Things to do this summer

Summer has arrived in Cape Town and we don’t want you to be the one who missed the boat! Here are some suggestions of what to do in Cape Town this summer and a selection of hot summer activities for all ages. The Cape Point Route is one of the best places to experience the Cape summer so get out there and enjoy and if you’re stuck for things to do, why not give us a call for suggestions or to book lessons or tours.  When you get asked the Question, “ What did you do last summer” – be sure to have an answer!

Go to the Beach!
The Cape Point Route is a peninsula with coastline wrapped around a national park.  With 18 easily accessible beaches on the route you will be spoilt for choice. Most however are spectacular white sandy beaches with a backdrop of scenic mountains.  Some are small and sheltered, some are wide and expansive – some are great for watersports or beach activities and some are great for suntanning. Try Hout Bay beach, Noordhoek Beach, Kommetjie Beach, Simon’s Town’s long beach, Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek Beach, St James Beach or Muizenberg Beach.

Catch a sunset!

Sunsets. Photos Courtesy of Jacques Marais, Jeremy Jowell & Brett Cole A

Sunsets. Photos Courtesy of Jacques Marais, Jeremy Jowell & Brett Cole A

On endless summer days one of our favourite things to do is find a sundowner spot and watch the sun set over the ocean.  This could be at one of our great sundowner restaurant venues  or on one of our beaches or from the mountainside. You can read our Valentine’s day article on best Sundowner Spots for some ideas too.

Climb the mountain!
Hiking in the Cape is fabulous especially during the summer season. Long days and gorgeous views come standard but do be careful on the mountain as it can get hot so take lots of water and sunscreen and make sure you know your route. Some hot spots for hiking include: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Silvermine Nature reserve, Kalk Bay Caves, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Elsies Peak. If in doubt book a guided hike or try one of the Hoerikwaggo Trail hikes and overnight in nature.

Try Surfing!
Take a lesson or hire a surfboard and hit the waves with LEARN TO SURF  in Muizenberg. Muizenberg is the hot spot of learning to surf, due to the gentle sloping beach and consistent waves.  Boards and wetsuits can be hired from the surf shops in Muizenberg but check with the locals if you are heading to some of the other hot spots from Hout BayKommetjieScarborough,  and Kalk Bay with some great point breaks, reef breaks, a few barrels and a good wave can usually be found on one coast or the other. See our winter surfing article here..

Stand up Paddling!
The latest craze and trend in watersports, SUP’ing has become a common sight on Cape Town beaches in Summer. The concept is to paddle out to sea by moving over white water (waves!) in a standing position using a paddle whilst standing on a surf board. Surfstore offers SUP lessons as well as kitesurfing in Muizenberg.

Catch a Fish!
Experience the exciting discipline of deep sea fishing by chartering a boat with experienced skippers and crew and head out for a day in the deep! The predominant offshore fish species are yellowfin tuna, longfin, mako and occasionally dorado. Inshore there is yellowtail and cape snoek with options for hooking cape salmon and kob. Book a fishing trip with one of the experts and fish off the Atlantic coastline, Cape Point or in False Bay.  Angling is a popular activity and Kalk Bay Harbour on a Sunday is a social occasion as fishermen throw their lines off the harbour wall in the hopes of a catch. Read More…

Landsailing:
This is a really fun activity – a combination of sailing and speedway. A light, compact 3-wheeled buggy with a sail will give you the combination of part air and part land action. Sit in the sling seat and stretch your legs as you take on the adrenalin rush of the track by holding the steering bar and sheet rope. Track is in Muizenberg and suitable for kids over 8 years in age too! Read More… 

Dive into the deep!
Cape Town’s floral kingdom is reflected underwater making Cape Town a unique region for scuba diving.  You could experience anything from kelp forests to shipwreck dives, colourful reefs and 7 gill cow sharks.  You can book a shore or boat dive, or even a night dive and if you don’t know how to dive then why not consider a scuba diving course for your summer holiday and learn a new skill. Read More… 

Snorkel with Seals:
Engage with the Cape Fur Seals of the Cape by snorkelling with these acrobatic and inquisitive creatures common in the Cape Waters.  Meeting these playful seals under water provides a new experience as you watch their incredible stunts.  Read More… 

Ride a horse on the beach:
Imagine the wind in your hair and a long stretch of beach, the smell of the ocean as you walk, trot or canter along the beach.  Regardless of your experience there are horses and instructors to take you on a beach ride suiting your level of skill.  Noordhoek Beach is the ideal spot for this as you pass through dunes onto the beach and view bird and marine life. Read More…

Go paddling!
Some of the most fun you will have on the water without being in it! Kayaks are safe and stable and you can go on an organised paddle without any experience. Beautiful bays and beaches, you’ll see seals and penguins and the birdlife is astounding! Trips leave daily from Simon’s Town but are weather dependent.   Read more…

When last did you visit the Scratch Patch?
The Scratch Patch is world famous as a place where you can “scratch” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from hundreds of thousands that literally cover the floor! It’s been an inexpensive and fun outing for all ages for some thirty years, and children love it! If you haven’t been – or haven’t been for a while – why not visit there soon! (While there, discover the incredible range of gemstone items at the Mineral World gemstone factory shop.) Dido Valley Road, Simon’s Town. Open daily. Tel 021 786-2020. Read More…

Other ideas for kids:
If you’re visiting the Cape Point Route with your kids (or even if you live here),  here are the Top 10 activities with kids. Kids are welcome in most restaurants and the environment is child friendly.  Many activities mentioned above have provisions for children.  Be sure to visit Cape Point Ostrich Farm and the World of Birds or take them on a train ride from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town.

Discover History:
Learn more about the history of the Cape by visiting one of the museums on the route that depict the life, milestones, people and architecture of our towns.  Town museums include the Simon’s Town Museum; Hout Bay Museum & Fish Hoek Valley Museum.  Special Interest museums include the SA Naval Museum, the Warrior Toy Museum, the Heritage museum & Cecil John Rhodes Cottage Museum.  Rhodes Cottage museum in Muizenberg explains the history of the diamond magnate and is open from 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday; 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. Tel: 082 485 6361 Read More… 

Go shopping!
Cape Town is an affordable shopping destination with a wide variety of goods on offer including unusual arts and crafts. Unique stores make shopping a delight whether you are searching for gifts, personal items or household decor items.  We love Zizamele Ceramics for unique items. Shopping hotspots include Hout Bay, Noordhoek Farm Village, Simon’s Town and Kalk Bay Village.  Read More… If in doubt go to one of the weekend markets.

Go to the market!
From Bay Harbour Market  in Hout Bay which is open Friday evenings and full day on Saturday and Sunday with food, shopping and entertainment to Blue Bird Garage Market in Muizenberg on a Friday evening , markets have a great vibe and atmosphere.  Although the article link here is over a year old most of these markets are still operational but please call to check.

Cape Point Route offers day tourspackagesaccommodationactivities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town.  Call                         021 782 9356 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za 

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