Cape Town Things To Do and Places To See

Cape Town Things To Do and Places To See

One Hundred and One things to do in Cape Town for under ZAR 101 (under $15) - page 3 of 5.


Walk up Long Street and have a bite at Long Street Café
The art-deco timber façade can make the past the present and bring back memories. Long Street Café’s cosmopolitan clientele includes tourists, thespians, artists, suits and locals. The popular Wednesday night Karaoke evenings are lots of fun. The bistro menu offers a varied selection of breakfasts, salads, light business lunches and substantial evening dinners and delicious desserts.
Where? Long Street Café, 259 Long Street, Cape Town. Telephone: 021 424-2464


Visit the Bo Kaap Museum
Following the abolition of slavery, the historic Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town became home to many Muslims and their history and culture are commemorated at the Bo-Kaap Museum. Displays, temporary exhibitions and special events continue to celebrate different aspects of Muslim culture.
Where? 71 Wale Street, Cape Town


Visit Art.b in Bellville
Art.b, the Arts Association of Bellville, is a community-orientated organisation, sensitive to new ideas and supportive of established and emerging artists from all cultural backgrounds. Art.b's vibrant art gallery showcases the visual art and artists of the Western Cape. A non-profit organisation open to all, it is the Western Cape branch of the South African National Association of Visual Art.
Where? Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville, Cape Town.
Telephone: 021 918-2301.


Rondevlei Nature Reserve for excellent bird-watching
Rondevlei Nature Reserve - Rondevlei provides a good representation of a cape flats wetland. There is a diversity of duck, heron, egret and grebe present plus African Spoonbill, White Pelican and Darter. It is the best spot close to Cape Town to see the Malachite Kingfisher and, when the water levels drop in Autumn, the Ethiopian Snipe can be spotted. The coastal fynbos supports a useful variety of the birds of this habitat - including the endemic Whitebacked Mousebird.


Surfing at Glen Beach (and many other beaches)
Tucked away in the corner of upmarket Camps Bay nearest to Sea Point, Glen Beach is one of the most established surf spots in Cape Town. It has seen several generations of surf rats suit up on the concrete walkway there. A hollow righthander that breaks on sand, just off the rocks. Many of South Africa's top surfers were, or are, locals here. It's a shortish ride, but can deliver superlative form when the banks and conditions are right. Works best at 2-5' and is a bit more sheltered from the South easter gales that howl from the Twelve Apostles mountain range above.
Source: Wavescape.


Walk or climb to the top of Table Mountain
Climb or walk to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town's famous icon. The views from the top are simply stunning and make it all worth while. There are some 350 recognised paths to the summit, some undemanding and some are extremely difficult. It is not advisable to climb the mountain without someone experienced who knows the route well.

One of the most popular routes to the top is to start off at Kirstenbosch and walk up either Nursery Ravine or Skeleton Gorge. These trails demand a minimal level of fitness - the top can normally be reached in about 4 hours.
Visitors should contact the Mountain Club of South Africa before embarking on a hike or climb, contact them on telephone: 021 465-3412.


Go for a work-out at a Virgin Active Gym
If you feel like you need a good work out during your visit to Cape Town there are a number of Virgin Active gyms you can visit as a day visitor at a cost of R95.00 (or R85.00 if you attend with a member). Aerobics, Cardio Circuit, Free Weights, Juice Bar, Pool, Sauna, Squash, Steam Bath, Toning Circuit, VLC HealthZone, Water Aerobics ... go for it.
16 branches in Cape Town. Telephone: 021 421-5857.


Go to Mug & Bean for a giant muffin & bottomless coffee
Mugg & Bean provides the perfect refuge from a busy days site-seeing or shopping! Mugg & Bean is where South Africa goes for breakfast. Menu items are specifically designed to meet the needs of just about everyone looking for a friendly informal dining experience available at all hours. A favourite with locals is to have a giant muffin with coffee. You will find a Mug & Bean near you in: Bayside Centre, Tableview; Canal Walk; Cape Gate, Brackenfell, Cavendish Square, Claremont; Constantia Village; Durbanville; Kloof Street, Cape Town; Longbeach Mall, Noordhoek; N1 City Mall, The Paddocks, Milnerton; Tygervalley Centre, Belville; Vangate, Athlone; V&A Waterfront and Welgemoed Forum.


Take in a live show at The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch
From comedy, children's shows, ballet to Shakespeare.


Test drive your dream car
Go test drive the car you have always wanted – it's free and you get to live your dream (even if only for a few minutes)!


Help the Homeless by buying "The Big Issue"
The Big Issue is many things to many people. To the reader, it is considered to be a refreshing read with its alternative take on the news and issues of the day. To the vendor it is seen as a lifeline to earn an income and often a welcome port in a storm. The Big Issue is a product that people are encouraged to buy through a street vendor. Vendors are self-employed agents of the organisation. They buy the magazine at just under 50% of the cover price and sell it on to the public at a healthy commission. Some vendors sell over 250 magazines a month! Support Cape Town's Homeless and feel good!


Watch the firing of Cape Town's Noon-Day Gun on Signal Hill
Signal Hill's main attraction is the battery with the Noon Gun positioned just below the mountain top. Here a cannon shot is fired every day at 12 noon, to uphold an old Cape Town tradition. Then all people in the city look at their watches and smile. An officer of the Lion's Battery hurries some minutes before 12 with a little powder bag to the Noon Gun and pushes the bag carefully into the cannon-barrel. Everybody steps back behind a white line for cover and the cannon gets automatically ignited by an electronic signal sent by the Cape Town Observatory in the suburb of Observatory. On special occasions, up to 21 shot salute can be fired.
Access through Bo Kaap (Military Street). Watch out for the sign-post on Buitengracht Street.


