Cape Town is a city you never get bored in—there are tons of experiences, activities and adventures right on your doorstep. From unique restaurants, art galleries and museums, to mountains, beaches and wine farms, Capetonians and tourists are spoilt for choice— so much so that it is sometimes easier to pick the more well-known, ‘tourist-y’ options.

Here is a pick of intriguing and different ways to see and enjoy the Mother City:

From the sea

With two oceans meeting in Cape Town, our marine ecosystems are brimming with life. Whether you choose to dive the warmer Indian Ocean waters of False Bay or the crisp, bracing waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you will experience an entirely different side to Cape Town off its shores.


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There are also many exciting dive sites in the city. Various shipwrecks are dotted around Cape Town’s coast lines as well as in deeper waters and these make for thrilling underwater exploration.

To book a dive, see Pisces Divers here.

By kayak 

Exploring our beautiful coastlines on the water above the surface is also must-do experience. You can immerse yourself in the marine world, without having to submerge yourself. Choosing from either the False Bay coastline or the Atlantic Seaboard might be tricky, but you’re guaranteed a thrilling adventure either way.

If you need help choosing between an experience that leads you to spotting penguins or one in which you might encounter the rare Cape clawless otter, this article may help you decide.

From the sky

Take flight from one of Cape Town’s most recognized mountains, Lions Head or from its adjoining landmark, Signal Hill. Soar over the Atlantic Seaboard with a professional tandem paragliding pilot and have the entire thing documented on a GoPro.

Passengers do not need prior paragliding knowledge and are only required to sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Book a paragliding flight here.

From a tram

Cape Town is renowned for its exquisite wine farms. From Franschhoek to Stellenbosch to Constantia, the beauty of these farms alone is enough to visit. We realise it may be tricky to decide on which farm to visit, but with the Franschhoek Wine Tram, you get to choose more than one.

The Wine Tram has three tour options: a hop-on-hop-off experience, a curated wine experience and a group experience. With the hop-on-hop-off experience, there are eight tram lines to choose from, which each take you to various different farms within the Franschhoek wine region. Chances are, the farms you’re wanting to visit are on one of these routes.

By Gin route 

Cape Town is bursting artisanal Gin distilleries and now there is a specific Gin route dedicated to celebrating this spirit. Tours can be booked through the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Loop Street take gin-lovers on a unique adventure.

The tours are full-day and depart from the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa. The first stop is at the Hope on Hopkins and Musgrave Gin. Next is the Woodstock Gin Company, then the New Harbour Distillery and the Pienaar & Son, and the tour ends off at the Cape Town Gin Company. To find out more about gin tours, read here.


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Article written by

Imogen Searra