Top 10 activities in Sea Point.

In recent years, Sea Point has steadily become one of Cape Town’s most popular, outdoorsy and food-conscious suburbs.

Thanks to its gorgeous ocean and mountain views, impeccable sunsets and vibrant outdoor and indoor spaces – it makes for a very family-friendly and all-round great place to go for some food, fun and good times in the sun!

And here are the top activities to enjoy in Sea Point (and surrounds):

#1 Hit the Sea Point Promenade

Okay, so this one is practically a given… You simply cannot visit Sea Point without jogging, cycling or walking along the Promenade. (Even driving alongside it is a rewarding experience!)

Come rain or shine, you will always find Capetonians and tourists flocking the Sea Point Promenade – and for good reason!  It offers perfectly paved, lengthy walkways, superb ocean and mountain views and some recreational grassy areas too.

Happily, these areas are littered with benches, play areas, outdoor gym equipment and even some fascinating artworks – so be sure to hit the Sea Point Promenade to see just how much it has on offer!

Whether you want to walk your four-legged friend(s), enjoy some fun strolls with the family or exercise out in the fresh air, the Promenade is the answer.

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Address: Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Get outdoors at Green Point Urban Park

This park remains one of the city’s finest additions. Not only is it perfect for pets and families to enjoy, but it also offers beautiful views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and even the Cape Town Stadium – and happily, it is even situated across from the Promenade.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air, a carefully planned kiddies’ party or simply an interesting stroll among the plants and flowers, as you enjoy educational, eco-friendly gardens and walkways.

And the best part? This clean, well-maintained city park is completely free for one and all to enjoy!

Contact: (021) 417 0120

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Address: Green Point Urban Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Visit Mojo Market

This still-new and very exciting indoor lifestyle and food market is arguably one of the best things to have hit the city in recent years.

Not only is it well-situated along Sea Point’s famous Regent Road, but it also offers something for everyone and is open seven days a week, from 08:00 am – 10:00pm collectively.

Whether you’re after food, clothing, drinks or simply some local crafts and jewellery to buy, this market has you sorted with its selection of some 45 designer retail stores, 25 food stalls and even a fresh goods section!

It’s quickly cemented itself as a standard, buzzing part of everyday city in life in Sea Point now – and we couldn’t be happier!

Contact: manager@mojomarket.co.za

Website: www.mojomarket.co.za

Address: Mojo Market, 30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Mojo Market via Facebook
Mojo Market via Facebook

#4 Take to the sea with Kaskazi Kayaks

For those who crave the open sea or even just something different to experience in the Mother City – Kaskazi Kayaks has you covered on both fronts. For over 15 years, they have been consistently delivering memorable and fun sea adventures in and around Sea Point.

Based in Three Anchor Bay, this dedicated sea kayak and adventure centre specialises in amazing kayaking experiences and training. Handily, they also stock a wide range of top kayaks, clothing, adventure gear and equipment.

So if you wish to take to the open sea or kayak around Sea Point, get in touch with them today!

Contact: +27 (083) 346 1146

Website: kayak.co.za

Address: 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Putt putt fun in Mouille Point

For adults and children alike, putt putt can be a great and fun way to enjoy time together, relieve daily stresses or even just a way to practice your golfing skills in a non-judgmental and relaxing space…

And in the Mouille Point putt putt course, visitors can experience one of the more popular spots in and around Sea Point. It makes for cheap fun, is pretty easy to play, and allows you to get outdoors – what more could you need?

Their handy kiosk is also stocked up with some tasty eats and drinks, in case you require some sustenance, as you enjoy one of two 18-hole putt putt courses!

Contact: +27 (021) 434 6805

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Address: Mouille Point Putt Putt Course, Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Ride a bike with Up Cycles

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Cycling fans, lovers of the outdoors and travellers young and old, this one is for you! Up Cycles – a popular city cycle rental service – is one of the best known businesses in Sea Point (and beyond)!

Up Cycles allows you to affordably rent and cycle along the Promenade, V&A and a few other spots in the city. And, as they have stations based in Sea Point, V&A Waterfront – Silo 5, Breakaway Cafe and Camps Bay, they are centrally and easily accessible.

The process is simple: find a station, choose and pay for your ride and accessories (like child seats), ride about – and then just return everything afterwards! It’s sure to be a fun and memorable experience for all!

Please note: Rates start at R70 for one hour, and they offer half-day or multiple hour rentals. Up Cycles is open 365 days a year, barring in heavy rain or severe weather conditions.

Contact: (074) 100 9161 or (076) 135 2223

Website: upcycles.co.za

Address: Up Cycles, Beach Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Make a splash in Sea Point Swimming Pool

One of the most popular attractions in Sea Point, this public swimming pool is a hit every season.

