Cape Town in Winter: Not-to-miss for tourists

Winter isn’t known to be the best time to tour in and around Cape Town, but if you take the risk, you’ll get fantastic, off-season prices, and still be blessed enough to see a Cape storm or two. The stormy weather in the Cape is changing, and the Mother City is interspersed with days, sometimes weeks, of pale sunshine between downpours – meaning that your sightseeing will only be interrupted every now and again by a storm.

Here are some not-to-miss activities for your winter escapades in and around Cape Town during the colder season:

Nederburg’s Red Table Restaurant

the lawn at the Nederburg Red Table Restaurant

No trip to the Cape is complete without a visit to a wine farm. Nederburg’s Red Table Restaurant pairs crackling fires and a seasonal menu with some of the Cape’s best wines. Bonus: you’ll get to see the authentic Cape Dutch architecture that the Cape Winelands are renowned for, and astoundingly green landscapes.

 Surfing and kiteboarding

kiteboarders kiteboarding kitesurfers kitesurfing at Blouberg Strand beach Cape Town sunset

Despite most people’s thoughts, May to September might be cold, but it’s fantastic for watersports of all kinds – the waves are bigger, the wind is stronger, and the fun is better.

 Visit the Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope Kasteel de goeie hoop Cape Town

You’ll get a decent dose of Cape history, while being indoors and out of the cold.

 Go whale watching in False Bay or Hermanus

whale rising out of the water on a misty day

The whale season peaks from July to September, and the hour-and-a-half or so drive to the seaside is well worth it. Think cosy views from a restaurant, fresh seafood and whale-watching.

 Irma Stern museum

Irma Stern Museum Cape Town

The Irma Stern museum is top-to-toe, chockablock with incredible works from the late, world-famous artist, and a chilly day can easily be whiled away in the presence of her creativity.


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