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The Official 2019 Cape Town Bucket List

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One other yr has come to an finish, and right here on the Cape Town Tourism workplaces, we’re able to stride into 2019. Once you reside in one in every of most lovely cities on earth, it’s not onerous to seek out methods to make your future extra thrilling, fulfilling, and enjoyable. We requested the Cape Town Tourism workforce to call a few of the issues they’d like to do earlier than the subsequent yr is over. Here’s a record of 52 issues to do in Cape Town in 2019—one for each week—to make it your most memorable yr but.

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Take a experience on the Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Wine Tram is the easiest way to absorb the Winelands. You don’t have to fret about driving or instructions—you possibly can simply loosen up and journey by way of rolling vineyards, stopping at a few of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

Go up Desk Mountain on the cable automotive and take within the magnificent views

No Cape Town bucket listing can be full with no journey up Desk Mountain. The Aerial Cableway affords 360° views of the town in your option to the highest of the mountain. On the prime are unbeatable views of the town, together with a restaurant the place you possibly can seize some lunch.

Go for a stroll on the Sea Level promenade

The promenade is the place Capetonians from all walks of life come collectively. You’ll see everybody right here—joggers, canine walkers, households, cyclists, skate boarders, couples… you identify it! The views are implausible and the ocean breeze is enlivening. Prime it off with an ice cream at The Creamery Café to take pleasure in when you stroll.

Have breakfast at Starlings Café

Starlings is likely one of the greatest brunch spots in Cape Town, they usually specialize in tasty, wholesome, recent meals. The eggs benedict is superb, as are their recent juices and home-baked pastries and desserts.

Eat fish and chips at Salty Sea Canine in Simon’s Town

Cape Town does a few of the greatest fish ‘n chips in the world, and it couldn’t get any brisker than at Salty Sea Canine in Simon’s Town. Get takeaways from right here and take a stroll down the dock to take pleasure in your lunch overlooking the entire of False Bay.

Attend a Kirstenbosch Summer time Sundown Live performance

The Summer time Sundown Live shows at Kirstenbosch are a summer time favorite with locals. Take alongside a picnic blanket, drinks, and your favorite snacks and arrange camp on the rolling lawns. There are nice native acts in addition to a number of worldwide headliners on the line-up each Sunday between November and April.

Jeremy Loops performing at Kirstenbosch

Jeremy Loops acting at Kirstenbosch, by Craig Howes

 

Picnic at Cape Level Vineyards in Noordhoek

Cape Level Vineyards is the right place for a picnic. There are terraced lawns, shady tables, and cozy cushions to arrange your spot with. The venue is alongside a dam, with views of Noordhoek seashore. Youngsters may have a tremendous time right here, and so will the adults. The Cape Level wines are award-winning and the Sauvignon Blanc is the right summer time drink. The picnic baskets include beneficiant servings of gourmand meals.

Have tapas at Bistro 1682 at Steenburg

Bistro 1682 has an idyllic location on the Steenberg Property. The dinner menu consists of tapas-style delicacies with a fine-dining aptitude. The wines made proper on the property are incredible, and there are4 few higher methods to spend a night than by washing down recent oysters with a glass of Steenberg MCC.

Kloofing at Crystal Swimming pools

Kloofing is the South African phrase for “canyoning”. For many who need a bit of extra adrenaline than your commonplace hike presents, make a journey out to the Steenbras River Gorge, recognized regionally as Crystal Swimming pools, situated close to Gordon’s Bay. It’s a scenic however sweaty day of leaping into swimming pools from heights of between three and 24 metres, in addition to 45-metre waterfall abseil.

Take a look at ‘Roller Derby-ing’

Curler Derby is a full-impact ladies’s sport that’s taken Cape Town by storm. Ladies of all sizes and shapes take to the monitor for an hour of high-intensity skating. It’s not a sport for the faint of coronary heart. Gamers smack into each other and falls are frequent. Attempt your hand at it, or head to one of many “bouts” as a spectator.

Go on a road artwork tour of Woodstock

Woodstock is a various and ever-changing Neighbourhood, and it’s on the forefront of Cape Town’s road artwork scene. There are strolling excursions out there that take you across the neighbourhood to discover the artwork and get into the spirit of this eclectic, arty space. We advocate taking a tour with the enthusiastic and educated mural artist, Juma Mkwela.

Woodstock streetart building

 

See a cheetah at Cheetah Expertise Ashia

By now everyone knows that posing with child animals is an enormous no-no, so it’s nice to seek out institutions that take conservation and rehabilitation significantly. Cheetah Expertise Ashia is a sanctuary and retirement house for cheetahs, the place you’ll be able to meet ambassador cats, or watch the world’s quickest land mammal go for its morning run. Sadly, no youngsters are allowed.

