Hello Winter! Warm up with these winter activities in the Winelands

As the end of June approaches, Cape Town and its surrounds are definitely settling into the winter season! During June - August, the days are shorter, there is a crisp chill to the air and the rain arrives. Locals swap shorts and sandals for scarves and thick jackets. Just because the weather is colder, winter here is far from boring!

It’s the time of year for all things cosy; from nights spent snuggling up next to the fire with roasted marshmallows and a glass of red wine, to warming up with a decadent cup of hot chocolate in one of the region's lovely cafes! One of the best places to enjoy the winter season is the Cape Winelands. There are a variety of activities to enjoy during winter. Whether you want to warm up with a wine tasting, gallery viewing or get your blood flowing outdoors, there is something to capture all interests in the Winelands!


Take a look at these top Winelands winter activities:

Enjoy delicious wine tastings next to cosy fireplaces

Sipping on a glass of red wine while sitting next to a crackling fire is a quintessential winter experience! Make it a wine tasting to remember by visiting one of the Cape Winelands’ wellloved wine farms. Pay a visit to Spier, Glen Carlou, Grand Provence, Delaire Graff, Waterford and many, many more! Make a list of the spots you want to visit and start planning a day trip to the winelands! For a unique winter experience, enjoy a glass of hot glühwein!

Glen Carlou

Find an alternative tasting experience

The Cape Winelands is famous for its wine - just look at the name! However, the vineyards and vintages aren’t the only tasty things to discover in the region. For a fun winter warmer activity, why not find a unique, alternative tasting to enjoy?

Try the botanical vinegars at Rozendal, taste olive oil at Tokara and find the perfect ice cream and wine pairings at Clos Malverne (this could be a great sunny winter day activity!). You could also enjoy fynbos cupcakes with wine at Delheim, partake in an opulent Russian High Tea at Hazendal Wine Estate and go on a biltong and droëwors wine pairing adventure at Stellenbosch Hills!

Olive Oil

Admire the art galleries on select wine farms

Get your creativity flowing this winter with a visit to one of the estates in the Winelands that are home to incredible galleries and art works! Visit La Motte to peruse the museum and permanent gallery exhibitions. Delaire Graff is a premier art destination in the Cape; it is home to the famous ‘Chinese Girl’ painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff which is one of the biggest selling art prints of the 20th century! Each artwork on display at the estate is hand-selected by Laurence Graff.

More notable wine estates to visit include Spier which boasts an extensive sculpture and art installation collection, The Gallery at Glen Carlou which features curated exhibitions of South
African artists, Cavalli Estate where you’ll find a subterranean gallery, and Hidden Valley which is famous for its sculptures dotted throughout the grounds.

Cavalli Estate
Cavalli Estate Sculpture

Warm up outside and get active!

Any spot of sunshine that finds its way to the city and surrounds is greatly appreciated and it’s definitely time to head outside and enjoy the outdoors in the cooler weather! And pleasant weather during winter in Cape Town is not as rare as you may think! Enjoy a round of golf at De Zalze Winelands Golf Estates, Devonvale Golf & WIne Estate, and the gorgeous Pearl Valley golf course located at the Val de Vie Estate.

Hikers are in for a treat too in winter! The winelands landscapes are topped with impressive mountains and hills. Visit Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch for shorter hikes and full day treks filled with fynbos and waterfalls! Mont Rochelle Private Reserve is a fantastic option for hikes in Franschhoek as there are a range of trails for all hiking levels and beautiful scenery. Admire the scenery, fynbos and flowers that begin to bloom closer to spring!


Better yet, even when the weather is overcast, you can still enjoy outdoor activities along the coast like surfing and kiteboarding! More on that below.

Check out exclusive winter time events in the Winelands

Winter brings with it a number of exciting events in the Winelands! Visit Babylonstoren to get involved with one of their captivating workshops - from food foraging and winter decor to bread making and crafting handmade soap. Experience Winter of Wander - a food and wine pairing evening series at Durbanville Hills and enjoy live music at Lanzerac Wine Estate. Make a stop at Delheim for an afternoon or evening of cheese fondue! (Note: Usually, Delheim hosts Cheese and Jazz evenings in winter; however due to Covid-19 restrictions, these have been paused for the time being. You can book a table for up to eight guests to enjoy a personal fondue tasting for now!). Finally, Franschhoek traditionally hosts an annual Bastille Day event. The town is alive with French-themed festivities for the French National Day. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, last year's event was held virtually and it may be the same case for 2021. Keep an eye on their social media pages for updates.

Winter Winelands

Follow your favourite Winelands destinations on social media to keep up with winter events!

What’s on in the rest of Cape Town in winter?

If you’re in Cape Town or exploring along the coast this winter season, there are a ton of things to do to keep yourself entertained! One of the most popular is whale watching. Hermanus is the country’s most famous whale watching destination and visitors flock to the coastal town to spot pods of Southern Right Whales from July to November.

Southern Right Whales

While it might sound strange, winter is a great time for all kinds of surfing around Cape Town! The season brings bigger waves, good wind conditions and warmer ocean temperatures. This makes it a great time to enjoy surfing, kitesurfing and kiteboarding.

Winter time is the quiet season for tourists in Cape Town. This means popular landmarks will have fewer crowds. This is your opportunity to travel to the top of Table Mountain without waiting in long lines or stroll around the V&A Waterfront minus the big crowds!

V&A Waterfront

What are you waiting for? Get out and warm up this chilly season with some fun-filled winter activities!

dk villas Guide to the West Coast Wine Routes

The West Coast is a beautiful region of land stretching from Cape Town’s northern suburbs all the way up to the border with the Northern Cape. Along the way, you’ll find a variety of landscapes, unspoiled coastal scenery, quaint fishing villages and historic destinations. Great news for wine lovers - this area is also rich wine-making country! While the Cape Winelands may receive a lot of attention, don’t miss out on the wonders of the West Coast!

