Cape Town is an incredible city, with tons of activities and attractions. Regardless of whether you come here for the first time or are a frequent visitor, it is sometimes difficult to choose from hundreds of things to do here. We have compiled this list of activities in Cape Town based on a person's interests to facilitate their choice. Whether you are an adventure lover, a cultural vulture or a food fan, here you will find the best activities to include in your Cape Town Itinerary.
9 must-see things in Cape Town
There are some things that simply cannot be ignored when visiting Cape Town. Here is a list of 9 activities that we, as locals, recommend to all tourists arriving in the city.
More information about Cape Town highlights, you can find in our post 17 must-see places in Cape Town.
Take a cable car to Table Mountain
- Best time of day to visit; morning and evening, the mountain is often covered with clouds. I suggest checking the forecast or looking out the window before deciding to go up.
- Workday; summer from 8 am to 8 pm, winter from 8 am to 6 pm
- Admission fee; ZAR 350 / US $ 18 adults, ZAR 180 / US $ 9 children.
The most recognizable attraction in the city and definitely a must-see. Taking a cable car is the quickest and easiest way to get to the top. From there, you can get some of the best views of the city and the surrounding area. Once at the top, you can spend a few hours there, it is a huge area with several excellent observation points, walking trails, a restaurant and a souvenir shop. The cable car ride takes you.
For December holidays and summer weekends, I recommend buying your tickets in advance. In high season, you can spend some time waiting in line to board the car. In addition to some breathtaking views at the top of Table Mountain, you can see many cute bunnies (stone rabbits) running around and occasional baboons looking for food. If you're going up in the morning or at night, wear a jacket or a sweater, it looks really cool up there.
Table Mountain Tours & Activities
Watch the sunset on the lion's head
- Best time of day to visit; sunset, sunrise for security reasons, walking at night is not recommended. If you want to come for the sunrise, join a group or a tour.
- Workday; 24 hours
- Admission fee; free
The second popular mountain in Cape Town. It is not as high as Table Mountain, but it is one of the best spots in town to watch the sunset. From the top of Lion & # 39; s Head, you can see the City Bowl, Camps Bay, Sea Point, Robben Island and many other Cape Town highlights. If you can't get to sunset, you can come here at any time of the day, with stunning views. Climbing to the top is a little challenging. The last part involves stairs and ropes, wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. The locals come here for the sunset too.
If climbing to the top of Lion & # 39; s Head is too much of a mission, you can enjoy the sunset at the top of nearby Signal Hill. Going up is much easier; you can basically drive to the end. I suggest getting to Lion's Head or Signal Hill at least an hour before sunset. You will need some time to find a parking spot and reach the top.
Lion & # 39; s Head Tours and Activities
Explore the colorful district of Bo Kaap
- Best time of day to visit; at any time of day, in the midday light, it is not the best for taking pictures
- Workday; 24 hours
- Admission fee; free
The brightest and most colorful neighborhood in Cape Town. Colors rule here; green, red, blue, orange, yellow and purple houses lined the narrow streets of Bo Kaap. It is difficult to choose where to pose for the photos. Despite his cool appearance, Bo Kaap was not always so colorful. Its first residents were slaves brought to South Africa mainly from Malaysia and Indonesia. The neighborhood's second name is the Malay Quarter. After the ablution of slavery in the United Kingdom, local residents decided to paint their houses with different colors, as a sign of freedom and individuality. Nowadays, Bo Kaap has become one of the symbols of the city, such as Table Mountain or Robben Island.
Tours and activities in Bo Kaap
You can match Bo Kaap, Table Mountain and Lion's Head. All three attractions are located close to each other. First stop for 30 minutes at Bo Kaap to stroll the streets and take some pictures. From there, go to Table Mountain and take the cable car. End your day by watching the sunset over the lion's head.
