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June 04, 2014

46 Spectacularly Capetonian Things To Do This Winter

From Cape Town's jumping sharks "aka AIR JAWS" to urban brandy routes, from art made out of t-bags to ocean paddles under the full moon, here are 46 spectacularly Capetonian things to do this winter: 

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Jumping sharks, image courtesy of Chris Fallows

Southern Suburbs:

1. The First Human Heart Transplant Project

Take a guided tour through the surgery theatres used during the first human heart transplant in 1967. Yes, it happened in Africa! 

Where? Heart Transplant Museum, Groot Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Observatory

2. A Century Old Golf Course

Play a round of golf at one of Cape Town’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses (est. 1910), the 7 time host of the SA Open and 3 time host of the Bells Cup. 

Where? Mowbray Golf Club, 1 Raapenburg Road, Mowbray 

3. A World-Famous Artist

Check out the Irma Stern (1894-1966) exhibition. She was world renowned for her exotic figures, portraiture, landscapes and still lives on -  in 2011 one of her paintings sold for R34 million at Bonham's, London. Not bad. 

Where? Cecil Road, Rosebank

4. A Ridiculously Pretty 200 Year Old Hotel

Over 2 centuries old, the gorgeous aristocratic Vineyard Hotel is situated in 6 acres of lush Newlands forest. There are 2 restaurants on the property, including the award-winning Myoga. Check out their luxury Winter Spa packages.

Where? Colinton Road (off Protea Road) Newlands, Cape Town

5. A Design Centre

Visit the Montebello Design Centre on the Montebello Estate for a delicious lunch, shopping, the groovy art exhibitions or a design course. 

Where? Colinton Road (off Protea Road) Newlands, Cape Town

6. A Local Brewery

Try Newlands Brewery's 8 famous beers on your tour through this over 200 year old Brewmaster's haven, in the shadow of Table Mountain. 

Where? 3 Main Road, Newlands 

The Boomslang Aerial Walkway at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens 

Kirstenbosch, Newlands

7. A Canopy Walkway

Walk above the treetops of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the new Boomslang Aerial Walkway, with its gorgeous panoramic views of the mountain. 

Where? Rhodes Drive, Newlands

8. The Oldest Wine-Making Route in the Southern Hemisphere 

Dating back to 1685, Constantia Valley offers an intimate wine route consisting of 9 wine farms, each with their own impressive heritage and world-class wines.

Where? Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg, Constantia Glen, Eagles' Nest, Beau Constantia and Silvermist

9. One of South Africa's Best Restaurants

The Greenhouse won EatOut’s Restaurant of the Year in 2011. In 2012 they were again in the Top 10 at 8th and last year they got even more love at 4th, making them one South Africa's sexiest restaurants according to awards committees.

Where? 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town 7800 

Atlantic Seaboard

10. Live Music and Comedy

Bay Harbour Market offers a festive shopping experience complete with hilarious live entertainment. Check out their vibey gig guide to see What's On.

Where: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay

11. Snoek Fishing

Get Hooked on Africa when you fish for South Africa's beloved Snoek (just try one on a braai and you'll know why!) 50km out in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

Where? Hooked on Africa, Hout Bay Harbour Road, Hout Bay Harbour 

13. Art Made out of T-Bags

Visit this cute project in Hout Bay which creates spectacular art from recycled tea bags. A community upliftment project, T-Bag Designs was founded on Eleanor Roosevelt's famous quote, "A woman is like a tea-bag.  You only know how strong she is when she is put in hot water." 

Where? Klein Kronendal, 144 Main Road, Hout Bay 

14. A Harbourfront Emporium

Rub shoulders with venerable old captains and fishermen at the the first harbourfront emporium in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring shops, restaurants, markets and some of Cape Town's best seafood. 

Where? Mariner's Wharf, Harbour Road, Hout Bay

Duiker Island, image courtesy of Khaled Al-Ajmi

15. An Island of Seals

Go on 40 minute cruise to marvel at thousands of seals in their natural environment on Duiker Island, finishing off with astonishing views of the ancient shipwrecks nearby. 

Where: Drumbeat Charters, 20 Northoaks, Hout Bay

16. Romantic Getaway

Cosy up for a romantic weekend getaway at Chapman's Peak Hotel. A winner at TripAdvisor’s 2012 Traveler’s Choice Awards, the hotel is the grand old lady of seaside resorts on the Atlantic Seaboard, famous for its sublime calamari, overflowing seafood platters and its popular terrace overlooking the world renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive. 

Where? Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay 

17. Art Exhibition in a Mansion

The iconic Winchester Mansions - a luxury seaside hotel - is currently showing Storm Thorgensen's graphic design and photography. Wednesdays are Ladies Nights, with complimentary cocktails and roses on arrival. 

Where: 221 Beach Road, Cape Town

City Centre

19. Cruise Round the Bay 

Take an hour and a half trip through stunning Table Bay, home to whales, dolphins, penguins, seals, giant sunfish and a huge variety of pelagic bird life living and playing just beyond the breakwater.

Where? Cruise IQ, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

20. Mountain Biking (For Real) 

Go up a real mountain with Cape Escape Mountain Biking Tours in a network of breathtakingly beautiful tracks suitable for any fitness level. 

Where? 7 Garrick St, Greenpoint, Cape Town

21. Explore, Taste and Photograph the City 

Take a walking tour through the Cape Town Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the iconic Bo Kaap Buildings and finish off with a scrumptious Cape Malay Lunch, with photographic tutoriols along the way.