The Western Cape is famous worldwide for its award-winning vineyards and wine estates. There are hundreds of cellars producing incredible vintages and bottling some of the best wine in the world. Better yet, they are all accessible from Cape Town! The West Coast Wine Routes are an exciting collection of famous names and boutique cellars.

West Coast Wine Route

With the crashing blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean to your left, follow the N7 northwards and get ready to discover the West Coast Wine Routes! Along the way, you’ll encounter towns that are ever-growing in popularity with visitors, such as Langebaan, Yzerfontein, Paternoster and Darling. There are a ton of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track destinations to enjoy!

Did you know? Quite a few of these wonderful wine estates are accessible from our
Skilliepark Dwarskersbos property on the West Coast. It’s just under two from central Cape Town and promises an incredibly peaceful retreat on the West Coast! You’ll find more info below.

The best way to plan a West Coast Wine Route trip is to choose how far you’d like to travel, pick a few wineries you would like to visit and get moving! Depending on how far up the West Coast you want to go, the drive can take a few hours! Find accommodation, break up the trip with stops at a few wineries (be sure to have a designated driver) or plan a few day trips.

West Coast Wine Routes 2

West Coast Wine Routes Guide:

There are several wine regions and routes found throughout the West Coast including Namaqua West Coast, Cederberg Mountains, Swartland (including Malmesbuy and the Riebeek Valley) and Darling. Each region offers unique wine experiences. We have listed them below along with useful info and a few winery recommendations for your next visit!

Namaqua - West Coast Wine Route

Namaqualand is rich with biodiversity, is close to the Atlantic Ocean and has the Olifants RIver flowing through the region. The sea breeze, sunshine and mild climate create fantastic wine growing conditions, this region boasts a number of big names in the wine world. Namaqua Wines is located in Vredendal and is one of the largest selling wine brands in South Africa - it has been going since 1947! Also in Vredendal you’ll find Teubes Family Wines. The Teubes family have been crafting award-winning wines since 1956 and the wine farm is a great spot to spend a leisurely afternoon wine tasting with friends and family! Klawer Cellars near the Olifants River Valley have an African Ruby Rooibos Vermouth that sounds like a real homegrown gem! More wine farms to check out in the area include Rosslo Wines, Seal Breeze and Lutzville Vineyards (to name just a few!).

Wine Grapes

Cederberg Mountains Wine Route

The Cederberg Mountains produce the highest altitude wine in the cape region. Travel here and you are guaranteed to be impressed by the scenery thanks to the unique mountainous location! Cederberg Private Cellar, located in Dwarsrivier in the Cederberg Mountains, produces awardwinning wines from high altitude vineyards. The remote destination offers a unique terroir and a cool climate. These delicious wines should definitely be added to your taste-list! Two more spots to visit include Tierhoek in Piekenierskloof and Piekenierskloof Wine Company in Citrusdal.


Swartland, Malmesbury and Riebeek Valley Wine Routes

We have grouped these three areas together as they lie in close proximity - however, each guarantees a unique taste of the West Coast! Here you’ll find bright yellow canola fields, fruit orchards, vineyards and wheatfields patchworked across the landscape. Swartland and surrounds offer beautiful wine, olives, food and art! A top stop to visit in Swartland is Org de Rac. It’s located just next to the N7, north from Malmesbury, and was one of the first wine farms in South Africa 100% committed to organic wine-farming! The aim is to produce quality wines as close to nature as possible. In Riebeek Kasteel and the surrounding valley beneath Kasteelberg (castle mountain) you can treat yourself to wine, olives and olive oils at Kloovenburg.
Allesverloren is a historic estate to visit with farming here dating back to the early 1700s!

Wine Cape Town

Darling Wine Routes

Last on the list but certainly not least is the Darling region! Darling is a small town that delights visitors! It is well known for its flowers and for being home to famous cabaret venue Evita se Perron. It’s also home to a handful of excellent wine farms. The area is suited to producing fantastic wines that are down to earth and offer great value for money! Darling Cellars have a wide range of wines available and the grounds are lovely! Groote Post is a historic farm that has a game farm on the property and farm drives are available! Cloof Wine Estate may be best known for hosting the Rocking the Daisies music festival and you can enjoy tasting their award winning wine at the Cloof cellar door. Ormonde Private Cellars produce award-winning wines that reflect the unique terroir of the area. Visit and enjoy great wine, great food and a tranquil atmosphere!

Wine celebration

It’s clear that the West Coast is a veritable smorgasbord of treats for wine enthusiasts! Have you picked your next few must-visit wine destinations yet? Select a few favourites from the list and start planning an unforgettable West Coast Wine Route adventure!

dk villas Best Autumn Adventures in Cape Town

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.

Autumn 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!

Truth Coffee

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.

Franschhoek wine tram

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.

West 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.

mushrooms in Delheim

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.

Mount Nelson Hotel

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!

Sea Point Pavillion

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!

dk villas Sublime Sunset Spots

There are few things in this world that feel quite as magical as watching a beautiful sunset. That moment when the sun dips behind the horizon and the sky is a kaleidoscope of warm oranges, pinks, reds, purples and blues before twilight settles in - it’s absolutely breathtaking! Cape Town is known for its wonderful sunsets and at this time of year, we are treated to some incredibly beautiful scenes.


Life tends to get busy so it is important that we take time to slow down and give ourselves the chance to completely relax and enjoy the moment. Watching the sunset is a stress-free way to do so! It should be something we all strive to slow down and enjoy whenever we can. To make it even easier to enjoy the activity, we have put together a list of seven of Cape Town’s most sublime sunset spots! These range from the well known to those slightly off the beaten path.

