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Nature & Outdoor Activities in Cape Town


Top Outdoor Activities in Cape Town


Cape Town is a paradise for nature-lovers and adrenaline junkies alike. Whether you’re looking for scenic hiking trails, picnic spots or something more adventurous, you’ll find them all in the Mother City.


Hiking in Cape Town


The Cape Peninsula, with Cape Point at one end and Table Mountain at the other, offers a network of crisscrossing hiking trails that will lead you through indigenous fynbos and forest. Cape Town’s unique floral kingdom boasts the richest concentration of plant species on the planet. 

The Table Mountain National Park stretches approximately 60km from Signal Hill to Cape Point and includes a large portion of the mountain chain of the Peninsula, as well as 1 000 square km of coastline and sea.

Take your pick from these beautiful and well-trodden hiking trails in and around Cape Town:

Read more about Cape Town’s Hiking Trails.

Hiking Trails in Cape Town


Outdoor Adventures for Cape Town Explorers


Here are some of the most popular adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities on offer in Cape Town:


Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities in Cape Town


If extreme sports aren’t your thing, there are plenty of scenic spots to enjoy more relaxing outdoor activities for kids and parents visiting Cape Town.

Have a picnic on the grassy lawns of Kirstenbosch Gardens, spend the morning at one of the city’s much-loved farmer’s markets, or take a dip in one of the Cape’s beautiful tidal pools – natural swimming pools filled by the ocean tides.


National Parks in Cape Town


The City of Cape Town manages several nature reserves and natural areas, with beautiful mountain settings and lots of outdoor activities to experience. For provincial and national reserves in the Western Cape that offer a mountain experience, we recommend browsing the following websites:


Cape Town’s Weather and Climate


When is the best time of year to enjoy outdoor activities in Cape Town? 

The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm summers, rainy winters, and milder in-between seasons. 

Find out more about exploring Cape Town’s mountains, fynbos, and forests, and start planning outdoor activities for your next visit to this gem of a city.

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