Things To Do In Cape Town Before The Summer Is Over

Things To Do In Cape Town Before The Summer Is Over
Summer Concert At Kirstenbosch

Cape Town is now firmly on the world map as a must-see-before-you-die destination. From breath-taking nature and creative energies to vibrant people and colourful cultures, this mountain-meets-sea city truly has something for everyone.

We’re halfway through summer now and we need to make the most of this oh-so-fine weather. So before the sun disappears for winter, here is our list of favourite things to do in and around Cape Town this summer.

1. Early morning Lion’s Head hike

For the early risers, set your alarm for 5am and drive to Lion’s Head to enjoy the sunrise and watch the city slowly wake up. This two-hour hike is gorgeous in the morning as you’ll find the air crisp, the wind absent and the peace and quiet mesmerising. Another variation of this is to do an evening full-moon hike and watch the sun set and the stars come up.

Cost: Free

More info: Visit Hiking Cape Town’s website here.

2. Hire a SUP

Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) is hitting centre stage in the world of alternative water sports and Big Bay beach offers the perfect playing field. Head over to Cabrinha Kites at Eden on the Bay Mall to hire a board or book some lessons. This sport is quick and easy to learn. You’ll be paddling about on your own and enjoying the view of Table Mountain in no time.

Rental Cost: R195 (1 hour), R295 (2 hour), R445 (4 hour). Group prices are also available.

More info: Visit Cabrinha’s website page here.

3. Kirstenbosch summer sunset concerts

Summer isn’t summer in Cape Town without enjoying at least one concert on the pristine lawns of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Grab your friends and family, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the beautiful scenery and musical genius of the evening’s performers. Bliss!

Cost: Starting at R125. Special rates for children and youth are available.

More info: Find the 2017 line-up here.

4. Waffles on the beach

For the best Belgian waffles in Cape Town head to The Big Bay Waffle Company in Blouberg. Treat yourself to a yummy waffle covered in your choice of savoury or sweet toppings. Plus, enjoy a gorgeous view of Table Mountain.

Cost: From R29

More info: Visit The Big Bay Waffle Company’s website page here.

5. Bicycle ride along Sea Point promenade

Hire a bike from Up Cycles at The Pavilion along Sea Point promenade and take a casual ride right next to the beach. Up Cycle also has rental stations located at:

  • Clock Tower Square at the V&A Waterfront
  • Breakaway Café on the Waterkant Street Fan Walk, in the city centre
  • Camps Bay, at the Bay Hotel on the Victoria Road strip

Just arrive at any of their stations throughout Cape Town, grab your bike and go on an adventure.

Cost: From R60 an hour

More info: Visit Up Cycles’ website here.

6. Enjoy a slice of cake at Charly’s Bakery

Charly’s is a family-run business in the heart of Cape Town. It is run following their key philosophy: innovate, don’t imitate, and they truly get this right with their delicious range of fun and bright cupcakes, petit fours, cookies and other tasty goodies. For the yummiest, quirkiest coffee and cake you’ve ever had, head over to them in Roeland Street.

Cost: Coffee and a sweet treat from R35

More info: Visit the Charly’s Bakery’s website here.

7. Old-school movie at the Labia Theatre

The Labia Theatre, which opened in 1949, is the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa. Relive gran and gramp’s nostalgia by taking a trip to an olden-day bioscope. This once Italian Embassy ballroom is now a trendy hotspot for movie geeks, hipsters and lovebirds alike. Plus, it’s more affordable than a commercial cinema. Perfect!

Cost: All shows are R50

More info: Visit The Labia Theatre’s website here.

8. Red Bull King of the Air kiteboarding competition

Head down to Eden on the Bay to watch the world’s elite big-air kiteboarders fly up to 26 metres into the air. The competition has a two-week weather window period in which, once the wind is perfect, the pros will compete for the coveted title: ‘King of the Air’. This is the most prestigious big-air kiteboarding contest in the world – you don’t want to miss out.

Cost: Free to spectate (but get there early for free undercover parking)

More info: Visit Hiking Cape Town’s website here.

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