Four spectacular ways to spend summer in Cape Town


From exploring beautiful beaches to sampling South African vintages, here's how you can spend a spectacular summer in Cape Town.


11th November 2019

The Twelve Apostles Hotel

With a rose-gold glow gilding the city’s surrounding peaks, Cape Town sits amidst some of Africa’s most spectacular summer scenery from November to February. Red Carnation Hotels’ The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa overlooks it all, and is an ideal departure point from which to enjoy the warmer months in the Cape. From glittering shorelines to panoramic treks, here’s how to spend the summer in Cape Town. 

Cape Town shoreline

Beautiful beaches

Cape Town is home to several stretches of porcelain sand, flanked by the shimmering azures of the Atlantic Ocean. In summer, these beaches burst to life with sunbathers, swimmers and surfers. Most famous is the lunar crescent of Camps Bay, a palm-punctuated paradise replete with the trendiest of wine bars and restaurants just a stone’s throw from the hotel. 

Equally well-regarded is Boulders Beach, a smaller, quieter stretch of smooth rock-strewn sands—with the added delight of penguins. The endangered African Penguin has been a celebrated resident of Cape Town’s Boulder Beach since the 1980s and has recovered its waning population to around 3,000 since arriving on the scene. Other notable beaches include the remote windsurfing capital of Blouberg, which enjoys mesmerising views of Table Mountain, and, of course, world-famous surfing hotspot Muizenberg. 

Boulder Beach

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

The balmy weather of summer in Cape Town is an invitation to get out and see it all. Our carefully curated shortlist of wineries sweeps from the terraced vines of Franschhoek to the architectural hit-parade of Paarl, highlighting the prettiest terroirs of Cape Town’s hinterland. Offering a bird’s eye view of the region are helicopter tours of Cape Town. Alternatively, drift over the Cape at dawn in a hot air balloon for one of the most beautiful sunrises you’ll ever witness. For adventures of a more aquatic kind, Cape Town has long been known as the great white capital of the world. A cage-diving experience offers one of the most exhilarating immersions in nature across the whole continent.

cape wineries

Adventures in the great outdoors

For visitors seeking to stretch their legs in nature, Table Mountain National Park comprises a stunning collection of winding trails and breath-taking natural belvederes. Chief of these is the Platteklip Gorge trail, a shaded, steep route that leads straight to the summit of Table Mountain. Nearby, Lion’s Head trail takes hikers almost 700 metres up Table Mountain’s neighbour, offering sweeping views of Cape Town and the Atlantic beyond. 

View from the top of Table Mountain

When it comes to the city, the Bo-Kaap in summer begs to be explored. Originally the home of Cape Town’s Malay slaves, the Bo-Kaap’s houses were cloaked in bright colours as soon as their inhabitants won their freedom. Today, the district is a bouquet of summer palettes and is a celebrated part of Cape Town’s history and heritage. 

the Bo-Kaap

Atmospheric dining

While the culinary scene in Cape Town is fantastic year-round, in summer it reaches dizzy heights. We’ve partnered with the boutique Mullineux family winery, whose hand-crafted vintages draw from the complex granite-and-shale soils of Swartland. On 29th November, join us in Azure Restaurant as we serve an ornate dinner to complement their unique bouquets. Linger a little longer: On 11th December, we celebrate International Mountain Day with a festival of jazz and gin in the Fybnos Gardens, all the while gazing up at the dramatic 12 Apostles mountain range. 

The Twelve Apostles

Allow the Concierge at Red Carnation Hotels’ The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa to arrange your itinerary for a delightful summer in Cape Town. 

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