10 Best Things To Do In Winter In Cape Town

10 Best Things To Do In Winter In Cape Town

Winter is here! The Mother City is filled with beauty, wonder, adventure, excitement, and a vibrant contagious energy, and this is no different during her stunning winter season. While the sun may set a little earlier, rise a little later, and the temperatures gradually start to cool down, Cape Town in winter is absolutely wonderful and not at all what you might expect.

Known as one of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, winter in Cape Town is when the city shows off an entirely different side of what it has to offer. Boasting an endless variety of things to do, see, explore, and experience, there is something for everyone to enjoy this winter season in Cape Town.

We’ve put together a list of the 10 best things to do in winter in Cape Town – All of which should be added to your ultimate Cape Town winter bucket-list right away!

Have fun winter adventuring & exploring Cape Town!

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1. Go Hiking!

The most thrilling outdoor winter adventure!

Time to hike! Cape Town’s winter season boasts a mild Mediterranean climate that’s great for adventuring and exploring – Undoubtedly making it the perfect time to go on the ultimate hiking adventure.

In addition to being one of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, winter in Cape Town is also known as the ‘Green Season’. It’s the time of year when all the Cape flora come out to play and the vast Mother City landscapes transform into a glorious lush green paradise. There truly is no better time to get out there, explore the great Cape Town outdoors, and discover all of the Western Cape’s stunning natural wonders and beautiful, yet equally thrilling, hiking trails.

**Bonus: The milder, cooler temperatures mean you get to experience a lot more of what Cape Town’s hiking scene has to offer – Giving you the opportunity to tick a whole bunch of Cape Town’s best hiking trails off your hiking bucket list.

Its no secret that the Western Cape is known and celebrated for its vast variety of incredible hiking trails. Suited to ALL fitness and experience levels – the Western Cape has the perfect hiking trail for YOU too! Here are merely a few of the top hiking trails in Cape Town you can enjoy this winter in Cape Town:

Lion’s HeadDevil’s Peak Hiking TrailChapman’s Peak
The Pipe TrackTranquillity Cracks Hiking TrailJonkershoek Nature Reserve
Kloof CornerNursery Ravine Hiking TrailKrom River Trail
Platteklip Gorge Hiking TrailWoody Ravine Hiking TrailWaterfall Hike
Kasteelpoort Hiking TrailIndia Venster Hiking TrailLittle Lion’s Head
Skeleton Gorge Hiking TrailConstantia Corner Hiking TrailLion’s Head Loop Hiking Trail
Suicide Gorge Hiking TrailConstantia Nek to KirstenboschTable Mountain Contour Path
Maclear’s BeaconTygerberg Nature ReserveCape Point Hiking Trails

To add a bit more thrill to Cape Town’s already exhilarating hiking scene, here are a few exciting overnight hiking trails avid hikers can look forward to:

  • The Cederberg Wilderness
  • Here are some overnight trail sections with the distance of that section:
  • Pahuis Pass – Heuningvlei = 13km
  • Kleinkliphuis – Krakadouw Pass = 11km
  • Dwarsrivier (Clanwilliam) – Heuningvlei = 12km
  • Heuningvlei – Krakadouw Peak = 4km
  • Heuningvlei – Boontjieskloof hut = 12km
  • Boontjieskloof hut – Crystal Pool = 14km
  • Crystal Pool – Sleeppad = 8km
  • Crystal Pool – Algeria = 15km
  • Rooiberg – Kruisrivier – Algeria = 19km
  • Rooiberg – Kruisrivier – Syferfontein – Bakleikraal – Kromrivier = 29km
  • The Whale Trail
  • Cape of Good Hope Trail
  • The Otter Trail
  • Boosmansbos Wilderness hiking trail

If you’re a beginner hiker looking to experience and explore some of Cape Town’s best and beautiful hiking trails, the Mother City has an incredible array of hiking trails for you too (even if you’ve never hiked a day in your life). Here are some of the best Cape Town hiking trails for beginners that you should absolutely add to your Cape Town hiking adventure bucket-list:

The Pipe Track | Table MountainLion’s Head Hiking Trail
Kloof Corner | Table MountainElephant’s Eye Cave | Constantiaberg
Lion’s Head Loop Hiking TrailTable Mountain Contour Path
Boomslang Cave Hike | Kalk BayCape Point Hiking Trails: Cape of Good Hope TrailLighthouse Keeper’s TrailGifkommetjie TrailPhyllisia CircuitShipwreck TrailThomas T. Tucker Trail | Shipwreck TrailSirkelsvlei Trail | Shipwreck Trail

Happy winter hiking Cape Town!

2. Go Whale Watching

Its official – Cape Town’s whale season is FINALLY here!

**Southern Right Whales are the most common whale species spotted in and around Cape Town’s vast ocean waters. However, you might also get the chance to see humpback Whales and Bryde’s Whales – What an unbelievable & thrilling experience!**

There are few things as spectacular as whale season in Cape Town. If you happen to be visiting the Western Cape during this time, WOW, you are in for the mother of all treats! Winter in Cape Town is the best time of year to see whales in the Western Cape as hundreds of southern right whales, humpback whales, and Bryde’s whales migrate along the coast of South Africa every year between the months of June – November – often lingering around until December.

This undoubtedly makes going whale watching one of the best and most exciting things to do in winter in Cape Town for both the young and young at heart!

Southern Right Whales, the most frequently spotted whale species, journey to the Cape shores every year to mate and calve in the warmer ocean waters(which is a welcome change from their icy Antarctic habitat). This gives marine-loving locals, tourists, and travelers passing through the unbelievable opportunity to see these majestic ocean beings in their natural habitat. Besides sensational knock-your-socks-off whale sightings and encounters, southern right whales absolutely LOVE showing off their amazing skills and can often be seen breaching, fluking, lobtailing, spouting, spyhopping, and waving their tails out of the water to capture any and all onlookers’ attention – If you’re lucky enough to bare witness to this, make sure you enjoy EVERY single second of it. Plus, it is most definitely a BIG tick off your Cape Town bucket-list, that’s for sure!

Known as the glorious, yet gentle giants of the ocean, Southern Right Whales are extremely playful, active, friendly, and inquisitive. However, that certainly doesn’t mean they don’t have a bold and sassy side – Oh no, Southern Right Whales can be total show offs when they want to be, you just wait and see!

Cape Whale Route

The phenomenal Cape Whale Route, also known as the Overberg Whale Route, starts just south of Cape Town and carries along the southern shores of South Africa for over 1200 miles / +/- 1 931km. Boasting beyond exceptional whale sightings and encounters, the iconic Cape Whale Route as well as the Western Cape as a whole is deemed one of the premier (if not the most pristine, sought-after, exciting, beautiful, and top) whale watching destinations in the world.

**Did you know: The Whale Route is in the Overberg and is where some of the best whale viewing spots in the country are found between August and December.

Whether you choose to witness these magnificent ocean beings from the shoreline, the perfect ocean view sunset spot or up close and personal on a boat-based whale watching ocean adventure, it promises to be a bucket list worthy experience in every singly way.

**Note: If you’re not quite up to going on a boat-based whale-watching excursion, or if the mere thought of it makes you feel sea-sick and queasy, southern right whales are known to come very close to the shore, delighting onlookers as they breach, spyhop. and lobtail; often peeping out from the sea to catch a glimpse of their human audience – Like we said, these gentle giants of the ocean love showing off.