Toast to the end of another day and say hello to a new evening at these sunset spots around Cape Town:

1. Camps Bay Strip

Camps Bay Strip

The Camps Bay Strip is one of the most well-known and most popular places to watch the sunset in Cape Town. The palm tree-lined boulevard is buzzing with activity - especially during summer evenings!. People sit down at restaurants, cafes and bars to eat, drink and admire the views! Just across the road on the beaches, you’ll find people set up to watch the sunset from the sandy shorelines. Taking in the scenery, from the lapping blue waves to the Twelve Apostles mountain range (which often take on a golden glow as the sun sets!) is a truly memorable Cape Town experience.

2. Sunset Beach, Bloubergstrand

Sunset Beach, Bloubergstrand

Sunset Beach is a 20 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town. This aptly named destination is an epic spot to watch the sunset from in Cape Town! Settle down in the late afternoon in anticipation of some epic views. Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the city bowl nestled below can be seen from Sunset Beach. Add in the calming colours of sunset and you’ve got some incredible scenery right before your eyes! Head down to the beach for a sunset picnic, to walk your dogs or even to enjoy some yoga at the end of the day.

3. Llandudno


The small seaside suburb of Llandudno is nestled on the Atlantic Seaboard. It is a few minutes drive from Hout Bay and is home to a beautiful beach. The soft, white sand and deep blue waters are perfect for beach activities like sunbathing, surfing, beach volleyball and picnics. Let’s not forget that it’s also a lovely Cape Town sunset spot! Make your way to Llandudno and find a place on the sand to take in the scenic views. Do note that parking can be limited in Llandudno so it is a good idea to go early or be prepared to do some walking!

4. Oudekraal


Located a hop, skip and a jump from the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa near Camps Bay is Oudekraal. The beach is tucked between Llandudno and Bantry Bay and offers beautiful sandy areas, coves separated by huge boulders and spaces to braai.Oudekraal forms a part of the Table Mountain National Park so there are entrance fees and opening hours for the area that is part of the national park. Sunset seekers can enjoy the views from Victoria Road where there are several spots to pull over and park your car. If you are feeling adventurous, scramble up a boulder or two near the water and watch the sun make its way beyond the horizon!

5. Lion’s Head & Table Mountain

Lion’s Head & Table Mountain

Photo courtesy of Luke Bolton

These are two more classic stops that should be on your Cape Town bucket list! Head up Lion’s Head for a sunset hike. Watching the moon and stars appear over Cape Town will stay with you long after you have made your way back down the mountain! The round-trip hike can take between 2 - 3 hours to complete and it will be dark for the descent so pack a headlamp or torch to help you on the way down. Table Mountain is an icon of Cape Town and her sunset viewpoints do not disappoint! Catch a cable car up in the late afternoon and enjoy the sights around the top. Find a spot to sit and take in the views of a glorious sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Important - do keep note of the time of the last cable car trip down!

6. Kloof Corner

Kloof Corner

Photo courtesy of Robyn Dyer

This is another great (and relatively easy) Cape Town hike that rewards you with some amazing sunset views! Kloof corner is a short, simple hike that ends with views of Lion’s Head, Table Bay and Camps Bay. The hike starts near the Table Mountain Cableway and is signposted. It's 20 - 30 minutes to the top and from there, you are free to enjoy the sweeping views!

7. Clifton Beaches & Sunset Rock

Clifton Beaches & Sunset Rock

Finally, you’ll find the last of our sublime sunset spots in the Clifton/Fresnaye/Bantry Bay area. Clifton beaches are well-known and well-loved! The white sandy beaches and cool (chilly!) waters are popular with beach goers during the day and make an excellent spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset as the evening settles in. Find an area that gives you a good view and get ready to enjoy the beauty of the sky! Sunset Rock is slightly less easy to come across than the Clifton beaches but is a local favourite. Travel along Ocean View Drive in Fresnaye/bantry Bay until you reach a dead end. Park your car here and take a walk past bushes and boulders until you find a big flat rock that offers excellent views over Camps Bay and Clifton!

Top tip: The consumption of alcohol is not legal on beaches in South Africa. So enjoy your sunset before you make your way to a nearby bar or cafe for a few cocktails and sundowners afterwards!

Lions Head

Photo courtesy of Robyn Dyer

If you have been lucky enough to catch one of Cape Town’s magnificent sunsets, share your photos with us on social media!

Celebrate Freedom Day in Cape Town with these proudly South African activities!

Freedom and democracy are at the heart and soul of South Africa. Every year on 27 April, the country celebrates Freedom Day.

Freedom Day is a public holiday that marks the anniversary of South Africa's first democratic national elections which took place on 27 April 1994 - 27 years ago! This was the first time that everyone of voting age could vote in South Africa; regardless of race. After the turbulent and dark history of apartheid, the country’s first democratic elections were a time of hope. Now every year on this day people across South Africa enjoy a public holiday to commemorate the long journey to freedom.

Freedom Day

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

If you are in Cape Town this year, celebrate Freedom Day with these proudly South African activities:

Visit Robben Island

Situated just off the coast of Cape Town is Robben Island. This small island is most well-known for housing the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years. Numerous freedom fighters served time here and today, the island and prison are open to visitors as a museum.
Hop on a ferry and cruise across to Robben Island to embark on a museum tour. You’ll see a number of points of interest across the island including the prison itself and Nelson Mandela’s cell. It’s a sobering experience which offers insight into the country’s history and the sacrifices it took to get to where we are today.

Boats depart from the V&A Waterfront and you can book tickets online.

