As a person who relocated from Pretoria to Cape Town, I love Summer in Cape Town as it means I can spend time at the beach, either long boarding or Stand Up Paddling. However, not many of my friends enjoy beach time, so I enjoy finding alternative ideas to enjoy the sunny Cape Town days.
Hiking is one of my favourite activities, and there are many hiking routes in the city that cater for any fitness level. One such organisation is The Mountain Club of South Africa Cape Town Section (MCSA), who does outreach hikes with youngsters once a month. These kids come from Philippi, Khayelitsha and various orphanages and all the hike leaders are volunteers from MCSA. There also hikes with the entire matric group of Mfuleni High School every year, a gift from the school to them before the exams. It’s a lovely day out for these youngsters where they can socialize, learn something and just enjoy the outdoors while looking down onto the city they call home. To get involved, contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit mcsacapetown.co.za.
Instead of going on a hike, why not enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Silvermine Dam has stunning picnic and braai spots with excellent views of the fynbos covered mountains. The Newlands braai area is set under the shade of pine trees, with several hikes leading from the picnic area.
Another alternative to beaching around is to enjoy ‘spray and splash’ park to help cool the summer heat. These parks can be found in Valhalla Park, Du Noon, Ocean View, Scottsville, Khayelitsha and Nyanga. The spray parks consist of a series of spray features or structures that create a play environment for children by means of different spray nozzles. Cape Town also has 36 public swimming pools, many of these containing Olympic sized pools, splash pools for children, and fully equipped springboard diving pools.
No matter how you spend your summer days, please remember to wear a cap, apply sunscreen, pack snacks and water to keep hydrated. Have a fantastic summer in the Mother City.
By: Liezel van der Westhuizen