It can be a bit overwhelming – there are so many things to do in Cape Town! Having recently relocated to the Western Cape, I can finally go and visit all these wonderful places I have spent many years reading about. However I know how tough it can be when on a limited budget and not knowing what is worth the trip and what is okay to give a miss. I thought I’d start compiling a summer list of things to do in Cape Town for those of you who may visit one day.
The first place we explored was Muizenberg. Muizenberg is a small town outside Cape Town and many say it is one of South Africa’s best kept secrets. For both local and individuals from abroad, visiting St James Beach in Muizenberg is a must see – even if only for the remarkable colourful houses that line the white sand! The houses look like something from a movie set and truly are something special.
So, things to do in Cape Town: Visit Muizenberg!
Muizenberg beach is a blue flag beach hosting scores of things to do. Muizenberg beach has shallow, warm water that is ideal for families with kids of all ages. There are ample spots on the sand for those who love to catch a tan or read a book in the summer sun. The beach stretches on for as far as you can see to it’s perfect for a beach stroll either along or with company. For those more daring, why not try something active such as surf lessons or renting Stand Up Paddle boards for a go in the waves.
The waves here are big enough to surf, but small enough for beginners. While it is very safe, I’d still recommend educating yourself on the shark safety regulations posted on the beach before getting into the water. It’s a great place to learnt to surf (Warmer water than the other side of Cape Town)- there are various surf schools in the area, such as Gary’s Surf School or Surf Emporium. Surf Emporium also have electric bikes which you can rent if you have a slightly higher budget. Check it out here.
What happens if I’m hungry?
After a beach walk or swim you are really spoilt for choice for delicious food whatever time of the day. Just along the main road some favorites include:
- Tigers Milk
- Knead (perfect for breakfast – lots of artisan breads)
- Bootlegger for a coffee
- Bombay Chili Indian
- Live bait
- Lucky Fish n Chips
Not are all things to do in Cape Town cost a fortune! For those looking for activities there is water slides as well as putt putt right along the beach. Putt putt costs R25 per person and it’s really fun to do if you go in a big group! The course has been well kept and offers some challenging holes.
Looking for little gifts to take home for loved ones?
Don’t worry, if shopping is on your list of things to do in Cape Town you can still get your fix in. Made in Muizenberg is your spot! Made in Muizenberg is a very eclectic store showcasing a wide variety of locally made goods. Perfect for those of you visiting from another country.
Wanting to try some classic fish and chips?
Kalk Bay is a hidden coastal gem in South Africa, and a seafood lovers dream! One simply has to stop for fish and calamari at Kalkys. Kalkys is an old school fish and chips restaurant at its best. Think long queues, vinegar in plastic bottles and sticky table clothes – but oh so delicious food! The fish is so fresh and soft – definitely worth the cheat meal. Finish off your day with a stroll along the harbour – chances are pretty high you’ll see a seal. Kalk Bay is also home to the iconic Brass Bell.
For those planning to drive a bit further down, definitely worth it to drive to Boulders Beach where you can see penguins! Boulders Beach is just passed Simon’s Town – it is a pay-for entry protected beach that hosts a sanctuary for jackass penguins.
So, there are many things to do in Cape Town and not all of them have to blow your budget. I’m going to try do a few other day trips and see what is out there. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I should visit next? Let me know in the comments!