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November 01, 2010

Ultimate summer experiences in Cape Town

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A typical balmy summer evening at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Photo courtesy gray_area

Close your eyes and imagine the most idyllic summer holiday you can dream of – gorgeous blue skies, white sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, fun-filled parties and breathtaking sunsets. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

The Mother City delights in making your dreams come true. Here’s what awaits you this summer.

Delicious food

Prepare to have your palate seduced by Cape Town’s eclectic mix of international and local chefs. Our culinary champions attend to your every gastronomic need with an aromatic combination of fresh produce, talent and affordable menus. With restaurants, bistros, cafés and food markets in full supply, you’ll never go hungry.

World-class shopping

Be summer chic with stylish couture available at the city’s most popular shopping centres, or stand out with your pick of handmade local treasures at the city’s markets. Inexpensive price tags mean you won’t leave empty-handed.

Live music

Indulge in an audio fest as homegrown artists take to the stage all over Cape Town. From Sunday concerts in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to late night Long Street parties, a good time is guaranteed. Check flyers, poster boards and our events calendar for details.

Outdoor activities

Getting your necessary intake of Vitamin D will not be a problem with the many outdoor activities in Cape Town. Whether it’s cycling along the scenic Chapman’s Peak, hiking up our awesome mountain, jogging along the Sea Point and Mouille Point promenades or enjoying a braai or barbecue in our verdant countryside, getting out and about is a must!

Events of every kind

Boredom is not an option with the numerous events on offer this summer. Whatever you’re in the mood for, comedy, theatre, carnivals or sports, Cape Town has a little something for you. Check out our events calendar.

Beach basking, bathing or boarding

With their crystal clear waters and sultry temperatures, our beaches and pools will have you begging to take a dip. Sunbathe on the ultra hip shores of Camps Bay, surf the big waves at Muizenberg, or say hi to the penguins at Boulders Beach.


Spend a lazy morning browsing through markets dotted all over the peninsula. With indigenous artefacts, fresh produce, cleverly crafted products and gourmet food on offer at these (mostly) weekly events, you’ll get a chance to mingle with the locals and find great souvenirs.


Become better acquainted with the Mother City and her children by exploring their roots. The many carefully curated museums, monuments and religious venues in and around the city will help you understand the eclectic mix that is Cape Town’s cultural past and present.

Places to party like it’s 2011

Ring in the New Year by sharing a few laughs, some bubbly and festive fireworks at any one of the highly anticipated parties in and around Cape Town. Tweede Nuwe Jaar, the city’s “Second New Year” on January 2, when the Cape Minstrels entertain crowds in all of their colourful regalia, is also not to be missed.

Plenty for the kids

There is so much for the little ones to do, you’ll hardly be able to keep up with them, whether it’s themed rides at Ratanga Junction, finding Nemo and his friends at the Two Oceans Aquarium, or horse riding in Noordhoek.

Wine estates galore

Picturesque views, delectable wines and a touch of history await you in the winelands of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Somerset West and Durbanville.

Panoramic sights

She’s not called the Fairest Cape for nothing. From any one of the iconic viewing points in Cape Town, you will enjoy a vision like no other. Rhodes Memorial, Signal Hill, Cape Point and the majestic Table Mountain are just a few of the spectacular summits of this marvellous city.

Local star gazing

No, not the heavenly bodies ... We mean the true stars of the city, her residents! The locals are a friendly bunch. Join them for a cuppa at various great coffee shops during their working days or share an ice cold drink at one of their favourite taverns. Find the locals at any of the city’s favourite entertainment spots.

Contact info@capetown.travel for more on what to do in summer.

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