Robben Island

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Robben Island Tour

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Explore one of the city’s museums

Cape Town is home to a number of incredible museums. They cover art, culture, history, religion and the natural world - so there is something for everyone to enjoy! In the Company's Garden in the city centre you’ll find a number of fascinating Iziko Museums of South Africa including the South African Museum and the South African National Gallery which is filled with amazing artworks! Also in Company’s Garden you’ll find the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome which is the most advanced planetarium in Africa! Here you can watch amazing shows depicting our planet and the wider universe in the state of the art digital dome - it’s a super unique experience! Check out the show schedule here. Afterwards, why not take a walk around the picturesque gardens and enjoy tea and cake in the Company’s Garden restaurant? You can also explore the nearby Iziko Slave Lodge, the South African Jewish Museum and the District Six Museum.

Any art lovers out there? You should treat yourself to a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - the only one of its kind on the whole continent! It’s located in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront and there are several captivating permanent and temporary exhibits to explore. See more info on the website. You can also venture into the southern suburbs to explore the Norval Foundation. Here you can see visual art from South Africa and beyond, peruse the galleries and meander through the sculpture garden!

Norval Foundation

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Support local arts and crafts

Feel proudly South African by supporting local arts and crafts creators! The city and surrounds are bursting full of unique local finds. Take a walk through the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront which is a center for South African design. Here you will find small businesses selling fashion, art, ceramics, textiles and furniture. Green Market Square is in the heart of the city and is a colourful flea market filled with tons of arts, crafts and souvenirs. Woodstock is a hub for creatives! Pay visits to the Woodstock Foundry and the Old Biscuit Mill for your pick of beautiful local products.

The city center isn't the only place for gorgeous local finds. Montebello Design Center is situated in Newlands and is a project that supports local art, craft and design. Visit to explore the studios, workshops and nursery!

Montebello Design Center

Photo courtesy of Gesant Abed & Cape Town Tourism

Treat your taste buds and eat local

What could be more proudly South African than some great locally-produced food? Cape Town is a dream destination for foodies thanks to the cosmopolitan mix of restaurants and cuisines. Classic South African treats include koeksisters, gatsbys, milktark and, of course, a good old braai. Grab your favourites to enjoy on Freedom Day. Go super local and enjoy African fare at Gold Restaurant, Mama Africa or Marco’s African Place. For something different, seek out a small locally-owned restaurant and show them your support! Take a walk down one of your nearby streets or head somewhere slightly out of your normal routine to experience something new. One of the best places to find a number of local eateries in one place is at Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. It is open from Friday - Sunday and is a vibrant mix of restaurants and small artisanal stores - it also has great views over the bay!

Bo Kaap

Photo courtesy of Gesant Abed & Cape Town Tourism

Enjoy a walking tour of the city

Get out and explore the city on a free walking tour! These are a great way to get to know more about Cape Town’s culture and history There are a number of walks to choose from depending on the company you choose to go with; from historic walks to exploring the colourful neighborhood of Bo Kaap. If you are looking for something more creative, you can embark on a street art tour in Woodstock (these walks you will have to pay for). Put on your comfiest shoes, grab some sunscreen and let's get walking!

neighborhood of Bo Kaap

Photo courtesy of Gesant Abed & Cape Town Tourism

If you can’t make it to any of these places on Freedom Day - don’t worry! They are open throughout most of the year for you to explore and celebrate South Africa’s history, culture and people.

South Africa’s history, culture and people

Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Remote working in Cape Town

Right now we are seeing the rise of the “digital nomad” - people who travel and work remotely from different spots around the world - all they need is a laptop and a strong internet connection! As technology develops and with the global pandemic this past year throwing the usual working norms out of the window, remote working is steadily growing in popularity.

There are a number of incredible destinations across the world that offer excellent remote working opportunities. Digital nomads will be seeking a spot that has connectivity, affordable cost of living, expat-friendly communities and a great quality of life. Cape Town, South Africa, has all of these things and more! It is a cosmopolitan city that attracts travellers from all over the world thanks to its diverse landscapes, incredible culture and an almost endless list of things to see and do!

The idea of an independent working environment and the freedom to travel appeals to many. The biggest decision you’ll have to make is choosing where to work! Here are a few reasons why Cape Town should be at the top of your list of choices for remote working cities:

1. The Scenery

Of course we have to start off talking about the sheer beauty you will be surrounded by in Cape
Town! From the mountain peaks and golden beaches to the sprawling vineyards and character filled suburbs. Imagine waking up to views of the Atlantic Ocean and going for a quick surf before work. Or working in the shadow of Table Mountain and finishing your day off with sundowners on Signal Hill. Nothing quite compares! Cape Town and its surroundings are bursting full of incredible scenery!

The Scenery

2. Affordability

In general, South Africa is an affordable country for foreigners to visit. The same is true for digital nomads who are looking for their next remote working destination - South Africa is definitely a cost-savvy option! Cape Town specifically is one of the more expensive cities in which to live in South Africa, but this cosmopolitan destination is nearly 60% cheaper than living in places like New York or London.

The cost of living in Cape Town is generally affordable - especially if you are earning in foreign currency! Local South Africans also flock to Cape Town to live, work and play so it could be an excellent option for South Africans looking for a change in routine. A nice meal out won’t cost an arm and a leg, there is a range of activities available at different price points and there are a number of options for areas to live in - whether you are renting long term or looking for a shorter holiday rental!


3. Community

One of the biggest draws for Cape Town as a remote working destination is that it has a wellconnected expat scene. The city is a cultural melting pot of people from all over South Africa, Africa and further abroad. There are strong, expat-friendly communities and you are sure to come across another traveller from your home country either at one of the city’s co-working spaces or while you are out discovering the city.

4. Connectivity and co-working spaces

Speaking of co-working spaces, there is no shortage of these in Cape Town! Check out Workshop 17 at the stunning V&A Waterfront, Inner City Ideas Cartel and Work & Co (both in the CBD) and much more! Even better, Cape Town could almost rival cities like Vienna, Seattle and Rome with its growing coffee scene and cafe culture. There are dozens of stylish, quaint and quirky spots across the city (most with free wifi) where you can work for a couple of hours - be sure to try a cup of coffee wherever you are!

