Exciting activities for solo travellers in Cape Town

Posted on 11 April 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

The Western Cape province has plenty of exciting activities to fit different travel needs and preferences, including those of solo travellers.

Cape Town

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Although solo travel can be a bit daunting at times, destinations such as the Mother City offer exciting, memorable and worthwhile experiences.

Here are some exciting activities to enjoy on a solo trip in Cape Town:

Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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A visit to the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is an excellent idea. Known for its incredible display of indigenous natural beauty, Kirstenbosch is home to over 7000 plant species, 2500 of which are from the Cape Peninsula. As a solo traveller, the gardens offer the chance to enjoy nature’s beauty as you admire diverse plant species.

Try the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Table Mountain Cableway

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Taking the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is an experience worth considering on your Cape Town solo trip. Although admiring Table Mountain from below offers a sight nothing short of beautiful, doing so from the Aerial Cableway is a breathtaking and magical experience. The ride is both memorable and thrilling, making it an absolute must-try.

Walk the streets of Bo-Kaap


Picture: Devon Janse van Rensburg/. Unsplash

The colourful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap boasts a vibrant energy, charm and rich history. A walk through the neighborhood’s streets is an interesting experience. It offers the chance to learn more about Cape Malay culture, while also serving as a beautiful display of how fun and full of life Cape Town can be.

Activate tourist mode on the City Sightseeing bus

Hopping onto the popular City Sightseeing bus is a great way to embark on exploration. The bus tour provides the ultimate hop-on-hop-off experience.

You can explore some of Cape Town’s top landmarks including  Camps Bay,  Table Mountain and the V & A Waterfront. There is also the opportunity to uncover some hidden gems. It is a safe and ideal way to explore a lot of what the Mother City has to offer.

Enjoy a scenic Lion’s Head hike  

Image credit: Alison Westwood.

If you are an outdoor lover, you can enjoy a beautiful Lion’s Head hike.  You are guaranteed breathtaking panoramic views and the climb takes roughly an hour. As you climb, you can expect plenty of chains and ladders to ease your journey. Guided hikes are available and recommended. Apart from safety, it is also the opportunity to be clued up on the region’s history, geology,  flora and fauna.

Moreover, there is the option to join a hiking group. This will help you meet like-minded explorers, nature-lovers and adventure seekers.

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