Stroll the V&A Waterfront
- Best time of day to visit; at any time of day, in the midday light, it is not the best for taking pictures
- Workday; 24 hours
- Admission fee; free
V&A Waterfront it is probably the best and safest area in the city to walk at almost any time of the day. There are several attractions to visit here; V&A Clock Tower, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Wheel, Zeitz Modern Africa Art Museum. You can spend an hour or two walking, watching street shows, drinking coffee, eating, shopping, etc. There are many restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops here. The area is always busy and full of people, it has a pleasant festive vibe. Vovo Telo coffee shops and bakeries are our favorite place to have breakfast or stop for a cup of coffee with freshly baked cakes. Many cruises and boat trips depart from the Waterfront.
V&A Waterfront activities and tours
Visit the island of Robben
- Best time of day to visit; morning, that you have all afternoon to visit more places. The tour takes almost 4 hours.
- Workday; the boats leave 3 times a day; at 9am, 11am and 1pm
- Admission fee; ZAR 550 / US $ 30 adults, ZAR 300 / US $ 16 children, includes a return boat ride and a 2-hour guided tour.
A very important place in the history of South Africa, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. The total area of the island is 5 km and can be visited only as part of a tour. Tours depart from the V&A Waterfront. There are 3-4 daily departures. The tour takes between 3 and 4 hours. I recommend taking the first tour that leaves at 8:30 am to have enough time to visit other attractions in the city in the afternoon. During the tour, you will learn about the island's history, its most famous prisoners, visit Mandela's cell and have some time to stroll.
The Afrikaans name means "Seal Island", you can see many seals on the island and on the way to it. Robben Island has a long history; for almost three centuries it was used as a prison mainly for political convicts.
Tours and activities on Robben Island
Books on South African history
Admire the beautiful scenery of Camps Bay
- Best time of day to visit; at any time of the day, although in the second half the light is better for taking pictures, at sunset the area looks impressive
Cape Town's chic neighborhood, with beautiful beaches, icy water, luxurious mansions and elegant restaurants. Even if all of this doesn't seem like your type of place, it's still worth coming here for a spectacular view. White sand beaches, huge boulders, blue water, an impressive mountain range in the background. It is definitely one of the most beautiful areas in the city. Camps Bay is a great area to have a cocktail, stroll in a bikini on the beach or simply take some stunning photos.
You can easily combine V&A Waterfront with a visit to Robben Island and Camps Bay, you will need half a day for this, mainly because of the trip to Robben Island, which takes about 4 hours. First, take the first excursion to Robben Island, then spend some time on the V&A Waterfront and from there drive along the Sea Point boardwalk to Camps Bay.
Stroll in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
- Best time of day to visit; at any time, in the summer, it is good to hide from the scorching heat of the afternoon in the shade of the trees.
- Workday; summer from 8 am to 7 pm, winter from 8 am to 6 pm
- Admission fee; ZAR 75 / US $ 4 adults, ZAR 20 / US $ 1 children (6-17 years old), children under 6 years old – free.
Kirstenbosch is a green paradise within the city. You will be surprised by this green garden. You can spend an entire day here. There are many walking routes through the garden, including some more challenging routes, such as Gorge, that take walkers from the Garden to the top of Table Mountain.
The Garden is a great place to have a picnic on the grass. There is no need to bring food and drinks. You can buy a picnic basket at one of the local restaurants. They have a wide variety of basket sets, including vegetarian, fisherman and gluten free options. There are several themed gardens that represent the vegetation of different parts of South Africa. A treetop walkway is not to be missed at Kirstenbosch, a metal bridge that crosses the Arboletum trees. The shape of the bridge was inspired by the body of a snake, it is very curvaceous. The bridge offers great views of the garden.
Tours and activities in Kirstenbosch
Taste wines in Constantia
- Best time of day to visit; any time of the day
- Workday; most tasting rooms are open from 10 am to 4 pm
- Tasting fee; admission is free, with tasting of ZAR 70-100 / US $ 3-5 per person
Here you will find some of the best wineries in the country that produce exclusive wines. What can be better than driving through beautiful wine farms, tasting good wines and enjoying the fantastic landscape of Constantia. Some of Constantia's most renowned wineries are; Klein Constantia, perhaps one of the most beautiful wine estates in Cape Town; Groot Constantia, South Africa's oldest wine farm; Steenberg Vineyards, owns a luxury hotel and produces great wines.
