Looking for a few activities for couples in Cape Town? After two months in the city, we feel confident we can share the best romantic things to do in Cape Town. It is the longest time as a couple we have spent in any one place that we were not living in.
We fell in love with Cape Town, and even now, we are a little sad to be leaving. After two months in the city, we were sure to find some romance.
Cape Town has just about everything you need to make a happy life, great food, stunning vistas, friendly locals, and a plethora of adventure activities. That means there are many romantic things to do in Cape Town with your significant other. Not one day was boring for us, so we wanted to point out some of the most romantic things for couples and individuals to do in Cape Town.
Romantic Things to do in Cape Town for Couples
Stroll Through Kirstenbosch Gardens
A trip to Cape Town isn’t complete without a stop at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Situated at the eastern foot of Table Mountain is the beautiful 528-hectare garden with five of the six South African biomes. There is plenty to see and do here for the family; however, we loved having a romantic stroll on the treetop canopy, and is one of the places to visit in Cape Town for couples.
When our feet were planted back on the ground, we spent the rest of the day strolling around the vast grounds and admiring the spectacular views of table mountain. I would recommend planning at least a half a day at Kirstenbosch, and to try and visit on a sunny day!
Date Night at the V&A Waterfront
Looking for one of the best date ideas in Cape Town? The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s shining stars and is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. It’s the perfect place to visit on a nice day and stroll around the harbor, try some artisanal food, or go shopping for souvenirs.
We always ended up at the waterfront on days when we had no idea what to do with ourselves. There is always some form of entertainment here, and it is just a beautiful place to relax. We went to a few movies at the Nu Metro for R65.
And you can dine at some of Cape Town’s finest establishments or go crazy in food lovers’ paradise inside the Market on the Wharf. This is probably your best option if you’re looking for fun things to do in Cape Town for couples at night.
Get Out to Robben Island
While you’re at the waterfront, you may as well book tickets to Robben Island. The waterfront is the “gateway” to Robben Island, and all ferries leave from here to take visitors to the famous site where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life. Once you get to Robben Island, you will move to a guided bus tour which will take you to all the stops on the island.
Towards the end of the tour, you will be met by a former inmate of Robben Island, who will walk you through the past days and show you some of the sad cells that political prisoners were forced to remain in. The whole Robben Island experience takes about 3.5 hours and costs R320.
Take a Walk Together on the Sea Point Promenade
If you’re in the mood to take a walk somewhere, there is no better place in Cape Town than the Sea Point promenade. The promenade stretches for 11km around Seapoint, overlooking the beautiful ocean.
Along the way, there are outdoor fitness parks, installation art, and swimming pools—the perfect place to come for sunrise or sunset in Cape Town.
Experience Table Mountain
Chances are, if you are a visitor to Cape Town, there is no way you’ll be missing Table Mountain. The impressive mountain landmark truly defines the beauty of Cape Town and draws people in from all over the world. There are two ways to get up, the cable car or a nice hike. We did both, and they are equally enjoyable!
Once you are at the top, you will probably want a few hours to meander, take in the views, and have a glass of champagne in the cafe at the top. There may be two ways up, but there are infinite ways down. Try abseiling for an adrenaline rush!
Head to the Tip of Africa
Yes, you can get to the tip of Africa from Cape Town, and doing so is one of the best couple activities in Cape Town! Cape Point is located in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and is where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean collide.
There are some fantastic hiking trails, a cafe, a historic lighthouse, and even a shipwreck alley. The cost to get into the reserve is R125. Check the hours for today here.
What if I told you there was a place near Cape Town where you could watch thousands of penguins waddle, dance, and talk to you? Well, there is! Okay, they aren’t really “talking” to you, but they make that noise that penguins make.
A half-hour drive from the center of Cape Town is Boulders Beach, a beach where humans can observe wild African penguins at a ridiculously close range. This is one of the most fun things to do in Cape Town for couples!
The cost to see the penguins is R65. It is a protected area of the Table Mountain National Park, and the penguin colony was reintroduced here, and since then, they have flourished. With nice boardwalks looping around Foxy Beach’s main beach, visitors can observe the funny birds without interfering with their natural way of life.
Have a Romantic Dinner in Cape Town
You can’t go wrong with dinner and drinks in Cape Town if you want a date night idea. There is something to eat for everyone in Cape Town. From sushi to Ethiopian cuisine to a multicultural show with an African flair, there is no way you will go hungry in this city. So enjoy one another’s company and have a romantic dinner out at one of the many excellent restaurants in town.
