Ultimate Cape Town Bucket List For First Time Visitors
Cape Town Bucket List
Cape Town is not only one of the most beautiful cities in the world it also has so much going for it! Don’t even think of only visiting for a couple of days because you will definitely miss out. There is plenty to do in the Mother city and a lot of Cape Town bucket list experiences!
Here are just a few of the Cape Town bucket list experiences on offer in this amazing city!
Snorkel in a kelp forest
Snorkeling in a Cape kelp forest is really a magical experience! Seals will playfully swim with you while sunlight filters in between the long swaying pieces of kelp.
Do a Clifton yacht cruise
Nothing says living the high life in Cape Town like going on a yacht cruise. I love the day time cruise where you get to spend the day soaking up the sun anchored off Clifton beach. You can also do a sundowner cruise with bubbles and all the views if that is what you are into.
Hike Lions Head
Probably one of the number one bucket list activities for all tourists heading to Cape Town. Hiking Lions head is almost like a right of passage. Where you even in Cape Town if you didn’t scale this gorgeous rock?
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Go Horse riding on Noordhoek Beach
The wind in your air and the glorious soft sunrise light filtering past you. Experiencing a morning horse ride on Noordhoek beach really is incredible! The beach is almost 7km long with the white sand stretching almost endlessly towards the bright blue Atlantic ocean.
Paraglide off Signal hill
If you are into adrenaline then Cape Town has you covered. One of the most popular things to do to get your blood flowing is to Paraglide off signal hill.
Abseil off Table Mountain
Another adrenaline activity that is really not for the faint hearted is abseiling off the side of Table Mountain. This will most definitely be the adventure of a lifetime!
Hike the shipwreck trail at Cape Point
Cape Point on it’s own is already a pretty epic place to go but there is so much to do there. The shipwreck trail shows why Cape Town has been called the Cape of storms and takes you through some glorious landscapes. Make a day of it and explore to your heart’s content!
Visit the penguins in Simons Town
No one can resist cute penguins with their tiny little suits gliding through the waves. There is no better place to see them in action than the Boulders penguin colony in Simons Town. Pay the entry fee and get transported to little white sand alcoves with bright blue water and penguins frolicking about. Most certainly a once in a lifetime experience.
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Enjoy a picnic at Kirstenbosch gardens
Pick a spot under a huge old tree and have a delightful picnic at Kirstenbosch gardens. The views alone are worth coming for but the actual gardens are full of interesting places to explore. If you come in Summer time there are even concerts on Sunday evenings.
Do a wine tram tasting in Franschhoek
If you come to Cape Town then having some good wine is always on the cards. Why not spare yourself the difficult decision of which wine farm to visit by doing a few. You can take the Franschhoek wine tram to some stunning estates to sample the wine or have some lunch ( or both of course! )
Eat fish and chips at the harbour in Hout Bay
One the the best things to do is grab fish and chips at the harbour in Hout Bay. This is not something only tourists do as you can find it filled with locals all year long, especially on Sunday afternoons.
Have a BBQ at Oudekraal
A real South African braai but by the sea? Count me in! Oudekraal is a really popular spot on the coastal road between Camps Bay and llandudno where you can bring your own goodies and have a chilled BBQ right by the water.
Visit the colourful Bo-Kaap
The Bo-Kaap has a rich history and the inhabitants are extremely proud of how far they have come. Visit the museum and take some photos in the bright, colourful streets. Just remember that people live here so stay on the sidewalk!
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Take a drive on Chapmans Peak
One of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world and it is easy to see why. Lookout points around each corner gives you a new perspective of the landscape. The glitter ocean down below will make you gasp, especially on a beautiful day.
Stay on a houseboat at the West Coast National Park
The West Coast National park is a slice of heaven an hours drive from Cape Town city centre. It looks like Greece with a beautiful blue lagoon and white houseboats chilling just off the beach. Check-in for two days and feel like you have escaped to an island!
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Check out the view of Table Mountain from Blouberg
Grab a soft serve ice-cream and watch kiteboarders do their thing with the imposing back drop of Table Mountain. It’s the perfect place to appreciate how unique the mountain really is.
Do the Crystal pools hike
An awesome hidden hike is close to Gordons bay, 45 minutes outside of Cape Town. Get a permit online and enjoy finding crystal clear pools all the way up the mountain.
Watch the duck parade at Vergenoegd wine farm
Do you have all your ducks in a row? Vergenoegd wine farm definitely has theirs. Every morning and afternoon you can see the runner ducks parade going to and from their “job” which is to clean up the vineyards from snails!
Go kayaking in Table Bay
Go at sunrise and you are bound to see some dolphins being playful in the bay. If you are lucky you can also spot whales and sunfish and there will always be a seal or two! It is really something unique to put on your Cape Town bucket list.
Learn to surf in Muizenberg
The cute multi coloured beach hut’s in Muizenberg are a pretty big tourist attraction but what you should really do there is learn to surf! Sign up for a beginners lesson and cruise the small waves on a big board.
Hike up Kasteelspoort to the reservoirs
Kasteelspoort hiking trail is a beautiful way to get up to the top of Table Mountain. You also get spoiled at the top with a whole lot of things to do like visit the reservoirs, the old cable way and the diving board. You can even stay at the top in the overseers cottage!
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Check out the view from Maidens Cove
That iconic view of the apostles that you can see all over instagram is really easy to get to. Just visit the parking lot at Maidens cove in Camps Bay to see this area in all its glory.
Stroll through the gardens and have lunch at Babylonstoren
Babylonstoren is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon at. With delightful gardens, wine tastings and some top class restaurants it’s an experience and a chill session all in one.
Check out Table Mountain from above in a helicopter
Nothing beats views from above especially in Cape Town. See where the mountains meet the ocean and be ready for a real treat! You need to add this activity to your Cape Town bucket list now!
Are any of these on your Cape Town bucket list ?