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Parks and nature in Cape Town

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Botanical Garden
“An absolutely fabulous place to linger in. Stunning gardens, wonderful restaurants / cafe with delicious food. Do not miss this special venue.”
  • 719 locals recommend
Park
“Boulders beach is a quaint, sheltered beach with fascinating rock formations all around. It also serves as an entry point for the penguin colony. If you're going there on a weekend, be sure to get there early to find a good spot.”
  • 268 locals recommend
Park
“I don't have the words except that we love to walk and and enjoy the beauty mixed with historic buildings. Quote :There is so much to explore in terms of history inside the garden. Near the Adderley Street entrance a statue of Queen Victoria stands overlooking the Slave Lodge, while a statue of Jan Smuts looks on. Just over the road is the St George’s Cathedral, known as the “people’s church”—even during the apartheid era, all races were welcomed. It was also the starting point for the 30,000-strong demonstration led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1989—and where Tutu coined the phrase ‘rainbow people’ to describe the diversity of South Africa’s population. The Garden is also home to the South African Museum and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre here, where you can view exhibits about the atrocities suffered by Jews during World War II. Beyond that, there are dozens of little historical treasures you’d easily miss if you weren’t looking for them. There is the Rutherford Fountain—which still stands on the original spot where it was erected in 1864—and the well pump embedded in an oak tree which dates back to 1842. There’s also the oldest cultivated tree in South Africa—a saffron pear, propped up on huge steel crutches. ”
  • 246 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Park
“A little Eden in the middle of the Mother City, Green Point Park (managed by the City’s Strategic Assets Department) lies right below the Cape Town Stadium. Enjoy a spontaneous afternoon picnicking on the open lawn while the kids run free, or take a walk, run or cycle in the fresh air surrounded by the sounds of the ocean. Could an outdoor space tick more boxes? Why they’ll love it: There’s plenty of space to run around; a gated Tot Lot playground with swings, a jungle gym, slides and tunnels; and a bricked path along the water where they can cycle safely. Add to that, one of Cape Town’s favourite ice-cream parlours, The Creamery, is just a short walk away.”
  • 156 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“A must visit place to appreciate this African Penguin colony and picturesque bathing beach”
  • 170 locals recommend
Vineyard
“One of the oldest wine farms in South Africa - such a beautiful historic place! A must see”
  • 106 locals recommend
Park
“Wonderful walks among SAs best plants. Sweet restaurant. And a hike with waterfall swims. It also has 5km park runs every Saturday morning at 8. There is an entrance fee (except when doing the park run) ”
  • 66 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“On Sunday afternoons during the summer months you can take along a picnic blanket, some snacks and drinks and listen to local bands - famous and less famous - for free! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“A very dog & kid friendly park that hosts free local music concerts every Sunday afternoon in the summer.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Playground
“Hidden deep within the Constantia Nek forest (okay, fine, not that deep), in the shadow of the misty mountains (okay, fine, they’re not that misty), lies this treetop playground. The four obstacle courses – two of which are suitable for young children, while the other two are geared towards teenagers and adults – have all the ziplines, cargo nets, and elevated platforms a budding Indiana Jones could want. Assistants are available in case any of the kids need a helping hand, and there’s a restaurant onsite where parents can relax. Why they’ll love it: Kids no longer have to listen to their parents yapping on about how “in our day, we used to climb trees,” because at this park they get to take tree-climbing to a whole new level, while getting a good workout and improving their coordination and planning in the process.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Playground
“A massive and pet friendly park that includes a gated play area for younger children and other play areas along the walk path. Numerous owls have been spotted here so keep an eye out in case you’re lucky! A great spot for peaceful yoga or some safe jogging off of the streets. Come here to have a picnic or play some games, huge grassy fields to play ball!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Playground
“Exfoliate your feet as you dig your toes into the white washed sand of Bloubergstrand (Blue Mountain Beach). Look out across the sweeping blue Atlantic Ocean as cobalt currents carry your gaze toward Robben Island. Cast your line of sight across Table Bay to Table Mountain raising your hand to trace the iconic shape that symbolises all that is Cape Town. This linear beach stretch has monumental views of the Mother City's rock face and as a result is not shielded by this mountain range from the wind which blows in kite-surfers and wind-surfers with gusts. Kids delight as their coloured kite sails take to flight on the end of strings.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Playground
“Nice place to take the kids to play on one of the many rides and jumping castles. Nice place to eat at the nursery as well. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Playground
“kids friendly jungle gyms, ducks and ponds, clear paths and a nice walk, security during the day”
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
“If you enjoy jogging, walking or short cycles, the park is ideal. The park is used on weekends for craft markets, outdoor exhibitions, etc”
  • 3 locals recommend