The best part about dining out? Dining in Cape Town is incredibly affordable on an international level – so go ahead and get that extra glass of delicious Stellenbosch wine!
An entertaining night out can be had at Gold Restaurant, where they put on an African culture presentation! All while dining on a 14-dish taste-safari paired with traditional Mali puppets and entertainment.
Be Happy in Bo Kaap
Another fun thing to do in Cape Town for couples is to visit the Bo Kaap neighborhood. If you’re on Instagram, you may have seen photos of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood of Cape Town.
The brightly colored buildings of this Cape Malay neighborhood make it a popular stop for tourists with cameras and one of the best places to go in Cape Town. Take some time and stop by to get your photos in! Bo-Kaap is within walking distance of the Cape Town CBD.
Take a Helicopter Ride
Cape Town is such a beautiful city; we just had to explore it by air. We’ve each wanted to ride in a helicopter ever since we were teased in the Seychelles earlier in the year so we knew we had to book with NAC Helicopters.
NAC offers a few different routes. We went with the Atlantico tour that took us around Hout Bay.
The mountains, city bowl, and crystal clear waters all together barely look real and are something that should be seen in person by everyone traveling to Cape Town. I’m not sure there is a better city in the world to splurge on a helicopter ride in.
Get Some Adventure In
I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it, but there are some seriously adventurous and fun things to do in Cape Town for couples. From Seal Snorkeling to Canyoneering and even bungee jumping off the world’s highest bungee bridge, there is no way you will go bored in this city.
Go ahead and egg each other on to do something crazy. These adventures can turn into one of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town! And science does say physical activity together increases intimacy and communication.
Enjoy a Weekend at the Bay Harbour Market
Every weekend at 31 Harbour Rd, the town of Hout Bay takes on some of the finest bakers, artisans, artists, and food creators in Cape Town. You can come here to get just about anything to eat, but perhaps the fish is what many of the booths specialize in.
Don’t come full or with an empty wallet because everything in sight looks delicious, and the handicrafts are unique.
Drive Chapman’s Peak
If you are without a car in Cape Town, I highly recommend renting one to drive Chapman’s Peak for at least the day. This is one of the world’s most scenic drives and is definitely worth the R42 toll to operate on this beautiful road together.
One of the most romantic places in Cape Town is the Tintswalo Atlantic, hidden along Chapman’s peak. It’s a splurge-worthy stay for a romantic weekend getaway in Cape Town.
Admire the Street Art of Woodstock
Woodstock is a hip neighborhood in Cape Town undergoing serious gentrification. What does that mean? There is some amazing and unique street art in the city! We enjoyed an afternoon of walking around and snapping photos of all the impressive street art in the area together.
There are many cafes to duck into, including the Old Biscuit Mill, which is best visited on weekends in Cape Town.
Camps Bay is a great place to relax, take a long walk, or enjoy some refreshments while indulging in a sunset or people watching.
There’s no fee to use the beach, and it’s easily accessible from Cape Town. Camps Bay is one of the ritziest areas of Cape Town and is one of our favorite spots to relax in the whole city.
Visit an Alpaca Farm
Just outside the Cape Town city center is a place where you can interact, go on walks, have coffee, and even adopt an alpaca. The Alpaca Loom is a farm suited for kids, families, couples, or friends to go on a nice day in Cape Town.
There is a petting area, weaving studio, and tons of information about breeding alpacas. It’s a fun and affordable activity in Cape Town at R150 per person.
Go on a Hop on Hop-Off Tour
Only have a few days to explore the Mother City together? Perhaps taking a sightseeing bus tour of the city is the best bang for the buck at R170. It may not seem like one of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town, and I know sometimes these tours seem a little touristy.
However, it is an excellent way of getting around the city together and visiting all the notable sites in the city.
Hike Up Lion’s Head
A hike up Lion’s Head is much less effort than hiking Table Mountain, but with the same advantageous views. This is a must for anyone visiting Cape Town and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. The hike takes about two hours round trip and is best at sunrise and sunset! Don’t forget a camera – the views are incredible!
Head to Muizenberg
Muizenberg is right outside Cape Town and is the heart and soul of surfing culture in South Africa. The vibe is even more laid back here than in Cape Town. There are dozens of cafes, yoga shops, and beach shacks to wander into.
If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a surfboard and wetsuit and try a hand at surfing together. Or check out one of the many yoga studios for some yoga on the beach!
