski School on this extreme adventure. Surfski School also offers one on one training sessions.

184. Bodyboard at Blouberg

Blouberg beach is a great spot to go body boarding. If you do not own a bodyboard, you can rent one from the Cabrinha Shop at Blouberg. They also rent out surfboard and stand up paddle boards. So you can spend the whole day having fun in the ocean.

185. Go Flying in a Gyrocopter

Go on a “James Bond” style two-seater type aircraft with Sky Adventures. You can choose a relaxing calm flight or you can request that the pilot demonstrates to you just what a remarkable machine the Gyrocopter is.

186. Go on a Helicopter Ride

This is the best way to see Cape Town. Go on a flight around the Cape Peninsula in a helicopter and see the Mother City as you have never seen her before.

187. Help a Child to Read

When you volunteer as a Reading Helper at Help 2 Read, you’re equipping children with a life-long skill that will help them get the most out of their schooling. Readers must be available for at least an hour twice a week (usually during school hours)

188. Browse, Buy and Drink Tea at Original T Bag Designs

Original T Bag Designs is a socially responsible tourist destination where visitors are introduced to a team that makes functional art out of recycled tea bags. The tour is free, tea is available and there is a shop on site.

189. See Where the Very First Heart Transplant Took Place

Visit the Heart of Cape Town Museum and see where the world’s first human heart transplant was performed by Prof. Chris Barnard in 1967 in the fully restored operating theatres where the surgery took place. Inside you will find life-sized silicone models and replicas of important scenes.

190. Visit Cheetah Outreach

The Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival. Adult cheetah encounters take place from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00.

191. Admire the Beaded Artwork at Streetwires

Streetwires is a social enterprise and working artist’s studio situated in Woodstock. Here visitors can meet the artists, see how things are made, and buy unique handmade gifts and souvenirs. 

192. Sunbathe in the Nude at Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay is the unofficial nudist beach, of Cape Town/ It is kept private by the fact that there are no direct vehicle access. The beach beautiful, but there are no close loos or water facilities and because it is so secluded it is best not to go on your own.

193. Create, Play & Explore The Many Techniques Involving Chocolate

The chocolate classes at Lindt Chocolate Shop are fun and indulgent and present chocolate lovers with an opportunity to gain insight into the secret world of chocolate and its confections. Participants can expect interesting facts, tips and tricks whilst creating, playing and exploring the many techniques involving chocolate.

194. Take a Bonsai Course at Bishopsford Bonsai Garden

Bishopsford Bonsai Garden, situated in Constantia is the biggest bonsai nursery in the Western Cape. They offer a large selection of ready-made Bonsais and also stock bonsai pots, tools, soil, mesh, starter trees, fertiliser, pestcare and penjing. They also offer Bonsai courses and services such as repotting, pruning, boarding, bonsai corporate gifts and anything you need that is bonsai related.

195. 18 Gangster Museum

18 Gangster Museum is situated in Khayelitsha. Here visitors from all over the world can get the opportunity to understand the township culture and gangs. They offer a one for one model where for every visitor that comes to the museum one child can go on a free tour as well.

196. South African Jewish Museum

The museum tells the story of South African Jews over a period of more than 150 years. It covers a number of areas of interest, including South African history, mining, commerce, Eastern European history, contemporary South African politics as well as an overview of the Jewish community’s contribution in all its aspects of South African history and conscience.

197. Hike to Boomslang Cave

The hike to Boomslang Cave starts at the Eco Valley sign on Boyes Drive and is relatively easy to access. The cave tunnels right through the mountains. Hike with someone who knows the area. Not recommended if you are claustrophobic.

198. Witness the Art of Diamond Cutting

At the Diamond Works visitors can witness the art of diamond cutting and the craftsmanship of jewelry manufacturing by skilled experts while sipping on a complimentary glass of sparkling wine 

199. Drive Chapmans Peak

Chapmans Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world and winds between Noordhoek and Houtbay on the Atlantic Coast and south-western tip of South Africa.

200. Buy Fresh Fish in Kalkbay

Kalkbay is a famous fishing village and the oldest fishing harbour in the country. Visitors can buy fresh fish right here in the harbour from the local fishermen who goes out daily to catch the fish.

201. Eat Fish & Chips at Kalky’s

 

Kalky’s situated right in the Kalkbay Harbour is a very popular fish and chips spot loved by locals, so if you’re in the mood for fish & chips but do not feel like buying and making your own, pop into Kalky’s.

