5 Unique Experiences to Enjoy in Cape Town when on Holiday
These types of posts are always tricky to write because… well… there is literally so much to enjoy in Cape Town.
So where do we even start?
Well, to focus our thinking, we’re going to write this on the basis that you’re planning to stay in one of the various guesthouses or hotels in Cape Town (ie: you’re going to be here on holiday, and are looking to enjoy some unique experiences in the city)
We’re also going to avoid the generic “visit Table Mountain / Robben Island” activity tropes that you’ve probably seen in dozens of other posts about Cape Town. (they’re definitely worth checking out, but we’re going to look at some other, alternative options)
With that out of the way, let’s dive in.
1) Enjoy an Open-Air Movie
You’ve spent the day on the beach, have just come back from a hike, or perhaps you’ve enjoyed a day at one of the many wine estates in the Cape Winelands.
If you’re looking for some relaxing downtime in the evening, why not check out a classic movie or old favourite in an outside “open air” cinema?
The Galileo Open Air Cinema offers just that, and is a great way to spend a relaxing summer’s evening. They offer a number of venues around Cape Town (including one right on our doorstep, in Century City) so check them out over here.
2) Pay a visit to the Natural Goods Market
Markets have become a hugely popular activity in Cape Town, and we’re lucky enough to have one of the best ones situated within Century City.
You can enjoy everything from delicious gourmet and organic food offerings, as well as unique, original hand-made crafts (perfect for gifting).
There’s also live music and kid-friendly shows so it’s a great destination for holidaymakers, whether you’re with family or friends.
Depending on the time of year, the market is open on the last Sunday of the month, as well as Friday evenings during the warmer, summer season. You can find out more about the Natural Goods Market over here.
3) Enjoy a Microlight Scenic Flight over Cape Town
For something completely different, how about a scenic tour over Cape Town in a microlight?
A microlight is a tiny aircraft (think a paraglider with an engine) and gives you a uniquely thrilling – but safe – experience, where you’ll be able to enjoy uninhibited views of Cape Town from up above.
Microlight tours include flying over the Western Cape terrain and nearby farmlands, as well as the oceans and beaches of Cape Town, where you might even be lucky enough to see a school of dolphins or even a whale or two.
It’s a great experience for holidaymakers, but due to its popularity booking is essential, so find out more over here.
4) Experience Table Mountain (on a Freewheeler Scooter)
Okay, we said we were going to avoid generic Table Mountain activities but we think you’ll agree that this is quite different.
Rather than telling you to go up the cable car, or hiking trail, why not take in the spectacular scenery that Table Mountain has to offer while riding a freewheeler scooter?
Non-motorised – yet incredibly stable and safe – this is a great activity for both adults and children alike.
You can enjoy a 2 hour tour that starts at the top of Signal Hill, running through Bo-Kaap, moving on to the lower slopes of Table Mountain, before coming down through Deer Park in the neighbouring Vredehoek.
It’s definitely a very different, unique way to experience Cape Town. Find out more about hiring a scooter over here.
5) Explore Cape Town (in a classic convertible car)
Sure, you can explore popular Cape Town spots on the popular Red Tour Bus routes, but for something completely different, how about cruising through the Cape in a classic convertible car?
That’s right, you can take a road trip and take in the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Point, Constantia Winelands – and everything in between – in a classic Cobra open-top sports car.
They’re all newly built versions of the 1960’s classic, with all the modern comforts you would expect from today’s cars, including auto gearbox and power steering.
There are various options available, be it self-drive or chauffeur-driven tours, two-hour sundowner trips or even having the car for a full 24 hours.
This is definitely a unique experience to be enjoyed during your holiday. Find out more over here.