The following ideas will help you gear into the silly season, the Cape Town way
1. Learn how to surf.
Muizenberg is the best place to master this art, with a host of surf schools to be found along the beachfront. Beginners can improve their balance and take to the waves with an experienced instructor.
2. Try an outdoor concert.
From November to April, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens hosts a series of summer concerts. Grab a picnic and a few friends, arrive early so that you can take a walk around before the show, then relax as you listen to awesome local acts on the open-air stage.
3. Swim with penguins.
For a unique beach experience, Boulders Beach is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. This beach is actually a nature reserve, and a good number of African penguins have set up nest along the shores and between the large boulders. This beach is situated in Simons Town, and there is a small entrance fee to enter the nature reserve.
4. Christmas night shopping.
From the annual Adderly Street Night Market to late-night shopping hours at major malls, evening markets in the City Bowl and other great shopping options, heading to the City Centre in the evenings is a great way to gear into the festive spirit. Be sure to take a drive down Adderly to see the lights too!
5. Eat, drink and be merry.
From Long Street to Camps Bay, summer evenings are made for getting out and about once the sun has set. Try some of the city’s popular spots such as Yves, Zula Sound Bar or The Loop.