Here are some ideas for things to do in December and January and how to get there by public or non-motorised transport.
Go to the beach
Some of Cape Town’s most famous beaches are accessible by MyCiTi bus. Reach the scenic Atlantic Seaboard strip (Camps Bay and Clifton) using the 108 or 109 bus from the CBD. Or, for the postcard view of Cape Town, go to Table View on the T01 and switch to the 217 or walk to the beach.
Route maps can be found here
Hike up Table Mountain
The easiest way to get to Cape Town’s most iconic attraction is to take the 107 MyCiTi bus from the CBD and switch to the free 110 shuttle on Kloof Nek.
Explore Hout Bay
The harbourside town is home to one of Cape Town’s favourite markets (accessible via the MyCiTi 108 - get off at the Atlantic Skipper stop). You could also take a walking tour of the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement (MyCiTi 109).
Visit the southern suburbs - all of them
Metrorail’s southern line passes attractions such as Woodstock, Observatory, the Newlands stadiums and the warmer False Bay, beaches before terminating in Simon’s Town. It’s a great day trip with lots to see and do!
Check out the Winelands
The Western Cape’s wine region is also accessible by train, with northern line trains passing Stellenbosch and Paarl.
Cape Town’s oldest township is just a few stations from the CBD. Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre is a must-visit while there. It hosts exhibitions and has a theatre.
Timetables can be found here
Cycle the CBD, Waterfront and Sea Point
If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one from Up Cycles. Cape Town’s “first drop-and-go bike rental company” has stations at the pavilion on the Sea Point Promenade, No 5 Silo at the V&A Waterfront, Breakaway Café on the Waterkant Street Fan Walk in the CBD, and at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay.
Take a trip along the west coast
The suburbs north of the CBD are also accessible via a dedicated cycle lane to Table View and beyond. There are plenty of beaches in this part of Cape Town.
Walk the CBD and Waterfront
These historical neighbourhoods are full of history and culture, and are easy to get around on foot. You can even walk between the two, although that’s not as easy as it could be yet.
Minibus taxis are a convenient way of travelling wherever you are in Cape Town. The system may seem chaotic, but it’ll start to make sense once you’ve read WhereIsMyTransport’s map.