It offers visitors an Olympic-sized swimming pool, springboard diving pool and two splash pools, perfect for the kiddies. Aside from the pools, the venue also offers a kiosk, some vendors, lawn area and gorgeous sea and city views.

Be sure to pay it a visit when it’s open and have fun making a true splash!

Please note:  Until further notice, it is closed for renovations from 9 April 2018 onwards.

And because of the severe Western Cape drought and water restrictions, the Sea Point Swimming Pool may be less accessible than usual upon its re-opening.

Also, there is a very minimal per person entry fee, charged according to age. (Pensioners enjoy free entry.)

Contact: (021) 434 3341

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Address:  Sea Point Pavilion, Lower Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Enjoy Tea in the Park

Tucked away within the beautiful Green Point Urban Park, one finds the charming Tea in the Park by Reliance restaurant. Here, visitors can enjoy not only a great cup of tea – but a choice of hot and cold beverages, sweet treats, sandwiches and wraps in what is a truly lovely space.

And because it’s run by the same team who brought the beloved and whimsical Tree Under The Trees to Paarl, you are assured quality and tastiness, with good service to boot!

Please note: Tea in the Park is open seven days a week (weather permitting), Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Contact: (060) 997 6153, (086) 188 8784

Website: www.reliance.co.za/teainthepark.html

Address: Tea in the Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Feng Wong via Twitter

#9 Dine at a famous Sea Point Eatery

Sea Point is famous for its food, there’s no question of that! And with a host of popular new and time-honoured eateries alike, visitors to this trendy suburb are not short of great places to go for a good meal!

Although, as with everything, there are always a few that immediately spring to mind – and in this case, that has got to be La Mouette, Scheckter’s RAW and Three Wise Monkeys respectively.

Each eatery has its own trademark stamp, but quality service and food are guarantees at all three of these Sea Point eateries, so be sure to try them for yourself!

Contact:
– La Mouette: +27 (021) 433 0856, www.lamouette-restaurant.co.za
– Scheckter’s RAW: +27 (021) 434 1364, schecktersraw.com
– Three Wise Monkeys: +27 (021) 433 1837, threewisemonkeys.co.za

Website: (please see listed above)

Address: Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Do some City Sightseeing

Last but by no means least, we have the endlessly popular and oh-so-fun City Sightseeing tours, which run along and through the Sea Point stretch.

In particular, both the Red City Tour and Blue Mini Peninsula Tour respectively will take you from the V&A Waterfront, through the city to Camps Bay and then back through Sea Point and its surrounds. (There are multiple hop-on, hop-off stops available at every stage of the tour!)

All City Sightseeing tours are heaps of fun and best of all, each trip offers its own excellent service, comfort, stunning scenery, even as you enjoy easy city sightseeing, and interesting audio commentary, available in a host of different languages!

This type of family-friendly experience is a must for the memory books, trust us on that!

Please note: If you book online, you can enjoy discounted ticket prices; it’s a great way to save! Though per person tour prices range according to age group and chosen route.

Contact: +27 861 733 287 or (021) 511 6000

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town

Address: City Sightseeing, V&A Waterfront & 81 Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the stunning city activities you can enjoy in Sea Point!

Top Must-do Activities in Cape Town 2017.

Cape Town is a city that offers both indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes, senses of adventure and travel budgets… but some are just too iconic or unusual to miss out on!

So, here are our top 20 Mother City picks for 2017:

#1 Catch the Cable Car (and abseil down) Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of the city’s crowning glories, and as such, it’s a must-visit for tourists and locals alike. If you’re not up for a hike up the Table, why not catch the cable car up and then abseil back down?

Abseil Africa is one of the best companies around. You’ll have to follow a rope 112 metres or so down, in what is a safe, guided abseil, which is, coincidentally, the world’s highest commercial abseil offering. It costs R995 per person (excluding Cable Car ticket).

Contact (Abseil Africa): (021) 424 4760

Website: http://abseilafrica.co.za

Address: 297 Long Street, Cape Town

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Abseil-Africa via Facebook

#2 Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

No visit to Cape Town is complete without experiencing the world-renowned Two Oceans Aquarium. Adults and children alike will delight in the wonders of the sea. Find Nemo, see the penguins or go for a dive… either way, you’re in for a fun and educational underwater experience!

Tickets are R135 (adults), R100 (children 14-17 years, pensioners and students) and R65 (children 4-13 years).

Contact: (021) 418 3823

Website: http://www.aquarium.co.za

Location: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

#3 Walk the Museum Mile

Located within and near to the city’s well-loved, historic Company’s Gardens, you will find the South African National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Iziko South African Museum, Planetarium and Slave Lodge.

