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There is no better way to explore beautiful Cape Town than getting out and about in her gorgeous, great outdoors. Here are a few recommended fresh-air activities to enjoy!

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter

6 Places

3 City Tips

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6 Places

Lion's Head

Mountains

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Gardens

Signal Hill

Mountains

Robben Island

Historic Sites, Islands

Camp's Bay Beach

Beaches

Company's Gardens

Gardens

Fazielah W's City Tips

  • Take along cash for your foodie stops.
  • Use the My Citi bus or City Sightseeing Bus to get to your outdoor destinations cheaply.
  • English is the main language spoken by locals.
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    Lion's Head
    Mountains
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    Fazielah W Says:

    Forming part of the dramatic backdrop of the Mother City, Lion’s Head is renowned for its enviable views of the city center, Table Bay, Table Mountain and the Atlantic seaboard. Hiking up and paragliding from Lion’s Head are just a couple of the most popular outdoor activities in Cape Town, especially among the locals. Full moon hikes along this mountain are now gaining in popularity and well worth doing while you're in town, and you will also experience a sunrise like no other here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you’re a historical boffin, you’ll want to visit the historic graves (kramats) of the Malaysian leaders along the slopes of Lion’s Head.
    • Photographers: Lion’s Head is the perfect location to snap the most attention-grabbing pic of Robben Island, where the late iconic Nelson Mandela spent 18 years.
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hike 17/01/2018
    • Absolutely worth the climb! 17/01/2018
    • Lion's Head
    Address:
    Signal Hill Road
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 81 762 5551
    Other:
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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    Fazielah W Says:

    Home to the world’s smallest Cape Floral Kingdom and a World Heritage Site, the luscious Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, which celebrated its centennial in 2013, is a true sight to behold and a must-do for outdoor lovers. The Garden is also renowned for hosting amazing concerts, outdoor cinema experiences and attracting plenty of botanical fans.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don’t miss a visit to the Boomslang (Tree Snake) Walkway, a 128 meter canopy that offers unbelievable views of the gardens and the surrounding southern suburbs.
    • Visiting this attraction in summer? Stay for the weekly summer sunset concert on Sundays featuring a variety of well-known local and international artists. Book online.
    • Pack a picnic basket and a blanket for a great garden lunch or drop in at one of the onsite restaurants.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Newlands
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 17/01/2018
    • good place to spend the afternoon 17/01/2018
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Address:
    Rhodes Drive
    Newlands 7700
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 799 8899
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Other:
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    Signal Hill
    Mountains
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    Fazielah W Says:

    While it may not be as well-known as its mountainous sisters Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, Signal Hill is no less spectacular in its sightseeing offerings and a perfect location to take in the views and a wonderful Capetonian sunset after a busy day outdoors.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Signal Hill sunsets are a popular destination with locals, so go as early as possible (from around 6pm during summer) to ensure your spot.
    • Got an artistic flair? Cape Town held the 2014 World Design Capital title, and Signal Hill is home to two of its most recognized art exhibits, including the Sun Star.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pick your time 17/01/2018
    • Stunning view of Capetown 15/01/2018
    • Signal Hill
    Phone:
    +27 80 000 4424
    Other:
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    Robben Island
    Historic Sites, Islands
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    Fazielah W Says:

    Off the coast of Cape Town is Robben Island, a World Heritage Site, most well-known for being the prison site where the late Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year sentence. A ferry, which departs from the Robben Island Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, takes you across the Table Bay Harbor to the island. Once ashore, you’ll find a museum, in addition to the prison which housed Mandela and his fellow inmates.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Call ahead to the Robben Island Museum to check whether the ferry is operating, as trips to the island are weather-dependent.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • must visit for modern history 17/01/2018
    • A must do, but I wouldn't do it again 17/01/2018
    • Robben Island
    Address:
    Private Bag, Robben Island
    Cape Town Central 7400
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 409 5100
    Other:
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    Camp's Bay Beach
    Beaches
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    Fazielah W Says:

    Spend a morning outdoors, soaking up the sun and enjoying the cool waters at Camps Bay, the Amalfi Coast of Cape Town. With its Blue Flag status and ability to attract mega movie stars (like Leonardo di Caprio), Camps Bay is the ultimate outdoor hangout.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking at Camps Bay is limited, so make use of the My CiTi bus or order a cab.
    • There are a great number of beach bars along Victoria Road, which runs past Camps Bay — ideal for mimosas or sundowners. Try Café Caprice for a chance to hobnob with celebrities.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Camps Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great beach but has freezing water! 15/01/2018
    • Beautiful Views 14/01/2018
    • Camp's Bay Beach
    Address:
    Victoria Road
    Camps Bay
    Camps Bay 8005
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +91 44 6531 5613
    Other:
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    Company's Gardens
    Gardens
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    Fazielah W Says:

    Founded by the East Dutch Company in the 1650s as a refreshment station and veggie garden for ship crews passing by, Company's Gardens has evolved into a green and bustling recreational space for families and visitors. With free WiFi, a tasty restaurant and the Iziko South African Museum, Planetarium and National Gallery on its grounds, this is your one-stop hive for outdoor fun.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The recently opened Haarlem and Hope restaurant pays homage to the Gardens' origins, serving up a variety of amazing local dishes.
    • During the summer months, Cape Town hosts a bustling summer market here, with live entertainment and food and craft stalls.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A little scary 16/01/2018
    • Feed the squirrels and pigeons 15/01/2018
    • Company's Gardens
    Address:
    19 Queen Victoria Street
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 79 609 4700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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