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Skate or Cycle Along Sea Point Promenade

Take a journey through the 90’s by cruising down the beautiful Sea Point Promenade on the choice of either a vintage bicycle or rollerblades. The promenade stretches down 7km of one of the most glorious beachfronts in the world, which springs to life on summer days with an abundance of life and activities to involve yourself in.

Link: upcycles.co.za

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Lion’s Head Sunset Hike

The Cape Town sunset is something out of a storybook, and to really experience the full magnitude of this sight, one must see it from a 360 degree vantage point. A relatively short hike to the top (more often than not bumping into a friendly dassie or small buck along the way), you will be blown away from the panoramic view of the sun melting into the Atlantic on one side and the Mother City starting to light up for the night on the other.

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Elephant’s Eye Cave Hike

Lead your own exploration mission through the picturesque Silvermine Mountains. A walk through the deep mists of the mountain, a dip into the mystical pools, or a hike to the hidden cave inside the eye of the elephant will tap into your inner explorer and will really be an adventure you will never forget.

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Newlands Forest Trail Run

Time to dust off those takkies and tackle the trail run. The entire route is teeming with friendly dog walkers, joggers, hikers and families who are just enjoying being out in the nature. A must do whether you are looking for some good exercise or just a leisure walk through an oak utopia.

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Surfing at Muizenberg Beach

Grab your board and head down to the surfers’ cove of Cape Town – Muizenberg Beach. The beach explodes to life during the day, as a number of amazing cafés and restaurants line the beachfront, but more importantly, the swell produces some of the best waves in Cape Town. There are boards to hire at the beach if you left yours at home so it really is a no brainer to head down there as soon as you can!

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Clifton 4th

Situated on one of the trendiest beaches in South Africa, Clifton 4th now places host to one of the greatest beach past times – Stand up paddle boarding. Take on the ocean whilst you stand up on your own fibreglass stallion, gliding through the water taking in the sights and sounds of the horizon on one side, and the more often than not fully packed beach on the other.

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Noordhoek Beach Horse Riding

See the world from horseback as you take a two-hour journey through the wetlands onto the stunning Noordhoek beach. The sea airs will breath pure freshness into your journey as you venture along the water’s edge or the back pan towards Chapman’s Peak and back. A variety of wildlife will be on display along the way as birdlife, whales, otters and seals are often seen along the path.

Link: www.horseriding.co.za

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RUSH, Stadium on Main

A new craze that is sweeping the nation, RUSH Trampoline Park offers you the opportunity to relive your childhood dreams in a trampoline wonderland. Everywhere the eye can see is covered in your favourite bouncy material that will make you touch the sky and be impossible to remove the smile off your face. For a day of fun and utter childish enjoyment, this is your place.

Link: rushsa.co.za

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Fan Walk (Centre of town to Sea Point)

Built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this journey through the Cape Town is filled with life and animation everywhere you look. There are a vast amount of pubs, restaurants, hotels and shops all-leading up to the magnificent Cape Town Stadium – It really is a representation of the life and soul of Cape Town.

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Mashy Golf, The River Club

For the more social golfers out there who aren’t quite ready to hit the full 18 on the Links quite yet, this is the option for you. A specially crafted par 3 course, you will be able to enjoy playing these 9 holes in a relaxed manor but still feel like you’re out on the course. For those who enjoy sports, it’s a great way to spend the day out in Cape Town’s beautiful summer weather.

Link: riverclub.co.za

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Inside & You’re Out Burgers, 103 Bree Street

One of Cape Town’s premier burger spots serves unbelievably tasty meals with the twist of being 100% environmentally friendly at the same time. Patties filled with all natural deliciousness will melt in your mouth and make sure you try the crispy kale chips as a side – they are a true delight. It’s the perfect combination, all of the burger and none of the guilt!

Link: iyoburgers.co.za

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Hallelujah, Kloofnek Street

The literal definition of dynamite comes in small packages; this Asian food and champagne bar keeps things small and simple, but packs a powerful punch. They serve Dim sum-style portions with a serious gourmet backbone that are designed to be shared, are the talk of the town at the moment. It’s only a matter of time before people will be queuing out the door to enjoy this fine Asian cuisine.

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Spasie Underground, Church Street

Located in the heart of the CBD, this is the first underground restaurant to come to this city. They are best known for their chef’s table, which is where Spasie invites the country’s top chefs and rising stars to take the reigns in their kitchen each week, for a once in a lifetime exclusive dining experience. Make sure you book in advance, as you will struggle to find a night of the week that this new-age restaurant is not full.