Another excellent option is to work from your home-away-from-home. Find a holiday rental with good connectivity or wifi included and make this your office base. Top tip - choose somewhere with a view!

Ultimately, you need to pick your work spot by seeing what best fits your needs.

Connectivity and co-working spaces

5. Activities

Once you are done with work for the day, it’s time to get out and discover your new location! The beauty of Cape Town is that there is so much to see, do and experience! From free activities to things that are worth saving up for. You will be surrounded by so many fun options! So much so that many digital nomads choose to stay for months at a time. Fill your days with adventure and fresh air before checking out the vibrant nightlife!

For nature lovers, there are walks, hikes, cycling routes and more to enjoy. Take a dip in the ocean, go surfing, kayaking and even snorkelling with seals! Any foodies out there? You’re in for a real treat in Cape Town! The city is home to world-class restaurants and you’ll find award winning wineries nearby in Constantia, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. There is an exciting range of fine-dining, popular eateries, foreign cuisine and local hotspots - and good old fast food too. Culture and Cape Town go hand in hand; check out the local music scene, explore one of the museums, catch a theatre performance and browse local arts and crafts at bespoke stores and markets. Sports fans can share their passions at the local rugby and soccer stadiums (once big group gatherings are on the cards again).


6. Weather

Another huge “pro” of choosing Cape Town as your remote work destination is the weather. Summer in Cape Town is simply divine. Long, hot days when the sun rises early and sets around 8pm. Spring and autumn are mostly warm and pleasant - perfect weather for exploring the outdoors! While winter becomes cold and rainy with temperatures sitting at 11°C – 22°C, it is mild compared to winter in most major cities in Europe and North America. There are also great accommodation and restaurant specials at this time of year!

7. History, heritage & culture

South Africa is a country unlike any other. After stepping forward from the turbulent history of apartheid, today the ‘Rainbow Nation’ is a truly unique mix of people, heritage and cultures. History is all around. When you’re in Cape Town you can learn more about South Africa’s past at places like Robben Island, the District Six Museum, Bo Kaap, the Castle of Good Hope and the Iziko South Africa Museums. Take a local tour of the city and surrounds or travel up the West Coast to !Khwa ttu to learn about South Africa first people - the San.

Bo Kaap

Good to remember:

Two important things to remember when picking your remote working destination: Visas and safety. Do some research beforehand to check what visas you will need when travelling to South Africa. Safety is another important thing to keep in mind. South Africa is generally safe for tourists just be sure to keep your wits about you and remain vigilant as you would in any major city - be aware of pickpockets, don’t walk alone at night, try not to flash valuables around and be sure to have emergency contacts listed somewhere you can access easily.

With its incredible scenery, an abundance of activities, affordability and more, Cape Town appeals to locals and foreigners who are looking to live the digital nomad lifestyle. There’s no doubt about it - Cape Town definitely needs to be at the top of your remote working destination list!

Remote working

Easter Weekend Fun for the Whole Family in Cape Town!

The Easter long weekend is coming up soon and it's the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the family!

There are four full days to celebrate and spend as you please. Better yet, Cape Town is the perfect destination to find fun activities that will keep everyone in the family entertained - from the youngsters to mum and dad and even gran and grandpa! As a destination, Cape Town and its surrounding areas offer a ton of fun things to see and do. This long weekend is your chance to experience a few!

Family hike

Check out our pick of the best activities to keep the whole family entertained this Easter weekend below:

Take the family on a hike

Spending a few hours in nature is an oldie but a goodie! Choose your route depending on everyone’s fitness levels and ages. Try one of the popular trails like Lion’s Head or one of the routes up Table Mountain. You can also take a look at some Hout Bay Hikes here. Be sure to drink lots of water and wear sunscreen. Head out in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat!

Visit Noordhoek Farm Village

Head to Noordhoek Farm Village for a laid back day with great food and boutique shops to browse through. There will even be a morning of fun just for the kids on Saturday, 3 April with face painting, horse rides and more! Noordhoek Bunny Rescue will also be there to share some stories about their rescue center.

Also in Noordhoek, older kids and their families might enjoy a longer, scenic horse ride along Noordhoek Beach which is an amazing way to end the day!

Take a cruise around the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is one of the top attractions for visitors to Cape Town! It’s also filled with family-fun activities for travellers and locals alike. One super memorable activity is taking a cruise around the harbour. Choose to take a leisurely boat trip, a sunset cruise or even a pirate boat trip - the choice is yours! Looking for something slightly different? Take a trip to Seal Island in Hout Bay or cruise around the canals in the Waterfront to see the vibrant district from the waterways.

V&A Waterfront

Go kayaking in Hout Bay

Grab a paddle and hit the ocean this long weekend! Hop into a kayak in Hout Bay and paddle along the beautiful coastline. See the stunning Chapman’s Peak and keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, penguins and sunfish! This activity is great for both beginners and experienced kayakers (do note that it will be weather dependent).

Soak in the sunshine at Kirstenbosch

Spend the day relaxing surrounded by nature in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain, it is well-loved as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawns, explore the trails and stroll along the canopy walkway while you’re there.

Get your creativity flowing at Clay Cafe

This is a great indoor activity for people for all ages! At Clay Cafe, you can spend a few hours getting your creative juices flowing while hand painting pottery. All you need to do is book a table and show up - Clay Cafe provides the pottery and paints and will fire and glaze the pieces for you which you will need to collect in a few weeks time. Simply pick the item(s) you’d like to paint (mugs, plates, plant pots, batman sculptures… you name, it’s probably there!), grab your tools and start creating! Tasty food, coffee and sweet treats are available and there is an outdoor area for kids to play in at the Hout Bay venue.

