Cape Town becomes a holiday-maker’s playground during the December summer holidays. Whether you’re a local looking to discover new spots in your own city or a visitor hoping to fit in everything the Mother City has to offer, there’s so much to see and do in Cape Town. Of course, there’s always the classic must-do activities like visiting the Table Mountain Cableway, popping in to see the penguins at Boulders Beach, and adventuring to Cape Point, but Cape Town also offers a wide variety of lesser-known activities that are sure to make your December holidays a memorable one. Here are just 4 must-do activities in Cape Town this December.
Swim, braai, repeat at Silvermine Nature Reserve:
Spend the day enjoying nature at Silvermine Nature Reserve. This beautiful park forms of the Table Mountain National Park and includes part of the Cape Peninsula mountain range, from Kalk Bay through to Constantiaberg. A visit to the picnic spot and swimming hole is a good option if you don’t enough time to undertake a longer hike as well as for younger and older visitors and those who might not be fit enough to hike along the trails within the national park. There are several picnic and braai areas in the park and visitors are welcome to swim in the reservoir, so don’t forget your swimming trunks!
Where: Ou Kaapse Weg, Cape Town.
Time: Gate 1: 08:00 – 17:00 | Gate 2: 08:00 – 18:00 |
Cost: R32 per adult per day and R16 per child, per day (SA residents with ID) | R128 per adult per day and R64 per child, per day (foreign visitors).
Enjoy a killer sunset at Cape Point Vineyards Community Market
Have plans for next Thursday? Cancel them because if there’s any place you want to be on a Thursday evening it’s the Cape Point Vineyards Community Market. Boasting some of the best sunset views in Cape Town, the weekly market has become a must-attend event for Peninsula locals, after-work city folk, as well as tourists alike. The pop-up market takes place at the Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant and Function Venue every Thursday night and offers an idyllic lakeside setting overlooking stunningly scenic vineyards, Noordhoek’s mountain range and the nearby sea. Of course, it’s not just about the views, the buzzing market also boasts a selection of the top-notch food vendors from some of Cape Town’s biggest restaurants. Tuck into meaty delights from Peter Geoffe Wood’s Kitchen Cowboys and the Lamb Man or enjoy a vegan burger from Sunshine Food or vegan sushi from Something Simple. Wash it all down with Cape Point Vineyards’ award-winning wine collection or a craft beer and you’ve got an evening of perfection.
Where: Cape Point Vineyards.
Time: Thursdays evenings from 16:30 – 20:30.
Cost: Entrance to the market is free.
Kayak with penguins in Simon’s Town
There’s no doubt that the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is always worth a visit, but instead of lazing on the beach looking at the tiny tuxedo-clad cuties why not hop in the water and paddle alongside them? Hoping on-board a kayak is the easiest way to see the Boulder’s penguins up close and is a must-try for any adventurous nature lover. The 2-hour guided tour is hosted by Kayak Cape Town and is ideal for those who want to see a different side of Boulders.
Where: Boulders Beach, Simons Town.
When: The daily scheduled trip leaves at 08.30 in the summer season with an additional 11:00 in the peak summer season.
Cost: R350pp for the 2-hour trip
Spend the night in Fish Hoek
Whether you’re a local looking for a ‘staycation’ in your home town or a visitor, there’s no place to get away from it all like A Whale of a Time guest apartments in Fish Hoek. Forget staying in an over-priced hotel in Cape Town’s city centre, live like a South Peninsula local at this unique guest house. Each of the 6 luxury apartments at A Whale of a Time boast oceans views and are beautifully decorated, offering everything you need to make the most of your stay in Cape Town.
With life’s little luxuries, such as satellite TV and WiFi, included in every suite, you’ll feel right at home at this cosy spot. What’s more, the unique holiday accommodation spot also caters for groups of all sizes. From couples looking for a cosy 2-sleeper, families of 4, there’s a suite to suit your needs at A Whale of a Time.