Are you visiting Cape Town in autumn and searching for a few fun things to do? Look no further! We have put together a list of awesome autumn activities to keep you entertained in the Mother City.
As autumn arrives around April and May, Cape Town bids farewell to the long, hot, balmy days of summer and welcomes the cooler weather and red and golden hues of the new season. The great thing about autumn in Cape Town is that while the weather cools down, it’s still mild enough to enjoy many outdoor activities on offer around the city - you can even sneak in a beach visit every now and then if you’re lucky! You’ll see locals slowly start to layer up and embrace more cozy activities like morning walks under autumnal canopies and afternoons spent in cute cafes. This is also the time of year when the city is treated to incredible sunsets which is definitely an awesome way to end your autumn day in Cape Town.
Enjoy a few of these autumn adventures the next time you’re in Cape Town:
1. Autumnal walks
As the high heat of summer fades, this is the perfect time to get outdoors! Take yourself on one of Cape Town’s wonderful hikes or slow it down with a stroll through one of the city’s beautiful green zones. Newlands Forest is great for autumnal walks. It’s dog friendly and you can even sit down and enjoy a picnic if the weather is nice! There are also a number of Table Mountain hikes that begin and end in the Newlands Forest area. Farther into the Southern Suburbs you’ll find the Alphen Trail in Constantia. This is another dog-friendly space that is great for soothing nature walks.
Photos courtesy of Sarah Cullen and Brandon Jameson Dowle
Wherever you are in and around the city, be sure to look up! Autumn turns the green leaves of spring and summer, orange, red and gold in many places! Stellenbosch is one of the best places to admire the changing colours of the trees!
Photos courtesy of Robyn Dyer
2. Sip on a warm cup of tea of coffee somewhere cool
A good hot cuppa’ something delicious is the best way to stay warm as the weather cools down! Cape Town and surrounds are home to a number of great coffee spots and tea houses. Visit O’ways Nigiro Teacafe in Plumstead for a unique tea, coffee and food experience. Stop by the Kirstenbosch Tea Room to fill up with a warm cuppa’ after exploring the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in all its autumnal glory. Visit Truth Coffee in the heart of the city for a cup of coffee with a steampunk twist. Grab a coffee at Hout Bay Coffee which is home to an array of specially selected beans from around the world!
3. Enjoy an adventure on the Franschhoek wine tram
Spending a day on the famous Franschhoek wine tram is a great idea before Cape Town’s notorious winter weather arrives! The wine tram is a hop on hop off experience that takes you around to a number of different wine farms. A combination of a double decker tram and open air tram-buses ferry travellers between wine farms and a number of routes are available. All you need to do is pick the line you’d like to travel and you’re off! It’s a unique and memorable way to discover the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Plus, with transfers offered to and from Cape Town, you can enjoy your wine, knowing you have a safe ride home.
4. Take a road trip up the West Coast Way
If you are looking for a break from the city, a West Coast trip is just the thing you need! Whether you are heading off to stay the night somewhere or are simply getting away for a day trip, travelling the route up the west coast will bring a smile to your face. Follow the R27 and get ready for a mini adventure. Stop in Langebaan and pay a visit to Die Strandloper for some mouthwatering seafood. Enjoy time in Paternoster for a relaxing walk on the beach (and visit the quirky local “Panty Bar” at the Paternoster Hotel). Make your way to St. Helena Bay to admire the views and enjoy a sundowner! These are just a few of the charming towns found along the coast.
Top tip: Keep an eye out on the dk villas blog for an in-depth guide to a West Coast Road trip - coming soon!
5. Forage for mushrooms in Delheim
Feel yourself get back in touch with the earth when you spend the day foraging for mushrooms! Delheim Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, hosts “wild hunts” where you search for mushrooms in a private forest area. Learn about the fantastic fungi, understand how to identify what’s edible and then set off for the forage hunt! It’s a unique day of fun(gi) hunting and gathering!
Keep an eye on the Delheim Wines website for updated event info.
6. Live your best life at a snazzy High Tea
If the weather is feeling slightly brisk outside, it's the perfect excuse to head indoors for a fancy high tea! Cape Town boasts a number of places offering excellent high teas. From the opulence of the Mount Nelson Hotel and the One&Only to the artistry of Coco Safar’s high tea in Sea Point and the breathtaking views you can enjoy from The Silo Hotel in the Waterfront. Take a look at more incredible high tea options here.
7. Cycle along the Sea Point promenade at sunset
Finally, one of our favourite awesome autumn activities is to enjoy a sunset cycle along the Sea Point promenade! Grab your bike or rent one by the hour from Up Cycles at the Sea Point Pavillion and you’re ready to ride. The promenade is an easy route to cycle and offers lovely views of the ocean and the promenade itself. Pedal along, snap some photos and be sure to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset!
Photo courtesy of Sarah Cullen
If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying Cape Town in the autumn season, be sure to put a few of these activities on your Cape Town bucket list!