Play putt-putt on the Promenade

Miniature golf is a superb time for each younger and previous, and the place higher to tee off than alongside the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard? It’s actually reasonably priced enjoyable for the entire household and makes for a tremendous post-lunch exercise.
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Catch a play on the Fugard

The Fugard Theatre is likely one of the greatest locations to see theatre in Cape Town. That is the place you’ll catch a lot of the metropolis’s largest productions. There’s lots happening year-round, however when you’re right here in January don’t miss the Fugard Bioscope Nationwide Theatre Encore Season. It’s an opportunity to see a number of the hottest theatre titles of the 2017 bioscope season. The productions are filmed stay and proven on the Fugard’s full-size excessive definition cinema display with high-quality encompass sound.

OMG Quiz Night time at Alexander Bar

The Alexander Bar is an eclectic bar and theatre within the Metropolis Bowl. It’s an excellent place for a drink and a present, and their Wednesday night time quiz-night is successful with locals. It’s not like most quiz nights… test it out for your self!

Stroll the Cape Camino Path

The Cape Camino Path is strolling pilgrimage route across the Cape Peninsula. It’s impressed by the well-known Camino de Santiago, (the pilgrimage route in Europe) however is tailored for our South African circumstances. The route takes within the numerous sacred areas present in Cape Town, from the long-lasting Desk Mountain to Cape Level, then again to the town alongside the Atlantic seaboard.

Cape Camino Forest Walk

Go snorkelling in a kelp forest

Underneath the floor of the ocean on Cape Town’s shoreline is a very magical panorama most of us have by no means seen. The kelp sways gently within the present and lightweight streams in from the floor. The crops can rise 30 metres from the ocean flooring, and lots of fish, crustaceans, and even seals flit about on this other-worldly scene.

Go to a market

Cape Town is spoilt for selection on the subject of markets, promoting meals, classic clothes, antiques, crafts, artwork, and absolutely anything else you’ll be able to think about. Attempt the ever-popular Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock on Saturday mornings, or the Earth Truthful Meals Market within the Metropolis Bowl on Thursdays.

Pattern some native craft beers

That is the yr for monitoring down the perfect craft beer in Cape Town. That is no straightforward process—there’s a seemingly infinite listing of native breweries making a number of the best beer you’ll find, and new ones are popping up on a regular basis.

Have a braai at Oudekraal

Braai (barbeque) is one in every of South Africa’s favorite methods to eat. Make a fireplace, open a chilly drink, and sit round together with your favorite individuals watching the coals prepare dinner your meals. Cape Town has quite a few nice braai spots, however Oudekraal, between Camp’s Bay and Llandudno, is one among our favourites. The braai areas are secluded and the view of the ocean is unbeatable.

Bask in a spa day

Take your decide of top-of-the-line spas in Cape Town, the place you will discover world-class remedies to go well with any tastes. We’d advocate the Heavenly Spa on the Westin, with its superb views over the town and bay.

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Have excessive tea on the Mount Nelson

Your go to to Cape Town ought to undoubtedly embrace a go to to the long-lasting Pink Woman. The Belmond Mount Nelson Lodge is legendary for its lush gardens, luxurious quarters, and its conventional British excessive tea service. Dress up and luxuriate in luxurious desserts, pastries, and sandwiches whereas a stay pianist music units the temper.

Go for a picnic in Kirstenbosch

The Mom Metropolis is picknicking heaven, the place you will discover all types of wonderful pre-packed picnic baskets in lovely settings. Kirstenbosch is an attraction in its personal proper, and arguably the most effective place of all to unfold your blanket and snacks. You possibly can pre-order picnic baskets or pack your personal, and there’s loads of area on the rolling lawns to arrange.

Have sundowners on one of many Bakoven boulders

It’s not troublesome to seek out a great spot to observe the sundown in Cape Town, however the Bakoven boulders are onerous to beat. Soak within the view with a chilly drink, ice cream, or some snacks, perched atop the superb granite boulders that make this seashore so distinctive.

Have brunch and limitless bubbly on the Potluck Membership

Sundays on the Potluck Membership are for many who have to degree up their brunch recreation. It’s a tapas-style restaurant began by Luke Dale-Roberts, of The Check Kitchen fame. Right here, brunch is a fine-dining set menu that kicks off at 11 am, on Sundays solely. Tapas platters are served with many delectable treats. For an additional charge, you can even take pleasure in bottomless bubbly.

Go on the Newlands Brewery Beer Tour

The historic Newlands Brewery dates again to 1820 is the oldest working brewery in South Africa. The tour lasts about an hour and explores the craftsmanship that goes into the beers. It ends with a beer tasting and a few pints within the brewery’s historic pub.

