Skeleton Gorge (hike up Table Mountain)

The beautiful forest-like start and the beach-like finish to this hike makes this strenuous trail well worth the climb. It’s only about 3km, which sounds easy enough, but remember this is Table Mountain we’re talking about.

You start your hike in the abundant Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (you’ll need to pay the regular entry fee) and climb up the back of Table Mountain. The first half is shaded and feels like you’re in a jungle somewhere far-off, but you’ll start seeing some spectacular views closer to the top. It’s a tough climb, but pack some snacks and enjoy a break on the aptly-named Breakfast Rock or relax on the “beach” at the reddish Hely-Hutchinson reservoir at the summit (please don’t swim here). It’s one of five reservoirs on the mountain and is a beautiful sight to behold.

From here it’s about an hour walk to the Table Mountain Cableway station if you want to spare your knees the trip down. Take the signs to Maclear’s Beacon and visit the big cairn that marks the highest point on Table Mountain (1 086 metres above sea level) on your way. Another option is to take Platteklip Gorge down, otherwise, head down Skeleton Gorge or Nursery Ravine to end up where you started.

Approximate time: 2- 4 one way hours one way depending on fitness and breaks.

Platteklip Gorge (hike up Table Mountain)

This zig-zag up the Table is the most popular route and feels a little like climbing stairs for an hour or two (or three, depending on fitness). It’s a beautiful trail and when the weather is good you’ll encounter many other hikers, so it’s a more social hike with great people-watching possibilities.

You’ll start the route on Tafelberg Road. Carry on driving after the Cableway station until you see the Platteklip sign and parking. When you start walking, keep left till you see the Platteklip turnoff. You’ll zig-zag your way up to a ravine and just when you feel like you’ve had enough you’ll emerge at the top. From there you take the route to the right and then you’ll be at the top of Table Mountain, where you can walk to the Cableway and restaurant with ease.

Approximate time: 1.5 – 3 hours one way depending on fitness and breaks.

Table Mountain Cable Car

Consisting of layers of Table Mountain Sandstone and Cape Granite formed by igneous and glacial action 520 million years ago, Table Mountain is at least 6 times older than the Himalayas, making it one of the oldest mountains in the world.

The cable cars have a carrying capacity of 65 people, transporting approximately 800 people per hour.

Similar rotating cable cars are in use at Mount Titlis in Switzerland and in Palm Springs, USA. The base of the cable cars have built-in water tanks carrying 3 000 litres of water used for ballast in the windy season and to supply fresh water for visitors. The cables are attached to counter weights, each weighing 134 tonnes.

The cable cars are round to provide a 360° view, and to be aerodynamic in high winds (which means a smoother ride for you).

Cave Golf (Simons Town)

The recent Simon’s Town Cave Golf layout is longer and more spacious than its popular V&A sister-course.

This highly-rated, fun and challenging 18-hole course meanders downwards from the back of the Scratch Patch and through a series of underground areas that feature rock walls, some highly imaginative cave and mine obstacles and ancient relics, an underground waterfall, and fabulous mineral displays that are imbedded in the surrounding rock just as they were originally discovered. There’s even a section that is lit only by UV light, and each hole has been thoughtfully designed and constructed, and carefully finished to a very high standard. And people of all ages love it!

Scratch Patch (Simon’s Town)

The original, and now world-famous, Scratch Patch was started in Simon’s Town in 1970. It has since been “copied” in other parts of the world!

It is a place where you can have loads of fun “scratching” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor.

There are a wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones in the Scratch Patch, mostly popular Southern African stones such as Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper, Agates and Crystals. If you’re lucky, you might find virtually anything including Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate and some really exotic stones!

Scratch Patch (V&A Waterfront)

It’s an inexpensive visit and popular with all ages – and being surrounded by so many colourful stones is a memorable and uplifting experience. More and more “mainstream” people are starting to believe that gemstones have “powers” – and being surrounded by so many beautiful polished gemstones certainly does have a calming effect on many people – and especially children!

An inexpensive visit and popular with all ages.

You can purchase one of three sizes of plastic bag or a cup. You can fill your bag or cup with your favourite gemstones.

Kids Fun at the V&A Waterfront

There’s no shortage of exciting and educational activities for the whole family at the Waterfront.

Cave Golf (V&A Waterfront)
Cave Golf is 18-hole mini-golf. The layout is fun to play, and despite being relatively short and compact, it’s well-designed and challenging enough to be…
Scratch Patch (V&A Waterfront)
It’s an inexpensive visit and popular with all ages – and being surrounded by so many colourful stones is a memorable and uplifting experience. More…

Cave Golf (V&A Waterfront)

Cave Golf is 18-hole mini-golf. The layout is fun to play, and despite being relatively short and compact, it’s well-designed and challenging enough to be enjoyed even by regular golfers. It’s also indoors, so can be played and enjoyed in any weather!

Robben Island Tours

Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” with a rich 500 year old multi-layered history, is visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honour the important aspects of South Africa’s history that the Island represents.

Embark on a fully guided tour to South Africa’s famous World Heritage Site: walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, tour the island’s rich fauna and flora treasures, visit the lime quarry where the political prisoners worked, and see the village where former warders lived. The standard tour to Robben Island is 3.5 hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (V&A Waterfront)

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public, not-for-profit institution that exhibits, collects, preserves and researches contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora; conceives and hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational, discursive and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and strives for access for all.

The museum’s galleries feature rotating, temporary exhibitions with a dedicated space for the permanent collection. The institution also includes the Centre for Art Education, the Centre for the Moving Image, and a project space for emerging artists.