A Nature Lover’s Guide to Cape Town

Summer has arrived in full force and there’s no better way to experience Cape Town than by taking advantage of the spectacular nature that surrounds this world class city. With a number of luscious parks, nature reserves, and pristine beaches (not to mention the draw card of Table Mountain itself), there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy this festive season. We’ve highlight a few below, but for more, make sure to check out our website.

Cape Town Activities Outdoors

 

Hike the 3 Peaks

For avid hikers, the challenge of the three peaks is a bucket-list Cape Town attraction. The moderate Lion’s Head climb is a great warm up climb, before ascending the postcard perfect Table Mountain, and finishing with the step but worth it Devil’s Peak. We recommend starting in the early morning, and taking ample water since the streams in the national park are running dry this year.

Cape Town Outdoor Activities

 

Picnic in Kirstenbosch Gardens

Verdant and green, Kirstenbosch Gardens lies at the foot of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. A great place to see indigenous plant-life, this nature reserve also offers stunning hikes, more than enough picnicing spots and a welcome repose from the busy city.

Entrance fee: R40 for adults, R25 for SA students with student cards and R10 for children ages 6-18. Children under 6 years are free.

Image Credit: Jonathan Gill

 

Surf Muizenberg beach

Grab your board and hit the waves at Muizenberg Beach. The sheltered bay offers surf for a number of different skillsets and experiences levels. Whether you’re just started out, or you’re really comfortable hanging ten, this is the spot for you. In need of gear? Not to worry! There are a number of board and wetsuit hire shops along the beach, where you can get everything you need for a day out in the sun.

Muizenberg surfing

 

Visit the Penguins at Boulders

Spend all day frolicking with the African penguins at Boulder’s Beach. Situated near Simon’s Town, this Cape Town attractions is a great activity for the whole family. Huge granite boulders protect this one-of-a-kind beach from the notorious Cape Town wind, and strong currents, resulting in calm and clean beaches that make swimming with the penguins the order of the day.

Boulder's Beach

 

Take a Cape Point Peninsula Tour

With dramatic cliffs and panoramic views, a trip to Cape Point should definitely make its way onto the list of any nature enthusiast visiting the Mother City. Make sure to look out for baboons, dassies and a number of different species of antelope as you make your way to the jaw-dropping view point that was once believed to be the southernmost tip of Africa. Opt for a tour and learn a thing or two about the history of this breathtaking attraction.

Cape Town Activities

 

Looking for more exciting adventure activities in Cape Town? Contact Shark Zone tours to experience the best of what the city has to offer.