All are worth a visit and on certain days, such as Heritage Day (24 September), you can enjoy these wonderfully historic and engaging places for free.

Contact (Iziko Museums): (021) 481 3800

Website: http://www.iziko.org.za

#4 Experience Cape Town’s art scene

Woodstock is fast becoming the Mother City’s go-to art hub, as buildings are being restored, warehouses transformed and artists descend on the area like never before.

Here, why not visit the likes of the international-influenced Stevenson Gallery, among others, for some sophisticated and unique art appreciation?

Contact: (021) 462 1500

Website: http://www.stevenson.info

Address: Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Photo credit: www.stevenson.info

#5 Helicopter flights with NAC Helicopters

Experience the Mother City from the air as you choose from several amazing flight options, including: Hopper, Atlantico, Two Oceans, Robben Island, Three Bays and Cape Point Tours.

Costs range from R3, 240–R25, 800.

Contact: (021) 425 3868

Website: http://www.nachelicopterscapetown.com

Address: East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

#6 Learn to surf in Muizenberg

Surfing (be it traditional surfing, or kite/wind surfing) is very much a popular Cape Town activity and surfers’ haven, Muizenberg, is considered the best spots to learn to surf in South Africa.

Although you will no doubt find a number of local surfing schools, Learn 2 Surf is a good bet, as they are ideally based at Muizenberg Beach. They offer small group or private lessons, weekly, and are open every day of the year, weather permitting.

All equipment is included in the fee. To enquire after Learn 2 Surf’s prices, please fill out the ‘Prices & Info’ form on their site and buy/book your lessons confidentially online.

Contact: (083) 414 0567

Website: http://www.learn2surf.co.za

Address: 165 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

#7 Kayak with seals and dolphins

Cape Town-based Kaskazi Kayaks offers wonderful kayaking experiences and close encounters with sea birds, seals, dolphins and during whale season (July to December usually), you can even see the whales too!

Their shop is based in Three Anchor Bay and from there, they embark on a 3-5 km journey towards either Clifton Beach or Granger Bay. Trips are approximately two hours long. If you have prior kayaking experience, you can arrange a half-day trip too.

Booking is essential and all trips are weather-reliant. To find out the cost per trip, please contact Kaskazi Kayaks directly.

Contact: (083) 346 1146

Website: http://kayak.co.za

Address: 179 Beach Road, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town

#8 Enjoy whale watching in False Bay

Of course, the whale capital is Hermanus – but that’s not the only place in the Western Cape to see the wonderful whales.

Areas along the False Bay coastline are also prime whale watching spots and the best part is, you can view the whales from land or shore for free!

Recommended spots along the False Bay coastline include: Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, St James, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town, as well as Cape Point.

#9 Ride a bicycle along the Promenade

This activity has certainly grown in popularity and is great for both children and adults alike.

Up Cycles is your recommended service provider; they charge R60 (per person) for one hour and R90 for two etc. You can cycle as far as the Waterfront, if desired – and helmets and locks are included.

Ride along the Sea Point Promenade at a leisurely pace and maybe even catch the sunset.

Contact: (076) 135 2223

Website: http://upcycles.co.za

Address: The Pavilion, Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point, Cape Town

Photo credit: Basil Parker, upcycles.co.za 

#10 Snorkel with the seals

Experience the fun and beauty of snorkelling with Cape Fur seals on the city’s Atlantic side, at Duiker Island, Hout Bay.

Join Animal Ocean (particularly during summer) for 1-5m depth snorkel. No experience is needed but participants must be competent swimmers. (Afterwards, you’ll even be treated to hot chocolate and biscuits!)

Cost is R550 (per person) to view and R800 (per person) to snorkel.

Contact: (072) 296 9132

Website: http://animalocean.co.za

Address: Hout Bay Harbour, outside NSRI Station 8 Building, Hout Bay, Cape Town

#11 Hop on, hop off the CitySightseeing Bus

CitySightseeing bus tours have grown in popularity and numbers in recent years and now offer an excellent array of tours.

These include (to name a few): Harbour Cruise Tour, Purple Wine Tour, Sunset Bus Tour and even a Cape Point Explorer Tour!

Cost varies depending on tour but can be anything between R40–R550 per person (adults).

Contact: (021) 511 6000

Website: http://www.citysightseeing.co.zaa

Address: 81 Long Street and The V&A Waterfront, near the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town.

#12 Ride a Harley along Chappies

Photo credit: www.capebiketravel.com

Drive the world-famous Chapman’s Peak Drive on one of the world’s most iconic motorbikes: the Harley Davidson when you opt in for the Cape of Good Hope Tour. It covers approximately 180km, stretching from Hout Bay to Simon’s Town, and is weather dependent.