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Have lunch at Mariner’s Wharf

Hout Bay is a unbelievable sea-side neighbourhood in Cape Town that gives one thing for everybody, any day of the week. In the event you’re in search of a few of the freshest fish and chips within the space, Mariner’s Wharf is the place to seek out it. It’s located proper on the fringe of the Harbour, and never solely can you purchase nice meals, but in addition marine artefacts, souvenirs, and antiques.

Hike within the Helderberg Nature Reserve

The Somerset West space is understood for its pure magnificence, and the Helderberg Nature Reserve is not any exception. There are climbing trails to go well with each health degree, and the chook life is wealthy. There are additionally lovely shady lawns that are good for picnics.

Go gin-tasting

Cape Town is legendary for its wine, however there’s additionally a burgeoning gin scene within the metropolis. There are lots of little gin bars and distilleries to go to. Take a look at Hope on Hopkins in Salt River. Don’t miss the superb Bloedlemoen gin, infused with Blood Orange flavours!

Have lunch at Nomzamo Butchery in Langa

Langa is a township simply outdoors of Cape Town, and Nonzamo does the perfect meat on the town. There are additionally scrumptious sides, so even vegetarians gained’t go hungry.

Go to the Onerous Rock Café

The Arduous Rock Café is a relative beginner on the Cape Town bar scene, however it’s rocketed to the highest of our bucket record. Seize a burger and beer, and don’t overlook the t-shirt.

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Go horse driving on Noordhoek seashore

Noordhoek seashore is a picture-perfect stretch of white sand, backed by mountains and forest. There are few higher methods to expertise it than by horse-back, and Sleepy Hole Horse Driving can take you on a guided path regardless of your degree of expertise.

Swim at Silvermine

Silvermine Nature Reserve is situated in the midst of the Desk Mountain Nationwide Park and provides some really beautiful mountaineering alternatives. Take the paths main via the fynbos, overlooking the entire metropolis and the ocean, to Elephants Eye cave. On the best way again down, cool off within the lovely Silvermine Reservoir. It’s an exquisite option to spend a summer time day and is nice for teenagers.

Discover ways to surf at Little Bay

This seashore, subsequent to Massive Bay close to Bloubergstrand, provides superb views of Desk Mountain throughout the bay. Aspiring surfers of any age and talent degree can hit the waves right here, and there are a selection of faculties round that will help you discover your ft. It’s additionally a well-liked kite-surfing spot.

Go to Langa Quarter

Langa Quarter is one in every of Cape Town’s coolest hubs. The non-profit organisation Ikhaya leLanga has turned the world right into a vibrant hotspot the place Capetonians and vacationers can and luxuriate in what that area people has to supply. There are jazz venues, artwork galleries, and eating places to discover.

See an open-air film

The Galileo Open Air Cinema has screenings virtually every single day in the summertime. The venues are superb, and you may take alongside picnic baskets and drinks. They display classics, with a special line-up yearly.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

 

Take pleasure in bubbly and oysters at Sea Breeze

This fashionable Bree Road eatery is among the greatest locations to get recent seafood within the metropolis, and their Completely happy Hour particular is unimaginable—between 12-1 pm and 5-6 pm day by day you will get oysters for R10 a pop!

Take a look at the duck parade at Vergenoegd

Vergenoegd Wine Property is a bit outdoors Cape Town, in Stellenbosch, however it’s well worth the journey for the geese! Over 1000 geese reside on the property as a pure technique of pest management. They maintain any snails and bugs which may in any other case spoil the vines. Between 9 and 10 am on weekdays you possibly can watch the military of geese parade across the property. It’s a implausible choice for households.

Take a tunnel tour beneath the town

Beneath Cape Town’s streets, there’s a large community of underground canals and rivers, a few of them courting again so far as 1652. You possibly can take excursions of the underground tunnels for a completely totally different perspective on the town. Verify the web site first to ensure they’re open, and don’t overlook your torch!

Take a township tour in Imizamo Yethu

Imizamo Yethu is the township situated on the slopes of Hout Bay. You possibly can hop off the Metropolis Sightseeing bus right here to take a tour with an area information. You’ll discover the group, go to a tavern for a drink, and style amagwinya (a deep fried dough served with savoury mince or jam).

Go kayaking with the penguins in Simon’s Town

Go to Cape Town’s favorite monochromatic associates with out having to get into the cool waters if you take to a kayak in Simon’s Town. Boulder’s Seashore is the perfect place to see the penguins in Cape Town, however kayaking is a good way to beat the visitors and see the penguins and different sea life whereas letting your legs get a relaxation whereas your arms do the work. Simply keep in mind to use tons of sunblock!

