So any of you that have met me, whether as a client, as a colleague or as a friend you will know that one of my favourite places on earth is Cape Town! It is somewhere I never get tired of visiting as every trip offers new experiences, fun adventures and always great memories. The purpose of this short blog is to provide some information on some of the lesser-known activities on offer that are a great addition to any Cape Town itinerary, whether you are staying 4 days or fourteen! There are fantastic activities to suit all types of traveller available in this great city, but this blog is focussed on some of the more unique activities Cape Town offers that you may not have heard about, that are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
There are a couple of companies that offer this experience in Cape Town, with a departure point in Hout Bay. During this tour you will be given a full briefing before getting into your wetsuit and heading out on a vessel for a 2.5 hour excursion, with approximately 50 minutes in the water. Once the seals have been located you will slip into the water for a once in a lifetime up close water experience with these inquisitive and playful animals.
This is a popular destination for those who are looking to eat out with the locals in a vibrant market style setting, with a variety of cuisines on offer – all fresh and all exceptional quality. There are also a number of small businesses to explore offering clothing, gifts, accessories and more. Neighbourgood is only open on weekends so you will have to time your visit to Cape Town if you are to enjoy this particular experience, but it is definitely worth that little bit of extra planning.
Wine tours are one of the most popular day-trips from Cape Town, quite rightly as the Western Cape has some of the world’s most premier wines. However, if you head in the other direction about 40 minutes from the centre of Cape Town you will find the Aegir Brewing Company who offer the chance to tour a small local brewing company – but more importantly, to sample a variety of small batch independent beers. The brewery is in a great location with views of Noordhoek beach in the distance, and if you visit at the weekend there is the chance you will get to hear a local band playing accompanying people who come to visit for their delicious breakfast or lunch offering. You can Uber/Taxi here easily from central Cape Town, or if you prefer you could hire a private guide for the day who could take you here, then Muizenberg Bay for the colourful Beach huts or perhaps Simonstown or Kalk Bay for the unique shops – and even cocktails on a train carriage.
This is a hugely popular dining option for both locals and visitors alike and offers a unique experience where your waiters and waitresses are also exceptional performers, who enjoy nothing more than providing quality entertainment on stage, whilst you also get to enjoy quality local food and wine. There are themed nights such as Disney or Musicals and also more generic evenings where the song and entertainment choices will be a surprise to be enjoyed on the night. Booking is essential and you will likely be asked to choose your menu option in advance – but you shouldn’t allow this to detract from what is always a fun and vibrant night out, celebrating local talent.
Boulders Beach, home of the African Penguins, is a must do for any visitor to Cape Town. However, did you know that for a more unique and close up experience that you can spend a couple of hours kayaking around the bay where penguins can regularly be spotted up close diving and swimming around looking for fish or returning from their day out at sea. The activity leaves from Simonstown so I recommend spending some time before or after exploring the local shops and if to your taste enjoying some delicious locally caught fresh fish and seafood.