If you plan to do a serious tasting, take a taxi or use a bus, don't drink and drive. There are several accommodation options in the area, if you have time, you can spend a few days tasting wine and relaxing. There are wine estates in Constantia. In two days, you can visit them without haste.
Places to stay in Constantia
Constantia tours and activities
Drive across the Cape Peninsula
- Best time of day to visit; it is best to drive in the morning to have enough time to explore the area
- Workday; Chapman's Peak Drive is open 24 hours, most national parks on reservations along the route run from 8 am to 6 pm.
- Admission fee; Chapman's Peak drives the high road ZAR 50 / $ 2.5 per car,
it is one of the most beautiful units in the country; the famous Chapman & # 39; s Peak unit is part of it. Most of the unit is along the rocky coast of the Atlantic Ocean. There are a large number of lookouts and views where you can stop along the route. It will take a full day to drive and stop at the main attractions. There are many good restaurants along the way to stop for breakfast or lunch. To make this trip, you can rent a car or take part in one of the tours suggested below.
The main highlights of the unit
- Stamps in Hout Bay – you can see seals in the harbor or take a boat trip to see more of them and even dive with these majestic creatures
- Chapman's Peak Drive – a breathtaking 15 km road along the rocky coast of the Atlantic Ocean, with stunning views.
- Beautiful beaches of Kommetjie – one of the best places to surf in Cape Town.
- Cape Point National Park – one of the best places in Cape Town for hiking, there are several trails within the park
- Penguin colony on Boulders beach – a beautiful white sand beach surrounded by huge boulders with lots of cute African penguins.
- Colorful beach huts in Muizenberg – a row of red, green, yellow and blue wooden cabins along the beach
There is really a lot to see and do in the area, if you have time to spend a few days here, it might be a good option.
Place to stay along the Cape Peninsula
Cape Peninsula Tours & Activities
You can combine the Cape Peninsula unit with Kirstenbosch and wine tasting in Constantia. Start the day by driving across the Peninsula, stop at Hout Bay, Cape Point National Park, Boulder Beach and Muizenberg. From there, head to Constantia for a wine tasting. End the day at Kirstenbosch Garden. If you made this trip in the summer on a Sunday, you can attend a summer concert in Kirstenbosch.
Our suggested 2-day itinerary that includes 9 mandatory Cape Town activities
- Morning. Start your day with a visit to Robben Island.
- Evening. Spend time at the V&A Waterfront. From there, head to Camps Bay. Then go to Bo Kaap.
- Late afternoon / evening. Take a cable car to Table Mountain.
- Evening. Watch the sunset over the lion's head.
- Morning/early afternoon. Start your day with the spectacular Chapman & # 39; s Peak unit and a visit to Cape Point National Park. Stop at Boulders and Muizenberg beach.
- Evening. Go to Constantia and visit some wine farms. Then visit the Kirstenbsoch Botanical Garden.
- Evening. Watch the sunset at the V&A Waterfront.
Impressive adventure activities in Cape Town
The excellent climate for most of the year, the proximity to the ocean and the surrounding mountains make Cape Town one of the best cities in the world for outdoor activities. It is no wonder that many Capetonians really enjoy surfing, diving, cycling and hiking.
Table Mountain Hiking
Taking the cable car is not the only way to get to the top; there are several trails that lead there. For security reasons, I recommend using one of the most popular routes, such as Platteklip Gorge, India Venster or Skeleton Gorge. Whichever path you choose, everyone is quite challenging for an unprepared person; it is a steep climb for about 400m.
Platteklip Gorge it is the most popular hiking route to the top. Tall, rocky stairs go to the top. The views on the way are spectacular. The trail starts on the road, about 500m from the cable car station. India Venster it is another route that starts at the cable car station and ends up offering incredible views. This route is more technical than the Platteklip gorge, as it involves basic climbing. The trail is not recommended for those who are afraid of heights. You can go up and take the cable car or the other way around.
Another popular hiking route to the top of Table Mountain is Skeleton Gorge. It starts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. It is important to remember that if you park your car in Kirstenbosch, you will have to go down to get back to it. Alternatively, you can take Uber. The cable car takes you across the mountain, far from Kirstenbosch. The scenario on this route is quite different from the other two; verdant forest, small waterfalls, stones covered with moss. The trail involves some stairs and some basic climbing.
