Top 10 Activities in Constantia

Constantia is loved for its wines, Cape history and stunning scenery – but this beautiful part of Cape Town is full of great fun and adventure too, if only you know where to look and what to do!

And, without further ado, these are the best things to do in and around Constantia:

#1 Dine at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia offers not only one of the most beautiful wine farms and restaurants in one – but it is, in every sense, one of the finest gastronomic experiences a foodie can enjoy in the Mother City.

Critics and food fans alike agree, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia is a winner… Things are kept fun and fresh and positively stunning – and the result is mesmerising.

The setting, food and service are all world-class… So be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 8632

Website: www.beauconstantia.com/eat

Address: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Glen Alpine, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Sam Linsell, Drizzle & Dip via www.beauconstantia.com

#2 Hop on the Constantia Valley Wine Bus

Few things in Cape Town are as much fun as the City Sightseeing Bus Tours – and the Constantia Valley Wine Bus is one of the best at that!

Visit South Africa’s rich wine valley, Constantia, and enjoy these three awesome wine farm stops: Groot Constantia, Eagles Nest and Beau Constantia.

And, since you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy some of the area’s finest restaurants – including Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Jonkershuis Restaurant, Foxcroft and Harbour House Constantia Nek – book ahead to enjoy a great meal on the trip too!

Note: To hop on the Constantia Wine Bus, simply join a Mini Peninsula Tour.

Contact: +27 (021) 511 6000, info@citysightseeing.co.za

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

Address: (City Sightseeing Tour Offices) V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Long Street

#3 Wine tasting at Buitenverwachting

Beautiful Buitenverwachting has plenty to offer visitors, with its classy restaurant, amazing wines and incredible Constantia Wine Valley views, it is an experience from the moment you set foot on its grounds.

The wine tasting at this prestigious estate is held in the historic wine cellar, where the interiors are casual, calming and comfortable.

Sit inside and sip, or enjoy a glass out on the lawns with your friends and loved ones – the choice is yours and either option is ideal.

Note: All wines are offered for tasting at a set fee of R50 and tastings work on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5190/1

Website: www.buitenverwachting.com

Address: Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Family outing at Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate, is a special place for young and old to enjoy… Not all wine farms feel family-friendly but this one most certainly does!

Explore the gorgeous Cape Dutch Manor House, delve down into the Cloete Cellar, head wine tasting or simply dine at Jonkershuis Restaurant or Simon’s Restaurant after a stroll about this estate… Whatever you do, great fun (and good food and wine) lie in waiting!

Note: Groot Constantia is one of the stops of the City Sightseeing Constantia Wine Bus.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5128, enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za

Website: www.grootconstantia.co.za

Address: Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Climbing fun at Acrobranch Constantia

Those craving some adventure for the whole family need look no further than the thrilling Acrobranch Constantia.

Here, co-workers, friends and families can enjoy taking to the tree tops. And for kids, there’s an Acro-twigs adventure course, a 1.4-metre Swinging Tarzan and so much more to enjoy.

Each of Acrobranch’s three courses are carefully supervised by experienced guides and the safe harnesses keep your bodies secure – so everyone can enjoy a great time climbing through the tree tops, with quality peace of mind in tact.

Contact: 086 999 0369

Website: acrobranch.co.za

Address: Acrobranch Constantia, 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Ziplining with SA Forest Adventures

Few things are as exhilarating as ziplining – after all, its good, secure outdoor fun at its best.

Situated in Constantia Nek, on the lovely Silvermist Estate, this great experience is perfect for outdoor lovers, nature seekers and adrenaline junkies alike.

The outing starts off with a 4×4 drive that takes you up into the Constantia mountains, where, surrounded by incredible natural flora and fauna, you will embark on your zipline adventure…

The platforms and lines offer gorgeous views so it’s an even more memorable experience out in the fresh air.  And with SA Forest Adventures – one of South Africa’s leading adventure companies –  you know you’re in good hands because their guides are all hands-on and great.

Contact: 021 7950 225, 079 495 3987, bookings@saforestadventures.co.za

Website: www.saforestadventures.co.za

Address: SA Forest Adventures, Silvermist Estate, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Rose picking at Chart Farm

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Chart Farm is loved far and wide across Cape Town for its amazing, affordable and altogether romantic rose picking experience. So be sure to visit this gorgeous farm – which covers some 12 hectares and lies near Wynberg – to either pick your own – or buy some pre-picked ones.

The roses are a glorious sight to see (whether you visit to pick or not) and there’s a lovely little restaurant, where you can enjoy a light snack or good coffee.

Wow your partner, share special memories with the ones you love or simply take the family for a day out in the sunshine.

Note: Chart Farm is only open to rose picking at certain times of the year, so please check ahead before visiting. Also, secateurs and buckets are supplied at the farm stall.

