102 things to do in Cape Town under R101
102 Things To Do In Cape Town
Visit The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront
The Aquarium is a window on the ocean, offering glimpses of the diverse life found off the South African coastline. The Aquarium allows you to view over 3000 living animals, including fishes, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles and birds in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.
Don’t miss the daily feeding at 15h30 of the fishes in the I&J Predator Exhibit.
The Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront is open every day of the year from 09h30 until 18h00. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. Have your hand stamped at the entrance turnstile in the foyer if you want to visit again on the same day.
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Watch the city come to life on a scenic morning cruise
If it’s luxury catamaran sailing you’re after, step aboard the brand new 40ft Fujicat. With its modern roof, enclosed sides, diving platform and tarpaulins, you are in for a real treat as you glide across the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Morning Cruise from the V&A Waterfront. If you are an early bird or just like the fresh morning air, this cruise is the ideal start to your day. Watch the mother city come to life from afar before returning to join the rat race. Morning cruises from 11:30 to 13:00.
Where? Departs from Quay 5 at the V&A Waterfront.
Book at Shop 08, Quay 5. Telephone: 021 425-6354.
Horse riding on Noordhoek Beach
Go for a 2 hour horse ride along the spectacular Noordhoek beach, combined with a short bush ride. An abundance of bird life is visible as the bush ride circles the wetlands, water birds, cranes, geese and rare flamingo flocks. And if you are lucky you might see dolphins playing in the waves, with occasional sighting of whales. Open daily from 09:00 to 16:00 (open till 18:00 in December to February).
Booking in advance is absolutely essential. Phone Imhoff Farm on 082 774-1191.
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Go club-hopping to see up-and-coming South African Musicians
Live concerts at venues such at Mercury Live, Zulu Bar or The Armchair Theatre in Cape Town Central. See up and coming South African bands.
Entrance frees range from free to R40.00 per person
For scheduled concert details, please contact the venues.
Visit Hope For The Children in Tamboerskloof and spend some time
Hope For The Children is a South African NGO that operates farm refuges for underprivileged and orphaned children in South Africa. HFTC was founded in December of 2006 for this express purpose by a number of Capetonians and international philanthropists, educators from the townships, a Maasai elder, and an incredible Afrikaans farmer who has helping orphans for the past ten years by bringing them to farm on 81 ERF Military road: the goal being to bring children to a place of refuge to heal them through everything from interaction with animals to trauma-specific art therapy.
Bring friends and family to come and visit. Entrance is free but please make a donation of time, materials, food, or money, and please remember to bring your organic waste for the pigs!
Where? 213 Long Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town.
For any questions, contact Stephen on Telephone: 083 556-7743
The Planetarium in Cape Town
Iziko’s popular “theatre of stars” is one of only two planetaria in South Africa and amongst only a handful in Africa. Changing shows offer excellent “edutainment” to viewers of all ages, be they kids, teens or seniors. Fasten your seatbelts for a journey into another world – at the speed of light! The Planetarium (housed in the South African Museum building) is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe. The ultimate in armchair travel. Inside the domed auditorium, the night sky is recreated, so whatever the weather outside, the Planetarium sky is always clear, an extraordinary audio-visual experience for old and young.
Daily: Monday to Friday shows at 14h00; Tuesday evening show at 20h00 and Saturday and Sunday shows at 12h00, 13h00 and 14h30.
The largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the World. Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature. Enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the private lives of birds. Get a close-up view of them as they feed, sing, display, socialise, build nests, incubate eggs and feed chicks right before your eyes – an unforgettable experience.
Valley Road, Hout Bay. Telephone: 021 790-2730.
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Silvermine Nature Reserve
A remarkable drive up Ou Kaapse Weg will take you to Silvermine, with its many nature trails, hikes, magnificent views and clear mountain streams. Mountain bikes and dogs are welcome.
Spend a restful day at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. The water is warm (Indian Ocean), white sandy beach and penguins as beach mates!
Enjoy the gardens at Kirstenbosch and breakfast at the tea-room
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country. You can explore the Gardens, take photographs, have a picnic on the lawn, or simply lie on the grass and stare at the sky. The tea-room also serves a full English breakfast.
Where? Rhodes Drive, Newlands. Telephone: 021 799-8783.
