Exploring Cape Town – What to Do Outdoors
When it comes to outdoor activities, Cape Town should be the top local destination that comes to mind. From stunning hikes with breathtaking views, to thrilling water sports there’s something for all ages and activity levels. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a nature lover, here’s a guide to some of the best outdoor activities for visitors and locals alike!
Hiking Table Mountain’s Many Incredible Trails
Table Mountain is one of the most iconic landmarks in Cape Town and offers a range of hiking options for any level. The easiest route is Platteklip Gorge which begins from the upper cable car station and takes approximately two hours round trip. For more experienced hikers, Skeleton Gorge starts from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and takes four hours round trip while Kasteelspoort starts at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and takes five hours round trip. No matter which route you choose, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Camps Bay, Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Table Bay Harbour.
Surfing & Kitesurfing
Cape Town has some of the best waves in South Africa, making it a hotspot for surfers and kite-surfers alike. For those interested in riding the waves, Muizenberg Beach is an excellent spot with gentle waves perfect for beginners while Kommetjie Beach is great for more experienced surfers looking for bigger swells. If kitesurfing is more your style then Bloubergstrand offers strong winds and flat waters perfect for cruising around on your board.
Stargazing at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in all of Cape Town – but it becomes even more spectacular when night falls! Once a month, members from the South African Astronomical Observatory host stargazing sessions where visitors can marvel at twinkling stars through powerful telescopes set up around the gardens. It’s truly an unforgettable experience!
Whale Watching at Hermanus
If you’re lucky enough to visit during whale season (July-November), then be sure to check out Hermanus – known as one of the best places in the world for land-based whale watching! You can spot Southern Right Whales frolicking just off shore and sometimes even catch sight of Humpbacks too! It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Beach Days at Clifton & Camps Bay
Nothing beats spending a day relaxing on one of Cape Town’s stunning beaches! Clifton Beach offers four separate beaches each catering to different crowds from families looking for calmer waters to younger people looking for beach parties and nightlife. Camps Bay is another popular destination due to its gorgeous white sand beach and picturesque mountains in the background. No matter where you decide to spend your beach day, you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed!
Cape Town has plenty of outdoor activities guaranteed to keep anyone entertained no matter their interests or skill level. Whether it's hiking up Table Mountain or spending a lazy day at Clifton Beach, there's something here that will make your stay memorable. Book a Cape Town holiday package with us and get out there and explore all that this amazing city has to offer!