To be in Cape Town is to be in paradise. In this new year, Cape town has attracted a lot of tourists as a result of its beautiful and natural surroundings. In 2014, cape Town attracted the presence of international press that wrote a lot of things which in turn hiked Cape Town on the list of most interesting places to be. The numerous write ups presented all of the things that the city has to offer, from its very interesting monuments, art, and cultures, to people who can keep tourists on their toes and eager to see more.
However, the beautiful landscape of Cape Town begs the question ‘What more is there that has not been explored? With 2015 just beginning, we bring locals and tourists an interesting list of things that can keep you busy, occupied and delighted in cape town, get to know more about the people of cape town, their culture and the things that make them unique and different from other people. This list will help you find ways of spending your time and as little money as possible while you have the most fun. Enjoy.
1. Watch Old School Movies At The Labia Theatre:
The labia theater building on Orange Street was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 as a theater for the staging of live performances. These days, however, it’s an old-fashioned movie house used to showcase movies of the old times and to display documentaries of things that happened in cape town when our grandfathers and great grandfathers were much younger. The Labia is the coolest, most unusual independent art-repertory cinema. It is known for attracting love-birds and hipsters its retro decor that seeks to capture the glamor of old. It will offer you the chance to take in a movie that’s slightly more affordable than the prices you’ll pay at the commercial cinemas. Have fun!
All shows cost only R40 per person.
2. Visit The Two Oceans Aquarium At The V & A Waterfront:
The Aquarium is a window to the ocean, offering onlookers glimpses of the diverse life that can only be found far from the South African coastline. The enchantment of this particular aquarium is due to its location, where the Indian and Atlantic ocean meet. With its magnificent size, the Aquarium allows you to view over 3000 living animals, including fishes, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles and birds in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. What’s more, be sure you don’t miss the daily feeding of the fishes in the I&J Predator Exhibit at 15h00. The Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront is open every day of the year from 09h30 until 18h00. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. Have your hand stamped at the entrance turnstile in the foyer if you want to visit again on the same day.
3. Explore And Eat Cake At Charly’s Bakery:
Since 1989, Charly’s kitchen as it is popularly called has been serving up an amazing combo of confectionaries that has left people’s eyebrows raised in delight. They went as far as having their own TV show called Charly’s Cake Angels, a 2 season documentary/reality series showing the behind-the-scenes of this family owned business and their anything-is-possible approach to baking. You will love it there. You can enjoy coffee and a cupcake in Charly’s bakery for as little as R35.
4. Go Horse-Back Riding On Noordhoek Beach
Noordhoek Beach is over 8 km long and is the most unspoiled and best-protected beach on the Atlantic Cape coast. Go for a 2-hour horse ride combined with a short bush ride along the spectacular banks of Noordhoek beach. An abundance of bird life is visible as the bush ride circles the wetlands, waterbirds, cranes, geese and rare flamingo flocks. And if you are lucky, you might even see dolphins playing in the waves, with an occasional sighting of whales. The Beach is open daily from 09:00 to 16:00 (open till 18:00 from December to February). If you want to try it, you might want to book in advance.
5. Go For The Beerhouse Fun:
The Beerhouse is a contemporary beer hall in the heart of the Mother City’s famed Long Street precinct, and it promises fans the sweet nectar of a world of beers. Showcasing only the best in meticulously selected brands of local, international and micro-brewed beers, the appropriately named Beerhouse has fast become a firm favorite among passive pint sippers and beer buffs alike. The price for beers range from R6 (for a 100ml tester) to R450 for the Crazy Diamond by Triggerfish Brewery
6. Enjoy Dragon Boat Racing:
The Cape Town Dragon Boat Racing Club welcomes all dragon boaters and newcomers to join their practice sessions from Mondays to Thursdays. In February 2006, the Western Cape Dragon Boat Association delightedly took custody of two more dragon boats, bringing Cape Town’s fleet to four. Newcomers & visitors are warmly welcome to join the paddling in Cape Town at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. It is a life changing experience you wouldn’t want to miss.
7. Get Amazingly Refreshed At The Earth Fair Market:
The Earth Fair Market takes place every Thursday at the St George’s Mall thoroughfare from 11 am to 3 pm, the Earth Fair Food Market attracts workers and tourists from all over Cape Town and beyond. While some go for a Mexican snack, some delicious biltong or a piece of homemade fudge, others will fill up on their ‘second lunch’ and do some veggie grocery shopping. The market is one of those typically hidden Mother City gems that you’re likely to stumble on and subsequently, fall in love with. You can also catch the Earth Fair Market merchants in Tokai on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
8. Join A Bikram Yoga Class:
Bikram Yoga is a sequence of 26 posture and 2 breathing exercises. The original hot yoga that is guaranteed to lighten you up. At a Bikram Yoga Class, you will get a deep, complete body and mind workout. It is easy to follow and it’s suitable for all ages, body types and levels of fitness. All new students get the introductory / trial period special offer for your first 5 class package. All classes accommodate beginners as the yoga series is fairly easy to grasp. Bikram classes are 90 minutes long (unless otherwise indicated on schedule).
9. Visit The Cape Town Holocaust Center:
The Cape Town Holocaust Center is a Foundation is dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. It is conveniently situated in the midst of Cape Town’s Museum Mile, the Center is in close proximity to the S/A National Gallery, S/A Museum, S/A Library and the S/A Jewish Museum. Opening times are Sundays – Fridays 10 am – 4 pm; Closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays. you can find it on the 1st Floor of Albow Centre, 88 Hatfield Street, Cape Town.
