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Posted on: Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Things to Do in Cape Town by a Capetonian

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The V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront

As a born and bred Capetonian and since it is almost time for holidays I thought I would suggest my own list of activities that I think everyone would enjoy while they’re in Cape Town. So if you plan to be in Cape Town during the holidays (or at any other time of the year) give some of these a try …

Top of my list would be a visit to Table Mountain. As one of Cape Town’s prominent features and also nature’s GPS for the city (whenever I am lost my dad’s words come back to me “which side of the mountain are you looking at” and then it’s easy enough to find my way). There are numerous ways of getting to the top of the mountain, take walk up the steep Platteklip Gorge, or start in the Kirstenbosch Gardens and make your way up Skeleton’s Gorge or walk along the contour path if you’re feeling energetic …

The Top of the Table

The Top of the Table

Or you can take the cable car to the top … it revolves, it’s great and it’s the non-strenuous way to get to the top. What I enjoy doing is hiking up to the top, working  my way up to Maclears Beacon (the highest point on the mountain) and then taking the cable car down. (If you are walking up then just be aware of the weather, it can change very quickly, so don’t forget a warm wind proof jacket).

The second thing on my list would be to make you way to one of Cape Town’s fabulous beaches. Muizenberg is a great place to learn how to surf and Gary and his team from Gary’s surf school can help you do this. Or you can head over to the Atlantic Seaboard to either Camps Bay, Llandudno or Clifton where it is easy to spend a lazy day catching some sun. When the sun starts to go down you can hop over to one of the trendy bars in the area for some cocktails and dinner and good times with friends.

Surfing in Muizenberg

Surfing in Muizenberg

Gather your friends and get ready for a night out on the town – I will definitely be spending a few nights on Long Street. There are so many clubs, pubs and bars where you can meet new people and have a lot of fun. And don’t forget that Cape Town has been voted by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top 10 party destinations. But what you need to remember if you’re planning on having a few drinks is to make use of a taxi service. I’d recommend Rikkis or if you’d like to be driven in your own car Scoota Express has the answer.

If you’re feeling a little bit culture hungry then why not head into one of the many art galleries and museums in the city. My favourites are the Iziko museums. Visit the SA National gallery, the Planetarium, Slave Lodge, the Bo-Kaap museum and many more. It will certainly give you a new perspective on the city.

La Colombe

La Colombe

And if you’re someone who enjoys good food, as I am, then try out one of Cape Town’s fabulous restaurants. There are so many to choose from and you will find something for everyone, from fabulous seafood, to classic pizzas and gourmet meals, it’s a feast on everyone’s table.

And while you’re out exploring why not take a trip to one of the fantastic vineyards. Two of my favourites to visit because they offer great food and delicious wine are Constantia Uitsig (with the River Cafe and La Colombe being 2 of my favourite places to eat) and Groot Constantia (the restaurant Simon’s is also a fantastic space and great for watching sports events).

I will most definitely be spending my holidays enjoying these activities.

What will you be doing? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Other Suggestions not to miss:
Visit the Green Point Stadium Visitors Centre
V&A Waterfront (shopping, dining out, harbour cruises and more)
Kayaking on the Atlantic Seaboard
Township Tours (Try Mozolis Restaurant for a great party!)
Penguins at Boulders Beach
Hundreds more … see things to do in Cape Town

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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