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Theatrical Dining at Stardust Restaurant in Woodstock
Stardust Restaurant, in Woodstock is a restaurant with a Mediterranean menu, but this is not an everyday restaurant. The waiters are professional performers or students from the art schools around Cape Town. During the evening they will serve and entertain you! This restaurant is brilliant for any birthday or night out with some friends. Excellent food and serious fun all round!
Where? 118 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock. Telephone: 021 642-7777.
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The Cape Town Dragon Boat Racing Club welcome all dragon boaters and new-comers to join their practice sessions (Mondays to Thursdays). In February 2006, the Western Cape Dragon Boat Association delightedly took custodianship of two more dragon boats, bringing Cape Town’s fleet to four. Newcomers & visitors warmly welcomed to join paddling in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront.
Meet at the slipway in front of the Marina Office (at the east end of the Cape Grace).
Telephone: 021 447-2820 or 082 564-6257.
Have your picture taken with South Africa’s 4 Nobel Laureates
Nobel Square honours South Africa’s four Nobel Peace laureates: the late Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk. The sculptures of the four Laureates stand in the form of a crescent with Table Mountain in the background, overlooking Nobel Square, located between the V&A Hotel and CD Wherehouse in the V&A Waterfront.
They are slightly larger than life-size and have the Laureates’ preferred quotations engraved in their chosen language in front of the sculptures. The Peace and Democracy sculpture – a narrative work acknowledging the contribution of women and children to the attainment of peace in South Africa – is slightly more to the centre of the square. All five sculptures are cast in bronze.
A Cruise around Cape Town’s historic harbor
A cruise around Cape Town’s historic harbour aboard the Lady J will treat you to fantastic views of Roben Island and also afford you a closer look at the various fishing vessels and cargo ships in action, the seals joining in the fun. Toast the end of yet another perfect day aboard our daily, pre-arranged, one hour long champagne sunset cruise. Duration: ½ hour to 1 hour cruises. The route is the Vctoria & Alfred Basins, Duncan and Ben Schoeman docks. The Royal Cape Yacht Club (1 hr trip).
Where? Quay 5, V&A Waterfront. Telephone: 021 418-0782.
Take a walk or jog along the Sea Point Promenade
The famous Sea Point promenade draws locals and visitors for walking and jogging or just people-watching. The Sea Point promenade runs the length of the lovely Sea Point beachfront, from Bantry Bay all the way through to Mouille Point and is a hub of activity, particularly in the early morning or late afternoons to watch the sun set right next to the waters of the Atlantic. Have a picnic on the lawns, watch the crowds go by, all very entertaining.
The original hot yoga. Deep, complete body and mind workout. Easy to follow and suitable for all ages, body types and levels of fitness. All new students get the introductory / trial period special offer for your first 5 class package. All classes accommodate beginners as the yoga series is fairly easy to grasp. Bikram classes are 90 minutes long (unless otherwise indicated on schedule). No prior bookings; reception opens 30 minutes before class.
Yoga Zone City Centre Studio; 10th floor Picbel Parkade, 58 Strand Street, Cape Town
Telephone: +27 (0)21 421 8136
Swim at Long Street Baths
Facing the Long Street Bath‘s heritage doors, look to the right for a view of Table Mountain, look to the left for a vibey Long Street and look inside for an old world experience. This original 1908 bathhouse is a historic Cape gem with an upgraded interior; all the original charm with a clean steam. The 25m indoor heated swimming pool keeps swimmers lapping before city business commences and during lunchtime fitness breaks. Kids are welcome to swim with adult supervision. The facility has separate male and female changing rooms.
Ten Pin Bowling in Cape Town
This social game can be enjoyed by everyone at “Let’s Go Bowling”, regardless of age or skill level. Special bowling shoes can be rented and there are different balls of varying weights. You can concentrate on your game while the computer and TV monitors keep track of your score.
Bowling alleys in Claremont, Goodwood and Bellville, open from 09:00 till late.
CityRock is Cape Town’s centre for all things related to the sport of Rock Climbing. Their facility features A large top rope and lead climbing area with Introductory lessons taught numerous times every week. They also offer a large bouldering cave. Children aged 5 and above love the fun and excitement of climbing. The sport of indoor climbing also makes for a great social event for kids and adults alike.
