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Parks and nature in Cape Town

Top parks

Botanical Garden
“The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is an incredible visit for any tourist. Take a picnic with you to enjoy on the grass or go to the sunset concerts on a Sunday in the summer months.”
  • 722 locals recommend
Park
“Boulders beach is a quaint, sheltered beach with fascinating rock formations all around. It also serves as an entry point for the penguin colony. If you're going there on a weekend, be sure to get there early to find a good spot.”
  • 266 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful historic inner city garden (the Cape's original refreshment station) with a lovely restaurant, The National Gallery and the National Museum.”
  • 248 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.”
  • 160 locals recommend
Park
“Green Point Urban Park includes a fitness park for cycling, outdoor training and gym. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Get close to the penguins on a visit to the charming navy village of Simon's Town. There are many culinary places to visit as well as whale viewing in September and October.”
  • 167 locals recommend
Vineyard
“2nd Oldest Wine Estate in SA and absolutely STUNNING!!! Set aside a whole day to visit this exquisite estate steeped in history with enormous Camphor Trees and beautiful picnic area.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Park
“Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens and educate yourself on the indigenous trees, plants and shrubs found in the natural habitat of the Overberg region. Definitely a must see for all visitors to the area.”
  • 60 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“On Sunday afternoons during the summer months you can take along a picnic blanket, some snacks and drinks and listen to local bands - famous and less famous - for free! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“A very dog & kid friendly park that hosts free local music concerts every Sunday afternoon in the summer.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Playground
“Fantastic family day out. Caters to young and old. Zip lining, tree lines and more”
  • 21 locals recommend
Playground
“A massive and pet friendly park that includes a gated play area for younger children and other play areas along the walk path. Numerous owls have been spotted here so keep an eye out in case you’re lucky! A great spot for peaceful yoga or some safe jogging off of the streets. Come here to have a picnic or play some games, huge grassy fields to play ball!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Playground
“Great beach to walk, kitesurf and snap Instagram worthy photos of Table Mountain ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Playground
“Nice place to take the kids to play on one of the many rides and jumping castles. Nice place to eat at the nursery as well. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Playground
“kids friendly jungle gyms, ducks and ponds, clear paths and a nice walk, security during the day”
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
“If you enjoy jogging, walking or short cycles, the park is ideal. The park is used on weekends for craft markets, outdoor exhibitions, etc”
  • 3 locals recommend

Beaches

Nature Preserve
“Get close to the penguins on a visit to the charming navy village of Simon's Town. There are many culinary places to visit as well as whale viewing in September and October.”
  • 167 locals recommend
Trail
“If you like evening or morning walks, the Sea Point Promenade is a beautiful walk next to the ocean, there are often dog walkers, runners and cyclists on this route. If you're feeling up to it, you can walk all the way around the cost to Clifton beaches and end up in Camps Bay. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Beach
“World famous beach! On a windy day in Cape Town go to Clifton Beach it is almost always windfree. We love 3rd Beach and its always less crowded than 4th. Many steps to climb down but it is so worth the effort.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Beach
“Beach and mountain. Fantastic protected beach ideal for walks, swim and beach volleyball”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beach
“If the wind is blowing in Camps Bay, venture over to Clifton 4th. Wind Free, iconic beach!”
  • 80 locals recommend
Beach
“Great beach to relax on and have a swim. There are actually 4 beaches connected to each other.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Beach
“Spacious, low-key sand beach framed by granite boulders, a popular place to surf & watch the sunset. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Trail
“There's nothing like a walk, run or hire a bike for a ride along this iconic promenade, which stretches most of the seaboard. Stop for an ice-cream along the way!”
  • 60 locals recommend

Trails

Scenic Viewpoint
“Keep an ear open at 12:00 each day to hear the canon fired! You can visit to view a firing too. Watching a sunset here is a popular activity. Take a bottle of wine and a picnic and enjoy! Get there early to secure a good spot 😁”
  • 149 locals recommend
Trail
“If you like evening or morning walks, the Sea Point Promenade is a beautiful walk next to the ocean, there are often dog walkers, runners and cyclists on this route. If you're feeling up to it, you can walk all the way around the cost to Clifton beaches and end up in Camps Bay. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Signal Hill, or Lion's Rump, is a landmark flat-topped hill located in Cape Town, next to Lion's Head and Table Mountain. The hill was also known as "The Lion's Flank", a term now obsolete. Together with Lion's Head, Signal Hill looks like a lion sphinx. Great for sunset picnics or just a view point with the car or hiking. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Trail
“A beautiful valley at the end of a very scenic drive. The drive itself is worth it. Close to town, but you feel like you are miles away, surrounded by majestic mountains. One of the best and safest places to hike or cycle. ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Trail
“Take a picnic lunch or snack, or buy something to eat/drink at the Oak Cafe. There are easy walks through the Fynbos for families with children, or more strenuous hiking trails for fit nature lovers. You can even climb to the very top of Helderberg Mountain. There are lovely views over wine and olive farms, and the sea. There is also a Visitor's centre, to ask advice, and buy souveniers. A lovely place! ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Forest
“Many many many walks... if you like hiking, this is the place. Just stay safe and walk in a group!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Trail
“There's nothing like a walk, run or hire a bike for a ride along this iconic promenade, which stretches most of the seaboard. Stop for an ice-cream along the way!”
  • 60 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Come enjoy the South Peninsula. Great food beaches and awesome drive. Local carvings”
  • 28 locals recommend