202. Swim in the Rock Pools in Kalkbay

Two very popular rock pools in Kalkbay are Dalebrook and Wiley’s pools – perfect spots to cool off on hot summer days 

203. Admire the Durbanville Rose Gardens

Situated in the Durbanville suburbs, this rose garden has over 6000 rose bushes and about 500 varieties. There is also a tea room.

204. Visit Arderne Gardens 

Arderne Gardens contains one of the richest collections of exotic trees and shrubs in South Africa. Here you will also find duck and fish ponds, as well as a Japenese garden.  Cycling is allowed here.

205. Look for Shipwrecks in Melkbosstrand

Go diving in Melkbosstrand and look for various shipwrecks dating back to the late 15th Century. Melkbosstrand is also a great place to dive for crayfish, but please note that you HAVE to have a permit in order to do so.

206. Go on a Big 5 Game Drive

Aquila Private Game Reserve is just about 2 hours drive from Cape Town and offers game drives, as well as quad and horseback safaris. They also offer 4-star accommodation, a spa, a swimming pool and a rescue centre.

207. Watch Shakespeare at the Maynardville Open-air Theatre

The Maynardville open-air theatre situated in Wynberg hosts an annual Shakespeare production in February. The park has a small lake, water feature, grassed area and footpaths. There are also public toilets.

208. Stay at the Greenest Hotel in Africa

Hotel Verde is a 4 star luxury hotel set within a tranquil wetland, just 400m from the Cape Town Airport. They have soundproof rooms, free wifi, onsite restaurant, a gym, a jogging trail and an eco pool.

209. Visit an Ostrich Farm

At the Cape Point Ostrich farm visitors can learn everything about the ostrich from egg to adult bird.  They have a shop with ostrich feather products as well as a restaurant

210. Have a Braai at the Park in Wynberg

Wynberg park features a spring from Krakeelwater River, there is also other water features and a duck pond. Facilities include public toilets, grassed areas and braai facilities.

211. Spend the Day at Blue Waters

Blue Waters in Strandfontein offers day visitors a swimming pool, water slides and braai facilities.

212. Enjoy Traditional Comfort Food with a Twist

Hemelhuijs in Waterkant Street is famous for changing their décor with the seasons.  They serve delicious traditional South African comfort food with a twist.  They also serve unusual cocktails.

213. Braai and/or Camp at Soetwater

Situated in Kommetjie on Lighthouse Road, next to the Slangkop Lighthouse. The resort offers braai pits, picnic tables, as well as camping and caravan sites.

214. See the Firing of the Noon Gun

The noon gun canon gets fired every day, except for Sundays at exactly 12 o’clock from Signal Hill.

215. Visit a Planetarium, Gallery & Museum

The Slave Lodge explore the history of slavery in South Africa. The National Gallery and South African museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance and the Planetarium offers shows describing our night sky.

216. Shop at the Watershed

The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront has more than 150 tenants and offers a vast selection of products from ceramics and textiles to fashion and jewelry.

217. Take a break at Kogel Bay

Situated between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els between high mountains, this resort is surrounded by indigenous fynbos and a 4km sandy beach. It forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and is a perfect camping spot for a quick weekend break-away.

218. Go camping at Millers Point

Situated just 5km’s south of Simons Town. The area is partly rocky and partly sandy.  There are lots of secluded rocks, walking trails and enclosed bays.

219. Eat at the V&A Food Market

At the V&A Food Market visitors can choose from a wide variety of vendors selling delicious artisanal and gourmet street food, as well as wine and craft beer.

220. Experience Personal Encounters with Wildlife

Fairy Glen is a Big 5 Game Reserve surrounded by mountains, proteas and fynbos.  They offer games drives, bush safaris as well as intimate and personal encounters with wildlife.

221. Visit a Museum Dedicated to African Contemporary Art

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art at the V&A Waterfront is the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa. The museum opens more that 9 floors of exhibition space to audiences.

222. Get up Close & Personal with Eagles & Owls

At Eagle Encounters birds’ flies to you.  Here you can get up close and personal with owls, eagles, snakes, lizards, tortoises and piglets.

223. Walk from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay

A narrow walkway runs parallel to the train tracks from Muizenberg to St James. There is also a coastal walk that includes the “historical mile”

224. Visit Homes that Gets Turned into Art Galleries

Join the social entrepreneurship group, Maboneng Township Arts Experiences who turns township homes into art galleries. Their tours begin with a short walking tour, before they take you to meet the home owners and artists who form part of their tour. Visitors also get to enjoy an art-themed workshop and tours end with a traditional meal.

225. Enjoy Live Music and Dancing at La Parade

La Parade is a vibey Spanish style tapas restaurant situated where the old restaurant in Constantia Nek used to be. Visit them on Sundays for live music and dancing.