Contact: +27 (021) 761 0434

Website: www.chartfarm.co.za

Address: Chart Farm, Klaassens Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Shop up a storm at Constantia Village

This lovely shopping village offers a wide assortment of things to buy, browse and eat. What’s more, The Constantia Village’s delightful surroundings match the shopping experience and product offerings perfectly, meaning customers are always in for a treat.

It’s also a secure complex, with ample parking (something of a rarity in Cape Town, it must be said…), so you can shop till you drop and then safely head home content, with all your day-to-day errands run and the groceries sorted.

Contact: +27 (021) 794 5065, info@constantiavillage.co.za

Website: www.constantiavillage.co.za

Address: The Constantia Village, Corner of Constantia Main and Spaanschemat River Roads, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Tea time at Foxcroft Restaurant

Foxcroft is a place of culinary magic, where everything available for eating looks too good not to try! Be wowed by amazing pastries, awesome meals and a lovely dining atmosphere in one.

If you’re in the Constantia Winelands, you really can’t leave without trying something from this incredible restaurant offering.

Contact: +27 (021) 202 3304

Website: www.foxcroft.co.za

Address: Foxcroft, High Constantia Centre, Shop 8/9, Corner of Constantia Main Road and Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Head to Earth Fair Food Market

Earth Fair Market via Facebook
Earth Fair Market via Facebook

Found within the South Palms Centre, the Earth Fair  Food Market Tokai is one of the Southern Suburbs most memorable and fun experiences.

This family-friendly market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, offers plenty of amazing goodies and products to browse through and buy.

What’s more, the market has a fun vibe so it’s perfect for winding a Wednesday down or enjoying a Saturday out with friends and family.

Contact: jacqui@earthfairmarket.co.za

Website: www.earthfairmarket.co.za

Address: Earth Fair Market, South Palms Centre, 333 Main Road, Tokai, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the fun activities and places you can enjoy in Constantia – don’t miss out!

Top 10 Activities in Hout Bay

Hout Bay is a wonderful place for locals and visitors to Cape Town alike to enjoy. Almost its own republic, this part of the city offers a laid-back vibe, beautiful stretches of beach and coastline and above all, a host of fun, largely sea-orientated activities to enjoy.

So, if you are looking for some fun and excitement by the sea, look no further than these top Hout Bay activities:

#1 See the seals with Drumbeat Charters

Arguably one of the biggest attractions near Hout Bay is taking a boat trip out to see the seal colony that lives a few km offshore on an island.

At Duiker Island – also known as ‘Seal Island’ – you can enjoy photographing and watching the mass of Cape Fur seals, who swim in the ocean and move about on the island, from a close, yet safe distance.

To enjoy this experience, book a trip with Drumbeat Charters. They have been consistently operating since 1989 and their vessel is secure and safe. What’s more, with them, the experience is always a fun and educational one!

The boat trip lasts some 40-minutes and, as it is child-friendly, it is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Contact: (082) 658 7055, hello@drumbeatcharters.co.za

Website: drumbeatcharters.co.za

Address: Drumbeat Charters, Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Visit Hout Bay Beach

While it may not be the most glamorous or densely populated beach in the Mother City, there is no question that Hout Bay Beach is a beautiful, lovely beach to visit with your family. It is also popular among dog walkers and kayakers.

Hout Bay Beach offers a protected bay, with calmer waters and shelter from Cape Town’s ever-changing weather patterns and wind.

There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby too. So, when you’ve had your fill of this pretty beach, go enjoy some shopping or grab a bite to eat!

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Address: Hout Bay Beach, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Drive along gorgeous Chappies

Nothing says experiencing Hout Bay (and Cape Town) to the fullest like a drive along the world-famous – and much loved – Chapman’s Peak Drive.

This engineering gem is also a natural marvel, complete with incredible views of the mountains and ocean, exhilarating corners and curves, and some stellar picnic spots. These are especially perfect for a quick pit stop or for enjoying the incredible sunsets afforded to one here.

Chappies remains a life-changing drive – and one that everyone who resides in or visits Cape Town should experience at least once in their lives!

Note: If you venture far enough along Chapman’s Peak Drive (and we recommend that you do!), you will have to pay a minimal fee per vehicle to enjoy it. Also, ‘Chappies’ – which has a trying past – may not always be open. This is usually due to severe weather conditions or rock falls, so just check in advance to make sure!

Contact: +27 (021) 791 8222

Website: www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za

Address: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Go sea snorkelling with Animal Ocean

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sealsnorkeling.com

Because seeing the seals from afar just isn’t enough for everyone, visitors to Hout Bay can also enjoy: sea snorkelling!

This incredible ocean experience allows you to get up close and personal, with these cute and playful creatures. Brave the cold Atlantic waters with Animal Ocean and snorkel among the Cape Fur seals… Or, if you prefer, stay on the boat and still enjoy a wonderful experience and boat trip.

The rates for 2018/2019 – valid from 1 September onwards – are R900 (sea snorkelling) and R600 (boat riders).

The trip lasts for some three hours, with participants spending an average of 45 minutes to an hour in the waters with the seals. You don’t need to be a professional – but good swimming capabilities are a must.

