• Macassar Dunes Nature Reserve

    This is one of the biodiversity hotspots in the Cape, and is one of the only places where the rare kelp gull comes to nest. These are the highest dunes in the Peninsula, as many others were flattened during the apartheid years to make way for new settlements. Visitors should, as always, exercise caution in isolated areas.

  • Athlone Stadium

    Home ground of Ajax Cape Town and Santos Cape Town football teams, Athlone Stadium was built in 1972 to hold 30 000 people. It’s also the traditional home of the annual Kaapse Klopse Carnival. The stadium has recently been renovated and is one of the main training venues for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM.

  • Edith Stephens Wetland Park

    Home to 37 bird species and a variety of reptiles, this is an important wetland conservation area. The star of the show, however, is the fern-like plant Isoetes, which has its origins 200 million years ago, and is found only in this wetland.

  • Eziko Cooking and Catering School

    The aim of the school is to teach members of the local community to cook, and so provide them with marketable skills. There’s a restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that’s a popular stop with tour operators.

  • Guga S’Thebe Arts & Culture Centre

    If it’s shopping for an unusual craft piece that you’re after, head to Guga S’Thebe. Housed in a magnificent award-winning building, this community centre, like many businesses in Langa, is dedicated to the empowerment of the local people. There are regular exhibitions, art studios and a resource centre.

  • Khayelitsha Craft Market

    Here, you can buy all sorts of hand-made curios, pottery, beadwork, baskets and fabric paintings. The market is aimed at alleviating poverty in the area and all goods are made by the local community. You might even be lucky enough to be serenaded by a marimba band as you browse.

  • Mnandi Resort

    This is one of only six Cape Town beaches to have attained Blue Flag Status. There is an enclosed water park, playground, picnic area and other facilities. The long sandy beach is good for walking. Nearby Monwabisi Beach Resort is well known for its rollicking parties, but beware of a very strong current.

  • Mzoli’s Place 

    For a taste of township life, head to Mzoli’s, a buzzing hang-out where you buy your meat and pay someone to cook it for you over hot coals. There’s usually live music and a vibrant atmosphere.

  • The Philani Centre 

    Give something back to the community by visiting the Philani Development Centre, part of an organisation that uplifts and supports the poorest people. You can see the school and craft workshops, and pick up some feel-good souvenirs of your day in their shops. Visit as an individual or as part of a tour. The patron of the project is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

  • Trojan Horse Memorial

    The memorial recalls the Trojan Horse Massacre in 1985, when protesters were ambushed and 3 people killed and 15 injured by the police.

  • Wembley Roadhouse

    Grab the WembleyWhopper Burger or a steak sandwich at this classic roadhouse. For a taste experience right out of another era, park your car and someone will bring your meal right to the window.

  • West End Jazz Club

    For a more laid-back vibe, check out the jazz at the West End on Thursday through to Saturday nights.