226. Visit the Blue Bird Garage Food & Goods Market

This popular market takes place every Friday from 16:00 to 22:00 in an old postal plane hanger on the corner of Albertyn and Milner Roads in Muizneberg. Here you will find local artisans, speciality cooks, bakers, producers and designers. There is also live music, wine, craft beer and a creative kids area.

227. Buy Koesiesters in the Bo-Kaap

Koesiesters is coconut dusted doughnuts and a popular local and traditional treat in the Bo-Kaap. Get them fresh early in the morning at the Rose Corner Café

228. Dance on a Dance Floor that has a Stripper Pole

Beulah Bar is more for the ladies but anyone is welcome.  The lounge area at Beulah Bar offers a relaxed atmosphere where visitors can play board games in the afternoon. The bar and dance floor area has a stripper pole and ladies love to party here till the early hours of the morning

229. Visit the Bo Kaap Museum

The Bo Kaap museum is the oldest house in the area that is still in its original form and the house depicts the life of a typical Malay family.

230. Shop at Cape Quarter

Cape Quarter in the heart of De Waterkant offers designer boutiques, arts and craft shops, coffee shops and upmarket restaurants.

231. Braai at Eerste Steen

Eerste Steen is the first beach on the strip within the Blaauberg Nature Reserve and offers seaside braai facilities.

232. Appreciate Art in the Forest

Art in the Forest is a ceramic centre in Cecilia Forest which provides free clay classed to children from disadvantaged communities.  It is also a space for established artists and offers adult ceramic classes and workshops. 

233. Watch a Rugby Match at Newlands Rugby Stadium

Newlands rugby stadium is the oldest rugby stadium in South Africa and second oldest in the world. Home to the Stormers and Western Province team.

234. Watch Rugby at Forries

Foresters Arms is situated in Newlands Avenue and is one of the oldest pubs in Cape Town. It is known as Forries by locals and is a very popular spot for watching rugby on TV surrounded by other rugby fans and supporters.

235. Watch a Cricket Game at Sahara Park Newlands

The Sahara Park Newlands is home to the Cape Cobras cricket team, this stadium is one of the most beautiful in the world.

236. Hike up Platteklip Gorge

Platteklip Gorge is a prominent split up the centre of Table Mountain and is a straightforward direct ascent to the summit. Hike in groups for safety and make sure you know what you are doing.

237. Take a Harbour Cruise

See the Harbour from a different angle by taking one of the many harbour cruises that are on offer at the V&A Waterfront

238. Enjoy Coffee & Art at the Rust en Vrede Art Gallery

The Rust en Vrede Art gallery has three exhibition spaces showcasing works of art by established and emerging artists.  The gallery also offers coffee and homemade treats.

239. See a Show at the Barnyard Theatre

The Barnyard theatre offers a very relaxed atmosphere where people can watch a show while enjoying food that they bought at the venue beforehand. Shows include plays, musicals, live bands and sometimes even special circus productions

240. Find a Pearl in an Oyster

Mariner’s Wharf in Houtbay is famous for its live lobsters, pearls in oysters and nautical antiques. There are also shops, markets and several restaurants from smart dining to a very popular fish & chips take-aways

241. Visit the First South African Perfume Museum

The museum is open to the public by appointment only. Visitors will be taken on a personal tour and afterwards, they can attend a Perfume Prive workshop where they can create their own personal signature fragrance.

242. Gamble at Grand West

Grand West in Goodwood is a big casino with tables and slots.  They also offer a theatre, a cinema, ten pin bowling, an amusement park, food court, ice rink (big and small), bars, restaurants and a nightclub. The Grand Area at Grand West hosts top international shows.

243. Walk around the Molteno Reservoir 

The Molteno Reservoir was built in 1877 and is still in service today.  Hikers and walkers can walk right around the reservoir on a wide pathway.

244. Visit the District Six Museum

The District Six Museum is situated in Buitenkant Street. The ground floor is covered by a large street map of District Six, with handwritten notes from former residents indicating where their homes were.

245. Watch Local Talent Perform at Theatre on the Bay

Theatre on the Bay in Camps bay showcases local talent in theatre and musical production. The theatre is intimate and offers deals where one can have dinner at the theatre before a show.

246. Go on a Boat Trip to Seal Island

Take a boat trip from Houtbay Harbour to Seal (Duiker) Island, home to a colony of thousands of Cape fur seals. Trips are about 40 minutes to an hour.

247. Visit World of Birds

World of Birds in Valley Road, Houtbay is the largest bird park in Africa with more than 3000 birds and small animals.