With Cape Bike Travel, you can rent and drive a Harley yourself, or enjoy a chauffeured ride. Cost for self-driven trip is R2500 per rider, while chauffeured rides cost either R1, 600 (half-day) or R2, 100 (full day).

Contact: (021) 424 5013

Website: http://www.capebiketravel.com

Address: 125 Buitengracht, City Centre, Cape Town

#13 Experience high tea in the city

The Mother City has a number of hotels, which offer “high tea” (more commonly referred to as afternoon tea these days). They are hugely popular and are great fun for adults (and teens).

Costs vary but you can generally expect to pay R200-300 per person as you feast on savouries, an assortment of tea (or coffee), macaroons, cakes and so much more in a luxury setting.

The Belmond Mount Nelson, The Taj Hotel, One&Only Cape Town, Cape Grace Hotel and 12 Apostles Hotel all offer excellent high/afternoon teas.

For more information, contact the above-mentioned hotels directly or visit their websites.

Cost: R95–295 (generally)

#14 Horse ride along Noordhoek Beach

Situated at the charming, historic Imhoff Farm, near Kommetjie, is the Imhoff Equestrian Centre, where you can enjoy beach horse rides.

These two-hour-long rides take you along the pristine Noordhoek Beach. They cater for those who have never ridden, as much as experienced riders. (Maximum age is 12 years and maximum weight is 100 kg.)

Booking is essential. To enquire after the cost per person, please contact them directly.

Contact: (082) 774 1191

Website: http://www.horseriding.co.za

Address: Imhoff Farm, M65, Kommetjie, Cape Town

Photo credit: www.imhofffarm.co.za 

#15 Visit the Boulders penguins

Simon’s Town is home to the beautiful Boulders Beach. Here, a colony of African penguins have taken up permanent residence.

Boulders is one of the few places in the world where you can walk among and swim with these tuxedoed dudes.

Boulders Beach is a protected SANParks beach so there’s an entry fee. Current costs (valid until 31 October 2017) are R70 (per adult) and R35 (per child).

Contact: (021) 428 9111

Website: http://www.sanparks.org

Address: Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

#16 Head to Cape Point

Lying at the southern section of the vast Table Mountain National Park (or TMNP), Cape Point is a truly life-changing destination. Visit the historic, old lighthouse, see the Chacma baboons, dine at the scenic Two Oceans Restaurant or explore the Cape of Good Hope.

Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to enjoy a day of true Cape adventuring in one of the most beautiful spots on the globe.

Cost is R135 (per adult) and R70 (per child, ages 2-11).

Contact: (021) 780 9010

Website: www.capepoint.co.za

Address: Cape of Good Nature Reserve, near Simon’s Town, Cape Town

#17 Explore Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The amazing Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the city’s proudest and most well-loved public spaces. It’s a wonderful, vast place to explore with friends and loved ones alike.

Enjoy a picnic, Summer Concert or strolling among the plants in this 528-hectare reserve.

Entry fees are: R60 (adults), R30 (SA students) and R15 (children 5-17 years).  Free to pensioners (with ID), except on public holidays.

Contact: (021) 799 8783

Website: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

#18 Hike up Lion’s Head

The (free) hike up Lion’s Head is one of the city’s most popular activities now.

Perfect any time of day (though it’s best at sunrise and sunset), even during full moon, this 1-2-hour-long hike is a must. Reach the summit or see if you can discover one of the mountain’s cave, particularly the well-loved Wally’s Cave.

There are two routes as you near the summit… so opt for the one without the staples and ladders if you’re afraid of heights.

Address: Lion’s Head, Cape Town

#19 Visit Robben Island

The former prison, where late, former president Nelson Mandela and so many others were held captive during the Apartheid Era, is one of the Mother City’s chief tourist destinations.

Boats leave daily from the Waterfront. The guides will provide you with an insightful tour, especially as so many of them are former prisoners themselves. Cost is R300 per person.

Contact: (021) 413 4200

Website: http://www.robben-island.org.za

Address: Robben Island, Cape Town

#20 Be part of First Thursdays

Photo credit: Laura September via Instagram

On the first Thursday evening of every month, the city’s art galleries in Bree and the CBD come alive, opening to the public, permitting free entry and fun exploration.

This highly popular event now sees many restaurants and cafes joining in on the fun, so you can enjoy a tasty meal with the art.

Each month brings exciting changes, new participating venues and fresh exhibitions – so save the date!

Galleries are open from 5pm – 9pm (if not later) and remember: entry is free!

Website: http://www.first-thursdays.co.za/cape-town

These are just some of the amazing activities you can enjoy in the Mother City, whether you’re a culture vulture, adrenalin junkie or nature lover… there’s something for everyone to enjoy experiencing, both indoors and out, in 2017.