Go Cycling in Cape Town
You can hire a bicycle from the guys at Downhill Adventures and go cycling around Cape Town for a day. They have the largest selection of bikes to suit all riders with maps and advice to get around the city and nearby beaches. Rentals include bikes with front suspension, high-performance Trek and Giant bikes, helmets and bicycle locks. You need to bring bring a credit card (Visa or Mastecard) as a security deposit.
Where? Shop 10, Overbeek Building, Corner of Kloof, Long & Orange Street, Cape Town. Telephone: 021 422-0388.


Champagne sunset from Clifton Beach
Stop of at a bottle store and purchase a bottle of bubbly and head on down to Clifton Beach from about 4pm onwards. Spread out your blanket, open the bubbly and sit back and prepare to be wowed by a spectacular Cape Town Sunset!


A Site-seeing Carriage tour through the streets of Cape Town
Cape Town Carriage Company offers the experience of exploring Cape Towns Central Business District and the Company’s Garden in style and allows a more sedate way of viewing the historical landmarks in this area. The tour is guided and your guide will provide a detailed and interesting narrative, about the history and occurrences that happened within Cape Towns wide and varied History. The Tour takes approximately 75 minutes (dependant on traffic) and the tour times are scheduled to allow visitors to the Castle to experience the free tours around the Castle prior of after there tours. Available Mondays to Saturdays from 09h30 to 17h00.
Where? Castle of Good Hope. Book 24 hours in advance. Telephone: 021 703-4396.


Help save a life by donating blood
Safe blood saves lives. Every day thousands of people would die if others did not donate their blood. By donating blood, you are giving a patient something money cannot buy and science cannot create. A single blood donation can equal three gifts of life, as nearly every blood donation is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets. The majority of transfusions are given to: Women who haemorrhage as a complication of pregnancy; Children with severe anaemia; Accident victims; and Surgical and cancer patients. By donating blood you make a difference!


Visit the Comedy Warehouse for a good laugh
For those looking for a guaranteed laugh - visit the The Comedy Warehouse, Cape Town to watch and experience Comedians from all over the world! Fridays and Saturdays only.
Where? 55 Somerset Road, Green Point. Telephone: 021 425-2175.


Enjoy a feast of Sushi at Willoughby's at the V&A Waterfront
Top-class sushi is only the tip of the iceberg of what’s on offer at Willoughby’s. This popular venue is a well-run outfit and always busy - the daily lunchtime queue for tables gives a clear indication of the quality and value for money offered. And if consistency is a measure, then they get the nod. Knowledgeable waiters will guide you through the varied sushi options and explain the rest of the balanced menu - always excellent Calamari and Linefish and do top off the meal with one (or two) of their tasty dessert selections. Well-priced wine list with a good selection of wines by the glass. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 to 22:45.
Where? Shop 6132, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront.
Telephone 021 418-6115.


Take in a show at Artscape Theatre
Take in a show at the popular Artscape Theatre. Artscape Theatre Centre is the main performing arts centre in Cape Town. It was opened in 1971 and is located on reclaimed land in the Foreshore area. The complex includes an opera house, theatre and studio theatre.
Book at Computicket or through Dial-a-Seat 021 421-7695.


Breakfast at Cape Town International Airport
Enjoy a breakfast at Cape Town International Airport and watch the flying beasts take off and land. For any person with an appreciation of both aerodynamics, science and man made machines (and food), this is definitely a unique morning experience. The airport offers a few restaurants to choose from.


Go beading mad at the Long Street Bead Shop. With R101.00 you can buy a ton of beads and you will have yourself making earrings, necklaces, ankle chains and more before you know it! Beading classes also available.
Where? 223 Long Street, Cape Town. Telephone: 021 4234687.


Side-splitting Comedy at Theatre Sports
Cape Town's longest running live show, TheatreSports, has become a tradition as it continues to delight audiences at Artscape. Similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway" only live, local and funnier. Improvisation comedy at its wackiest. Teams of actors compete against each other by playing a series of games based on the crazy suggestions of the audience. Every show is different so you can keep going back for more.

Theatresports is on every Monday at the Intimate Theatre in Orange Street and every Tuesday at the Kalk Bay Theatre in Main Road, Kalk Bay. Shows start at 20h30.
Call Megan on 021 447-5510 or 083 440-3961 to reserve seats.


Buy a bunch of flowers from the Adderley Street Flower Sellers
Between Strand Street and Darling Street, lies the famous Adderley Street Flower Market. Freshly cut flowers have been sold here on weekdays for over a hundred years. why not buy an exquisite and colourful bunch of flowers for a loved one? Freshly cut ...


Pick your own Roses at Chart Farm in Wynberg
Chart Farm is situated in Wynberg (adjacent to Wynberg Park) about 15 minutes from Cape Town city centre. Visitors can hand pick roses, fresh apples, grapes and nectarines. The farm boasts a beautiful rose garden where you can pick your choice of magnificent roses. There is also a farm stall selling a variety of tasty treats, and a coffee shop where you can relax and enjoy the view.
Telephone: 021 762-0067


Visit Ratanga Junction Theme Park
More than 30 attractions including 24 rides ranging from Kids Rides to Family Rides and Thrill Rides for the more intrepid adventurers. Train Rides and Boat Rides add to the offer. Snake Shows and Birds Shows are guaranteed to enthral audiences, adding spice and variety to the full day's entertainment. The white-knuckle thrills and spills, are only one element offered by Ratanga Junction. The other attractions are designed to entertain children, families, and those who prefer to take their thrills in more manageable doses.
Where? Century City, Cape Town. Telephone: 0861 200-300.
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