Where? Corner of Collingwood & Anson, in Observatory (just 5 minutes from UCT).
Telephone: 021-447 1326.
Visit the Cape Town Holocaust Centre
The Cape Town Holocaust Centre is conveniently situated in the midst of Cape Town’s “museum mile”, the Centre is in close proximity to the SA National Gallery, SA Museum, SA Library and the SA Jewish Museum. Opening times are Sundays – Fridays 10am – 4pm; Closed on Saturdays and Jewish Holidays.
Where? 1st Floor Albow Centre, 88 Hatfield Street, Cape Town. Telephone 021 462-5553.
Visit the MTN Science Centre
The MTN Science Centre at Canal Walk Century City in Cape Town, is South Africa’s first world-class interactive science centre. It is a place where you can have fun, while learning about scientific discoveries and technological innovations. The centre offers over 280 displays as well as an auditorium, camera obscura, computer rooms, laboratories, and exhibition hall. Bring the whole family – there is entertainment for kids of all ages.
Telephone: 021 529-8100.
Cellar Tastings at Durbanville Hills
From the modern tasting room while tasting exclusive wines, enjoy breath-taking views of Table Bay, Robben Island and Cape Town with Table Mountain as backdrop at this Durbanville Estate. During the week, cellar staff offer twice-daily guided tours of the state-of-the-art cellar. Groups of more than 10 are required to book.
Wine Tasting Trading Hours
Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 16:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 15:00
Sunday: 11:00 to 15:00
Public Holidays: 10:00 to 15:00
Telephone: 021 558-1300
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Lion’s Head hike / climb to the top
The panoramic views from the top of Lion’s Head makes the walk so worthwhile. The view encompasses the harbour, the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Camps Bay, Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Signal Hill and the Cape Flats. It’s an adventurous walk but it is well worth while. It takes about three hours including time to stop and take in the views and perhaps to stop for a picnic. For the more adventurous, try the same hike late afternoon, and watch the full moon rise before heading back down.
The Green Point Flea Market, once held in the car park outside the Cape Town Stadium, is now held a little closer to Beach Road, in a car park for one of the many sports clubs in the area. Open every Sunday, the Green Point Market is known for selling loads of traditional African art pieces and curios.
Visit the Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, better known as the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built in 1652 by Commander Jan van Riebeeck, founder of the maritime replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope. Open daily at 09:00 to 16:00, Mondays to Sundays (closed Christmas day and New Year’s day).
Telephone: 021 787-1249
Groot Constantia Wine Cellar and Cellar Tours
Guided tours through the modern cellar in Constantia are offered daily on the hour, from 10am to 4pm throughout the year. Tours cost R40 (adults) and R6 (scholars). A tour lasts 45-60 minutes and includes a wine tasting and audio visual.
Booking is essential. Telephone: 021 794-5128
Spend a day at Llandudno Beach
Only 18 km from the centre of Cape Town and approached by one of the most scenic drives, over Suikerbossie Hill from Hout Bay or in the other direction from Camps Bay, along Victoria Road, Llandudno lies nestled in a private and peaceful cove with one of the most secluded and beautiful beaches in the city. A “must go to beach” for visitors to Cape Town.
Visit the Association for Visual Arts (AVA)
The AVA is an important not-for-profit gallery in central Cape Town hosting up to 50 exhibitions a year, with proposals selected by committee. The AVA usually hosts three exhibitions at a time, with many young contemporary artists making their debut here. Open weekdays from 10am till 5pm and Saturdays from 10am till 1pm.
Where? 35 Church Street, Cape Town. Telephone: 021 424-7436.
The Scratch Patch (mining for kids) in Simons Town
If you take a trip out to Simon’s Town or Cape Point, stop off at the Topstones Factory. At their world famous “Scratch Patch” you can rustle around among the thousands of tumble-polished gemstones that cover the floor and fill a small bag with stones to take home with you. You can also tour the Topstones factory and watch gemstones being tumble- polished and crafted into a wide variety of products. Open every day.
Where? Dido Valley Road in Simons Town. Telephone 021 786-2020.
