Even when its winter season, South Africa’s Mother City offers plenty of activities and adventures to keep travelers entertained until the sun comes back up. From indoor rock climbing to wine tasting and shark cage diving, the options for having a good time in the Mother City in winter are endless. Let’s take a look at some of the best winter adventures in Cape Town.
1 Hint Hunt
Head out to the Old Biscuit Mill this winter to find the most amazing indoor escape game in Cape Town. Hint Hunt is a fun live escape game for 3 to 5 people who need to work out mysteries and puzzles while being locked inside a small room. All you need to do is to escape from the room within an hour by solving dozens of riddles together with your friends. Hint Hunt was voted as a premier attraction in Cape Town in 2014 and the cost for the game depends on the number of players and the type of room.
2 Indoor Rock climbing
Vacationers who wish to boost their adrenaline during the winter season in Cape Town can go have an unforgettable indoor rock climbing experience at the Hang Time Gym. From children-friendly climbs to advanced climbing walls, this place will definitely get your blood pumping. The day pass will set you back R70 AND Hang Time Gym also offers specials including 2 for 1 and Two Days.
3 Two Oceans Aquarium
There is no shortage of excellent winter adventures in Cape Town and a visit to the fabulous Two Oceans Aquarium is one of them. With more than 3,000 living sea animals including clownfish, jellyfish, sharks, and spider crabs, Two Oceans Aquarium boasts two galleries, one for the Indian Ocean animals and the other for the Atlantic Ocean species. Travelers can even interact with penguins or watch feedings of turtles, stingrays, and sharks. In case you wish to have a drink or a snack, there is a nice little café on-site.
July to September is the prime time for whale watching in the Western Cape and places like False Bay or Hermanus are ideal destinations to spot whales. Travelers can watch whales from the shore or get inside a kayak and admire these lovely creatures from the sea. If you are visiting Cape Town in September, make sure to check out the annual Hermanus Whale Festival.
5 Wine Tasting
The winter season in the Western Cape is an ideal time to visit some of the best wineries and wine estates in the region. Some of the oldest and most famous wine farms are located in small towns like Constantia, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Paarl where you can feast on cheese platters and sip a variety of excellent wines. Most of the vineyards offer guided tours and have an inviting interior with fireplaces and spectacular views of the Winelands.
6 V&A Market on the Wharf
Located in the Waterfront’s Old Power Station, V&A Market on the Wharf is a permanent market that offers a wide variety of foods to choose from and has an inviting indoor area in case it is raining. There are usually around 50 vendors that sell everything from Belgian waffles and German pretzels to authentic South African specialties. It’s also a great place to do some grocery shopping, as there are many stalls that sell fresh produce.
7 Shark cage diving
If an adrenaline rush is what you’re after, shark cage diving is definitely one of the winter adventures in Cape Town that you should include in your travel itinerary. Gansbaai and False Bay are the best areas for shark cage diving in winter, as there are many seals in these areas and just as many sharks that are out to get them. The best time to go shark cage diving is from May to September and agencies like White Shark Diving Co offer journeys that include a boat ride to the best shark-diving spots, drinks, and snacks, towels, of course, an underwater cage from which you can have a close encounter with sharks.