Link: spasie.co

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Raw and Roxy, Albert Road (Woodstock)

This all vegan café serves sincerely marvellous food. Offering salads, freshly squeezed juices, vegan patisserie, vegetable chips, hot tonics, raw vegan food and so much more that will turn you into a full time herbivore. If you’re looking for an alternative to meat or a healthier option to dine out, look no further than here!

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Nu Health Food Café

The freshest global trend comes to life with Nu Health Food Café, which uses only the finest local produce for all foods on the menu. A friendly atmosphere with a comfortable, relaxed interior will make you feel right at home as you enjoy a number of delicious health foods or different fruit combinations in their nutritional smoothies.

Link: nufood.co.za

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Four and Twenty (Wynberg)

A café that has been open for coming on two years now, this new hotspot for breakfast and lunch offers a quirky French-style café experience will some seriously good food. The menu is made to charm and impress you from start to finish, and don’t forget to pick up some of the amazing baked goods and confections on your way out, they are simply to die for. If you have a sweet tooth, look no further!

Link: fourandtwentycafe.co.za

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Sushi Box (Newlands)

Sushi like you’ve never had it before, the different combinations are served in various box options for your eating pleasure. Freshly made sushi by some of the top sushi chefs in the country, you will struggle to find a better dish of sushi around. The restaurant is petit but is comfy and has a certain classy look to it; they also specialize in take-outs if you prefer dining at home.

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Root Bar, Dean Street (Newlands)

With the mantra of ‘Get back to your roots’, it’s not hard to believe that consuming predominantly fruits and vegetables is a priority in their diet. This café has delightful breakfast options and a number of fruit based juices that are a wonder to the taste buds and extremely good for you at the same time. Give them a visit for sure!

Link: rootbar.co.za

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Groot Constantia Wine Tours

When it comes to wine tours in South Africa, it’s hard to find a better place to go then Groot Constantia. Built on 300 years of rich heritage, they pride themselves on offering tasters the highest quality wine around. With cellar tours, chocolate and wine pairings and an amazing in-house restaurant, it will be a highlight of your holiday.

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Wine Tram – Franschhoek Winelands

Take a journey through the magnificent wine lands of Franschhoek on the hop-on hop-off tram that runs through the Franschhoek Valley. The scenery is something out of a fairytale, with unbelievably brewed wines along the way, this open-air tram tour is a unique way to experience some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

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Putt-Putt Mouille Point

A day out that’s perfect for the whole family or a group of friends, the joys of a well-crafted miniature golf course is the ultimate afternoon filled with fun for any day of the week.

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Food Markets (Hout Bay, Biscuit Mill, Cape Point Vineyards Market)

Cape Town boasts a variety of different food markets that allow small business owners the chance to show off their finest foods in an informal market setup. Reasonable prices for some of the best foods you will find anywhere – make sure you visit at least one of the different markets whilst you stay in Cape Town.

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Galileo Open Air Cinema

Situated in the beautiful botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch, the open-air theatre is one of the cultural highlights of summer. One of the most romantic settings for a night out, the sheer exquisiteness of the gardens roofed under a canopy of stars is enough to make you the most popular date ever!

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Clifton 4th Beach (Camps Bay)

Summer has come, and the beach is where you are going to want to be for most of those sunny days. Look no further than Clifton 4th, as it offers you everything you need and more. The beach is a central hub for social entertainment as the masses pour in to enjoy the fun in the sun. It will be hot out there, so pack your sunblock and don’t be afraid to buy an ice cream from one of the charismatic vendors on the beach – “A lolly to make you jolly”.

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Submerged Sundays at Shimmy

When it comes to one of the top party venues of summer, Shimmy Beach Bar is the place to go. Every Sunday this restaurant/bar changes into the party central of Cape Town, with world famous South African band Goldfish lighting up the beach with their top hits. Each Sunday is better than the last, so make sure you get down there if you’re a fan of good music, great people and one of the best beach venues around.

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Shark Cage Diving

The Great White Shark is one of the fiercest and majestic beasts of the deep, both great and terrible at the same time. Get up close and personal with these terrifying sharks safely behind a steel cage, it’s an experience that you will truly never forget!

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Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

If good music is what you love, then these concerts are perfect for you. Cape Town’s famous botanical gardens plays host to live music from some of the most famous local and foreign artists for your viewing pleasure. Make sure you get your tickets booked in advance, as these concerts are as popular as they are amazing.

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