Whichever way you decide to go, I recommend doing it with two people, in a group or on a tour. Make sure you wear proper clothing, a cap and comfortable shoes. Take water and some snacks.
Hiking to Table Mountain
Every year, Cape Town hosts the Cape Argus race, one of the largest cycling events in the world. You can imagine cycling here is a very popular activity. There are enough places for road cycling and mountain biking.
Table Mountain, Lion Head / Signal Hill and Contermanskloof Farm are the most popular places in town for mountain biking. There are more mountain bike trails outside of Cape Town. Some wine farms in Stellenbosch / Somerset West offer great trails on properties such as Delvera, Helderplaas and also within the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch. For security reasons, I suggest using these popular trails during the day and going with some people. If you are alone, instead of joining a group or taking a tour.
Mountain bike tours in Cape Town
For road cycling the most popular places are Chapman's Peak Drive (the Cape Peninsula) and the road along the coast from Gordon Bay to Betty Bay. Both roads are quite narrow and curved, with no margins. You have to be careful to ride a bike there, but the scenery on both roads is really spectacular. Both areas have many attractions to visit. There are some places in Cape Town where you can rent a bicycle and a helmet for a day. Depending on bike rental, prices range between ZAR 150-350 / $ 8-18 per day. If you decide to cycle from Gordon Bay, you can rent a bicycle from Rent a Bicycle.
Road bike rides
Lion & # 39; s Paragliding Head or Signal Hill
If you're looking for a breathtaking adventure on Cape Town's tandem paragliding from one of the city's iconic mountains, it's a perfect activity. During the flight, you can enjoy the cool sea breeze and breathtaking views of the city. Landing is at Sea Point beach. You can practice paragliding at any time of the day, but paragliding at sunset is a majestic experience. The flight takes about 20 minutes. During this time, you will be able to see Table Mountain, Lion & # 39; s Head, Robben Island, Camps Bay, the shore, the Atlantic coast, etc. etc. Virtually all of the city's main attractions.
Safari on a private game reserve near Cape Town
There are some large private game reserves, not far from Cape Town, that can be visited as a day or two day trip from the city. I definitely recommend taking a safari on a private game reserve if you don't plan to visit any of South Africa's National Parks. A trip to Africa will not be complete without African animals roaming freely in the wild. The best thing about visiting one of the game reserves near Cape Town is that it is free of malaria.
Aquila Private Game Reserve is one of the most popular places to go on safari in Cape Town. The reserve is 170 km away, and can be visited in one day from the city. Here you can see many animals, including the Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo). There are hundreds of animals in the park. You can go on a safari in the morning, afternoon or night by driving alone or take a safari tour with the park rangers. The game reserve offers rooms and cottages in its territory. Staying here for one night is a great way to explore the park more and see more animals. Book your room at Aquila Reserve online.
Aquila Game Reserve tours
Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve it is another popular place to go on a safari trip from Cape Town. The reserve is 140 km from the city and can be visited as a day trip from Cape Town. Visitors can see the Big Five and many other African animals here, such as zebras, giraffes, antelopes, cheetahs, etc. The reserve offers luxury accommodation in its territory. Book your accommodation at Inverdoorn Game Reserve online.
Inverdoorn Game Reserve tours
Surfing in Cape Town
Cape Town has several excellent to surf points scattered along its coast, suitable for all levels. The best time to surf is in winter, when the biggest waves appear. Inside the False Bay, the water is a little warmer and the breaks are relatively safe for beginners. The best places for beginners are The Surfer & # 39; s Corner, in Muizenberg and a couple of beach breaks in Big Bay / Bloubergstrand. Both places are about a 30-minute drive from the city center. Long Beach in Kommetjie it is a good place for more advanced surfers.
Surf lessons are ZAR 500 / US $ 27, the price includes a surfboard and a diving suit. If you know how to surf and don't need lessons, you can rent a board.
If you want to learn to surf in Cape Town, it is best to stay in Muizenberg or Big Bay. There are some surf schools and equipment rentals there.
