The Cape Town Big 7 is the perfect stomping ground for young travellers, adventurers and backpackers. Whether you’re looking for a long hike across spectacular scenery, a relaxing day soaking up South African culture, or a dramatic ride to a stunning viewpoint, there’s something for all young and young-at-heart travellers at the Cape Town Big 7.
Take a Hike at Cape Point
If you’re looking to stretch your legs and cover some ground in the most impressive of settings, then head for Cape Point. There are several amazing hikes within the reserve that will get you up close and personal to the ocean, mountains, and even some tragic maritime history.
There’s a walk to suit all fitness levels at Cape Point, from a short stroll along the Lighthouse Keeper’s trail towards the new lighthouse, through to a multi-day trek across the reserve.
For more information, visit the Cape Point website and read about their long hikes at Cape Point, the shipwreck trails, and the best short walks around Cape Point. Be sure to visit the old lighthouse for the most incredible panoramic views of the peninsula – if your legs are a little weary by then, hop aboard the Flying Dutchman Funicular for a quick ride to the top.
Take a trip on the Table Mountain Cableway
Even if you’re an avid hiker, there are few rides as thrilling as a trip up or down Table Mountain via the Table Mountain Cableway.
If you want to conquer the mountain, consider taking one of the various hikes up Table Mountain that leave from Tafelberg Road. Then be sure to reward yourself with an exhilarating ride back down in one of the rotating Cable Cars.
Taking a ride back down after a tiring hike is the perfect way to marvel at the views, and feel a deep sense of pride that you’ve made it to the top of one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature under your own steam, without missing out on the fun ride down.
You can purchase one-way tickets at any of the Table Mountain Cableway ticket offices, or online.
Picnic in Kirstenbosch Garden
One of the most popular activities during the Cape Town summer is a picnic in the quiet Kirstenbosch Garden. If you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet after a few days of backpacking through the Cape, then these beautiful botanical garden is the answer.
Pack your lunch, a blanket, and maybe a bottle or two of wine, and find a nice secluded spot under the trees. Be sure to explore all corners of this magnificent garden to get fascinating insight into the Cape’s unique botanical offerings.
Of course, if you’re looking for something a bit more upbeat, then head to Kirstenbosch on a Sunday evening during summer to soak up a world-famous Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert. Make sure you book your tickets online well in advance as popular shows do sell out.
Explore the Cape Town City
The urban heart of Cape Town is vibrant and captivating, and no trip to the city is complete without spending a few hours, or days, exploring the city’s busy bars, restaurants, stores, and walking routes.
There’s no right or wrong way to engage with the Cape Town city center, but be sure to follow the suggestions laid out by the Cape Town City Walk. Keep an eye out for regular weekend activities, events, and Instagram walks.
If you’re looking for a more structured way to explore the city, consider a guided walk. For more information on the best guided walks through Cape Town, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indulge Yourself at the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is an amazing location suitable for travellers from all walks of life. Whether you’re looking to dig into the history of the Cape and this unique harbour on a formal or self-guided walking tour, or simply pick up an ice cream or sandwich at the market and watch the seals and seagulls relaxing in their natural environments, you can’t go wrong.
For many younger travellers, the V&A Waterfront truly comes to life in the evening, when the lights flicker on, the bars fill up, and the entire Waterfront region transforms into a festive and safe environment to kick back and reflect on your day in the Cape.
Journey to Robben Island
A trip to Robben Island will cement South Africa in the hearts and minds of any traveller. For many backpackers and young travellers, it is one of the most important legs of a journey to Cape Town.
Plan a morning trip to take a journey to the heart of South Africa’s troubled political past, and you will have a new respect and appreciation for the beauty country that you’re currently exploring.
It is important to book your Robben Island tickets online ahead of time to avoid disappointment, and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure the ferries to the island are running.
Get Some Culture at Groot Constantia
If you fancy learning a bit more about your favourite alcohol and why South Africa makes such celebrated wines, then take a trip to Groot Constantia wine estate.
The tours of the cellar are not only informative and entertaining, but they are also an extremely cost-effective way to spend an afternoon and taste exclusive wines you may not have had access to before.
The tour will take you through the heart of the Groot Constantia winemaking process, and will leave you with the option to taste a selection of these award-winning varieties.
If you’re feeling a little hungry before or after the tour and tasting, treat yourself to a meal at one of the two restaurants at Groot Constantia. You can also book your Groot Constantia cellar tour and tasting tickets online.