There is more to the Mother City than meets the eye, here are some fun things to do in and around Cape Town that you probably don’t know about and we guarantee there is something for everyone in the family to do!
- Penguin Sea Kayaking in Simon’s Town
An unusual and fun way to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach is by kayak. Why not paddle out and meet these quirky creatures as they torpedo through the water.
- Play a game of life-size chess in the Company’s Garden
Both kids and adults will love this Alice in Wonderland-sized chess set outside the Company’s Garden Restaurant, while you are at it, feed the squirrels, play in the big “birds nest” for humans you can find in the trees and have a spot of tea at the restaurant.
- Do a Kiff Kombi Tour
As it says on their website Kiff is South African slang for “super-cool”, and a kombi is a vintage VW camper van – which offers a little insight into what these tours are all about. Passengers get to experience the very best of the Cape (at some of the best prices) in an extremely cool camper van, or rather, Kiff kombi! Since 2017 Kiff Kombi Tours have been whizzing locals and tourists around the Cape in a graffitied camper van on various tours including the Urban Safari (Bo Kaap, District Six, Woodstock and Chapman’s Peak), Gin Jol (a visit to three distilleries as well as an end-of-tour drink at Cape Town’s legendary Secret Gin Bar), and Street Art and Township Tour (a braai in Langa, a Xhosa music experience, and a beer tasting)! They even offer multi-day tours and bespoke tours for those thirsty for adventure.
- Go on a Wild Goose Chase
An energetic and unique way of exploring the city, Gallivanting Goose offers scavenger hunts that allow the use of smartphones to help with clue-solving. The games can be customised to suit your needs (be it team-building or purely fun), but they generally involve dividing contestants into teams and presenting them with a series of entertaining and educational challenges to complete.
- Go Foraging at Cape Point
Fynbos experts, Roushanna and Gael Gray, have been taking small groups of hopeful foragers to search for edible indigenous flora in the beautiful Cape Point area. This unique outdoor experience aims to teach foragers how to sustain and harvest different types of fynbos, how to use it in the kitchen, and about their bountiful medicinal properties.
As you experience the Good Hope Gardens Nursery, which has existed at Cape Point for the past 30 years, you’ll also get to enjoy wild-food snacks and drinks, and to prepare and sample a three-course lunch, using the gathered ingredients.
- Hop On the Franschhoek Wine Tram
The Franschhoek Valley is known the world over for its superb cuisine, award-winning wine estates, and marvellous mountain-valley setting. With so much to do and see, the hop-on-hop-off tram tour provides the perfect means to do it all. Passengers can choose to ride the double-decker railway tram, or the open-air bus tram – both of which offer leisurely tours of the picturesque valley.
There’s a choice of six routes: the Orange Line, Purple Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Red Line and Yellow Line – each of which connects to eight wine estates and showcases a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley.
You’ll get a glimpse into 300 years’ worth of rich history, while you sip in the views – and the wine!
- Enjoy a private meal at Lapo’s Kitchen
In his characterful home in Observatory, Chef Lapo Magni creates flavourful dishes that draw on the Tuscan cooking traditions passed onto him by his mother. Here, though, it’s not just about the food, it’s about the authentic Italian dining experience.
Attendance is limited to small groups, who gather around a single long table in Lapo’s kitchen, enjoying wine and conversation while Lapo and his dedicated team prepare a five-course meal in full view of the guests (who get to watch as the risotto is stirred, and the meat roasted in the yard outside). You could just as well be participating in a traditional Italian family dinner (especially if you’re fortunate enough to be joined by Lapo’s mamma, Elena Mattei, who runs her own cooking school – Cucina con Vista – in Florence).
Lapo engages with his guests, providing entertaining introductions to each course, and expounding on his methods of sourcing and preparing ingredients, which in turn relates to his passionate belief in ethical and sustainable food practices.
Cape Town is the place to be in summer, with long sunny days and so much to do, Corne Smith Dentistry, Claremont, Cape Town invites you to come play on this magical playground as there are ay more things to explore!