**Here are the top spots & destinations for whale sightings in and around Cape Town:

  • False Bay coastline
  • Cape Point
  • Boyes Drive between St James and Kalk Bay
  • Clarence Drive between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els
  • Hermanus | Whale-watching Capital of the World
  • Cape Agulhas
  • Hout Bay
  • Llandudno Beach
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive
  • De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve
  • Witsand (also known as “The Whale Nursery of South Africa”)
  • Gansbaai
  • The Cape West Coast: Lambert’s Bay; Strandfontein; Yzerfontein; Langebaan; Paternoster; Elands Bay; Saldanha Bay; Melkbosstrand & Doringbaai
  • Overberg region: Struisbaai; Arniston; Stanford; Betty’s Bay; Gansbaai & De Kelders
  • Cape Town: Llandudno & Hout Bay
  • Garden Route: Stilbaai; Sedgefield; Nature’s Valley; Wilderness; Knysna; Plettenberg Bay; Mossel Bay

3. Enjoy a day or night out at the Labia Theatre

Revel in the ultimate Cape Town Theatre experience!

Is there anything better than enjoying a wonderful winter’s night out at one of Cape Town’s most prestigious theatres – The renowned Labia Theatre?! The famous Labia Theatre the epitome of old-school cinema at its very best and any old-school movie buff’s dream come true. Even if you’re not much of an old-school / classic cinema lover, you’ll undoubtedly fall head-over-heels in love with the iconic Labia Theatre and everything it has to offer.

The Labia Theatre is the oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa, showcasing the best off-circuit, independent movies, foreign films, documentaries, classics, and other alternative as well as art circuit films.

Besides a wildly authentic theatre experience, you can expect a whole lot more from the Labia Theatre Cinema, including:

  • Cosy coffee bar which offers home-made delicacies
  • A chocolate bar serving sweets, chocolates, and popcorn
  • Outside garden terrace
  • Fully licensed bar to keep visitors and guests entertained throughout the night. In fact, the Labia Theatre is the only cinema where you can sit back, relax, and sip on a drink from the bar all while watching a classic movie screening.

It’s ALL this and so much more that makes enjoying a day or night out at the Labia Theatre one of the top things to do in Cape Town in winter. To top it off – This unique cinema experience can be enjoyed right throughout the year.

The Labia Theatre Details:

  • Location: The Labia Theatre | 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Cost: All shows are R70 | Student / Fanatics / Seniors / Children: R50
  • Show times: Subject to the movie
  • Contact details: 021 424 5927 | labiatheatre@telkomsa.net
  • Website: www.thelabia.co.za
  • Operating hours: Open daily from 11am until the end of the last screening at approximately 11pm
  • Click here to find out more about the Labia Theatre as well as all the screenings on offer

Other amazing theatres in Cape Town you absolutely have to go to include:

  • Baxter Theatre | Rondebosch
  • Theatre On The Bay | Camps Bay | Click here to visit their website for more information
  • Maynardville Open Air Theatre | Maynardville Park, Wynberg | Click here to visit their website for more information
  • The Masque Theatre | Muizenberg | Click here to visit their website for more information
  • Kalk Bay Theatre | Kalk Bay | Click here to visit their website for more information
  • Artscape Theatre Centre | Foreshore, Cape Town | Click here to visit their website for more information | Click here to visit their website for more information
  • Magnet Theatre | Observatory | Click here to visit their website for more information
  • The Barnyard Theatre Tyger Valley | Tyger valley Shopping Centre, Bellville, Cape Town | Click here to visit their website for more information
  • The Rainbow Puppet Theatre | Belle Constantia | Click here to visit their website for more information
  • Gate69 | Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre | Click here to visit their website for more information

4. Go on the Ultimate Sunset Chasing Adventure

Going sunset chasing is by far my favorite thing to do in Cape Town all year-round! Maybe it will soon be yours too!

Its time to chase sunsets! There is no denying that the Mother City is pure sunset bliss. Known for her stunning sherbet-colored sunsets that set the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors, going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure during winter in Cape Town is truly unmatched. Not to mention incredibly thrilling too!

To put the cherry on top of the Mother City’s sunset chasing cake – or so to speak – Cape Town is home to some seriously sensational sunset spots – perhaps even the best in the world. However, sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset hidden gems – That’s when the real sunset adventure begins!