10. Go Strawberry Picking At Polkadraai Farm
I would say that driving to Stellenbosch and picking strawberries, is the perfect activity. It is fun for both young and old. The farm is so well maintained that it is a pleasure to walk along the lanes of strawberries while picking the gorgeous red, sweet fruits. Enjoy the fruits of your own labor by going strawberry picking at Polkadraai Farm near Stellenbosch. Polkadraai Farm invites you to come and “pick your own” from October to December annually when the strawberries are ripe for plucking. Individuals and families do not need to make a booking, however, if your group is larger than 15 you should contact Polkadraai Farm.The farm stall at Polkadraai is open year round from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Strawberry picking prices range from R25 to R170
11. Take A Break With Indoor Climbing:
CityRock is Cape Town’s center for all things related to the sport of Rock Climbing. Their facility features a large top rope and lead climbing area with Introductory lessons taught numerous times every week. They also offer a large cave with boulders. Children aged 5 and above love the fun and excitement of climbing. The sport of indoor climbing also makes for a great social event for kids and adults alike. Visit CityRock at the Corner of Collingwood & Anson, in Observatory
12. Visit Africa’s largest Bird Park In Hout Bay:
Set on 4 hectares of tropical landscape in the Hout Bay valley, a mere 15 minutes from Cape Town city center, World of Birds is Africa’s largest bird park with 3000 birds and 400 species. Open from Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm, this is an affordable family day out allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature. They are doing an amazing job of supporting conservation on a global scale by propagating rare birds and mammals in a protective environment. It costs only R85 for adults and R40 for children.
13. Lion’s Head Hike / Climb To The Top:
The panoramic views from the top of Lion’s Head make the walk so worthwhile. The view encompasses the harbor, the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Camps Bay, Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Signal Hill and the Cape Flats. It’s an adventurous walk but it is well worth while. It takes about three hours including time to stop and take in the views and perhaps to stop for a picnic. For the more adventurous, try the same hike late afternoon, and watch the full moon rise before heading back down.
14. Visit The MTN Science Center:
The MTN Science Center at Canal Walk Century City in Cape Town is South Africa’s first world-class interactive science center. It is a place where you can have fun while learning about scientific discoveries and technological innovations. The center offers over 280 displays as well as an auditorium, camera obscura, computer rooms, laboratories, and exhibition hall. Bring the whole family – there is entertainment for kids of all ages.
15. Step Into The Most Magical Garden At Babylonstoren:
No matter your taste in interior design and landscaping, you’ll find that Babylonstoren has the Midas touch. The estate incorporates a huge working farm, winery, a farm shop, boutique hotel, and spa as well as an award-winning restaurant called Babel at the heart of this is the immaculate garden. Every care has been taken to create a Wineland’s sanctuary that welcomes day visitors as warmly as it does its guests which linger a little longer. It Costs only R10 per person for the entrance fee, and the proceeds go to efforts made towards uplifting the community.
16. Explore The Winelands On Franschhoek Wine Tram:
This has to be one of the most unusual ways to experience some of the French corners most loved wine estates. Modeled on the 1890 Brill Trams, this old-fashioned locomotive rattles through the vineyards stopping at the Huguenot Museum, Haute Cabrière, Dieu Donnè, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence – you’re free to hop on or off at any of these stops. There are few better ways to explore the beautiful Franschhoek Valley than by hopping onto an open-sided tram for an unforgettable guided tour. It Costs just R170 for adults, and R85 for children under 17.
17. Visit The District Six Museum:
When the apartheid government swooped in on District Six in 1965, forcibly removing its residents and declaring the area a “whites-only” zone, the rich fabric of a disadvantaged but vibrant community was torn apart. In an effort to preserve the memories of District Six and create a monument to the thousands of people around the country who had forcibly relocated under apartheid, the District Six Museum Foundation was established in 1989. In 1994, the District Six Museum came into being. The museum is open from 9 am to 1 pm on Mondays and 9 am to 4 pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays. For this, you will pay a token fee of R30 per person for self-guided visits, and R45 with an ex-resident/guide.
18. Catch A Free Concert In The Park:
Capetonians have found a new way to ease the foreboding of Monday mornings with free concerts in De Waal Park on a Sunday afternoon. All you have to do is pack a picnic basket and something comfortable to laze on … the rest is free! There has never been a better excuse to ditch the couch, telly and Carte Blanche music for a live music extravaganza that has featured the likes of Freshly Ground, Sadiq Khan, Arno Carstens and Karen Zoid. This happens in the Summer only.
19. Theatrical Dining Experience At Stardust Restaurant
Stardust Restaurant, in Woodstock, is a restaurant with a Mediterranean menu, but this is not an everyday restaurant. The waiters are professional performers or students from the art schools around Cape Town. During the evening they will serve and entertain you! This restaurant is brilliant for any birthday or night out with some friends. Excellent food and serious fun all round! Locate stardust at 118 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock.
20. A Cruise Around Cape Town’s Historic Harbor
A cruise around Cape Town’s historic harbor aboard the Lady J will treat you to fantastic views of Robben Island and also afford you a closer look at the various fishing vessels and cargo ships in action, the seals joining in the fun. Toast the end of yet another perfect day aboard our daily, pre-arranged, one-hour long champagne sunset cruise. Duration: ½ hour to 1-hour cruises. The route is the Victoria & Alfred Basins, Duncan and Ben Schoeman docks. The Royal Cape Yacht Club (1 hr trip). The harbor is at Quay 5, V&A Waterfront.