Stop off at the Brass Bell for a beer or meal
The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay is a popular waterside pub with four restaurants and three bars built almost in the water (the sea spray splashes against the windows). The downstairs area can get pretty festive and rowdy, so if you are looking for something more restive, book a table upstairs (with magnificent views over the sea). Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Where? Next to Kalk Bay Station, Main Road, Kalk Bay. Telephone: 021 788-5456.
The Muizenberg Toy Museum has a fascinating collection of early toys dating from the turn of the last century. The museum contains a shop specialising in obsolete and current toys and models – a must for any collector. Situated opposite the Fun Park, this is an ideal opportunity to visit a freshwater swimming pool, with children’s paddling pool, swings and slides, boating pool and Fun Golf – right on the beachfront. And for the more adventurous – a water slide. Opening daily from 10am till 4pm. Closed Mondays.
Indoor Karting in Kenilworth
The well designed, indoor circuit at Kenilworth Karting offers fun filled experience for young and old. On arrival you will be briefed on the cars and the racing rules. You then hit the starting grid and the racing action begins. Beginner or experienced, kart racing offers you a heart racing activity that is loads of fun. Compare lap times and race positions on the computer printout after the race. Open Wednesday to Monday from 10:00 – 23:00.
Where? Located behind Access Park in Kenilworth, Cape Town. Telephone: 021 683-2670.
Visit the South African Rugby Museum in Newlands
A visit to the South African rugby museum has become a regular port of call for locals and tourists visiting the city of Cape Town. The museum is on the ground floor of the Sport Science Institute in Newlands, just a kick away from the Newlands stadium. The SA rugby museum is crammed full of activities, exhibitions and insights into the world of rugby. The museum features rotating exhibitions and special attractions, which will fascinate both local and international visitors whether they be players or supporters.
City Sight-seeing on the double-decker, topless City Explorer Bus
The best way to see our City! Join us for a 2 hour guided, open-top bus trip around the Mother City. The tour includes the Waterfront and city centre in detail, then stops at Table Mountain for a panoramic view and concludes with a coastal drive back through Camps Bay. This is a “Hop on, Hop off” service, which allows you to use this tour as a convenient way to access all major highlights in Cape Town (including a visit to Camps Bay beach) during the day.
Telephone: 021 511-6000
Take a leisurely stroll up Government Avenue
Take a leisurely stroll up Government Avenue. This pedestrian road with beautiful trees and historical buildings is lined with majestic oak trees on either side and squirrels will vie for your attention if you had the foresight to bring along a bag of peanuts! In Government Avenue you are surrounded by many of the city’s most famous attractions including the Company Gardens (founded by Jan Van Riebeeck in 1652), Houses of Parliament and De Tuynhuys. The South African National Art Gallery, The South African Museum and Planetarium are all worth a visit.
Attend a parliamentary session (from January to June)
The city of Cape Town, despite not being the capital of South Africa, is home to South Africa’s Parliament – Cape Town is the legislative capital, whilst the seat of government is in Pretoria, the administrative capital. Visitors can sit in the public gallery during parliamentary sessions between January and June, although you need to remember to have your passport with you. There are guided tours though the buildings during the week. How much does a tour cost? Tours are free of charge. Tour options available include a guided tour of Parliament (including historical background and an explanation of how Parliament works). You can observe debates from the public galleries in the National Assembly or National Council of Provinces, attend a Public Hearing or committee meeting.
Tours should be booked at least one week in advance by telephone: 021 403-2266.
Tea and Cake at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant
Rhodes Memorial, built in remembrance of Cecil John Rhodes who contributed greatly to the formation of the sub continent, lies on the northern flank of Table Mountain, at the base of Devil’s Peak. A national landmark, Rhodes Memorial lies within the Table Mountain National Park and the views from up here are simply stunning. Explore the Monument and then head over to the restaurant for tea and cake – the cakes are out-of-this-world delicious! Open daily from 09h00 to 17h00.
Telephone: 021 689-9151
See and be seen at Clifton Beach
Popular with the trendy set in Cape Town, Clifton is a haven for international jet-setters. Together with its immaculate white sands and glistening water, bronzing bodies and designer sunglasses grace Clifton’s 4th beach with sufficient glamour to deserve not only the ‘see and be seen’ status it has acquired but its blue flag status as well.
