Six Secrets Capetonians Are Keeping To Themselves

The best adventures can happen in your backyard. We’re here to get you started; armed with a little local knowledge, take a detour off the beaten track and prepare to see another side of Cape Town.

1. The Cave, Chapman’s Peak Drive

Opening a beer and enjoying the view from the Cave under Chapman's Peak Drive

Heading out from Hout Bay, cruise along the infamous Chapman’s Peak Drive past the day trip point of no return until you reach the second look-out point. Alarm some passersby by slipping through the railings and make a tentative trek down the mountain veering a little to the left. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view of an almost Mediterranean Atlantic. There’s plenty of space to enjoy a packed picnic lunch and take in the dreamy blue sea and sky combo with a group of friends.Just be sure not to disturb this sensitive natural environment so that others can enjoy it too.

2. The Rock at the end of Ocean View Drive, Fresnaye

The rock at the end of Ocean View Drive

Make your way past the imposing houses on Ocean View Drive to the very end at what looks like a dead-end. Proceed on foot past the bushes and over the boulders onto a beautiful flat rock that overlooks Camps Bay and Clifton. We promise a secluded and spectacular view whether you’re toasting the sunrise or sunset.

 3. La Petite Mort

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Image by Morné Visagie from La Petite Mort

The best-kept dining secret in Cape Town; sign up for self-taught chef André Sales’ unforgettable feasts held on occasional Saturday nights in the Bo-kaap. Sales cooks for no more than 16 guests at a time, one evening it might be Andalusian food; think flavours of pomegranate, citrus, pimentón, parsley and lavender and another it will be something completely different yet equally delicious.

Remember to book in advance.

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4. The Tunnels under Cape Town

Image by Chelsea Morning

Much like the catacombs and sewers of Paris this is an entirely different way to get to know Cape Town. Discover the Secret Tunnels below the City of Cape Town with Good Hope Adventures’ Tunnel Tours.  Parts of the underground Canals and Rivers date all the way back to 1652. The guided tour starts at the Castle of Good Hope and either ends back there or by the slopes of Table Mountain.

Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet. For more information and a booking please call Matt on 082 482 4006.

5. Secret Soirée


Image by CFourCalvin from IMCreator

City Soirée, “where everyone has a front row seat and a backstage pass”, allows you to host or attend a secret evening with your favorite band; much like Kickstarter it relies on crowd-funding. You have the power to make an event happen in your living room. With a little forward planning you could have the best night of your life without even stepping out the house.

6. Best Picnic Spot

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Image by Joshua Earle from Unsplash

Take a drive along Tafelberg road towards Devil’s Peak, past impatient tourists waiting to board crowded cable cars, past the dassies cheerily sunning themselves until you find a bench facing a magnificent scoop of Cape Town. Break out the beers and bacon sandwiches, spread out a picnic blanket and bask in the unbeatable view with your back to one of the 7 wonders of the world.

P.S. – Snap and share if you have been on these adventures and soak in some more local knowledge here.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Before everyone whips up a braai in the suggested spots, please spare a thought for the recent devastating fires. Braais are only allowed in the designated spots along the mountain: Oudekraal picnic & braai area (between Camps’ Bay and Llandudno); Newland’s forest picnic and braai site (off the M3 freeway between Rondebosch and Claremont); Schusterskraal (small braai area behind the sand dunes of Scarborough beach); Perdekloof ( just past Scarborough on the way to Cape Point); Buffels Bay and Bordjiesrif (both on the beach in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve); Silvermine picnic and braai site; Tokai picnic and braai area (situated on the edge of the Tokai Plantation). Otherwise – great post. Thanks for sharing,

    • Hi Grant, yes given the recent fires picnics would be a better idea. Thanks for your message and for sharing the designated spots.
      Best,
      Rebecca

    • Hi Grant,

      We have updated the article. This was an oversight on our part and we apologise for that.

      We certainly don’t advocate fires (contained or open) in the sensitive environs of Table Mountain National Park, and we should’ve confirmed our information before publishing.

      Thanks,
      Russell

  2. I never understand these articles. Where is the mutual understanding to let people find these spots themselves? If they have the interest, they will find a way to find them. But we rather broadcast to the world exactly how to find them, and lose any sort of mystery or adventure in finding them. Just to drive traffic to our site and make a quick buck.