Clay Cafe

Enjoy a picnic at a wine farm

Cape Town is surrounded by beautiful wine farms and estates. Several are home to magnificent lawns that are perfect for family picnics! Find a spot that tickles your fancy in Constantia or further out in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Order a platter or two, lay back and relax in a beautiful setting while the kids run around nearby. Mum and dad can even enjoy a glass of wine!

Catch a drive-in movie at the Galileo Open Air Cinema

Enjoy an old school evening with a drive in movie! The Galileo Open Air Cinema offers outdoor movie screenings at venues around Cape Town. Feel the nostalgia of a classic drive in movie experience accompanied by a great film and snacks! The Galileo also offers VIP and picnic movie experiences (on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively). Take a look at the movie schedule here.

Discover the world below our feet at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Experience the wild wonders of the ocean at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium! Located at the V&A Waterfront, it offers a fully fun educational experience for people of all ages. See sharks swim, watch penguins gobble fish, wander through the exhibits and get a closer look at marine life at the touch pool and microscope exhibit.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Admire the art at the Zeitz MOCAA

For a touch of art and culture, pay a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) situated in the Waterfront’s Silo District. The museum is the only one on the continent dedicated to contemporary African art and the building itself is a marvel! Checking out the worldclass exhibitions is a definite-must for art-loving families!

Rent bikes and cycle along the promenade

Feel like a kid again while the family zooms along the Sea Point Promenade! Rent a bike and make your way along the winding Sea Point promenade (see if you can make it all the way to the lighthouse!). It’s flat and there are no cars, making it a safe and fun route for all ages. There are also bike rental stations in Camps Bay and the Silo District at the Waterfront for something different!

Hop on a segway and glide through the Cape Winelands!

Get your adrenaline pumping with a segway adventure tour through the winelands! Experience spots like Spier Wine Farm from a unique point of view - by segway! A guide will lead you through the farm and vineyards. Have fun while gliding from spot to spot - this will definitely be a wine farm visit to remember!

Segway tour

Whether you want to spend time outdoors, feel creative or get active, you can do it this Easter weekend. No matter your age or interest, and whether you are a local or just visiting, there is something for everyone in the family in Cape Town!

Hiking Hout Bay – 5 incredible hikes

Fresh air, beautiful scenery, incredible views… There is nothing quite like escaping into nature! Hiking gives you the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the outdoors, and Hout Bay is one of the best places in Cape Town to take a hike!

This seaside neighbourhood is bordered by the ocean on one side and surrounded on the others by striking peaks. The landscape offers a number of wonderful options for walks and hikes; from coastal meanders to ravine rambling.

We have put together a list of five hikes to enjoy in Hout Bay along with some information about each trail. Take a look:

Little Lions Head

Little Lion’s Head (also known as Klein Leeukoppie) is a short hike with excellent views of Hout Bay and Llandudno. Named in honour of its “big brother” situated near the Cape Town city centre, the hike up this mountain won’t take long and is a great early morning or late afternoon excursion. The trail starts on Mount Rhodes Drive (it is on private property so you will need to ring a buzzer at the gate on Mount Rhodes Drive and security will let you in). There is some easy rock scrambling required near the end and then you will be rewarded with unforgettable views!

Read more about the Little Lions Head hike here.

Little Lions Head

Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine

This beautiful 8km trail is for the more experienced hikers and takes about 6 hours to complete. It’s well known for the waterfalls that can be seen in winter as well as the beautiful red disa flowers which bloom in summer (from January to March). Start at Farriers Way in Hout Bay and finish (after a bit of a steep descent) at the Suikerbossie restaurant. You’ll walk through indigenous forests, hop across river beds and head up the ravine (do take note: it can be slippery after rain).

Find out more about the Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine trail here.

Blackburn Ravine from Chapman’s Peak

You’re sure to fall in love with your surroundings on this 4.6km, relatively easy there-and-back hike! Begin at the East Fort car park near the Chapman’s Peak Drive tollbooth (ask for a day pass which will give you free access to the car park). Take a look around the fort before heading off on the gravel path. This hike offers amazing views of Hout Bay and the further you climb, the more views you’ll enjoy of Fish Hoek and the beach in Noordhoek. Take it at a leisurely pace and admire the fynbos. Why not pack a picnic to enjoy along the way?

More info on the Blackburn Ravine hiking trail here.

Blackburn Ravine from Chapman’s Peak

Sandy Bay Shipwreck Trail

This trail is also known as the Oude skip or Oudeschip hike - thanks to the shipwrecks found along the coastline here. Head to Sandy Bay beach from Hout Bay (you can park and then walk down to the beach itself). From here, you will wind along the beach and bushy paths until you reach the Oudeschip Peninsula which is a great spot to stop for a picnic. From here, you’ll be able to see the Bos 400 and Maori shipwrecks (moderate to advanced hikers can continue the path towards the wrecks). Interesting to note, Sandy Bay beach is an (unofficial) nudist beach so don’t be surprised if you feel slightly overdressed!

Find out more about the Sandy Bay Shipwreck trail hike here.

Constantia Nek

Begin just outside of Hout Bay at Constantia Nek and follow this trail up to one of Table Mountains beautiful dams! The trail begins at the Constantia Nek parking lot and follows a jeep track up the east side of Table Mountain (you can also begin from the Cecilia Forest parking lot). You’ll pass De Villiers Dam, Overseers cottage and reach Alexandra Reservoir (you can continue on from here to the Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir but this is a fantastic spot to stop for a picnic or some snacks). While steep at times, there is no scrambling involved so this hike is easy to moderate depending on fitness levels. The views from the top are definitely worth the walk!

Constantia Nek

The next time you visit this charming coastal destination, lace up your hiking boots and set off on one of these hikes!