We cater for ages from 11 years and upwards. If you are under 11 years and have played before we can make an exception. We will under no circumstances allow children 10 years and under to play. Half day social booking can be done any day of the week including Saturday and Sunday 09h30 to 13h00 or from 13h30 to 17h00. The cost per player includes 100 paintballs, rental of JT Spectra 260 vision full face masks, rental of Armson Semi Auto or Armson MK II pump action rifles, bush jackets and neck protectors. You will play five to six separate half hour games with breaks in between to get your breath and adrenaline levels back to normal.
Telephone: 021 790-7603
Visit the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville
The gallery is situated in an old Cape Dutch complex dating back to 1850 and is set in a beautifully landscaped garden. Rust-n-Vrede boasts art galleries and a highly praised ceramics museum featuring monthly exhibitions of South African artists. Open Mondays to Fridays from 09h00 till 17h00 and Saturdays from 09h00 till 13h00. Gallery Café on site.
Where? 10 Wellington Road, Durbanville, Cape Town. Telephone: 021 976-4691.
Window shop or stop for tea at the Cape Quarter
Capetonians like to think of the Cape Quarter as Cape Town’s best kept secret! Home décor, art and artefacts, fashion, beauty, health and lifestyle related stores all delivered in a unique Cape Malay architecture. As it is with the locals in the know, Cape Quarter’s relaxed retail environment with its vibey outdoor eateries, authentic hand crafted design and stylish cobbled courtyard will convince you too that Cape Quarter is, in fact, Cape Town’s best kept secret.
Shop or stop for coffee at Giovanni’s Deliworld in Green Point
Open daily from 7.30 am to 8.30 pm, Giovanni’s is a truly international deli that sells selected groceries from around the world as well as serving an outstanding cup of coffee and a menu of more than 40 meals.
Col’Caccio Pizzeria for the best Pizza in town
Col’Cacchio pizzeria has been serving fresh, made-to-order, crisp-base pizzas, pastas and salads to Capetonians in the know for the past 17 years. They have 50 pizza’s on the menu – all made with a thin crispy base, little mozzarella and plenty of toppings. They do all the regular pizzas found in Italy, plus their well-known gourmet pizzas. The atmosphere is vibey and relaxed, the crowd is diverse. Col’Cacchio loosely translated means “up yours”.
Where? The Spearhead on Hans Strijdom Avenue, Foreshore, Cape Town. Branches in Camps Bay, Canal Walk, Tygervalley, Claremont, Bloubergstrand, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Visit the Dance for All Youth Company
Dance for All offers tours of its various teaching venues, for the public to experience first-hand the energy and enthusiasm inherent in the dance classes. Tours leave from the Joseph Stone Theatre in Athlone at 2:45pm from Monday to Thursday, returning by 5.30pm. Bookings and payment can be arranged through our office.
(Patron: Desmond M Tutu Archbishop Emeritus)
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
Every summer since 1956 Shakespeare has been performed at Cape Town’s Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, an exotic alternative to the annual productions in London’s Regent’s Park. January to February every year.
Where? Corner of Church and Wolfe Streets, Wynberg. Book through Computicket.
Irma Stern (1894-1966) was a major South African artist who achieved national and international recognition in her lifetime. Established in 1971 in the house the artist lived in for almost four decades, the museum’s permanent collection on display shows Stern’s development as an artist, with subjects including exotic figures, portraits, lush landscapes and still lifes conveyed in a variety of media. There is also a commercial gallery showcasing contemporary South African artists.
Where? Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town.
One Hour Harbour Cruise (V&A Waterfront)
This is an informative cruise with commentary – Dawn is a 44-seater harbour cruise boat doing half hour cruises and 1 hour cruises around the Old Harbour and International Docks. (This boat can also be chartered privately for children’s parties, bachelor parties or tour groups). Open daily from 08h30 until 15 minutes after the Sunset Cruise Departure time.
Where? Shop 5 Quay, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Contact Waterfront Boats on Telephone: 021 418-5806.
Go Gambling at Grand West Casino
Boasting state-of-the-art facilities, Grand West Casino has 60 casino tables, offering American Roulette, Blackjack, Raise ’em Poker and Punto Banco. 1750 smart card slot machines and for added slots pleasure there is African Express.