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Cape Point Nature Reserve
This is a photo taken in Cape Point Nature Reserve

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1. Swim in a Secret Dam

There’s nothing more rewarding than a hike followed by a well-deserved dip in one of the Cape’s numerous rock pools, dams and rivers. Two of our favourites are Limietberg Nature Reserve in Paarl, and Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch.
Both have beautiful hiking trails that take you past waterfalls and tranquil rock pools, and although the water may be icy, this will probably come as a relief after a long hike. Both reserves are under the jurisdiction of CapeNature, which requires visitors to purchase a day permit. These can be obtained at the reserve office or by contacting CapeNature.
Other great locations include Silvermine Reservoir, Palmiet River, Crystal Pools Waterfall and Klein River in Stanford. Beaverlac Campsite is famous for its crystalline rock pools and waterfalls, although you will have to book a spot at the campsite or one of the cabins, as they no longer allow day visitors.

2. Picnic on a Wine Farm

Justifiably famous for spectacular scenery, fine restaurants and even better wine, the Winelands are one of the most relaxing ways to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Cape. And there’s hardly a better way to experience them than with a relaxing picnic amid tranquil meadows and vineyards.
With so many wine estates offering gourmet picnic experiences, there’s no shortage of attractive venues, but we recommend Boschendal as one that offers the complete package: spectacular surrounds, fine food and a host of attractions on the estate, such as horse-riding, mountain-biking and wine-tasting at the Manor House.

 

3. Hike Lion’s Head

Looming above Cape Town and the surrounding ocean like a sentinel, Lion’s Head is an iconic piece of the city’s wondrous topography. At 669 meters above sea level, its peak offers panoramic views of the city, Table Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, making it a wildly popular destination for hiking enthusiasts (and a top spot for Instagrammers).
A relatively short hike (around two to three hours), the Lion’s Head trail winds its way around the mountain, offering incredible views along the way (that still pale in comparison to what’s visible from the summit).
Please note Though Lion’s Head is a relatively short and easy hike, it’s not to be underestimated. There are parts of it that involve a bit of rock scrambling, and around halfway up the trail you have to scale some metal ladders and climbing chains (though this part can be skipped via a roundabout route). Mountain rescues are performed routinely throughout the year as a result of injuries, so tread carefully and don’t hike alone.

4. Visit the Gardens at Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren Garden: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town
Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren boasts one of the best preserved farmyards in the Cape. Its magnificent garden, laid out over 3.5 hectares (eight acres), is divided into 15 sections that comprise fruit, vegetables, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks, tortoises, chickens, and more. A secluded path runs along the stream where thousands of clivias flower in spring. The garden also boasts a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import. Every aspect of Babylonstoren – including the contemporary Farm Hotel & Spa, the Farm Shop and Bakery – is informed by the ever-changing tapestry and botanical diversity of the garden.

5. Visit a Night Market

Cape Point Vineyards Market: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town

Frequented by the likes of Masterchef SA judge Peter Goffe-Wood, and Cape Point Vineyards’ resident chef, Jonathan Gargan, this weekly community market is where south peninsula locals flock every Thursday evening for an array of inspired street food-style dishes, chilled vibes and stunning views.
The festivities take place in the restaurant and picnic area of Cape Point Vineyards, whose award-winning wines are available at great prices. There is ample parking and long stretches of open grass with a jungle gym for the little ones to blow off steam.

6. Visit Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town
The flowery meadows of Kirstenbosch are great for picnics and leisurely strolls all year round. It’s the perfect spot for kids to unleash their abundant energy – or sit and observe the birds and insects at work if they’re in a more contemplative mood. They’ll especially love the treetop canopy walkway, named The Boomslang (tree snake), which is so Jurassic, you almost expect a pack of Velociraptors to burst out of the bushes at any moment.
Good to know Every year, between November and March, Kirstenbosch hosts the ever-popular Summer Sunset Concerts; where a mixed lineup of international and local talent takes to the stage every Sunday to entertain the crowds amid the lush gardens of this majestic venue. Be sure to bring along a blanket and a picnic basket; it’s the place to be on lazy Sunday afternoons.

7. Visit a Historic Wine Farms

Founded in 1700, Vergelegen Estate has stood strong through the passing of three centuries, and has grown considerably since the days when its founder, Willem Adriaan van der Stel (son of the Cape’s first governor, Simon van der Stel) had to travel for three days by ox wagon to reach it. Ancient camphor trees grow on the estate, a testament to its rich heritage.
Aside from its historical significance, the estate boasts a host of attractions, including 18 award-winning gardens, a playground for children, an excellent restaurant (Camphors), a relaxed bistro (Stables), wine tasting, and picnics in the mystical Camphor Forest.

