Nature lovers, adventure seekers, and adrenaline junkies get ready for our top hiking, biking and adventure activities at the Cape Town Big 7 attractions: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, City Walk and Groot Constantia. 

Cape Point

Cape Point has so much to offer:

Great swimming spots, picnic sites and walks at the Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools.

Walk the shipwreck trail to view a few of the remaining shipwrecks around Cape Point.

Take part in a range of exciting outdoor activities, such as hiking along a wide variety of scenic and overnight trails through natural fynbos and along sandy beaches, sea kayaking and mountain biking. These activities are offered by third parties like Downhill Adventures. Contact them to book your exciting adventure.

Explore a wide variety of stunning dive sites that lie waiting to be explored on both sides of the Point. Pisces Divers offers a Cape Point and seal snorkelling safari. Contact them to book.

Cape Point launched a free Audio Tour; the audio tour shares fascinating information about the national park’s maritime history, fauna, flora, Cape Point legends and the funicular. It is geared for guests on a tight schedule, as well as those who would prefer a more leisurely stroll. Download the VoiceMap Audio Tour App here (Apple) or here (Android).  Learn more about the Cape Point Audio Tour here.

City Walk

Take a walking tour of the City Walk. There are daily walking tours departing from the front of the Taj hotel. For more information contact

The City of Cape Town is working to develop its bicycle infrastructure, and there are a growing number of safe cycling routes and places to ride in the city and surrounds.

There are a couple of bicycle tour operators who follow the City Walk route and you can rent bicycles at two places along the route. This makes for a unique experience!

Join Awol Tours for their Cape Town City Cycle Tour and about Cape Town’s rich heritage while riding from the vibrant Waterfront to the bustling inner city, getting up close and personal with the city and its inhabitants.

Bikes n Wines offers an amazing Half Day Bits & Bikes Tour. While cycling around town, you will see some of the most eye-catching and interesting places that Cape Town has to offer. Along the way, you will stop at several places to taste traditional South African dishes such as bobotie, biltong, and samoosas. Contact them here to book.

Bike Rentals on the City Walk:

Up Cycles is Cape Town’s first drop-and-go bike rental company. With their network of stations, you can easily navigate your way around the city on our bikes. Find out more information here.

Bikes n Wines have bikes available for rental in Cape Town, from vintage bicycles to road bikes and mountain bikes for the more adventurous. You can rent them for half a day, for a full day or for longer. All their bikes are rented from their &Bikes Cafe and Cycle Boutique in Cape Town which is located at 32 Loop Street in the centre of town.


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V&A Waterfront

The Historical Walking Tours journey begins at Chavonnes Battery Museum, the harbour’s oldest heritage site. The tour then winds its way from Clock Tower Square visiting many points of interest. Learn more here.

Take in the glorious views of Cape Town with a cruise of the harbour. The V&A Waterfront has a wide variety of boats, yachts and ferries on offer. Find out more here.

Hop on a helicopter for a thrilling ride around the peninsula or to the Winelands! Find out more here.

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Groot Constantia

Explore the vast estate on foot, there are numerous walking paths, and joggers are welcome to enjoy the surrounds.

Adrenaline CPT regularly hosts various trail adventure races at Groot Constantia. Follow them on Facebook for their next event.

Table Mountain Cableway

Hit one of three hiking trails that start at the Upper Cable Station and explore the summit further. Table Mountain is part of a World Heritage Site, an important part of the Cape Floristic Region and the single richest floristic area in the world. There is a lot of fynbos vegetation on the mountain, with over 1 460 different species of plants. There are also plenty of dassies, lizards, insects and birdlife to be seen.

Thirty-minute guided tours happen on the hour from 09:00 to 15:00 daily, departing from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Café). These are free, family-friendly walks conducted by our staff, who will share the story of Table Mountain and the Cableway, and provide any assistance you may require.

If you are feeling adventurous, you could abseil down a cliff face with Abseil Africa.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Walk among the treetops on the Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway.

Take a gentle walk along the various trails, paths and routes through the garden.

Use Kirstenbosch as a starting point for a hike up Table Mountain – there is access to Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine.

Take a guided tour with a Kirstenbosch volunteer to learn amazing facts about South Africa’s famous flora.

Robben Island

Explore South Africa’s political past in various Robben Island exhibition displays.

Tour the Robben Island surrounds in a guided bus tour.

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One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences

There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 7, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 7 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.

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