248. Pick Strawberries at Helderberg Farm

Helderberg farm in the Helderberg area offers strawberry picking in season. They also offer clay pigeon shooting and karting.

249. Eat a Bagel at New York Bagels

The bagels at New York Bagels that is situated in Harrington Street gets freshly baked every morning. There are dozens of different fillings and daily specials.

250. Eat & Shop at the Bay Harbour Market

Traders at the Bay Harbour Market in Houtbay offers delicious cuisine, arts & craft items and much more. There is also regular performances by established and up and coming musical artists. The market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

251. Visit one of the Best Beaches in the World

Clifton was rated the 2nd best beach in the world by National Geographic. Clifton has four beaches (named first, second, third and fourth) that are separated by huge granite boulders. Here you will find wind still beaches with soft white sand and calm turquoise water

252. Enjoy a Cabaret Show at Gate69

Situated on the corner of Bree and Hout streets, Gate69 is one of Cape Town’s premier cabaret venues.

253. Eat Sushi and Drink Sake

Kyoto Garden Sushi situated on the corner of Kloof Street and Kloof Nek Road offers delicious Japanese dining. They also have an impressive range of sake and Japanese whiskeys.

254. Explore Second Avenue in Harfield Village

Second Avenue is lined with trendy eateries. Stop at Banana Jam for the biggest selection of local and international craft beer on tap or in the bottle. They even offer tasting to help you decide. Brad’s Grill is famous for their award-winning steaks and Caffeen offers great coffee. Download the Voicemap and do a self-walk tour of Harfield Village.

255. Swim & Supertube in Strand

Strand is a resort town on the eastern shore of False Bay. The main beach at Strand is called Melkbaai and is reportedly one of the safest swimming areas in the country. The water is a little bit warmer here than in Cape Town. Nearby is Dune Park that offers supertubes, mini-golf, picnic spots and more. The adjacent Harmony Park features a huge tidal pool.

256. Attend the Sun Met

The Sun Met is held late in January each year. It is held at the Kenilworth racecourse, the oldest racecourse in the country. The event attracts more than 50 000 spectators from all over the world. Spectators not only attend the Met for the racing they also love to show off their fashion sense.

257. Appreciate the Views from Clarens Drive

Clarens Drive between Gordons Bay and Rooi Els is one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world. This route is especially popular with bikers.

258. Learn To Play With Fire

FireTribe offers poi classes at all levels and beginner classes require no previous experience. Beginner classes do however not involve any fire but practice equipment is available to borrow and/or buy for the first class. If you would like to give poi a try before signing up for regular classes join a ‘Petit Poi’ drop in class. The venue is in the Observatory Community Centre

259. Walk the Historic Mile in Simons Town

The historic mile in Simon’s Town starts at the railway station and goes all the way to the East Dockyard gates – most of the buildings along this route has remained unchanged for more than a century.

260. Enjoy a High Tea

Cape Town has a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and wine estates that offer High Tea. One of the most popular High Teas in Cape Town is at the Mount Nelson.

261. Take a Ferry to Robben Island

Take a ferry to Robben Island. It is here where Mr Nelson Mandela was incarcerated during the apartheid regime in South Africa. See his cell and learn a little bit about the history during those years  Boats leave daily from the V&A Waterfront.

262. Paint, Drink & Have Fun

#DrinkCreatively – that is what paint night is all about. Paint Nite offers a mix of artistic and alcoholic spirits. Parties are about 2 hours. A master artist will lead you through the steps to create a 16 x 20” acrylic masterpiece that you can take home with you. No painting experience needed.

263. Take the Steamtrain

Take a steam train ride on a train that consists of wooden bodied vintage coaches dating from 1922 to 1938. The train departs from Cape Town, runs through breathtaking farmlands stretching through to the Hottentots Holland Mountains and stops at a train station in Stellenbosch just 700m from Dorp Street. A shuttle service (at extra cost) is available for those that do not want to walk to town.

264. Have a Beer at 58

58 is situated at 58 Lower Main in Observatory.  Beers are sold in quarts. It is a popular bikers bar with a small hidden outside area at the back. 

265. Go for a Run at the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront offers a 2.2km and a 5km running route. The routes start at the information centre where free maps are available of the routes.

266. Drink Whisky at the Bascule Bar

The Bascule Bar at the Cape Grace Hotel has the largest selection of whiskies in the southern hemisphere. 

267. Gather around a fire pit at Obviously Armchair

Obviously Armchair has a courtyard at the back where visitors can socialize around a fire pit. They also have live music and comedy. 

