Spring entertainment in Cape Town
PUBLISHED 17 SEP 2021
Spring is finally here and brings with it probably the most beautiful time of year in Cape Town.
Flowers are in full bloom, the canola fields are yellow and the grass green. Pair this with temperatures in the range of 19° to 25°, it’s the perfect weather for outdoor entertainment and exercise, without being burnt into a crisp by our summer sun.
And let’s face it, after being stuck in lockdown in winter, you’ll probably want to make the most of this great weather. What to do then? Well, we asked our agents how they entertain themselves in Spring time.
- Hike Lion’s Head
Lion’s Head is just one of those “must-do” activities. If you are brave enough, get up early, pack your head torches (this is a requirement) and go for a sunrise hike. The views with the sun rising up from behind the Drakenstein mountains over Cape Town are difficult to beat. The lower half is an easy walk, but the upper half requires the use of the chains and ladders and the effort is outweighed by the results.
- Go see the penguins in Simon’s Town
Our little feathered friends down South are always a blast to go see. Simon’s Town is a tiny coastal town with a very rich history and it’s home to one of our naval bases. There are plenty of boutique café’s and even a shop that specializes in collectable models, mainly cars and trains. But back to the penguins. Boulder’s beach is the home to a 3000 strong penguin colony and can be found there for most of the year. Why is it better to go during spring time? The weather is the right temperature for them to be able to spend most of their time outside of the water, on the beach. You can make your way down along the beach in two ways, either on the walkway or on the sand itself. This will get you within meters of the African penguins (also known as Jackass Penguins, due to the sound they make at times. It sounds exactly like a donkey).
- Visit A Market
It’s no secret as Capetonians we love food. We have such a large variety of different cultures, each bringing their own tastes to the table, but you can often get lost trying to decide where to go eat. That’s where the Oranjezicht market next to the V&A Waterfont comes in. American, Korean, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and various local foods can be found at the market. It also has a fresh vegetable section, a sweet and treats section and meats section. You can easily spend most of a Saturday trying out different foods. Most of the stalls have small “samples” dishes that you can buy to try their food. It is an outside market, with great views of Table Mountain and the ocean, but is covered so you won’t be affected much by rain, or get sunburnt. Oh, and it is dog friendly!
- Sundowners at the beach
Why not go enjoy a drink at sunset at one of Cape Town’s many prime beach front restaurants, bars or clubs? The view is definitely worth it, but only if you can find parking. So be prepared to park some distance from where you want to go.
- Take a scenic drive
The road from Seapoint to Fish Hoek is beautiful, especially if you can catch the sunset at some point. It also links up with Chapman’s Peak which is a beautiful road to drive but can get congested with slow moving traffic and cyclists. Pack a picnic basket and a blanket and stop at one of the many vantage points and enjoy the view of Fish Hoek and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Movie night under the stars
There are quite a few open-air cinema’s, but the best known is Galileo open-air cinema’s. They feature many classics and often more recent films as well. They allow you to bring your own drinks and snacks and it is amazing watching a movie with your loved ones under the stars, especially on a clear night.