Most tourists that visit Cape Town only get to enjoy a small part of what is available. There are many secret sights and unexpected things that can be done. Hidden gems are almost everywhere, ranging from the colorful secret beaches to some viewpoints that give you a perfect view for Instagram pictures.
The truth is that one of the best things to consider when visiting is to enjoy the local experiences in Cape Town. With this in mind, here are some lesser-known attractions that you should seriously consider putting on your to-see list.
Kloof Corner’s Panoramic Views
Kloof Corner offers wonderful vies of the city, Camps Bay and Lion’s Head. It is a sunrise spot in the city and you will surely enjoy it even at sunrise.
In order to get to Kloof Corner, you have to go on a half an hour hike. It is really easy to finish it but you have to be careful that you do not go on the Kloof Ridge hike, which is a very challenging Table Mountain hike that should only be considered by people in top physical shape.
Bo-Kaap is a really colorful neighborhood in Cape Town’s Malay Quarter. Streets are lined with lovely painted houses located under Table Mountain’s stunning backdrop. This is a perfect place to visit if you enjoy afternoon walks and you can easily enjoy the local culture since you have access to local food options and can even join cooking classes. A food tasting tour that allows you to also enjoy the houses is the best way to enjoy Bo-Kaap.
Woodstock’s Street Art
Woodstock is a rather unknown gritty neighborhood in Cape Town, close to Devil’s Peak. There are many tiny streets there featuring fascinating street art and colorful murals. You can also visit the locally-renowned Old Biscuit Mill, which is a conglomerate of quirky shops. During Saturday mornings, the area becomes a food market.
If you decide to visit, remember that most of the beautiful street art is actually contained in a rectangle that is made out by Victoria Road and Albert Road. Start from Essex Street. You can rent a car to experience the neighborhood but there are also street art tours you can join.
Stony Point Penguin Reserve
When you learn about Cape Town, there is a very big possibility you do not hear about penguins. If you love these animals, you should know that in the Betty’s Bay seaside village, which is 1 hour from Cape Town, you can visit the lovely Stony Point Penguin Reserve. There you can actually find the largest colonies of African Penguins in the entire world. This location is not as known as Boulders Beach and you can see thousands of penguins that waddle and mind their families.
The District 6 Museum in downtown Cape Town’s former District 6 region teaches you about the dark side of South African history. There were over 60,000 people that were forcibly relocated to some derelict areas, with their homes in the District destroyed. For many tourists, a visit to this museum is a clear highlight as it offers a lot of information about what life was life in the past for people living in Cape Town.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
It is hard to beat a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak and the Atlantic Coast. This drive is cut out right from the cliff and can only be described as a hair-raising experience. Rent a car and start your drive in Hout Bay. Then, go past Chapman’s Point to Noordhoek. Beautiful ocean views will be seen all along the way and Chapman’s Point is usually the highest point of any local drive.
Lion’s Head – Wally’s Cave
Lion’s head is a majestic landmark in Cape Town that offers fantastic views of Table Mountain. The hike there is popular but since you are there, why not go to a place where tourists rarely go? We are talking about Wally’s Cave, which is one of the many hidden caves in the region with Table Mountain views. It is really accessible and you just have to talk to locals to learn what hike to take. People will be more than happy to help you out.