268. Tour a Well-Known Brewery

Tours at the Newlands Brewery take place from Monday to Sunday. After the tour guest get an opportunity to taste some of the beers on offer

269. Visit the Montebello Design Centre

The Montebello Design Centre in Newlands Avenue has more than 20 arts & crafts studios, as well as a nursery and a very nice coffee shop.

270. Go for a Hike in Newlands Forest 

Newlands Forest is a very popular outdoor area and the perfect place to go for a hike and bike ride.  You can even pick some mushrooms – but make sure you go with someone who knows which mushrooms are safe to eat and which ones are not.

271. Eat at the Reverie Social Table

Situated at 228 Lower Main Road, the Reverie Social Table is an 18 seater communal table where guests can enjoy a 5-course meal specially created by chef Julia Hattingh.

272. Visit the Barnyard Gallery

At the Barnyard Gallery in Main Street, Newlands visitors will find various kinds of contemporary art, visuals & mixed media by new and established local artists.

273. Swim with Penguins at Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is a small sheltered cove and beach area where a colony of African Penguins lives. This is a great swimming area especially for kids, just make sure to check the tides – most of the beach disappears at high tide.

274. Visit the Chavonnes Battery Museum

At the Chavonnes Battery Museum visitors can touch the sand of the original shoreline at the Cape of Good Hope. The museum was built in 1724, using rock from Table Mountain and cement made of seashells.

275. Visit the SA Navy Museum

The SA Navy Museum in Simon’s Town is filled with vintage navigational and divers equipment.

276. Visit the Springbok Rugby Museum

Situated at the V&A Waterfront, the Springbok Rugby museum offers an interactive, educational and fun experience that can be enjoyed by young and old, whether you are a fan of rugby or not.

277. Go for a Garden Walk at the Vineyard Hotel

Book and go for a guided garden walk with the Vineyard Hotel’s horticulturist and environmentalist or walk on your own and if you’re lucky you might meet some of the huge tortoises living there

278. Browse around Oom Samie se Winkel

Oom Samie se Winkel in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch is a general store crammed with a variety of items. This is store is an institution and a must visit when in Stellenbosch

279. Eat at the Test Kitchen

The Test Kitchen is an award winning restaurant in Cape Town. It is said to be one of the top restaurants in the world and apparently, reservations have to be made months in advance

280. Take a Walk along the Trees at the Arboretum

The Arboretum with its 650 different species of trees can be found along the Berg River in Paarl

281. Walk along Jaggers Walk

Jaggers Walk starts at the southern end of Fish Hoek beach. Visitors can walk on a paved walkway along the ocean and look for tidal and rock pools along the way.

282. Walk, Hike, Swim or Mountain Bike at Jonkershoek

Jonkershoek Reserve is situated near Stellenbosch, on the Jonkershoek Valley road. The Eerste River flows through the Jonkershoek valley. The area is rich in animal and plant life. Visitors should be on the lookout for snakes when hiking in the reserve.

283. Kayak with Penguins

Kayak Cape Town offer kayak trips from Simon’s Town to Boulders Beach where paddlers will be able to visit penguins and if lucky they may even see whales on their way there. 

284. Get the Adrenaline Pumping with Kamikaze Kanyon 

Experience a full day of adventure with a 65 metre waterfall abseil, canyoning with jumps from 3 to 22 metres high and a beautiful hike. 

285. Knit and Help a Preemie

The Groote Schuur Trust in Cape Town need beanies, booties, baby vests and blankets for their Preemie babies. Contact them if you would like to knit for the babies or download the available patterns from their website  – www.newborns.org.za/involved/volunteer.html 

286. Browse around at the Milnerton Flea Market

At the Milnerton Flea Market visitors can find a lot of 2nd hand items – from collectors items to shop items like soaps and deodorants. There are even delicious eats to buy.  Saturday and Sunday morning only. 

287. See Military Aircrafts at the Ysterplaat Airforce

At the South African Air Force Museum in Ysterplaat visitors can see the history of aviation in South Africa, as well as examples of military aircraft and uniforms. Open Monday – Friday 08:00 to 15:30, Saturday 08:00 -12:30, closed on Sundays and public holidays. All visitors, local and international, must have their Identity Documents with them to visit the Museum as it is located on an active Airforce Base. 

288. Let the Kids “Run Away” to the Circus

Zip Zap Circus School offers beginners, intermediate and advance classes for children from all walks of life. The beginners class helps develop a basic level of circus skills, but mostly it is to encourage the youngsters to play and learn together to be open-minded to grow peacefully within the current South African context. 