Cape Town is filled to the brim with fantastic outdoor spaces and no shortage of hikes across the city and surrounds! If you are keen to venture a little further out of Hout Bay, there are several iconic Cape Town hikes to enjoy. Table Mountain and its variety of hiking paths is always a great option (the paths range from easy to moderate to advanced). Just across from the iconic mountain you can take a walk up Lions Head which is easy to moderate with some ropes and ladders depending on the route you take. Further south, you can visit Silvermine Nature Reserve near Muizenberg and enjoy the view from Elephant’s Eye Cave! You’re spoiled for choice in this amazing city!

Constantia Nek Mist

Important to note: Always keep safety in mind when hiking anywhere in Cape Town - stick to the path, stay hydrated, walk in groups and try to avoid carrying flashy valuables. If you are unfamiliar with a particular route, a guided hike could be the perfect thing for you!

Chapman’s Peak: the Story of One of the World’s Most Scenic Drives

Perched on an ancient bed of granite rock and rearing up out of the Atlantic Ocean on the southern end of Hout Bay, you’ll discover Chapman’s Peak mountain…although, this megalith hardly needs any introduction. For almost a century, the 9-kilometer-long stretch of roadway that ribbons its way along the mountain’s almost vertical cliff-face (and just as precipitous drop down into the Atlantic Ocean below) has served as the quickest thoroughfare between the Atlantic towns of Hout Bay and Noordhoek. It’s also such a dramatically beautiful route that it has become known, internationally, as one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Being in our very own backyard—and one of the attractions our guests love the most about their visits to Hout Bay—we thought we’d become better acquainted with our very own world-famous drive. This is the story of Chapman’s Peak Drive…

The history of one of the world’s most scenic drives

World’s most scenic drives

The official opening of Chapman’s Peak Drive on the 6th May 1922.

Between 1915 and 1922, the roadway we now know as Chapman’s Peak Drive was hacked out of the face of the mountain in order to establish a more direct route between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. At the time, unsurprisingly, the endeavour was considered a major feat of engineering!

Unfortunately, in 1990, after a particularly devastating rock fall, which resulted in a fatality (and lawsuit), Chapman's Peak Drive was closed for a massive re-engineering project that would provide an exponentially safer roadway for motorists.

Chapmans Peak Drive

In 2003, Chapman’s Peak Drive was reopened as a toll road. And while rock falls are unavoidable on such a steep cliff face (which braves the wintertime north-westerly winds and rain almost dead-on), the extensive engineering that has been done, including massive steel rock traps and wall reinforcements, ensure that the road can be used safely.

Fun fact: Did you know that Chapman’s Peak was named in 1607 after John Chapman, the captain’s mate of the English ship ‘Consent,’ which had sought refuge in the sheltered waters of Hout Bay? It’s funny because most imposing landmarks are named after high-ranking officials like captains and governors or, at the very least, the mountaineers who conquer them. Not lowly captain’s mates.

A triumph of South African engineering

The marriage of cutting-edge, 21st Century construction and the sheer courage and determination of the original 1920's build has resulted in this project showcasing the outstanding talents of South African engineering. It only takes one pass of Chapman’s Peak Drive’s 114 curves to appreciate this accomplishment, especially when staring up the vertical rock face that hugs the road.

And, needless to say, the feat has garnered several prestigious awards, including the SAACE National Award for Engineering Excellence (2004) and the Bentley Systems prestigious international award (civil Design) for 3D and 2D rockfall hazard analysis and design using the Microstation suite of geospatial software packages (2004). That’s quite a mouthful.

To learn more about the engineering that keeps motorists safe on this hair-raising stretch of coastal road, you can read up about it on the official website!

The East Fort & Battery

The East Fort & Battery
View of the Sentinel Mountain from Chappies’ East Fort. (Image source: www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za)

Before Chapman’s Peak Drive had even been conceived, humankind had put the mountain flanks to good use as a lookout point over the entirety of Hout Bay and the ocean beyond. Built in 1782, the old East Fort Battery was one of four fortifications built in Hout Bay by the Dutch East India Company, and was intended to protect the bay (and its harbour and industries) against marine attacks from the south.

The husk of the fort’s old blockhouse (on the mountain side of the road) and the battery of canons (on the ocean side) remain to this day and have become key historical attractions in the area, made even better by the stunning views of the bay. Also, those guns still work—having been restored, proofed, and licensed—and are periodically fired on ceremonious occasions.

The question is: did the East Fort ever serve its purpose?

It sure did! On 15 September 1795, a 16-gun British warship, the HMS Echo, tried to enter the harbour only to be met by a fierce barrage of cannon-fire. The intruder beat a hasty exit; although it did sail on to Table Bay where—after some “negotiation”—the Dutch surrendered and the British assumed control of the Cape Colony.

Things to do and see on Chapman’s Peak Drive

Things to do and see on Chapman’s Peak Drive

Aside from gawking slack-jawed, either directly up a staggeringly imposing cliff face of the mountain, or straight down onto the boulder-littered coastline and crashing waves below, there are actually quite a few other things to do and see along this relatively short section of coastline!

  • Viewpoints offer panoramic views over the whole of Hout Bay and the glittering Atlantic Ocean that embraces it. You can frequently spot dolphins and Southern right whales from these incredible vantage points, as well as seals sunbathing on the rocks below.
  • Picnic sites are kept in pretty good condition (with bins for refuse). These also offer stunning, west-facing views over Hout Bay and the sunset, making them a favourite spot for romantic couples!
  • The East Fort is a fantastic historic attraction to visit and the starting point for many hikes into the fynbos-carpeted foothills of Chapman’s Peak, a part of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. It’s also a great spot to lay out a picnic and watch the sunset.
  • Hiking trails: As we said, Chapman’s Peak is a part of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve and so it is home to a great diversity of unique fauna and flora, which makes hiking its many trails an invigorating pleasure! For more information on these trails, check out this guide by Cape Town Magazine.