8. Visit Kalk Bay’s Working Harbour

Kalk Bay Seals: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town

Kalk Bay was named coolest neighbourhood in the world by Forbes in 2018, and the harbour is just one of the many reasons to visit this bohemian seaside village. Its famous red-and-white-striped lighthouse – situated at the tip of the bustling pier – is the perfect spot for sunset photo ops or relaxed evening ambles; and in winter, large waves are known to come hurtling into the bat, crashing against the jetty with substantial impact and giving new meaning to the phrase “Cape of Storms”.

It’s one of only a few working harbours remaining in the Cape; and a seal-watching hotspot (the cute critters can often be seen frolicking on the pier). After you’re done here, head over to Kalky’s for some good ol’ fish and chips.

9. Explore Cape Point Nature Reserve

Cape Point Reserve: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town

It may not be the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet (as is often mistakenly claimed), but there’s no shortage of reasons to visit Cape Point Nature Reserve. Its rugged cliffs, endlessly buffeted by the waves of the surrounding ocean, jut out over vast stretches of coastline inhabited by all manner of diverse sea and bird life.

Explore pristine beaches where the only sign of human habitation are old shipwrecks; and experience this region’s diverse environment via one of the many hiking trails (anything from two hours to two days. Overnight accommodation options at Cape Point include camps sites and secluded cottages).
Good to know SANParks’ My Green Card entitles you to 12 free entries into the pay points of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) within a one-year period. If you are a frequent visitor to Cape Point, Boulders, Oudekraal, Silvermine, and the braai and picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof, this card is worth purchasing. Note that My Green Card may only be bought by South Africans with an ID number who have proof of a Cape Town address not older than 3 months.

10. Boulders Penguin Colony

Boulders Beach: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town

The colony falls under the protection of SANParks and requires a conservation fee to gain access. And, once there, you can watch the penguins frolic in the waves, and even approach them as they waddle about on land, though it’s best not to get closer than a metre or so.
The best place to view the penguins is nearby Foxy Beach, where wooden walkways surrounding the colony allow you to see them up close.
Important note They may seem like cuddly creatures, but do not feed or touch them. Aside from it being a violation of conservation efforts, the penguins have very sharp beaks and will defend themselves if they feel threatened.
Good to know SANParks’ My Green Card entitles you to 12 free entries into the pay points of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) within a one-year period. If you are a frequent visitor to Cape Point, Boulders, Oudekraal, Silvermine, and the braai and picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof, this card is worth purchasing. Note that My Green Card may only be bought by South Africans with an ID number who have proof of a Cape Town address not older than 3 months.

11. Do a Sunset Yoga Class on Clifton Beach

The 60-minute Vinyasa Classes take place every Sunday at 6.15pm (from November until the end of the summer season). Find out about their Saturday morning yoga classes in the Company’s Garden.

11. Learn to Surf

Surfing enthusiasts will tell you there’s no greater way to destress than to be out in the ocean, riding the waves. To which the uninitiated will respond: “Sounds great, but I’ll probably just end up rolling under the waves”. Well, that’s where Gary's Mobile Surf School comes in. Their qualified coaches provide lessons at the Cape’s best surfing spots (since the school is mobile, they can pick whichever spot will have the best conditions on the day).
They provide the board and wetsuit, and will even transport participants to the chosen location (or you can choose to drive there yourself, in which case they’ll notify you of the location the day before). Lessons are limited to small groups to ensure everyone receives the necessary attention, and there’s also the option of private lessons.
Good to know Know how to surf, but not where to surf? They provide surf guide services as well, to help intermediate and advanced surfers find the location most suited to your skill level.
Opening times Daily
Cost R490 (self-drive option)
R720  (transported option)
Private lessons

12. Watch an Outdoor Concert at Kirstenbosch

Every year, between November and March, Kirstenbosch hosts the ever-popular Summer Sunset Concerts, where a stellar lineup of international and local talent takes to the stage every Sunday to entertain the crowds amid the lush gardens of this majestic venue. Jeremy Loops plays shows most New Years. Be sure to bring along a blanket and a picnic basket; it’s the place to be on lazy Sunday afternoons.

If you would like to book a Guided day surf tour, get hold of us here to make a booking.

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