Note: Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your trip’s booked time.

Contact: 072 296 9132, info@sealsnorkeling.com

Website: sealsnorkeling.com

Address: (meeting point) 8 Albert Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Enjoy beer with Urban Brewing Co

There’s nothing like good craft beer to hit the spot… and fortunately for us, the Mother City is blessed with some of the best craft beer breweries around – including Urban Brewing Co!

Drawing their inspiration from the environment and sourcing their natural spring water from the Hout Bay Mountains, Urban Brewing Co takes craft beer to the next level… The result? A new class of craft for you to enjoy!

Visit them in the Hout Bay Harbour district, where you can enjoy great service (with cool explanations), touring their brewery – and of course, sipping some quality beer(s)!

Contact: +27 (021) 791 1130, contact@urbanbrewing.co.za

Website: urbanbrewery.co.za

Address: Urban Brewing Co, 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Catch a ride with City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing offers some of the most memorable and popular ways to enjoy the Mother City… And one of their best tour options is undoubtedly their Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, which provides travellers with a choice between 14 excellent city stops.

This fun bus tour takes you from the V&A Waterfront, through the inner city, past Kirstenbosch (where you can hop off for a few hours) and Constantia Nek too, before it curls along the coastline, through Hout Bay and beyond!

At any of the stops, you can get off and enjoy some good, separate meals, activities and more – or simply stay on the bus and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive, the choice is yours.

Notable Hout Bay stops run as follows: World of Birds, Imizamo Yethu Township and Mariner’s Wharf. Once you’re done, just hop back on and head home to the city – it’s as easy as that!

Note: Tickets can be purchased online or at their tour offices, located in V&A Waterfront, Long Street and Camps Bay. Tour buses arrive and leave every 25-35 minutes.

Contact: (021) 511 6000, info@citysightseeing.co.za

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

Address: City Sightseeing Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Head to the market

Bay Harbour Market via Facebook
Bay Harbour Market via Facebook

Bay Harbour Market – Hout Bay’s own vibrant market – has been a hit for many years now – and if you want to really immerse yourself in Hout Bay’s cultural heart and feel like a local, then be sure to head to the market!

Here, one can enjoy happy shopping, local live music entertainment, gourmet food offerings and a whole host of handcrafted goods up for sale too! There are over 100 traders, so you really are spoilt for choice too.

Visit this buzzing market – found at the Hout Bay Harbour in a cool, restored factory – every Friday (evening), Saturday and Sunday.

For more information and times, please contact Bay Harbour Market directly or visit their website and social media pages.

Contact: 083 275 5586, info@bayharbour.co.za

Website: bayharbour.co.za

Address: Bay Harbour Market, 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Hop into a sidecar with Cape Sidecar Adventures

With Cape Sidecar Adventures, you can experience amazing sidecar activities across the city (and province) – but one of their best trips has to be the Atlantic Seaboard and Chapman’s Peak Drive offering.

You get to enjoy a rich and wonderful trip along the Atlantic Seaboard, as you head to Chapman’s Peak lookout via Camps Bay and Hout Bay.

After a brief stop for photos, you will return to the city, passing through Constantia Nek and the Southern Suburbs beyond.

Soak up the scenery and enjoy the pleasure of being driven through some of the most gorgeous places in the Mother City… and don’t forget to pack a camera!

Note: Cost is R 1 050.00 per person with driver, and a minimum of two passengers per booking is required; rates do not include any additional fees, like toll, tasting or entry fees. Also, Cape Sidecar Adventures is a disabled-friendly experience.

For more information on this and other trips, please get in touch with Cape Sidecar Adventures or see their website.

Contact: +27 (021) 434 9855, info@sidecars.co.za

Website: www.sidecars.co.za

Address: Cape Sidecar Adventures, 1 Dickens Road, Salt River, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Explore World of Birds

Africa’s largest bird park, World of Birds, is a place that city explorers should definitely visit when in Hout Bay.

Filled with a rich array of over 3, 000 bird species and small animals, this incredible bird park makes for an insightful, educational and colourful experience, ideal for young and old.

World of Birds is especially great for nature lovers, travellers and photographers – and because it is also child-friendly, it is the perfect experience for family outings and school trips too.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 2730, info@worldofbirds.org.za

Website: www.worldofbirds.org.za

Address: World of Birds, Valley Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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www.citysightseeing.co.za

#10 Visit Mariner’s Wharf

This harbour-front emporium offers Hout Bay visitors lovely ocean views, great restaurants and takeaway spots, markets and shops.

Browse for local crafts, walk around the harbour in between the colourful boats, or simply enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones.

Whatever you do, you can’t go wrong with a few, fun hours at the popular Mariner’s Wharf!

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1100, garthd@marinerswharf.co.za

Website: www.marinerswharf.co.za

Address: Mariner’s Wharf, Hout Bay Harbour, Harbour Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the great attractions and memorable experiences in Hout Bay… Which will you try first?