289. Sail on a Pirate Ship

The Jolly Roger is the only pirate boat in South Africa and offers the young and young at heart an authentic adventure-filled experience. The Jolly Roger can be found at the V&A Waterfront. 

290. Go on a  Segway Tours at Spier

Glide through the vineyards on a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery powered personal transporter called a Segway. Various tour options are available.  

291. Order a Coffee & Admire the Sports Car at Crossley & Webb

Situated at 15 Solan Street Gardens visitors can order a delicious coffee (and cake) while shopping (or just admiring) their range of Vintage and Classic Sports Cars.

292. Ride around Chapmans Peak in a Sports Car

Rent an open-top sports car from Cape Cobra Hire in Paarden Eiland and feel like a Holywood Star while driving around Chapmans Peak and appreciating the beautiful views and surrounding areas.

293. Feel like a like a Millionaire on a Yacht 

Rent a luxury yacht from Cape Charters at the V & A Waterfront and sail along the coast to Clifton. 

294. Enjoy Dinner and a Show at Stardust Dinner Theatre

Stardust is the home of the singing waiter. Here you will get served and entertained by the shining stars of Cape Town’s immense pool of talented young performers. 

295. See all the Chandeliers at Delos

Delos specialise in antique chandeliers, they have over 300 on display, as well as mirrors, architectural salvage and exterior furnishings.

296. Try SUP Yoga

All levels are welcome, from total beginners to the more adventurous Yogi. SUP Yoga takes place at the Camps Bay Tidal Pool. Visit their website to make a booking – http://www.supyogacpt.com 

297. Visit the Panty Bar in West Coast

The famous Pub at Paternoster Hotel is worldwide known as the Panty Bar – it has a huge collection of panties hanging from the roof. 

298. Visit a Museum with “Live” Mannequins

The Hopefield Museum has “live mannequins” that dress up in vintage clothing and share stories about the rich history of this little town. 

299. Visit the West Coast Fossil Park

Situated close to Langebaan in the West Coast. Here visitors can see the fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and the many other exotic animals which inhabited the west coast area some 5 million years ago. 

300. Eat Oysters right out of the Ocean

The Oyster & Mussel Factory in Saldanha farm the Pacific oyster, a widely cultured and delicious species native to Japan. If you’re keen on eating oysters rights out of the ocean visit them and request a tasting. 

301. Do a Sunset Yoga Class on the Beach

Vinyasa Yoga Classes takes place on Sundays at 18.15 on Clifton 3rd Beach. All ages and levels are welcome.

302. Admire the Spring Flowers in Postberg Nature Reserve

The Postberg Nature Reserve lies in the West Coast National Park near Langebaan. It is only open to the public in August and September when the spring flowers are at their most beautiful.

303. Support Brownies & Downies

Brownies & Downies is a coffee shop and lunchroom in Long Street that is open to the public. It is also a training centre for people with intellectual disabilities, and a vessel to create change and acceptance in the South African culture.

304. Go Shark Cage Diving

Go Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai. Due to various geographical reasons, water temperatures and easy access to food, Gansbaai has earned worldwide fame and recognition as the most successful area to view the great white shark within a very short period of time.

305. Make Your Own Soap

Scented Life at Imhoff in Kommetjie is primarily a public crafting studio. Where visitors can make their own Cold process soap, Lip balm, Solid lotion bars, BonBombs (fizzies), Bath salts and Perfume.

306. Look for Gem Stones at Scratch Patch at the V&A Waterfront

Scratch Patch is situated at the V&A Waterfront. There are a wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones at Scratch Patch from Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz and Amethyst to Jasper, Agates and Crystals.

307. Donate Blood

If you are between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh more than 65 kg and are medically healthy you can donate blood and help save lives. Visit the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service website to find where and when you can donate blood

308. Sandboard

Sandboarding in Cape Town takes place at the awesome Atlantis dune field a quick 44km drive from the Cape town CBD. Tours run most weekends and all bookings are done online – http://www.sidewinderadventures.co.za 

309. Visit Monkey Town Primate Centre

Monkey Town Primate Centre is located on the N2 in Somerset West. It is a Wildlife Centre for monkeys and apes as well as a large variety of other species of animals. Monkey Town is not just a primate centre but also a wildlife centre with over 700 animals in total to admire.

310. Go on a Tuk Tuk Wine Tour

Wine Tours are on a daily basis from Stellenbosch Information Centre.

