Summer is fast enveloping the Mother City. The sun is shining, the beaches are buzzing and Cape Town’s top tourist attractions are gearing up for another bumper season. Whether you live in Cape Town or you’re visiting us over the summer, here’s a quick guide to what’s on the go at each of the Cape Town Big 6 destinations.
Get to the top of Table Mountain, for half the price
Summer in Cape Town means it’s time for the half-price Cableway Sunset Special. There are few places in the world more dramatic to watch the sunset from than from the top of Table Mountain. Even if you’re a regular on the summit of Table Mountain, this annual deal is the perfect excuse to pack a picnic, leave work a little early and head to the top to end the day in style. All adult and return tickets purchased from 6pm at the ticket office are half-price, and the special runs from now through to the 7th of January, excluding the period from the 20th of December to the 7th of January next year. For more info, check out the Table Mountain sunset special page.
Bask in the sunshine at an outdoor concert
The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are here! This is an annual Cape Town event that is celebrated by locals-in-the-know and pleasantly surprised tourists alike. The concert series kicks off each year in late November, and runs through until early April. The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts schedule has just been released, and it features some of the country’s most talented artists and a few international surprises.
The V&A Waterfront hosts a number of top bands and performers over the course of summer in their outdoor Amphitheatre. This year the Mercedes-Benz Summer Sessions will also be taking over with a Mini Folk Festival. The event takes place on the 30th of November and runs from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a full list of other V&A Waterfront events visit their website.
Catch a classic movie under the stars
This year you can catch the ever-popular Galileo Open-Air Cinema at two Cape Town Big 6 destinations – the V&A Waterfront and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Pack a picnic, grab the family – or a date – and sit back to watch your favourite movies in a surreal environment. This year’s Galileo cinema line-up is as eclectic as ever, with everything from The Shawshank Redemption to Napoleon Dynamite making an appearance.
Dine in dappled sunshine
Groot Constantia’s a year-round destination, but something special happens when the sun is shining. The outdoor seating areas at Jonkershuis and Simon’s come to life, and you sit back and enjoy some of the city’s best food and wine the most tranquil environment imaginable.
The terraces outside most of the V&A Waterfront’s popular restaurants also come to life during summer months. Grab a table just metres from the water’s edge and watch the world go by, from the best seats in the house.
The sheltered deck at Cape Point’s Two Oceans Restaurant is also a celebrated summer venue. With views that stretch over the vast False Bay coastline out towards the distant mountains, and perfect shelter from the hot summer sun, it’s regarded as one of the most unique dining experiences in the country.
Get onto the open water
The more predictable weather patterns during summer make it that much easier to get out onto the water, and the Robben Island ferry will be operating at full capacity. Book your tickets ahead of time and get ready to float across the bay towards one of the most significant historical landmarks in the world.
Take a hike
Sublime weather means more opportunities to get out and explore the great outdoors. There are amazing running trails around the V&A Waterfront; and both Table Mountain and Cape Point have an almost endless array of short walks and longer hikes. We covered some of these in this previous post Cape Town outdoors post, and Cape Point recently published a full overview of Cape Point walks and hikes.