Yes, those long summer days in the Mother City are ideal to pack your schedule with things to do from sunrise to sunset. During this time of the year, Cape Town is abuzz with both locals and international visitors taking advantage of one of the world’s top tourist destinations. But, as the seasons will be changing soon, the hours of sunshine will becoming fewer and fewer, and Capetonians will be preparing for their annual hibernation over the wet wintery period. Of course, we’re not there just quite yet, and there is still time to make the most of the last days of summer in Cape Town.
Make the Most of the Last Days of Summer in Cape Town
1. Visit one (or more) of Cape Town’s Fabulous Markets.
Whether you are on the hunt for the latest kombucha concoction, international cuisine or artisanal fudge, simply hop over to one of Cape Town’s many markets. Our recommendation? The Oranjezicht City Farm Market. Situated in Granger Bay (a little confusing, we know!), this must-visit market features a vast array of food stalls, vintage items, house plants, fruit and veg. What’s more, it’s also dog-friendly, so you can take your pooch for an outing, too.
2. Go Say Hi to the Penguins on Boulders Beach
According to Love Cape Town, summer is the best time to view the penguins on Boulders Beach, and roughly 60 000 people visit them every year. You can get quite up close and personal with the 3 000-strong colony, but remember they are wild animals so do not try and pet them! P.S: you want to get the best view of these African Penguins, make your way to the nearby Foxy Beach, which features three wheelchair-friendly boardwalks, ideal perches for some penguin spotting.
3. Take to the Skies with Tandem Paragliding
A truly unique way to take in the views of Atlantic Coastline of Cape Town is from the sky, of course! Strap in with a licensed instructor and launch from either Signal Hill or Lion’s Head for a breath-taking paragliding experience. On a clear summer’s day, you will also spot Robben Island and Clifton beach. What’s more, the landing is set for the picturesque Sea Point promenade.
4. Explore the Cape Winelands and have a Sip ‘n Swirl Session
Your summer schedule should never be too packed for a trip along one or more of the Western Cape’s many wine routes. Whether it’s Constantia, Durbanville, Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, you are certainly spoilt for choice for top places to do a wine tasting
5. Dine in the Sunshine at Damhuis
No summer experience is complete without a visit to Damhuis. There nothing quite like tucking into the freshest seafood along the West Coast while soaking up some rays. And if seafood isn’t your go-to, you have can opt for our take on some traditional South Africa cuisine favourites. Be sure to bring the kids; we have a designated play area for them to frolic about.
Compile your “Last Days of Summer” Checklist Now!
So, with something for the foodies, adventure junkies and intrepid explorers, the last few days of the warm season will be one for the books!
For something a little more chilled but equally exciting, check out the best spots to view the sunset in and around Cape Town.