10 things to do as an intern in Cape Town
Welcome to the mother city of Cape Town! As an intern here, you’ll have a plethora of opportunities to explore and discover a city that will make you feel right at home. With so much to see and do, we at InternAfrika have prepared a selection of must-do activities to help you make the most of your time here from the very beginning!
1. Indulge in the Culinary Delights: Start your Saturday with a visit to one of Cape Town’s vibrant markets. With a wide array of options to choose from – Ethiopian, Italian, South African, Spanish, and more – you can satisfy any food craving you might have. Our top pick is the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, a perfect blend of a weekly market and a relaxing outdoor setting.
2. Wander Through the Waterfront Decks: Experience the bustling atmosphere of the Waterfront decks, where Cape Town artists perform amidst a curious crowd. The view of Table Mountain from this spot is truly unique, as you’ll see the mountain peering between the masts of the boats. Afterward, head to the V&A Waterfront, one of the biggest malls in Cape Town, offering everything you need for a delightful shopping spree.
3. Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch: Take a trip to Stellenbosch, a wine lover’s paradise with an abundance of beautiful wine farms to explore. Sample the delicious wines of the region at places like Marianne, Peter Falke, and Babylonstoren, each offering not just great wine but stunning gardens to explore as well.
4. Savory Burger Delights at Royale Eatery: Treat yourself to a delicious burger at Royale Eatery and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the inner city, particularly along Long Street. Once dinner is done, venture into the lively bars that cater to every mood, especially during summer when the street comes alive with people looking to party together!
5. Rooftop Revelry in Cape Town: Dine or sip a drink at one of Cape Town’s fabulous rooftop venues overlooking the cityscape. From Chinese cuisine to Snacks and Night Clubs, there’s something for everyone at places like Tjing Tjing, The vue, and Waiting room.
6. Embrace the First Thursday Tradition: Experience First Thursday in Cape Town, where galleries, shops, restaurants, and boutiques in the city center stay open until 9 pm on the first Thursday of every month. This is when Cape Town comes alive, and you can revel in the amazing atmosphere. Later, join the crowd partying around the famous French DJ at La Parada in Bree Street.
7. Embrace the Outdoors and Enjoy the Beauty of Cape Town: Cape Town offers an array of outdoor activities amidst stunning landscapes. For surfing enthusiasts, the city is a dream destination to try, learn, and improve your surf skills. With plenty of surf spots open almost year-round, you can enjoy this summer sport whenever you please. If you prefer to relax, simply watch the waves and admire the local surfers from the picturesque beaches.
8. Witness a Breathtaking Sunset from Lion’s Head: For the physically inclined, embark on a mesmerizing 45-minute hike to the top of Lion’s Head. Reach the summit just in time for sunset, and you’ll be rewarded with a 360° view of Cape Town that will leave you in awe.
9. Explore the Wonders Around Cape Town: Embark on unforgettable journeys around Cape Town, starting with the renowned Garden Route. This iconic road trip along the South Coast of South Africa offers incredible experiences such as visiting ostrich farms, making a safari at Addo Elephant Park, driving along breathtaking roads, and even surfing at Jeffrey’s Bay for the adventurous ones. As you travel, you’ll have the opportunity to connect and share experiences with fellow travelers at the various backpackers you’ll stay in along the way.
10. Discover the Enchanting Peninsula: Venture to the southwestern tip of Africa and explore the Peninsula. Beyond capturing the famous sign for cherished memories, you’ll be treated to stunning landscapes and encounters with wildlife. Watch seals in Hout Bay, penguins in Simon’s Town, and even spot ostriches and baboons in the National Park. Don’t miss the chance to witness the mesmerizing 360° seaview from the lighthouses at the end of the point, overlooking the Antarctic Ocean.
Cape Town has so much to offer, and by experiencing these diverse activities and exploring the city’s hidden gems, you’ll undoubtedly feel like a true Capetonian in no time. Make the most of your internship, create lasting memories, and embrace the beauty of Cape Town!
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