Places to stay in Muizenberg
With excellent points and consistent winds, Cape Town is known as one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world. Every February, a big kitesurfing event takes place in Bloubergstrand – Red Bull King of the Air. The east east wind, which blows almost constantly in the summer, blows parallel to the beach on the west coast of the peninsula, creating perfect conditions in most days in the summer.
Bloubergstrand / Big Bay is the best place in Cape Town for practicing this exciting sport. You can practice kitesurfing here all year round, but the best time is from November to March, when the winds are strong and consistent. Kite lessons, 3h30min. from ZAR950 / $ 50 per day, including equipment. From our experience, I can say that it is more difficult than it looks.
Places to stay in Big Bay / Bloubergstrand
There is a fantastic dive diving inside False Bay, diving with seals, big gills with 7 gills and some very interesting nudibranchs. Inside False Bay, it is best to dive in the winter months, when the prevailing winds in the northwest flatten and clear the bay. In winter, visibility is usually between 5 and 10m. The Atlantic side is the best place to dive in the summer, when the winds from the south of Easter bring clean and cold water, visibility can rise up to 20m, but the water temperature can drop to 9 ° C! There are some excellent caves, shipwrecks and interesting aquatic life on this side of the peninsula. Boat dives are very expensive, as you usually drive very far from the coast, ZAR1900 / $ 100 for two dives, including equipment.
If you’ve never dived before and want to try, you can do Discover the Cape Town Diving Course.
More details about diving in Cape Town, you can find in our post Diving in Cape Town.
Shark cage diving
Many adrenaline junkies come to South Africa to diving with sharks. Cape Town is an incredible place to dive in cages with the great white shark. It is a very special experience to observe this fearsome predator in the water. The great white is not the only animal you can see during the dive; some other sharks like bronze sharks; they are smaller creatures, but still very impressive.
Between August and October, on the way to the dive site, you will be able to see some southern right whales. Seals, penguins and many sea birds are quite common in the region. Gansbaai, a small town 160 km from Cape Town, is the most popular place for scuba diving. Sometimes, great white sharks disappear from the area chased by killer whales that, from time to time, reach the shores of Cape Town. I recommend checking with a tour operator before booking a trip.
Diving trips in the shark cage
Whale watching in Cape Town
Cape Town is an incredible place to observe wildlife. Few other major cities in the world can offer Cape Town's incredible biodiversity. In a few days, driving around the city, you can see the African Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo) and Marine Big 5 (whale, shark, seal, penguin and dolphin).
Each year, between July and November, southern right whales arrive on the coast of South Africa for breeding. The months of July, August and September are the peak season when your chances to detect whales of a boat are too high. These gentle giants are incredible creatures. Being able to see them up close is a once in a lifetime experience for many people. Even compared to a large boat that can accommodate about 40 passengers, they are huge. As a bonus in July and August, you can see baby whales like any baby, they are very cute and fun. As with cage diving, Gansbaai / Hermanus is the main port from which whale watching tours depart.
Whale watching tours
Watching these playful animals up close is a fun and exciting experience. There are many cape seals in the cold Atlantic Ocean water around Cape Town; your chances of seeing them dive are very high. These guys are very curious, unlike many wild animals, when they see people approaching, they are very likely to come up and look at you. The water is cold, you will need a wetsuit even to dive, but the equipment is usually included in the price of the tour. Snorkeling is done from boats. The boats depart from the shore and the harbor at Hout Bay.
Snorkel tours with seals
Renting a kayak or taking a tour and paddling across the Cape Peninsula, enjoying the fantastic scenery and observing the diverse marine life of the regions, is an incredible thing to do on a good summer day. There are several popular places in Cape Town for kayaking; V&A Waterfront, Hout Bay and Simon & # 39; s Town. At Waterfront and Hout Bay, you will see seals, perhaps a few dolphins and many sea birds. Kayaking on Boulders Beach, you will see many African penguins and birds, the chance to see dolphins and seals. If you don't have a lot of experience in open water kayaking, I recommend taking a tour.
Cape Town kayak tours
Best Gastronomic Things to Do in Cape Town
Wine tasting in Stellenbosch
- Working hours; most tasting rooms are open from Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm – 5 pm
- Tasting fee; about ZAR 75 / $ 4 for 3 wines. You can share a tasting between two people, we always do that.