What to Do in Cape Town? Day Trips
Shark Cage Dive
One of the top adventure activities in Cape Town is seeing a great white! Ever since the movie Jaws, the fear of the Great White Shark has been palpable. It is, after all the shark responsible for the highest number of recorded shark-caused human fatalities. Near the southernmost point of Africa is “Shark Alley,” a strait between an island and beach home to thousands of Cape fur seals.
Here, the Great Whites come for a feeding frenzy. You’ve probably seen it before in a nature documentary where the sharks are jumping out of the water with a seal in their teeth. It is here that you can have one of the most surreal adventures in the world, and that’s why it is one of our top adventures to have in Cape Town.
Jump in the waters with these ocean giants and come face to face! We spent some time doing our research about the best provider, given that it can be considered a controversial practice and found that Marine Dynamics is the company to go with,
Our tour kept us well fed, warm, had a professional staff, a marine biologist on board, and they made sure to put the client first. They’ve even won several responsible tourism awards – a big deal to us – and are very, very very active in the conservation of these incredible animals. They are truly majestic in the water, and if you don’t have respect for them before you go, then you will undoubtedly walk away changed.
The sharks themselves are massive – close to 5m long – and their sheer size is awe-inspiring. However, most shocking is how calm things seem in the water as they swim by. While sitting in the cold ocean water surrounded by a metal cage, you can hear the famous soundtrack to jaws playing in your head.
Head to Stellenbosch
Just a 45-minute drive away from Cape Town lies one of the best wine regions in the world. Of course, many travelers get caught up with names like Bordeaux, Tuscany, and Burgundy, but don’t forget about the fantastic New World wine regions in the Southern Hemisphere.
The wines around the Western Cape are just as quality and at a fraction of the cost. South Africa has many crown jewels, and the stunning Stellenbosch wine region happens to be one of them. The wine region has a rich heritage, splendid landscapes, a lively university, and of course, fine restaurants paired with beautiful wine.
As far back as the 1800s, grapes were transplanted here specifically for the country’s blossoming wine industry.
The Constantia Valley is about 10 miles from Cape Town and is as rich in charm and history as it is in wine. It’s one of the most romantic places to visit near Cape Town.
The oldest winery is Groot Constantia, which offers tours of its stunning grounds, a glimpse into its history, and a post-tour tasting that’ll make you wonder why you haven’t tried a South African wine before.
All-inclusive, guided wine tours are available, or if you’ve rented your own car, you can drive around the area and see what interests you. Remember that each winery has its own schedule and entrance fees if you’re not part of a tour.
This adventure is not in Cape Town, and in fact, it’s pretty far. However, at just six hours’ drive outside of Cape Town sitting on the famous Garden Route we’re still adding it this list of romantic things to do in Cape Town (for the adventurous couple!). The drive itself is stunning and an absolute must when visiting South Africa.
This is also one of the most thrilling things you can do in Africa. The experience of bungee jumping will give even the bravest an adrenalin rush. No “manning” up here – the jump is high.
Face Adrenalin has been throwing people off the Bloukrans bridge since 1997 and intends to remain fatality-free after 25 years as a bungee company. You’re in safe and capable hands, unlike here. The bridge is 216 meters high, or 708ft, making it the highest bungee bridge in the world, and at one point, it held the world record for the highest commercial bungee in the world. If doing a bungee jump has been your dream, there is no better place to do it than with Face Adrenalin off of this bridge.
Be forewarned! The moment you jump off the bridge and see an open 216m below you, the thought “I’m going to die” will cross your mind. It is terrifying, but an overwhelming adrenalin rush follows it.
Getting Around Cape Town
We came to Cape Town thinking it would be a big city with extensive city transport options available. This was NOT the case, and there is no efficient way to get around Cape Town. The best way to see all of this city’s fantastic things is by car. There are many options to rent in South Africa for an affordable price. We love to compare prices on Discover Car Hire.
Uber is also a prevalent and safe option in the city and is incredibly affordable. If you are on a significant budget, the MyCiti bus is always available to get you to your destination. Is it your first time driving abroad? Check out our tips!
Where to Stay in Cape Town
We’ve given a full tour of Cape Town and have several great places we can recommend staying from luxury to budget. It all comes down to what you’re looking for. With a full day, you need accessibility, high-speed internet, a quality night’s rest, and some good food. After a long day of adventure sports, we aren’t always in the mood for the party atmosphere of a hostel or the work involved in a self-catering apartment.
