20 of the Best Things to Do in Cape Town in Winter

Travelstart takes a look at some of the cool, new and unusual things to do in Cape Town this winter.

  1. 11 Wine tasting at Cape Town’s Vineyards

    Warm up with a glass of excellent South African wine straight from the vineyard. Cape Town’s vineyards are a major draw card for many tourists. Whether you’re driving along the Constantia Wine Route or venturing along the epic Stellenbosch Vineyards, you are bound to find some stellar wine selections.

  2. 12 Kitesurf or kiteboard at the renowned Blouberg Beach and Big Bay

    Take advantage of Cape Town’s favourable watersport conditions. If you’re looking for some fun water activities, the perfect thing to do in Cape Town in winter is kitesurfing or kiteboarding at the serene Blouberg Beach and Big Bay. Get an adrenaline rush and feel the wind through your hair as you take advantage of the big waves, clear water and perfect view of Table Mountain.

  3. 13 Ride the Franschhoek Wine Tram

    One of the best ways to discover the Franschhoek Valley is by doing the Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour. Journey through the rolling vineyards on a double-decker tram. You’ll get to stop at and visit some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Learn about Franschhoek’s history and wine cultivation!

    Hop-on Hop-off priceAdults: R240
    Children (3-17) R90
    Additional Info
    Address:Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, 7690
    Contact:021 300 0338 / 021 876 4943 or info@winetram.co.za

  4. 14 Relax at Caledon’s natural hot springs

    A superb thing to do in Cape Town in winter is a day visit to the Caledon Resort’s renowned mineral rich warm springs. You’ll be happy to know that the natural-warm mineral pools are kept naturally pure – no chemicals are added. The iron particles seen in the water acts as a body exfoliant. Unwind and get the beautiful boost of blood circulation and reduce your stress levels at this one-of-a-kind feature in the Western Cape.

    Book your ticket online!

    Caledon Spa pool access price (day visits): Adults: R165
    Children under 5: Free
    Additional Info
    Address:1 Nerina Avenue, Caledon, Western Cape
    Contact:028 214 5100

  5. 15 Find a cool book store in the city

    Cape Town has many amazing bookstores to get lost in. Why not grab a flat white and head to a cosy bookstore, where you’ll find all types of genres, from classics to African literature. The Book Lounge, Clarke’s Bookshop and Kalk Bay Books are worth visiting!

  6. 16 HintHunt at the Old Biscuit Mill

    Per Couple:R460
    Group of Three:R690
    Group of Four:R920
    Group of Five:R1150
    Group of Six:R1380

    Additional Info
    Address:A304, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
    Contact:capetown@hinthunt.com or HintHunt South Africa

  7. 17 Let’s go bowling!

    For some indoor fun, and definitely an exciting thing to do in Cape Town in winter, get stuck in a game of ten-pin bowling. It’s ideal for team-building, a family outing and a fun night out with friends. Test your bowling skills at Let’s Go Bowling in Claremont or Grandwest Casino in Goodwood.

  8. 18 A free walking tour through the CBD

    If the weather is pleasant, consider an informative tour with Cape Town Free Walking Tours. The great thing about doing this walking tour is that you’re bound to learn so many things about Cape Town’s history and its buildings. All you have to do is arrive at Motherland Coffee Company in St. George’s Mall and sign up. Learn about the Company’s Garden, Bo-Kaap, Greenmarket Square and so many iconic places in Cape Town’s CBD. A small donation is appreciated at the end of the tour.

  9. 19 Fun at Butterfly World Zoo

    For a chance to be one with tropical gardens, beautiful butterflies and the melodic sounds of birds chirping, go to Butterfly World Zoo. There is so much to see in this sanctuary for exotic animals. Situated just outside Cape Town, in Klapmuts, Butterfly World Zoo is an interactive animal attraction that is great for family outings and photography opportunities.

    Entrance Fee:Adult – R88
    Children – R49
    Students and Pensioners – R79
    Additional Info
    Address:Route 44, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
    Opening Hours:Monday to Sunday
    Contact:021 875 5678 or education.bfw@gmail.com

  10. 20 Get a taste of indoor rock climbing

    Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced rock climber, HangTime Gym offers the perfect conditions with custom-built walls, dedicated bouldering areas and top-end training facilities. This is a fun way to burn some winter calories. Get a full-body workout and develop core strength as you learn to navigate your way around different climbing areas. With a gym in Pinelands and Bellville, you are spoilt for choice!

    Pinelands Day Pass:R85
    Bellville Day Pass:R120
    Additional Info
    Address:Pinelands Gym
    Sunrise Park, Sunrise Circle, Prestige Drive, Pinelands/Ndabeni

    Bellville Gym

    2 Pioneer Street, Oakdale, Cape Town

    Contact:074 134 8981 or climb@hangtime.co.za

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