Top 10: Things to do in Cape Town in Winter

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and considered to be the Mother City of South Africa! The city is famous for its V&A Waterfront,gorgeous beaches, breathtaking landscapes and innovative businesses. Visiting this part of South Africa is rejuvenating to the soul, and you’ll never run out of incredible things to do!

When in Cape Town during the winter, you might think that your options are slim, but they are not. Summer is the busier season, and you can enjoy the ocean a lot more, but there are still plenty of things to in Cape Town in winter.


Read on to find the top 10 best things to do in Cape Town in winter so that you can enjoy the colder days and still soak up the sensations of this magnificent city.

10 Fun Things to do in Cape Town in Winter

Enjoy the winter in Cape Town by taking part in the 10 best activities we have listed! No matter which ones you choose to do, you are guaranteed to have a blast. You’ll see that Cape Town has so much to offer, no matter what time of the year it is.


1.See The Big Five

South Africa’s big five is unmissable during your time in the country! One of the best places to see all of these majestic creatures in Cape Town, at Aquila Private Game Reserve.

The reserve has fantastic winter specials on spa treatments, accommodation, and safari drives, so you can really reap the rewards of visiting during the colder season. It is also super family friendly!


2. Enjoy Live Jazz

Asking yourself, “what to do in Cape Town when it’s raining?”. Well, jazz is a huge part of the culture in Cape Town, and a jazz show is a must-see! There is an endless amount of places for you to sit back and enjoy an inspiring jazz performance, whilst also indulging in delicious meals and tasty drinks. 

Seeing jazz is one of the most fun, vibey and worthwhile things to do in Cape Town at night. The Crypt is one of the best places to enjoy a stellar line-up of jazz performances.


3. Attend A Coffee Appreciation Course

Ah, coffee… The staple dietary requirement of most people, and a true part of the Cape Town lifestyle! How much do you know about this most-loved warm drink? Would you be surprised to find out how many different varieties and blends there are of coffee beans?

Take advantage of a riveting coffee appreciation course at Truth Coffee’s Barista Academy. This is one of the most fun things to do in Cape Town for couples!


4. Whale Watch 

The oceans of Cape Town are thriving with wildlife! You can catch everything from colorful fish to friendly penguins and seals. One of the most beautiful creatures of the sea, the whale, can be spotted from the comfort of the ocean shores. 

Winter happens to be one of the best seasons for whale watching, so be prepared to see plenty of massive tails waving at you from a distance. 


5. Fine Dine at A Discount

Have you always wanted to have a meal at one of Cape Town’s top restaurants? Now’s your chance! During the winter season, all of Cape Town’s most prestigious restaurants serve scrumptious meals at a discount

This is one of the most appealing things to do in Cape Town when it rains, allowing you a chance to dine on artfully presented meals made by some of the best chefs in South Africa.


6. See Stand Up Comedy

Laugh the day away at the Cape Town Comedy Club. The line-up showcases some of the most hilarious comedians in South Africa, making this one of the best things to do in Western Cape. 

Get ready for a night full of giggles, great company and flavorsome food!


7. Hop on The Franschhoek Wine Tram

Go on a wine tasting adventure with friends or family, and partake in one of the most popular activities in Cape Town – The Franschhoek Wine Tram. Tram trail rides are a fantastic way to not only see Cape Town’s glorious landscapes, but also taste its world-renowned wines. 

Choose one of the many routes, and enjoy the fresh winter air as you travel along the best wine trails!

8. Stroll The Canopy Walkway

One of the best ways to bask in the magic of the city’s natural landscapes is a walk along the Boomslang Aerial Walkway at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Spend the day lazing, surrounded by trees humming with birdlife, and winter plants blooming. You can get an enchanting panoramic view of the mountains whilst on the most beautiful object in South Africa!

You can reach Table Mountain from the gardens, so if you feel like a hike, make sure you come prepared with the best EDC backpack, sunscreen (even in winter), water and a cap and hike up Skeleton Gorge.


9. Go Horse Riding 

See the beauty of Cape Town on horseback! You can take guided gallops and trots through the captivating scenic house trails, or even on the sandy beach. This is an unforgettable experience, and it is a lot of fun if you’re not up for the indoor activities Cape Town offers.

Bond with a four-legged friend and experience the city in a one-of-kind way.


10. Treat Yourself to Brandy and Fudge Tasting

Do we need any reason to taste fudge? This amazing activity is something you can do during any season in Cape Town, but is especially wonderful to do when it’s raining. The KWV Wine Emporium in Paarl offers sweet pairings, and the brandy will keep you warm on those chilly winter days.

This is one of the most unique indoor activities in Cape Town and is a great romantic date idea!


Final thoughts on things to do in Winter in Cape Town 

Not only do you now know there are there plenty of things to do in Cape Town in winter, but you also know what to do in Cape Town when it rains. The city is overflowing with new experiences waiting to be had! There are also a bunch of fun things to do in with kids during winter.

The things we’ve listed above are bound to blow you away and help you make the most of winter in Cape Town!


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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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