Stellenbosch is famous for its great wines, breathtaking landscapes and one of the best universities in the country. There are about 160 wine farms in the Stellenbosch area; most of them have tasting rooms. You can reach Stellenbosch just a day from Cape Town or spend a few days here. It's a great place to a weekend getaway from the city. You can enjoy the beauty of the region and taste some of the best wines in the country. Do not try to visit as many wineries as possible, as this will spoil the whole experience. Instead, choose 4 or 5 places and don't rush, learn about different cultures, taste, compare, make combinations of chocolate or cheese and wine.
For more details on wine tasting in the region, read our Guide to the best wine farm in Stellenbosch.
Our suggested 1-day itinerary for tasting Stellenbosch wines
Morning. Start your day at Spier wine estate. Try pairing wine and chocolate. Três chocolates diferentes feitos por chocolatiers para acompanhar três vinhos locais. Para limpar o palete entre as provas, você recebe um copo de espumante.
Início da tarde. De Spier, vá para Waterford wine farm, um pequeno canto italiano na África. A fazenda é realmente bonita e os vinhos locais são ótimos. Nós realmente apreciamos a experiência de degustação de Jem. Então vá para Propriedade de Tokara, uma fazenda magnífica com vistas deslumbrantes, ótimos vinhos e um ótimo restaurante. No caminho para Tokara, você pode parar na propriedade Graff Delair, o cenário é fantástico.
À tardinha. De Tokara, vá para Fazenda de Queijos e Vinhos Fairview. Aqui você pode combinar degustação de vinhos e queijos. Se você viaja com crianças, Fairview é uma das melhores vinícolas que estão por vir. Há um restaurante e uma padaria na propriedade, onde você pode almoçar ou fazer uma refeição leve.
tem muitas coisas para fazer em Stellenbosch além de degustação de vinhos (caminhadas, ciclismo, cavalgadas etc.) para mantê-lo ocupado, vale a pena ficar aqui por alguns dias.
Lugares para ficar em Stellenbosch
Tours e atividades em Stellenbosch
Jantares finos e degustação de vinhos em Franschhoek
- Jornada de trabalho; a maioria das salas de degustação está aberta de segunda a sábado, das 10h às 16h. Algumas fazendas estão abertas para degustação aos domingos.
- Taxa de degustação; média de ZAR 75 / US $ 4 por 3 vinhos, compartilhar uma degustação entre duas pessoas é totalmente bom.
Fanschhoek é uma renomada capital gastronômica da África do Sul. Apesar do tamanho pequeno, é o lar de alguns dos melhores restaurantes e melhores vinícolas do país. Como Stellenbosch, você pode visitar Franschhoek como uma viagem de um dia da Cidade do Cabo, mas se tiver tempo, recomendo ficar aqui por alguns dias. É o lugar perfeito para uma escapadela romântica ou férias em família. Adoramos vir a Franschhoek no Dia dos Namorados ou no nosso aniversário de casamento. muitas coisas para fazer aqui. Se você é um viajante solteiro, participando de uma das excursões de degustação de grupo ou pulando no bonde, são duas ótimas maneiras de explorar a área.
Há realmente muitas fazendas de vinho na área. Temos alguns favoritos que visitamos quase toda vez que chegamos a Franschhoek. Muitas fazendas de vinhos têm restaurantes onde você pode combinar degustação de vinhos com almoço. Se você decidir ficar em Franschhoek para jantar, recomendo que faça a reserva com pelo menos um dia de antecedência.
Nosso itinerário sugerido de um dia para degustação de vinhos de Franschhoek
Manhã. Pare para o café da manhã às Big Dog Cafe na entrada de Franschhoek. O local possui deliciosas opções de café da manhã, excelente café e um lindo terraço / jardim externo. De lá dirigir o Franschhoek Pass, uma estrada bonita do outro lado da cidade.