Beaches

Nature Preserve
“A must visit place to appreciate this African Penguin colony and picturesque bathing beach”
  • 170 locals recommend
Trail
“If you like evening or morning walks, the Sea Point Promenade is a beautiful walk next to the ocean, there are often dog walkers, runners and cyclists on this route. If you're feeling up to it, you can walk all the way around the cost to Clifton beaches and end up in Camps Bay. ”
  • 153 locals recommend
Beach
“Referred to as the ‘French Riviera of South Africa’, Clifton beaches dazzle with its white sand and turquoise waters. Divided by granite boulders, the four beaches – namely First Beach, Second Beach, Third Beach and Fourth Beach – ensure visitors are really spoilt for choice when deciding where to swim or surf. First beach is particularly popular amongst surfers and beach volleyball players – a veritable playground of sporting people. Second and Third beaches are the beaches of the 20-somethings looking for a party and a good tan. Fourth beach is perfect for families as it has lifeguards, excellent facilities and a place to buy cold drinks and snacks.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Beach
“Lovely beach to spend the day. They have umbrellas and loungers to rent as well.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beach
“If the wind is blowing in Camps Bay, venture over to Clifton 4th. Wind Free, iconic beach!”
  • 79 locals recommend
Beach
“Clifton Beaches are all located next to each other. The are named Clifton beaches 1-4, each with its own unique perks and all equally beautiful white sands and clear water. You can walk from one to the other along the beach. Must visit 100% visit the beach, when in Cape Town.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Beach
“This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town and one of the closest to us. We especially late afternoons and sunsets on Llandudno. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Trail
“There's nothing like a walk, run or hire a bike for a ride along this iconic promenade, which stretches most of the seaboard. Stop for an ice-cream along the way!”
  • 60 locals recommend

Trails

Scenic Lookout
“Self-Drive to the top of signal hill and you will not regret it. Sit on their designated spot at the top with many other cape Etonians winding down to the sunset. ”
  • 155 locals recommend
Trail
“If you like evening or morning walks, the Sea Point Promenade is a beautiful walk next to the ocean, there are often dog walkers, runners and cyclists on this route. If you're feeling up to it, you can walk all the way around the cost to Clifton beaches and end up in Camps Bay. ”
  • 153 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Hike up lions head, also great views! around 1.5-2.5 hours hike. You can also run it if you're fit!”
  • 112 locals recommend
Trail
“A hiker & nature lover's dream! Hike or mountainbike on a mountain trail through woods all the way to refreshing waterfalls. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Trail
“Located at the foot of Helderberg Mountain with great picnic spots in the shade of huge oak trees and various walking trails up the mountain. A small coffee shop offers light meals an a variety of drinks & treats.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Forest
“Beautiful walking/running/cycling trails. Lovely for dog-walking. Recommended to go with a friend.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Trail
“There's nothing like a walk, run or hire a bike for a ride along this iconic promenade, which stretches most of the seaboard. Stop for an ice-cream along the way!”
  • 60 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A great place to snorkel amongst the kelp. You can see fish and lots of marine life. Further on there is a boardwalk to the beach. Easy to park the car. There is good cafe and restaurants and a brilliant surf shop. One of our favourite beaches.”
  • 29 locals recommend
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