Things to do in and around Cape Town
Scarborough and Cape Point
Right outside the Villa is the small community of Scarborough, a nature lovers paradise, offering an easy-going holiday and plenty of opportunity to enjoy nature and pristine beaches! Cape Point Villa may be located in a hideaway, but the town offers three restaurants, with our favorites being The Village Hub and The Whole Earth Cafe.
Not even 10 minutes away from Scarborough is Cape Point, Cape Town’s most southern tip! Surrounded by two oceans, Cape Point features a funicular that can take you to the very end to see the lighthouses and take in the stunning vistas. You’ll also find the Two Oceans Restaurant for a bite to eat, as well as many opportunities to spot wild game such as ostriches, baboons, zebras, dassies, and many other wild animals!
Right next door you’ll also find the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve, with plenty of trails and hiking opportunities, including a trail down to Diaz beach, where the first Portuguese explorers took their first steps in the Cape. The beach is untouched and stunning, but it’s not the best spot for swimming.
Near the nature reserve you can also find the Cape Point Ostrich farm, offering lunch, a guided tour, and a gift shop! Another highly recommended activity nearby is foraging in the Cape’s great fynbos region with Veld and Sea! Children and adults alike can be taken on a foraging experience, gathering edible vegetation and flora to use in dishes and medicine, as well as go foraging for the fauna found in the tidal pools along the coast.
Simons Town and Boulders Beach
About 15 minutes outside of Scarborough is Simon’s Town, a coastal town nestled in False Bay. This harbor town is rich in history and character, and is home to the South African Navy, whales, seals, and a colony of African Penguins!
In Simon’s Town, you’ll find the Boulders Beach National Park, a cove sheltered by great glittering boulders. These beaches are home to a colony of Endangered African penguins, and visitors can walk by their nests along the boardwalk and take pictures of their private beach, or even venture down to the sandy beach for a day of fun in the sun and swimming in crystal waters!
It’s also the perfect spot for kids, as the boulders shelter the cove from waves and currents. Just make sure not to get too close or friendly with your feathered neighbors; if they get scared they can bite!
Another way to get up close to the aquatic life without getting your feet wet is the Kayak trips that leave from Simon’s Town waterfront. These trips go out every day weather permitting, and these very stable kayaks can take two people at a time. The trip lasts for 2 hours, and costs R300 per person.
There are other ways to get around on the water as well. During the whale season The Simon’s Town Boat Company can take groups out whale watching, and all year round you can learn to Stand Up Paddleboard in the still waters of the Simon’s Town Quays. This protected basin is the best spot for beginners to gain their balance and learn the ropes.
When all these activities make you hungry, as they’re sure to, you can stop at one of Simon’s Town’s many restaurants and cafes. The Salty Sea Dog is famous for great fish and chips, and The Black Marlin is a grand restaurant at Miller’s point, offering beautiful views and excellent seafood. The Tasty Table is where you’ll find affordable quality breakfasts and lunches.
Kommetjie and Noordhoek
If you’re a fan of the waves, you won’t want to miss Long Beach in Kommetjie! Kommetjie is a laid back, seaside village renowned for its surfing and kite surfing spots. Take to the waters to surf, body board and more, or climb to the top of the Cape’s tallest cast iron Lighthouse! You’ll also find a few simple restaurants such as The Green Room for Mexican cuisine, or Kommetjie Pizzaria for awesome pizzas.
On the way to Noordhoek along Kommetjie road, you’ll also come across Imhoff farm! This farm boasts a number of stores, restaurants, art galleries and even a Snake Park! The kids will also be sure to enjoy the paintball and laser tag facility, 4x4 tracks, the maze, and the Higgledy Piggledy Farmyard.
For the romantic in love with the idea of horse riding, the Imhoff Equestrian Centre offers fantastic guided rides along Noordhoek beach for just under 2 hours. They offer 3 rides a day, and booking is essential! (082 774 1191) Just around the corner, you’ll also find The Cape Point Vineyards with its amazing views over Noordhoek Beach and great wines. They also a very popular Thursday night market.
Besides a pristine white beach, Noordhoek boasts a number of markets, restaurants, and cafes. We recommend the Food Barn for fine dining in a rustic setting, Cafe Roux for live entertainment and simple, awesome food, Faith Juice for healthy raw juices, Kristen’s Kick-ass Ice Cream for delicious homemade ice cream made from local ingredients, and the Wednesday Market which offers Italian, vegan, Mexican, Potjies, Food Barn offerings and plenty more.
There’s plenty more to see beyond Noordhoek and Simon’s town, such as Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Constantia wine valley, Kirstenbosch, Camps Bay/Clifton, and ultimately Table Mountain and the Cape Town CBD! Even further than that is Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. There’s so much to do in the Cape Peninsula and beyond, so perhaps book a guide such as City Sightseeing to get you to all of the best spots, and City Pass gives you access to a number of amazing activities and adventures!
If you have any questions about what else to do in the area, feel free to contact us or the facilitators of these activities.