Cape Town Bucket List 2023; Deal edition

2023 is the year to start ticking off that bucket my Capetonian lovers , hell maybe create the bucket list first, don’t stress we help you get started! This is the year we take no sh#!t, we do the things we say we are going to do , and we tick that damn list until it’s done!! Sorry if that came across a little aggressive, we are just super pumped this year to help you really live, not coast but experience life.

Cape Town Bucket List 2023; Deal edition

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For both locals and visitors, Cape Town city has an endless number of epic activities for every single age group, how inclusive is Cape Town! Here are some adventures in Cape Town to tick off your bucket list in 2023 friends:

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Go on a helicopter tour Cape Town

There is no better way than to see Cape Town by going on a helicopter tour. This is the ultimate Cape Town bucket list item! Be sure to book in advance to make sure that you’re actually able to take part in this fun experience if your time is limited.

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Snorkel with seals

Snorkelling is the perfect way to be nice and active in the ocean while being close enough to the surface to back out if you need. And, add the ocean’s puppies to the mix and that is a recipe for a great day!

Although seals should not be disturbed, they give you a chance to respectfully witness their beauty up close and learn a bit about our oceans.

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Kayak with dolphins

Experience Cape Town from a different vantage point by kayaking along the stunning Table Bay coastline in the cool Atlantic waters. The cool sea breeze also helps with the the Cape Town heat in Summer.

The trip starts from Three Anchor Bay and goes towards Granger Bay or Bantry Bay, with the most scenic views of the Cape Town.

The row to Granger Bay goes past the Green Point Lighthouse and the wrecks of the Seafarer and RMS Athens, and the Bantry Bay route offers scenic views of Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles.

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Cape Town Bucket List 2023; Deal edition

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)

Stand-up paddle boarding is such a great way to have a refreshing adventure whist taking in views of the beautiful Cape Town. This experience offers you a different perspective, SUP Cape Town gives you the chance to paddle with gorgeous views of the V&A Waterfront.

For people of all ages and abilities, this needs to be on your 2023 bucket List.

Go Sky-Hi with Sky Hotel

The Sky-Hi Ride is a 35-metre ride that is a huge adrenaline rush while experiencing some of the best views of the city in Cape Town.

The ride is part of Hotel Sky in Cape Town where they take you up in a chair lift from the 28th floor before dropping you down, way down!

Picture: @skyhiride / Instagram

Visit the District Six Museum

The District Six Museum was established in 1994, an important political year in South Africa, and focuses on the memories and past experiences to detail our community’s painful history of forced removals under apartheid.

When walking through the museum, you will learn about the area’s history and the people in it.

The work the museum has done revolves around the conversations around land restoration and healing, this museum has been so powerful that it was declared a National Heritage Site in 2006.

Picture: District Six | Museum

Visit Kalk Bay by trail

Visiting Kalk Bay is such a lovely way to spend a day, but doing it by train makes the trip even more special!

The journey takes you just over an hour, and you can tuck into Kalky’s iconic vis and tjips upon when you get there.

Picture: Fish Hoek Beach / Facebook

Test your limits and fears and dive with sharks

You most definitely can go shark cave diving while in Cape Town!b This is an experience for those who are more adventurous at heart for sure but it’s truly a Cape Town bucket list item that you will never forget!

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Abseil Africa assists thrill seeking adventurers who are keen to try something new and daring. This is an activity that requires lots of energy and commitment.

You’ll also have a one-of-a-kind view to conquer your fear of heights if you’re a a bit of an anxious explorer.

Ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is the ultimate way to explore the insanely gorgeous wineland of the Cape, while also doing some taste-testing of course!

You get to visit over six different wine farms in 1 day without worrying about a designated driver between the wine farms. The experience is hosted by informative guides with lots of character.

Picture: Franschhoek Wine Tram

Try cold water immersion

Cape Town’s seawater is known to be infamously cold. But cold-water swimming can actually be so good for your body, and Capetonians are using the icy water as an opportunity to push their bodies & minds to the limit.

