Winter in Cape Town – 5 sports activities

Winter in Cape Town - sometimes better than the summer! In this blog series, Winter in Cape Town, we look at various activities including sports, cultural activities to those out in nature.

Go Karting in Cape Town

For those of you who like being active and doing sports, here are a few ideas.

Go-karting

Indoor Go-Karting is ALWAYS a winner.  Watch our students on our YouTube channel. There are a number of places that you can Go-Kart. The one that we normally go to is Kenilworth Karting.  They are open 364 days a year from 9am to 10pm with prices ranging from R160 for around 15 laps up to the Iron Man special which is 90 laps for R450.  We think you have to be very fit to take that special.  You can either arrive and drive or make a special booking. The price includes a safety briefing, a brief lesson if you are a first-timer and a helmet.  

Rock climbing

“Indoor climbing is a fun way of exercising in a safe and vibrant environment”  – a quote from CityRock. This facility has a large bouldering area as well as a wall for roped climbs. This is definitely something different to do in the winter (or the summer) for the more adventurous souls out there. There is also a coffee shop and free Wifi.  Staff are always on hand to provide advice.  Opening hours are 9am to 10pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 6pm Friday to Sunday.

Bowling

A great indoor activity for those rainy days!  There are a number of places where you can go bowling. It’s a great, fun activity for a bunch of people – you can play in teams against each other! All ages can play.  It’s open from 9am to 10pm at night.  Prices range from R30 upwards.  Some deals include popcorn.  You could also get a team together and play in a league on a Monday night.  More details at Let’s Go Bowling.

There are also pool tables, beer and food available. And indoor putt-putt!

Hiking

The weather in Cape Town is very Mediterranean. And without the scorching African sun, hiking is very pleasant. So in winter, there are many clear, crisp days with maximum temperatures around 18 or 20 degrees. With very accurate weather forecasts these days, it is easy to plan a hike or walk on one of our beautiful mountains. 

Hiking in Winter in Cape Town
(photo credit: Andrea Barrantes)

If you want a shortish hike that will perhaps take you under 2 or 3 hours, you could go up and down Lion’s head – as above.  For a longer walk, Table Mountain has many walks, including Platteklip Gorge.  Please remember to ALWAYS take a warm top and water with you, as well as a fully charged mobile phone.

Cave Golf

At the V&A Waterfront, on Dock Road, next to the Scratch Patch, is a miniature golf course inside a man-made cave. It’s quite a tricky 18-hole course with lots of ramps, tricky angles and obstacles to get over. It’s also super cheap at R22 entrance fee and a R20 deposit on a putter. Playing time is about 30 minutes and then after that you can do some shopping at the Waterfront, take in a movie or enjoy a meal.

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