    Just a thought – but do you ever consider the impact of sending hoards of people to a semi-secret spot on chappies? more traffic, more litter & a lot less special for those adamant to find it.

    Call me pessimistic, but we should guard our natural treasures as best we can.

    • I agree fully. Find this kind of article completely shortsighted. Quite frankly, it makes me angry. Especially mentioning the cave on Chappies. Now the whole world will know and the beautiful quiet spot will certainly not be that anymore 🙁

  3. I had my first date with my partner at the Ocean view drive rock 🙂 We’re still together 4 years later so I would say job well done 🙂

  4. Not so secret anymore lol

  5. Are any of these places even safe to go too?

  6. Great idea to broadcast thèse ‘ secret spots ‘ to the world so they can be ruined … !!! Is nothing sacred…

  7. P.S please don’t set the mountain on fire

  8. Sunset in Hout Bay on top of the sand dunes overlooking sandy bay.

  9. To invite people to braai at spots where a potential fire is a huge risk is, to say the least, irresponsible. Take some food and enjoy the view, YES, but we do not need to braai where fires can be devastating. The wind is always blowing!

  10. The rock in Fresnay is one of my best spot. Impossible not to stop when I am on my way from sea point to bacini when it is sunset time…

  11. It is illegal to braai or to use a skottle in the Chapman’s Peak Cave (it lies in the middle of a nature reserve). It is also not legal to braai in the spot named as the “best braai spot” on Tafelberg Road. Come on guys, time to edit this article.

    • Hi Clinton,

      We have updated the article. This was an oversight on our part and we apologise for that.

      We certainly don’t advocate fires (contained or open) in the sensitive environs of Table Mountain National Park, and we should’ve confirmed our information before publishing.

      Thanks,
      Russell

  12. please give me more information about the braaispot mentioned above. where you can braai close to tafelberg close to a bench. i don’t see a braai facility, is it availble there or not?

    • Hi Petra,

      We have updated the article. This was an oversight on our part and we apologise for that.

      We certainly don’t advocate fires (contained or open) in the sensitive environs of Table Mountain National Park, and we should’ve confirmed our information before publishing.

      Thanks,
      Russell

  13. As far as I know, you are not allowed to braai on Tafelberg road, and any suggestion thereof is irresponsible.

    • Hi Alan,

      We have updated the article. This was an oversight on our part and we apologise for that.

      We certainly don’t advocate fires (contained or open) in the sensitive environs of Table Mountain National Park, and we should’ve confirmed our information before publishing.

      Thanks,
      Russell

  14. Agree with the concerns about Fires but also for your information you are Not sitting with your back to one of the 7 wonders of the World , Table Mountain is Not one of the 7 Wonders of the world , It is however one of the Worlds New Seven Wonders of Nature.

  15. Hi Russell and Rebecca,
    The word irresponsible comes up a lot in the comments, as it should. But I think the greatest irreponsibility has been to widely publicise places that are ‘secret’, and in so doing you have betrayed the very countryside that you apparently hold dear. They were secret for a reason. Mainly because they are hard to find and therefore invariably remote and solitary. Now, any fool and their litter and graffiti can leap out of their car, follow your directions and leave their stompies all over what was once serenity. How absolutely dare you to betray these beautiful places. If you are Capetonian, I suggest you revisit them in a few months to see the damage that you have caused. If not – go back to whatever toxic mess you come from.. Seis!

  16. As I doubt very much you publicised my comment.. know that there will always be a part of your soul that knows that what you did is unforgivable. x

  17. Wow! I don’t usually comment on these blogs but I have to say that I am surprised at all the negative comments. Why shouldn’t these spots be made known to others. This country belongs to all of us and I am grateful for Rebecca for sharing so that when I do take the planned, limited time, trip to OUR beautiful part of the world I can see where to visit. Not everyone wants to do the tourist trips all the time. I doubt the kind of people who read this type of blog, and are interested in taking the time to go and explore what has been put out there, are not the kind of people who are going to destroy it for you lucky locals.

    • Hi Jen,

      Very true! Thanks for the great comment and feedback!

  18. I’m disappointed in the Capetonians whom revealed the secret spots. You guys suck!! Luckily Cape Town has loads more…but I’m not sharing.

  19. You guys are such moaners want everything for yourself. Nothing wrong with sharing some beautiful places. Many people would love to explore but dont always have the time. Its nice when you free to know of a special place to go too.

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