When everyone in the Northern hemisphere is going to beaches filled with people, why not try a more original destination: Cape Town during the Winter! During this period, the city is yours and you can make the most of it avoiding the crowd of the high season. Moreover, the cost of life is cheaper, which allows you to enjoy even more Cape Town!
Let’s discover 5 activities among so many others that you can do during the Winter in the Mother City…
1. Whale Watching
It is now worldwide known that South Africa is on marvelous place to see whales, especially Southern Right Whales. From July to November, they live the cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean to our coasts to give birth to they calves. From the Sea Point Promenade or Camps Bay, you can see some whales at the horizon. However, if you want to be sure to see them, do not hesitate to drive to Hermanus, one of the best spots of the world for whale watching. Every year, these impressive creatures come to greet the onlookers, sometimes very close to the seaboard!
For those who are curious or simply wish to approach them in their natural environment, cruises are at your disposal to make your dream comes true.
Who has never dreamed to master the waves of the Atlantic Ocean? Cape Town is probably one one the best places in the world to try it! According to your level, different beaches are made for you. Don’t forget that whether the season, the Atlantic Ocean is always quite chilly, so don’t forget the wetsuit.
Located 30-minute drive southwards from the Cape Town City Centre, Muizenberg is the perfect area for beginners with many places to rent a surfboard and a wetsuit. Many families also like to come to Muizenberg for a walk on the sand next to the characteristic colorful beach houses. After your sessions, coffees and restaurants will be glad to welcome you to have some rest.
- Big Bay
Also 30-minute drive from Cape Town, but northwards, Big Bay is situated next to Blouberg. In addition to a postcard view of Table Mountain accross the bay, it is recommended fo all levels of experience, depending on the wind, of course. Friendly and helpful local people will be delighted to enquire you.
At the foot of the mountains, Llandudno is a a very popular area, whether to go surfing or try other sports like body board. So, be prepared to share the waves! This area is recommended to experienced people, especially because of the boulders and hollows escorting the waves.
Winter is a good season for hiking in Cape Town. Indeed, you can explore the city and its surrounding without dealing with high temperatures and sunburns. June is the rainy month and during winter, temperature fluctuates on average between 7 and 20 degrees Celsius. However, it is not rare to have sunny days with temperatures between 21 and 26 degrees.
So, this is the perfect weather to climb Table Mountain or Lion’s Head for instance, to be able to overlook the Cape Town for a while. Many other hiking path are on your disposal for all levels, just remember to never go alone for your own safety. Check here to find the right one for you!
If you prefer stroll instead of a sports walk, you can explore the different markets of the city. Clothes, arts and crafts, wine or food, everyone can find something that corresponds to him. Here are 4 famous markets you can’t miss during your stay.
- The Hout Bay Craft Market
Only open during weekends, it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the South African atmosphere. Against a backdrop of live music, discover items made this beads, handmade jewels among many other different kind of items. At the back of the place, you will find a lot of stands with cuisine for all around the world. Feel free to try a Springbok burger par example, it is delicious!
- The Neighbourgoods Market
Located in Woodstock and also open durig weekends, it is a charming place where you can find a Saturday morning for instance. In a relax atmosphere, enjoy the different stand offering clothes, wine, ornamentations,… in an Old Biscuit Mill. Before living, take the time to try some yummy dishes like French crepes, wraps, burger and even smoothies, there is something to suit all tastes!
- GreenMarket Square
It is a different kind of market located in the City Bowl. No food there but many souvenirs to bring back from South Africa like scraves, cups, paintings, textiles, sculptures, jewels,… but remember to be ready to bargain if you want to buy something! A welcoming and warm atmosphere reigns there. during weekends, it is not rare to see groups of young people dancing in the street. It is very pleasing and impressive to watch!
No need to be in summer to appreciate a good glass of wine looking at the splendid Winelands at the foot of the mountains. You can choose to discover several domains in an authentic way, speaking to a winegower while you taste some of its wine during a full day tour in the Winelands. If you prefer going at your own pace, during the winter, there are many festivals about this theme.
- The Hermanus Food and Wine Festival
During 3 days at the beginning of August, the event is a fantastic opportunity to discover the wealth of the Overberg region. Each year, it is recognized as one of the best Wine Shows in South Africa. From 1998 to 216, the number of producers moved from 6 to 80 and is still increasing!
- Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase
If you are a wine lover, it is the place to be! During only one day, expert will taste the finest South African wines. Bring your friends with you to spend a moment out of time…
It is not because it is Winter that there is nothing to do in Cape Town and around. On the contrary, a lot of activities are waiting for you to spend memorable day in the Mother City!