311. Take the Kids to see a Show at The Rainbow Puppet Theatre

The Rainbow Puppet Theatre is the only permanent puppet theatre in the country. Every Saturday morning from a nook in the kindergarten building at the Constantia Waldorf School in Cape Town, the theatre puts on shows that are inspired by classic Grimm’s fairy tales and that have been re-imagined to be kid-friendly (age 4 and up). 

312. Visit the Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fair

The fair takes place on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month. The Alphen Market is Cape Town’s premier Antiques and Collectables Market. There are many regular dealers, investors and collectors who buy from the market every month. 

313. Go on a Chocolate Tour at Rococoa

Enjoy an educational chocolate tour at Rococoa, situated at the Palms Centre, in Woodstock. They also serve breakfast, lunch and coffee. 

314. Look for Gem Stones at Scratch Patch in Simons Town

Scratch Patch is situated at the V&A Waterfront as well as in Simons Town. There are a wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones at Scratch Patch from Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz and Amethyst to Jasper, Agates and Crystals. 

315. Watch a Movie at an IMAX Cinema

he IMAX Cinema in Cape Town can be found at Cape Gate. It has a crystal-clear projection system, world-class digital sound and a floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall screen. 

316. Enjoy a Picnic or Braai at Camps Bay Retreat

Camps Bay Retreat is set on 4 acres of lush green nature reserve in the heart Cape Town’s beach side suburb, with views stretching across the Atlantic Ocean. The Von Kamptz Restaurant is the in-house restaurant that serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners. They also serve seasonal picnics and BBQ’s. 

317. Relax at a Turkish Bath in Long Street

At the Long Street Baths there’s a children’s pool, a plunge pool and Turkish baths as well as 25m lap pool. The baths alternate times for men and women. Women are usually Monday, Thursday and Saturday 9:00 -18:00 & Tuesdays 9:00 -13:00. Men are Tuesday 13:00 -19:00 & Wednesday and Friday 9:00 – 18:00; Sundays are 8:00 – 12:00. Make sure about dates and times before going.

318. Go on a Tour of the Green Point Lighthouse

The Green Point Lighthouse situated in Moulie Point is a national heritage site and is open to the public for a fee.  Visiting hours at the Green Point lighthouse is 10:00 to 15:00, week days only.

318. Go on a Self-Drive Wine Tour in Durbanville

Durbanville offers Wine Farms like Altydgedacht Wine Estate, Bloemendal Wine Estate, D’Aria Vineyards, De Grendel Wine Estate, Diemersdal Wine Estate, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest Wine Estate, Klein Roosboom Wine Estate, Meerendal Wine Estate, Nitida Wine Estate, Phizante Kraal Wines, Signal Gun Wine Estate.

320. Visit the Wine Farms in Constantia

Wine Farms in Constantia includes – Buitenverwachting, Constantia Glen, Constantia Uitsig, Eagle’s Nest, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Steenberg Vineyards.

321. Buy African Bead-Work at Monkeybiz

Monkeybiz is an economic upliftment project dedicated to reviving the traditional craft of African Bead-work and empowering women to become financially independent. Visit their shop at 61 Wale Street in the Bo-Kaap.

322. Stop for Breakfast at the Peregrine Farm Stall

Peregrine is a well-known Farm Stall situated in the beautiful Elgin Valley on the Houw Hoek Pass and offers locally sourced goods and fresh produce.  

323. Hike to Watchman’s Cave

To get to Watchman’s Cave drive up Kloof Nek Road and at the intersection  with the turnoff up Table Mountain’s Tafelberg Road, take a right turn onto the Signal Hill Road. Park anywhere along the road. Your path starts at the steep dirt track with a boom in front of it. Watchman’s cave is just above the main path going up Lion’s Head at the part that looks directly onto Signal Hill.  

324. Hike to Woodstock Cave 

Woodstock Cave is one of the largest caves in Table Mountain To get to it, start at Rhodes Memorial parking lot and follow the path towards Kings Blockhouse. From there, continue along the path around the mountain towards Cape Town, until you pass a ravine and eventually reach the cave.

325. Do a Cape Town Malay Cooking Class

Gamidah Jacobs offers Cape Malay cooking classes in her home in the colourful Bo-Kaap.  Here you will not only learn to make the food but you also get to eat it. Visit her website http://www.lekkakombuis.co.za for more information.

326. Explore the many Wine Farms in Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch Wine Route represents more than 200 wine and grape producers within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification.

327. Get Your Photo Taken with a Nobel Peace Price Winner

Nobel Square in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront pays tribute to South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: the late Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President F.W. de Klerk and former President Nelson Mandela.