If you’re a beginner to the cold water immersion, you could need some guidance. Secret Sunrise is holding a series of water immersions from February to April that will get your heart pumping with excitement.

Picture: Secret Sunrise Cape Town / Facebook

Watch a movie under the stars

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is such a magical way to spend a perfect summer evening. Screenings of movies – both old and new – at magnificent Cape Town locations with your friends or family is so sweet.

The movies are hosted at different venues on different dates, Newlands, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Century City, Paarl and Somerset West, with ticket prices starting at R129 per ticket.

Picture: Galileo Open Air Cinema

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Soak in the views from Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a mountain that is located right near Table Mountain in Cape Town. It’ mostly referred to as Lion’s Rump and offers some of the best views in the whole of Cape Town. You can take a hike to the top of the hill for the sunrise and you’ll be well rewarded!

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is situated along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and is the largest museum of it’s kind in the world. The museum is solely dedicated to showcasing African art and opened just a few years ago in 2017.

Take a Ride in the Blue Train to Port Elizabeth

If you are visiting Cape Town, you absolutely should try to hop on at least one train for the scenic ride. A perfect train to get on is the Blue Train that will bring you all the way to Port Elizabeth. The Blue Train it is a luxury train, you will be rewarded with great views and even better dining.

Go glamping in Cape Town

Cape Town is home to some of the most intense natural scenery in the world, and there is no better way to experience it firsthand than by glamping amongst nature. This is a bit more luxurious than just regular camping, but you will of course still be able to become one with nature. Glamping is the perfect way to have a romantic retreat!

Visit the Famous Simon’s Town in the Western Cape

Simon’s Town is located along the Western Cape and is one of the best places to visit in Cape Town. There are many fun attractions here to do with nature. Make sure you stop at Frank’s Beach and Admirals Waterfall if you have the time.

Visit Seal Island

Seal Island is located near Cape Town, Seal Island is a great day trip that deserves a spot on this Cape Town bucket list ideas. More than 50,000 seals live on the island! The best way to visit there is on a boat, and it’s one of the best places to go to see some of the area’s wildlife.

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Lay out on Camps Bay Beach

For a chilled out time, head to Camps Bay Beach in Cape Town. Camps Bay is a great place to go swimming or even just lay out and get some rays. The views of the nearby mountain range make this beach feel and look like paradise. What more could you ask for? The water here is also extremely clear and extremely cold.

Go on a wine tour in the Cape Vineyards

Did you know that Cape Town actually has stunning vineyards? There are many great wine farms to visit but some favourites are Cape Point Vineyards, Steenberg Tasting Room, and Groot Constantia-Trust. You can either visit these on your own or go on a wine tour.

Hike to the top of Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of the best and most intense mountains to hike to the top of in Cape Town. The elevation is just over 3,500 feet, it can be quite a trek to the top. But, there’s also a cable car ride to the top if you’d rather not hike but still enjoy the views!

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Explore Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap most definitely deserves a spot on this Cape Town bucket list because of it’s character. It’s an area that is filled with bright and colorful houses and apartments, which is why it’s commonly visited by people who are traveling to Cape Town. Make sure to take your camera as the pictures are incredible.

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Take some photos or surf at Muizenberg Beach

Just like Bo-Kaap, Muizenberg Beach is known for its colorful huts along the beachfront. They are vivid and provide a truly picturesque landscape, it’s perfect for photos. No photo editing needed here! This is also a great spot for surfing.

Hike up to the top of Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is another mountain in South Africa that is very popular. From the name you can gather, there are a few different mountains that, together, look like a lion! It’s quite a steep hike to the top, but the views are incredibly breathtaking.

Relax at the Clifton Beaches

Clifton is one of the more luxurious and rich areas in Cape Town, Cliftons beaches are truly beautiful. While it can be expensive to stay here or even own property, Clifton 4th is one of the best beaches you can visit. The sand is gorgeously white and the water is bright turquoise blue.