Where? Cape Town Photo Tours, 15 Orange Street, Cape Town

22. Customised Running 

Meet like-minded people when you join Energy in Abundance on one of their Big 5 running tours around Cape Town's city-scape and natural parks. 

Where? Table Mountain, Camps Bay-Seapoint Promenade, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Constantia Winelands, Hout Bay-Chapman's Peak Drive

23. Fire an Assault Rifle

Gun down rat zombies with a .223 assault rifle at Gun Fun’s indoor shooting range in Green Market Square, or why not try out 007's famous Walter PPK on some mobsters? 

Where? Gun Fun, 57 Hout Street, Cape Town

24. Brandy Tasting

Gulp down the Urban Brandy Route at 5 restaurant locations and share the spirit of one of South Africa's favourite dops.

Where? MapMyWay, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave. Newlands


25. Family Bike and Wine Tasting Tours  

Mom and Dad get to sample the famous products of the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands afterwards (don't forget the award-winning brandy) whilst kiddies can marvel at the Birds of Prey Sanctuary. 

Where? Bikes 'N Wines Cape Town 


26. Self-Drive Motorbike Tours

Take a self-drive tour around Cape Town on a Harley Davidson for the ultimate badass profile picture.  

Where? Cape Bike Travel, 125 Buitengracht, City Centre 

The Cape Point Ostrich Farm, image courtesy of fdomsodi

27. An Ostrich Farm

Take a guided tour of the Cape Point Ostrich Farm, devour some delicious ostrich fillet and then buy yourself some designer ostrich eggs or an ostrich leather bag. 

Where? The Cape Point Ostrich Farm, M65, 400m North of Entrance to Cape Point National Park, Cape Point, False Bay Coast.

28. Jumping Sharks aka Air Jaws

Combine shark cage diving with shark breaching aka 'Air Jaws' with African Shark Eco Charters. 

Where? False Bay, Simon's Town

30. Beach Riding

Wander through the breathtaking Noordhoek beaches on horseback with Sleepy Hollow Riding School and spot the shipwrecks! 

Where? Sleepy Hollow Lane, Noordhoek

31. Camel Riding 

Ride a majestically stupid camel, enjoy organic food and let your kids make friends in the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard.

Where? Imhoff Farm, near Kommetjie, opposite Ocean View 

33. Bicycle Tour through a Township

Find out what life is like on the other side of an airconditioned window and interact with real communities in Masiphumelele Township.

Where? AWOL Tours, V&A Waterfront Information Center Dock Road, Cape Town 

34. Full Moon Paddle 

Occurring only once a month, paddle out into the warm waters of False Bay and watch the majestic moonrise from behind the Hottentots Holland mountain. 

Where? Sea Kayak Tours, Simon's Town Wharf, Simon's Town

35. Learn to Surf 

Get your boogie on with one of Cape Town's surf schools. Surf's up bro! 

Where? Learn 2 Surf, Beach Road, Muizenburg

Sandboarding, image courtesy of Francois van der Elst


Blaauwberg Coast

36. Sand Boarding 

Glide down the towering white sands of the Atlantis and Betty's Bay dunes and wipeout on a cushion of soft sand! 

Where? Rock On Adventures, Bloubergstrand   

37. Kite Boarding 

Ramp over waves using only the wind and infinite amounts of coolness. 

Where? Best Kite Boarding Africa, Shop 1 Portico Building, Athens Road, Tableview

38. Dine with Locals 

Dine with a South African family and enjoy authentic cuisine in a warm and lovely environment.

Where? Dine With a Local, various locations

39. Paragliding 

Try a low-flying powered paraglide along Dolphin Beach and then soar 500m above it. 

Where? Bird Men Paragliding, 36 Champagne Way, Tableview

Northern Suburbs

40. Tobogganing 

Perfect for a kids party, try whizzing down Cool Runnings' custom built tobboganning course! 

Where? Cool Runnings, Durbanville

41. Wine and Olive Oil Tasting 

One of the oldest farms in South Africa established over 3 centuries offers award-winning wines and boutique olive oils. 

Where? Saxenburg Estate, Kuils River

42. Lunch in a Manor House

Sample the finest in contemporary cuisine in a Cape Dutch Manor House at the Zevenwacht Wine Estate. 

Where? Zevenwacht Restaurant, Kuils River  

43. Weekend on a Wine Farm

Another of Cape Town's unrivalled wine farms, D'Aria's little guest cottages offer the ultimate in serene getaways laced with cuteness and wine. 

Where? M13 (Racecourse Road), Durbanville


44. Fufisliding and other Watersports 

Waterskiing, waveboarding and fufisliding, embrace your inner waterbaby with a ton of kickass watersports at Blue Rock Waterski. 

Where? Blue Rock Cable Waterski, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West

46. Award-winning Olive Oil and Wine

Dating back to 1711, the Morgenster Estate brews internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines and extra virgin olive oil of astonishing quality.

Where? Vergelegen Avenue, off Lourensford Road, Somerset West

Did we miss something out? Tweet us your comments @CapeTownTourism. If you liked this you might also enjoy Natalie Roos' top things to do in winter. 

Remember to make use of our complimentary booking service and we'll do all the booking admin for you absolutely FREE for any of these activities! Call +27 (0)861 322 223 or email info@capetown.travel

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