Outdoors in Cape Town – Things you can do for free

Cape Town has something for everyone; good food and wine, beautiful beaches, great shopping, museums and beautiful nature spots.  When the weather is good most Cape Townians head outdoors to experience the best the city has to offer without spending a penny.  Here’s some of the best outdoor activities for everyone in Cape Town that you can do for free!

Hike up Lion’s Head

This moderate hike up Cape Town’s iconic Lion’s Head Mountain is one of my favorite outdoor activities in the city.  Start your hike early to avoid the heat in summer, or do the full moon hike at night.  You’ll be rewarded with the best views of the bay, for free.  For more details and tips on the hike, read my full post here.

View from the top of Lion's Head. Robben Island spotted in the distance
View from the top of Lion’s Head. Robben Island spotted in the distance

Picnic on Signal Hill
If you’re not up for a hike, you can drive past Lion’s Head on to one of Cape Town’s other landmarks, Signal Hill.  This is the perfect spot for a picnic and to watch the sun go down over Table Bay.

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Hiking Lion’s Head, Cape Town

Lion’s Head is part of the Table Mountain Range in Cape Town, South Africa.  It’s iconic peak looms over the city and the ocean and a hike to its summit is popular with locals and tourists alike.  The hike can take a steep 2-3 hours up and down and rewards with views around every corner.

View from the top of Lion's Head. Robben Island spotted in the distance
View from the top of Lion’s Head. Robben Island spotted in the distance

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How to spend 24 hours in Cape Town

If you’re traveling to South Africa, chances are good that you will visit Cape Town, South Africa’s mother city.  This beautiful harbour city sits against the backdrop of Table Mountain, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.  The city is stacked with stuff to do, indoors and out doors.  If this is your first time here, read my quick guide on how to spend a packed 24 hours in Cape Town.

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Down Town Ramen

 

During my preparations for my trip to Japan in next week I’ve looked at many, many websites and blogs stating where to find the best Japanese cuisine.  This includes sushi, ramen, oden, udon, okonomiyaki, hot pot, izakaya (bar) snacks, kaiseki, tofu, street food, wagashi, desserts and many more.  With each new review I read an increasing crave for all these delicious dishes started to appear as I scrolled through my notebook screen.  One particular dish that I plan to eat bowls of in Japan is…RAMEN.  Finding a place to inhibit my craving until April proved difficult, until I came across the hip and somewhat secretive little joint, Downtown Ramen, in the Cape Town Fringe District.

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Hiking Day Trip from Cape Town

Sometimes the Earth surprises me.  Sometimes the concrete jungle gets a tight grip on me and I forget about the simple beauty the earth offers up so freely.  When this sudden awareness jolts me awake, I know its time to turn back to nature and set off for some exploration.  Getting out of the city and hiking in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve was like transportation straight into tranquility.

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Complete bliss at Jason’s Bakery

Located on the corner of Bree and Bloem street in the Cape Town CBD, is the hugely popular Jason’s Bakery. What differentiates Jason’s Bakery from many of the other eateries in the area, is the sheer creativity of @captainbreadza, always keeping his customers on the tips of their toes with the menu.

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Cheese and Wine tasting at Fairview

Fairview wine estate is located in the Paarl wine region of the Western Cape.  I recently had the opportunity to do a bit of barrel tasting during a wine festival in Autumn.  Fairview also specializes in cheese, especially goat’s cheese which are delicious.  If you’re traveling on the Cape Wine Route, this is one wine estate you just have to visit!

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Road trip around the South-Western point of Africa

Staying on the Southern part of Africa can provide one with some impressive scenery.  Cape Point, the most South-Western tip of Africa, is an easy drive from Cape Town with beautiful views of the ocean lapping at jagged cliffs.  The blue waters laced with green currents sparkles in the sun with a slightly ominous glare that will reach the depths of your soul.

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The echoes of African mountains

The Cederberg mountains and nature reserve boasts with impressive rugged rock formations, streams of fresh mountain water, centuries old rock art and delicious wines.  Located approximately 300 km from the mother city of Cape Town, a weekend camping, hiking and swimming is the best getaway from the city one could ask for.

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