If you’ve had a busy year Cape Town is the perfect escape because it’s a tourist's playground. It caters to everyone's needs, whether you enjoy long romantic strolls on the beach or prefer an adrenaline filled vacation. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Its laid back attitude will force you to take a moment's pause and take in the breathtaking beauty that’ll leave you in awe.
You may just find yourself not wanting to go home and making the Mother City a permanent residence.
Here are nine unusual things to do in Cape Town.
As the sun goes down, the stars come out to play, and that couldn’t be more true at Galileo cinema. If you want to experience a unique magical night in Cape Town this should be one of your first stops. Imagine a warm summer evening with your blankets spread out, delicious food and watching a movie, all with the stars twinkling in the background. What could be better than that?
If you want to truly experience Cape Town you should buy a ticket for the Red City Tour Bus. Hopping onto the red bus is a fun, exciting way to explore the city and meet new people. And you’ll also save on petrol because this bus goes to the most iconic places in the city and it’s all just under R200. You can get up close and personal with Table Mountain, dine out in Camps Bay or stop for ice cream in Sea Point.
In life sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. And you can have this opportunity at Chart Farm. If you love roses you can spend a day creating your own beautiful bouquet by picking roses that catch your eye. Or you can just spend a day taking selfies with the roses making a beautiful backdrop.
Salt and pepper, spaghetti and meatballs, and bread and butter are just a few of the things that go hand in hand. And of course, one can’t picture Cape Town without thinking of Table Mountain. This majestic mountain provides a breathtaking backdrop for the whole city. If you really want the full experience of Table Mountain you should hike it, and you’ll see gorgeous scenery and a wide range of flora and fauna. The view will definitely be worth the climb.
If you love the thrill of adventure why don’t you abseil off Table Mountain? Your palms may sweat and your knees could shake but overcoming your fear and abseiling down the mountain will be one of the most exhilarating things you could do in your life. And best of all you’ll be surrounded by beauty all around you. Drag your friends along so they can cheer you on and give you moral support to finish your goal.
If you’re a thrill seeker and swimming with the sharks is on your bucket list, then you should take the opportunity and go to Gansbaai. It’s the great white shark capital of the world. You’ll have an experience you won't forget anytime soon. You’ll be able to go underwater in a cage and be up and close and personal with the sharks. This experience is obviously not for the fainthearted. But it’ll make for a great conversation at a dinner party where you’ll have all your guests oohing and aahing.
If you want to spend a tranquil day out in the water with the penguins to keep you company, why don’t you kayak? You’ll start at Simon’s Town waterfront and go all the way to Boulders Beach where you’ll be able to see the black and white seabirds. And if the weather is right you could also splash out in the water and have fun.
Cape Town boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and some have even been awarded a blue flag status. You could choose to spend a relaxed day at the beach by grabbing a basket of food and a blanket and have a picnic on the warm beach of Muizenberg. Or you could learn to tango every second Sunday on the promenade at Sea Point. Or if you're seeking adventure, why don’t you grab your friends and take a sailing course.
The people in Cape Town are a warm, friendly bunch and from very diverse cultures. Take time to speak to the locals and, you never know, you might just make lifelong connections. South Africa boasts 11 official languages and you may just go home having learned a few Xhosa phrases.
When you read articles describing Cape Town, a lot of words that come to mind include breathtaking, relaxed, and gorgeous. And the best part is this city doesn’t just look good on paper, it actually lives up to all the hype.