Visit Boulders Beach to see cute penguins

If you don’t have visiting Boulders Beach on your Cape Town bucket list, then you’re missing out and no one like fomo! Boulders Beach is home to tons of African penguins, and you’ll definitely want to see them during your visit to Africa. The adorable penguins in Cape Town are almost extinct, you might not have that much longer to take in their cuteness.

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Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

These gardens and parks in Cape Town are unlike any other the world, so when visiting, you have to be sure to stop by the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It opened in the early 20th century and has the most beautiful skywalk with trails that will lead you through the park. It feels like something out of the iconic Jurassic Park movies!

Grab some fish and chips at Salty Sea Dog

Seafood is one of the best types of food in Cape Town, and there’s no better place to try it than at the Salty Sea Dog. Located in Simon’s Town This top-rated restaurant serves up affordable and tasty seafood. Make sure you try the fish and chips!

Explore Cape Town’s Company Gardens

The oldest garden in all of South Africa is the Company’s Garden, which was built in the 17th century. Filled with walking trails, wildlife, and surprisingly monuments including the Artillery Memorial and the Japanese Lantern Monument.

Cape Point Lighthouse

Cape Point is one of the most beautiful places to visit on this Cape Town bucket list. The Cape Point Lighthouse shows off breathtaking views and opened in 1919. While it is a slight hike to get to the top, you won’t regret it once you can see all the surrounding area from above.

Visit the Iziko Slave Lodge

The Iziko Slave Lodge is a museum that is dedicated to showcasing the country’s social history. It’s one of the most famous museums in Cape Town is located near the Company’s Garden. The topic can be a bit heavy, so keep that in mind when visiting the Slave museum.

Catch the sunrise or sunset at Sea Point Promenade

Sea Point Promenade is a long stunning trail along the water. It’s gorgeous at either sunrise or sunset! Go on a walk, jog, or even rent a bike for a quick ride, this is a great place to soak up the views and get some of that Cape Town fresh air.

Do some shopping at the Neighbourgoods Market

The Neighbourgoods Market is a great public farmer’s market worth visiting if you are in Cape Town over the weekend! They sell gorgeous fresh produce, and is packed with luxurious flavors.

See the view from Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is most well-known in Cape Town for its gorgeous views, especially at sunset time! Hence it’s name. This is also such a fun place to go swimming, surfing, and even boating to and you might even see whales and other wildlife.

Go watch a rugby game

One of the best ways to experience a city is to take part in its favorite fun local events, so add a rugby game to your Cape Town bucket list! There are a few different teams in the Cape Town area, it shouldn’t be too hard to catch a game.

Ride the Big Red Bus

One of the easiest ways to go sightseeing in Cape Town is to hop on the Big Red Bus! This is a double decker bus that will bring you to all of the best areas in the city. Purchase a hop on hop off ticket so you can use it whenever you need to.

Rent a local Airbnb in Cape Town

There are a lot of amazing hotels in Cape Town but equally as many fantastic Airbnb properties available! We all know that getting an Airbnb gives you more control on food, laundry and location.

Stop and shop at the V&A Waterfront

V&A is situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, here you will find a variety of restaurants and shops and even get on a giant ferris wheel! You could spend a couple of days here as there is so much to do here.

Eat an early dinner in Kalk Bay

There are several restaurant’s right on the water in Kalk Bay, Harbour House in Kalk Bay is a fan favourite. The food is great, and if you get there early you can get a table with the most gorgeous view of the coast. This is also a great place to stop on your way back from a morning trip to Cape Point.

Cooks Bay in Cape Town South Africa

Drive up to Signal Hill

Take a sandwich and have a picnic at the top of Signal Hill. This is where signal flags were once used to communicate weather warnings to the harbor. Once you’re done with your picnic, take a walk a few minutes down the road to see a spectacular scenic view of Cape Town and the Cape Town Stadium that was built solely for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Signal Hill in Cape Town South Africa

Cape Point National Reserve in Cape Town South Africa