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

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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

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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.

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