**Here are a few of our favorite secret sunset & overall best sunset spots in Cape Town, all of which deserve a prime spot on your sunset bucket-list:

  • Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • The Clifton Ridge Rocks | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Lions Head
  • Table Mountain
  • Signal Hill
  • Llandudno Beach
  • Kloof Corner
  • Bloubergstrand
  • The ‘Sunset Rock’ | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Diaz Beach | Cape Point | *Secret Sunset Spot

Happy sunset chasing sunset lovers!

5. Go for a scenic coastal drive at sunset, sunrise, or anywhere in between

Chapman’s Peak Drive

Watching the glorious Mother City sunset and/or sunrise is by far one of the best things to do in Cape Town in winter (or anytime of the year for that matter). However, seeing the sun set and/or rise while taking a drive along one of the Mother City’s most magnificent coastal roads is a bucket-list worthy experience in its own right.

There is absolutely no denying that Cape Town is home to several of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world, some of which include:

  • Victoria Road: This road hugs the back of Table Mountain, passing quiet stretches of the coast as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including Camps Bay and Clifton Beach. This drive will take you approximately 35 minutes.
  • Boyes Drive: This stunning coastal drive traces mountains behind False Bay, boasting beautiful views over the harbour below, before finally winding down and ending at the lively Kalk Bay Harbour. During whale season, between June and November, you might be lucky enough to spot whales frolicking in the bay below, as well as other members of the Marine Big 5! This drive will take you approximately 12 minutes.
  • Signal Hill: Signal Hill is a quick drive and it’s close to the city centre, which means you don’t need to travel too far. Once you reach the top you will be able to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Mother City and beyond. It’s no surprise Signal Hill is known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town. This drive will take you approximately 5 – 10 minutes from the city centre.
  • Simon’s Town to Cape Point: This picturesque coastal road gives you the opportunity to wind your way along the quiet, largely untouched coastline all the way to the majestic natural wonder that is Cape Point. This drive will take you approximately 40 minutes.
  • R44 From Gordon’s Bay to Somerset West: This scenic coastal drive will take you along the edge of the water through Strand with spectacular mountain range and ocean views all the view through. This drive will take you approximately 25 minutes.

And last, but most definitely not the least – The renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive of course!

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive: Named one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world, taking a drive along the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Affectionately known as ‘Chappies’ by Cape Town locals, this captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek.

Showcasing some of the most sensational panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, you will pass rugged mountains, picturesque white-sand beaches, and vibrant fishing harbours on your drive along Chapman’s Peak.

** Important note: Chapman’s Peak Drive may be closed during severe weather conditions or due to road maintenance. Contact the customer service line (021 791 8220) or visit their Facebook page or website to check the current status.

Chapman’s Peak Details:

  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: Best during daylight hours | Particularly beautiful at sunset
  • Cost: Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, and as such requires as toll tariff fee. Each category of vehicle pays a different tariff and the tariff is applicable in each direction.
  • Toll Details: Click here to find out more about the Chapman’s Peak Standard Toll Tariffs | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Day Passes | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Frequent User Benefits

**Chapman’s Peak Drive Hidden Gems

10 Best Things To Do In Cape Town In Winter

Wait, there’s more! If you’re eager to add some adventure and thrill to your Chapman’s Peak Drive experience, here are a few things to look out for:

**Tip: Chapman’s Peak Drive is known for its amazing hidden gems scattered along the route. Two of which include the waterfall walk and the secret Look-out Cave.

The waterfall walk is perfect for nature lovers and adventurers and is found just before you reach the toll gate on your way towards Noordhoek.

The Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave is not only one of its most beautiful hidden gems, but one of Cape Town’s top secret caves and best sunset spots too. Like all of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little off the beaten path to find it. Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real adventure begins!