Início da tarde. No caminho de volta do passe, pare em Propriedade de vinho de Haute Cabriere. Não se esqueça de tirar uma foto com uma moldura amarela aqui. Então vá para Fazenda de vinhos Dieu Donne. Excelentes vinhos e vistas deslumbrantes são garantidas. No caminho de volta, pare às Chamonix, esta fazenda é famosa por seu Pinot Noir, não uma cultivar muito comum na África do Sul.
Mais tarde. Para continuar a degustação de vinhos, dirija-se a Boschendal, uma fazenda de vinho fantástica nos arredores de Franschhoek. Você pode combinar degustação com almoço ou até um piquenique na grama sob os enormes carvalhos. If you like vintage cars on the way to Boschendal stop at Franschhoek Motor Museum. It has an impressive collection of hundreds of cars.
Places to stay in Franschhoek
Franschhoek tours & activities
Picnic at Route 44 weekend market
- Working hours; Sat, Sun from 9am to 4pm
Another awesome weekend market near Cape Town. The market is located at the entrance to Stellenbosch along the Route 44 highway. It’s a great place to come on a weekend morning for a picnic. It’s a very social place with many people, hundreds of food stalls, life music on the stages, many outside tables and chairs.
The range of food and drinks you can try here is truly international from local favorites such as steak and lamb chops prepared on the fire to Mexican tortillas, Italian pizza, Belgian waffles, Japanese sushi and many other dishes. Make sure you come here hungry. There are so many delicious things that you want to try everything here. There is a special playground area for children with jumping castles, shallow pools, slides, swings etc. If you travel with your kids they’ll love this place.
Você pode combine Route 44 market with wine tasting in the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek area (only on Saturdays and Sundays). Start your day at the market, spend there a couple of hours. From there drive to Stellenbosch and visit a couple of wine farms. Then head to Franschhoek for more wine tasting that you can combine with lunch. If you do this trip on a Sunday keep in mind that many wine estates and restaurants in Franschhoek are closed on Sundays rather visit more farms around Stellenbosch.
Visiting the Old Biscuit Mill Neighborhood Market
- Working hours; every Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
The Old Biscuit Mill is an old factory in the Woodstock neighborhood in Cape Town. The area used to be . It’s one of Capetonians’ favorite places to meet up with friends and family over the weekend. Long rows of tables and benches in the center of the market make it very social even if you come along you can easily find a company here. You can find pretty much anything here from homemade cakes, organic vegetables and freshly grilled steaks to clothes and accessories from local designers. In the holiday season the market gets very busy. Be prepared to spend some time looking for a place to sit down or waiting for your food.
Things to do for culture and art lovers
Discover contemporary African art at the Zeitz Museum
- Working hours; daily 10am-6pm
- Admission fee; ZAR 180/US$10 adults, children under 18 years old free
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is our first pick, opened recently in September 2017 the museum has already become one of the most important modern art centers in the country. It’s the biggest museum of this kind on African continent and is definitely worth of visit even if you’re not a big fan of modern art. The building itself is a masterpiece, one of the most interesting buildings in Cape Town. You’ll find here photography, sculpture, painting and installations created by modern artists from different African countries.
Visit the Castle of Good Hope
- Working hours; daily from 9am to 7pm
- Admission fee; ZAR 50/US$2,5 adults, ZAR 25/US$1,5 children
Castle of Good Hope in the downtown of Cape Town. It was built in 17th century by the Dutch East Indian company as a fort to stop on the way from India and Europe. Inside the castle there used to be church, workshops, houses, shops and some other facilities.
Learn about the recent history of South Africa at District Six Museum
- Working hours; Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, closed on Sundays
- Admission fee; ZAR 45/US$2,5 adults, ZAR 15/US$1 children
District Six museum where you can find out about the history of this Cape Town district that once was populated by the mixed racial community till in 1901 when black people were removed from there, later in 1966 it was proclaimed the white area, many residents were forced to leave their houses which later were demolished.
Admire fine art at the Iziko National Art Gallery
- Working hours; daily 9am-5pm
- Admission fee; ZAR 60/US$3 adults, ZAR 30/US$1,5 children
South African National gallery that houses fine examples of old African and European art. The permanent exhibition get shuffled from time to time to make sure more masterpieces reach the audience. There are often temporary exhibitions of African and European art.
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