Top 8 New Things To Try In Cape Town in 2020

It’s time to start 2020 with a bang! What better way to do just that than by adding some new and exciting experiences and adventures to your Cape Town 2020 bucket-list? With a city as vibrant, exciting, beautiful and adventurous as the Mother City, there certainly is no shortage of incredible things to see and do in Cape Town.

There’s no better time than the New Year 2020 to seize the day and tick as many of them as possible of your Cape Town bucket-list. In order to ensure you have the best start to your new decade, here are top 8 new things to try in Cape Town in 2020.

1. Go on a Dune Shredder adventure tour

Why not start 2020 with a bit of thrill and exhilaration? The first of its kind in Africa, the Dune Shredder is a is a 400hp, V8 custom built sand rail pipe car imported from the USA. Made from a high tensile chromoly framework, it’s bound to offer dare devils and adventure seekers the ultimate adrenalin rush. To kick it up another notch, the 4-seater Dune Shredder also comes with full spec racing seatbelts. So, you better know you’re in for the ride of your life.

This exciting adrenalin-packed adventure tour gives you the opportunity to experience the incredible Atlantis Dunes like you never have before. With an experienced driver taking you on the ultimate adventure ride across one of Cape Town’s top attractions. While things might get a let wild and sandy, you certainly won’t regret a single second of it. Going on the jam-packed and adventure-filled Dune Shredder tour  is one of the top new things to try in Cape Town this new year.

2. Go on a Chapman’s Peak Drive Ebike Tour

Known as one of the most magnificent coastal drives in the world, exploring the infamous Chapman’s Peak Drive should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. But, experiencing all its scenic wonder while on an electric bicycle is definitely one of the top new things to do in Cape Town. This exciting Chapman’s Peak Drive Ebike Tour is jam-packed full of thrill and exhilaration as you cruise along the jaw-dropping 24km coastal drive on a powerful Electronic Bicycle.

The cliff pass is truly spectacular as you wind along the edge of the sheer rocky slopes and watch them plunge into the cold Atlantic Ocean below. It’s a bucket-list worthy experience in every way! Besides an exhilarating adventure experience, this top Cape Town tour also includes a coffee/lunch break at the beautiful Noordhoek Farm Village. This is one incredible experience you don’t want to miss out on!

3. Dine at the newly launched Magnolia Social Dining Lounge at the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa

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The newly renovated and re-imagined Magnolia Social Dining Lounge recently opened its doors at the sought-after Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa. Adding an amazing third restaurant to their prestigious property. Priding themselves on offering guests a revolutionised and truly unique social dining experience, the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge undoubtedly deserves a prime spot on any food lover’s Cape Town culinary bucket-list. 

Besides a sensational social dining experience from Chef Stefan Bekker’s carefully conceptualised and innovative small plated menu, the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge is all about encouraging diners to open themselves up to new experiences. To fully immerse themselves in a revolutionised dining experience where diners are encouraged to share and interact with each other in the most authentic way possible. Besides a unique culinary adventure, the Magnolia Social Dining Lounge will undoubtedly captivate your attention with its bold art-deco décor, trendy vibe and vibrant atmosphere. Without giving too much away, this is one Cape Town culinary hidden gem that everyone who visits the Mother City should experience.

4. Go on a Water Bike adventure

Are you looking to add another fun adventure to your 2020 Cape Town bucket-list? Why not go on an exciting Water Bike adventure? There truly is no better way to experience all the beauty the Mother City has to offer than by gliding across the ocean on one of the world’s most advanced water bikes. Not only is it a unique way to experience the amazing marine life of the vibrant False Bay coastline, but its tons of fun too! Known for its abundance of marine life, including the famous Marine Big 5, Dolphins, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals, Mola Mola Sunfish and Whales, you can expect to enjoy quite a few bucket-list worthy encounters with these beloved ocean locals. Not to mention the stunning ocean and mountain views that surround you.

To top it all off, everyone can join in on this fun Cape Town experience. These easy, no hassle water bikes are very stable and simple to steer. They don’t need balancing as with conventional bikes and therefore require no previous experience or special skills. Offering both guided tours and walk-in rentals, this never-before-experienced in South Africa adventure is one thing absolutely everyone should try at least once in their lives. It’s undoubtedly one of the top new things to do in Cape Town in 2020.

5. Go Quad Biking on the sand dunes

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If you’re looking for another exciting adventure to add to your Cape Town 2020 adventure bucket-list, going Quad Biking on the sand dunes is by far the most thrilling thing on 4 wheels. Whether you’re cruising along the fast stretches or navigating your way through the technical sections, going Quadding in Cape Town truly is a rush unlike any other. Besides ticking something exhilarating off your bucket-list, Quad Biking Cape Town is an adventure filled with beauty and excitement. Taking you on some of the most spectacular scenic quad bike trails Cape Town has to offer.