Positioned just below the pass, you’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside to reach the Lookout Cave. Once you’ve reached this cool secret hideaway and stunning sunset spot, it’s time to sit back, relax and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and Atlantic Ocean. An extra bonus is that it has enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.

Besides these two must-visit secret spots, there are a variety of look-out points and picnic sites located at various points along the drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is also known as one of the best places to spot the beloved members of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5. Make sure to keep a look-out for Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins, Southern Right Whales, and African Penguins.

6. Surf, Kitesurf, or Kiteboard

I know exactly what you’re thinking – Winter is beyond freezing – There is absolutely NO WAY going surfing, kitesurfing, or kiteboarding can possibly be one of the best things to do in Cape Town in winter, right? Well, we’re here to tell you otherwise!

Cape Town is a global hotspot for watersports, and that’s NO different in winter. The bigger waves, wind conditions, and warmer ocean temperatures during Cape Town’s winter months of June – September transforms the Mother City into the ultimate surfing, kitesurfing, and kiteboarding mecca for locals, travelers, and world-renowned surfing legends alike.

For more experienced surfers, the Cape of Storms puts on an impressive display of heart-pounding swells during winter, which is bound to get your surf-loving heart racing. It’s no surprise surfers flock from all around the world to experience Cape Town’s winter wave magic first-hand.

Boasting an incredible and thrilling variety of local surfing hotspots, ranging from beginner to advanced, means that absolutely EVERYONE can join in on the Cape Town surfing fun.

Some of Cape Town’s top surfing beaches include:

  • Muizenberg Beach Surfer’s Corner | Experience level: Beginner
  • The Dunes at Noordhoek Beach | Experience level: Advanced
  • Llandudno Beach | Experience level: Intermediate – Advanced
  • Long Beach in Kommetjie | Experience level: Intermediate – Advanced
  • Bloubergstrand | Experience level: Intermediate

7. Go Wine Tasting in the Cape Winelands

Explore & taste your way through the Western Cape Winelands!

In Cape Town, any time is wine time! Home to the largest wine producing region in Africa the Western Cape is the ultimate wine-lover’s paradise.

Exploring and tasting your way through the captivating Cape Winelands is not only one of the best things to do in Cape Town in winter, it is without a doubt one of the most sought-after experiences too – among tourists and locals alike!

The blissful, bold, and beautiful Cape Winelands is renowned for its award-winning wine collection, incredible wine routes, exciting food and wine pairings, pristine wine tasting experiences, and world-renowned culinary pursuits. You have absolutely everything and anything you could possibly want and need to enjoy a memorable day in the magnificent Cape Winelands. And we haven’t even mentioned the sensational sweep-you-off-your-feet Cape Winelands’ views, scenery, surroundings, charm, remarkable vineyards, and irresistible allure yet.

The unique way the Western Cape celebrates, champions, loves, and cherishes their vast assortment of exceptional wines is something truly special, and getting to share your unforgettable Cape Winelands’ experience with friends and family is nothing short of extraordinary – perhaps even magical!

**Bonus: One of the best things about going winter wine tasting in the beautiful Cape Winelands is that several of the Western Cape’s Wine Estates and Wine Farms have fireplaces to keep guests and avid wine lovers warm and loving every second and sip.

Here are some of the most popular & renowned wine routes in the Western Cape:

  • Stellenbosch wine route
  • Wellington wine route
  • Franschhoek wine route
  • Helderberg wine route
  • Breedekloof wine route
  • Constantia wine route
  • Durbanville wine route
  • Elgin Wine Route
  • Little / Klein Karoo wine route
  • Tulbagh wine route
  • Darling wine route
  • Walker Bay wine route
  • Cape Agulhas wine route
  • Cape Point wine route
  • Olifants River Valley wine route
  • Paarl Vintners wine route
  • Robertson wine route
  • Swartland wine route
  • Worcester wine route

8. Visit the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa & Cape Town’s Museums

*Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Calling all art and culture lovers! Named the ‘Best overall Cultural Destination of the Year’ at the 2018 Leading Culture Destination Awards, as well as one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 destinations, the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is one of Cape Town’s most sought-after global art and culture attractions / destinations to visit during winter in Cape Town (as well as ANY other time of year).

