So you find yourself staying in a specific region in Cape Town or planning an adventure in another, but don’t really know what to do there or where to start?
No sweat. We’ve got you covered! Here’s a comprehensive guide to the top 10 must-do, bucket-list, absolutely iconic, ridiculously ultimate things to do in each of the seven regions of Cape Town, including: Cape Town CBD and Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Peninsula, Helderberg, Cape Flats, Southern Suburbs, Northern Suburbs and Blaauwberg.
REGION 1: CITY CENTRE & ATLANTIC SEABOARD
- Table Mountain: Hike or take the cableway up one of the New7Wonders of the world.
- V&A Waterfront: Spend the day shopping, eating and relaxing at the most visited attraction in Africa.
- Robben Island: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison.
- City Walking Tour: Discover the heritage, architecture and hidden gems of the CBD by using this map to navigate your way or booking a tour guide.
- Sea Point Promenade: Join the locals as they run, walk, cycle and skateboard the 11km route parallel to the ocean.
- Lion’s Head: Book out 2-3 hours and hike one of the greatest routes in the world by enjoying stunning 360 degree views.
- Greenmarket Square: Enjoy the African vibe, street café’s and arts and craft markets in the cobbled-stone square.
- Long Street: Party at one of the vibrant clubs or restaurants at night or browse the many quirky shops during the day.
- Camps Bay: Have a lazy day on the Blue Flag graded beach or enjoy a cocktail on the famous sundowner strip.
- Bo-Kaap: Take your picture at one of the colourful houses in this historic Cape Malay community.
REGION 2: CAPE PENINSULA
- Boulders Beach: View or even swim with African Penguins who are residents on this picturesque beach.
- Cape Point: Visit the spectacular nature scenery and catch a ride on the funicular at the most south westerly tip of Africa.
- Noordhoek Beach: Walk or ride on horseback across the uninterrupted 8km stretch of white sand.
- Chapman’s Peak Drive: Leisurely drive on one of the most scenic seaside roads in the world and stop for some epic photos.
- Hout Bay Harbour: Enjoy delicious fish and chips from a box, or pop by the Bay Harbour Market over the weekend.
- Simon’s Town: Soak up the historic naval atmosphere and take a pic with the famous dog – Just Nuisance.
- Kalk Bay: Browse the quaint, arty shops and grab a drink at one of the many sea view restaurants or coffee shops.
- Muizenberg: Take a picture of the brightly coloured wash houses on the beach or go for a surfing lesson.
- Imizamo Yethu: Explore the rich culture and vibe of the township life, with a cycling or walking tour through the streets.
- Seal Snorkeling: Have an incredible personal encounter with these cute animals, by booking a snorkelling trip.
REGION 3: HELDERBERG
- Helderberg wine route: Indulge in some of the fabulous wines that the region has to offer at a selection of 20 wine farms.
- Watersport fun: For a jolly day out, visit Waterworld or Blue Rock for a variety of adventures for the whole family.
- Strand & Bikini Beach: Lounge out, tan and swim at two of the most popular family beaches in the city.
- Cheetah Outreach: Have a special personal encounter with these magnificent cats, whilst petting or even walking with them on the beach.
- Mountain Bike: Conquer the hills, gravel roads and single tracks of the many cycle trails on Helderberg farm or in the Schapenburg mountains.
- Whale-watching: Spot the biggest mammal on earth from Clarence Drive, during whale season from July to October each year.
- Golfing: Practice your swing on one of the beautiful courses like Erinvale, Somerset West and Strand.
- Gordon’s Bay Harbour: Have a sundowner on the jetty at the harbour or take a boat ride or jet-ski into the bay.
- Helderberg Nature Reserve: Get a permit to hike one of the many trails, offering splendid views over the winelands and ocean.
- Markets: Enjoy the fresh food, crafts and relaxing vibe at the Blaauwklippen and Lourensford markets happening over weekends.
REGION 4: CAPE FLATS
- Shisa Nyama: Taste the delicious meat prepared at a barbeque joint like Maphindi, with a guaranteed feel-good party vibe.
- Edith Stephens Wetland Park: Explore the beautiful nature reserve with more than 37 bird species and a list of endemic plants.
- Cycling the streets: Join a tour guide and soak up the sounds and flavours of the community whilst cycling through the neighbourhoods of Langa, Gugulethu or Khayelitsha.
- Gugulethu 7 Memorial: Visit the monument which commemorates seven young activists who died in a police ambush in 1986.
- Gugu S’Thebe: Peruse and shop some authentic local arts and crafts in the centre behind the beautifully decorated mosaic mural.
