Hidden Cape Town Attractions Near the 12 Apostles


Discover a different side to Cape Town with our pick of the region's hidden attractions.


21st July 2018

The Twelve Apostles Hotel

Located between two of Cape Town’s most iconic sights—Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles mountain range—the 12 Apostles Hotel is within easy reach of the city’s major landmarks. But for those wishing to experience something a little more unusual, there are also plenty of alternative attractions to seek out. Whether it’s a private tasting at a picturesque vineyard, horse riding on an unspoilt beach or a visit to an exotic bird sanctuary, these hidden Cape Town attractions come highly recommended.

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4x4 Wine Safari on Table Mountain

A unique opportunity to explore the stunning scenery of Table Mountain and its surrounding state park, this experience also adds delicious food and drink into the mix. Comfortably seated in a 4x4 vehicle, visitors will tour the park, learning about the astounding flora and fauna of the Cape region before enjoying a mountain-top picnic paired with a flight of local wines.

Hout Bay Vineyards

Set on the slopes of Hout Bay, the Hout Bay Vineyards not only have a breathtaking backdrop, they also produce an acclaimed collection of wines. Run by couple Cathy and Peter Roeloffze, the winery is known for its delicious Cap Classique sparkling wine and selection of Merlot and Shiraz. The Private Tastings, which can be arranged by appointment only, come very highly recommend and the vineyard also holds open days twice a year on the last weekends of May and November.

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Horse Riding on Noordhoek Beach

Experienced rider or not, a horseback ride along the soft sand of Noordhoek Beach, surrounded by aquamarine waters on one side and mountains on the other, is an unforgettable experience. Saddle up on a thoroughbred horse and don’t be surprised if you spot dolphins and whales leaping through the waves as you amble up the beach.

The World of Birds

Described as the largest bird park in Africa, The World of Birds is home to over 400 varieties of bird and is a Cape Town attraction that will delight all ages. Spread over four hectares in the Hout Bay Valley, explore 100 landscaped aviaries and get up close to pelicans, herons, kites, owls, parrots, eagles and flamingos.

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Walking Tours

A Cape Town attraction that even the locals don’t know about, free of charge, organised walking tours of the city are available on a daily basis. There is no advance booking required—simply arrive at St George’s Square at the designated times, which vary from 11am through to 4.20pm, and you’re good to go. The tours available cover a diverse range of aspects of the city; rom the Jewellery and Diamond History Tour to the Taste of Cape Town route and Apartheid to Freedom Tour, there’s a walk to suit every interest. 

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Explore Cape Town’s best attractions from the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa.

Image Credits: Lead image © iStock/RapidEye. Hout Bay ©  iStock/Stefan Becker. Grapes at a vineyard © iStock/wilpunt. Sunbird © iStock/KarelGallas. Cape Town Parliament  © iStock/JacquesKloppers.

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