After months of being cooped up indoors, here’s your chance to get out there and explore some of Cape Town’s most popular attractions and experience some of the exciting thrills on offer. The Mother City is a stunning place to explore and take in new experiences, and with lockdown, and restrictions lessening there are more than a few local businesses you can support through a day of fun-filled activities! Just remember to do it safely, wearing your most fashionable face mask with some hand sanitiser close at hand.
Here are some of the Cape Town attractions open right now for you to enjoy. Remember to always book ahead or call in to ensure the venue is open or has space for you.
Treat Yourself at The Elgin Railway Market
This gem in the picturesque valleys outside Cape Town is finally open to the public again. Visitors from far and wide are welcome to pay the Elgin Railway Market a visit to shop some of the best artisan fairs, including delicious food from all corners of the globe, fashionable clothing, handmade home decor, plants and gifts. It’s well worth making a day of it by taking a drive out to the valley, and you’ll be giving the vendors some much-needed support!
The Elgin Market is open on:
A limited selection of food vendors: 16h00–21h00
A limited selection of food vendors: 17h00–21h00
Saturdays & Sundays
Full Market: 09h00–17h00
Get Some Fresh Air at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Table Mountain and Cape Town’s lush greenery are the core of what makes Cape Town so special, and now we don’t have to admire it from a distance anymore. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are open to the public again for hiking, exploring, and picnics, with their sprawling lawns, colourful flower gardens, and stunning statues. The MOYO restaurant and Kirstenbosch Tea Room are also open to grab a spot for lunch or a picnic to be enjoyed on the lawns beneath the open sky.
Watch a Movie at the Galileo Drive-in Theatre
The Galileo is finally back, with an old but gold way to watch your favourite films. Enjoy a night beneath the stars and watch some new and classic films from the safety and privacy of your own car, the perfect way to social distance and enjoy your movies in comfort. Check out the lineup for the next few months and book your tickets for your favourite films, and you can even order some snacks, drinks, and pizza upon booking that you collect on arrival.
Check out the lineup for August on their website.
Get your Feet off the Ground with a Daring Acrobranch Adventure
Try something new and exciting the next time you’re in the Constantia area. Acrobranch Tree-Top Adventures Cape Town lets you see the world from a new and thrilling perspective as you clamber along tight ropes and move from one tree to the next, all with the safety and security of a harness. This is a fun activity for the moderate to highly fit, especially if you’re not too afraid of heights. At the very least, it’s a new and exciting experience to be had in the Mother City.
Go out for Paddle on a SUP
Enjoy some much-deserved fun in the sun and a refreshing dip in the waterfront canals with Waterfront Stand Up Paddleboarding rentals. SUPPING as it’s often called has become a popular water activity, and with a short training session you can easily get out on the water enjoying the picturesque views of the Waterfront canals or even paddling out into the open sea to follow the coastline and back. Bring your costume or wetsuit, face mask, and sunscreen to prepare for a morning or afternoon out on the water.
Shop til you drop at the Neighborhood Goods Market
The Neighborhood Goods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill is finally up and running again at its full schedule. The market has been the most fashionable and artisanal market for 10 years running here in Cape Town, home to vendors selling their homemade goods from sweet treats to savoury delights, designer fashion to handmade gifts, and stylish home decor to art pieces and curios. So come with an appetite for good food, music and designer goods, and shop to your heart’s content every Saturday from 9:00 till 16:00. Remember to wear your mask and keep a sanitiser on hand to keep you and others safe.
A trip to Butterfly World
Butterfly World is an animal rescue centre and educational hub for kids, and with all the exotic animals and cute little critters, it’s the perfect opportunity for families to get out and experience something exciting with the little ones. With everything from butterflies to an arctic fox, meerkats to guinea pigs, there are plenty of animals looking forward to seeing you, and all entries go to helping to support the sanctuary. So bring your mask, bring your little ones, and go on a fantastic adventure to support animal rescue.
Feel the wind on your face with Cape Side Cars Adventure
This is one exciting and unique way to go for a drive and get out and about in Cape Town. Cape Side Car Adventures takes you on an adventure around the Atlantic Seaboard, drinking in spectacular views of the coastline and mountains from in your sidecar. Enjoy the sun on your face and the wind in your hair as you’re shown around Cape Town with your driver and chauffeur, and be sure to wear your mask as you travel. The trip also includes a chance to snap pictures of the views and grab a drink and a snack.
Get Acquainted with some fuzzy friends at the Alpaca Loom and Barn
There’s nothing like kicking back in the picturesque valley of Paarl, with a hot coffee, a sweet treat, and good company. Especially if that company consists of friendly and cuddly alpacas. The Alpaca Loom and Barn is finally open again for lunches and barn tours, with encounters of the fluffy kind as the resident Alpacas come up to meet you. Their fabulous wool is used to make warm garments, which you can get from the gift shop to take home as a souvenir.
Go for a unique cycling experience with a Water-Bike Around Simon’s Town
Now, this is certainly a different way to cycle, with the safety of social distancing in mind. Water bikes allow you to paddle out onto the water much like how you would with a bicycle, though this one has floating skies that help you stay afloat atop the water even when it’s choppy. You can take in views you otherwise wouldn’t get to experience, and see everything from penguins to shipwrecks, kelp forests to seals, and even whales. Be sure to put on a cap and plenty of sunblocks, as well as your face mask for your health and safety.
Many of these fun and exciting attractions are part of our City Pass offering, which gives you access to activities once or more times depending on your ticket and the attractions involved. Book your City Pass now to effortlessly enjoy these attractions and get the most out of your weekend exploring the Mother City.