Also, interestingly enough, Chapman’s Peak is home to two different endangered vegetation types that are totally endemic to the city of Cape Town—Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos and Cape Granite Fynbos—which can be found growing alongside this route…and literally nowhere else on the planet!

Chapmans Peak Picnic

Chapman’s Peak in times of COVID

One of the awesome things about this quintessential Cape Town attraction, which is just as popular amongst locals as it is tourists, is the fact that it can be safely enjoyed in spite of the COVID pandemic. Because you explore Chapman’s Peak Drive by car, maybe pulling over at one of the rest stops to enjoy the views, there’s really no risk of transmission, as long as you keep your distance from other viewers.

With the most recent lockdown restrictions, however, the day pass facility that allows motorists to stop and the route’s attractions has been suspended until further notice; although, you can still drive the length of Chappies from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. You just aren’t permitted to pull over at any of the viewpoints or picnic sites, which is a shame but hopefully won’t last much longer.

Drive the length of Chappies from Hout Bay to Noordhoek

The Best Outdoor Games for Families this Summer

Since South Africans are pretty much confined to our backyards this summer, we thought we’d brainstorm some fabulous and fun ideas for outdoor games! And here are the fruits of our research: 10 ways the family can get creative and enjoy the sunshine and each other in lockdown…

Tic-tac-toe, al fresco

Tic-tac-toe, al fresco

It’s the game we all know and love, except played outdoors, on the pavement, an old tree stump, or on literally any other available flat surface, which you can mark with chalk or string. For a super rough, yet no-less-effective approach, you can use chalk to mark a set of five stones with an “X” and another set with an “O”, and begin playing. Or, you can get creative and paint your stones in different colours or even things (like ladybugs versus beetles), as long as it’s clear which belong in a set.

Backyard bowling with recycled bottles

Turn your backyard into a bowling alley with recycled bottles and a ball…it’s that simple. Use lengths of rope to demarcate the alley and perch the bottles atop a section of cardboard so they’re easier to arrange. Also, try to use a ball with a bit of weight to it so that it’s not too difficult to knock over your makeshift bowling pins.

Bean bag ladder toss

Bean bag ladder toss

Image source: DIY & Crafts

All you need to make this fun backyard game is a mid-sized ladder, some beanbags or balls, and the stationery to create score levels. Write varying levels of points on pieces of paper (10, 20, 30, 40, etc.) and tape them to each rung of the ladder in ascending order of difficulty. Then, let the challenge begin: each player gets three beanbags or balls, depending on what you have on hand. Whoever scores the highest total, wins!

Water balloon cricket

On a hot day, you and your kids are going to love this game! It combines the fun of playing cricket with the comedy of watching a water balloon explode upon contact and drench the batsman. To play, simply substitute the cricket ball with water balloons and let the hilarity ensue.

Balloon darts

Balloon darts

What is it about balloons that just makes us want to destroy them? Well, in this outdoor game, that’s the point! Tape a whole bunch of balloons to a wall and draw a line about two to three meters away, depending on the challenge you want to set. You can arrange the balloons into a picture or a pattern if you like…and the smaller the balloons, the trickier it will be to hit them.

Then, using darts you can buy for cheap at your local toy, dollar, or hobby store, stand behind the line and play target practice with the balloons! Each time you nail one, it’ll explode with a satisfactory “pop” and if you want to keep score, you can award points to certain colours, or even just write numbers on the balloons themselves.

Backyard Twister

Four cans of (non-toxic) spray paint are all it takes to recreate this hit game right in your own backyard. Spray a 4 x 6 grid of large dots onto your lawn (one line of six blue dots; one line of six yellow dots; one line of red dots, and one line of green dots, e.g.) Then, using matching colour paper, cut out six blue, yellow, red, and green disks.

How the game works is that the first player draws a disc at random from a hat. He or she then has to place a hand or foot on that colour in the grid you’ve created on the lawn. The next player draws a disk and does the same. Each time a player draws a disk, they have to place a hand or foot on that colour and after a few turns, things can get super, ah, twisted!

Matching tiles

Matching tiles

This is an enormously fun game that’s just as engaging for adults as it is for kids. Print out a selection of colourful images (make sure you print doubles). The more you create, the harder the game but, also, the more backyard real estate you’ll need to play so be conscious of that. Then, stick them onto cardboard backing or laminate them, so they’re easier to work with.

Once your tiles are made, shuffle them (breaking up the partners), scatter them facedown in your backyard, and start trying to match up the partners!

Create an artistic mess

Set up an easel with paper (or canvas if you expect to render a masterpiece) and then go crazy on it with wild swings of your paintbrush. And if you’re feeling really playful, fill a water gun up with watered-down acrylic paint and fire away at your canvas, creating an abstract artwork that would be the envy of Jackson Pollock.



Cornhole is a game that’s been around for as long as outdoor weddings have been “a thing”. It involves trying to toss a beanbag (or ball) into a small hole cut into the far end of a rectangular wooden board, which is propped up at that end. Players take turns throwing their missiles and keep tally of points: a bag directly in the hole scores three points, while one on the board scores one point.

P.S. A part of the fun of this outdoor game is DIY making one of these boards at home and then getting the kids to paint it! Alternatively, you can order them online.

Water balloon volleyball

You’ll need a makeshift volleyball net, water balloons, and one beach towel per team to play this hilarious version of the original. Each team of two people hold a towel between them like a slingshot, using it to catapult a water balloon over the net and to the other team, who will then attempt to catch it in their towel without breaking it. Good luck with that. Expect to get wet!

And even more ideas for outdoor games…

These are really just a handful of ideas to get you started. There’s also lawn scrabble (using large cardboard tiles with letters written on them), giant Jenga, DIY obstacle courses, and treasure hunts! Needless to say, every outdoor game we’ve mentioned here can be appropriated for adults, particularly for braais and dinner parties when the restrictions lift!