The off-road quad tours are perfectly designed for those with a thrilling sense of adventure and an appreciation for nature. As a qualified field guide takes you on an adventure-filled quad biking journey through this Western Cape natural gem. Offering interesting insights, scenic sights and a whole lot of fun as you enjoy your off-road quad bike trail. All bikes are fully automatic or semi-automatic, thereby giving everyone the opportunity to join in on the quad biking Cape Town fun and games.

6. Electric Bike Cape Winelands experience

Exploring the majestic Cape Winelands is something that should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Although discovering and tasting your way through one of the most beautiful Winelands regions in the world is always an incredible adventure, there’s just something extra exciting about getting to do it while on an Electric Bike. This incredible Electric Bike Winelands Half Day Tour gives you the opportunity to explore the Cape Winelands like you never have before. As you meander effortlessly on your e-bike amongst the vines of two sought-after wine farms in the famous Stellenbosch Wine Region.

Not only will you be able to explore the picturesque surroundings of this sought-after Cape Winelands town as you make your way through the magnificent vineyards on your e-bike, but enjoy some of the most exceptional wine the region has to offer. As you expand your palate and enjoy an indulgent wine tasting at the most prestigious, award-winning wine farms of Stellenbosch. Not to mention the truly magnificent vineyard views you’ll be able to enjoy right throughout your Electric Bike Cape Winelands adventure. As you explore the hills, small valleys and hidden gems along the way. The fact that the Electric Bike does most of the work for you with minimal effort required, means you can sit back, relax and just enjoy the ride.

7. Cape Town Paraglide adventure

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Is there anything more thrilling than enjoying an epic paragliding adventure in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Going on a Cape Town Paragliding adventure is by far one of the most exhilarating things to try in Cape Town. Cape Town is one of the most magnificent and exciting places in the world to paraglide. It’s a sought-after adventure experience that deserves to be on every thrill seeker’s bucket-list. The fact that you get to do it from one of two of the most incredible gems in the Mother City, Lions Head or Signal Hill, makes it all the more special.

Not only will you be able to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of Table Mountain, Atlantic Ocean and vibrant city, but have tons of fun too! To top it all off, as a tandem paragliding passenger you do not require any previous knowledge of paragliding or prior experience at all. This means you can just sit back and enjoy the ride as you glide through Cape Town sky and admire the magnificent Mother City in all her glory from above. This is one Cape Town experience that’s jam-packed with all the beauty, thrill, fun and excitement your adventurous soul desires. It’s one of the most epic ways to start 2020 with a bang!

8. Go on a 4 x4 Eco Dune Tour

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Are you ready to shred into 2020 with an epic 4 x 4 Eco Dune Tour to kick the year off? Coming right up! Not only is this one of the most exciting things to do in Cape Town in 2020, but something that will get all adrenalin junkies and adventure seeker’s hearts racing. But in the best possible way. Your Dune 4×4 Eco tour spends the day zipping along the iconic dunes in a vast area that has been used in many famous movies over the years. With the most recent being “Death Race 3”, you’re in for one epic adventure ahead. Situated just outside of the famous Atlantis, approximately a 30-minute drive from the city centre, the Dunes have become a sought-after destination for adventure seekers from around the world. This jam-packed 4 x 4 Eco Dune Tour gives you the opportunity to explore them in the most epic way possible.

However, great care must be taken when navigating this area. As the dunes are a natural phenomenon, they can change their formation overnight depending on wind direction. But not to worry, your highly experienced and knowledgeable driver and guide knows exactly how to deal with these ever-changing conditions to ensure a memorable experience. To add some extra thrill to your Cape Town 4 x 4 Eco Dune Tour, sand boards are also available for anyone wishing to ride the dunes under their own steam.

But that’s not all, this exciting Cape Town tour also includes a mid-day traditional South African braai (BBQ) that will be served at lunch time along with refreshments. Thereby ensuring a fun and exciting day out exploring the Mother City. Your Dune 4×4 Eco tour will also make regular stops. Thereby giving you ample opportunity to get out the cameras and capture all your bucket-list worthy moments and stunning views. Including the tall-standing giant of the Cape Town skyline, Table Mountain, that can be seen on a clear day.

With so many exciting experiences and adventures to choose from, you’re bound to start your new year on the best possible note. Plus, by ticking these top 8 new things to try in Cape Town in 2020 off your bucket-list, you’ll get the ultimate kick-start you need to guarantee an incredible and adventure-filled year ahead. And the fact that you get to do them all in one of the most beautiful cities and sought-after travel destinations on the world, Cape Town, makes it all the more special and rewarding. Make 2020 a year to remember by experiencing everything Cape Town has to offer in the most thrilling way possible!

Planning to visit Cape Town in 2020? Learn more about the Mother City, how to get around, free things to do in Cape Town in 2020, and more from our blog. We can help you find the perfect place to stay. Get in touch if you’d like help finding accommodation or Cape Town tours to indulge in when you are around.

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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