Showcasing one of the grandest displays of contemporary African art in the world, with over 100 galleries dedicated to displaying art from more than 50 African artists, the world-renowned Zeitz MOCAA is undoubtedly in a league of its own.

The Zeitz MOCAA’s glorious art display is home to an endless variety of artistic and cultural gems just waiting to be admired and discovered by YOU! Now that’s an offer you absolutely cannot refuse.

Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporray Art Africa Details / Information:

  • Location: Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Silo District, S Arm Road, V&A Waterfont, Cape Town
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5.30pm
  • Contact details: info@zeitzmocaa.museum | 087 350 4777 | www.zeitzmocaa.museum
  • Tickets: R210 per adult | Children under 18 receive free entry (Please bring some form of ID for teens) | Tickets can be bought via Webtickets

Free Access:

  • Free entry for under 18s on presentation of ID.
  • Stop by on any day during your birthday month (Tuesdays – Sundays), show your valid South African ID or African passport reflecting your birth date and your day of fun at the museum will be entirely free.
  • Free entry every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm for all African citizens on representation of your South African ID or African passport.

*Cape Town Museums

Immersing yourself in Cape Town’s history, culture, and heritage by visiting one or all (we vote for the latter of course) of its iconic museums is by far one of the best things to do in Cape Town in winter. Not only does it give you the amazing opportunity to learn more about the city, but its thriving, yet complex, art, history, and cultural scene too.

**Here are merely a few of the top museums to visit in Cape Town:

9. Explore & Experience the cool coastal town of Kalk Bay

Previously declared one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world by Forbes, the quirky sea-side town of Kalk Bay definitely lives up to ALL the hype! Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, this ocean-front fishing village is jam-packed with tons of hidden gems & one-of-a-kind finds, cool surfing spots, thrilling hiking trails, epic caves, a bustling harbor, action-packed adventure experiences, and magnificent marine life. Believe it or not, that’s merely scratching the surface of what Kalk Bay has to offer.

Renowned for its unapologetic scenic beauty, authentic charm, adventurous spirit, and vibrant energy – You won’t find anywhere else quite like it in the Western Cape, or the world for that matter.

**If you’re looking for more exciting things to do in Kalk Bay, here are a few great suggestions:

  • Take a refreshing dip in the Dalebrook Tidal Pool and / or Wooley’s Tidal Pool – Take your pick!
  • Go cave exploring
  • Go surfing
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Harbour
  • Explore the quirky streets of Kalk Bay
  • Hike the famous Boomslang Cave – It is a relatively easy hike perfect for novice hikers, families with kids, and adventure seekers – It is known as one of Cape Town’s more adventurous hikes after all. Click here to find out everything you need to know about the Boomslang Cave hike.
  • Enjoy a unique seaside dining experience at the renowned Brass Bell
  • Go on an adventure-filled hike from Kalk Bay to the Amphitheatre
  • Indulge in a rock-your-socks-off ice cream at the famous Ice Café
  • Visit Kalk Bay’s local plant and garden shops – Perfect for head-over-heels plant lovers! The Kalk Bay Garden Shop is most definitely worth a visit!
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee & bite to eat at the iconic Olympia Café & Bakery – While an array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are available, Olympia is renowned for its freshly baked pastries and bread
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Breakwater Lighthouse
  • See the cool and charismatic Cape Fur Seals at the Kalk Bay Harbour. You can expect to see these playful ocean beings draped over the pier walls at the harbour. If you’re eager to see these incredible Cape Fur Seals up close and personal – Kalk Bay Harbour is exactly where you need to be!
  • Go to the Kalk Bay Theatre & the Kalk Bay Modern Gallery
  • Visit the infamous Kalk Bay Expresso – A charming café housed inside a restored Blue Train carriage
  • Pop into the vibey beachside cocktail bar – Cape to Cuba

You can easily spend a whole day exploring the streets of Kalk Bay and still not discover everything it has to offer – that’s the beauty and magic of this cool coastal town

**Extra Bonus: Kalk Bay is also home to one of the absolute BEST and highly sought-after local harbourfront fish and chips spots in the entire city – Kalky’s!