The Tintswalo Atlantic
Rooms have features such as tubs with views over the bay and a wood stove for when the winter winds blow. Evenings at the Tinstwalo feel like a dream with sunsets over in Hout Bay, bubbles, plush bathrobes, and some evening canapés. See our full review here.
The Capital Mirage
The Capital Mirage is one of the newest hotels in Cape Town. The modern digs are studio apartments and perfect for business travelers. The studio apartment allows for a more like home for those needing to stay a week or more.
Travel Tips for South Africa
- Languages Spoken: The most widely spoken language is Zulu, then Xhosa, followed by Afrikaans. However, just about everyone speaks English.
- Capital: South Africa has no legally defined capital city. Instead, there are three South African capitals. They are Pretoria (executive capital), Bloemfontein (judicial), and Cape Town (legislative).
- Currency: South African Rand 4 (ZAR) – $.
- Visa: Some nationalities are issued a 90-day visa on arrival. Check with your embassy for the best information. The visas are consecutive, not concurrent, don’t be like us and get kicked out.
- Weather: Hot and humid especially during the summer months.
- What to Pack: Depends on the season and where you are at. Definitely bring hiking shoes, a bathing suit, and a jacket.
- Malaria: Not a major threat in South Africa. In the rainy season, areas around Kruger and the north are at mild risk of malaria.
- Stay Connected: Vodacom, Telcom, OneCell, and MTN are cell phone and internet providers. Check here for more information.
- Adaptor: You’ll need this adaptor in Southern Africa.
- Tipping: This is a tipping country and visitors should expect to tip for anything from a lunch out, to gas station attendants, to security guards in parking lots. Tips to car guards can be anything between 2 and 10 ZAR while 10% is the norm for waitstaff.
Book A Safari Near Cape Town
Traditionally if you wanted to book a safari, you’d have to go to a travel agent and have them book your safari for you. They made suggestions for camps and lodges then presented you with a hefty bill. Most of the industry still operates in this fashion.
However, Timbuktu is a new platform that allows you to select the lodges you’d like and see the pricing per day that way, you can select the best itinerary for yourself. They will then contact the lodges and help you through booking your safari. With experts on staff, they can also provide suggestions and arrange the little details much like a travel agent.
When is the Best Season to Travel South Africa?
High season (November and March)
This is the high season in South Africa, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the best time to visit South Africa. The weather in South Africa starts to warm up beginning in November; some may say it gets unpleasantly hot in some places. December and January are particularly busy because of the holidays. If you can manage it, I would generally try to avoid travel during this time.
Shoulder Season (April-May and September-October)
The weather throughout most of South Africa is pleasant during this time. Not too hot and not too cold. April and May are some of the best times to go on safari in South Africa. Crowds are low, and the wildlife still gathers around the watering hole, making for easy viewing.
Low Season (June-September)
This is South Africa’s winter season meaning low numbers of tourists and cooler weather. We traveled around South Africa in August and September and still had a fabulous time. The weather was cool, but only really at night did we need a jacket. Winter means the middle of the dry season, making game viewing on safari generally quite good. This is also the time when you’ll be able to score deals across the country!
What Camera Gear Do We Use?
- Fuji X-T3 – Main Travel Camera
- Fuji X Series Lenses
- Sony RX100 V
- Fuji X-T20 – Backup Camera
- GoPro (on B&H)
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone // (on B&H)
- Lowe Pro Whistler 450
- Peak Design Camera Sling
- Peak Design Travel Backpack
- For Cinematic Shots: Zhiyun Crane V2
- Peak Designs Tripod
- For Storage: LaCie Rugged 4TB USB-C
- For Editing: Macbook 15″ Pro Retina
Plan For Your Trip
- Protect Your Trip: We don’t travel without travel insurance and neither should you. You never know what can happen while traveling so it’s best to be prepared. HeyMondo provides excellent short-term and long-term travel insurance plans.
- Travel Adapter: Make sure you find a good adapter to keep your personal electronics charged. Otherwise, you may be paying for a cheap one once you land. Purchase one here.
- Travel Backpack: We like the Nomatic Travel Backpack for our travels. Check the price here.
- Our Favorite Travel Shoes: Our answer to this question is always ALLBIRDS! Check them out on their site!
- Get a Travel Credit Card: We travel around the world for free because we have leveraged our spending into points. See why you should get a travel credit card and how you can do the same with our favorite travel credit cards.