Two penguins looking into camera boulders

 

Swim in the Silvermine Dam

The Silvermine a part of Desk Mountain Nationwide Park is a ravishing inexperienced oasis the place you’ll be able to braai, picnic, and swim with the entire household. You can even take a hike as much as Elephant’s Eye for an unimaginable view of the southern aspect of Cape Town or take a guided hike to Noordhoek Peak. With the wealthy biodiversity within the space, there’s a lot to see and respect and the water will cool you down on a scorching summer time’s day. There’s an entry payment to pay on the gate (money solely), however you will get an awesome low cost with a Inexperienced Card or Wild Card.

Go to the Cape Level vineyards Thursday night time market

You’ll discover the whole lot from vegan sushi to beefy burgers (and superb wine to go with it) on the Cape Level Thursday night time market. It’s a must-do for locals and guests and for good cause. You’ll be spoilt with views of Noordhoek’s mountain and the awe-inspiring verdant vineyards.

Do the Hoerikwaggo path

Envisaged as an incredible Cape trek that stretches from Cape Level to the Cableway station on Desk Mountain, the Hoerikwaggo path was imagined to be a 5 or six-day hike with tented campsites alongside the route. Sadly, it’s not attainable to do an uninterrupted hike, however you’ll be able to nonetheless reap the benefits of the unimaginable views and distinctive tenting spots on this route. The tented camps at Orangekloof in Kommetjie are legendary and you should use them as a base to if you stroll the Twelve Apostles path, the contour path or the reservoir path.

Stroll in Newlands Forest

Nature lovers will really feel rights at residence on this inexperienced paradise that seems like the house of fairies, gnomes, and unicorns. It’s proper on the slopes of Desk Mountain so you understand you’re in for some inspiring pure sights and flora. Take pleasure in a peaceable stroll or run underneath the timber or pack charcoal and meat for a braai on the close by braai amenities.

Experience the Metropolis Sightseeing bus wine route

Metropolis Sightseeing has mixed three of Cape Town’s favorite issues multi functional tour: Wine, lovely surroundings and nice meals. Their Constantia Wine Valley bus stops at Groot Constantia, Eagles’ Nest and Beau Constantia whereas driving on a number of the most lovely roads within the metropolis. These three inexperienced wine estates have unimaginable wine and meals on supply and the views are unparalleled. Plus you’ll hear some fascinating details (in a minimum of 15 languages) when you drive, so it’s one thing we’d advocate for locals and guests as you’re sure to study one thing new. To take this tour you’ll have to take the Mini Peninsula Tour and hop off at Constantia Nek.

Groot Constantia wine pairing

 

Go paragliding

See the town from a hen’s eye view (actually) as you float concerning the Atlantic Sea Board on a tandem paragliding bounce with respected corporations like Skywings, Fly Cape Town or Cape Town Tandem Paragliding. It’s not a scary expertise as you don’t fall however quite float and have an opportunity to understand the view of the buildings, ocean, and Lion’s Head and Desk Mountain. It’s a bucket record merchandise we’d advocate you do yearly for some recent perspective on the gorgeous Mom Metropolis.

Abseil down Desk Mountain

Abseiling down a world icon is one thing all adrenaline junkies and journey lovers ought to attempt at the very least as soon as. Desk Mountain, one of many seven new Wonders of the World, is over 1000 metres tall and also you’ll get to abseil down no less than 100 metres as you see the town like not many others have. It’s fairly a rush! Make sure to take the Desk Mountain Aerial Cableway up and down for a 360-degree view of the town.

Go to the Zeitz MOCAA

The Zeitz Museum of Modern Artwork Africa is the most important artwork museum in Africa, and the most important museum on the planet showcasing the artwork of Africa and its diaspora. It opened on the finish of 2017, and it’s nonetheless no 1 on many individuals’s to-do lists. The exhibitions change often, so even when you’ve been earlier than, add it to your listing!

Experience the practice to Ceres

The Ceres Rail Firm presents rides on a steam practice from the 40s. It’s a enjoyable and distinctive expertise and takes you by means of a number of the most picturesque areas of the Cape to Ceres. Onboard, you’ll discover snacks, meals, and drinks to maintain you going.

Have a cup of joe at Division of Espresso in Khayelitsha

The Division of Espresso is the primary township-based artisan espresso store in South Africa. It’s run by Khayelitsha locals who needed to convey good high quality espresso house with them, they usually make a imply brew.

Stroll right down to Smitswinkel Bay and spend a day on the seashore

Between Simon’s Town and Cape Level Nature Reserve, you’ll discover the picturesque Smitswinkel Bay. Take a brief stroll right down to the seashore for an unimaginable view of the mountains and sea and the chance to snorkel, picnic, or go diving. Take a dip within the fairly rock swimming pools once you really feel heat and remember to pack flippantly for the trek up and down.


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