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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.

Check out Into the blue snorkel adventures to make this dream come true!

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.

Waterfront Charters have loads of options.

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.

Contact Imhoff farm to book.

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. If you are looking for some experts to go with then give Fly Cape Town a shout.

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! Contact Abseil Africa to book.

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! )

Book your tickets here.

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!

Check availability for the Kraalbaai luxury houseboats.

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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.

Contact Kaskazi Kayaking for more information.

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. Book your lessons at Stoked Surf School.

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! If you want those epic views check out NAC helicopters!

Are any of these on your Cape Town bucket list ? 





  • Caitlin

    November 1, 2019

    Loved this post!! ✨ really helped us with the planning of our holiday xx


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