There are so many wonderful Cape Town attractions to enjoy and you are bound to find a festival or seasonal highlight to add to your experience - see 10 reasons to linger longer in Cape Town.
Horse Riding on Noordhoek Beach
This has to be one of the most scenically spectacular activities to enjoy in Cape Town. Noordhoek beach is a stunning swathe of white beach edged by the bright blue ocean just below Chapman's Peak drive. Most people stop and take pictures from this view point but actually horse riding along the beach is the cherry on the cake.
The view from horse-back is breathtaking and cantering on the seashore is a real treat. On the ride you can spot indigenous birdlife and a shipwreck in the water while taking in the surrounding scenery. Afterwards retreat to a cosy pub or country restaurant in the delightful Noordhoek Village.
Stay Overnight on Table Mountain
Enjoy a spectacular sunset from the top of Table Mountain followed by a traditional South African dinner under brilliant night skies. Wake-up and watch the twinkling city lights below fade as the sun rises over Cape Town. This superb experience is usually combined with a hike up the mountain to your cottage accommodation and then down again the next day, but there are a variety of combinations and options to choose from. In any case you can say 'I woke up on Table Mountain'.
Visit the Gold of Africa Museum and Restaurant
If this attraction is not on your holiday itinerary then here is an invitation. The museum is beautiful and choc-full of amazing gold artefacts and objects from Africa and around the world. You can marvel at the rich symbolism and intricate designs of the featured pieces in state-of-the-art displays and visit the Jewellery Workshop on-site. The Gold Restaurant is located nearby and offers African dishes from around the continent, drumming displays and fun lessons plus a great floor show with traditional dancing and singing.
Address: Martin Melck House, 96 Strand Street, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour
This is a wonderful component for any holiday itinerary! Relax with new found friends in the homely kitchen of your cooking guide in the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood. This is a cultural and taste sensation - in no time at all you will be folding Samosas and making Roti's like a pro. You'll learn about traditional Cape Malay cooking and explore the use of a range of exotic spices. At the end, you'll get to take the recipes home so you can impress your nearest and dearest.
For something completely out of the ordinary, take to the sea in a sturdy canoe on a guided adventure - there are a number of options to choose from at venues around the Peninsula. You will be amazed at the change in perspective when you see the shores of Cape Town from the water. Along the way you are likely to spot Dolphins, Seals, plenty of birdlife and maybe even a Whale in season. Take a great lungful of high ozone sea air and make the most of your time on the water in the Mother City.
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Cape Town Beer Tour
No doubt you've been to the Cape Winelands and tasted many superb wines in scenic splendour, but have you thought of a Beer Tour? This is not just for the boys - anyone who likes the taste of beer and would like insight into how it is made can take a tour which could include a fascinating visit to the oldest brewery in the country plus tastings of specially crafted beers and also traditional African beers.
Walk the Labyrinth
In between tours and busy holiday activities you can find some peace and tranquillity as you walk the labyrinth, following a spiral pathway to a central point. This ancient meditative activity has been used to calm the mind and enhance deep reflection for thousands of years all over the world. It is a relatively new but popular activity on the Cape Peninsula. You'll find labyrinths at St George's Cathedral in the centre of Cape Town, the Oude Molen Eco-Village in Pinelands and just off the main Road in beautiful Kalk Bay.
Visit a Slow Food Market
Have a break from restaurant fare and take-aways! Spend time out in the open and choose from a range of tasty slow foods at a friendly market. You'll find organic foods, artisan breads, homemade South African delights, gourmet treats, free-range eggs and meats and so much more. Pop in for a hearty farm-style breakfast and wash it down with a great cup of coffee - you can even try a traditional favourite called moer-koffie in the Tokai Forest. Options include excellent food markets in the city centre on Thursday afternoons and on Saturday mornings in Woodstock, Tokai and Tyger Valley.
Take a Township Tour
Tourism has come to the townships of Cape Town! Enjoy a guided tour of the best spots and pick up some stunning art and craft works along the way. Sit down to a meal of meat cooked over an open fire and then sample the social vibe of the local shebeen (pub). You can even arrange to visit local Jazz clubs or go on a Jazz Safari where you meet prominent Jazz musicians in their homes on the Cape Flats.
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Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch
If you are in Cape Town over a weekend in the summer, don't forget to book your spot on a Sunday afternoon at Kirstenbosch. From November to April you can enjoy a live outdoor music event while reclining on the grassy slopes in these beautiful botanical gardens. Each week a different South African band takes to the stage. You can bring a picnic and enjoy the magnificent scenery at the foot of Table Mountain while waiting for the band to start up. So arrive early to secure your spot on the grass and let the magic begin!