The much-loved and praised city of Cape Town is such a popular destination, thanks to the array of interesting activities and places which pop up year-round throughout the Mother City. No matter the season, there is always a buzz in this one-of-a-kind South African destination. Looking to discover winter fun in Cape Town? Travelstart takes a look at some of the cool, new and unusual things to do in Cape Town this winter.
With all of these fun things to do in Cape Town in winter, your itinerary just got a whole lot warmer. Your options are endless this winter, leading you to jazz, art galleries, eco-adventures, wine tasting and so much more. Remember to keep warm while enjoying these incredible features in the Mother City.
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1 Giggles at the Cape Town Comedy Club
Located at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Comedy Club is the city’s only dedicated stand-up comedy venue. It is home to some of South Africa’s greatest comedic talent. Avoid the winter chills, and head to the Cape Town Comedy Club, where you can enjoy some good food and a glass of wine while soaking up the comedic banter. This is a great place for a date night or dinner with friends. Whatever the occasion, laughs are guaranteed.
2 Wine tasting in the CBD
Stay warm this winter in Cape Town and go wine tasting at the Rockwell Cellar. For your convenience, it is situated inside the Rockwell All Suite Hotel & Apartments. Try this fun alternative thing to do in the heart of Cape Town. From as little as R45 per person, you can book your private tasting experience at the Rockwell Cellars. You’ll get to savour a selection of top wines and spirits straight from their respective farms. A wine tasting experience awaits!
3 Zoom down the mountain into the City Bowl with Scootours Cape Town
Freewheel into the city on a Monster Mountain® Scooter. The scooters are eco-friendly and gravity-propelled. Anyone who can ride a bicycle can use them and you get to control the speed. Scootours will take you on an adventurous off- road track down the side of Signal Hill into Bo-Kaap, covering 5 kilometres with amazing views of the Mother City. The experience continues as you are transported to Table Mountain for your final run down a single track. Adults and kids over 10 years book solo tickets and children 9 years and under can double up with mom or dad. Remember to wear closed shoes and bring a windbreaker.
Tours depart from Table Mountain’s Kloofnek parking area.
Driver Tickets (10 years and up) R590 pp
Junior Passenger Tickets (4-9 years)R270 pp
Departure Times:09:00 / 12:00 / 15:00
Contact:082 776 0557
4 Eco-fun at Intaka Island
If you’re done shopping ‘til you drop at the third largest mall on the continent, Canal Walk, consider a peaceful ferry ride through the Intaka Island wetland area – an award-winning 16-hectare wetland and bird sanctuary. There’s even a hop-on, hop-off option at Canal Walk and Crystal Towers. Take a scenic ferry ride on the Grand Canal as well as around Intaka Island. The ferry ride lasts around 35 minutes.
Entrance Fee:Adults – R22
Kids under 12 / Pensioners – R13
Boat Ride:Adults – R65
Children – R55
Winter Operating Times:07:30 – 17:30
Contact: 021 552 6889 or email@example.com
5 Eat away at the city markets
Winter in Cape Town means locating exceptional food to keep your belly warm. Well, Cape Town markets deliver over and above when it comes to amazing food and great vibes. If you’re at the V&A Waterfront, stop by at the V&A Food Market for sweet waffles, craft beers, pizza and so much more. Mojo Market in Sea Point is another winner with an array of delicacies from around the world, including Dutch poffertjies, biltong, oysters, and chicken chow mein to die for. Each market offers a programme of live music to keep the vibe going while you enjoy the delicious food on sale! Other incredible worth visiting in Cape Town are Bay Harbour Market and Oranjezicht Farmers Market.
6 Volunteer at the Two Ocean’s Aquarium
Suited to Cape Town residents or long-term visitors, the volunteer programme at the Two Oceans Aquarium allows you to become an ocean ambassador and get involved in the marine conservation efforts at the aquarium. The volunteer programme takes place during the second half of the year. There are two training courses, one on Mondays and the other on Saturdays. There will be a R100 registration fee payable on the first day, with the rest of the course being free of charge. Keep up to date with the Two Oceans Aquarium volunteer programme as they reveal the final details.
7 Ceramics at Clay Café
The Clay Café is the perfect thing to do in Cape Town in winter with the whole family. Situated in picturesque Hout Bay, the Clay Café prides itself on creating an enjoyable experience for adults and children alike. You’ll choose from an array of unfired bisque (pottery pieces) which you can decorate and paint to make your one-of-a-kind crockery. Get your creativity on!
Address:Clay Café, Erf 4080, 177 Main Road, Hout Bay
Contact:076 810 5120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Explore art at the Zeitz MOCAA Museum
Situated at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District, this impressive museum deserves an entire day of your time. There is just so much art to see and interact with. Zeitz MOCAA offers daily complimentary museum highlights tours, including the Zeitz MOCAA member tours, private pre-booked tours and event tours to suit your specific needs. You’ll get to see 21st century art from Africa and its diaspora. There are always mind-blowing, progressive exhibitions and workshops for you to attend. The building itself is an impressive piece of architecture. The galleries are spread over several floors with exhibition galleries, centres for art education, performative practice, photography and more.
Daily Admission:R200 per adult
Free for children under 18(must present ID)
First Fridays:Half-price admission of R100 between 16:00 and 21:00 every first Friday of the month
Wednesdays:Free entry for African citizens between 10:00 and 13:00 (must present ID/driver’s license/passport).
Address:V&A Waterfront, Silo District, S Arm Road, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Contact: 087 350 4777 or email@example.com
9 Beer tasting at Cape Town’s breweries
Head to one of Cape Town’s several craft beer breweries for a taste of exceptional beers and heartwarming food. Whether you’re looking for a Monday burger special or delicious steak and beer or a cosy quiz night, there’s definitely a deal to be found at places such as Woodstock Brewery and Devil’s Peak Brewing Company. Best enjoyed with a group of friends!
10 Jazz at The Crypt
The Crypt is a special space in Cape Town, nestled below the historic St. George’s Cathedral. The space is complete with vaulted ceilings, solid stone pillars and gothic windows. You can enjoy the beautiful fusion of African and international jazz with delectable cuisine and pulsating culture. Welcoming an evening of jazz and scrumptious food for your soul is a must on our list of things to do in Cape Town in winter.
Live Jazz Show Cover Charge:R110 pp
Address:5 Wale Street, c/o Wale and Adderley Streets (St. George’s Cathedral), Cape Town
Contact:084 232 4125