Spring in Cape Town has sprung. The beautiful weather and longer days make it the perfect time to get out and explore all the city has to offer. From festivals and markets to hikes and picnics, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
LION'S HEAD SUNRISE
Hike up Lion’s Head at sunrise and you will be rewarded with one of the most incredible views in all of Cape Town. The sun rises over Table Mountain and the city, painting the sky in a spectrum of oranges, pinks and reds. It’s an unforgettable experience that should definitely be on your Cape Town bucket list. The hike is not too strenuous and takes around 1-2 hours to complete. The trail is well marked and there are plenty of places to rest along the way. The views from the summit are truly breath-taking and well worth the effort.
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
An outdoor movie night is the perfect way to enjoy a spring or summer evening in Cape Town. Nothing beats watching your favourite film under the stars, with the fresh air and beautiful scenery of the Mother City as your backdrop. From October, the Galileo Open Air Cinema offers a line-up of romantic comedies, cult classics, and musicals in Cape Town’s collection of open-air venues.
HOP ON HOP OFF CITY SIGHT-SEEING BUS
Hop on and off at your leisure, as you explore all that Cape Town has to offer from the comfort of an open-top, double-decker bus. With twenty different stops, there's something for everyone whether you're interested in history, culture, or nature. Enjoy unobstructed views of Table Mountain, the city skyline, and the surrounding coastline as you cruise past popular attractions like the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Castle, and Signal Hill. Hop off the bus to explore these places and many more at your own pace. With a 48-hour ticket, you can explore everything that Cape Town has to offer at your own pace.
ARTY FIRST THURSDAY
First Thursdays is a monthly art event held in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a free public event that takes place on the first Thursday of every month, when art galleries and other cultural venues stay open late into the night. First Thursdays was introduced to encourage people to explore Cape Town's art scene. The event has since grown in popularity and has become an important part of the city's cultural calendar. First Thursdays is a wonderful way to experience the best of Cape Town's creative scene.
Cape Town's spectacular flower season continues, disbursing blankets of colourful blooms across the nature reserves of the Western Cape from August to late September. There are fields of daisies, vygies, watsonias, strelitzias, and arum lilies, as far as the eye can see, all abuzz with local wildlife.
Cape Town is renowned for sparkling coastlines , beautiful mountain backdrops and its vibrant city centre. Soak up the sun on one of the many golden beaches or take a drive out to Cape Point for breath-taking views. End the day with a sundowner on Signal Hill, and you'll see why Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations.
ST JAMES CATWALK
One of Cape Town's best kept secrets is the St James Catwalk. This hidden gem offers stunning ocean views and is a great spot for a romantic picnic or an adventurous hike. The trail is well marked and easy to follow, making it perfect for all levels of fitness. The walk starts alongside Surfer’s Corner beach in Muizenberg and makes its way past several other beaches and rock pools, before it comes to an end at Danger Beach in St James. Expect to see a variety of birdlife along the way, and if you’re lucky you might even spot some dolphins or whales in the distance.
CAPE TOWN'S TRAIL RUNS
Trail running is a fantastic way to see Cape Town’s natural beauty. Table Mountain is a popular choice for trail runners, offering stunning views of the city and ocean below. For a longer run, head to Silvermine Nature Reserve, where you can explore forests, fynbos and streams. Once you’re out on the trails, take your time and enjoy the scenery. Remember, there’s no rush – just relax and take in the fresh air.
TAKE A STREET ART TOUR
Cape Town is becoming a hub for graffiti and street art, with new murals and pieces popping up all over the city. If you're looking to explore this burgeoning scene, there are plenty of ways to do it. One of the best ways to see street art is simply to walk around and take it all in. Guided walking tours are a great way to do this, as they'll take you to all the best spots and give you some background on the pieces you're seeing.
If you're looking to get more involved, consider joining a street art workshop. These can be found all over the city and will teach you everything from basic graffiti techniques to more complex mural painting. Cape Town is also home to some amazing galleries that showcase street art and graffiti. This is a great way to see work by both local and international artists in one place.