Summer solstice has come!  For those of us in Cape Town, we are in full-swing of the city’s beauty & splendor.  Interns are on holiday which leaves space for exploring, adventure and ticking off things to do on their bucket list.   We know there are incredible beaches and natural surroundings to see, but want to try some quirky fun ways to see and experience Cape Town like a local?

Check out this list of amazing things to do in Cape Town this summer on a budget.  Have more ideas you’d like to add?  We know the ideas are endless. We’d love to know what you enjoy.  Let us know!

Cape Town bucket list in summer

 1. Take the train to the peninsula’s  naval base and historical town of Simon’s Town -where the penguins live!  The ride from Observatory is around 50 minutes, and goes along the ocean for the last 10 minutes of the journey.  Get energised from the fresh ocean breeze and spot the possible sightings of whales in False Bay along the way.  Go old school style and book a seat on the Atlantic steam train!

 2. Are you from the Northern hemisphere and miss sledding, snow or skiing in mountains?  Swap it for a day of tobogganing at Cool Runnings or zipline through the shady & cool canopy layer of Constantia Nek Forest at Silvermist.

3. Go watch movies outside at Cape Town’s open air mobile cinema or go back in time to see a current feature film at the historical Labia Theatre in town.

4. Enjoy an outdoor braai in Ilitha Park aka Groova Park on a Saturday afternoon in Khayelitsha.  Check out the Table Mountain view from the Lookout Hill and see why locals call it the “Sleeping Man.”  You can take a mini-bus taxi with Loyiso from Khayelitsha Travel or plan to spend the weekend with Mama Noks in Khayelitsha Want more outdoor feasts? Venture to the all-you-can eat seafood braai buffet on the West Coast  or make your own braai at Oudekraal with views of Lion’s Head!

Cape Town bucket list in summer

5. Get on a bike and into the winelands of Stellenbosch, Franschoek & Grabouw with a carbon negative Bikes & Wine  half -day tour of wine-tasting, snacks and sights!  Ask for a student discount or wait for full moon and cruise through the city with locals. Want to be by water?  Try stand-up paddle boarding with SUP Cape Town at the waterfront.

Cape Town bucket list in summer

Cape Town bucket list in summer

Cape Town bucket list in summer

Cape Town bucket list in summer