10 Best Things To Do In Winter In Cape Town

Kalky’s is local fish and chips, made the real local way, by real Cape Town locals. Wrapped in a newspaper and served with a hefty dose of salt and vinegar (because that’s the way we do it in the Cape), you will be savoring every single bite – trust us, we know! Paired with a beautiful False Bay and Kalk Bay harbourfront view, it’s pure bliss!

Kalkys’ cool harbourfront setting is every bit as authentic as its incredible fish and chips. No fancy trimmings. No experimental and inventive flavor combinations. Just a laid back, back-to-basics eating area with a big display menu on the wall listing all the fresh and tasty options for the day.

  • Where: Kalky’s | Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
  • Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm
  • Contact details: 021 788 1726 | kalkys@mweb.co.za

10. Visit Cape Point

Visiting the renowned Cape Point National Park is not only one of the most incredible and action-packed outdoor things to enjoy in Cape Town, but one of the top ‘not-to-be-missed’ things to do on any trip to the Western Cape.

Cape Point is one of Cape Town’s most magnificent natural wonders and sought-after attractions. Located approximately 60km south west of the city of Cape Town, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is the ultimate mecca for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Besides its unapologetic natural beauty, Cape Point boasts a rich diversity of fauna and flora, secret beaches, endless adventure experiences, and some of the most thrilling hiking trails in the Western Cape. With so much to do, see, and experience, visiting the renowned Cape Point should be on everyone’s bucket-list.

**Things to do at Cape Point:

Go on a Cape Point Hiking adventure:

Some of Cape Point’s top hiking trails include:

  • The Cape of Good Hope Trail
  • Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail
  • The Gifkommetjie Trail
  • Antoniesgat Trail
  • The Kanonkop Trail
  • The Phyllisia Circuit trail
  • Cape Point Shipwreck Trails: The Thomas T. Tucker Trail | The Sirkelsvlei trail

Visit Cape Point’s Secret Beaches:

  • Diaz Beach
  • Buffels Beach
  • Maclear’s Beach
  • Olifantsbos Beach

Enjoy Cape Point’s exciting outdoor adventures & experiences:

  • Some of these thrilling experiences include:
  • Sea kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Action-packed nature walks
  • Surfing
  • Cycling
  • Beach hopping
  • Coastal foraging
  • Deep-sea fishing
  • Exploring a wide variety of stunning dive sites on both sides of the Point

Take a ride on the Flying Dutchman Funicular

Explore Cape Point’s vast & diverse fauna & flora

Visit the iconic old Cape Point Lighthouse

*Cape Point Details & Information:

  • Location: Click here for a map / directions on how to get to Cape Point
  • Contact details: 021 780 9010 | info@capepoint.co.za | Website: www.capepoint.co.za | 021 712 7471 | tablem@sanparks.org
  • Opening times: October – March & April – September: Monday – Sunday, 7am – 5pm
  • Click here for information and details regarding the COVID-19 Government Notice

*Cape Point Social Media:

About The Author: Bianca Bunge

I am a Cape Town based Travel Blogger & aspiring writer. Travelling is the ULTIMATE joy, it allows us to lose ourselves & find ourselves all at the same time, is there anything better than that? PURE BLISS!! And being a Travel Blogger allows me to share my love of travelling, especially my LOVE of Cape Town, with all of you. The Mother City truly did steal my heart, and perhaps she'll steal yours too! I also love the ocean, going on adventures & wine, I REALLY love wine! Join me on my mission to discover EVERY little bit of Cape Town, and what a glorious adventure it will be!
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