- Maboneng Township Arts: Appreciate art in locals’ own homes with this unique project turning houses into permanent galleries.
- Mnandi & Strandfontein beaches: Head for the ocean with your friend and family and join the locals for a day of sun, sand and sea.
- Athlone Stadium: Catch a local or international football match or music concert at the impressive stadium.
- Langa Heritage Museum: Tour the historic dompas museum complete with original courtroom furniture and holding cells still in place.
- Look Out Hill: Take your picture at the yellow New7Wonders frame with a unique view of Table Mountain, or shop some local crafts and have a bite at the restaurant.
REGION 5: SOUTHERN SUBURBS
- Kirstenbosch: Stroll through the National Botanical Gardens and pay a visit to the new ‘Boomslang’ canopy walkway.
- Constantia valley: The eleven wineries in the area are best known for their great quality wines in a lush green environment.
- Groot Constantia Museum: Soak up the history of the oldest wine farm in the county by visiting the tasting room, homestead and orientation centre.
- Kramat: Visit the sacred burial place of Shaykh Abdurahman Matebe Shah who died in 1667, at the end of Klein Constantia Road.
- Maynardville Park: Go for a walk, picnic or enjoy an open air theatre production or ballet performance in the park.
- Montebello Design Centre: For a creative morning out, visit the artists’ studios, shop their beautiful handmade goods and eat at the outdoor restaurant.
- Newlands Brewery: Go on an interesting tour of the brewery built in the 1800’s and taste the eight different types of beer.
- Newlands Rugby & Cricket Stadiums: Attend a sporting event at the stadium or tour the beautiful grounds or informative rugby museum.
- Rhodes Memorial: For panoramic views of the city, some scones and tea and a history lesson, visit the monument at the top of the hill.
- Zipline: For an amazing adrenaline rush, glide between the trees on a 2.3km cable situated in the forests at Constantia Nek.
REGION 6: NORTHERN SUBURBS
- Canal Walk: Shop at this massive centre offering over 400 stores as well as family-friendly restaurants and movie cinemas.
- Durbanville wine route: Sip on the renowned Sauvignon Blanc cultivar at more than ten beautiful wine farms in the area.
- Intaka Island: Spot some beautiful birds at the award-winning 16ha wetland boasting 120 different species.
- Ratanga Junction: Get the fun going at the city’s biggest theme park in the city, home to the thrilling Cobra ride.
- Cool Runnings: For something quite different, go down a fun 1.2km tobogganing track – but instead of snow, we have sun.
- Golfing: Play a round of nine or 18 holes at some of the picturesque courses like Atlantic Beach and Durbanville.
- Rose Garden: Stroll through the charming gardens with an impressive 500 varietals and 4500 rose bushes or enjoy refreshments in the tea room.
- Grand West Casino: Visit the Cape’s biggest casino with 2500 slot machines, an ice-rink, ten-pin bowling and cinemas.
- Tygerberg Nature Reserve: Go for a walk or mountain bike cycle up the hill or enjoy a picnic with panoramic views.
- Dinner Theatre: Enjoy a local live performance accompanied by a great meal at The Barnyard Theatre or Die Boer.
REGION 7: BLAAUWBERG
- Kite-surfing: The most adventurous thing to do is trying your hand at some kite-surfing or watching the sportsmen display their impressive skills.
- Blaauwberg Nature Reserve: Have a barbeque right on the beach, or visit the Battle of Blaauwberg historic site.
- Surfing: A great place to learn to surf is in the Blaauwberg waters, with many family-friendly surf hot spots around.
- Blouberg Beach and Lagoon Beach: Renowned for its iconic view of Table Mountain, a scenic walk and photograph on this stretch of sand is a must.
- Eden on the Bay: Have a drink watch the sun set over the ocean at one of the many restaurants and take your pic at the yellow New7Wonders frame with Table Mountain as your backdrop.
- Koeberg Nature Reserve: Spot some small wildlife on one of the walking or cycling trails next to the nuclear power station in Melkbosstrand.
- Milnerton Flea Market: Browse the quirky second-hand and hand-made goods for bargain prices, at this local market next to the sea.
- Atlantis Dunes: Book a tour to go on an exhilarating 4×4 route or a sandboarding experience on the magnificent dessert-like dunes.
- Hillcrest Quarry: Visit the old historic quarry on the Hillcrest Wine and Olive Estate offering restaurants, a kid zone and an open air cinema.
- Perfume Museum: Blend your own personal aroma in the form of perfume and body lotion at the Perfume Prive museum and workshop.
For many more ideas on what to do in Cape Town, be sure to pick up our free comprehensive Official Visitors’ Guide at one of our VICs.