Cape Town is bursting at the seams with things to do! From the iconic Table Mountain Cable Way and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to the vibrant urban tours and wine tastings, the city and its Winelands are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities.
But if you’re looking for things to do in Cape Town that’s just a little bit unique and slightly different from the typical tourist must-do’s, here’s a list of activities you probably didn’t know you could do in Cape Town.
For the Foodies & Wine Lovers
1. Wine Blending at Middelvlei Wine Farm
Join the Momberg Family for an exciting Middelvlei Wine Blending Experience and become part of the Middelvlei wine-making team.
This unique experience allows you to create a personalized bottle of your own with a selection of blending components.
2. Stir Crazy Cooking
Elevate your cooking skills with these immersive dining experiences and unique cooking classes in Cape Town.
Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or an aspiring chef, their lineup of single-session interactive social cooking classes and specialised training courses will teach you the ins and outs of global cuisine and local dishes.
3. Strandloper’s Seafood Experience
For the most authentic local tastes, be sure to try this old-fashioned, down-to-earth dining experience on the West Coast.
Lunch at the Strandloper is a multicourse seafood buffet spanning over 3 to 4 hours. The entire meal is prepared with the freshest ingredients on an open fire right on the beach.
4. Wild Foraging with Veld and Sea
Forage through the Cape’s most beautiful landscapes and learn how to create a delicious meal with ingredients plucked right from nature.
Enjoy a 3-course meal prepared with the foraged ingredients.
5. Lindt Chocolate Studio
Dive into the world of chocolate and see what it’s like to be a real Lindt Master Chocolatier yourself when you make your own chocolate creations.
Create your own chocolate bars, truffles, figurines and more.
6. Cape Town Coffee Experience
Embark on a journey through Cape Town’s vibrant coffee scene.
Guided by expert tour leaders, you’ll traverse the city’s iconic landmarks, diving deep into the coffee culture’s history, artistry, and evolution.
7. San Guided Culinary Tours
Taste the traditional natural flavours of the San and other indigenous people in a special tea-tasting tour at the !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre.
Go on a journey through the story of human origins in South Africa and experience their tools, knowledge and food.
8. Spice Route
Go on a flavour journey with craft beer tasting, ice cream tasting, gin tasting, wine and charcuterie pairing, chocolate tasting, and more, all in one place.
9. Dinner of Discovery at Nederburg Wine Farm
In this immersive and one-of-a-kind epicurean experience, you will taste your way through a 3-course canapé-style food and wine pairing, first blindfolded, and then sighted.
For the Adventurers & Thrill Seekers
10. Urban Axe Throwing
Practice the ancient Viking activity of throwing hatches at this unique experience.
Whether you want some target practice, let out some frustration or learn a new skill, axe throwing is the ideal activity.
11. Rage Room Cape Town
Release your inner frustrations or just have fun trashing a place in a safe and secure environment.
Ragetown follows the trending rage rooms across the world, providing a space to smash items, turning your frustration into fun and conquer stress with a satisfying crash.
12. Total Ninja Obstacle & Inflatable Park
Cape Town's newest edition to adrenalin-pumping, fun adventure activities, with large inflatables and obstacle courses inspired by the global phenomenon TV series Ninja Warrior.
Climb, balance, jump and swing across different obstacles using and developing your Ninja skills, and is perfect for family activities and for keeping fit.
13. Sky-Hi Ride
Located on the 28th floor of Hotel Sky, towering 35 meters above the Cape Town City bowl giving you a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful cities in the World before being thrust down.
Cape Town is one of only three in the world and the first of its kind in Africa.
14. Cape Sidecar Adventures
If you’re planning a tour around Cape Town city, the Cape Peninsula or the Cape Winelands, take a trip on a chauffeured vintage motorbike with sidecar and feel the wind through your hair.
15. Sandboarding Cape Town
Be transported up the top of the Atlantis Dunes and try your hand at sandboarding down. Options include being transported with a custom-built 4x4 vehicle or walking up for those who are more fit.
16. Hot-Air Ballooning
See the Cape as you’ve never seen before and take an adventurous journey over the Cape Winelands at sunrise in a hot air balloon.
17. African Shark Eco-Charters
Travellers from all over the world make their way to Cape Town with the promise of Shark cage diving. Whether for the adrenaline rush, or just to be in the same space as the magnificent sharks of the False Bay coast, African Shark Eco-Charters is the go-to company.
Soar above the Cape Town skyline with an unforgettable instructional, tandem paragliding experience.
For the Nature Lovers
19. Strawberry Picking
Spend a day at the Polkadraai Farm picking fresh, juicy, delicious strawberries.
The farm also has a range of activities for children such as a bike park, mini golf, playground and more.
20. Lavender Picking
Explore the beautiful Canettevallei Lavender Farm and pick your own fragrant bunch of lavender.
This grounding and sensory experience allows you to switch off and deeply connect with nature and fragrance.
21. Rose Picking
Picturesque Chart Farm situated in the heart of the Southern Suburbs near Wynberg Park in Cape Town, offers a farm-style retreat from the city
Meander through the beautiful rose garden and pick your own bunch or multicoloured roses.
22. Party Bike Through the Winelands
This extraordinary outdoor social experience is a great way to explore some of the wine farms outside of Cape Town.
The Party Bike is the largest solar-powered E-bike in South Africa and is equipped with everything needed for a mobile picnic.
23. Horse Rides Along the Beach
The award-winning Imhoff Equestrian Centre offers locals and international visitors alike, an outdoor experience of a lifetime.
Riders are guided on horseback from Imhoff Farm, along the protected wetlands system of Table Mountain National Park to emerge on the spectacular Noordhoek beach.
24. Eagle Encounters
Get up close and personal with eagles and other birds of prey at the Eagle Encounters bird of prey rehabilitation and educational centre.
The centre receives birds that have been injured, poisoned, abused and hand-reared, and prioritise rehabilitation and release as soon as possible.
25. Seal Snorkeling
Experience one of Cape Town’s unique adventures: snorkeling with Cape Fur Seals!
Take an exhilarating speed boat trip along the Atlantic coastline, followed by an up close and personal snorkelling adventure in the ocean with its most playful mammals, the seals.
26. Penguin Encounter
The Penguin Encounter at the Two Oceans Aquarium gives guests the opportunity to engage, close-up, with a number of northern rockhopper penguins.
27. Plants and Crafts Workshops
Elderflower Craft Centre provides a space for you to have fun being creative while trying something new.
With its variety of workshops and crafts including Beginner Bonsai, Terrariums, Botanical Relief Art, Macrame, Flower Pressing, Propagation and more to come, you’re bound to find something that appeals to you.