Cape Town is not only a pretty face, there is so much to do and see it could make you dizzy with all the choices. Here is a little guide to some great activity options – some are affordable and some may need to be considered as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, but all will be totally worth it!
A classic favourite when visiting Cape Town, as it provides the easiest and most convenient way to visit the Table Mountain Cableway and it offers a great introduction to Cape Town’s City Bowl, as well as Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard. A red bus ticket allows you to hop on and hop off on all tours so you can start your double-decker experience at any of the stops on the route. Their open-top tours are a delight for anyone wanting a safe, fun and informative introduction to the city.
Their bestseller for the bus: 1-Day Ticket Cape Town, R170
City Sightseeing South Africa also offers an array of community tours, from the free walking tours in and around the city to multicultural township experiences, sidecar adventures and even a chopper flip! They do a LaGuGu Township experience, which is great. The LaGuGu Township Tour is a not-to-be-missed township tour that offers a unique, personal, in-depth and unforgettable experience of the Cape Town townships of Langa (the city’s original and oldest township) and Gugulethu.
This unforgettable journey takes you along some of the most spectacular scenery along the coast of Cape Town. The journey begins on the Atlantic coastline through Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay. After a short coffee stop across the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, wind your way down to the Cape of Good Hope. Lunch can be enjoyed at the Two Oceans Restaurant (on your own account) with its great view across False Bay before making your way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coast.
Cost: Chauffer Ride – R3200 per person / Guided from two people – R1565 per person plus R1800 per bike
Probably the most exhilarating adventure sport in Cape Town with no previous experience or knowledge required. They are disabled-, gay- and pet-friendly, having taken wheelchair-bound paraplegics, old and young – the oldest person was nearly 93! Anybody can fly! You simply need a good state of health – good walking shoes and 30 minutes to two hours. With a very experienced pilot behind you, you will feel just great! Paragliding is the most amazing feeling. Once in the air, most people are surprised that they feel so relaxed. You sit comfortably upright (like on your sofa at home).
Cost: Paragliding Tandem Flight – R1150pp / Paragliding Tandem Flight with Pictures & Videos –R1400
Tokara is a picture-perfect destination that offers visitors a unique combination of award-winning wines, brandy and olive oils, a gallery of fine art, a restaurant featuring one of South Africa’s leading chefs as well as a delicatessen. This could be an outing on its own as there is so much to do. You could start off with some wine and olive tasting and then enjoy lunch on the estate while taking in the views and relaxed atmosphere.
Cost: This depends on whether you taste wines, olive oils or join them for lunch.
The first of its kind in SA – enjoy an exhilarating downhill descent on the Monster Mountain Scooters. The scooters are non-motorised, making this an eco-friendly adventure. These Swiss-designed scooters are used in the Alps during the summer season on the ski slopes when the snow has melted, so you can imagine the power and speed.
Cost: Driver Tickets – R490 pp / Junior Passenger Tickets – R270 pp / Kids Birthday Party – R350 pp
Nestled neatly between Salt River and Woodstock is a bustling and creative commercial complex called the Salt River Arcade. Within this lies a small yet highly productive micro-distillery named the Woodstock Gin Company. Here they are passionate about letting people know that gin is so much more than Juniper berry-infused alcohol.
If you prefer a pint, you could also visit the Woodstock Brewery for a beer-making experience. Situated in the heart of Woodstock, the Woodstock Brewery Tap Room is the place to go to sample and buy the full range of Woodstock Brewery beers. You can organise a tour and tasting or you can buy a pint and relax in the beer garden, both of which give you a view of the working brewery.
Music lovers, did you get to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival this year? We know this activity requires some planning since it’s an annual event, but it’s a great one and should be a highlight on everyone’s calendar – every year! Recently held in Cape Town, we suggest you add it to your itinerary for next year and make a weekend of it in the Mother City.
What’s it all about? Now in its 18th year, the much-loved annual music festival beckons to both fervent jazz devotees and mainstream music lovers. Since its inception in 2000, this awesome gathering has seen its audiences grow exponentially and has successfully carved out a space for itself on the world’s events calendar, with fans from across the globe travelling to South African soil to attend.