328. Go Tobogganing in Cape Town

Cool Runnings Toboggan Family Park is situated Durbanville. The toboggans run on a stainless steel track. The ride starts with a pull up a steep grassy slope by a hook at the bottom of your toboggan. From there, the sled gets released and goes flying down the track with 17 corners, s-bends and a tunnel. Riders control their own speed. 

329. Try Pole Dancing

Introductory classes takes place on Saturday mornings at 11:00 at 199 Loop Street. The class is for first-time and the instructor will introduce you to the world of pole fitness starting with the terminology used, how to move around the pole and teach you some basic moves and spins. You will end the class with a fun routine. 

330. Play at a Virtual Reality Arcade

Virtualworld is situated in Claremont. The Virtualworld Experience takes place in two 4 x 3 m room scaled play areas, using the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) and two motion controllers that take visitors out of this world and into a new one. With over 80 sensors installed to precisely track movement it is a truly realistic experience.

331. Sip Cocktails at the Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar

Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar offers breath-taking 360-degree view of the city, including Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. They serve great cocktails and a variety of mouth-watering, sour dough pizzas.

332. Drink Coffee at the “Best Coffee Shop in the World”

Truth Coffee Roasting has been voted the world’s best coffee shop by the The Daily Telegraph. Truth Coffee Roasting is a steampunk inspired, artisanal roastery and world-class café, situated at 36 Buitenkant Street.

333. Meet Tannie Evita at Evita se Perron

Evita se Perron is a cabaret theatre and restaurant created by Pieter-Dirk Uys. It is the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in South Africa. On weekends, Pieter‑Dirk Uys (Tannie Evita) performs his/her internationally acclaimed shows live on stage.

334. Become a Sea Rescue Volunteer

Sea Rescue is run by over 1 000 unpaid volunteers around the country, including Cape Town. Training is done after hours in the evening or on weekends. Standby for rescues is a 24/7 commitment, and best suited to people who live 10 minutes from a rescue base.

335. Volunteer with Newkidz

Volunteer at least 3 hours of your time with Newkidz in Brakenfell  (Tel: 021 981 5425 ) and help to upgrade facilities at institutions for orphaned and vulnerable children.

336. Become a Kennel Volunteer at Tears

When you become a kennel volunteer, you’re giving the dogs and puppies what they need most: personal attention, hands-on care and love, whether in the form a walk, spending some quality time with a pooch in her enclosure or a bit of grooming.

337. Get Your Hands Dirty at a Greenpop Nursery Day

Greenpop is a social enterprise on a mission to (re)connect people with the planet. They run environmental projects across Southern Africa and have monthly Nursery Days, starting at 9:30 until 15:00, where volunteers can help by getting their hands dirty and planting some trees.

338. Visit Greenmarket Square

Greenmarket Square is a historical square in the centre of Cape Town. Over the years, the square has served as a slave market, a vegetable market, a parking lot and more recently, a flea market trading mainly African souvenirs, crafts and curios.

339. Buy Flowers at the Adderley Street Flower Market

The Adderley Street Flower Market, situated at Trafalgar Place between Strand and Darling Streets is one of the oldest markets in Cape Town. Here you’ll find hundreds of flower bouquets in colourful pots, buckets and containers.

340. Witness a Duck Parade

The Runner Duck Morning & Afternoon Parade is an amusing daily ritual at Vergenoegd Wine Estate where a flock of Indian Runner Ducks line-up in eager anticipation of their day in the vineyards. Times: 10:30, 12:30 & 15:30 (Mon – Sun)

341. Drink Cuban Coffee

El Greeyo – House of Cuban Coffee in Salt River offers blends that have been specifically designed by a Cuban Barista (with more than 20 years experience in the industry) and are based on Cuban Coffee expertise and tradition.

342. Hike, Picnic and Swim at Silvermine

Silvermine is located in the central section of the Table Mountain National Park. Here you can have picnics at designated spots all around the reservoir, swimming in the reservoir. mountain bike (you need a permit) and/or hike – routes are well illustrated  and there is everything from a short stroll around the reservoir to longer treks past panoramic viewing spots.

343. Learn to Surf in Muizenberg 

Gary’s Surf School is located on Beach Road in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Muizenberg Beach is known for its gentle sloping sandy white beach and consistent waves making it conducive to learning the art of surfing quickly and safely.

Please Note: This is more of a Bucket List of Things I Want To Do or Have Done in Cape Town and Surrounds and whilst I do take all reasonable steps to make sure that the information on this site is up to date and accurate at the time that it is published, I do not guarantee that all material is or will stay accurate and, or up to date. If you decide to use the material on this site you do so at your own discretion. This list will continue to grow as I get time to add new things.

 

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