4 ways to soak up the Cape Town summer
Cape Town’s weather is fabulous this time of year with sunny days on the horizon until the colder weather creeps in a few months. Briony Brookes, the Communications and PR Manager of Cape Town Tourism, shares how travellers can enjoy in Cape Town on a warm summer’s day:
Watch the sunrise from Lion’s Head and sunset from Signal Hill
Sunrise is beautiful anywhere in the world, but a sunrise from Lion's Head is one of those rare uplifting sights that you have to see once. When hiking up before the crack of dawn, you’ll be rewarded with 360° views of Cape Town. Signal Hill, with its striking views of the city, the ocean and the mountains, is an incredible spot for watching the sunset in the Mother City. Arrive early to secure a good spot before it gets overcrowded.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
With the expansive Atlantic Ocean on one side and the beautiful views of the Constantiaberg Mountain on the other, Chapman’s Peak Drive is ideal for a lovely sunset car drive with your loved ones. There are also look-out spots and over 50 picnic spots along the road. So, pack some snacks and take in everything Chapman’s Peak has to offer.
Go all the way to the tip of the African continent
No Cape Town itinerary is complete without a trip to Cape Point. Many tourists and locals are under the impression that the only thing worth seeing at the Reserve are the Lighthouses. They couldn’t be more mistaken. There are plenty of things to do at Cape Point, whether it’s going on a hike or taking a ride on the Flying Dutchman Funicular (the only one of its kind on the African continent.) The Reserve also has a secret beach which is just waiting to be discovered, although swimming isn’t allowed there owing to the strong currents. Locals also qualify for a discount at Cape Point when bringing along their IDs.
Take a stroll through the art-filled streets of Woodstock
Woodstock has the best street art in Cape Town. Over 100 works of colourful street art adorn the corners and streets of this bustling neighbourhood. One could easily spend a couple of hours just roaming the streets and admiring this vibrant area. There are also guided walks available which allow you to meet the artists behind the art and discuss the meaning of some of the images.